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.

Bergeron 'feeling good' in return, plays role of third period hero

Bergeron 'feeling good' in return, plays role of third period hero

BOSTON – It certainly feels appropriate that Patrice Bergeron would author a clutch game-winning goal late in the third period of his first game back after missing a week of games with a lower body injury. That Bergeron’s game-winner also arrived in the home opener at TD Garden was an added bonus once No. 37 hammered a shot from the high slot with 1:15 to go in the third period to give the Bruins their first lead of the game in a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden.

The goal arrived courtesy of a nifty setup from linemate Brad Marchand working behind the New Jersey net, and also thanks to David Pastrnak winning a battle in the corner thanks to newfound grit in his game. But the hero of the day again turned out to be No. 37, who went from missing an entire week of action to reclaiming his center role on the top line, playing 16:49 of ice time and winning 13-of-24 face-offs while generating five shot attempts.

“I think it’s pretty obvious with what he did [against the Devils]. After being off for over a week and to come back and have one practice with us then back into the game, he scores a clutch goal for us. That’s what he has always been, a clutch player for us,” said Claude Julien. “I think the third period we gave it a really good push there and I like seeing that from our team that you come out and you don’t play on your heels and you push hard and we went down by a goal but we got our game going like I said and we got a couple goals to win this for us.”

Bergeron modestly said postgame that he was just trying to get into the flow of the game after missing a healthy chunk of time with injury. But he certainly looked like he was vintage form once it crunch time. The timing was perfect as he stepped into the one-timer shot off Marchand’s pass, and beat Cory Schneider amid a strong 34-save performance by the kid from Marblehead.

“I mean I was just trying to, I guess, get my feet wet right away and use the first few shifts to kind of just get, feel good about my positioning and my skating,” said Bergeron. “As the game went on I just felt better. Of course you want to start on a good note, especially at home, and we talked about our home record in the last few years. We wanted to do the job early, especially in the first game, and it’s one step but we’re happy with it.”

It was like Bergeron didn’t miss a single beat after missing the first three games of the season with a lower body injury, and those kinds of instincts and natural ability are things worth marveling about when it comes to the Bruins.

“I was feeling good [on the ice],” said Bergeron. “It would have been nice to ride the wave of the World Cup, but that being said I thought in the first I was trying to be good position ally and kind of get myself going with the first few shifts, and just kind of go from there. Overall I thought that happened.”

While the comeback win was certainly good news for the Bruins, the best news of all is that Bergeron has returned to the lineup with no signs of an injury that surprised everybody right before the start of the regular season.