BruinsSharks: 5 from the Third

BruinsSharks: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins falling to the San Jose Sharks by a 2-0 score after 60 minutes of gritty, defensive action at the TD Garden.1)Bruins needed to show will and toughness in the third period to scratch for a goal and get a point by taking it to overtime , but the Bruins didnt do it against a determined San Jose bunch.2)Zach Hamill went No. 8 and Logan Couture went No. 9 in the 2007 NHL Draft. Think the Bruins would like a do-over on that one? I do.3)Couture was a dominant player on the ice for San Jose while scoring the first period goal and playing physical along the boards and the forecheck all night long.4)Tim Thomas was sharp aside from Coutures first period backhander that eluded him, and that can be a challenge when a goalie doesnt see much consistent action as Thomas didnt on Saturday afternoon.5)The Bruins havent scored a power play goal since Marc Savard went down in Colorado a factoid unearthed by CSNs Mike Giardi and thats the biggest spot well see Savards absence going forward.

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.