BruinsFlames: 5 from the Second

BruinsFlames: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comCALGARY Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Flames by a 1-0 score after the first 40 minutes at the Scotiabank Saddledome. It appears that the Bruins are cooling off a Calgary team thats 7-1-2 in their last 10 games with their new look lineup.1)Bruins getting outshot 22-17 over the first two periods, but theyre still hanging in there. Its a testament to some timely defense like Zdeno Chara breaking up an Alex Tanguay breakaway from behind and sterling goaltending from Tim Thomas thus far.2)The sheer number of quality chances that the Bruins are getting with Tomas Kaberle running the point on the power play is pretty astounding. They didnt score on the first half of the Curtis Glencross PP to end the second period, but the puck movement was better than its been just about all year for the Black and Gold. Kaberle is a keeper for the Bs.3)The Bruins got five shots on net in that final 2:30 of power play time to end the second period. Let that sink in for a bit. The effectiveness of the power play is going to make a big difference for this Bruins team down the stretch.4)Kaberle leading all Bruins with 16:03 of ice time through the first two periods, and hes played every second of the PP for the Bs.5)Tyler Seguin has only played 6:30 of ice time, but had a couple of shots on net and has enjoyed some very solid shifts thus far tonight. He continues to string together strong, competitive performances since the two-game scratch earlier this month.

Matt Beleskey out six weeks with a right knee injury

Matt Beleskey out six weeks with a right knee injury

BOSTON – Some key Bruins players have missed a handful of games here or there already this season, but only this week did they suffer one of their first major injuries to a key player that will knock him out for nearly two months. 

Matt Beleskey will miss roughly six weeks with an injury to his right knee after the feisty forward was caught with a hip check by Tyler Fedun near center ice in Buffalo over the weekend.  Beleskey tried to instinctively sidestep the oncoming attack, but instead his lower half caught the brunt of the big collision with a young Sabres attacker. 

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Instead Fedun caught Beleskey’s right leg with his hip check, and the gritty Bruins winger was knocked out in the first period of last weekend’s win over the Sabres. 

Beleskey was spotted walking with a bit of a limp during and after Boston’s 4-3 OT win against the Florida Panthers on Monday night, and armed with what looked to be a giant brace or cast on his right leg. It’s clearly a bummer for Beleskey that he’ll now miss a large chunk of time due to a freak injury, and the Bruins have to be disappointed at the timing of it all given how well Beleskey has been playing lately. 

The injury certainly opens up the third line left wing spot for a player like Ryan Spooner, who has struggled to find his right place in the NHL, or a player like Frankie Vatrano as he gets over the hump in his recovery from foot surgery.

Beleskey has skated in plenty of games with Boston in 2016-17, producing two goals and three assists for five points with 23 penalty minutes in what’s been better described as “bedlam”  after a slow start to the regular season.