BruinsSenators: 5 from the Third

BruinsSenators: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comOTTAWA Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins taking a 4-2 win over the Senators at Scotiabank Place after 60 minutes of hockey between the two new look teams.1)Nine points in nine games for Nathan Horton, who looks like hes trying everything he can to get back into the hot zone he was living in earlier this season. Potting a game-winning goal on a night that looked destined for the shootout was a good way to keep that going. The two-minute penalty for holding with eight minutes to go in the game might have Claude Julien moving for the Pepto Bismol after the game is over, however.2)Great game for Tuukka Rask, who deserved a heaping amount of credit for the victory. His post-to-post butterfly save on a 2-on-1 from Alex Kovalev to Nick Foligno was a thing of beauty. Looks like the rust is off Rask, and that bodes well for resting Tim Thomas properly down the stretch and into the postseason.3)Two assists for Andrew Ference in the win. He continues to 4)Liked Claude Juliens decision to leave Tomas Kaberle out for both power play units in the third period. He should see plenty of time on the PP and be used in a specialist sort of role to get things going on both units while utilizing one of his strengths as a player. His movement with and without the puck helped set things in motion for Dennis Seidenbergs power play goal that iced the game. That was an example of the power play working exactly at the precise moment that Boston needed it to. 5)Brad Marchand has two goals tonight and is just two goals away from being a 20-goal scorer. Who would have ever thought that possible at the beginning of the season for the pesky Marchand?

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.

David Backes out at least 2 more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure


David Backes out at least 2 more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure

The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.

It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.

Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.

The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.