BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the First

BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comDETROIT Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Red Wings by a 2-1 score at Joe Louis Arena after the first 20 minutes of play in Motor City.1)Theres a response by Tyler Seguin. The 19-year-old puck wunderkind has shown the ability to respond and do it with flair when a little pressure has been applied to his game, and he did exactly that in the opening minutes of Sundays game. Seguin worked with Blake Wheeler to create a scoring chance in front, and should get credit for a goal that he pounced on in front of the net when Jimmy Howard couldnt control a wraparound backhand from Wheeler. If Seguin gets the goal itll be his second point in the last 2 games while Wheeler will snap a 13-game goal-scoring drought if its his goal. Views of replays after the first period credited Seguin with the goal.2)Tough play by Brad Marchand when he threw a blind backhand clear attempt in front of the net when he was left all alone in the defensive end on a line change, and it immediately turned into a Red Wings goal. Todd Bertuzzi was pressuring Marchand and simply stripped the puck before throwing a couple of shots at Tim Thomas. He finally beat Thomas up high when he was all alone in front for the Wings first goal. Marchand responded by scoring a power play goal later in the period to give Boston the lead again, and show why hes become a tough player to go up against. His resiliency is the real deal. Tough spot for Marchand to be on for the goal: if he throws the puck up the boards he earns the team a too many men penalty while theyre changing up.3)Much more competitive first period for the Bruins today than at anytime on Friday. Theyre playing physical even Seguin is getting his nose dirty, which is a big indicator and making things more difficult for Detroit skaters looking to just play shinny. If the Bs can sustain this for two more periods they should be in very good shape when the final buzzer sounds.4)Its tough to watch Steve Kampfer sit in the stands when he had 50 family and friends in the stands, but itll end up being a tough learning tool for the 22-year-old. Claude Julien is absolutely right that his game slipped over the last handful of games, and this time was coming with his ice time dropping over the last few games. Its not youth hockey, and sometimes the lessons learned at the NHL level are tough ones. Its pretty clear Claude Julien wanted the Bruins to be much grittier and more physically engaging today, and that played right into the decision to play Mark Stuart.5)First time Tim Thomas has played an NHL game in front of his parents at Joe Louis Arena, and hes looking properly inspired. Hes been active with the poke checks to get himself out of trouble on several occasions, and he bears no responsibility for that first one after Marchand coughed up the puck. Nine saves for Thomas in the first period.

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.


 

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.

Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.

Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.

Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.

“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”

Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game:

Marchand-Bergeron-Vatrano

Schaller-Krejci-Pastrnak

Spooner-Nash-Backes/Hayes

Blidh/Beleskey-Moore-Czarnik

 

Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

Morrow-Liles

 

Rask

McIntyre