Morrow starting to show consistency, make some plays for Bruins

Morrow starting to show consistency, make some plays for Bruins

BOSTON – Joe Morrow has been in a steady battle for playing time over the last couple of years with the Bruins. 

The 24-year-old needs the playing time in order to improve and develop himself as an NHL player, but the former first round pick also has to earn time with the B’s by playing consistent, winning hockey. The consistency seemed to always elude him over the last couple of seasons when things would go sideways after he’d been in the lineup for a couple of games. That’s a place where Morrow was looking for a change this season.


With that in mind it’s good news Morrow made a sizable impact in Boston’s 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night while putting together his third straight solid game after weeks serving as a healthy scratch. It was the young D-man that made the right decision to pinch, win the puck battle along the boards and then feed Matt Beleskey for a scoring strike from the slot. 

It was his first point of the season in his fifth game, and Morrow was hoping it might allow him to start calming down in some offensive situations, and perhaps simply let his game take over naturally. 

“I think I’ve been playing pretty well, you know, just game-to-game it’s a fight to stay in the lineup for me and to produce and help this team win,” said Morrow, who said he worked on that exact scoring play with Beleskey during practice on Saturday morning. “So when that happens it’s always a good feeling and to be able to contribute a little bit, too, it always helps.

“I just went down the wall, I knew someone was coming up high and to keep the puck in and try and make a play out of it – it’s a 0-0 game – you’ve got to try and make a difference. Once that [Beleskey goal] went in I think everybody kind of got a little boost of energy and realized that that was our game to take. So that was pretty much my thought process behind it.”

Morrow finished with the assist and a plus-1 rating in 15:46 of ice time along with a hit and a blocked shot, and didn’t have any of the major defensive brain cramps that have been part of the overall package in the past. So it’s been an encouraging sign for the Bruins with Morrow playing in place of the struggling Colin Miller, and putting a few pretty good games together at both ends of the ice. 

“The consistency with Joe [Morrow]…we see the potential. But it was always, the first game was good, the second was okay, and by the third you know [Morrow’s game] got loose a little bit,” said Julien. “So far the three games he’s played he’s been good. You know and that’s what you want from a young player, you want to see some progress and right now so far he is showing us that he’s learning that.”

The trick for now, as always, with Morrow is simply continuing to make plays offensively given his shot and skating ability, and perhaps finally starting living up to his first round pick expectations that he’s now carried around in the Stars, Penguins and Bruins organizations in an unusually well-traveled NHL career to this point. 

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.