Pouliot takes a step forward

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Pouliot takes a step forward

BOSTON -- Benoit Pouliot was anxious to get back into the mix for the Bruins after he missed the last three games with an illness. Jordan Caron had stepped into his spot while improving with each game that he played in, but the door was opened again for Pouliot when Rich Peverley needed a rest Monday night due to a minor undisclosed injury."

So Peverley sat, and Pouliot managed to open the game with his first career goal as a member of the Bruins and helped open things for a 5-2 victory over the Islanders at the Garden. Pouliot went hard to the net on the first shift of the game and crashed down toward the net as Caron tossed a puck that was hiding in Evgeni Nabokovs skates.

Pouliot sped to the front of the net and pushed the loose puck into the back of the net to give Boston a quick advantage, and give the Bruins some production from their free agent signee out of Montreal. Pouliot finished with 8:39 of ice time, the one shot on net, and a takeaway, giving further evidence that things are getting incrementally better in a Black and Gold uniform.

Pouliot is still fighting to get noticed for the right reasons, but at least the frenetic energy and production met for a meaningful performance in Boston. It doesnt mean Pouliot is going to suddenly realize his vast potential with the Bruins, but at least there was a little something.
The Bruins coaching staff wants Pouliot to use his 6-foot-3 lanky frame as a potential screen and shot-changer camped in front of the net. That position along with his linemates led to lighting the lamp.

It was nice to see, and Pouliot was in the right place. He was right there, put on the breaks, and banged it in. In the second period we almost had another identical one, with Jordan Caron throwing it across the crease, said Julien. Pouliot is a guy thats working hard, hes trying to find his way on this hockey club, trying to adapt.

His work ethic and compete level is there, so, again, weve just got to keep working with him and see how far we can go.

It remains to be seen if Peverley can return to the lineup. Also, Daniel Paille could miss time with a suspected broken nose after taking a Steve Staios slapper straight to the face in the third period. But in a world where some of the bottom six Bs forwards are getting a little banged up, Pouliot might get a few more chances to string together some meaningful performances.

Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

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Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what Melissa McCarthy is going to do now that Spicey is gone.

*The debut for Philadelphia Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick has been scratched due to “an infection in his face.” Boy, this kid can’t get healthy, can he?

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is 100 percent sure that the Winged Wheels will be making a return to the playoffs this season.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has hope returning to the city of Houston that they might get an NHL franchise one of these days.

*Travis Yost delves into shooting percentage and some of the nuances when properly trying to break it down statistically.

*There are new season ticket charges for Habs fans in Montreal, and boy are they pissed off about it. Feels like the kind of thing that could push them to riot in the streets or flood 911 emergency lines if the Canadiens aren’t too careful about it.

*Young Blues defenseman Colton Parayko signs a five-year deal with St. Louis to avoid salary arbitration while the D-man taken exactly one pick before him by the Bruins in the draft, Matt Grzelcyk, is going to be hard-pressed to move past the AHL level this season.

*For something completely different: What would Ivan Drago have been doing with his life after his showdown with Rocky in Mother Russia?

 

 

Bean: Nobody should ever compare Love Actually to the Warriors

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Bean: Nobody should ever compare Love Actually to the Warriors

I’ve never met Jemele Hill. I think she and Michael Smith are great and I completely respect her bravery in voicing the unpopular (but correct) opinion that “Bad and Boujee” is good, but not great. This isn’t about Jemele Hill. It’s about a question she asked and an attempt to answer it. 

Hell no it is not. Know why? Because the Warriors are awesome. Know what’s not awesome? Love Actually. 

All that these two things share is that they’re both loaded with stars. The Warriors have Steph, Draymond, Klay and Durant. Love Actually has Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Billy Bob Thornton, a child who kind of looks like Satan, etc. They’re both loaded. 

Yet the Warriors won and there is no debating their greatness. There is absolutely debating Love Actually’s greatness, since it isn’t great.  

It’s at this point that I should disclose that Pete Blackburn and I had a collective two-hour meltdown about all the reasons why Love Actually is terrible. There were lots. That’s why it took two hours. 

Here are some things about the Warriors:

- They won their second NBA title in three years. 

- They went 16-1 in the postseason. 

- Steph Curry made 56 more three-pointers than anyone else in the playoffs.  

- They led the NBA with 115.9 points per game. 

Here are some things about Love Actually:  

- The movie starts with a weird 9/11 reference. 

- Casual homophobia is rampant. 

- A widower gets mocked for his sexual inactivity very recently after his damn wife died. 

- The movie likely birthed thousands of eating disorders. 

- A guy decides to cross his best friend and make a run at that guy’s wife just so he can break it off immediately. The much coveted lose-lose-lose to ensure a weird life for everyone. 

- Somebody whose job it is to be a people person sexually harasses every woman in his office. 

- The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has a woman fired because he wants to have sex with her. 

- The writer whose wife cheats on him storyline is literally the most boring thing in the history of the world. It makes The Steps of Knowledge in “Legends of the Hidden Temple” look like “Mad Max: Fury Road.” 

So no, Jemele Hill, “Love Actually” is not the Golden State Warriors of romantic comedies. Know what is? “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” That movie also has a loaded cast (and a better one, at that) with outstanding execution. 

Steph Curry is Cal. Six teams passed on him, but he made them rue the day. Draymond Green is Jacob, as he pulls a lot of stunts but he’s as lovable as lovable gets. Kevin Durant is David Lindhagen: He’s got his detractors, but he’s what makes the team the best. 

Love Actually stinks.