Hiller, Ducks shut out punchless Bruins, 3-0

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Hiller, Ducks shut out punchless Bruins, 3-0

By Danny Picardand Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

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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Morning Skate: Rangers seem to be a strong candidate for Shattenkirk

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Morning Skate: Rangers seem to be a strong candidate for Shattenkirk

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with Bruins captain’s practice set to kick off this coming week.

*The Rangers sound like they’ll be a strong candidate for Kevin Shattenkirk, and the Dallas Stars seem willing to stand pat at the goalie position.

*PHT writer James O’Brien speculates on who might be the next Artemi Panarin to break into the NHL ranks from overseas, and make a big impact.

*Yahoo fantasy hockey is making some changes this season, and those that liked to draft Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns are going to bummed about it.

*An original St. Louis Blues jersey from the old time hockey days has found its way back to its original home in St. Louis.

*Steve Simmons says that Dave Bolland has earned the right to be more than a punch line at this point in his career.

*Looking back on Phil Esposito’s classic speech amid the 1972 Summit Series.

*The All-Snub team for the World Cup of Hockey would be a talented lineup, and would no doubt be captained by P.K. Subban.

*For something completely different: those looking for signs of a rift between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady need to call off the search.

Saturday, Aug. 27: Adding toughness Habs' priority

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Saturday, Aug. 27: Adding toughness Habs' priority

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, after a busy morning celebrating my 3-year-old’s birthday at the trampoline park. Yee-ha.

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri says that adding toughness was a big offseason priority for the Montreal Canadiens.

*There’s at least one big fan of the Edmonton Oilers trade that brought defenseman Adam Larsson from the New Jersey Devils, and that fan’s name is Mark Letestu.

*Here’s everything you need to know about the Ice Guardians movie premiering this fall that takes a long, balanced look at the NHL enforcers.

*Roberto Luongo has an alibi for the robbery in Winnipeg with one suspect getting away in goalie equipment, and it’s funny as you would expect it to be.

*CSN Washington takes a look at the New York Rangers in their season previews for the Metro Division.

*I’m not entirely sure whether this “RIP Harambe” thing is genuine or meant to be ironic by the largely millenial group that seem so enamored with it, but I think it’s just stupid. I think the same with the crying Jordan meme…also stupid.

*For something completely different: a look at how Triumph the Insult Comic Dog learned how to poop on Trump’s politics.