BOSTON -- Its too bad the Bruins couldnt find a way to get through this first round series against the Washington Capitals.<br><br>The Bs could have been looking at a manageable, weakened opponent like the Ottawa Senators in the next round, and they would have had a skilled young player in Tyler Seguin that was finally starting to come around. The 20-year-old potted his second goal in as many playoff games during Wednesday nights 2-1 loss in Game against the Washington Capitals in Game 7, and provided the only real offensive energy for the Bs in a tired, flat defeat at the hands of underdog Washington.<br><br><img src="commonglobal_imagesblog_divider.png">With last year obviously winning it and all you feel lucky and fortunate. But you dont really grasp the whole worth of the Stanley Cup, said Seguin who lead both teams with seven shots on net and numerous scoring chances during Game 7. I think more and more you get to learn and losing here, we definitely get a new feeling.<br><br>Seguins goal was a thing of blue collar beauty as he fought through Washington defenseman Karl Alzner and John Carlson to get to a Johnny Boychuk shot that had trickled through Braden Holtbys pads before settling in the blue paint. Seguin barreled through both Washington defenders before flipping the loose puck in the back of the net.<br><br>I tried going in front of the net and I actually fell in front of Johnny Boychuk's shot, said Seguin. I kind of saw the puck laying there so I just dove in and whacked it with my stick.<br><br>Its the exact kind of grit and willingness to engage in one-on-one battles that those around the Bruins team have been waiting for to see in the youngsters developing offensive game. The humble pie served up when Bostons leading scorer during the regular season had been shut down in the first five games of the series will be exactly the kind of motivational burn Seguin is looking for while getting ready for next season.<br><br>I think the more games you play in playoffs the more experience youre going to gain, the more confidence and composure youre going to have for the next time it happens,: said Seguin. I look forward to next year.<br><br>That goes double for everybody around the Bruins organization thats looking for another big leap next season for a talented 20-year-old that tripled his point output from last season and became the youngest player in franchise history to lead the team with 29 goals scored.<br><br>Whats left to wonder is what kind of encore the ridiculously talented forward is capable of this early in his career, and how hungry an unlikely first round exit will make the premium hockey talent next season.
The Coyotes have hired former player Craig Cunningham as a pro scout, keeping the 26-year-old in hockey after a cardiac episode ended his playing career this season.
Drafted by the Bruins in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Cunningham played 34 games for Boston over parts of two seasons before he was waived and claimed by Arizona. He totaled 19 games for the Coyotes, but served as captain of the Tucson Roadrunners, the team’s AHL affiliate.
Cunningham was hospitalized after he collapsed during pregame warmups on Nov. 19. He was kept alive by continual CPR, but had his lower left leg amputated the next months due to an infection from the episode.
Known as a high-character player who was popular with his teammates, Cunningham’s transition to scouting lets him further his career after a scary break.
"I'm very excited to begin the next chapter of my life with the Coyotes," Cunningham said in a statement released by the team. "I'm very grateful to John Chayka, Dave Tippett, the Coyotes and Roadrunners organizations, and all of the great fans across Arizona for the incredible support I've received over the past year. I'm looking forward to helping the Coyotes and I can't wait to get started in my new role."
Said Chayka, the team’s general manager: ”We're thrilled to have Craig join our hockey operations department as a pro scout. Craig was a smart, hard-working player with an incredible passion for the game. We're confident that he will bring those same qualities to the Coyotes in his new role and that he will be an invaluable asset to our organization. We look forward to Craig helping us in several areas and are excited that he is staying with the club."
Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while really enjoying what the CW does season in and season out with the Flash.
*The talk is turning to the next captain of the Buffalo Sabres, and what they can do to help open up communication up and down the roster.
*A guy that wore a Habs toque on his twitter avatar writes a glowing, praise-filled article about the performance of PK Subban during these Stanley Cup playoffs. He’s undoubtedly been good, but he just might have been wearing his Montreal Canadiens footie pajamas when he wrote this one, and rattling his fist at Habs management all the while.
*Interesting piece by Jason Gregor about the “window to win” for the Edmonton Oilers, and an odd notion that the window will close when Connor McDavid has moved out of his entry level contract. I’d say that’s kind of ludicrous.
*The Colorado Avalanche coaching staff has been let go after last year’s dreadful season, and that’s too bad for a really good guy in former Providence College head coach Tim Army. I’m sure he won’t be out of work long.
*Colin White made his Stanley Cup playoff and NHL debut for the Ottawa Senators in Game 6, and helped push Ottawa to a Game 7. It will be interesting to watch the Massachusetts native and former Boston College standout develop with the Senators as White was one of the players that the Bruins skipped over to instead draft Jake DeBrusk and Zach Senyshyn in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft. The others, Mathew Barzal, Travis Konecny and Kyle Connor, are all either in the NHL or knocking on the door as well, and it’s going to be a challenging road for both of Boston’s forward prospects to live up the justification of the B’s drafting them first. Granted DeBrusk and Senyshyn are also both doing their thing for the P-Bruins as they push into the conference finals of the Calder Cup playoffs, and they’re both bright prospects in their own right. It’s going to take years to determine the rights and wrongs of that first round, but White getting into the lineup for the Senators is proof of just how high that organization is on him.
*Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan says that Sidney Crosby handled the targeted abuse well from the Senators in a Game 6 loss that will push to a Game 7 between the Penguins and the Senators.
*For something completely different: A great message from Brookline homey and former Sox GM wonder boy Theo Epstein in his commencement address to Yale University.