Haggerty: Ten thoughts from Bruins-Rangers

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Haggerty: Ten thoughts from Bruins-Rangers

BOSTON -- Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins trailing the New York Rangers by a 2-0 score after the first 20 minutes at TD Garden.

1) Heavy first period that the Bruins werent shying away from, but still found themselves down a pair of goals after a power play score and a bad bounce off Zdeno Chara in front of the net. Important to see how the Bs are going to bounce back in the middle 20 minutes after not getting a couple of breaks.

2) Zdeno Chara having a tough time here tonight against the Rangers: three giveaways, a penalty that led to a Rangers goal and a puck that bounced off him and into the Boston net. If Chara has a tough night that usually means the Bs are going to struggle as well.

3)The more I think about it the more I love a Mike Knuble move for the Bruins with a big body in front and a constant motor running. He can also slide up and play in place of Nathan Horton if he struggles to come back from the concussion.

4)Another strong game for Ryan Callahan against the Bruins with a strong power play goal right in front of the net. Does anybody doubt that Callahan would be a Bruins killer in a potential playoff series between these two teams.

5) It appears Claude Julien has switched his forward lines back: David Krejci skating with Milan Lucic and Rich Peverley while Chris Kelly has slid back down to the third line. Didnt really spark much in the opening 20 minutes.

Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the New York Rangers by a 2-0 score after the first 40 minutes at TD Garden.

1)Amazing how much energy and effort it takes for the Bruins to get even a simple offensive shot off through the tall New York defensemen and interior defense. Thats a team its virtually impossible to overcome a two-goal deficit when theyre playing on their game.

2)David Krejci has three shots on net, but is a 1-for-8 on face-offs tonight. A little bit of a mixed bag for the center, who is clearly skating hard and looking for his offense.

3)Rangers have blocked 12 shots to Bostons six tonight. Thats not a shock. Such an impressive part of New Yorks game protecting Henrik Lundqvist in front of the net. Then the Swedish All-Star goaltender is making the big saves as he did with noggin on a Zdeno Chara blast when it gets through them.

4)Not enough involvement for Brad Marchand, who seems to get lost in these games against the big, strong Rangers defense. No shots on net in 12 plus minutes and not enough bad brat behavior to frustrate the Blueshirts in the second period. He hit the side of the net after taking a perfect pass through traffic from Tyler Seguin in the middle of the period.

5)Shawn Thornton has attempted to challenge Brandon Prust a couple of times in this game, but Prust wants no part of it with a two-goal lead. Understandable actions from both parties there.

Bart Scott: Falcons have 'the better quarterback' in Super Bowl

Bart Scott: Falcons have 'the better quarterback' in Super Bowl

Former Ravens and Jets linebacker - now an "NFL Today" analyst for CBS - Bart Scott usually "can't wait" to make his disdain for Tom Brady and the Patriots known. 

He was back at it Tuesday in an interview with CBS Radio's Damon Amendolara, in which he said the Falcons have the better quarterback heading into Super Bowl LI.

“We know they’re the better offense, and right now, you could say they got the better quarterback because they have the MVP of the league,” Scott said. Ryan is the favorite to win the NFL MVP, which will be announced the night before the Super Bowl at the "NFL Honors" show.

“Now that’s a debate, but Matt Ryan has earned the right for his name to be put up there with the upper-echelon quarterbacks," Scott said. "He’s always been elite in the regular season, but now he’s taken this show into the postseason and he’s won the hard battles against the elite quarterbacks and now you have to give him his due.”

More from Scott: “I can’t see the Patriots stopping this offense. So, that means that these receivers are going to have to [keep] pace. It’s all going to come down to what it always comes down to. It’s going to come down to who makes the turnovers, who gets up early and puts the pressure on the other team. Matt Ryan and that offense showed me a lot when they went behind [in the divisional round against the Seahawks]. Seattle came and busted them in the face, and [Atlanta] went right back down and answered immediately.

"The Patriots always find a way, but I think it makes it more close of a game than what people think.”

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while rooting for “Manchester By the Sea” to upset some favorites at the Oscars.

*Sidney Crosby and Auston Matthews top the annual NHL coaches' poll produced by TSN Insider Bob McKenzie.

*The oral history of Fox’s glowing puck used for the NHL during their run with the league is an entertaining one.

*Mike Babcock gives pep talks to the reporters along with his own players while running the show in Toronto.

*The Vegas Golden Knights are moving forward with their timetable toward hiring a coach with some good candidates out there now, and some other ones potentially available soon. I’ve wondered if Claude Julien would be interested in that spot if he’s let go by the Bruins this season, but the one sure thing is that he wouldn’t be out of work long if he is relieved of his duties.

*Claude Giroux needs to start playing a little more fearlessly and without dwelling on mistakes, according to his general manager.

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill doesn’t believe that fancy stats and analytics have had a major impact on the way the Wings do things.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the rundown on a Millenial’s dream of performers at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game: Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony and Carly Rae Jepsen.

*For something completely different: keeping an eye on the notion that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is going to run for President.