Bruins-Canucks: Five from the second

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Bruins-Canucks: Five from the second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
VANCOUVER Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Canucks locked in a scoreless tie during Game 5 at Rogers Arena with the series tied at 2-2.1)Tanner Glass gets the best scoring chance of the game on his stick near the left post midway through the second period, and he completely fans on an open net after the cross-ice pass. Tim Thomas recovers to block that side of the net and shuts down any more attacks on the cage before holding on for a whistle. It looks like itll be a scoreless game, so that miss will loom large.2)Alex Burrows and Maxim Lapierre really giving new meaning to the terms flopper and diver tonight with the way that theyre playing this game. Burrows gets called for a dive on a face-off and his act isnt working with the refs any more when he snaps his head back or drops to the ice like a stone.3)Four shots on net, three blocked shots and nearly 19 minutes of ice time through two periods for Dennis Seidenberg. Huge player tonight and I loved seeing him slamming his stick to the ice on a power play basically telling Tomas Kaberle to move faster with his puck movement. Thats true leadership from a guy that has stepped way, way up in the playoffs.4)Tim Thomas hasnt given up a goal in over 100 minutes of hockey: 106:07 to be exact. The Bs goaltender doesnt look like hes ready to give anything up anytime soon, and the Glass fanned shot makes it appear as if the hockey gods are on his side as well. One caveat: tonights game seems like its taken on the same tone and style as the first two games played here.5)Roberto Luongo has rebounded tonight, but still no sign of the Sedin twins at all in the contest. They really are going to have a hard time living down how much they disappeared in this Stanley Cup Final unless they somehow emerge in the last seven periods of the series.6)Who no Tyler Seguin on the power play? I just dont get it. He is trusted to skate with Krejci and Lucic, but isnt trusted on the PP. Exactly 12 seconds of PP time.
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Kalman: Bruins have to wait for secondary market of defensemen

Kalman: Bruins have to wait for secondary market of defensemen

Matt Kalman provides his take on what the Boston Bruins should do in terms of potentially landing a top defenseman this offseason.

Bruins taking a chance on Clarke in the fifth round

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Bruins taking a chance on Clarke in the fifth round

The Lone Star Brahmas aren’t exactly a household name in the junior hockey world, but NAHL team did produce a player worth of a Bruins draft pick last weekend. A 20-year-old defenseman named Cameron Clarke showed his offensive skills and playmaking en route to nine goals and 50 points in 59 games last season for the Brahmas, and continued to add strength to a wiry 6-foot-1, 170-pound frame that still needs to be developed as he heads off to Ferris State University.

The Tecumseh, Michigan native was floored at the prospect of being drafted by the Bruins after he was selected in the fifth round (136th overall) at last weekend’s draft in Buffalo, and excited to see some results for all of his hard work over the last few years.

“It’s a feeling like no other. I was just sitting in there with my family and when it happened, it was just pure excitement, and to go to Boston, they’re an Original Six organization,” said Clarke, who described himself as a good-skating defenseman and a good puck-mover that models his game after Capitals D-man John Carlson. “It’s just — it’s something you dream of growing up and it’s a great feeling.

“I talked to Mr. Sullivan [Bruins Scout Keith Sullivan] I believe it was in December and I knew that they had come watch me play a couple of times so I knew that they were interested. I knew that they were a team that could be a possibility that could be picking me and I’ve always watched hockey and my dad used to be a Bruins fan growing up when he was little [he grew up in Ottawa and was a big Bobby Orr fan], so it’s a great feeling. Boston’s an Original Six franchise. It’s very special, for sure.”

Clarke will obviously take a big step in his development headed to the Ferris State hockey program next season, and the Bruins hope to continue seeing improvements in the size and strength department during his college hockey years.

“We knew there were teams that were there [ready to take him], and our guys really liked him,” said Bruins Director of Scouting Keith Gretzky. “He’s gained a lot of weight in a year-and-a-half, but we know he’s going to take some time. We’re good with that. Our guys really liked him, so we took him.”

The Clarke pick is a pretty low risk/high reward selection that was off the beaten path of the normal OHL/European junior league paths, but it remains to be seen if it will pay dividends later for selecting the over-age player.