By Joe Haggerty
VANCOUVER The Bruins got the blood flowing after their cross-country flight from Boston to British Columbia on Monday afternoon, and put in a full day Tuesday afternoon at the Rogers Centre home of the Canucks.Rich Peverley once again donned the Gold jersey and skated with the Patrice BergeronMark RecchiBrad Marchand line, and Shawn Thornton took his rightful place on the Merlot line with Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille. The lines were as follows:
Paille-Campbell-ThorntonSo the Bruins lines looked exactly as they did at the end of the Tampa Bay Lightning series, and the power play once again had a familiar look as well.Zdeno Chara was camped down low near the net with Nathan Horton and David Krejci on the first power play unit, and Tomas Kaberle and Dennis Seidenberg manned the two point positions. Mark Recchi, Rich Peverley, Michael Ryder, Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic all seeing time on the second power play unit along with Andrew Ference and Patrice Bergeron at the point spots, so its anybodys guess who takes the ice on Wednesday night.The Bs PP will need more juice than the 8.2 percent success rate that got them through the first three rounds of the playoffs if theyre going to take down a Canucks team that led the NHL in goals scored and goals against in a magically dominant regular season.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while knowing that “Saturdays are for the boys” no longer exists once you are married with kids…except during glorious bachelor party weekends, which are few and far between.
*Congrats to Patrick Williams, who was named the Ellery Award winner for his great coverage of all things at the AHL level. Well deserved, Pat!
*A really moving, heartbreaking and also life-affirming tribute from Bobby Ryan to his recently-passed mother after his childhood experience really forged a bond.
*The Tyson Barrie/Colorado Avalanche arbitration case has a chance to get messy, and that may be a very good thing for teams hoping a D-man suddenly becomes available.
*Some great stories about the hockey movies made over the last 30 years including Sudden Death, Mystery Alaska and Slap Shot.
*Kudos to Gabriel Landeskog, who has joined an organization attempting to advise athletes on recovery from concussions after his scary experiences.
*The focus of P.K. Subban’s philanthropy is on the kids, a thing made abundantly clear by his generous pledge to raise $10 million from a Montreal children’s hospital.
*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper over at Yahoo! Sports on Murray Craven as a bit of an “Everything Man” for the new Las Vegas expansion franchise.
*For something completely different: what a great American and Patriot looks like, even if the Republicans and Trump don’t seem to think so.
Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while using “malarkey” in my day-to-day vocabulary as much as possible.
-- Dale Tallon was promoted with the Florida Panthers to accentuate his strengths as a talent evaluator, but maintains that he still has final say on hockey decisions.
-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has another young D-man off the board with the Wild’s Matthew Dumba signing a two year, $5.1 million deal with Minnesota.
-- In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my take on the negotiations between Brad Marchand and the Bruins: There’s a couple of good signs at the outset of negotiations.
-- The Arizona Coyotes are stressing the defensive side of things in a big, big way, and it appears to be part of John Chayka’s master plan.
-- Alex Pietrangelo would be a natural selection to replace David Backes as the next captain of the St. Louis Blues.
-- A moving letter from Sens forward Bobby Ryan to his recently passed mother is up at the Players Tribune website.
-- Chris Kreider has re-signed with the New York Rangers, and plans to get out of his head and onto the score sheet more often.
-- For something completely different: Jerod Mayo will bring a new voice to Tom E. Curran’s Quick Slants program on our very own CSN network.