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.

Friday, Oct. 21: Pee-wee push-ups draw coach’s punishment


Friday, Oct. 21: Pee-wee push-ups draw coach’s punishment

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while anxiously awaiting a Cleveland/Chicago Cubs World Series showdown with all of the Red Sox subplots that could be involved.

*A peewee hockey coach in Quebec has been given a season-long suspension for punishing his players with hundreds of push-ups.

*The NHL game has changed radically over the last 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist has been a fixture for the New York Rangers.

*A lot has changed since Jaromir Jagr scored his first goal in 1990 and this article is worth it for the Jagr mullet picture alone.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough says that a healthy Brandon Sutter has been a difference-maker for the Canucks.

*Carey Price is back in net for the Montreal Canadiens, and that makes the Habs a new team as they prepare for the Bruins on Saturday.

*This is what it looks like when you’ve completely given up on just about everything else except for being a hockey fan. So very gross.

*For something completely different: The Doctor Strange cast is being forced into answering some tough questions at the premiere of what is essentially a comic book movie.



Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’


Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Tuukka Rask has been outstanding through his first three games this season after stumbling out of the gate last year. The .947 save percentage and sub 2.00 GAA are all the more impressive for Rask when also accounting for a lower body issue that’s been nagging at him since the opening night win a little more than a week ago.

Rask stopped 28 of 29 shots against the New Jersey Devils Thursday night in a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden, but it was also clear on a couple of stops that he was feeling discomfort in his lower half as he extended into the full butterfly. 

That was confirmed by Rask following the win when he admitted he was dealing with “something” after the game, and by his absence from the practice ice at Warrior Ice Arena on Friday morning.

“Uh-huh. There’s always a little something-something,” said a smirking Rask, when asked if he’s playing through something physically.

Instead, Babson College goalie coach Mike Ronan was called into emergency duty, and took the practice ice along with Bruins backup netminder Anton Khudobin.

Claude Julien said following practice that Rask was dealing with the same “general soreness” that last week pushed him out of a scheduled start against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it’s uncertain whether he will make the start against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

“The general soreness he had last week is still there,” said Julien. “[The medical staff] will see tomorrow how he's doing.”

Rask also missed a Bruins practice with soreness last Friday in Toronto, and wasn’t able to play the next night in the loss to the Maple Leafs. Injuries aside, Rask has been brilliant against both New Jersey and Winnipeg and was solid over the final 40 minutes against the Blue Jackets in an opening night win to start the season.

“Tuukka was outstanding in Winnipeg and he was good again [vs. New Jersey],” said Julien. “So, there are no issues with Tuukka. I think he’s giving us the hockey and the goaltending that we are looking for.”

Well, maybe there is one slight “issue with Tuukka” if a nagging lower body issue starts keeping him out of Bruins games and practices on the regular.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings at Friday practice:









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