BruinsFlyers: 5 from the Second

BruinsFlyers: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comPHILADELPHIA Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Flyers locked in a 1-1 tie score after the first 40 minutes of black-and-blue play at the Wells Fargo Center.1)Thats nine goals in his last 17 games for Nathan Horton, who is up to 23 goals on the season after his power play strike in the second period off a rebound in front of the net. Horton looks like he might get up to 25 goals for the season which isnt exactly what many expected of the right wing but still a respectable number in his first season of adjustments with the Boston Bruins. Love the way Horton is taking advantage of his size and strength around the net thats what the Bruins will need come playoff time.2)Much better second period from the Bruins, who started to impose themselves physically on the Flyers and take advantage of Philly when they started to go over the edge with the rough stuff. Hortons power play goal came immediate after a reckless leg-on-leg hit by Blair Betts on Chris Kelly, who appeared to be okay after getting flipped over onto the ice from the force of the hit.3)Some very good goaltending from Tim Thomas tonight as the Flyers have enjoyed some very good chances in tight against the Bs goaltender. Thomas made a great save to kick out an Andreas Nodl shot at the net as Jeff Carter was bearing down on him once the score was tied up, and appears to be locked in at this point in the game after juggling a few pucks earlier in the game.4)Once again no shots on net for Milan Lucic in 10:29 of ice time through two period. Its been at least five periods since Lucic has even put a shot on net, and thats taking a pretty big piece out of the Bruins offense when hes not firing away.5)Power play goals in three of their last four games, and it appears the Bs PP is back on track. Theyre still not consistently getting ideal puck movement each and every PP possession, but the production is needed for a team that will live and die by special teams in the playoffs.

Acciari nearing a return for Bruins after missing a month

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Acciari nearing a return for Bruins after missing a month

BRIGHTON, Mass. – He hasn’t been cleared to play just yet, but fourth line energy guy Noel Acciari is closing in on a return to the Bruins lineup. 

Acciari joined in for a Bruins morning skate for the first time in 14 games at the end of last week, and practiced with the team again Monday for a morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena. The 25-year-old has missed almost exactly a month with a lower body injury, and said he can thankfully now see the light at the end of the injury tunnel for a healthy return to the B’s lineup. 

“It was getting lonely with all the guys on the road, and with me just skating with Frankie [Vatrano] and Zee [Chara],” said Acciari. “It’s great to be back out there with the guys, and it’s good to be back. Each skate I feel a lot better out there and just trying to get my conditioning back. Just being back with the guys is a great feeling, and it’s a big help.”

The fourth line has been okay in Acciari’s absence, but it seemed to be lacking the same kind of energy and hard edge the Providence College standout provided when he was healthy. That was part of what led the B’s to call up the similarly rugged Anton Blidh from Providence at the end of last week, and could provide some interesting energy line options when Acciari is ready to return. 

“I’ve played with [Blidh] before, I’m used to him and I know what he brings to the table just like he knows what I can do,” said Acciari. “So it would work out well [if we played together] I think.”

Acciari has two assists and a plus-1 rating along with four penalty minutes while averaging 10:01 of ice time in 12 games this season, and proved to be very good at unnerving opponents simply by playing all-out all the time. 

Monday, Dec. 5: Craig Cunningham's recovery

Monday, Dec. 5: Craig Cunningham's recovery

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while fully getting in the holiday spirit by getting the family Christmas tree this week.

*Very good and very sobering story about Craig Cunningham’s slow recovery, and his large support system with the AHL Roadrunners team he is captaining this season. It sounds like it might be a bit of a long road for him, so he and his family will need that support from those around him.

*Tyler Seguin has his shot back, and that’s great news for the Dallas Stars power play. So is that like Stella getting her groove back?

*A KHL player went into a sliding dab formation in order to celebrate a goal on the ice, and we salute him for that.

*The Maple Leafs are trying to fortify their backup goaltending situation after waiving Jhonas Enroth this week.

*Interesting Bob McKenzie piece about a young man that’s hoping to challenge conventional thinking in the hockey coaching ranks.

*TSN’s Scott Cullen takes a look at Winnipeg rookie Patrik Laine’s shooting skills as part of his “Statistically Speaking” column.

*For something completely different: the hits just keep on coming for Netflix as they’re going to double their TV series output over the next year.