Morning Skate: Tuesday, Sept. 25


Morning Skate: Tuesday, Sept. 25

Thank goodness we have Ken Campbell from the Hockey News to stick up to all the people being very mean to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. He's Bettman's knight in shining armor.

Mike Zeisberger has details of the informal discussion between the NHL and NHLPA to tie up the loose ends from last season. Perhaps its a small first step toward the two sides speaking again, or perhaps its really nothing at all.

David Clarkson is beginning to consider Europe as a possible alternative along with many of his NHL brethren.

The Schenn Brothers Act is currently on hold for Philadelphia while the NHL handles this whole lockout thing.

Boston College and Minnesota top the preseason college hockey poll as hockey lovers and the NBC Sports Network turn their lonely eyes toward the NCAA.

Jesse Spector wonders if advertising on uniforms could play a small part in hockey returning to the NHL. Some ads might be fun, but lets not turn the uniforms into the complete mess of logos that players are wearing in Switzerland.

Jim Slater is paying for his condo in Winnipeg, so he said what the heck and might as well live in the Peg for a little while.

For something completely different: Charlie Pierce wondered if Sunday nights Patriots game would be the breaking point for the replacement refs in the NFL. Oh, Charlie if you could only have foreseen the next 24 hours.

Return of Patrice Bergeron, David Backes propels Bruins to win over Canucks


Return of Patrice Bergeron, David Backes propels Bruins to win over Canucks

BOSTON – The Bruins were hoping for a big boost from the return of Patrice Bergeron and David Backes to the lineup, and that’s exactly what they got in a solid 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden on Thursday night. 

Bergeron finished with a goal and three assists and a plus-2 rating in the win, and it appeared his return to the Boston lineup was exactly what the doctor ordered for a hockey club in need of a little direction. 

Vancouver actually scored the first goal of the game, but then the Bruins exploded for the next four goals in the first period including three power play goals courtesy of a five minute major boarding penalty on Erik Gudbranson. The mammoth Canucks D-man slammed Frank Vatrano from behind against the end boards, and David Pastrnak, Anders Bjork and David Krejci all tallied power play strikes within 1:37 of each other. 

The Pastrnak score was the beauty of the bunch as he took the puck coast-to-coast through the teeth of the Vancouver penalty kill, and completely faked out Michael Del Zotto before snapping a forehand bid past Anders Nilsson. 

Prior to the PP outburst, Derek Dorsett drew first blood for Vancouver on a wobbly bid from the slot and then Anders Bjork followed with his second NHL goal after tapping home the rebound of a Patrice Bergeron bid from the perimeter. 

Brad Marchand teamed up with linemates Bergeron and Bjork for his fourth goal of the season to make it 5-1 in the second period, and then Vancouver managed to get a couple of goals from Thomas Vanek and Bo Horvat to make for an interesting final period. 

Bergeron made certain that it was a happy ending for the Black and Gold by burying his first goal of the season and his fourth point of the night on a power play strike to ice the game. Anton Khudobin was strong stepping in for the injured Tuukka Rask and stopped 26-of-29 shots for his second victory of the season.