BruinsBlackhawks: 5 from the Third

BruinsBlackhawks: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins taking down the Blackhawks by a 3-0 score at TD Garden after a fast-paced first 60 minutes against a fatigued Chicago bunch.1)Ten goals in 18 games and 24 on the season for Nathan Horton, who showed confidence and goal-scoring skill on that third period strike that iced the game for the Bruins. Horton is definitely playing in playoff mode with three weeks to go until the postseason. 2)Shawn Thornton never returned for the Bruins. Well have an update after the game, but that was a nasty looking gash that he took above his right eye from the skate blade of Fernando Pisani.3)Tim Thomas is now 4-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA in his last four games against the Devils, Canadiens, Flyers and Blackhawks. That is just plain getting it done. Wasnt heavily tested, but make a couple of timely saves against Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews on rebounds with traffic in front of the net.4)Patrice Bergeron should send a tape of tonights game to all of the writers voting for the Selke Award because he completely outplayed Jonathan Toews another favorite for the trophy given to the best defensive forward.5)Three shots on net and an assist for Milan Lucic, though he was showing a little frustration when he couldnt pop in a Zdeno Chara rebound that dropped between his skates in front of the net. A good step in the right direction, though he still has a little ways to get back to his full power forward game.

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!

*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.

*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.

*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.

*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.

*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.

*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.