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.

Sunday, Jan. 22: Jimmy Vesey's rookie wall

Sunday, Jan. 22: Jimmy Vesey's rookie wall

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter for taking part in the Women’s March on Saturday.

*The day-to-day NHL grind may be getting to Jimmy Vesey a bit, and causing him to hit a bit of a rookie wall after his Harvard career.

*Alex Radulov has gone from being an NHL headache to being an impact playmaker for the Canadiens in a quick pivot for the Russian player.

*Melrose native Conor Sheary seems to have found a home for himself on the Pittsburgh Penguins skating on a line with a guy named Sidney Crosby.

*The Chicago Blackhawks are always looking to improve, and they’ve reportedly kicked the tires on Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar with Detroit.

*St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock is nearing another coaching milestone in what’s been a long, distinguished career behind the bench.

*P.K. Subban is slowly approaching a return to the Nashville Predators lineup from injury, and the Preds need him as soon as possible.

*For something completely different: Greg Poppovich hits the nail on the head here, and it never ceases to amaze me that he’s such a smart, well-versed human being.


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.