BruinsLeafs: 5 from the Second

BruinsLeafs: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comTORONTO Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Toronto Maple Leafs by a 5-1 score after 40 minutes of action at Air Canada Centre.1)Bad times for Tim Thomas and the Bruins. He lets in two more goals in the second period including a pretty bad five-hole goal to Mike Brown and is yanked after allowing four goals on 14 shots. That means Thomas is 1-2-2 with a 3.00 goals against average and a .910 save percentage in five games during the month of March, and truthfully has looked incredibly ordinary since the All-Star break. Tuukka Rask may just become Bostons playoff goalie yet.2)Thomas appeared to be pretty miffed at getting pulled in the second period. He never took his mask off once on the bench after he was pulled and wouldnt look Claude Juliens way while he was sitting on the bench.3)David Krejci talked about the need for both he and Tomas Kaberle to shoot the puck a little more and give defenses something theyre not expecting, but they have only one shot between them after two periods of play.4)No fight from the Bruins, though it appeared that Zdeno Chara was jawing with Dion Phaneuf and looking for some fisticuffs midway through the second period. Like Keith Aulie early in the first period when he turned down Milan Lucic, the Leafs wouldnt engage the Bruins and none of the rest of the Boston players appear willing or ready to spark the team with a fight. Where has the life gone on this team? Really brutal effort from a team thats lost five of their last six games,5)One positive note: I like Tyler Seguin being used on the power play by Claude Julien. Seguin has the offensive goods to be effective, is playing well and is being misused if hes not playing on the man advantage.

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.


Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.

Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.

Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.

Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.

“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”

Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game: