BruinsDevils: 5 from the First

BruinsDevils: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comNEWARK Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Devils tied at 1-1 at the Prudential Center following 20 minutes of irrelevant hockey.1)Two goals in two games for Rich Peverley, and a hot streak from Bostons third line offensive playmaker couldnt come at a better time. Peverley will be a key part of Bostons offensive attack in the postseason given the way he can attack the net and create his own offense.2)Nordiques Nation is visiting the Prudential Center today and has literally taken over the building while filling the upper balcony at New Jerseys home rink. Theyre blowing air horns, spontaneously clapping at random times during the game and generally taking over the proceedings. Just shows how much they care about getting an NHL franchise back in Quebec, and how much they really deserve a hockey team. Make it so, Bettman. My guess: the Thrashers franchise ends up in Quebec in the next couple of years.3)Adding to the Quebec intrigue, the Nordiques Nation will present Tim Thomas with his Quebec Draft Day sweater that he never received as a ninth-round pick during the 1994 draft following the game. Thats pretty cool.4)Looks like Tuukka Rask has permanently ditched that new mask he tried out in the middle of the year. Its back to the oldie but goodie.5)The Devils are all over the Bruins in a sleepy regular season finale, but the Bs are hanging in there despite the games sheer irrelevancy.

Dupont: If Bruins throw money at Stamkos, they move Krejci

Dupont: If Bruins throw money at Stamkos, they move Krejci

Kevin Paul Dupont joins Michael Felger on Sports Tonight to give his opinion on whether or not the Boston Bruins should sign Steven Stamkos and what other moves could be coming down the road this offseason.

Hayes: 'I know I've got to bounce back and have a strong year'

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Hayes: 'I know I've got to bounce back and have a strong year'

DORCHESTER –Bruins general manager Don Sweeney spoke last weekend of the need for big winger Jimmy Hayes to step up next season if Loui Eriksson should indeed depart via free agency.

“I think Jimmy had a pretty good start to the year, but he really tailed off when the team needed him most. He should take some responsibility for that,” said Sweeney. “We had a pretty frank discussion about that to challenge him to take his game to another level, and be able to help out a younger player. He played a lot with Ryan Spooner.

“I have to put ownership on Jimmy in terms of saying ‘Hey, I have to take more responsibility. It’s not just about finishing and scoring goals.’ He has the capacity to do that. He gets power play time and net-front time, and he needs to get to the hard areas of the ice with more consistency. It’s an area that he needs to continue to improve upon. We as an organization feel that we need to have players that are driven to get better.”

Hayes heard that loud and clear just as he received the same message during exit interviews with the Bruins back in April, and knows that he needs to simply put more into next season.

Hayes’ numbers dropped from the previous season with the Florida Panthers, and he finished with 13 goals, 29 points and a minus-12 while going through long stretches where he completely disappeared on the ice. That’s a difficult thing for a 6-foot-6 forward to do, but Hayes managed while going weeks at a time without scoring and failing to play the big man’s game around the net on most nights.

The 26-year-old Hayes knows that needs to change for both his personal benefit and for the well-being of the Black and Gold this upcoming season.

“It’s definitely something that’s going to motivate me beyond just already motivating myself [this summer]. We had our own discussions [during exit interviews], and I know I’ve got to bounce back and have a strong season,” said Hayes. “I need to make sure I help my team win, and that’s what it’s all about. I want to be consistent and available every night to try get two points for our team, and get us as an organization back where we want to be.

“We just talked about how the season went, and we were really up-front with each other. We just want to continue to get better and more consistent, and get better through the season rather than have these spurts where you’re putting up numbers. And if you’re not scoring then you’ve got to find other ways to help the team win, and get to those areas where you’re going to get rewarded for going to those hard areas on a consistent basis.”

This isn’t the first time that Hayes has said all the right things about turning around his game, and really, truly living up to the hope he could be a big-bodied factor down low for the Black and Gold tipping, redirecting, screening and shoveling home rebounded pucks from areas all around the front of the net.