Morning Skate: Friday, December 2


Morning Skate: Friday, December 2

A different look at the game of hockey through the lens of a newspaper photographer that shoots the Montreal Canadiens.

Brian Burke actually offered to rent out a barn so he could have it out with then Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe when the two were feuding over the offer sheet to Dustin Penner. Apparently Gary Bettman had to intervene, which I think is pretty awesome.

ESPN.coms Pierre Lebrun stands up to defend Roberto Luongo and says that Bobby Ryan can now relax out in Anaheim after the coaching change.

The Vancouver Canucks reports that there is a delay in the return of Mason Raymond to playing action after being sidelined following the collision with Johnny Boychuk in the Stanley Cup Finals last spring.

Justin Bourne says that Washingtons focus on defense is killing their team, and the evidence is overwhelming that hes correct. An out-of-shape Russian superstar playing when the mood strikes also isnt helping.

Nick Cotsonika has a nice column for Yahoo! Sports about the St. Louis Blues really picking things up under the tutelage of Ken Hitchcock and the new coaching staff.

Kirk Luedeke checks in with Bruins draft pick Zane Gothberg, who is moving up the ranks of Bostons organizational depth at the goaltending position.

For something a little different: With December here I ask if there will ever a greater World Junior forward line than Sidney Crosby, Patrice Bergeron and Corey Perry for a monstrous Team Canada squad back in 2005?

Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win


Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win

Here are the talking points from the Boston Bruins' 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars where Patrice Bergeron scored two goals.

Patrice Bergeron scores 2, Bruins beat Stars, 6-3, to end winning trip

Patrice Bergeron scores 2, Bruins beat Stars, 6-3, to end winning trip

Patrice Bergeron had two goals and an assist as the Boston Bruins beat the Dallas Stars 6-3 Sunday, improving to 6-1 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy.

The Bruins completed a 3-1 road trip.

Stars captain Jamie Benn and Boston forward David Backes began fighting just 2 seconds into the game and drew major penalties. They have a history between - this was the first time they've faced each other this season, and it was the third straight year they've fought.

The Stars had tied the game in the second period after trailing 2-0. But Frank Vatrano and Bergeron scored on deflections 40 seconds apart in the second, and Bergeron added his 16th goal of the season in the third period.

Brad Marchand, David Krejci scored in the first period for the Bruins. Marchand had two assists and Torey Krug had three assists.

John Klingberg and Jiri Hudler had second-period goals for Dallas, and Tyler Seguin scored in the third.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had 33 saves.

Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves for Dallas. Three of Boston's goals came on deflections.

Vatrano deflected Kevan Miller's drive from the right point through traffic past Lehtonen to break a 2-2 tie in the second. Bergeron and Dallas defenseman Jordie Benn became tangled in front of Lehtonen on the Bruins' fourth goal.

Marchand scored from the left faceoff circle at 5:56 of the first period after taking a pass from behind the net from Bergeron.

Dallas made it 2-all on the first power play of the game. Hudler scored on a snap shot at 11:49 of the second.

Boston regained a two-goal lead less than 4 minutes later when Vatrano and Bergeron scored at 14:41 and 15:21.

NOTES: Dallas D Johnny Oduya returned after missing 15 games because of an ankle injury. . Miller and Dallas LW Curtis McKenzie also fought in the second period. . Marchand has 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in his past 12 games. . Krejci has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past seven games. . Krug has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in seven career games against the Stars. . Hudler has 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 14 career games vs. Boston. . The visiting team has won the last seven games between the teams, dating back to 2013-14.


Bruins: Begin a three-game homestand on Tuesday against Arizona.

Stars: Play the fourth of five straight home games vs. Pittsburgh on Tuesday.