Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving a thumbs up to “The Toys That Made Us” on Netflix. It’s a great, nostalgic show about the awesome toys that came out in the golden era, 1970s and 1980s.
*Oh boy...It sounds like Canadiens coach and old friend Claude Julien is chiming in on the young players not being locks for the Habs lineup next season in Montreal. Boy, this sounds like his time in Boston, doesn’t it?
*Does Erik Karlsson scooping up a puck mean that his tenure with the Ottawa Senators has come to a close? Could be as FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ian Mendes takes a look.
*Is John Tavares giving some mixed signals about his future with the New York Islanders while talking about Mat Barzal? Hmmm.
*Sam Reinhart has really put up an enormous second half for the Buffalo Sabres and is perhaps showing some of the promise the Sabres believed he had when they drafted him.
*Ryan Suter done for the season after breaking his ankle in a huge blow for the Minnesota Wild just ahead of the playoffs.
*For something completely different: It sounds like DC may no longer be going with the “Flashpoint” storyline for their Flash movie, which would be kind of a bummer.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while not really digging these forecasts of more snow.
*You know, if he weren’t making millions and millions of dollars I might actually feel bad for ol' Claude Julien up in Montreal busting out the “We’re not a very good team” soliloquy with the Habs. That team flat out stinks this season and these past few weeks it can’t be fun at all being the head coach of that dumpster fire.
*Darren Dreger says there is no rush for the Toronto Maple Leafs to bring back Auston Matthews before he’s ready to go, and that’s absolutely the case so close to the playoffs.
*Here are five Hart Trophy-caliber players that won’t get a sniff of the voting, but deserve some attention nonetheless. There are no Bruins players on the list if you’re wondering, but some pretty good ones in Johnny Gaudreau and Aleksander Barkov.
*The NHL general managers are weighing potential changes to the goalie-interference interpretation ahead of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
*While it still looks a Swedish defenseman is going to be the No. 1 overall pick this June, there are some other players rocketing up the list.
*For something completely different: The definitive ranking of Girl Scout cookies from best-to-worst that we’ve all been waiting for.
*Song of the Week: Haven’t done one of these in a long, long time, but I like this Calvin Harris/Katy Perry/Pharrell Williams tune that I hadn’t heard until the past couple of days.
BOSTON – It would be an understatement to say it’s been a rough year for Claude Julien coaching the Montreal Canadiens this season.
That rough year continued on Saturday night with the arch-rival Boston Bruins coming from behind to take a 2-1 overtime decision over the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden where rookie Jake DeBrusk tied the game with less than three minutes to go in the third period, and Brad Marchand played the OT hero with a great individual shift during 3-on-3 play.
The win gave the Bruins a season series sweep over the Canadiens in all four meetings between the two teams, the first time that Boston has swept Montreal in the regular season since all the way back in 1994-95. That part had to be a bitter pill for Julien after he was fired by the Bruins some 13 months ago before he quickly took the head coaching gig up in Montreal, but it took a backseat to the Habs head coach’s displeasure with the officiating on Saturday night.
Julien went so far as to indict the Bruins for doing “embarrassing things in the game of hockey” during a Boston win where Montreal led the game for 47 plus minutes before blowing it at the end. Clearly there were some penalty calls that Julien didn’t like, but he also accused his former team of play-acting for penalty calls, something he vehemently disapproved of during his 10 years coaching the Bruins.
“I think it’s pretty obvious. When your best shooter is on a breakaway and doesn’t get a shot away, I think everybody agrees that it should have been a penalty shot,” said Julien, referencing a first period slashing minor penalty on Sean Kuraly that broke up a breakaway chance for Montreal. “What’s embarrassing is [Rick] Nash embellishing [a high-sticking call]. The stick hits his shoulder, it doesn’t even hit his face and he embellishes and looks at the referee.
“Those are embarrassing things in the game of hockey. We’re a tired team and we have to kill penalties, and it eventually caught up to us. That’s disappointing that when we had some of those things happen, or another [Byron Froese] penalty that’s called five seconds later because we end up on a two-on-one. As I said, we evaluate ourselves and we expect others to evaluate themselves as well.”
None of those controversial penalties ended up being the one that really killed the Habs as it was a delay of game call on Jonathan Drouin that set up Boston’s game-tying power play goal late in the third period. Overall the Bruins were a fairly powerless 1-for-6 on the power play despite the clear advantage in the special teams department, but don’t tell that to Julien as he was muttering about the officiating on the way to the Habs team bus on his way out of the Garden.