BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the Second

BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comDETROIT Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Red Wings by a 3-2 score at Joe Louis Arena after the first 40 minutes of intense play in Motor City.1)As you would expect, Mark Stuart has played physical hockey in his return to the lineup and is breathing the kind of fire one would expect after sitting out in eight straight games as a healthy scratch. He was mean with a nasty streak in the first period and threw a big hit at the end of the second period, but theres only so much a guy like Stuart can do playing 14-16 minutes per night. 2)Tim Thomas is standing on his head blocking out the barrage of shots coming his way after the Bruins lost their snarl in the second period and were outshot 19-5 in the middle 20 minutes. Its gotten bad enough that Thomas has practically become a third defensemen in front of the Boston net clearing loose pucks away from the front of the net as the Bs defensemen are getting tied up with guys like Kris Draper, Daniel Cleary and Tomas Holmstrom plopped in front of the net. 3)Where is Milan Lucic? One shot on net, no hits and hes been a complete non-factor in a finesse, skill track meet against the Detroit Red Wings. Hes had a couple of chances to finish Wings skaters off and he hasnt done that, and this is the kind of game they need something for No. 17.4)You have to live with some rookie mistakes out of Tyler Seguin, and thats what happened when he didnt rotate defensively to cover for Dennis Seidenberg to take out Kris Draper. Instead Draper got behind Seguin in the neutral zone breakdown, and beat Thomas blocker side high with a shot in all alone.5)Adam McQuaid looked like he banged up his right hand blocking a shot at the end of the second period. The Bruins need McQuaid and the rest of the Bs to toughen up and get a little more physical as they did in the first period. Theyre getting lulled into the finesse, skill game by the Wings, and theyll lost that battle every time. A dreadful second period with no physicality by the Bs. Another one like that and the Bs will lose this game for a certainty.

Tuesday, Sept. 27: Jumbo Joe energizes Team Canada

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Tuesday, Sept. 27: Jumbo Joe energizes Team Canada

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering exactly what “semi-exact” means.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper has a piece on Jumbo Joe Thornton bringing an ageless energy to Team Canada.

*If you’re wondering where former B’s farmhand goaltender Jeremy Smith ended up, he’s now with the Colorado Avalanche.

*The Hockey News believes that the Bruins will be back in the playoffs this season after a two-year absence.

*While I appreciate the Hockey News linking to my work, I feel like it’s a key piece of info that I’m the Bruins Insider for CSN New England and not NESN.

*Is Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger the man with the plan to defeat a Team Canada juggernaut in the World Cup of Hockey.

*Dustin Byfuglien had an interesting take on the World Cup after flaming out with Team USA: “It is what it is. I didn’t really enjoy it.”

*For something completely different: this is not your father’s Converse, but it’s a sleek look that the kids are gonna love.