VANCOUVER Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Vancouver Canucks by a 2-1 score after the first 40 minutes at Rogers Arena.
1) Guess us experts have no idea what were talking about, eh? Mark Recchi pops in a tip of a Zdeno Chara shot near the net for a power play goal, and helps the Bruins build up a one-goal lead after two periods of play. Its Recchis first power play goal in 20 playoff games, and it shows what hes capable of bringing to the table when things are going right for him. There have been far too many battles lost in front of the net for Recchi lately, and that goal was a nice change for the 43-year-old. I thought watching the first replay that it was a Tyler Seguin tip that actually scored the goal, but Im sure that will get straightened out one way or the other. Bruins end the Roberto Luongo scoreless streak at 139 minutes and change, and give themselves a shot of confidence in the process.
2) Both Recchi and Milan Lucics goals were scored on battles won in front of the net. Lucic beat Christian Ehrhoff to a loose puck off a Johnny Boychuk blast from the point and kicking things off and running, and energized his whole line. Bruins talked about winning more battles near the net tonight and thats exactly what they did in the second period. Its the recipe for Bs offense against a Vancouver defensemen corps thats not looking to duke it out in front of the net.
3) Tim Thomas did a good job of rebounding from a soft goal in the first period to lock things down in the middle 20 minutes. Ten saves for Thomas in the second period including a huge stop on Jannik Hansen on a cross-ice pass, and then a great defensive play by Zdeno Chara at the end of the period on a wide open net for Jeff Tambellini. Bruins have done a good job protecting things around Thomas.
4) Vancouver belting out 33 hits through the first two periods and leading the Bs by a healthy margin. You have to wonder if the Canucks are playing a macho style of hockey against the Bruins that doesnt really favor them. It definitely bears watching.
5) Ryan Kesler has no shots, one registered hit he's lost eight out of 14 face-offs tonight. Looks like that Johnny Boychuk hit in the corner has caused the Vancouver center to lose a little bit of his steam. Looks like the Canucks are feeling the abuse from the Bs a little bit tonight.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter for taking part in the Women’s March on Saturday.
*The day-to-day NHL grind may be getting to Jimmy Vesey a bit, and causing him to hit a bit of a rookie wall after his Harvard career.
*Alex Radulov has gone from being an NHL headache to being an impact playmaker for the Canadiens in a quick pivot for the Russian player.
*Melrose native Conor Sheary seems to have found a home for himself on the Pittsburgh Penguins skating on a line with a guy named Sidney Crosby.
*The Chicago Blackhawks are always looking to improve, and they’ve reportedly kicked the tires on Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar with Detroit.
*St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock is nearing another coaching milestone in what’s been a long, distinguished career behind the bench.
*P.K. Subban is slowly approaching a return to the Nashville Predators lineup from injury, and the Preds need him as soon as possible.
*For something completely different: Greg Poppovich hits the nail on the head here, and it never ceases to amaze me that he’s such a smart, well-versed human being.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.
*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.
*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.
*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.
*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.
*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.
*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.
*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.