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Despite loss, Bruins end power play goal drought

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Despite loss, Bruins end power play goal drought

BOSTON -- In the Bruins' eyes, following Tuesday night's 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, Rich Peverley's power play goal in the third period doesn't mean anything.

Peverley said just as much.

There weren't many questions regarding the Bruins' power play on a night in which they racked up a total of 72 penalty minutes. But the few that were asked got the same answer: "It doesn't matter now."

What the Bruins wouldn't tell you on Tuesday night, was that, at the time, Peverley's power play goal did matter. If not for the timeliness of his wrister from the high slot that sniped the top-right corner that cut Carolina's lead to 2-1 midway through the third period, then for the fact that it snapped an 0-for-22 drought on the power play.

The Bruins are now 2-for-24 on the power play this season, a part of their game that was downright brutal last year.

Things looked promising in the season opener, when the B's scored on their first power-play attempt. Since then, and through the first two periods on Tuesday night, the same problems lingered on the man advantage.

Until Peverley made it 2-1, just 28 seconds into the Bruins' fourth power play of the game.

"It's good that we got one on the power play, but it doesn't matter now, because we lost the game," said a dejected Peverley after the loss. "We lost the game. That's the most important thing."

In fairness to Boston's prior three power plays of the night, Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward stood on his head. And as the phrase goes, your goaltender is your best penalty killer.

"I thought that Cam Ward was the difference in that game," said Carolina coach Paul Maurice. "They came out really strong, and he made some really good saves, and then he made some saves that may not show up. You've got to watch it on video to appreciate how good they were."

"I think we had our chances," said Peverley. "We had a ton of chances. You've got to give credit to Cam Ward. He played unbelievable. So, on our part, we have to do a better job of finding ways to put the puck in the net against him. So that seems it was the way the game went in the first couple periods."

Ward was having "one of those nights." Yet, Peverley was able to make it a one-goal game. That was important, at the time. And even if the B's want to downplay the significance of snapping that 0-for-22 power-play drought on Tuesday night. They may be singing a different tune on Wednesday.

Because in the grand scheme of things, it did matter.

Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

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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

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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.

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