BruinsHurricanes: 5 from the Third

BruinsHurricanes: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comRALEIGH, N.C. Here are five thoughts from the third period of BruinsHurricanes with the Bruins taking a 3-2 decision over the Hurricanes at the RBC Center in the first game back from the NHL All-Star break.1)The Bruins are a plus-31 in the third period this season. The best mark for any team in any period over the course of the season. Thats a championship level number for an NHL team.2)Nine goals in his last 13 games for Patrice Bergeron. He has again taken his rightful place as the best player on this Bruins team in his long road back from the concussion three years ago. 3)First goal for Nathan Horton after a 10-game goal-scoring drought heading into the All-Star break, and you could sense how happy his teammates were for him when he buried the shot off a David Krejci pass.4)Seven shots on net, two assists and a plus-1 for Zdeno Chara in a monumental effort coming out of the All-Star break.5)Chara made plays on the offensive end, and credit the big defenseman for completely shutting down Eric Staal to the tune of one shot on net in 20 plus minutes of ice time. He was a virtual non-factor in the game and thats all about Big Zee.6)No power plays for the Bruins in the game. Interesting. They got tips and traffic in front of the net and battled pretty hard in front of Thomas, so it appears they played a very disciplined road game.

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.