BruinsHurricanes: 5 from the First

BruinsHurricanes: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comRALEIGH, N.C. Here are five thoughts from the first period of BruinsHurricanes with both teams locked in a scoreless tie at the RBC Center in the first game back from the NHL All-Star break.1)Not going into the books as one of Bostons best periods of hockey. The Bs were on their heels for much of the session, and took a pair of penalties without going on the power play themselves.2)Rare fight these days for Milan Lucic with Jay Harrison toward the end of the first period. No real strong punches landed either way, but perhaps thats the kind of momentum event that can snap the Bruins out of their slumber.3)The Bruins did look like they started to get their bearings toward the end of the period. Good chances for Nathan Horton, Blake Wheeler and Patrice Bergeron in the middle of the slot area, but Cam Ward looks like hes on his game just as strongly as Tim Thomas. Amazingly the Bruins still outshot Carolina by a 15-10 margin despite starting off very slowly.4)Tim Thomas made a series of big saves at the beginning of the first period during Carolinas first power play when he made three straight body and pad saves on Tuomo Ruutu and Jussi Jokinen before his helmet popped off and the refs had to whistle the play dead.5)Good jump from Steve Kampfer, who had a couple of shots on net and threw Carolina wonder body Jeff Skinner to the ice as the final buzzer sounded in the first period. It got bodies pushing and shoving on both sides, and continued to show the Bruins getting better and more involved as the period went on.6)Six shots on net for Zdeno Chara in the first period.

Saturday, Dec. 10: Vegas, scoring on NHL governors' minds

Saturday, Dec. 10: Vegas, scoring on NHL governors' minds

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while doing some early Christmas shopping ahead of the late rush. 

*Mike Zeisberger sits down with a quartet of NHL governors and discusses a number of hot topics including the Vegas franchise and scoring around the league. 

*Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos has been removed from the NHL Board of Governor’s Executive Committee amid rumors that the Canes might be a prime candidate for relocation. 

*Pierre McGuire weighs in on Connor McDavid’s war of words on the ice and Carey Price losing his mind in the crease against the New Jersey Devils. To that end, Wayne Gretzky liked seeing McDavid get a little combative at such a young age. 

*The New York Islanders signed Cal Clutterbuck to a five year contract extension, and some are skeptical it will turn out well for the Isles.

*David Pastrnak is a premier scoring threat in the league, and Scott Cullen has some details behind that. I will say this: his stock falling in the draft had less to do with his size or heaviness, and more to do with him being concussed for a long stretch of time during the year leading up to the draft. 

*The Florida Panthers are really struggling to stay positive with a 1-5-0 record since the ownership group and management decided to fire Gerard Gallant. 

*For something completely different: Baywatch stars then and now. 

 

 

Acciari, Heinen called back up to Bruins

Acciari, Heinen called back up to Bruins

BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Bruins made a few roster moves after a slogging 4-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche earlier this week, with an eye toward getting some competition going among the forward group, and perhaps spark a team struggling offensively.

Danton Heinen and Noel Acciari were brought up from Providence to skate with the big club on Saturday morning at Warrior Ice Arena and gritty Anton Blidh was returned to the P-Bruins after a solid stint as a fourth-line energy guy for the Black and Gold. 

Jimmy Hayes and Colin Miller were the late skaters off the ice following morning skate, so those will be the healthy scratches for the Bruins with both Acciari and Heinen in the lineup for the Black and Gold tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden.

Heinen has been tearing it up for the P-Bruins lately with four goals and seven points in his past five games with a plus-2 rating, including a couple of two-goal games for a Providence team that’s starting to heat up. 

Otherwise, things looked fairly similar for the Black and Gold, who didn’t make any changes to the struggling top power-play unit that was a disaster on Thursday night in the first period. It was Patrice Bergeron in the bumper role, Ryan Spooner on the half-wall, David Backes at the front of the net and David Krejci and Torey Krug manning the point positions. 

Here are the Bruins projected line combos and D-pairings based on the morning skate: 

 
Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Heinen-Krejci-Backes

Spooner-Nash-Czarnik

Schaller-Moore-Acciari/Hayes

 
Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

Morrow-K. Miller

C. Miller

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