Morning Skate: 58: The Hockey Moms get their day


Morning Skate: 58: The Hockey Moms get their day

By Joe Haggerty

It's hard not to think of all the hockey moms out there on Mothers Day while still in the middle of the Stanley Cup playoffs getting ready for the Eastern Conference Finals to finally drop the puck next week on Thursday or Saturday for Game 1. The hockey moms were always the loudest voices in my days of covering Massachusetts high school, and there was even one goaltenders mom that used to diligently check to make sure I had the proper amount of shots on goal after each and every period. Thats certainly an extreme, but theres also the case of one of my first cousins that grew up in a single parent household and still had the right goalie equipment, the proper support and a ride to every ludicrously early ice practice during his youth, high school and collegiate hockey career.Thats where my mind wanders to on a Mothers Day weekend between playoff series with some spare time to give credit where its due in the arena of the real world.A Happy Mothers Day to all moms, and a special stick salute to all of the dedicated hockey moms out there that were always sure their little skaters had a nice, warm hot cocoa and a supporting hand along the way of their puck careers.On to the links: Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal says that the Bruins might be in trouble against the Tampa Bay Lightning without Patrice Bergeron. NHL Sheriff Colin Campbell says that the league is going to start stamping the diving trend out of the playoffs immediately if not sooner, according to the Calgary Sun. Sean Avery lends his support to a Same Sex marriage bill circulating in New York City by filming a commercial to add his voice to the mix. The hockey guys at Pro Hockey Talk have Kerry Fraser talking about the phenomenon of referees and makeup calls in playoff hockey. An Edmonton Oilers fan goes back in time to warn his 2006 counterparts about the world of pain headed their way after Chris Pronger decided to leave Oil Town.When it matters most, says that Dwayne Roloson is there for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the numbers seem to back that up. The Bruins finally get their History Will Be Made moment with sweet victory in Game Four that eliminated the Flyers and dispels the ghosts. The Litter Box Cats blog is looking at the silver lining of the Florida Panthers' season. Idle Boston thought: Does watching Nathan Horton become a playoff hero count as a silver lining?Joe Haggerty can be reached at Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs.

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.