By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins throwing a beating on the Dallas Stars while leading 4-0 at the TD Garden after the first 20 minutes of regulation.
1)Four fights in the first five minutes of the game, and three fights within the first 1:20 of the first in a game that clearly meant something to the Bruins. Give TSNs Bob McKenzie credit for finding a cheaphit from 2009 by Steve Ott on Gregory Campbell when the Bs center was a member of the Florida Panthers. That was the switch thatstarted things off and theres no doubt that much of that was a resounding statement from the Bs on how much they care about their teammates. Campbell had his nose bloodied in the fight with Ott, but Thornton, McQuaid and Ference all won decisive brawls with their Stars opponents. That's as close to the Big Bad Bruins as fans are likely to ever see with three consecutive fights in the first four seconds of the game before a puck could even be dropped.2)A career-high 8th goal of the season and 14th point of the year Shawn Thornton when he roofed a blast from beyond the faceoff dot high to Kari Lehtonens glove side to close out Bostons scoring. It was Thorntons first goal in 19 games, but the Bs enforcer is to be commended for the way hes worked on his hands, shot and ability to control the boards in both zones.3)Two goals for Patrice Bergeron and six points for the BergeronBrad MarchandMark Recchi line that has basically become Bostons best forward group over the course of the season. Dont expect that to change anytime soon as the MarchandBergeron combo is simply dynamite together. It was Bergerons 10th goal in his last 14 games.4)Adam McQuaid stepped in and dropped Brian Sutherby in the third of four fights in the first period, and showed exactly how much he covets the starting defenseman spot hes been given ahead of Mark Stuart. He doesnt plan on surrendering it anytime soon.5)Tuukka Rask stuffed James Neal on the backdoor when the game was still close in the first period, and looked as good as he has all season in making nine stops against the Stars. Rarely has the team and goaltender worked in tandem for good efforts this season, but thats happening tonight.Joe Haggerty can be reached at email@example.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with Bruins captain’s practice set to kick off this coming week.
*The Rangers sound like they’ll be a strong candidate for Kevin Shattenkirk, and the Dallas Stars seem willing to stand pat at the goalie position.
*PHT writer James O’Brien speculates on who might be the next Artemi Panarin to break into the NHL ranks from overseas, and make a big impact.
*Yahoo fantasy hockey is making some changes this season, and those that liked to draft Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns are going to bummed about it.
*An original St. Louis Blues jersey from the old time hockey days has found its way back to its original home in St. Louis.
*Steve Simmons says that Dave Bolland has earned the right to be more than a punch line at this point in his career.
*Looking back on Phil Esposito’s classic speech amid the 1972 Summit Series.
*The All-Snub team for the World Cup of Hockey would be a talented lineup, and would no doubt be captained by P.K. Subban.
*For something completely different: those looking for signs of a rift between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady need to call off the search.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, after a busy morning celebrating my 3-year-old’s birthday at the trampoline park. Yee-ha.
*PHT writer Joey Alfieri says that adding toughness was a big offseason priority for the Montreal Canadiens.
*There’s at least one big fan of the Edmonton Oilers trade that brought defenseman Adam Larsson from the New Jersey Devils, and that fan’s name is Mark Letestu.
*Here’s everything you need to know about the Ice Guardians movie premiering this fall that takes a long, balanced look at the NHL enforcers.
*Roberto Luongo has an alibi for the robbery in Winnipeg with one suspect getting away in goalie equipment, and it’s funny as you would expect it to be.
*CSN Washington takes a look at the New York Rangers in their season previews for the Metro Division.
*I’m not entirely sure whether this “RIP Harambe” thing is genuine or meant to be ironic by the largely millenial group that seem so enamored with it, but I think it’s just stupid. I think the same with the crying Jordan meme…also stupid.
*For something completely different: a look at how Triumph the Insult Comic Dog learned how to poop on Trump’s politics.