BruinsFlyers: 5 from the Third

BruinsFlyers: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comPHILADELPHIA Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins taking down the Flyers by a 2-1 score after 60 minutes of black-and-blue play at the Wells Fargo Center.1)It appeared that Chris Kelly might a question mark for the third period after the leg check by Blair Betts, but he was the last guy out for a quick warm-up and battled through the third period.2)Milan Lucic fanned on a perfect one-timer attempt midway through the third period and really looks out of synch offensively over the last couple of games.3)Five shots on net for Shawn Thornton. Somebody remind me to ask him after the game if he gets paid per shot.4)Everybodys favorite player to hate is at it again in the third period as Mike Richards whacks Tomas Kaberle in the face with a high stick, and then shoves at the Bs defenseman when hes checking his chicklets and throat to make sure everything is still in working order.5)Huge time for Brad Marchand to get his 20th goal of the season. First goal in a month for the rookie as hed battled through some frustration over the last few weeks.

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

After sitting out the last month with a lower body injury, Bruins fourth liner Noel Acciari has been assigned to Providence presumably to get up to speed after missing a considerable length of time. It also means that Acciari has likely been cleared medically to play after appearing in B's practice over the last few days after missing the last 14 games. 

The 24-year-old former Providence College standout has appeared in 12 games with the Bruins this season after breaking camp with the team, and recorded two assists for two points with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating before suffering a lower body injury.

By all accounts Acciari was a good energy player on a surprisingly good fourth line to start the season, wasn’t afraid to throw around his body for impactful hits and was having plenty of success aggravating opponents into losing their cool and taking penalties. Fellow rookie forward Anton Blidh has stepped in and played a similar role on the fourth line over the last couple of games for the Black and Gold, so that gives the Bruins plenty of time to get Acciari back up to speed at the AHL level without their fourth line’s level of play dropping in the meantime.

The Acciari demotion to Providence does mean that the Bruins head into Washington with 12 forwards, so it should again be Blidh, Dominic Moore and Jimmy Hayes as the fourth line barring any last minute wrinkles from Claude Julien.