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

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good. 

 

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

BOSTON – While the loss to the Avalanche on Thursday night was a monumental dud, it put another dazzling display on the hockey resume of David Pastrnak. 

The 20-year-old star right winger scored two more goals in the 4-2 loss at TD Garden and nearly brought the Bruins back into the game by himself before another defensive breakdown at the end of the second period doomed them. 

Instead, Pastrnak had to settle with being the proud owner of 18 goals scored in 23 games that places him in a tie with NHL superstar Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead in goals. 

The goals also showed his wide range of lethal offensive skills. On the first score, he just broke away from the Avalanche defense and managed to bury a second-effort breakaway chance after a nice Tim Schaller stretch pass off the boards. The second goal was a straight one-timer bomb from the high slot off a slick setup pass from Brad Marchand in the corner, and it had the Bruins right back into the mix after a dreadful first period. 

It wasn’t enough when the B’s defense faltered again toward the end of the second period, but it was enough for everybody to be singing Pastrnak’s praises once again following the loss. 

“He’s a game changer. The momentum is going the other way, and he has the ability to break away on any given shift and score a big goal for us. He did that tonight,” said Torey Krug. “We can’t just keep relying on the same guys to score goals. We’ve got to come up with secondary offense, and I know every other guy wants to do that. 

“Now it’s about showing that on the ice and making sure we’re doing the work and getting better and proving to ourselves. But Pasta [David Pastrnak] has been great for us so far, and we’re obviously lucky to have him.”

The 18 goals barely two months into the season are not too shabby for a kid, in his third NHL season, who just now coming into his own. He’s nearly halfway to 40 before Christmas. For Pastrnak, however, it’s about the team result and he wasn’t overly satisfied with his two goals in a losing effort. 

“I’ve said before the season that our goal is to make the playoffs and to have that experience and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. I’m still focusing on that,” said Pastrnak, who has yet to experience the Stanley Cup playoffs in his two-plus seasons with the Black and Gold. “We have zero points from tonight’s game and we have to move on. I think our game gets better in the second and third periods, you know, and we have to regroup and get ready for Saturday’s game.”

The Bruins will undoubtedly regroup and once again count on another Pastrnak offensive explosion to help lead the way in what’s become a truly spectacular season for the youngster.