BruinsLightning: 5 from the Second

BruinsLightning: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Lightning locked in a 1-1 tie at the TD Garden after the first 40 minutes of playoff atmosphere at the TD Garden.1)Steve Kampfer has come back strong from getting scratched for a couple of the games by the Bruins, and responded to a mistake on the ice with a goal. His ill-advised pass off the boards turned into Eric Brewers goal for the Lightning, but he responding with his own strike from the top of the slot area minutes later. It was only Kampfers second point in the last 15 games, but perhaps a sign that hes lifting himself over the wall hed encountered lately.2)A lot of diving and dropping for calls by Tampa Bay to get Steve Stamkos and their power play out on the ice. In fact its a very Montreal-like game that the Lightning are playing tonight, and its a pretty good preview of what theyd do in a potential playoff matchup. It worked when Dominic Moore dropped to get a Nathan Horton tripping penalty, and the same thing with a Dennis Seidenberg cross-check on Blair Jones. The cross-check was legit, but Jones dropped to the ice as if hed been shot to get the whistle.3)Surprising to see Marty St. Louis stick his leg out and trip Mark Recchi on his way to the net during a cover-up and whistle in the second period. It sent Recchi spilling into the net and post, and left both teams pairing up in shoving matches afterward. Recchi was hot from the bench long afterward, and it was really unexpected from Lady Byng perennial candidate Marty St. Louis.4)The work done by Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley along the sideboards created the goal for Steve Kampfer, and both wingers got their earned assists on the goal. Thats exactly the kind of gritty grunt work that each player has been doing since they arrived, and is part of the reason why the Bruins have become that much tougher to play against. 5)Four shots on net for Dennis Seidenberg, who has been one of the players most affected in a positive fashion by the Tomas Kaberle trade. Hes been active, physical and playing some very good hockey after a slow start to the year. Once Kaberle arrived it really allowed all the rest of the Bs defensemen to slide into their proper spots.

Saturday, Oct. 1: Vesey's New York state of mind


Saturday, Oct. 1: Vesey's New York state of mind

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while gearing up for Big Papi weekend.

*A “behind-the-scenes” look as Jimmy Vesey was sold on the New York Rangers, but there’s not too much detail about the pitches from the other teams. Feels pretty apparent at this point that Vesey wanted to live, and work, in New York City.

*Damien Cox says that the World Cup of Hockey better get it right the next time, or else…or else what, Damien? You’re going to block them on Twitter?

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Patrick Kane, Erik Karlsson and P.K. Subban making their preseason debuts on Saturday. David Backes and David Pastrnak will play their first preseason games for the Bruins as well.  

*It’s a complicated, strange story with Vladimir Sobotka, the KHL and the contract he seemingly can’t get out of to again play for the St. Louis Blues.

*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is ready to get back to work with the Arizona Coyotes after his World Cup experience.

*San Jose Sharks prospect Timo Meier is out for the next month with mono, which is definitely worse timing than Zach Senyshyn getting hit with the mononucleosis bomb over the summer.

*A quick look at the Philadelphia Flyers in advance of their preseason meeting with the Black and Gold tonight, which won’t be televised.

*For something completely different: there will be some pretty funky stuff happening on The Walking Dead this season.



Claude Julien on David Ortiz: 'Finishing in style, you don't see that very often'

Claude Julien on David Ortiz: 'Finishing in style, you don't see that very often'

BRIGHTON, Mass. – It hasn’t been difficult to spot Claude Julien randomly at Fenway Park on a nice summer night in Boston over the past ten years. The Bruins coach doesn’t hide his affection for the Old Towne Team. 

So, Julien didn’t waste much time before sharing his thoughts on the final season for David Ortiz and the celebration of his Hall of Fame-worthy career that’s going on at the Fens this weekend.

It might have been a chore when the rest of the Team Canada coaching staff was watching the Toronto Blue Jackets during the World Cup of Hockey, but Julien never strayed too far away from his Red Stockings.

“He’s finishing in style, and you don’t see that very often,” said Claude Julien of Big Papi, who was sitting with numbers of .316 with 38 home runs and 127 RBI that border on the ridiculous at 40 years old. 

“A lot of times when people retire the game has caught up to them big time. Not him. He doesn’t seem to have missed a beat here. I’m pretty impressed with how he’s handled this year, and what he’s done. If I’m correct he just hit the home run last night for the game-winner.

“But as you know I was in Blue Jays land for about two weeks, so I had to keep a low profile. They were watching the Blue Jays and I’m Canadian too...but I was watching the Red Sox. So, it was healthy competition for our [World Cup] coaching staff.”

The most intriguing part about all is that the best is still yet to come for Ortiz in his farewell tour as he gets one more chance to clutch up in the postseason. It'll give Julien more to marvel at over the next few weeks while showing again why Big Papi will go down as the greatest clutch hitter in the history of Major League Baseball.