Moore a strong contributor, making seamless transition to Bruins

Moore a strong contributor, making seamless transition to Bruins

While there are many questions that still need to be answered up front with the Bruins forward group, the fourth line is not one of them with 11 games in the books for the Black and Gold. 

It’s been a strong energy line that has earned entry into the Claude Julien circle of trust, and veteran center Dominic Moore has been a strong contributor offensively and defensively right out of the gate for the Bruins. The 36-year-old is actually third on the Bruins with his three goals scored in 11 games, and Moore has brought some feistiness along with a little bit of offensive wiggle to a fourth line center spot that’s been much more workmanlike in recent B’s past. 

As a veteran of nearly 800 NHL games, the Harvard graduate is smart enough to understand that his effectiveness relies on playing solid defense and succeeding in the face-off circle when called upon in big moments. But it’s also nice to score a goal every once in a while, so don’t let all of the quiet modesty fool you with Moore. 

“It’s always an adjustment for sure, and it’s one of those things you want to approach each day trying to get better as an individual, as a linemate and to your teammates out there,” said Moore, who had six goals and 15 points in 80 games for the Rangers last season. “So far there are been some good things [for the fourth line], and we’re just focusing on trying to get better each day. 

“It’s nice [to produce offensively], for sure. But at the same time you just want to focus on communicating well with your linemates, supporting each other well on the ice and just trying to get better.”

It’s clear by their usage, that Julien has trust in Moore and young linemates in Tim Schaller and Noel Acciari, and that good things will come their way as long as they can get physical on the fore-check, pop in a goal every once in a while and keep the puck out of their own net. 

Moore is simply a part of that successful fourth line equation, but he’s been able to lead the group thus far with a very strong season in all areas. 

“He’s been good. Obviously his experience has been invaluable to us on our bottom two lines whether he moves up to the third or stays where he is,” said Julien. “He’s done a good job, and he can play center or wing, but right now with all of the new faces in our lineup it’s important to get some veteran presence as well. He’s got lots of it, he’s been good on the penalty kill with Riley Nash and he’s been a good left-shot face-off guy as well. So he’s been a good addition to our group.”

For Moore it’s not about riding out a hot streak to the season, and instead it’s about continuing down the path to being a solid pro as he’s carved out for himself during an 11-year career spanning ten NHL teams all over the North American map. 

Erik Karlsson and wife Melinda mourn death of their son

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Erik Karlsson and wife Melinda mourn death of their son

The Ottawa Senators announced Tuesday that team captain Erik Karlsson and his wife Melinda lost their son one month before his due date.


"The collective thoughts and prayers of the Ottawa Senators organization, the city of Ottawa and entire hockey community rest with Erik and Melinda Karlsson following the loss of their son.

We ask that you respect the family's wishes for privacy during the grieving process."

The couple announced via Instagram in November that they were expecting, and the CBC reports the baby was due in April.

Sens head coach Guy Boucher spoke about the tragedy after Ottawa's game vs the Panthers on Tuesday (1:36 mark in video below).

Karlsson, a rumored Bruins target before the trade deadline, received heartfelt condolences from the hockey world on Twitter:

Our thoughts too go out to Erik and Melinda during this incredibly difficult time.


Morning Skate: Best all-time college hockey lineups

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Morning Skate: Best all-time college hockey lineups

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while welcoming in spring with open arms.


*Interesting exercise from ESPN putting together the best all-time lineups for a number of college hockey programs. We know about a lot of the powerhouse programs, but UVM could put together a pretty damn good lineup based on the players that have come out of the Catamounts program, including former and current Bruins Tim Thomas and Kevan Miller.


*Jack Eichel scoffs at the notion that his ankle injury should have caused the Sabres star to shut it down for the rest of the season.


*Nice work by Star Wars Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni to put together a Star Wars jersey again this season for the Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins.


*Rob Rossi has got some major issues with ESPN the Magazine omitting Sidney Crosby from their Most Dominant Athletes of the last 20 years list. Yeah, I’d say that doesn’t make any sense. Not that anybody really cares about ESPN the Magazine or anything.


*Strange times with the CWHL as Cassie Campbell Pascal has resigned from her role as a CWHL Governor ahead of the league’s marquee weekend.


*The Golden Knights and Marc-Andre Fleury are both tied together in their rise toward the top of the NHL this season.


*For something completely different: Never before has a mustache been talked about as much as the CGI mustache for Henry Cavill in Justice League, and now it’s gone forever.