Haggerty: 15 thoughts from Bruins-Devils


Haggerty: 15 thoughts from Bruins-Devils

NEWARK Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins trailing the New Jersey Devils by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes at the Prudential Center.

1)The Petr Sykora score at the end of the first period gives the David KrejciNathan HortonMilan Lucic six goals allowed in their last three games. Thats some serious defensive breakdowns and once again the forwards were running around in the D zone off the face-off rather than covering Sykora. Dennis Seidenberg also lot the battle to Dainius Zubrus behind the net after Krejci won the face-off, so there is plenty of blame to go around. But where theres smoke there is definitely fire.

2) Bruins are averaging just six shots in each of their last three first periods, and thats not enough offensive push or forceful oomph from the Bruins. Those poor starts just arent setting a good tone.

3)Credit Gregory Campbell for trying to spark his team with a bout against young Brad Mills midway through the first while it was still a scoreless game. The fourth liner recognizes that his teammates are emotionally bereft right now, but it looks right now like his efforts were in vain.

4)Two shots on net for Nathan Horton and one good scoring chance turned away by Martin Brodeur. Say this about Horton: hes getting more aggressive in the offensive end and the Bs need that.

5) No response to Cam Janssen when he leveled Andrew Ference in the corner several beats after the puck had left his stick on an outlet pass. Ference got up and barked at the nearest ref when nothing was called, and there was no response from anybody in Black and Gold. Not a good sign when theyre letting their teammates get pushed around.

NEWARK Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the New Jersey Devils by a 1-0 score after the first 40 minutes at the Prudential Center.

1)Twelve shots through two periods just isnt getting it done offensively. Even if you include Benoit Pouliot ringing a shot off the crossbar the Bruins arent consistently generating enough time of possession or chances in the offensive zone.

2)Tim Thomas is pretty clearly sensing that his defenseman are struggling right now, and is way, way out of the net much more than his normally adventurous self. His glove save of David Clarkson on the rebound of a Kurtis Foster shot was a beauty, but he was once again way, way out of the net. Twenty-two saves for Thomas tonight in a scrambling, stand on his head effort.

3)Three hits and a shot on net in 11:37 of ice time for Milan Lucic and he put together some aggressive, battling shifts in the second period to help lift up his team. But not enough of his teammates can sustain it shift after shift.

4)Two of the three best offensive chances for the Bs generated by the third line tonight: Benoit Pouliot hitting a crossbar and Chris Kelly unable to squeeze off a quality backhander from a nice Rich Peverley pass in the first. But that means there wasnt enough being generated by the top two lines.

5)Four shots on net and a goal for Petr Sykora tonight. One of the best players on the ice. How old is this guy anyway because it appears that he bathes in the Fountain of Youth?

NEWARK Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins upending the Devils by a 3-1 score after 60 minutes of play at the Prudential Center.

1)Three goals in less than five minutes in the third period, and the Bs have once again reclaimed their third period domain. Theyve outshot the Devils 11-5 and outscored them 3-0 after getting outscored 6-2 over the last three games in third periods heading into tonight.

2)Third period tone was set by Zdeno Chara dumping Dainius Zubrus in the opening seconds of the stanza in front of the benches. That move by the Bs captain seemed to indicate to the rest of the players it was time to get back to the Bruins way of doing things, and his teammates followed.

3) Gordie Howe Hat trick for Gregory Campbell capped off by the third period goal. Very deserving after Campbell dropped the gloves trying to spark his flat-lining teammates in the first period.

4)Shawn Thornton with a pair of big assists in a game that was led in many ways by the third and fourth line. The return of Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand almost immediately shows off Bostons depth again.

5) Brad Marchand with a little bit of rust on his game tonight. Hes fumbling with pucks and having a difficult time maintaining possessiontiming with his linemates, but that shouldnt last very long.

Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back


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.


Kyrie goes back to the mask tonight

Kyrie goes back to the mask tonight

The mask will be back tonight in Atlanta for Kyrie Irving.

The Celtics guard told reporters at the team's shootaround Saturday in preparation for Saturday night's game against the Hawks - where Boston will try and win its 15th in a row - that he'll grudgingly go back to wearing the clear plastic facemask he had been using to protect a facial fracture he suffered last week. 

Irving wore the mask against Brooklyn for a full game earlier in the week then ditched it in the second half of the victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. He shot just 4-for-16 from the field (1-for-5 on 3's) against the Warriors and has made no secret of his disdain for wearing it.