Bruins come up empty in big game 

March, 19, 2010

Well, what do you know: We got through a whole night of NHL games without an "incident." I hope Colin Campbell finally got a decent night's sleep.

He probably slept better than I did after a mediocre 6-5 mark with my Thursday night picks. The New Jersey Devils' shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals' OT loss to the Carolina Hurricanes kept me from a much more impressive 8-3 record.

Then again, I shouldn't complain. The Phoenix Coyotes overcame a 3-0 deficit to give me a 4-3 OT win. Radim Vrbata's game-tying goal was a bouncer from center ice that eluded Florida Panthers G Tomas Vokoun. Without that, I'm a miserable 5-6. I have to extend a heartfelt thanks to Misters Vrbata and Vokoun.

With this week's picks behind me, here are five thoughts for Friday.

To read E.J.'s comments on the Bruins' flop, the Wisniewski suspension and the upcoming Coyotes-Blackhawks doubleheader, you must be an ESPN Insider.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.