BruinsCanes: 5 from the Second

BruinsCanes: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comRALEIGH, N.C. Here are five thoughts from the second period of BruinsHurricanes with both teams locked in a 1-1 tie at the RBC Center in the first game back from the NHL All-Star break.1)Tim Thomas has played all four games against the Carolina Hurricanes this season and hes stopped 99 out of 105 shots against the Canes in a season-long performance that has to have them shaking their heads. Thats a .943 save percentage right in line with his season totals.2)A tough turn of events in the second period that led to the Carolina goal for Jamie McBain. The Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronMark Recchi line was at the end of a shift after a prolonged offensive cycle, and the Carolina forwards beat them up the ice as Recchi lagged a bit behind the play. A shot bounced off the sticks of both Patrice Bergeron and Steve Kampfer, and past Thomas as he could only watch. A combination of catching a Bs line at the end of their shift and a few puck luck bounces.3)No shots and no hits for Milan Lucic. Needs to get more involved and stronger on the puck in the third period after not doing much besides the fight.4)Good to see Daniel Paille get his first goal of the season after being a pretty solid soldier all season long for the Bruins through healthy scratches and sporadic playing time. His first goal in 25 games dating back to April of last season.5)Pretty chippy game for both teams, and you can feel the intensity being raised a little bit in their first game after the All-Star break. Teams are going to come at the Bruins with everything they have.

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.