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Bourque breaks through for game-winning goal

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Bourque breaks through for game-winning goal

TORONTO There was no mistaking who scored the goal after watching the familiar celebration.

Bruins left wing Chris Bourque scored his first goal as a member of the Black and Gold in memorable fashion as he was the only lamp-lighter in a 1-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre before a national Hockey Night in Canada audience in the Great White North.

The goal came after Bourque was a healthy scratch on Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres after hed gone scoreless in his first six games of the year, and admitted that things were going a million miles a minute for him out on the ice. It was also only the second NHL goal of Bourques career with the last one coming all the way back on December 30, 2008 for the Washington Capitals.

The goal was certainly more beauty than greasy as Chris Kelly picked up a chip into the offensive zone from Rich Peverley, and zinged a backhanded pass to Bourque waiting to slam home the one-timer at the left post. For the first time in a Bs sweater, there was zero hesitation in the youngsters game.

So to celebrate Bourque pulled out an impromptu tribute to his old man, No. 77. Once he had slammed home the one-timer he dropped to one knee and slid across the goal crease while pumping his first just like Ray did hundreds of times during a Hall of Fame career for the Bruins.

There might have been a couple fist pumps. It might have been over-excessive, but I think I just blacked out when it happened. I was excited, said Bourque. I dont know if it was getting the pressure off myself or feeling like I contributed to the team, but thats all I wanted to do hereto help the team win. That goal ended up making the difference.

I always knew I had the capability of doing it. Its just a matter of going out there and proving it. I had a couple of chances here and there over the first six games, but tonight I wanted to really bare down and it ended up in the back of the net.

Bourque had previously said that hell always work his balls off on every shift he plays, and thats part of the reason Claude Julien has continued to stick with the 26-year-old has tried to bridge that gap between AHL player and established NHL veteran. In part it was because of the work he was putting in every shift, the diligent back-checks even if things werent dropping offensively and the flashes of offensive finish that the Bruins are hoping to continue seeing more of.

The Bs coach also said he had a conversation with Bourque on Saturday morning, and thinks his motivational tactic might have worked.

Im really happy for him. I joked around with him before the game and told him Id bag skate him on Sunday if he didnt score, said a smiling Julien. He obviously doesnt like those kinds of skates, so he didnt waste any time.

Bourque didnt score that first goal at home in the TD Garden where he grew up as a hockey player, and he wasnt sure if his father saw it live as hes in Florida on a golf getaway. But the son said that the wise father and the loyal younger brother, Ryan, gave him all the positive support he needed on a daily basis. When some got impatient to see production out of Bourque in his big chance with the Black and Gold, his Hall of Fame dad preached patience and relaxation.

All throughout the day I felt pretty comfortable and confident. Sometimes sitting out change your mindset a little bit, said Bourque, who finished with the one shot and a plus-1 in 13:05 of ice time. These are the best players in the world and it takes you a little while to slow things down and adjust to the speed. Then you start making your plays.

I talk to Ray every day. Were really close. He and my brother are the two guys I talk to about certain things and bounce things off them. They are two really good people to talk to. He just told me to play my game. Sometimes I go out of my comfort level and play a million miles an hour. Sometimes you try too hard if that makes sense. I just need to slow it down and play my game. Thats been good things happen.

The first good thing happened in game-winning fashion on a big stage Saturday night, and both Bourque and the Bruins hope that the best is yet to come.

Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself

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Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.  

*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.

*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.

*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.

*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.

*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.

*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.

 

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

BRIGHTON, Mass – Another serious injury has hit the Bruins in the first few weeks of the season.

Adam McQuaid’s right leg is broken, he'll have surgery Monday and he’ll miss some significant time after he blocked a shot that knocked him out of the Thursday night victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The rugged, stay-at-home defenseman took multiple pucks of in successive games off his leg in the past two games against the Golden Knights and the Canucks.

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Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in a Bruins statement released after practice Friday, said McQuaid sustained a broken right fibula and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Mass. General Hospital. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.

It’s a tough blow for McQuaid, 31, after he was able to play 77 games last season before missing the playoffs with an injury and has consistently battled injuries in his career while playing a hard-nosed, fearless brand of hockey.

“Adam [McQuaid] is seeing the doctors as we speak, so there will be an announcement about him,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Friday at practice. “With Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] it’s a maintenance day where we felt it would be better after 20 minutes of ice to let it rest, and the same with [David] Krejci. Miller is a maintenance day as well. He got whacked, but he should be fine as well. We’ll have a better idea in the morning, but we expect all of the [maintenance players] to play.”

Bergeron, David Krejci and Kevan Miller were all missing from practice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was maintenance days for all as they’re expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres. 

Tuukka Rask is out indefinitely while in the concussion protocol after his practice collision earlier this week, but the good news is that Bruins goaltender was up and around at the practice facility on Friday rather than at home convalescing in a dark room.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Black and Gold with a few bodies missing from practice:

Marchand-Schaller-Bjork

DeBrusk-White-Pastrnak

Agostino-Nash-Backes

Beleskey-Kuraly-Vatrano

 
Chara-Carlo

Krug-McAvoy

Postma

 
Khudobin

McIntyre