Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the second


Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the second

By JoeHaggerty
BOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Vancouver Canucks by a 3-0 score in an important Game Four at TD Garden with the Bs trailing 2-1 in the series.1)The Bruins have owned the second period and outscored the Canucks by an 8-0 margin thus far in the Stanley Cup Finals. The third period was winning time for the Bruins during the regular season, but it looks like theyve found their happy time in the Cup Finals.2)Roberto Luongo continues to play low in his net and refuses to challenge the shooter, and the Bruins are beating the Canucks goaltender high to his glove side on a lot of shots. It appeared that Michael Ryders shot from the right circle might have ticked off Sami Salos stick on its way to the net, but Luongo looked weak with his glove hand as the puck wobbled underneath him. No faith in that catching hand at all. Marchand in Luongos face yapping at him at the end of the second period.3)Brad Marchand seemed to be finding himself during the first few games of the Finals, but hes all the way there tonight. A couple of good bids in the first, the mother of all face washes on Daniel Sedin and then he follows it up with a goal in the second period as Patrice Bergeron and Marchand both bust up the Vancouver breakout. Marchand has tied the Bs franchise record for goals scored by a rookie during the playoffs with his eight tallies.4)Dennis Seidenberg continues to show his might. Hes endured some punishment and he started throwing out some hits in the second period once the Bruins had built up a sizable lead. Hes got a game-high 16:28 of ice time, four registered hits and a plus-2 along with plenty of gritty toughness thus far. 5)I hate that Mike Felgers Captain Obvious stat about scoring three goals is holding form, but there it is. Credit where its completely due.
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Bruins coaches: Czarnik a ‘Belichick-type hockey player’


Bruins coaches: Czarnik a ‘Belichick-type hockey player’

BOSTON – Austin Czarnik is off to a good start at Bruins training camp.

He’s got points in each of the first two exhibition games and just the fact that he’s cracked the B’s lineup in both games tells you that the coaching staff wants to get a long, good look at the undersized forward.

But the 5-foot-9, 167-pound Czarnik brings more than simply a touch of the Napoleon complex after always being told that he was too small to make it to the elite levels of hockey. The 23-year-old clearly can score after posting 20 goals and 61 points in his first pro season in the AHL in Providence last season. He plays with heart, energy and a dogged determination when he’s hunting pucks on the fore-check.

But former P-Bruins head coach and current B’s assistant coach Bruce Cassidy says that Czarnik also brings something a little extra that New England Patriots fans will certainly appreciate.

“As far as being a player goes, he would be, to me, that [Bill] Belichick-type player that you could use in a lot of different situations,” said Cassidy, in clear reference to intelligent utility guys Troy Brown, Danny Woodhead, Julian Edelman and others that all filled different roles in their time with New England.

“He’s got a very, very high IQ, he’s a quick learner and very coachable,” Cassidy said. “So, he’s a guy you can move around, and he can play with different players. He can play on the penalty kill, he’s good on the power play and especially on the point.

“So there are a lot of different things. I think from night-to-night if you wanted to, you could move him around in your lineup and he could be effective for you. I know he’s a center, but it would be interesting to see if he could play the wing and be effective. That’s something we haven’t really seen. Is that something we maybe attempt down the road? I don’t know. I don’t want to speak out of turn, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he could handle it. He even played for us 6-on-5 as a defenseman with the goalie out. He’s just a smart player, and he understands the game very, very well.”

So, Czarnik is off to a good start in training camp with the Bruins, but we also saw the same thing from him last year as a rookie to pro hockey. 

Now, it’s about seeing whether a smaller player can finish strong as the competition heightens deeper into the preseason, and perhaps he can bring that versatility and feistiness to the NHL level in Boston. 



Thursday, Sept. 29: Oilers right where they belong


Thursday, Sept. 29: Oilers right where they belong

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while looking forward to watching the Luke Cage Netflix series.

*The Cult of Hockey has no issues with yours truly ranking the Edmonton Oilers 29th out of 30 teams in my first preseason NHL power rankings.

*An interesting piece about Brian McGrattan and his battle with alcohol in his career as an NHL tough guy. I can honestly say having covered him a bit when he was in the Bruins organization that he was one of the scariest dudes I’ve ever talked to in an NHL dressing room. A nice guy, but very intense and always looked like he definitely enjoyed his work on the ice.

*Dennis Seidenberg hopped on with the Hockey Central crew today to talk about his new contract with the New York Islanders.

*PHT writer and Friend of Haggs (FOH) Mike Halford has Guy Boucher with some serious Dion Phaneuf love going on in Ottawa.

*Jack Eichel is oozing confidence and swagger in his second NHL season with Buffalo looking to make a big step up this season.

*Scott Burnside said that the World Cup of Hockey could be coming to an end tonight and I think most predict that it will with a little bit of an anticlimactic thud due to the sheer awesomeness of Team Canada.

*For something completely different: “Aleppo Moment” sounds like a great name for a rock band. Not so much for a Presidential candidate.