Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while at the halfway mark of the NHL season.
*Brock Lesnar breaks the cardinal rule in the Winnipeg Jets dressing room and steps on the team’s logo. So who is going to make him pay for that transgression?
*Henrik Lundqvist writes a letter to his younger self on the Players Tribune. No truth to the rumor the first sentence was “Prepare to more dreamy than you could possibly imagine.”
*The NHL All-Star Game rosters are announced, and it’s the usual list of stars, surprises and snubs that will get you talking.
*PHT writer James O’Brien says that John Tavares is committed to the New York Islanders and now the team simply needs to commit to him with better players.
*Luke Fox from Sportsnet makes the argument that the Maple Leafs need to scoop up Curtis McElhinney now that he’s available after being cut by Columbus.
*College hockey has something to crow about as they continue to produce quality players for the World Junior tournament and then for the NHL.
*For something completely different: I’m guessing that Casey Affleck now wishes he thanked his big brother in his Golden Globes speech.
BOSTON -- The Bruins were due for an embarrassing no-show against a bad team after playing some pretty good hockey over the last two weeks, and it arrived on cue versus -- once again -- the New York Islanders.
A dreadful second period by Boston allowed the Isles to coast to a 4-0 win at TD Garden Monday afternoon, giving the Metro Division's worst team its second regulation victory over the Bruins in two months. If the B's miss the playoffs by four points or less, they can look at both defeats as big reasons why they didn’t end up making the cut.
After a scoreless first period, the Islanders broke down the B’s defense for the game's first goal. The Adam McQuaid/Torey Krug pairing was caught behind the net and David Krejci was late covering the slot as Casey Cizikas set up Nikolay Kulemin for the first of his two goals on the afternoon.
Less than two minutes later the Islanders doubled their lead when Josh Bailey was able to sneak a bad-angle shot past Tuukka Rask to the short side. Three minutes after that, a high-risk Joe Morrow play at the offensive blue line turned into an odd-man rush for the Islanders and once again Cizikas fed Kulemin from behind the net for a goal that upped the Isles' lead to 3-0. Bruins fans serenaded the B’s players with boos as they exited for the second intermission.
Rask was pulled after allowing three goals on 15 shots through the first 40 minutes, but that did nothing to give Boston any energy. Jason Chimera capped off the B’s bag of stink with a shorthanded Islanders goal in the third period with little resistance from a trailing group of Bruins turning in a flat performance.