Haggerty's thoughts from Boston-Providence scrimmage


Haggerty's thoughts from Boston-Providence scrimmage

BOSTON -- Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Boston Bruins trailing the Providence Bruins by a 1-0 score after 20 minutes of Black and Gold scrimmage action at TD Garden.

1) Great moment for Jay Pandolfo potting a one-timer from the slot for the periods only score. The gritty bottom-six winger isnt known for his goal-scoring capabilities, but he can still hammer it home like he did for Boston University before joining the pro ranks many, many moons ago. It was a nice play by Max Sauve as well taking it deep into the Boston zone and then finding Pandolfo all alone in front as he headed behind the net. Should be interesting to see if Pandolfo has a chance to stick in Boston with an excellent week-long camp or if the Bruins opt to go younger with their extra forward spot. A  Brad Marchand delay of game penalty set up the Pandolfo PP score.

2) The P-Bruins outshot the Bruins by an 8-6 margin in the first period and it appeared they were much more excited to be back in front of the TD Garden ice rather than the Black and Gold members.

3) Tough boarding call for Chris Bourque midway through the first period, one of three penalties for the Bruins in the first 20 minutes. Thats an ominous sign as teams playing catch-up on game condition or skating wind are probably going to be wind up taking a lot more penalties at the start of this shortened season. Rich Peverley (hooking), Marchand (delay of game) and Bourque (boarding) all spent time in the box in the first period.

4) Smooth-skating and easy decision-making for Dougie Hamilton in the first period. He certainly didnt look out of place skating among NHL and AHL pros as the youngest player out on the ice.

5) Anton Khudobin is wearing No. 30 for the Providence Bruins. I wonder what a certain Tim Thomas would have to say about that?

Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Boston Bruins and Providence Bruins tied at a 2-2 score after 40 minutes of Black and Gold scrimmage action at TD Garden.

1) Chris Bourque redeems himself for the first period penalty by snapping a shot through Anton Khudobins pads to even things up for Boston early in the second period. Bourque has looked very at home with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley on that third line, and had a few good shifts cycling and playing the puck possession game with the two grizzled veterans.

2) On the other hand Anton Khudobin has looked a little shaky fighting the puck and it caught up to him in the second period. The Bourque goal is one he should have stopped from the left face-off circle even if there was a partial screen in front of the net, and Khudobin completely lost sight of Brad Marchands top shelf wrister from the slot with Patrice Bergeron bearing down on him. He probably wouldnt have been able to stop it either way, but the No. 1 goalie from Kazakhstan hasnt looked all that sharp.

3) The Bruins finally got a few chances to dust off the power play in the second period, and it looked like a work in progress. It also looked a little like last years power play: difficulty gaining entry into the zone and keeping possession once inside the zone, a one-and-done philosophy with the shots on net and little movement. To be fair the Bruins have only practiced the power play for a day or two, and a Lucic-Seguin-Horton-Chara-Krejci combo should yield some results eventually.

4) For Providence, Max Sauve has been impressive as hes been intermittently through the AHL season. Sauves pass set up Jay Pandolfos goal in the first period and Sauve added his own tally in the second frame when he jumped all over a rebound directly in front of the net. Hes been able to stay healthy for the most part in Providence, and probably feels like he was snubbed for an invite to the week-long NHL camp. Hes showing it out on the ice tonight against the NHL big boys.

5) Bobby Robbins starting trouble after the whistle with both Zdeno Chara and Shawn Thornton. Youve got to love that kids spirit and his willingness to do whatever it takes to spark his team. I think hell eventually get to the NHL level as an enforcer because hes 100 percent willing to do whatever it takes to get there. Challenging the two toughest guys on the parent club in a friendly scrimmage proves that, as does the 183 penalty minutes hes amassed at the AHL level this season.

Morning Skate: Brian Boyle embroiled in trade rumors

Morning Skate: Brian Boyle embroiled in trade rumors

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while enjoying Hockey Day in America. 

*Brian Boyle is the subject of trade rumors with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but he wants to stay a member of the Bolts. 

*Watch out for the Florida Panthers, who swept the road trip through California and are now back in playoff position for the first time in a long time. 

*It’s great to see play-by-play man Dave Strader back in the broadcast booth doing what he does best after his cancer diagnosis. 

*Hats off to the Bruins ECHL affiliate, the Atlanta Gladiators, for the sweet-looking Boba Fett sweaters worn during this weekend’s Star Wars night. 

*It’s pretty amazing when you’re an NHL player and a former first round pick, and you’re the one most known for being somebody else’s brother. That’s life for Dallas Stars D-man Jamie Oleksiak. 

*Interesting piece about sportswriting, politics and a couple of worlds that were destined to collide at some point. 

*For something completely different: For the 40h anniversary of Star Wars, the toys are being used to recreate classic movie scenes. 

Darrelle Revis has court date Thursday on fight claims

Darrelle Revis has court date Thursday on fight claims

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.

Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.

Revis' attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis "feared for his safety" and sought medical attention, but he didn't offer details about the severity of Revis' injuries.

Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.

The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis' situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.

Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.

Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.

The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.

Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.

Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position - and in franchise history - while also earning the nickname, "Revis Island" for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams' top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.


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