BruinsSenators: 5 from the Second

BruinsSenators: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comOTTAWA Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Senators locked in a scoreless tie at Scotiabank Place after the first 40 minutes of ho-hum action.1) Bruins are 1-for-12 on the power play with Tomas Kaberle in the fold, and havent scored with the man advantage since the Boston defensemans first game against the Senators at the beginning of their road swing. Cant deny that the Bs are moving the puck better on the PP with much better scoring chances, but theyre just not going in right now.2)Big stop on Jason Spezza during a breakaway bid by Tuukka Rask and then a bit of luck when Bobby Butler rang the right post with a shot from the face-off dot. Rask has 24 saves through the first two periods, but needs to stop wandering so far from the net as he did toward the end of the second period.3)A couple of near misses from the Bruins: including a wide open net that Mark Recchi couldnt pull the trigger on as Zack Smith rushed over to block the shot. Recchi has been great this season, but there was a lot of net to shot at there. Then Zdeno Chara had a puck that came close enough to crossing the goal on the PP that the NHL had to send it to the war room for review. No dice on the goal as Craig Anderson made the save. 4)Four shots on net for Johnny Boychuk through the first two periods in a pretty involved offensive showing.5)Looking more and more like this might not end well for a Bruins team thats dragging their ass a bit, and is playing nip and tuck with an Ottawa Senators team playing with nothing to lose.

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.