BruinsPredators: 5 from the Second

BruinsPredators: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comNASHVILLE Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Predators locked in a 2-2 tie after the first 40 minutes of play at Bridgestone Arena.1)Got to love the hockey scene here in Nashville. They have an Irish band called the Celts playing some St. Patricks Day music in between period as I write this. This place always truly lives up to its name as the Music City.2)Three shots on net, a penalty and a minus-2 for Michael Ryder through two periods tonight. That really embodies the frustration that constantly surrounds his game. All the pieces are there to be so much better, but he cant do anything with a shorthanded breakaway as he left the penalty box in the second period. No shot fakes or dekes as he rolled in on Pekka Rinne, who simply beat him with his glove when he tried to pick a corner.3)Soft goal by Tuukka Rask in the second period on Colin Wilsons blast from the left faceoff circle. Those are the exact kind of goals that would kill the Bruins if they played Rask in a playoff series, and its the reason why this year Tim Thomas will be the guy.4)David Krejci has a seven-game point streak going during which hes got 3 goals and 6 assists, and his entire line has carried the Bruins over the last three weeks. Krejci is looking exactly as he did last spring right around this time.5)A perfect example of Rule 48 in the second period when Shawn Thornton skated by Mike Fisher with his head down, and could have completely cleaned out the Predators center. Instead he pulled off the hit and played the puck to cause an off-sides penalty. Theres the impact everybody is looking for with the NHL rule changes, but its so subtle some wont notice.

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that. 


Chara ‘feels better’ as he closes in on return, but won’t play in Buffalo

Chara ‘feels better’ as he closes in on return, but won’t play in Buffalo

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Zdeno Chara said he is “feeling better” after going through a full practice with the Bruins, but the captain won’t be making the one game road trip to Buffalo for Saturday afternoon’s matinee game vs. the Sabres. 

Chara was going through line rushes and battle drills with the rest of his teammates while practicing for the second day in a row, but made it clear that his lower body injury hasn’t been cleared for game action yet. 

“It’s day-to-day. It feels better…yeah. But it’s still day-to-day,” said a rather laconic Chara when it came to questions about his injury. “It would feel much better [to play] than it feels [not playing].”

Claude Julien said his 39-year-old defenseman has moved into true “day-to-day” status as he nears a return after missing what will be his sixth game in a row on Saturday afternoon, but that he isn’t quite ready to go just yet.

“[Chara] and [Noel] Acciari won’t be on the trip,” said Julien. “I think [Chara] is getting pretty close. When you see him at practice things are going pretty well for him. I think that the term day-to-day is fitting for him right now. A lot of times when we say day-to-day we don’t know whether it’s going to be two days, three days or even a week. But in his case I would say that day-to-day is really day-to-day now with him.” 

One thing the Bruins can be heartened by is that they’ve managed to survive without Chara: the B’s have gone 2-2-1 and allowed just nine goals in the five games since their No. 1 defenseman went down. They have been able to continue collecting points in sometimes ugly, workmanlike fashion. 

That gives the Bruins the luxury of not rushing their D-man along before he’s ready and gives some of their other defensemen added confidence that they can effectively do the job with or without their 6-foot-9 stopper.