BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the Third

BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins taking the Canadiens by a wild 8-6 score after 60 minutes of playoff-style hockey at the TD Garden.1)Brad Marchand doing his thing tonight. Starting fights and driving the Canadiens to the point of distraction with his antics, and that prompted two Canadiens including P.K. Subban to go after him on a rush up the ice and set up Michael Ryder for Bostons seventh goal of the night. Marchand was a huge factor in tonights game.2)Anybody who wonders why Claude Julien and the Bruins coaches have so much faith in Michael Ryder need only watch a tape of tonights game for proof. Ryder shows up in big games and knows how to score goals when hes playing with somebody that can get him the puck in the right places. 3)Gregory Campbell and Brad Marchand both factors on the second power play unit in their first game playing with the man advantage. Playing gritty, screening the goalie and paying the price to score goals on a team that doesnt have enough flashy players on the man advantage. Thats the only way its going in until the Bs get a true power play quarterback.4)A goal, four assists and a plus-4 for Nathan Horton along with five shots on net, but also a pair of penalties that led to power play goals for Montreal. Horton never makes it easy to dissect his games, does he?5)Bruins continue to look like they A) understand how they need to play once the playoff arrives and B) have the kind of team thats going to be a handful in the wide open Eastern Conference. Its painful watching this team on the power play, but watch out if they land a power play quarterback like Tomas Kaberle.6) Another line brawl in the final 40 seconds with Shawn Thornton and Johnny Boychuk handing out beatdowns to a pair of Habs, and the Bruins making a very loud statement about what's coming for the final few months of the season. This was the game of the season and a defining moment for the Bruins.

Morning Skate: Robust trade market for D-men


Morning Skate: Robust trade market for D-men

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while prepping for Claude Bowl II.

*It’s going to be a robust trade market for defensemen with names such as Jack Johnson, Dion Phaneuf and Oliver Ekman-Larsson highlighting the group that’s available. Paul Martin will be in that select company if he clears through waivers and perhaps Niklas Hjalmarsson will as well with many teams holding D-men they’re willing to part with.

*The Buffalo Sabres apparently want four assets in any deal for rental Evander Kane that includes a draft pick, a prospect and an NHL roster player, and it’s hard to believe anybody is going to do that for a perennial underachiever who's never even scored 60 points in a season before.

*A tough end to the Andrew Cogliano iron-man streak as he’s been suspended for a couple of games after an incident last weekend.

*Brent Burns is the envy of many blueliners around the league because of his hard, accurate shot, which isn’t scoring him as many goals this season

*Year-round Las Vegas resident Deryk Engelland has been rewarded for being a member of the Golden Knights with a one-year contract extension.

*It sounds like the Philadelphia Flyers have got Shayne Gostisbehere thinking more about defense after some up-and-down moments last season in his sophomore effort.

*For something completely different: A profile on a UFC champion and a firefighter all at the same time. Sounds like an interesting dude.


Acciari misses Bruins practice with upper-body injury


Acciari misses Bruins practice with upper-body injury

BRIGHTON, Mass – Noel Acciari was in and out of the Bruins lineup in the Monday afternoon loss to the Dallas Stars with an upper-body injury and the fourth-line grinder was missing from the practice ice on Tuesday as well. 

Acciari has been able to stay healthy the past few months while helping to establish Boston’s fourth line and has added to his hard-hitting style of play with six goals in 28 games this season.

But there's been a litany of injuries the past few seasons given the physical pounding the 5-foot-10, 208-pounder takes given his rugged style of play. This current injury limited him to just 6:05 of ice time in an overtime loss to the Stars. Still, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy was optimistic that Acciari would be able to suit up against the Canadiens on Wednesday night in Claude Julien’s return to TD Garden.

“Jake DeBrusk was under the weather and so was Kevan Miller, so they stayed home,” said Cassidy of Acciari, who has missed 14 games this season mainly due to a broken finger suffered blocking a shot on opening night. “Noel Acciari has a bit of an upper-body injury and it affected his minutes [Monday vs. Dallas]. He’s kind of day-to-day. I suspect that he would play tomorrow, but we’ll have a better idea on [Wednesday] morning.”

Both DeBrusk and Miller are expected to be fine to play against the Habs in their rematch from last weekend this time on Boston's home ice. Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the players that were on the ice for Tuesday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena: