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.

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.