BruinsBlackhawks: 5 from the Second

BruinsBlackhawks: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Blackhawks by a 2-0 score at TD Garden after a fast-paced first 40 minutes.1)Bruins finally get through after continuing to throw bodies at the front of the net, and finding daylight to get point shots through. Zdeno Chara ricochets a shot off Brian Campbell and past Corey Crawford with Mark Recchi waiting on the doorstep, and Johnny Boychuk gets a knuckling long shot past Crawford after firing from just inside the blue line. Looked like that shot deflected off Troy Brouwer as well.2)Nasty looking incident with Shawn Thornton as he appeared to catch a skate blade above the right eye that ripped his forehead open, and then Thornton appeared to shove ref Don VanMassenhoven as he was attempting to get to the Chicago bench after somebody chirped him as he skated off the ice. Not very classy from Chicago, but no indication who exactly was yelling at Thornton as he skated off. No penalty after a bloodied Thornton shoved VanMassenhoven, and Thornton never returned in the second period.3)12 shots on net for Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi after two periods including seven shots on net for Bergeron as hes showing up Jonathan Toews in the match of Selke Trophy candidates.4)A tip of the cap to Recchi, who has appeared to be in playoff form tonight and had heavy involvement in both Boston goals. The first was a screen in front for Charas shot and then Recchi found Boychuk just over the blue line for his knuckling blast. The assist was point no. 1,532 for Recchi, which gives him sole possession of 12th place all-time on the NHL point list.5)Jonathan Toews and Pat Kane looking like they have zero legs and zero desire to win this game tonight. This is why a talented Blackhawks team is scrapping just to get into the playoffs.

Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch


Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch

BOSTON -- It wasn’t perfect by any means, but Saturday night represented a step in a positive direction for Ryan Spooner.

The 24-year-old speedy forward was scratched for the home opener against New Jersey in classic message-sending fashion by Bruins coach Claude Julien, and deserved it based on a passive lack of production combined with some costly mistakes as well. So he stayed quiet, put in the work and then returned to the lineup Saturday vs. the Montreal Canadiens where he scored a power play goal in the 4-2 loss to the Habs at TD Garden.

“He was better,” agreed Claude Julien. “He was better tonight.”

Spooner could have had even more as he got a couple of great scoring chances in the first period vs. Montreal, but Carey Price was able to turn away a couple of free looks at the Montreal net. So the Bruins forward felt he possibly left points on the ice after it was all said and done, but also clearly played his best game of the young season after going from the press box back to the lineup.

“Yeah, I had like maybe four or five [chances] that I could have scored on,” said Spooner. “I’ve just got to bear down on those [scoring opportunities], and a lot [of them] in the first period. It’s good that I’m getting those looks, but I have to score on them.

“I’m just going to go out there and just try to play. I can’t really think about [fighting to hold a spot]. I’ve just got to go out there and try to play, I guess, the game I can and try to use the speed that I have.”

The Spooner power play strike was a nifty one with the shifty forward and David Backes connecting on a pass across the front of the net, and the young B’s forward showing the necessary assertiveness cutting to the net from his half-wall position.

Spooner had five shot attempts overall in the game, and was one of the few Bruins players really getting the chances they wanted against a pretty effective Montreal defensive group. Now it’s a matter of Spooner, along with linemates Backes and David Krejci, scoring during 5-on-5 play and giving the Bruins a little more offensive balance after riding Boston’s top line very hard during the regular season’s first couple of weeks. 

Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils


Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while waiting to find out which Walking Dead character got brained by Lucille in last season’s cliffhanger. I’m going with Abraham.

*The SI roundtable talks about the future of Jacob Trouba, and where he’ll end up going when his current situation resolves itself.

*P.K. Subban is apparently getting very comfortable in Nashville, and enjoying life in a city with NFL football.

*Fun conversation between Yahoo’s Josh Cooper and Brad Marchand about a whole range of random topics.

*A cool father-son story where they became the goaltending tandem for the Ontario Reign through a series of dominoes falling after Jonathan Quick went down with injury for the Los Angeles Kings.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Taylor Hall serving as exactly what the New Jersey Devils have needed for the last couple of years.

*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy says that the MLB playoffs couldn’t have played out any worse for the Boston Red Sox.