By Joe HaggertyCSNNE.comEDMONTON, AB Here are five thoughts from the first period between the Bruins and the Oilers with the Bs leading Edmonton by a 2-1 score at the end of the first 20 minutes at Rexall Place.1) Looks like the Milan LucicNathan HortonDavid Krejci line is finishing the season in much the same fashion that they started everything out. Horton pots his 17th goal of the season and his third in the last five games after collecting one of Krejcis best passes of the season from the other side of the ice. It all started with Horton getting involved in the game and going after Edmontons Theo Peckham after he got a little rough with Krejci a few moments prior.2) Peckham is a pretty tough guy, but it looks like Horton knocked him out of the game with a strong right hand directly to the face and nose of Peckham. Tonights game is the kind of effort the Bruins have been waiting for out of Horton for quite a while.3) Brian McGrattan dealt to the Anaheim Ducks for an unknown hockey asset in return. Good deal or the Bruins as it didnt appear that McGrattan was going to be anything more than a black ace for the Bs during a playoff run.4) Good bounce back effort for the Bruins after letting the Oilers take a quick lead just a minute into the first period on an Ales Hemsky goal. This game had trap written all over it, and it appears the Bs have managed to avoid that by pulling themselves out of the early hole.5) Bruins outshot the Oilers 15-5 over the period. Guess theyre not taking the Oil all that lightly, eh?
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while finally catching up on “The Man in the High Tower” on Amazon.
*The Coyotes and Panthers executed a trade sending Dave Bolland to Arizona, and it’s not exactly great news for Gary Bettman with Arizona continuing to take on a lot of dead money.
*Alex Pietrangelo was appropriately humbled to be named the 21st captain in the history of the St. Louis Blues.
*The Colorado Avalanche have a new head coach, and his name is Jared Bednar, who it is said will get the players to play hard for him.
*The footage of somebody in full goalie equipment running away from a burglary scene is something out of a movie.
*The New York Rangers can never have enough depth, and that’s why they added Brandon Pirri to the mix on Thursday.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker says Lawson Crouse brings the total package in the trade from Florida to Arizona, and he also brings a player that can take a hell of a hit as he was the guy that got rocked by Charlie McAvoy at the World Junior Showcase earlier this month.
*It’s only 15 days until the US National Team Development Program gets going with their 2016-17 schedule: here it is in full.
*For something completely different: can you see David Ortiz’s face in this corn maze? This could be like an ink blot test.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while in disbelief mode that the summer is almost over.
*Good piece on the remainders of the Hartford Whalers organization in Connecticut trying to keep the dream alive for the Whale.
*Tyler Seguin sits down for a podcast this week that I freely admit I did not have the time to listen to. I wonder if Boston even rated a mention in the conversation?
*Rating the top NHL contracts, according to the fancy stats hockey analysts, sounds like an interesting exercise.
*Tracey Myers has Duncan Keith bowing out of the World Cup of Hockey while recovering from an injury, and getting replaced by Jay Boumeester.
*The “Da Beauty” Hockey League has kept players like Dustin Byfuglien, Ryan McDonagh and David Backes in hockey shape this summer while slowly getting ready for the season.
*The Arizona Coyotes make a historic hire by naming Dawn Braid as skating coach, making her the first female coach in the NHL.
*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Rich Shirtenlieb guested on the #DORK podcast this week, and it sounds like he didn’t love “Stranger Things.” At the very least he liked “Preacher” better. I thought Preacher was entertaining, but I didn’t even think it was in the same stratosphere as Stranger Things. Rich also has me wanting to watch “It Follows” now, however, after his endorsement.