BruinsOilers: 5 from the Second

BruinsOilers: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comEDMONTON, AB Here are five thoughts from the second period between the Bruins and the Oilers with the Bs leading Edmonton by a 3-1 score at the end of the first 40 minutes at Rexall Place.1)The first points for both Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly in Bruins uniforms as Michael Ryder sets up Peverley with a nifty little playing coming down the slot to give Boston a needed insurance score. Whatever Peverley and Kelly give the Bruins offensively is gravy because the duo is contributing plenty in areas that help good teams win but dont necessarily show up on the scoreboard. 2)I think I truly enjoy the nickname Milwaukee Mush when it comes to Mike Felger and his frequently incorrect theories when it comes to the Boston Bruins. Who is with me?3)Bruins are outshooting the Oilers by a 32-12 margin, and its pretty clear the Bs are exposing the Edmonton defense for all of its holes and softness. That was Claude Juliens game plan heading into today, and thats what the Bs have executed to perfection.4)A goal and an assist for Michael Ryder tonight, who has very nearly matched his goal-scoring output from last season with 20 games left to go in the season. Ryder hasnt been dominant, but hes been good enough this season for the Bruins.5)The Tyler SeguinTaylor Hall match that was hyped up a bit before the game started didnt really live up to it as so many things in life dont. The only really noticeable factor from either player in the game was roughly the Bs treated Hall throughout the game to the point where Hall got called for throwing an elbow at Dennis Seidenberg after the Edmonton youngster was bounced around a bit.

Sunday, Jan. 22: Jimmy Vesey's rookie wall

Sunday, Jan. 22: Jimmy Vesey's rookie wall

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter for taking part in the Women’s March on Saturday.

*The day-to-day NHL grind may be getting to Jimmy Vesey a bit, and causing him to hit a bit of a rookie wall after his Harvard career.

*Alex Radulov has gone from being an NHL headache to being an impact playmaker for the Canadiens in a quick pivot for the Russian player.

*Melrose native Conor Sheary seems to have found a home for himself on the Pittsburgh Penguins skating on a line with a guy named Sidney Crosby.

*The Chicago Blackhawks are always looking to improve, and they’ve reportedly kicked the tires on Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar with Detroit.

*St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock is nearing another coaching milestone in what’s been a long, distinguished career behind the bench.

*P.K. Subban is slowly approaching a return to the Nashville Predators lineup from injury, and the Preds need him as soon as possible.

*For something completely different: Greg Poppovich hits the nail on the head here, and it never ceases to amaze me that he’s such a smart, well-versed human being.


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.