NHL All-Star Game: 5 from the Third

NHL All-Star Game: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comRALEIGH, N.C. Here are five thoughts from the third period of the NHL All-Star game at the RBC Center in Raleigh with Team Lidstrom taking an 11-10 win over Team Staal after 60 minutes of play.1)Tim Thomas with his third straight win at the NHL All-Star game. Pretty impressive stuff and proof that perhaps Peter Laviolette knows what hes doing going with Tim Thomas in the third period.2)Four assists and a plus-7 for Shea Weber. A plus-8 for Lidstrom. Wow.3)A pleasant enough ending to the game with both teams having it go down to the wire with the goalie pulled. As good as you hope for in a game like this.4)The fantasy draft was fun, and turned out to be the best thing about the entire NHL All-Star weekend. Superskills was uneven with some high points, and the game continues to be a problem given the lack of interestintensity shown by the players.5)Patrick Sharp as MVP is deserved in the All-Star game. Hes become quite a hockey player after being unheralded guy coming out of the University of Vermont. Five shots on net, three points and a plus-2.

Cassidy switches up Bruins lines tonight against Lightning

Cassidy switches up Bruins lines tonight against Lightning

BRIGHTON, Mass. – After his Bruins scored just two goals in each of the past two games with a distinct lack of finish around the net, Bruce Cassidy has made some slight tweaks up front with his wingers. 

Drew Stafford has been bumped up to the left wing with David Krejci and Matt Beleskey has been dropped to a new fourth line with Dominic Moore and Riley Nash.

The hope would be that Krejci and Pastrnak could help get Stafford going after he’s gone scoreless in his past three games, with just two shots on net, and been pretty quiet since a couple of strong games right after the trade.

After a couple of active games for Noel Acciari, the gritty Rhode Island kid was skating on the third line with Frank Vatrano and Ryan Spooner in an interesting combination of players. Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice at Warrior Ice Arena on Thursday morning, so it looks like he’ll be starting his third game in four days tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning at a time of year when bubble teams can’t afford to rest anybody.  

Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings based on morning skate:

 
Marchand-Bergeron-Backes

Stafford-Krejci-Pastrnak

Vatrano-Spooner-Acciari

Beleskey-Moore-Nash

 
Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

C. Miller-K. Miller

 
Rask

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