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BruinsPredators: 5 from the First

BruinsPredators: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comNASHVILLE Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Predators locked in a 1-1 tie after the first 20 minutes of play at Bridgestone Arena.1)Things got a bit ugly for the Bruins at the end of the first period when Tyler Seguin was shaken up after getting an elbow to the head on a collision with Nashville Predators forward Patric Hornqvist. Hornqvist was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for the elbowing penalty, and it was pretty clear Seguin got dinged up a little bit by the hit. Zdeno Chara moved toward Hornqvist after the hit, but the refs stepped in the way and kept the Bs Captain away from the Nashville forward.2)An otherwise promising period for Tyler Seguin, who looks like he and Rich Peverley could be a good match together with their blinding skating speed. The speed and offensive skill created Bostons goal when they created a neutral zone turnover, and Seguin showed everything in his offensive arsenal with a surgical strike with a wrister just under the right portion of the crossbar. Pekka Rinne was beaten cleanly to his glove side, and Seguin snapped a seven-game point drought with his 11th goal of the season.3)Three shots in the first period for Milan Lucic, who was robbed on a rush to the net by Rinne. 4)The Bruins, in general, looked to have much more jump in their skating legs and way more energy against the Predators than they did against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. They had the advantage in shots by a 12-9 count and also looked much better on the power play after getting several opportunities in the first period.5)Two giveaways by Zdeno Chara in the first period. He needs to take a little more time and care with the puck against a counter-attack team like the Nashville Predators if the Bruins hope to win tonight.

'I definitely wasn't mad at our team,' Rask says of Vegas postgame comments

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'I definitely wasn't mad at our team,' Rask says of Vegas postgame comments

BRIGHTON, Mass – Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was acting a bit out of character after the Sunday night loss to the Vegas Golden Knights when he said he wouldn’t be commenting on team performance outside of his own goaltending. 

Clearly, it was a tense atmosphere in the Bruins dressing room following an extremely bad road performance and it would seem very likely there’s probably been some friction in the past between Rask and positional players over his postgame candor.

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That was the backdrop for Rask keeping it laconic, and saying on Sunday night: “I just try to go out there and give us a chance to win every night. That’s what I’m focused on. I’m not going to comment anymore on team play that much. We can just talk about goaltending. That’s just the way it is. Sorry.”

It would seem that some fans and Bruins observers took that to mean Rask was pissed off at his Bruins teammates after a few breakdowns defensively, and a total non-performance at the offensive end of the ice.

Taking all that into account, Rask clarified his comments a bit after practice Tuesday at Warrior Ice Arena and said it’s all about focusing on his own performance rather than taking issues with any of his teammates.

“You lose games and you’re not happy with your performance. Somebody just told me that I guess it got spun the wrong way that it was me mad at my teammates or something. That’s definitely not the case,” said Rask, whom at 1-3-0 with a 3.30 goals-against average and .880 save percentage this season, is clearly in need of some improvement as well.

“You lose games and you definitely hold yourself accountable and you want to talk about your performance and what you need to do to get better," Rask said. "So, that’s where I was coming from. I definitely wasn’t mad at our team. I was more mad at myself, so that’s that.

“You always try to give a fair assessment about the game, but I think the biggest thing that I need to worry about, and what everybody else needs to worry about, is how they get better themselves. You start from that, so that’s where I was coming from.”

The prospect of getting Patrice Bergeron and David Backes back healthy would go a long way toward improving the Bruins play on the ice and stabilizing things defensively for Rask and the rest of the Black and Gold. That’s really what’s needed at this point to improve a situation where the B’s are 23rd in the NHL, averaging 3.6 goals allowed per game, and real, rather than figurative, fingers might start getting pointed all around if it doesn’t start looking better in short order.  

Morning Skate: Shawn Thornton brightening hospitalized kids' days

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Morning Skate: Shawn Thornton brightening hospitalized kids' days

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while back in the good, ol' Eastern Time Zone.
 
*Really nice piece from Shawn Thornton in the Players' Tribune about the inspiration provided by his “Nanny” and how he’s come to truly love the community service and hospital visits while involved with professional hockey. He’s always been one of those athletes that just stops by children’s hospitals for a visit without needing the attention for it, and that is a credit to his great generosity and empathy for those brave kids.

 *You want a Stanley Cup made out of bottle caps? Well, the world will certainly provide a Stanley Cup made out of bottle caps.

*Defenseman Connor Murphy hasn’t been the player that the Chicago Blackhawks expected him to be since arriving in the Windy City.
 
*The Colorado Avalanche are adding a fancy stats and video man to their management group as they seek to keep improving the NHL product.
 
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Eddie Olczyk is returning to the NBC broadcast booth as his health will allow as he continues to battle cancer. Good to see you back, Edzo!

 *Erik Karlsson is finally set to debut for the Ottawa Senators after offseason foot surgery, and it will be a case of the strong getting stronger for a Sens team off to a pretty decent start.

 *For something completely different: Just in time for Halloween, Jennifer Tilly releases all of the behind-the-scenes secrets of working with Chucky.