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.

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.