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?

Acciari nearing a return for Bruins after missing a month

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Acciari nearing a return for Bruins after missing a month

BRIGHTON, Mass. – He hasn’t been cleared to play just yet, but fourth line energy guy Noel Acciari is closing in on a return to the Bruins lineup. 

Acciari joined in for a Bruins morning skate for the first time in 14 games at the end of last week, and practiced with the team again Monday for a morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena. The 25-year-old has missed almost exactly a month with a lower body injury, and said he can thankfully now see the light at the end of the injury tunnel for a healthy return to the B’s lineup. 

“It was getting lonely with all the guys on the road, and with me just skating with Frankie [Vatrano] and Zee [Chara],” said Acciari. “It’s great to be back out there with the guys, and it’s good to be back. Each skate I feel a lot better out there and just trying to get my conditioning back. Just being back with the guys is a great feeling, and it’s a big help.”

The fourth line has been okay in Acciari’s absence, but it seemed to be lacking the same kind of energy and hard edge the Providence College standout provided when he was healthy. That was part of what led the B’s to call up the similarly rugged Anton Blidh from Providence at the end of last week, and could provide some interesting energy line options when Acciari is ready to return. 

“I’ve played with [Blidh] before, I’m used to him and I know what he brings to the table just like he knows what I can do,” said Acciari. “So it would work out well [if we played together] I think.”

Acciari has two assists and a plus-1 rating along with four penalty minutes while averaging 10:01 of ice time in 12 games this season, and proved to be very good at unnerving opponents simply by playing all-out all the time. 

Monday, Dec. 5: Craig Cunningham's recovery

Monday, Dec. 5: Craig Cunningham's recovery

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while fully getting in the holiday spirit by getting the family Christmas tree this week.

*Very good and very sobering story about Craig Cunningham’s slow recovery, and his large support system with the AHL Roadrunners team he is captaining this season. It sounds like it might be a bit of a long road for him, so he and his family will need that support from those around him.

*Tyler Seguin has his shot back, and that’s great news for the Dallas Stars power play. So is that like Stella getting her groove back?

*A KHL player went into a sliding dab formation in order to celebrate a goal on the ice, and we salute him for that.

*The Maple Leafs are trying to fortify their backup goaltending situation after waiving Jhonas Enroth this week.

*Interesting Bob McKenzie piece about a young man that’s hoping to challenge conventional thinking in the hockey coaching ranks.

*TSN’s Scott Cullen takes a look at Winnipeg rookie Patrik Laine’s shooting skills as part of his “Statistically Speaking” column.

*For something completely different: the hits just keep on coming for Netflix as they’re going to double their TV series output over the next year.