BruinsOilers: 5 from the Third

BruinsOilers: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comEDMONTON, AB Here are five thoughts from the third period between the Bruins and the Oilers with the Bs taking a 3-2 win over Edmonton at the end of 60 contentious minutes at Rexall Place.1)Milan Lucic got into a rare hockey fight this season with Jim Vandermeer in the third period, and it seemed like No. 17 never really got into the fight until hed caught a few right hands from Vandermeer to his face. Then Lucic let loose and began hammering away at the Oilers defenseman in a pretty boisterous heavyweight bout. It seems to these eyes that Lucic just isnt that interested in fighting anymore, and who could blame him given the value he has on the ice.2)Tuukka Rask wasnt outstanding through the entire game, but he came up with a big save in the third period on Jordan Eberle that saved the one-goal lead. Thats what a hockey team needs from its goaltenders the stop when it matters most.3)Five shots on net for the second game in a row for Nathan Horton. Thats exactly what the Bs are hoping to see out of their right winger as the stretch run has arrived.4)Adam McQuaid. Close to 20 minutes, three blocked shots, three hits and a plus-2 for the game. He is really blossoming into an excellent player for the Bruins with little fanfare when he came into the organization.5)A minus-3 for Andrew Cogliano, who finally loses it when Brad Marchand decks him into the boards in the third period. That paves the way for Marchands first NHL fight with Cogliano with the decision definitely going to the Oilers forward. It was only a matter of time before Marchand got into a scrap given his antagonistic ways.

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.