Morning Skate 416: Cammalleri takes a Recchi shot

Morning Skate 416: Cammalleri takes a Recchi shot

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com
BOSTON You knew the specter of Max Paciorettys injury, the massive overreaction to it in Montreal and Bruins players calling the fan base and organization on it were going to eventually haunt the best-of-seven series and it looks like it only took two games.The Bruins announced that Zdeno Chara was hospitalized with dehydration on Friday following practice, and most Habs players simply said they expected Chara to play through it because its the playoffs. Nothing short of getting hit by a bus, attacked by a grizzly bear or losing a limb is going to stop a hockey player for suiting up in the Stanley Cup playoffs.But Habs forward Mike Cammalleri took it one step further according to Montreal Gazette writer Dave Stubbs, who went to Twitter with a post-interview conversation between Cammalleri and TSN TV reporter John Lu. Apparently Cammalleri said: I'm no MD so I'm not going to be like Mark Recchi & diagnose the other team with a dig toward the future Hall of Famer after he cast doubt on the severity of Paciorettys concussion in a radio interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub last month.The cerebral Cammalleri must have been storing that one up, and now up 1-0 in the series the cockiness is starting to come out of the Canadiens dressing room as theyve taken early control of the series.Should be interesting to see how it plays out in Game 2. Here are some afternoon links to tide everyone over:NHL.com writer Corey Masisak takes a look at Michael Neuvirth, who has been immense for the Caps in their first two games against the offensively-challenged New York Rangers.John Tortorella is down 0-2 in the series and hes getting into verbal spats with New York Post writer Larry Brooks. All is right in the world.Tanner Glass is fighting bears again, and this photo gallery proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt. Hes not afraid to poke the bear in the cage.CSNNE videographer Scott Sassone came across one of the water bottles used to rehydrate Zdeno Chara on Saturday morning. Wow.A great breakdown by the Edmonton Journal of the Oilers team for the 2010-11 season, and some detailed info on which players actually made the grade.The Detroit Free Press says that the Red Wings and Joe Louis Arena folks are cracking down on octopus-tossing at the storied arena. Whats next? Milwaukee telling Bernie Brewer that hes getting his pink slip, or the Wally the Green Monster getting euthanized?Montreal Gazette writer Dave Stubbs says that Tomas Plekanec is maturing right in front of everybodys eyes, and he was impressive with his defensive job on David Krejci in Game One.Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Bruins admit they 'just weren't ready' to play Isles in shutout loss

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Bruins admit they 'just weren't ready' to play Isles in shutout loss

BOSTON – The Bruins are starting to run out of adjectives and descriptors for these “no-show” performances on home ice.

The Bruins made it twice in two months that they’ve dropped a disappointing dud to one of the Eastern Conference’s worst teams when they came out flat, and never showed any signs of life in a 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders. The lack of effort and pitiful results were particularly disappointing coming off a solid five game stretch where they’d engineered high effort wins over Florida, St. Louis and Philadelphia.

Patrice Bergeron finished a minus-3 on the afternoon, and said in quasi-disgust that he knew five minutes into the game that his team didn’t have “it” on Monday.

“Something that we talked [headed into Monday was] about building from the last few weeks, and how good it felt around the room, I guess, with winning games basically,” said Bergeron. “[The shutout loss] just shows that you have to show up every night and not take things for granted. I think we did [take things for granted] this afternoon.

“It was about finding someone to get us a shift to get us going basically. We had a few good shifts there, and we sustained a little bit of pressure there. But then we just couldn’t keep that for the next lines after going, we couldn’t sustain that or build from that. It was really the whole team throughout the lineup that didn’t show up and, you know, it’s obviously inexcusable, unacceptable.”

Claude Julien mentioned the compacted schedule and potential fatigue playing into the Bruins looking “flat” on Monday against the Islanders, and perhaps that is partially to blame for an uncharacteristically lifeless performance from the Black and Gold. But the B’s essentially did nothing for 60 minutes after not having played for 48 hours dating back to a Saturday afternoon matinee win over the Flyers, so the fatigue excuse is difficult to swallow.

Instead it looked like a Bruins team that thought they were going to roll out the pucks and beat the worst team in the Metro Division that had lost four-of-five games. Instead a defensive zone breakdown led to a Nikolay Kulemin goal midway through the second period, and the Bruins collapsed after that. Josh Bailey tucked a short side goal past a late-reacting Tuukka Rask for a soft serve special allowed by Boston’s ace goaltender, and Kulemin scored again in the second period once the Bruins began cheating at the offensive end of the ice.

To make matters worse, the Bruins showed zero fight or willingness to scratch and claw their way back into the game in the third period. Instead it looked like they quit on two points that could end up being extremely important at the end of the season.

It also looked like the Bruins weren’t ready to play, and that they overlooked the downtrodden Islanders for the second time in as many months.

“Maybe we took them a little lightly, but we just weren’t ready [to play],” said Brad Marchand. “We have to look ourselves in the mirror and all be a little bit better. We all have to be prepared for every game. You can’t look at the guy besides us and think he’s going to do the job. We have to take a little onus on ourselves and all be a little bit better. As a team, again, we have to play the system together and we have to back each other up. We have to play as one unit and we didn’t do that.”

It’s long past the point where the words even matter that the Bruins are uttering after games like Monday afternoon. Instead it’s about results and nothing else, and the B’s were nothing short of putrid in that category against the Islanders with points at a premium this time of year.