BruinsSabres: 5 from the Second

BruinsSabres: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Sabres knotted up at a 2-2 score after the first 40 minutes of hockey at the TD Garden.1)Gregory Campbell has four goals and four assists in his last seven games, and continues to be an incredibly underrated asset on the Bs roster. Some other high profile goal-scorers would do well to watch the way Campbell battles for the puck, and moves without it to the right areas of the ice for doing offensive damage. Whether its Blake Wheeler, Brad Marchand or anybody else, playing with Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell has really agreed with anybody.2)The Bruins are leading the Sabres in hits by a 17-6 count after the first 40 minutes of the game. Legitimate count or payback for the homers that keep track of the stats at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo. Ill let you decide.3)Give Buffalo credit: theyre doing what they need to do keep in contention even if things dont look promising for them. Both Mike Weber and Patrick Kaleta went off and didnt return in the second period after blocking shots in front of Ryan Miller.4)Got to love the protective force field the refs have built around Ryan Miller. Blake Wheeler and Miller got tangled up in the second period and Wheeler was called for goaltenders interference that led to Buffalos second goal. Wheeler wasnt happy with the call as he left the penalty box and it did appear that he was shoved into the Buffalo netminder by the bodies crashing toward the Sabres net.5)Tuukka Rask got a little caught up in things in front of the net during Buffalos tying goal, and probably committed a bit too much to a Tyler Myers fake shot attempt that turned into a nice little cross-ice pass to Nathan Gerbe for a quick power play goal. Rask punched the ice in anger after the goal was scored, and its clear there was thought he should have stopped the nice little play. Five shots on net for Gerbe, who has been all over the place tonight.

Thursday, Dec. 8: Five most confusing NHL players

Thursday, Dec. 8: Five most confusing NHL players

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the proud ownership of this year’s Christmas tree in the Haggerty household some fifty bucks later. 

*Down Goes Brown provides a list of the five most confusing players in the NHL this season, and none of them are Boston Bruins. Hooray. 

*Bruce Boudreau makes the case to the Hockey News that Devan Dubnyk is more deserving of a Vezina Trophy this season than Carey Price. How about Tuukka Rask being more deserving than either one of them?

*An interesting look at the rough state of Maple Leafs goaltending right around the Tuukka Rask trade to Boston and the Vesa Toskala/Andrew Raycroft years. 

*A fun video piece with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Freidman and Wild coach Bruce Boudreau as they took a tour of Toronto together.

*Speaking of trades, the Philadelphia Flyers hit the jackpot with the Wayne Simmonds trade as he’s been a proud part of the Broad Street Bullies tradition. 

*Gord Miller is an excellent play-by-play man, and he tells some great stories of his life on the road whether it’s the NHL season or the World Junior tournament. 

*While the Boston University hockey team is a star-studded group with an amazing freshman recruiting class, Patrick Curry has been a player that’s quietly had an excellent season. 

*A few minutes with Pittsburgh Penguins D-man Kris Letang about a wide array of subjects including Mike Sullivan and concussion spotters.

*For something completely different: good interview with the former Flash, John Wesley Shipp, about his role in the newer Flash TV series, and the coolness of bringing back Shipp and Mark Hamill as their former characters.