BruinsIslanders: 5 from the Second

BruinsIslanders: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comUNIONDALE, N.Y. Here are five thoughts from the second period of BruinsIslanders at Nassau Coliseum with the Bs leading the Isles by a 6-2 score after 40 minutes of action on Long Island.1)Sad, pathetic display by the Islanders in between the pipes. Al Montoya managed to calm things down when he entered the game in the second period, but Nathan Lawson looked like a complete mess in the first and second period. Once Rick DiPietro had his face broken by a Brent Johnson punch, the Isles were cooked for the rest of the season trying to win with minor league goaltending.2)Tuukka Rask looking rusty in tonights game against the Islanders, but it helped immensely that he had ample room to make mistakes. He was beaten to his glove hand twice for Islanders goals one by Tavares that he should have stopped, and another to Josh Bailey that was a missile and finally seemed to catch his stride midway through the second period. Bruins defense still allowing some good opportunities after talking about tightening up their defense after allowing 20 goals in last 4 games. Didnt look like that was the case tonight.3)Patrice Bergeron has broken two sticks tonight, and has snapped a countless number of twigs over the last month. Perhaps its time for Bergeron to move away from the Reebok sticks and find another endorsement deal elsewhere. The consensus seems to be Bauer.4)A goal and an assist for Tyler Seguin, who has hit double digits in goals for the season and played very well in each game since his two-game stretch of healthy scratches. The goal and assist amount to his third multi-point game of the season, and his first since January. It appears that Seguin is finally seeing the light in his rookie season as playing time is about to get precious with Chris Kelly set to hit the Bs roster tomorrow in Ottawa.5)A team-high five shots on net for David Krejci and two points for the Czech Republic center thats really doing a good job of getting his game completely together. That little kick pass from his skate to Milan Lucic for the power play goal in the second was the perfect example of Krejci's quick mind and creativity when they're both working together at a high level.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.

Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure


Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure

The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.

It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.

Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.

The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.