BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the Second

BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period of Bruins and Red Wings with Detroit taking a 5-1 lead over the Bs after the first 40 minutes at TD Garden.1)Tuukka Rask couldnt hold back the Wings in the second period, and they managed to put the game out of reach with three more goals on seven shots in the second period. Three goals on seven shots is going to get yanked territory, and wouldnt surprise to see Tim Thomas out for the third period. Perhaps the first goal of the period wasnt his fault, but this might be Rasks worst game of the year.2)Minus-9 for Patrice BergeronMark RecchiBrad Marchand tonight. Thats something you dont see very often, and its indicative of how badly theyre getting outplayed by their Red Wings counterparts.3)Henrik Zetterberg has a goal and two assists and hasnt been slowed down in the least by anyone the Bruins have thrown at him. Hes a great NHL player and hes showing exactly why while creating plays all over the ice. His backhanded pass to Jiri Hudler for a one-timer was a thing of beauty to start the second period, and give Detroit a two-goal lead.4)Zach Hamill is a minus-2 and is getting the Tyler Seguin Treatment tonight with seven minutes of ice time as hes been ineffective with Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder.5)Met the pride of Lowell, Mass. Micky Ward prior to the game, and I can safely say hes a pretty good dude. Very funny and very down to earth, and exactly what you would expect an Irish kid from Lowell to be. He kept joking that he and his family made fun of the movie because it made them look like the Griswolds with the family trickster station wagon with wood paneling they used as the family car. Funny stuff.

Friday, Oct. 21: Pee-wee push-ups draw coach’s punishment


Friday, Oct. 21: Pee-wee push-ups draw coach’s punishment

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while anxiously awaiting a Cleveland/Chicago Cubs World Series showdown with all of the Red Sox subplots that could be involved.

*A peewee hockey coach in Quebec has been given a season-long suspension for punishing his players with hundreds of push-ups.

*The NHL game has changed radically over the last 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist has been a fixture for the New York Rangers.

*A lot has changed since Jaromir Jagr scored his first goal in 1990 and this article is worth it for the Jagr mullet picture alone.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough says that a healthy Brandon Sutter has been a difference-maker for the Canucks.

*Carey Price is back in net for the Montreal Canadiens, and that makes the Habs a new team as they prepare for the Bruins on Saturday.

*This is what it looks like when you’ve completely given up on just about everything else except for being a hockey fan. So very gross.

*For something completely different: The Doctor Strange cast is being forced into answering some tough questions at the premiere of what is essentially a comic book movie.



Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’


Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Tuukka Rask has been outstanding through his first three games this season after stumbling out of the gate last year. The .947 save percentage and sub 2.00 GAA are all the more impressive for Rask when also accounting for a lower body issue that’s been nagging at him since the opening night win a little more than a week ago.

Rask stopped 28 of 29 shots against the New Jersey Devils Thursday night in a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden, but it was also clear on a couple of stops that he was feeling discomfort in his lower half as he extended into the full butterfly. 

That was confirmed by Rask following the win when he admitted he was dealing with “something” after the game, and by his absence from the practice ice at Warrior Ice Arena on Friday morning.

“Uh-huh. There’s always a little something-something,” said a smirking Rask, when asked if he’s playing through something physically.

Instead, Babson College goalie coach Mike Ronan was called into emergency duty, and took the practice ice along with Bruins backup netminder Anton Khudobin.

Claude Julien said following practice that Rask was dealing with the same “general soreness” that last week pushed him out of a scheduled start against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it’s uncertain whether he will make the start against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

“The general soreness he had last week is still there,” said Julien. “[The medical staff] will see tomorrow how he's doing.”

Rask also missed a Bruins practice with soreness last Friday in Toronto, and wasn’t able to play the next night in the loss to the Maple Leafs. Injuries aside, Rask has been brilliant against both New Jersey and Winnipeg and was solid over the final 40 minutes against the Blue Jackets in an opening night win to start the season.

“Tuukka was outstanding in Winnipeg and he was good again [vs. New Jersey],” said Julien. “So, there are no issues with Tuukka. I think he’s giving us the hockey and the goaltending that we are looking for.”

Well, maybe there is one slight “issue with Tuukka” if a nagging lower body issue starts keeping him out of Bruins games and practices on the regular.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings at Friday practice:









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