BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the Second

BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Canadiens by a wild 6-4 score after the first 40 minutes of playoff-style hockey at the TD Garden.1)The Bruins play their best hockey when theyre physically engaged, and it would be an understatement to put them in that category tonight. A line brawl in the second period that featured Carey Price and Tim Thomas squaring off at center ice in a goalie fight punctuated a lot of bad blood between the teams. It all started when Brad Marchand hit Steve Wisniewski on an icing call behind the Montreal net and then all heck broke loose. Six Bruins in the penalty box when it was all said and done. Most enjoyable moment was watching Zdeno Chara look for Max Pacioretty and go straight for the Montreal rookie after Pacioretty shoved in Montreal after scoring the overtime game-winner last month.2)Zach Hamill making plays and he set up Michael Ryder on one of the second period goals. An assist and a plus-1 in seven minutes, and he honestly is having more of a factor in both ends than Tyler Seguin has in quite some time.3)Three assists for Nathan Horton, who has had an up-and-down game but looks engaged and involved tonight. Four shots on net, three assists and a plus-3 in 10 minutes of action.4)Tim Thomas looking a little shaky, but it doesnt really matter much in a rock em, sock em hockey game like is taking place tonight. Twenty saves and four goals allowed for the Tank.5)Adam McQuaid with his first goal of the season on a blast from the high slot area after the Bruins scraped and scrapped for a puck by winning battles in front of the Montreal net. The Bruins looked determined to send a message to Montreal tonight, and theyre doing just that.

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.