BruinsCanucks: 5 from the Second

BruinsCanucks: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comVANCOUVER Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena after the first 40 minutes of action.1)Andrew Ference made it through 57 games this season largely unscathed, but he was out of tonights game after the first period with a lower body injury. No details on how serious the injury is, but it has to be a concern given Ferences groin issues over the last few seasons in Boston. It seems like he cant make it through a full season without breaking down at some point. Looks like the signing of Shane Hnidy was pretty fortuitous. 2)It looked like the Bs might be two defensemen down when Johnny Boychuk took a shot off the arm while guarding the front of the Boston net. He was in clear pain as he skated back to the bench, but he was back on the ice to finish the rest of the second period.3)Physical, playoff atmosphere between the two teams. Clean, good hockey by a couple of teams with plenty of talent and only a bit more than a month to go in the regular season. Could very easily see these two hockey teams getting together again in late May for the Stanley Cup Finals if they can retain their health. Certainly a good hockey game to watch 4)Five shots on net for Nathan Horton through two periods along with Bostons only goal. Horton has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in his last four games, and really did a good job of winning a battle against Mason Raymond for the rebound in front of the net. Looks like Horton is heating up at the right time, and seven shots attempted overall for Horton and Lucic.5)Bruins have to watch Ryan Kesler in front of the Boston net as hes getting very good position when the Canucks set up in the offensive zone. That will burn them if they dont take care of it.

Monday, Jan. 23: Yandle endorses Coyotes

Monday, Jan. 23: Yandle endorses Coyotes

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while sorting through all the Bruins-related alternative facts out there.

*Matthew Tkachuk is having some disagreements with his parents about his mouth-guard usage with the Calgary Flames.

*Former Yotes D-man Keith Yandle says that the Arizona Coyotes “know what they’re doing” despite their decent to the cellar in the Western Conference.

*Insights on every goaltending situation in the NHL from the crack ESPN.com staff breaking down the fantasy rankings.

*The struggles continue for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they can’t seem to gain any traction in the Atlantic Division.

*Wayne Simmonds took the blame for a late penalty that led to Philly’s undoing as they battle for playoff position in the East.

*Sounds like Patrik Laine might be nearing a return to the lineup, and that’s a very good thing for the Winnipeg Jets.

*For something completely different: We have a title for the next Star Wars film. It’s going to be called “The Last Jedi.”

Rask missing from Bruins practice after Sunday exit

Rask missing from Bruins practice after Sunday exit

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- A day after exiting a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins with complications from migraines, Tuukka Rask was missing from a full Bruins team practice at Warrior Ice Arena prior to Tuesday night’s home date against the Detroit Red Wings.

Rask pulled himself out of the game midway through the second period with his team trailing after he’d stopped 20-of-22 shots, and was motioning toward his eyes as he exited for the Bruins dressing room. The Bruins goalie confirmed to reporters following the deflating loss that he indeed was suffering from ocular issues consistent with migraines, the same issue that knocked him out of a home loss to the Rangers a couple of years ago.

The Bruins brought in an emergency goalie to practice with the team on Monday along with backup netminder Zane McIntyre, who allowed three goals in the third period on the way to the Bruins imploding in Pittsburgh.

Both Colin Miller and Kevan Miller returned to practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins coaches shook up the forward lines after they were only able to cobble together one goal on 45 shots on Sunday afternoon. Torey Krug was also missing from practice along with Rask.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on Monday morning’s practice that started roughly an hour late due to the team doing some video work together:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Vatrano-Krejci-Backes

Schaller-Nash-Beleskey

Spooner-Moore-Czarnik/Hayes

Chara-Carlo

Liles-McQuaid

K. Miller-C. Miller

Morrow

McIntyre