BruinsPredators: 5 from the Third

BruinsPredators: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comNASHVILLE Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins and Predators locked in a 3-3 tie after the first 60 minutes of play at Bridgestone Arena and headed for overtime.1)Some real danger signs with the Bruins defense when theres only one defender amid a series of onrushing Predators players in the final 10 minutes of a 3-2 hockey game on the road. David Legwand scored a game-tying goal after two great saves by Tuukka Rask, and then the young Bs netminder threw his stick high in the air in frustration after Nashville potted the goal. Very milk crate-esque from Tuukka.2)Its too bad the Bruins allowed the game-tying strike because the day was all set up for Patrice Cleary-Bergeron to take home the game-winner. Bergeron hadnt scored a goal since the end of February against the Vancouver Canucks, but instead hell have to settle for one of the goals that sent the game to OT.3)Frustrating third period where the Bruins dominated shots and play, but had one shift where they were caught defensively with their pants down and allowed the Predators to push them to overtime because of it.4)The Bruins are 0-for-3 on the power play and still dont look quite right on the man advantage. Its really starting to look more and more like this is going to be a chronic issue with this particular team.5)Six shots on net for Michael Ryder. Hes certainly trying to show tonight that he wants to be in the lineup, isnt he?

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!

*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.

*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.

*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.

*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.

*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.

*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.