BruinsIslanders: 5 from the First

BruinsIslanders: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Islanders by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes of play at TD Garden.1)Shawn Thornton really defines guts, heart and what a hockey player is all about. Simple as that. During a first period that saw his line (with Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille) shine as Bostons best on the ice, they finally broke through 00.1 seconds left on the clock with a rebound he slammed past Ricky DiPietro. Thornton just had 40 stitches removed from a gash above his right eye 24 hours earlier, and was mixing it up in front of the net while showing the kind of fire many of his teammates lacked in the third period against the Rangers. Thats why he probably ends up in the lineup against whichever opponent emerges for the first round of the playoffs. Great stat from NESN.coms Doug Flynn, Thornton and Campbell are first teammates with double-digits in fights and goals since Cam Neely and Nevin Markwart in 1986-87.2)Daniel Paille again playing like a house of fire as well with two shots on net, and a couple of great bids that were turned away only by an on-his-game DiPietro midway through the first period.3)Speaking of DiPietro, he looked exactly like the guy that the Islanders signed to such a ridiculously long deal years ago. Its too bad that the injuries and contract dominate so much of the talk about the Winthrop native because he can be the real deal when hes healthy and would add quite a bit to the Isles if hes 100 percent with all of the talent around him.4)The 5-on-3 needs a lot of work when you can only manage a pair of shots and nothing that amounts to a serious scoring chance. Thats what happened early in the first period after John Tavares and Trevor Gillies were both whistled off at the same time, and the Bs had two minutes of 5-on-3 action. Think they could use Tyler Seguins offensive talents on the PP?5)A good 14-save rebound period for Tim Thomas in the first coming off that meltdown effort in the third period against the Rangers.

Monday, Jan. 23: Yandle endorses Coyotes

Monday, Jan. 23: Yandle endorses Coyotes

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while sorting through all the Bruins-related alternative facts out there.

*Matthew Tkachuk is having some disagreements with his parents about his mouth-guard usage with the Calgary Flames.

*Former Yotes D-man Keith Yandle says that the Arizona Coyotes “know what they’re doing” despite their decent to the cellar in the Western Conference.

*Insights on every goaltending situation in the NHL from the crack ESPN.com staff breaking down the fantasy rankings.

*The struggles continue for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they can’t seem to gain any traction in the Atlantic Division.

*Wayne Simmonds took the blame for a late penalty that led to Philly’s undoing as they battle for playoff position in the East.

*Sounds like Patrik Laine might be nearing a return to the lineup, and that’s a very good thing for the Winnipeg Jets.

*For something completely different: We have a title for the next Star Wars film. It’s going to be called “The Last Jedi.”

Rask missing from Bruins practice after Sunday exit

Rask missing from Bruins practice after Sunday exit

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- A day after exiting a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins with complications from migraines, Tuukka Rask was missing from a full Bruins team practice at Warrior Ice Arena prior to Tuesday night’s home date against the Detroit Red Wings.

Rask pulled himself out of the game midway through the second period with his team trailing after he’d stopped 20-of-22 shots, and was motioning toward his eyes as he exited for the Bruins dressing room. The Bruins goalie confirmed to reporters following the deflating loss that he indeed was suffering from ocular issues consistent with migraines, the same issue that knocked him out of a home loss to the Rangers a couple of years ago.

The Bruins brought in an emergency goalie to practice with the team on Monday along with backup netminder Zane McIntyre, who allowed three goals in the third period on the way to the Bruins imploding in Pittsburgh.

Both Colin Miller and Kevan Miller returned to practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins coaches shook up the forward lines after they were only able to cobble together one goal on 45 shots on Sunday afternoon. Torey Krug was also missing from practice along with Rask.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on Monday morning’s practice that started roughly an hour late due to the team doing some video work together:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Vatrano-Krejci-Backes

Schaller-Nash-Beleskey

Spooner-Moore-Czarnik/Hayes

Chara-Carlo

Liles-McQuaid

K. Miller-C. Miller

Morrow

McIntyre