Morning Skate 419: B's are upping the pressure

Morning Skate 419: B's are upping the pressure

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comLAKE PLACID, New York Mike Cammalleri didnt want to speak too much about potential pressure heaped on the Habs if they couldnt take care of business at home against a desperate Bruins team.It was probably a wise choice.He didnt have his words used against him later in the series, and that turned out be both smart and pretty fortuitous at the same time. The Canadiens couldnt step on Bostons throat up 2-0 with a game in Montreal, and now the Bruins have new postseasonlife with momentum on their side.The Bruins were poopoo-ing the notion of momentum and pressure getting sent in the opposite direction after winning their first game of the series and instead wanted to simply get out and play Game Four after a couple of days resting and rechargingat Lake Placid's Olympic Center.We didnt play that much better last night. The start was better, but there were still turnovers that they didnt capitalize on this time around, said Andrew Ference. I think you could make the momentum argument either way. Theyre up, you know, so the pressure is always on both teams.Its on everybody to win, and thats always the way it is. The Lake Placid retreat also gives youngsters like Brad Marchand a chance to catch their breath after the first three games of the playoffs, and begin processing everything theyve experienced on and off the ice. Marchand said he was somethinglike a Super Ball bouncing off the dressing room walls between periods in Game Three while waiting to get out on the frozen sheet.Marchand was that geeked in the super-charged Bell Centre environment, and it showed on the ice.Theyre pretty crazy and right down the buzzer, said Marchand. The emotion involved is amazing. I think there was one point I couldnt even hear the coaches on the bench behind me because the crowd was so loud. You get such an adrenaline rush from the crowds in Montreal and Boston that you cant even settle down and relax. I went in the dressing room after one of the periods and I was just shaking because I could hear the fans going crazy. I just couldnt wait to get back out there. Its special.On to the links:A good piece by Bruce Arthur of the National Post about the boring, successful style employed by Jacques Martin and the Canadiens.Lou Lamoriello talks about the Zach Parise contract progress, and the desire to get something done before the New Jersey forward can start fielding offers from other teams.The big guys on San Jose are struggling right now in the postseason, and that should be a shock to absolutely nobody.The Days of YOrr boys break down the NHLs supplementary discipline decisions on a case-by-case basis.NBC, Comcast and Versus soon to be renamed announce a new 10-year deal with the NHL that is great news for the league, for the network and for, well, me.FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski puts together a Jack Edwards Greatest Hits compilation from last nights Game 3 at the Bell Centre. Jack was in rare form with the action at a fever pitch, and his yelling Get up! at Roman Hamrlik becomes an instant classic.XM Home Ice sits down with Calder Trophy candidate and Carolina Hurricanes rookie Jeff Skinner, and doesnt call him the Justin Beiber of hockey even once. Good for them.Because Im in Lake Placid, it was pretty necessary to link to this video even though everybody and their mother has seen the five-year-old do the Herb Brooks speech before.FOH (Friend of Haggs) Sarah Baicker says that the Philadelphia defense is thriving and survivingwithout Chris Pronger, and is some kind of defensemen depth that the Flyers enjoy.

Heinen looking to show his offense in his shot on Krejci line

Heinen looking to show his offense in his shot on Krejci line

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins mixed things up with their roster a bit on Saturday after dropping a couple of games in a row to Washington and Colorado. 

Fourth-line energy winger Noel Acciari and playmaking forward Danton Heinen were called up from Providence and will be in the lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden on Saturday night. 
Acciari went to Providence the past couple of days to get some game action in after missing the past month with a lower body injury, but clearly showed he’s ready to go. 

So, Acciari is back to provide the same hard-hitting and energy he showed before he was hurt and Heinen is looking to show off a little more offense than in his first stint with the Black and Gold this season. He’ll be featured in a top role as left wing with David Krejci and David Backes and with marching orders to shoot the puck like he never shot it in his previous stint in Boston. 

For the Bruins, it’s about getting another look at a candidate to play left wing beside Krejci with both Ryan Spooner and Tim Schaller, with limitations to their respective games, unable to fully grasp that same opportunity. 

“My hope is that Heinen can come in and give us some good hockey. He’s a skill player and he’s been down there for a while, and he’s back up again because he’s been playing well,” said Claude Julien of the Bruins rookie, who had four goals and seven points in his past five games with Providence. “Hopefully he can play well here also. It’s about getting some confidence. When he went down to [the AHL] the pace of his game had to get a little bit better, and in the battles coming up with the puck along the walls. Those are the kinds of things we thought he could work on down in Providence.”

Heinen knows he needs to shoot the puck a bit more to show off his offense after a seven-game stint with the Bruins where he went scoreless, was a minus-2 and had just six shots on net.

“Being hard on the walls, playing fast and shooting the puck, those were all things I was working on [in Providence],” said Heinen, who has seven goals and 13 points in 13 games for the P-Bruins after being assigned to Providence. “I was doing what they told me to do [in Providence] and that’s shoot the puck. They were going in, and I was getting some good opportunities on the power play. It’s seriously tough to get chances [at the NHL level], so you can’t pass them up when you have chances. That was kind of my focus down there.”

Fellow fourth-line energy winger Anton Blidh has been shipped to Providence after three solid games with the Black and Gold. 

Julien said Blidh goes back to Providence having adequately shown that he can play in the NHL. He clearly showed the Bruins that he understands his role as a player that stirs things up a bit and gets his nose dirty on a regular basis.

“[Blidh] was fine. No issues there. He does his job. He plays with lots of energy and obviously he’s getting more experience. He’s a lot better at understanding his positioning within the game and what he has to do,” said Julien. “I thought he helped us out for the time that he was here.”

With Heinen and Acciari both in the lineup and Blidh back in Providence, that means Jimmy Hayes will be scratched after dressing for three of the past four games for Boston.

Saturday, Dec. 10: Vegas, scoring on NHL governors' minds

Saturday, Dec. 10: Vegas, scoring on NHL governors' minds

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while doing some early Christmas shopping ahead of the late rush. 

*Mike Zeisberger sits down with a quartet of NHL governors and discusses a number of hot topics including the Vegas franchise and scoring around the league. 

*Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos has been removed from the NHL Board of Governor’s Executive Committee amid rumors that the Canes might be a prime candidate for relocation. 

*Pierre McGuire weighs in on Connor McDavid’s war of words on the ice and Carey Price losing his mind in the crease against the New Jersey Devils. To that end, Wayne Gretzky liked seeing McDavid get a little combative at such a young age. 

*The New York Islanders signed Cal Clutterbuck to a five year contract extension, and some are skeptical it will turn out well for the Isles.

*David Pastrnak is a premier scoring threat in the league, and Scott Cullen has some details behind that. I will say this: his stock falling in the draft had less to do with his size or heaviness, and more to do with him being concussed for a long stretch of time during the year leading up to the draft. 

*The Florida Panthers are really struggling to stay positive with a 1-5-0 record since the ownership group and management decided to fire Gerard Gallant. 

*For something completely different: Baywatch stars then and now.