Haggerty: 15 thoughts from Bruins-Jets

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Haggerty: 15 thoughts from Bruins-Jets

Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Winnipeg Jets tied at a 1-1 score after the first 20 minutes of hockey at TD Garden.

1)Zach Bogosian with his fourth goal of the season for the Winnipeg Jets and his 18th point of the season on a long point shot that was tipped in front of the net. It appears that Bogosian is beginning to round into the form that made him a lottery pick in the first round, and explains some of the interest that the Bruins have had in him over the years. Some scoffed when I mentioned his name as a type of player that could have been in play if a Tuukka Rask deal ever came off, but hes a top pair defenseman and those are difficult to come by.

2)Ten blocked shots for the Jets in the first period including three for Johnny Oduya, and theyre winning the blocked shot battle by a 10-4 margin after the first 20 minutes. Looks like the Winnipeg Jets are bringing the good effort tonight and the Bs are going to have to ratchet up their game.

3)A perfect example of a legal way to protect yourself with Joe Corvo sidestepping a Tanner Glass big hit attempt behind the net in the first period. Corvo stepped out of the way and Glass took no pun intended a face full of glass instead of making contact with the Bs defenseman. Glass went down the runway and appeared to be shaken up afterward, and it proves that players have plenty of ways to protect themselves with an aggressor bearing down on them.

4) David Krejci starts the Bs scoring play with a nifty transitional pass and makes it a nine-game scoring streak after picking up the secondary assist on the Milan Lucic-to-Nathan Horton goal. That line is going to have to produce buckets of offense with Marchand out for the next five games.

5)Thirteen saves for Tuukka Rask, who looks cool as a cucumber between the pipes and has still allowed only two goals since midway through a Dec. 3 win over the Maple Leafs.

Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Winnipeg Jets by a 3-2 score after the first 40 minutes of hockey at TD Garden.

1) Eventful second period for Shawn Thornton. He was called for an illegal contact to the head penalty for a hit on Chris Thorburn that actually never even made contact. Replays showed Thorntons shoulderelbow never connected with Thorburn, but he was whistled off anyway. That turned into a 5-on-3 advantage for Winnipeg, and Thornton earned himself a shaky penalty shot call with a breakaway bid coming out of the penalty box. That turned into a successful forehand-to-backhand top shelf shot to tie the game up, and he followed with a fight against former teammate Mark Stuart that ended with a bevy of Thornton right hands. He only needs the assist for the Gordie Howe hat trick.

2) A rough Joe Corvo turnover leads to an Eric Fehr go-ahead goal, and its been an uneven night for the Bruins defenseman.

3) Claude Julien switching around his lines and dropping both Gregory Campbell and Zach Hamill into the third line center spot for shifts during the second period. Hamill was bounced around by Jim Slater early in the game and hasnt been a prominent presence tonight like hes been in past game.

4) David Krejci has won all nine draws in the face-off circle through two periods, and seems to have been a man on a mission since a rough night against Steve Ott in Dallas.

5) Blake Wheeler with a tipped goal in the second period and leads the Jets in scoring with 32 points this season. After a slow start it appears that Wheeler might have just found a home with the Jets after never quite living up to the expectations of being a Bruin in Boston.

Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins taking down the Winnipeg Jets by a 5-3 score after 60 minutes of hockey at TD Garden.

1) David Krejci follows up 9-for-9 in face-offs during the first two periods with a face-off win off the opening drop in the third period to set up a Nathan Horton game-tying goal. Krejci was a huge part of the victory and has really been playing at an elite level for over a month.

2) Bruins continue to put up ridiculous numbers in the third period this season and outscored the Jets by a 3-0 score over the final 20 minutes. Bruins outscoring their opponents by a 60-23 margin this season: that is a Stanley Cup-winning type statistic.

3) Benoit Pouliot with a solid first game in place of Brad Marchand that included a power play goal after second and third effort in front of the net. Game-winning goal and insurance score both set up by Patrice Bergeron.

4) Tyler Seguin gets the game-winning goal and electrified the crowd with a filthy, roofed backhander after cutting through Randy Jones and using his body to shield the puck on the way to the net. The ever-classy Randy Jones shoved Seguin to the ice after the 19-year-scored the goal and fired up the crowd.

5) Nathan Horton with five goals in his last four games and finally looks to be snapping out of the early season funk he had been in. The KrejciLucicHorton line is putting it all together at exactly the right time.

STANLEY CUP FINALS: Guentzel's goal lifts Penguins by Predators 5-3 in Game 1

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STANLEY CUP FINALS: Guentzel's goal lifts Penguins by Predators 5-3 in Game 1

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh rookie Jake Guentzel beat Nashville's Pekka Rinne with 3:17 left in regulation to put the Penguins ahead to stay in a 5-3 victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

Guentzel snapped an eight-game goalless drought to help the defending champions escape after blowing a three-goal lead.

Nick Bonino scored twice for the Penguins. Conor Sheary scored his first of the playoffs and Evgeni Malkin scored his eighth. The Penguins won despite putting just 12 shots on goal. Murray finished with 23 saves for the Penguins, who used the first coach's challenge in finals history to wipe out an early Nashville goal and held on despite going an astonishing 37:09 at one point without a shot.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

Ryan Ellis, Colton Sissons and Frederick Gaudreau scored for the Predators. Rinne stopped just seven shots.

The Penguins had all of three days to get ready for the final following a draining slog through the Eastern Conference that included a pair of Game 7 victories, the second a double-overtime thriller against Ottawa last Thursday.

Pittsburgh downplayed the notion it was fatigued, figuring adrenaline and a shot at making history would make up for any lack of jump while playing their 108th game in the last calendar year.

Maybe, but the Penguins looked a step behind at the outset. The Predators, who crashed the NHL's biggest stage for the first time behind Rinne and a group of talented defenseman, were hardly intimidated by the stakes, the crowd or the defending champions.

All the guys from the place dubbed "Smashville" have to show for it is their first deficit of the playoffs on a night a fan threw a catfish onto the ice to try and give the Predators a taste of home.

The Penguins, who led the league in scoring, stressed before Game 1 that the best way to keep the Predators at bay was by taking the puck and spending copious amounts of time around Rinne. It didn't happen, mostly because Nashville's forecheck pinned the Penguins in their own end. Clearing attempts were knocked down or outright swiped, tilting the ice heavily in front of Murray.

Yet Pittsburgh managed to build a quick 3-0 lead anyway thanks to a fortunate bounce and some quick thinking by Penguins video coordinator Andy Saucier. Part of his job title is to alert coach Mike Sullivan when to challenge a call. The moment came 12:47 into the first when P.K. Subban sent a slap shot by Murray that appeared to give the Predators the lead.

Sullivan used his coach's challenge, arguing Nashville forward Filip Forsberg was offside. A lengthy review indicated Forsberg's right skate was in the air as he brought the puck into a zone, a no-no.

It temporarily deflated Nashville and gave the Penguins all the wiggle room they needed to take charge.

Malkin scored on a 5-on-3 15:32 into the first, Sheary made it 2-0 just 65 seconds later and when Nick Bonino's innocent centering pass smacked off Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm's left knee and by Rinne just 17 seconds before the end of the period, Pittsburgh was in full command.

It looked like a repeat of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against Ottawa, when the Penguins poured in four goals in the first period of a 7-0 rout.

Nashville, unlike the Senators, didn't bail. Instead they rallied.

Ellis scored the first goal by a Predator in a Stanley Cup Final 8:21 into the second. Though Nashville didn't get another one by Murray, they also kept Rinne downright bored at the other end. Pittsburgh didn't manage a shot on net in the second period, the first time it's happened in a playoff game in franchise history.

Nashville kept coming. Sissons beat Murray 10:06 into the third and Gaudreau tied it just after a fruitless Pittsburgh power play.

No matter. The Penguins have become chameleons under Sullivan. They can win with both firepower and precision.

Guentzel slipped one by Rinne with 3:17 to go in regulation and Bonino added an empty netter to give Pittsburgh early control of the series.

Posey stays out of the fray during Strickland-Harper brawl

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Posey stays out of the fray during Strickland-Harper brawl

SAN FRANCISCO  — As an irate Bryce Harper charged toward the mound, Buster Posey just stood and watched from behind home plate.

And when the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants cleared their benches Monday and punches flew both ways, the All-Star catcher did his best to remain just outside the fray.

Not where some expected to find the Giants team leader with his pitcher, Hunter Strickland, exchanging head shots with Harper.

“Posey did NOTHING to stop Harper from getting to his pitcher,” former major league pitcher Dontrelle Willis wrote on Twitter. “I’ve never seen that before in my life.”

Posey declined to enter the fracas, instead remaining around its edges and watching as the players scuffled in “a pretty good pile,” as Giants manager Bruce Bochy called it.

Posey dealt with a concussion in April after being struck in the head by a pitch, but did not say he held back because of concerns related to that. He did say he was wary about the risk of injury.

“There were some big guys tumbling around out there,” Posey said. “You see Mike Morse and Jeff Samardzija are about as big as they come and he was getting knocked around like a pinball. So it was a little dangerous to get in there.”

Still, social media was abuzz at the sight of Posey not sticking up for his teammate.

“Strickland must have told @BusterPosey he was hitting him and let him come cause he didn’t even give a soft jog,” Willis wrote.

“Says all you need to know that Buster Posey didn’t bother to hold back Harper,” tweeted Fox broadcaster Kevin Burkhardt . “Let him go get his pitcher.”

Also absent from the fight: hard-nosed Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. As his teammates flew over the dugout railing, Bumgarner stayed put, perhaps because the left-hander is still recovering after injuring his pitching shoulder and ribs in a dirt biking accident in April.