Morning Skate: Stoneham High's special season

Morning Skate: Stoneham High's special season

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while enjoying watching the Washington Capitals tear it up in the nation’s capital with the Stanley Cup.

*Great job by NBC Sports with this moving piece on the story of this year’s Stoneham High Hockey team that rallied for a special season after the tragic early season passing of one of their teammates in James Luti.

*Who else but Jaromir Jagr showed up in Las Vegas for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final to pay credit to the job done by Alex Ovechkin winning the thing for the first time in his NHL career.

*A cool thank you letter and congratulations from the Nashville Predators management folks after watching former longtime Nashville coach Barry Trotz hoist the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Harrington does not want the Buffalo Sabres to trade Ryan O’Reilly without using extreme caution.

*A fun timeline of the Vegas Golden Knights from fledgling NHL expansion team all the way to Stanley Cup finalist.

*Speaking of the Vegas Golden Knights, Marc-Andre Fleury said he’d like to finish his career in Vegas after the loss in the Final. 

*For something completely different: A new TV spot for “Ant-Man and the Waspfocuses on their powers headed into the sequel.


Who are the top 10 right wings in the NHL right now?

Who are the top 10 right wings in the NHL right now?

With another two-goal effort against the Devils Tuesday night, David Pastrnak upped his league-leading total to 19 this season — in just 21 games.

That's a 74-goal pace, a total that no player has reached since the 1992-93 season (Alexander Mogilny, Teemu Selanne).

Even if Pastrnak doesn't maintain this ridiculous pace, a 50-goal season seems all but assured, assuming he stays healthy.

But has the 23-year-old established himself as the best right wing in the game, or does he still slot in behind established talent like Patrick Kane or last season's Hart Trophy winner, Nikita Kucherov?

Joe Haggerty is kicking off a series of positional rankings by stacking up the best right wings in the NHL.

Click here for Haggerty's Top 10 right wings.>>>>>

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Joe Haggerty's Talking Points from the Bruins' 5-1 win over the Devils

Joe Haggerty's Talking Points from the Bruins' 5-1 win over the Devils

GOLD STAR: Matt Grzelcyk kicked off the scoring for the Bruins and finished with the first two-goal game of his NHL career in the win over the Devils. Grzelcyk had the two goals along with a plus-2 rating in 19:16 of ice time while showing exactly what he can do offensively with Torey Krug out of the lineup. The second score in the third period was a highlight-reel goal as he faked out PK Subban at the offensive blue line and then rocketed a shot under the crossbar past Mackenzie Blackwood to ice things for the Black and Gold. Grzelcyk finished with three shots on net, a hit and a blocked shot in the biggest offensive game of his career.

BLACK EYE: PK Subban looked bad against the B's. Subban finished with a minus-2, took a lazy tripping penalty in the third period that led to David Pastrnak’s insurance power-play goal and then got completely posterized by Grzelcyk on a third-period goal where he dangled right around the New Jersey D-man. Subban didn’t do much of anything at the offensive end either aside from one shot in the slot area that Tuukka Rask made a pretty routine save on. It all underscores just how much Subban’s skills have apparently eroded due to either age or injuries because he sure isn’t the same guy that he was in his younger years in Montreal.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins had a solid 2-1 lead after the first 40 minutes, but they had given up a goal late in the second period that ate away at their momentum a little bit. So, it was important for them to come out guns blazing in the third and that is exactly what they did while blowing the Devils out of the water. The Bruins scored three goals and took advantage of some sloppy mistakes from the Devils to pull away in a game that felt a lot closer than it ultimately ended up being on the scoreboard. Certainly, seeing the B’s pull away from teams in the third is a much more welcome sight than the third-period implosion we saw against Florida a week ago.  

HONORABLE MENTION: David Krejci was excellent sliding in as the top center between Brad Marchand and Pastrnak, just as he was last season when Patrice Bergeron also missed time with an injury. Krejci got the secondary assist with a great backhanded pass on Grzelcyk’s first-period goal and then he set up Pastrnak for his first-period score as well. Krejci finished with a couple of assists, a plus-3 rating and 7-for-14 on face-offs in 15:49 of ice time. Krejci is again showing exactly what he could do if he was ever centered between a pair of elite offensive wingers instead of the carousel of right wings the Bruins have provided him the past couple seasons.

BY THE NUMBERS: 19 – the number of goals for Pastrnak this season after another two-goal outburst. That leads the NHL. There have only been seven games this season for the Bruins where he hasn’t scored a goal.  

QUOTE TO NOTE:  “I don’t think we made one mistake in the third [period]. We just played winning hockey in the third.” –David Pastrnak, to NESN on the B’s pulling away from the Devils in the final 20 minutes.

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