BruinsBlackhawks: 5 from the First

BruinsBlackhawks: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Blackhawks locked in a scoreless tie at the TD Garden after a fast-paced first 20 minutes.1)Bruins dominated the first period by a 12-5 shot count, but couldnt get anything past Corey Crawford. Great rebound chance for Patrice Bergeron and breakaway chance for Brad Marchand during a great start for that line, but couldnt get anything past Crawford despite some very good chances allowed by Chicago.2)Six of Bostons 12 official shots on net were from Bergeron and Marchand, who were all over the ice from beginning to end. A hard fore-check by Marchand and Bergeron is really putting pressure on the Chicago defense in the second night of back-to-back games for the Hawks. Would imagine wearing down Chicagos already weary legs is the plan heading in, but in normal hockey circumstances, failure to cash in on some of those chances can come back to bite a team later on in the game.3)Still no shots for Milan Lucic, who know hasnt had a shot on net in almost a week dating back to last Thursday nights win over the Montreal Canadiens. Lucic isnt getting into the corner and fighting to control the puck, and thats made him pretty passive shift-to-shift on his line. Its not a good look for Looch.4)Not much of a test for Tim Thomas yet in this one, but good to get him in against a quality opponent with teams like the Thrashers, Maple Leafs and Islanders coming up on their schedule. Should be Tuukka time for at least a couple of those games.5)Some very good shifts from the Shawn ThorntonDaniel PailleGregory Campbell line in the first period against the Blackhawks. I can see why Claude Julien is loathe to break them up given the way theyre providing energy and cycling pucks down low each time they get on the ice. Combine that with the occasional goal and the odd fight, and thats a fourth line simply getting their job done.

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Former Boston College hockey star dealing with drug addiction

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Haggerty's Morning Skate: Former Boston College hockey star dealing with drug addiction

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while feeling like I was watching the Heart of a Champion in that Golden State/Oklahoma City game last night. That Klay Thompson is something else.

 

*PHT writer James O’Brien wonders what the next step is for Troy Brouwer now that he’s ready to hit free agency, and the ride has finally come to an for the Blues this season.

 

*Excellent piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Paul Dupont on the sad story of Kevin Stevens, and the drug addiction demons that have had him in their clutches for a long time. I’ve known about Stevens troubles for a while, and it’s too bad because he really is a gregarious guy when you get to know him.

 

*Allan Muir speculates on the future of Steve Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning now that the offseason has begun for both of them.

 

*P.K. Subban doesn’t sound like he’s got any hard feelings about being left off Team Canada for the World Cup of Hockey, and said he’ll still be rooting them along.

 

*Pat Hickey mentions the Subban snub, but is incredulous that Habs center Alex Galchenyuk was left off Team North America.

 

*Larry Brooks breaks down how exactly former Bruins head coach and New York Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan was able to emerge from John Tortorella’s shadow some 10 years later.

 

*For something completely different: sad story all around in Cincinnati where they had to had to shoot an endangered gorilla dead when a four year old child fell into his enclosure.

Saturday, May 28: Frustating season for Predators' Rinne

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Saturday, May 28: Frustating season for Predators' Rinne

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering how much of a dark cloud Slava Voynov’s presence is going to bring to the World Cup of Hockey.

*PHT’s Joey Alfieri tracks the ups and downs of Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who had a frustrating season.

*Jonathan Drouin says that he “definitely wants to be” part of the Tampa Bay Lightning after a very rocky year with a happy ending for all.

*Speaking of the World Cup of Hockey, Taylor Hall was one of a number of deserving Canadian players – including P.K. Subban -- left off the roster.

*The San Jose Sharks have come a long way from their inaugural season in the league.

*Ottawa Senators senior advisor Bryan Murray is still getting used to a new role after a change in the Sens front office structure.

*Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has plenty of reasons to be proud after a very good year running hockey ops for the Penguins.

*For something completely different: this January Rolling Stone magazine piece on Stevie Nicks was an excellent retrospective.