Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the second


Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the second

By JoeHaggerty
BOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Vancouver Canucks by a 3-0 score in an important Game Four at TD Garden with the Bs trailing 2-1 in the series.1)The Bruins have owned the second period and outscored the Canucks by an 8-0 margin thus far in the Stanley Cup Finals. The third period was winning time for the Bruins during the regular season, but it looks like theyve found their happy time in the Cup Finals.2)Roberto Luongo continues to play low in his net and refuses to challenge the shooter, and the Bruins are beating the Canucks goaltender high to his glove side on a lot of shots. It appeared that Michael Ryders shot from the right circle might have ticked off Sami Salos stick on its way to the net, but Luongo looked weak with his glove hand as the puck wobbled underneath him. No faith in that catching hand at all. Marchand in Luongos face yapping at him at the end of the second period.3)Brad Marchand seemed to be finding himself during the first few games of the Finals, but hes all the way there tonight. A couple of good bids in the first, the mother of all face washes on Daniel Sedin and then he follows it up with a goal in the second period as Patrice Bergeron and Marchand both bust up the Vancouver breakout. Marchand has tied the Bs franchise record for goals scored by a rookie during the playoffs with his eight tallies.4)Dennis Seidenberg continues to show his might. Hes endured some punishment and he started throwing out some hits in the second period once the Bruins had built up a sizable lead. Hes got a game-high 16:28 of ice time, four registered hits and a plus-2 along with plenty of gritty toughness thus far. 5)I hate that Mike Felgers Captain Obvious stat about scoring three goals is holding form, but there it is. Credit where its completely due.
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Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back


Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching old Super Friends episodes with my 4-year-old on a Saturday morning.

*Has anybody ever been as excited to get a healthy Malcolm Subban back in the lineup as the Vegas Golden Knights are this weekend? Pro Hockey Talk is asking the question, and I think I can honestly answer with a resounding “No.” We’ll see if he’s actually worth all the excitement, but obviously, he’s better than what the injury-plagued Golden Knights had in the interim.

*The Buffalo Sabres continue to get very little return for any of the investments they’ve made in the team over the last couple of years.

*Ryan Suter knows what it takes to remain among the NHL defenseman workhorses in the NHL, and he is consistently there year in and year out.

*Dustin Brown has been a resurgent performer for the Los Angeles Kings this season and is one of the big storylines behind their turnaround.

*The Detroit Red Wings are beginning to more openly adopt Jeff Blashill’s speed game, but the question is how much that will pay dividends for them.

*For something completely different: Good piece in the Boston Globe about Danny Ainge’s relationship with recently passed Red Sox great Bobby Doerr.


Morning Skate: No place for Gudas’ slash on Perreault


Morning Skate: No place for Gudas’ slash on Perreault

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while enjoying the new Brown Sugar Cinnamon coffee flavor at Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s not Cookie Dough, but what is after all?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) and PHT writer James O’Brien has the details on Radko Gudas getting ejected for an ugly, reckless and dangerous slash to Mathieu Perreault’s head last night. Gudas should be facing a long suspension for a play that has no place in the NHL. It’s time for Flyers fans to stop making excuses for a player who’s no better than a cheap-shot artist and hatchet man. He has to face the music for consistently trying to hurt his fellow players.  

*Frank Seravalli has some of the details for a historic GM meeting in Montreal where NHL hockey was born in the first place.

*You always need to link to a service dog being part of the pregame face-off ceremonies. That’s like a rule here at the morning skate?

*Cam Atkinson and the Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to a seven-year contract extension, according to reports from the Athletic.

*It’s been quite an eventful year for Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet and some of it has been to the extreme both good and bad just a month into his first year as bench boss.

*For something completely different: Chris Mannix is all-in on the Celtics being the front-runners in the Eastern Conference after their big win over the Golden State Warriors.