Haggerty: Five thoughts from Bruins-Sharks

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Haggerty: Five thoughts from Bruins-Sharks

SAN JOSE, CA Here are ten thoughts from the game with the Bruins trailing the San Jose Sharks by a 1-0 score after the first 40 minutes of action at HP Pavilion.

FIRST PERIOD

1) The Bruins looked a little better as the first period rolled along, but they appeared to be a team trying to get their skating legs after a quick trip out to the West Coast. They were getting outshot 8-3 at one point in the period and the Sharks controlled time of possession in Bostons zone throughout the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins started bringing a little more energy as the period moved along, but they need to be better.

2) The Bruins made a couple of mistakes in their own zone early in the game and they were lucky to get out of the first period down 1-0. Dennis Seidenberg kicked a puck right to the front of the net, but Michael Handzus couldnt pounce on it quickly enough to do any damage, but Milan Lucic threw a bad pass out by the blue line that eventually turned into Joe Pavelskis score in the period.

3) The Bruins players are trying to get the nastiness and intensity going: Shawn Thornton tangled with Jason Demers after the Sharks forward didnt like a Gregory Campbell hit and Adam McQuaid nearly dropped the gloves with Dominic Moore in front of the two benches. Looks like the Sharks dont actually want to fight tonight, however.

4) Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci have each gone undefeated in three face-offs apiece in the first period while the rest of the Bs centermen have went 1-for-5 in the opening 20 minutes. Thats a nice number, but the Bruins need to start getting more puck possession time.

5) Tim Thomas was solid in the first period once again. Gave up the goal on a second-effort rebound stuff when his defense couldnt clear the puck out of the area around the net.

SECOND PERIOD

1) Nine shots through two periods for the Bruins. It looks like the Sharks are doing to the Bs what Boston did to Toronto in the defensive zone on Monday night. Only a couple of good chances for the Bs through two periods. Milan Lucic hit a crossbar off a David Krejci pass in the final few minutes of the second period.

2) Milan Lucic has three giveaways in the first periods and hasnt been too sharp with his passing tonight. Then he hit a crossbar late in the second period. Hes brought a physical element, but too many mistakes tonight.

3) Its pretty clear the Bruins were trying to initiate something with the Sharks to get themselves going, but San Jose doesnt want to drop the gloves. That can sometimes make it difficult for the Bruins to truly engage emotionally.

4) Tim Thomas continuing his strong play. He made a nice stop on a Brian Boyle point shot from the high slot area with Dominic Moore hanging around the front of the net, and then a leaping stop on an odd-man rush with Logan Couture feeding it to Martin Havlat on a 2-on-1. Nineteen saves on 20 shots for Thomas in another confidence-building game.

5) No shots on net for David Krejci, Chris Kelly, Patrice Bergeron, Benoit Pouliot or Jordan Caron. Time for the Bruins forward group to get involved in the game.

McQuaid on going in the NHL expansion draft: ‘I hope that’s not the case for me’

McQuaid on going in the NHL expansion draft: ‘I hope that’s not the case for me’

BOSTON – With the NHL expansion draft looming a couple of months in the future, it became much more of a reality for the Bruins this week now that the 2016-17 season is in the books.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney said on Thursday that he expects the Bruins to go the 7 (forwards) 3 (defensemen) 1 (goaltender) route protecting their roster from the June 21 expansion draft. That will still leave some useful roster players unprotected.

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Atop that available expansion list for the Bruins will be potential names Malcolm Subban, Riley Nash, Jimmy Hayes and Adam McQuaid, who could be headed to Vegas. Asked about the topic at this week’s breakup day for the players, McQuaid expressed his hopes that he isn’t the one selected by the Vegas Golden Knights. The 30-year-old McQuaid stayed healthy enough to play in 77 games this season, and posted two goals and 10 points along with a plus-4 while serving in a top-four role pretty much all season as Torey Krug’s defensive partner.

McQuaid also brought the toughness and quiet leadership element with his willingness to always stand up for his teammates and go toe-to-toe with the toughest guys in the league when it was called for. His midseason heavyweight bout with Matt Martin was one of the most memorable moments of the season. It’s an element the Bruins would miss if he was taken in the expansion draft.  

“Well, I hope not. I never thought of it that way, to be honest with you. Obviously, the reality of the situation is they’re picking somebody from every team,” said McQuaid. “So, I hope that’s not the case for me. I’ve won here and I’ve always said how much I love it back here. I can’t imagine playing for another team. It’s totally out of my control, but hopefully that’s not the case.”

McQuaid is signed for $2.75 million for the next seasons and it was clear he was missed on the penalty kill once he went down injured in the first-round series against the Ottawa Senators. As for the entire expansion process, Sweeney said they are currently whittling down the protected list while required to protect Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and David Backes to start by virtue of the no-movement language in their contracts.

Other young players, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo and Frank Vatrano among others, don’t need to be protected either after completing this season with two years or less of pro hockey experience. One of the most difficult decisions will come down to protecting either 25-year-old Colin Miller or 28-year-old Kevan Miller as the third defensemen. 

Whichever one of those D-men is left unprotected would join McQuaid as the most likely player to be selected by Vegas GM George McPhee after he spent a decent amount of time scouting the Black and Gold this season to get an idea of which player he wanted.

Here’s our best guess at which players will end up being protected by the Bruins:

Forwards (7): Bergeron, Krejci, Backes, Pastrnak, Marchand, Beleskey and Spooner

Defensemen (3): Chara, Krug and Colin Miller

Goaltender (1): Rask 


 

Brady’s pre-draft Facebook post tries to provide some inspiration to picks

Brady’s pre-draft Facebook post tries to provide some inspiration to picks

Pick No. 199 in 2000 tried to provide a little inspiration to the next generation of NFL draftees before the first selection Thursday night. 

Remember: they can't measure heart. Whether you're picked first, last or not at all, YOU decide what happens next, every day. Good luck!!!

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, April 27, 2017