Notes: Seguin, Hall still feeling growing pains


Notes: Seguin, Hall still feeling growing pains

By Joe Haggerty

EDMONTON For quite a while, there was a lot of hype surrounding Sunday, February 26 once Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin went 1-2 in the NHL draft.

The Boston Bruins would be traveling to Edmonton, and the thinking was that both players might be ready to put on a show by this point in their rookie years.

Well, as it often does, the hype didnt measure up in living color for either of the rookies.

Hall is having a solid first season, getting plenty of ice time with the downtrodden Oilers and receiving ample room to make first-year mistakes without any worry of consequences or potential benching.

Seguin, on the other hand, has been a part of a well-established veteran group making a push for the playoffs and his education has been slow and gradual, with advances and regressions mixed in with some explosion of talent.

Some are viewing Hall as more successful than Seguin based solely on the numbers, but thats foolhardy given the differences in their situations.

Hes been good, Bruins coach Claude Julien said of Seguin. I think those comparisons are just a lot of bull . . . I think if Tyler is here in Edmonton hed get as much as ice time as Taylor is now, and it would be different . . . .

Hall has also been in World Juniors and has been a part of a couple of Memorial Cups, and he has a bit more experience in that. I always like to give guys four or five years to really get their feet wet, and find out which way they go.

Sunday's game was an exercise in frustration for Hall, who was pounded by the rough Bruins defense and held without a shot in 19:52 of ice time while getting saddled with a minus-2 and a pair of giveaways with the puck.

At one point Hall got so flustered by the rough treatment that he tried to deck both Steve Kampfer and Dennis Seidenberg before getting called for an elbowing penalty.

They're big, they're fast and they work hard. More than anything, I think, it's their work ethic and their speed, said Hall. This whole year is about learning and there's a lot to learn about how to play against big, hardworking guys like that.

Seguin managed a pair of shots on net and a blocked shot that had him limping around the Bs dressing room after the game, and also finished with a minus-1 in 9:32 of action.

As has been the case on most nights this season, Seguins team came out on top while Halls team was left looking for a chance to redeem themselves the next time out.

I thought we were able to stay consistent through a full 60 minutes," Seguin said. "They stayed in there, they had their chances, but we were able to pull through.

Its a lot different now. Were NHL teams trying to win a game where last year we were with the Plymouth Whalers and Windsor Spitfires chasing each other for a Memorial Cup and a junior hockey scoring title.

Perhaps next season when the Oilers and Bruins meet up again, the hype and the reality of Hall and Seguin will make it much more appropriate one-on-one battle.

Both Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly notched their first points as members of the Bruins, with Peverley scoring a goal in front of the Edmonton net after receiving a deft pass from Michael Ryder in the slot area. Peverley said it was nice to get the first goal out of the way with the Bruins, and that chemistry is building with each game.

"Each game it just gets better offensively, said Peverley. We know where each of us is going to be on the ice and where to go. Hopefully it just gets better & better."

Andrew Ference was out with a lower body injury against the Oilers, but Julien indicated Ference wasnt likely to be sent home early during the road trip a sign that the injury isnt all that serious.

Both Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand dropped the gloves in the third period against Andrew Cogliano and Jim Vandermeer, respectively, and the LucicVandermeer bout was a memorable one with plenty of heavy punches thrown.

Lucic said the first few shots hit him in the helmet, but it didnt take long for the left winger to get invested and angry in the fight as he got stronger while the bout went along. The Bs leading goal-scorer has less than a handful of fights this season, so its pretty clear hes trying to get his punches in when he does decide to finally drop the gloves.

"I was just trying to hold my fists tight there and throw as hard as I could, said Lucic. It ended up being a good fight, there.

The fight for Marchand was his first career NHL fighting major.

The Bs have won nine straight against the Oilers, dating back to 2000.

The win over Edmonton was a big homecoming for Johnny Boychuk, who was playing his first career NHL game in Rexall Place after growing up just 10 minutes away. Boychuk has skated plenty of times at the Edmonton rink, but was excited playing in his hometown.

The Boychuk family, including his parents and siblings, traveled to watch the Bs defenseman play in both Calgary and Edmonton during the road trip through Alberta.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Bruins outlast Devils in 11-round shootout


Bruins outlast Devils in 11-round shootout

NEWARK, N.J. Charlie McCoy scored in the 11th round of the shootout to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.

Anton Khudobin made 40 saves as Boston improved to 9-7-4 with its third straight win-all with Khudobin in goal.

Jake DeBrusk and Patrice Bergeron scored first period goals for the Bruins.

New Jersey has dropped three of its last five in falling to 12-5-4.

Jesper Bratt and Brian Gibbons scored for the Devils, and Cory Schneider made 27 saves.

The shootout opened with Hall and David Pastrnak trading goals. And it stayed that way until McAvoy's game-winner

Prior to the extra period, the first of three regular season meetings between the longtime Eastern Conference rivals was essentially a special teams affair.

Despite not scoring on their four power plays and surrendering a man advantage goal to the Devils, it was the Bruins who left with two points thanks to two first period even strength strikes and the play of their ostensible backup goaltender.

The Bruins struck first when rookie left winger DeBrusk opened the scoring with his fifth of the season with a shot from the right circle at 1:25. And Bergeron added to Boston's lead with his fifth of the season at 11:02.

The Bruins had a two-goal lead and Khudobin, who made his third straight start, tried to make it hold up with a pad save on a Nico Hischier break-in with and a diving stop on Travis Zajac in a span of 1:13. But there was nothing he could do on Bratt's power play goal with 2:50 left as New Jersey's rookie right winger lifted a loose puck in the slot to halve the deficit while Brian Boyle was tied up with Zdeno Chara in front of Khudobin. A video review upheld the goal.

The game remained 2-1 until the Devils equalized on Gibbons' top-of-the-crease deflection with 4:44 left in regulation. Up to that point, though, Khudobin was the story as the netminder stopped a Blake Coleman shorthanded attempt with 10:35 left in the second. Khudobin also benefitted from Hischier, the first overall pick in last June's NHL draft, losing control of the puck alongside the goal line late in the period. Midway through the third, Khudobin stoned Hischier from the top of the crease.

The Devils outshot the Bruins, 42-29.

NOTES: Prior to the game, New Jersey announced RW Kyle Palmieri would miss 4-6 weeks with a broken right foot, suffered in the Devils' 4-3 overtime win in Minnesota Monday. The team later announced Palmieri had been placed on the injured reserve retroactive to Monday. .New Jersey scratched D Dalton Prout and RW Stefan Noesen. .Bruins C Ryan Spooner dressed for the first time since suffering a torn right adductor on Oct. 15. .Boston scratched LW Matt Beleskey, D Torey Krug and D Paul Postma. .The Bruins did not have LW Anders Bjork (undisclosed), LW Brad Marchand (upper body injury), RW David Backes (colon surgery) and D Adam McQuaid (broken right fibula). .Boston announced RW Jordan Szwarz had been sent down to AHL Providence. .The Devils announced Friday's home game against Vancouver will coincide with the team hosting the NHL and NHLPA "joint initiative Hockey Fights Cancer" as part of the "annual Cancer Awareness Month."


Bruins: Host Pittsburgh Friday afternoon.

Devils: Host Vancouver Friday night.


Morning Skate: Dad's texts and emails reveal enforcer's sad story


Morning Skate: Dad's texts and emails reveal enforcer's sad story

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wishing everybody a safe night before Thanksgiving. Be careful out there, people.

*The New York Times has a very sad story on former NHL enforcer Stephen Peat, as told to the Times through a series of emails and texts from Peat’s dad as he struggles with a number of seemingly concussion-related issues in his post-hockey life.

*There’s nothing better than some Benn on Benn brotherly crime as Jordie Benn lays a hit on Jamie Benn in the Stars vs. Habs game.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Marc Spector has the Edmonton Oilers hitting a new low after they quit in a loss to the St. Louis Blues.

*Duncan Keith said he wants to play until he’s 45 and defy the odds as one of the few that get a chance to play pro hockey for that long.

*Dylan Larkin is flourishing with the Detroit Red Wings as he’s adding more responsibility to his chores in Hockeytown.

*A Happy Thanksgiving to the Boychuks and all the other great people around the NHL, including Matt Beleskey with the Bruins, who take time out of their days to help make sure everybody has a good meal on Turkey Day.

*For something completely different: Excited for my kids that there is going to be more Trolls in their future starting with a Christmas special on Friday.