Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the second


Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the second

By Joe Haggerty Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Canucks, 4-0.1)No scoring for either team in the second, but Boston continues to completely discombobulate the entire Vancouver power play over the course of the series. Vancouver PP is now 1-for-26 in the six games, and the Sedin twins have looked utterly toothless over the six finals games
2)Shawn Thornton with five registered hits in 5:57 of ice time tonight in his final appearance at the TD Garden this year. Thornton brought the emotion and the attitude along with everybody else in the Bruins lineup after a bit of a nervous, shaky start.3)Three minor penalties for Patrice Bergeron tonight including an elbowing call late in the second period. Bergeron playing with as much of an edge as I think Ive ever seen him play with, and perhaps he even went a little overboard on that last elbowing penalty near the head region. Thats the exact kind of stuff No. 37 has always preached against.4)Great emotional lift to see Nathan Horton during a TV timeout in the first period where he was waving a pair of yellow towels in either hand in front of a wildly approving cheer from the home crowd. 5)Amazing that all three players without shots in Game 5 at Vancouver end up with goals in that first period: Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic and Michael Ryder. Tip of the cap to Mike Giardi for tweeting that one first.
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Sunday, Jan. 22: Jimmy Vesey's rookie wall

Sunday, Jan. 22: Jimmy Vesey's rookie wall

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.


Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

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.