Ten thoughts: Bruins-Senators

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Ten thoughts: Bruins-Senators

KANATA, ON - Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Senators by a 2-1 after the first 20 minutes of play at Scotiabank Place.

1) After missing a few scattered morning skates and practices over the last couple of days Shawn Thornton is scratched with the flu-like symptoms that have been nagging at him. It's hard to believe the flu would cause Thornton to miss such an important divisional game, so one has to wonder if it's more than that. As previously stated at this address, Thornton took some heavy shots during a fight with Minnesota's Matt Kassian last weekend. Thornton has had the flu ever since that game.

2) Erik Karlsson is one damned good offensive defenseman, but he's also a liability in his own end. He showed the offensive prowess on his goal and the defensive weakness when he couldn't clear the puck on Patrice Bergeron's goal.

3) One has to wonder how this Craig Anderson freak hand is going to affect Ottawa's playoff surge. Alex Auld is what he is, but he looked reasonably sharp in the first period.

4) Best chances and Boston's two goals came from the BergeronMarchandSeguin line on a Chara rebound collected in front by No. 37. Bergeron's goal was huge as a response to Ottawa's early score.

5) Joe Corvo played in Ottawa. No reflection on his play tonight, do you know Corvo's nickname in Ottawa? "Uh-Oh" Corvo. Yeah, that's pretty good.

SECOND PERIOD

KANATA, ON - Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Ottawa Senators by a 3-1 score after 40 minutes at Scotiabank Place.

1) The Bruins were looking for an offensive spark from rookie Carter Camper and that's exactly what they got in the second period. Camper pounced all over a rebound of an Adam McQuaid shot for a big insurance goal.

2) Potentially costly penalty for Milan Lucic needlessly bumping Sergei Gonchar on an icing. No reason for that up two goals.

3) Craig Anderson's absence already hurting the Sens between the pipes. Camper goal shouldn't have happened.

4) Impressive B's effort in second night of back-to-back games where Buffalo took them to the shootout. They're simply out-skating Ottawa right now.

5) Another solid effort for Tim Thomas vs Ottawa. He simply owns them.

Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev

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Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while simply shaking my head at David Price. What a typically soft, boorish ballplayer not meant for a big market where more is expected of those wearing the Red Sox uniform.

*There are tempered expectations for rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev as he gets things going with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

*Keith Yandle believes that Dale Tallon being back in charge of the Florida Panthers is going to bring unity and solidarity to the Panthers once again.

*Kevin Shattenkirk believes that the New York Rangers are right on the cusp of challenging for a Stanley Cup title.

*Here 20 thoughts from the just-concluded Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp, where there’s some pretty strong, young talent.

*Even as the highest-paid player in the NHL, Connor McDavid is underpaid for what he brings to the table, says Ron MacLean.

*Interesting look at the Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog situation in Colorado, where both players have watched their performance fall off a bit. This is why I’d be very nervous about giving up the farm to trade for either of these players if I’m the Bruins. The jury is out on whether they’re in decline as players, or if it’s simply the mess in Colorado getting them down.  

*For something completely different: What a sweet interaction between "Wonder Woman" Gal Gadot and a young, emotional fan all decked out in WW gear.  

 

Report: Celtics have called Cavaliers about potential Kyrie Irving trade

Report: Celtics have called Cavaliers about potential Kyrie Irving trade

Celtics fans aren’t the only ones thinking of ways Kyrie Irving could end up in Boston.

Even though it would be hard to imagine last season’s No. 2 seed in the East trading one of the best players in the league to last season’s No. 1 seed in the East, ESPN’s Zach Lowe wrote Monday that the Celtics have indeed called the Cavs about the 25-year-old point guard. 

Wrote Lowe:

Most teams, including the asset-rich Celtics, have placed the obligatory call letting Cleveland know they would like to be kept in the loop, sources say. Boston could offer Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and one of their golden picks -- Brooklyn's pick next season, or the Lakers/Kings pick they got from Philly in the Markelle Fultz deal. It's unclear if they would dangle all of that, but those picks could represent the young stud Cleveland needs. Regardless, a deal between the East's two best teams seems unlikely.

While nobody’s counting on Irving joining the Celtics, a trade of Irving elsewhere could still swing the balance in the East in Boston’s favor depending on what Cleveland gets back. Irving reportedly requested a trade from Cleveland earlier this month.