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.

Monday, Dec. 5: Craig Cunningham's recovery

Monday, Dec. 5: Craig Cunningham's recovery

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while fully getting in the holiday spirit by getting the family Christmas tree this week.

*Very good and very sobering story about Craig Cunningham’s slow recovery, and his large support system with the AHL Roadrunners team he is captaining this season. It sounds like it might be a bit of a long road for him, so he and his family will need that support from those around him.

*Tyler Seguin has his shot back, and that’s great news for the Dallas Stars power play. So is that like Stella getting her groove back?

*A KHL player went into a sliding dab formation in order to celebrate a goal on the ice, and we salute him for that.

*The Maple Leafs are trying to fortify their backup goaltending situation after waiving Jhonas Enroth this week.

*Interesting Bob McKenzie piece about a young man that’s hoping to challenge conventional thinking in the hockey coaching ranks.

*TSN’s Scott Cullen takes a look at Winnipeg rookie Patrik Laine’s shooting skills as part of his “Statistically Speaking” column.

*For something completely different: the hits just keep on coming for Netflix as they’re going to double their TV series output over the next year.

Chara probable vs. Panthers, Beleskey misses morning skate

Chara probable vs. Panthers, Beleskey misses morning skate

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- There were both expected and unexpected absences from Bruins morning skate on Monday morning at Warrior Ice Arena ahead of tonight’s game at TD Garden against the Florida Panthers. Matt Beleskey was the expected absence after getting knocked out of Saturday’s game with a lower body injury caused by a Tyler Fedun check to his right leg, and Torey Krug was also missing from the ice after pulling workhorse duty over the last handful of games in the absence of Zdeno Chara.

Following practice Claude Julien confirmed that Chara was “probable” to return for tonight’s game vs. the Florida Panthers after missing the last six games, and that Krug is expected to play after succumbing to the same illness that felled Patrice Bergeron over the weekend. Beleskey was being checked by doctors on Monday, and it sounds like his absence might be a bit longer term than simply a “day-to-day” lower body injury. 

Noel Acciari took part in practice, and it appears they both could be closing in on a return to the lineup. Frank Vatrano also shot the puck around a bit at the very beginning of Monday’s skate, but came off the ice as the team began their preparations for tonight’s game. 

Here are the Bruins projected line combos and D-pairings vs. Florida based on the morning skate with Beleskey and Krug both absent:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Schaller-Krejci-Backes

Spooner-Nash-Czarnik

Blidh-Moore-Hayes/Acciari

Chara-Carlo

Morrow-McQuaid

K. Miller-C. Miller

Rask

Khudobin