BruinsDevils: 5 from the Third

BruinsDevils: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins taking out the Devils by a 4-1 score at the TD Garden after 60 minutes that saw the Bs get bigger and stronger as the game progressed.1)Tim Thomas has been just ordinary since the All-Star break and a shade under that during the month of March, but he looked like vintage Thomas against the Devils tonight. Twenty nine saves for Thomas, and several flashy glove saves on Ilya Kovalchuk when he had to be perfect to match what Martin Brodeur was doing at the other end of the ice.2)Big rebound game from Dennis Seidenberg. He needed that in a Big Bad way, and he responded in a must-win against the Devils.3)Milan Lucic with his 30th goal of the season to ice the game, and snap a five-game goal-scoring drought. Typical goal with the way hes worked to finish this season, and he used his quick release and dead-eye aim to fire home a nice pass from behind the net by Patrice Bergeron. Well executed play to salt away the game.4)Lucic is the first 30 goal scorer for the Bruins since Phil Kessel a couple of years ago, and hes taken over that role as a bona fide game-breaker. A two point night and a plus-2 evening for Lucic on a night when the Bs needed their best player to step up.5)Big game for Zdeno Chara with two points and four shots on net to lead the Bruins along with snarling defense. Chara had seemed to soften a bit in recent games given all of the criticism levied at him, but he was large for the Bs tonight.

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.


Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.

Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.

Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.

Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.

“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”

Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game: