BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the Third

BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins thrashing the Canadiens by a 7-0 score at dominating in pretty much every phase of the game at a raucous TD Garden.1)The Bruins could have played conservatively and held onto their three-goal lead, but instead just completely pounded the Canadiens into the ice. The Bruins played good physical hockey, but really just beat them at their own game without starting fights or roughing Habs skaters up at the whistle. It was good clean hockey and a major thrashing. The Canadiens really looked intimidated for much of the game.2)Nathan Horton with two goals and a thoroughly dirty sniper shot over the glove hand of Carey Price that made the Habs goaltender look hypnotized. One of Hortons best game as a Bruins, and serving further notice that hes playing his best hockey of the season headed into the playoffs.3)That was a high hit from Brad Marchand on Scott Gomez near center ice that sent the forward off for roughing. Youve got to wonder if that kind of shot up high will get looked at by the league. Marchand is clearly playing on the edge at this point in the season. He is going to be a pest in the playoffs.4)A 5-on-3 shorthanded goal for Gregory Campbell. File that under things Ive never seen at the NHL level before. Man, things are really tilted to one end tonight.5)First Bruins goal for Tomas Kaberle in the third period to help push things into blowout territory. Kaberle looks like hes finally settling into his role with the Bs as they approach the end of the season.

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.