Hiller, Ducks shut out punchless Bruins, 3-0


Hiller, Ducks shut out punchless Bruins, 3-0

By Danny Picardand Joe Haggerty

BOSTON -- The Bruins improved upon Saturday nights two-shot third period, but that didnt mean pucks were going into the net Monday, as Jonas Hiller and the Anaheim Ducks shut out the B's 3-0 at the TD Garden.

Hiller made 45 saves in the win, while on the other end, the few scoring opportunities that Anaheim had, came way too easy.

The Ducks entered the third period with a 3-0 lead, while being out-shot 27-15 through the first 40 minutes. Lubomir Visnovsky opened the second by beating Thomas low-right with a shot from the high slot, after a Teemu Selanne rebound came out to the wide open Ducks defenseman.

Corey Perry added the 3-0 dagger with 4:55 left in the second, and 29 seconds left on a Bruins 5-on-4 power play.

Perry to carried the puck out from Bostons right corner and went hard to the net across the goal line, beating Thomas on a second effort that turned out to be an easy shorthanded goal.

Brandon McMillan scored the first goal of the game nearly six minutes into the first period, when he blocked his own teammates shot from the point while out front, and knocked home the loose puck.

As it turned out, that first goal would be all the Ducks needed on Monday night. GOLD STAR: Ducks sniper Teemu Selanne deserves the golden decoration after setting up a pair of goals. The Finnish sniper also pushed the physical envelope with the Bruins while boarding Steve Kampfer -- without any kind of a response from the emotionless home team at TD Garden. He completely diced up the Bruins defense on the second goal with a darting move to the middle the same middle that the Bruins basically steered clear of all night -- that ended with a puck bouncing out to Lubimor Visnovsky. The Ducks defenseman hammered the one-timer, and Selanne gave the Ducks a spark Boston was sorely lacking.BLACK EYE: No emotion from a bunch of hibernating Bruins drunk with complacency. Sloppy special teams play resulted in no momentum and a shorthanded dagger of a goal for the Ducks. No response when Teemu Selanne boarded Matt Kampfer going for a loose puck in the corner. Marc Savard attempted to lighten the burden on the Bruins coaching staff by saying the onus is on the players but the Bs dont look like a team prepared to play full, intense, emotionally-invested hockey at this point. That falls on a coaching staff that needs to find a way to start pushing some buttons on these guys before they drop out of the Top 8 in the Eastern Conference.TURNING POINT: Three Bruins players watching Corey Perry burst into the Bruins zone short-handed and get two Grade A chances at Tim Thomas before pounding the second shot past him to make it 3-0. Thats about as ugly and deflating as it gets. It ended up as a brutal second period play that pushed an embarrassing game over the top into the alarming category.BY THE NUMBERS: 0-3-1 the Bs record this season when theyve put over 40 shots on net. The Bruins finished Monday nights loss with a season-high 45 shots on goal.QUOTE TO NOTE: I'm really disappointed in our effort tonight. We need to redeem ourselves in the next game. Bruins coach Claude Julien, who finally seems to be approaching frustration at the teams uneven effort levels.

Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard. You can listen to Danny on his streaming radio show I'm Just Sayin' Monday-Friday from 9-10 a.m. on CSNNE.com.
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Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team


Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while saying RIP Vine but not really feeling it since it’s a rabbit hole I never really delved down into. 

*Down Goes Brown celebrates the “NHL’s old guys”, and yes, that means a gratuitous shout out to Zdeno Chara as the top defenseman on the All-Graybeard squad. 

*Hampus Lindholm has signed a long term deal with the Anaheim Ducks, so now that deal leaves everybody to wonder who is leaving the Anaheim roster in the eventual salary cap crunch. It will be interesting to see if this hastens any Cam Fowler trade talk as far as the Bruins are concerned because it looks like they need the help.  

*Pro Hockey Talk has the Oilers off to their best start since the Wayne Gretzky Era and people in Edmonton finally getting to see the hockey they’ve been waiting for over the past few years. 

*In honor of the Halloween season that we’re in, here are a few cool and scary goalie masks with a bit of spooky flair. 

*Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka is confident that his young team is going to rebound after a rough start to the season. 

*Speaking of creative uniforms, it’s a most wonderful time of the year for hockey when they bust out their Oktoberfest sweaters. 

*For something completely different: this matchup of Peanuts and Stranger Things hits all the right notes for fans of both. 


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?

While the good news is that it doesn’t appear that Tuukka Rask is dealing with a knee injury, there are still some significant muscular issues to work with concerning his left leg. 

According to former Bruins defenseman and NHL analyst Aaron Ward on CSN’s Great American Hockey Show podcast, the Bruins franchise goaltender has been dealing with a hamstring issue that’s also become a hamstring and groin issue as he tried to play through in the first week of the season. Rask clearly tweaked something in his left leg opening night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, missed the Saturday night loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and then appeared to aggravate the injury in last week’s win over the New Jersey Devils. 

According to Ward, it’s hamstring and groin issues for Rask as the Bruins attempt to survive without him while potentially working toward a possible return for the Finnish netminder this weekend vs. the Red Wings. Rask hasn’t skated with the Bruins since finishing out the 2-1 win over the Devils last Thursday night, and tweaking the problematic left leg in the process. 

“What I was told is that it was left leg, and that at first it was hamstring and now it’s possibly hamstring and groin,” said Ward to CSN Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty on the Great American Hockey Show podcast. “You’re always concerned when you’re a goalie and it’s your legs, right? It’s the push-off. The crazy part was watching it on video where the shoot came from the left side and went wide, and the next time he injures it shot comes from the same spot, misses it wide and [Rask] is in the exact same position wincing.

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“I think [the Bruins] are smart rather than trying to play a guy that’s 90, 80 or 70 percent, whatever it is, to just get it over with. Endure the short term pain to get the greater gain, and that’s having Rask in there. There’s no greater endorsement to keep him out than seeing the [bad losses without him] because you need a healthy Tuukka to let the rest of the team settle.”

It’s been disastrous without Rask, of course, as the Bruins have allowed 11 goals in back-to-back losses to the Wild and Rangers with rookies Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre between the pipes, and Anton Khudobin out for three weeks while sporting a cast on his right hand in the last B’s game at TD Garden. 

Meanwhile, Rask (3-0-0, 1.67 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage) is trying to heal and time it perfectly so he returns once he’s past the danger of potentially blowing out the muscles in his left leg and making the situation even worse than it already might be. 

Ward also discusses his relationship with "Toucher & Rich" and the "Cuts for a Cause" charitable event that he helped start.