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.

Friday, Oct. 21: Pee-wee push-ups draw coach’s punishment


Friday, Oct. 21: Pee-wee push-ups draw coach’s punishment

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while anxiously awaiting a Cleveland/Chicago Cubs World Series showdown with all of the Red Sox subplots that could be involved.

*A peewee hockey coach in Quebec has been given a season-long suspension for punishing his players with hundreds of push-ups.

*The NHL game has changed radically over the last 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist has been a fixture for the New York Rangers.

*A lot has changed since Jaromir Jagr scored his first goal in 1990 and this article is worth it for the Jagr mullet picture alone.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough says that a healthy Brandon Sutter has been a difference-maker for the Canucks.

*Carey Price is back in net for the Montreal Canadiens, and that makes the Habs a new team as they prepare for the Bruins on Saturday.

*This is what it looks like when you’ve completely given up on just about everything else except for being a hockey fan. So very gross.

*For something completely different: The Doctor Strange cast is being forced into answering some tough questions at the premiere of what is essentially a comic book movie.



Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’


Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Tuukka Rask has been outstanding through his first three games this season after stumbling out of the gate last year. The .947 save percentage and sub 2.00 GAA are all the more impressive for Rask when also accounting for a lower body issue that’s been nagging at him since the opening night win a little more than a week ago.

Rask stopped 28 of 29 shots against the New Jersey Devils Thursday night in a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden, but it was also clear on a couple of stops that he was feeling discomfort in his lower half as he extended into the full butterfly. 

That was confirmed by Rask following the win when he admitted he was dealing with “something” after the game, and by his absence from the practice ice at Warrior Ice Arena on Friday morning.

“Uh-huh. There’s always a little something-something,” said a smirking Rask, when asked if he’s playing through something physically.

Instead, Babson College goalie coach Mike Ronan was called into emergency duty, and took the practice ice along with Bruins backup netminder Anton Khudobin.

Claude Julien said following practice that Rask was dealing with the same “general soreness” that last week pushed him out of a scheduled start against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it’s uncertain whether he will make the start against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

“The general soreness he had last week is still there,” said Julien. “[The medical staff] will see tomorrow how he's doing.”

Rask also missed a Bruins practice with soreness last Friday in Toronto, and wasn’t able to play the next night in the loss to the Maple Leafs. Injuries aside, Rask has been brilliant against both New Jersey and Winnipeg and was solid over the final 40 minutes against the Blue Jackets in an opening night win to start the season.

“Tuukka was outstanding in Winnipeg and he was good again [vs. New Jersey],” said Julien. “So, there are no issues with Tuukka. I think he’s giving us the hockey and the goaltending that we are looking for.”

Well, maybe there is one slight “issue with Tuukka” if a nagging lower body issue starts keeping him out of Bruins games and practices on the regular.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings at Friday practice:









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