Notes: Recchi grabs share of finals scoring lead


Notes: Recchi grabs share of finals scoring lead

By Joe Haggerty Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs

By Danny Picard
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BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Mark Recchi had three assists in Game 6 on Monday night, giving him a share of the career scoring lead in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Recchi now has 12 points in his last 13 Stanley Cup Finals games, having recorded two goals and four assists in seven games as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes against the Edmonton Oilers in 2006. He has three goals and three assists this year.

Heading into an elimination game in Game 6 on Monday night, it was hard for Recchi not to think about whether or not it would be the last game of his NHL career. But he remained confident and helped the Bruins force Game 7.

The thought that Monday could have been his last game crosses my mind, but, you know, I have a job to do outthere for the guysand I can't put those thoughts in my head, said Recchi after Bostons 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. I'm going to, you know, lay it on the line one more time and see where it takes me after that.

No matter what, it's been a great 22 years, and I've enjoyed every minute of it. This hasbeenoneof my best ones, regardless of what happens and I'm just still proud to play in the NHL.I love playing hockey and love being in the NHL and I think it's the greatest sport out there.

David Krejci scored the Bruins fifth goal of the game, and it came on a 5-on-3 power play. It marked Krejcis 12th goal of the postseason, which is the most goals ever by a Czech player in one playoff year. It broke Jaromir Jagrs previous Czech record of 11 goals in both 1992 and 1996.

With Mondays win, Bruins coach Claude Julien won his 32nd playoff game behind the Boston bench, passing Don Cherry for most career playoff wins by a Bruins coach.The Bruins didnt get much of anything from the trio of Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Michael Ryder during their 1-0 loss in Game 5 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, as the three combined for zero shots on net fand no offensive production in a game that had the players saying things lot not enough desperation and not enough guys going after the game was in the books.
That changed in Monday nights Game 5, with the Bruins scoring a Stanley Cup Finals-record four goals in a span of 4:14 during the first period . . . and Marchand, Lucic and Ryder all got on the scoreboard.

Marchand had a beauty of a wrist shot to the high glove side that Roberto Luongo couldnt handle. Lucic fired off a five-hole wrist shot off a nice drop-back pass from Rich Peverley. And Ryder tipped a shot past Luongo's replacement, Cory Schneider.In all, the three forwards had nine shots on net in addition to the three goals, and all three along with David Krejci and Mark Recchi, who also didnt shine among the top six forwards in Game 5 vowed to be better in Game 7. The Bruins are 8-0 when Marchand scores a goal this postseason, and good things seem to happen when hes scoring and creating disturbances all over the ice for targets like the Sedin twins.We talked about our last game, and how it wasnt good enough, said Lucic. I had zero shots and I think Krejci might have had one shot. As a line we need to create more and we have to want to create more. I think thats big right there.You have to go do it. Its what you need to do. You have to want to do it. When we have that mindset, I think thats when were able to come out and play like we did.Henrik Sedin snapped a five-game scoreless streak with a power-play goal in the third period. It was the first time Sedin had been held scoreless for five straight games since the end of the 2006-07 regular season.Dennis Seidenberg left the bench for several minutes in the third period after Henrik Sedins goal, and it appeared the Bruins defenseman had his knee sliced open by a skate during a collision in the crease area. Seidenberg still finished with the third-most ice time of any Bruins players behind only Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference that both topped 23 minutes of ice time in the game.Boston extended a franchise record with its 24th playoff game of the spring. Vancouver matched its 1994 franchise record in its 24th postseason game.The Bruins will be taking part in a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in their history when they travel to Vancouver for Wednesday nights series finale. The Bruins will also be attempting to become the first NHL team to win three Game 7's in the same single-season playoff run.Mason Raymond suffered a scary injury in the first period during his first shift of the game as he tangled in the corner for a loose puck with Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Raymond was bumped by Boychuk as both players competed for a loose puck, and the Vancouver forward tumbled awkwardly into the boards he had his head and neck tucked down in a precarious position.One of the lasting images from the Stanley Cup Finals will be the third period of Game 6 when Marchand continuously punched Daniel Sedin in the face with gloved jabs, and the Vancouver finesse forward did nothing about while practically begging the refs to call some kind of penalty. No infraction was coming and the message was pretty simple from the game officials: Its time for the Sedin Twins to start fighting some of their own battles if they expect to win a Stanley Cup.Marchand was typically fun after the game when asked why he decided to throw a series of stiff jabs at the face of Sedin: I felt like it.The Bruins outscored the Canucks 17-3 in the three Finals games at TD Garden, continuing a pattern of home-team domination during the series. Both teams are currently 3-0 on their home ice.

It doesn't bode well for the Bruins, since Game 7 is in Vancouver.
Its going both ways, said Tyler Seguin. If we want to win the Cup then were going to have to be the team that steals it. They didnt tonight, but theyre going to get their chance at home. Its going to be a good game.
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Tuesday, Oct. 25: Carlo for Calder?


Tuesday, Oct. 25: Carlo for Calder?

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while having watched the Curious George Halloween special about eight times over the last three or four days thanks to my three-year-old son.

*Bob McKenzie with a great story in former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore talking a shift as an Uber driver as his hockey work has dried up.

*Alex Radulov is earning some early respect for his play from his Habs teammates and the fickle Canadiens fans, but let’s see how the whole season plays out for the notoriously combustible Russian winger.

*Zach Werenski has taken an early lead among his NHL rookie peers for the Calder Trophy, but it looks like it’s going to be a crowded field this year. Just a couple of weeks in, Brandon Carlo certainly looks like he could be in the conversation as well.

*Pioneering female goaltender Shannon Szabados has been cut from the Peoria team in the Southern Pro League.

*The Chicago Blackhawks have plenty of advice for the Chicago Cubs about playing in the big games as the Cubbies get ready for their World Series close-up.

*A more mature David Perron is having greater success the second time around with the St. Louis Blues while contributing in many different areas.

*For something completely different: a really fun story of a Hollywood Reporter contributor recording the reactions of her 7-year-old son watching Empire Strikes Back for the first time. I was around the same age when Empire came out, so I’m sure my reactions were pretty similar to his at different points in the movie.

Injuries have created a muddled picture with Bruins goaltenders

Injuries have created a muddled picture with Bruins goaltenders

It’s hard to believe that it’s already come to this, but it might just be Malcolm Subban between the pipes for the Bruins on Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild, and perhaps again on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

The 22-year-old Subban has been pulled from two ineffective starts for the P-Bruins in four AHL starts this season (.846 save percentage and a 4.50 goals against average in four games) while coming back from last year’s fractured larynx injury. He's also a player the organization was uncertain enough about that they signed veteran backup Anton Khudobin to a two-year deal on the July 1 open of NHL free agency.

Subban attributed his start to a slow opening few weeks with a new P-Bruins roster of players, but that hasn’t stopped fellow P-Bruins goalie Zane McIntyre from putting up excellent numbers between the pipes in the early going.

But Khudobin went down with an injury mere minutes into Monday morning’s Bruins practice at Warrior Ice Arena, and Tuukka Rask been battling a nagging leg injury since the season opening win against the Blue Jackets.

So Subban was the last goalie standing on Monday as an emergency recall from Providence, and could be in line to play Tuesday night against the Wild if the Bruins medical staff can’t perform some Mr. Miyagi-style healing techniques on Rask or Khudobin.

“Khudobin got injured and couldn’t practice with us, but I haven’t heard anything yet [on an update],” said Julien following practice. “This is hockey. We deal with it on daily basis with the injuries. We wait for the news and then it’s about doing your job as it’s required. If we have to make some adjustments and have to have some different personnel, then we’ll deal with it when we have more of an update. Tuukka is still day-to-day, so nothing is changed there.

“We’re in a situation here where we’ll see what happens, and if [Subban] needs to go in goal then he’ll go in goal. It’s as simple as that. As a coach, there’s one thing that worries me and that’s ‘stop the puck.’ I’m not a goalie coach, so I’m just demanding on making the saves.”

Subban, of course, hasn’t been making the saves down in Providence early in the going there this season, and is entering the stage of his career where he needs to begin showing signs of being a potential No. 1 guy at the NHL level.

Fellow goalies from the 2012 NHL draft class like Andrei Vasilevskiy, Joonas Korpisalo, Matt Murray, Connor Hellebuyck and Frederik Andersen have all begun making their mark in the league, and Subban was selected higher than all of them except for Tampa’s Vasilevskiy. So in the final year of his entry level deal it’s high time for the 22-year-old to begin showing signs he can play in the league, whether it’s in Boston or elsewhere.

He admitted on Monday he might have been putting too much pressure on himself down in Providence while watching the injury issues play out with Tuukka Rask in Boston.

Subban was worried about the big picture of stringing together saves so he was the guy called up if the Bruins needed a goalie, and instead should have been focusing more on the present opponents at the AHL level.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself. I think anybody that knows me well knows that. I don’t like to let in goals no matter what happens, whether it’s breakdowns or not it’s my job [to stop the puck]. If there were no breakdowns then you wouldn’t need a goaltender,” said Subban. “I want to make every save and get a shutout every game. I think the biggest thing is just relaxing and playing, and knowing that it’s okay to let a goal in every once in a while.

“So I think in my position right now I’m supposed to be playing really well down there, and I think that go in my head a little bit. I was trying to get a shutout every game rather than going game-by-game and shot-by-shot. I was overthinking it too much. But collectively as a team we’re a new team and we were trying to get the chemistry together, and once we do that the D-zone will be better and the offensive zone game will come.”

If Subban does indeed get the emergency start on Tuesday night against the Wild, the Bruins just have to hope that it’s a better outing than getting pulled in his NHL debut against the Blues two seasons ago after allowing three goals on three straight shots to start the second period. They also have to hope that Rask or Khudobin get well quick given Boston’s shaky situation on defense in front of the goaltender, and the stretch they’re in of playing six straight opponents that qualified for last spring’s Stanley Cup playoffs.

If not then watch out below because every hockey person knows there’s no quicker way for a hockey club to really begin imploding than if the goaltending starts to become a major problem whether it’s because of injury, inconsistent performance or simply because of being a straight-up sieve.