BruinsRangers: 5 from the Second

BruinsRangers: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comNEW YORK CITY Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins hanging on to a 3-2 lead over the Rangers after the first 40 minutes of play at Madison Square Garden.1)As good as the Bruins looked in building up a 3-0 lead against the Rangers, theyve looked primed to give up since then. Playing against a hungry Blueshirts squad that simply needs the two points for playoff survival, there is a lot of standing around going on in the Bruins defensive end particularly on the second Vinny Prospal goal where three Bruins were beaten to a loose puck in the corner that helped set up the play.2)It took 21 games for Chris Kelly to finally notch one with the Bruins, but he finally got on the board in the second period after beating Henrik Lundqvist short side with a shot that the Rangers goalie probably feels he should have had.3)Adam McQuaid having a tough night tracking attackers and staying on his skates as the action is intensifying for the Bruins rookie defenseman. A minus-2 in 9:32 of action tonight and it looks like hes having a hard time keeping pace.4)Good things happening for Vinny Prospal as he just simply hangs around the net, and is banging home loose pucks and rebounds. Exactly the kind of guy that will have success in the playoffs. Hard to believe thats only his eighth goal of the season.5)Two penalties called on David Krejci in the second period, and the second one was a slashing call after he was blasted into the boards by New York defenseman Dan Girardi. Krejci is looking a little frustrated out there.

Monday, Jan. 23: Yandle endorses Coyotes

Monday, Jan. 23: Yandle endorses Coyotes

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while sorting through all the Bruins-related alternative facts out there.

*Matthew Tkachuk is having some disagreements with his parents about his mouth-guard usage with the Calgary Flames.

*Former Yotes D-man Keith Yandle says that the Arizona Coyotes “know what they’re doing” despite their decent to the cellar in the Western Conference.

*Insights on every goaltending situation in the NHL from the crack staff breaking down the fantasy rankings.

*The struggles continue for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they can’t seem to gain any traction in the Atlantic Division.

*Wayne Simmonds took the blame for a late penalty that led to Philly’s undoing as they battle for playoff position in the East.

*Sounds like Patrik Laine might be nearing a return to the lineup, and that’s a very good thing for the Winnipeg Jets.

*For something completely different: We have a title for the next Star Wars film. It’s going to be called “The Last Jedi.”

Rask missing from Bruins practice after Sunday exit

Rask missing from Bruins practice after Sunday exit

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- A day after exiting a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins with complications from migraines, Tuukka Rask was missing from a full Bruins team practice at Warrior Ice Arena prior to Tuesday night’s home date against the Detroit Red Wings.

Rask pulled himself out of the game midway through the second period with his team trailing after he’d stopped 20-of-22 shots, and was motioning toward his eyes as he exited for the Bruins dressing room. The Bruins goalie confirmed to reporters following the deflating loss that he indeed was suffering from ocular issues consistent with migraines, the same issue that knocked him out of a home loss to the Rangers a couple of years ago.

The Bruins brought in an emergency goalie to practice with the team on Monday along with backup netminder Zane McIntyre, who allowed three goals in the third period on the way to the Bruins imploding in Pittsburgh.

Both Colin Miller and Kevan Miller returned to practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins coaches shook up the forward lines after they were only able to cobble together one goal on 45 shots on Sunday afternoon. Torey Krug was also missing from practice along with Rask.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on Monday morning’s practice that started roughly an hour late due to the team doing some video work together:







K. Miller-C. Miller