BruinsLeafs: 5 from the First

BruinsLeafs: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comTORONTO Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins trailing the Toronto Maple Leafs by a 2-1 score after 20 minutes of action at Air Canada Centre.1)The Bruins are definitely facing a highly motivated Leafs bunch playing for their playoff life tonight: plenty of bodies colliding and hits thrown over the first 20 minutes. Nathan Horton finished the period with four registered hits and even Tyler Seguin logged a pair of hits against the Leafs in a chippy period where the Bruins played with good effort bursts but didnt exactly play error-free hockey. Milan Lucic and Keith Aulie were caught way behind the play pushing and shoving on Schenns first goal for Toronto after Aulie came in high on a Nathan Horton hit seconds earlier.2)First NHL goal for Nazem Kadri on a weird play in front of the net. Kadri let a shot go, and it appeared that Tim Thomas was screened when Adam McQuaid and Darryl Boyce wrestled for position in front of the net.3)Up and down first period for McQuaid, who was in Thomas vision path on the second goal and was basically thrown out of the way by Luke Schenn on an end-to-end rush that resulted in a goal for Luke Schenn. Then McQuaid atoned for the first defensive breakdown by potting a goal when he flipped a puck to the crease area and watched it go off Dion Phaneufs skate and into the open net behind James Reimer. McQuaid led all players with three shots on net in the first period.4)Andrew Ference played 3:59 in the first period and looked healthy enough, but finished with a minus-2 on the ice as Adam McQuaids defenseman partner. Thats a tough welcome back after three weeks away from the action for the veteran blueliner.5)A nice tribute for Tomas Kaberle 12 minutes into the first period as the Air Canada Centre game ops people put on a long video tribute for the former Leafs defenseman, and had U2s Where the Streets Have No Name playing in the background. Kaberle got a warm, extended ovation from the normally sedate Leafs Nation, and waved to the crowd several times in warm appreciation.

Tuesday, Sept. 27: Jumbo Joe energizes Team Canada

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Tuesday, Sept. 27: Jumbo Joe energizes Team Canada

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering exactly what “semi-exact” means.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper has a piece on Jumbo Joe Thornton bringing an ageless energy to Team Canada.

*If you’re wondering where former B’s farmhand goaltender Jeremy Smith ended up, he’s now with the Colorado Avalanche.

*The Hockey News believes that the Bruins will be back in the playoffs this season after a two-year absence.

*While I appreciate the Hockey News linking to my work, I feel like it’s a key piece of info that I’m the Bruins Insider for CSN New England and not NESN.

*Is Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger the man with the plan to defeat a Team Canada juggernaut in the World Cup of Hockey.

*Dustin Byfuglien had an interesting take on the World Cup after flaming out with Team USA: “It is what it is. I didn’t really enjoy it.”

*For something completely different: this is not your father’s Converse, but it’s a sleek look that the kids are gonna love.