Bruins snap skid, top Senators, 5-3


Bruins snap skid, top Senators, 5-3

BOSTON -- The Bruins snapped a three-game losing skid on Tuesday night at the TD Garden, as they out-shot the Ottawa Senators 41-26 and left with a 5-3 win.

Johnny Boychuk gave the B's a 4-3 lead, 6:41 into the third period, when his low blast from the right point beat Craig Anderson far-side. It came just 1:37 seconds after Jared Cowen's shot from the left point beat Tim Thomas short-side, which had tied the game at 3-3.

Daniel Paille made it 5-3 Boston just 37 seconds after Boychuk put the Bruins ahead, when he took a Shawn Thornton chip pass up the middle of the ice, came in all alone, and put a shot past Anderson add some much-needed separation on the score board.

The Bruins went into the third period with a 3-2 lead, after Chris Kelly ripped a slap shot upstairs from the high slot with two minutes left in the second. Kelly one-timed a pass from Rich Peverley, who skated the puck down the right wing, all the way behind the net, and dished the puck to his wide-open centerman.

Kelly followed up a Patrice Bergeron goal to begin the period, when Bergeron took a wrist shot from a similar spot on the ice, 4:21 into the second. Tyler Seguin made the set-up pass from the lower-right circle, sliding it back to Bergeron, the third-man in on the Bruins' rush.

Bergeron buried it and tied the game at 2-2.

Ottawa held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in the first period, and quickly took the wind out of Boston's sails with the second goal.

Nick Foligno picked up a loose puck in front of the Bruins' net, after a Chris Neil shot from the right point hit B's defenseman Joe Corvo in the midsection. Corvo had no idea where the puck went, and Foligno picked it up and dropped a pass back to Stephane Da Costa, who snapped it top shelf for a 2-1 Senators lead.

The goal came just 16 seconds after Milan Lucic tied the game at 1-1, 7:12 into the game. Lucic put home a rebound from the right post with 19 seconds left on a Bruins power play.

Foligno gave the Senators an early 1-0 lead, 5:19 in, when he took advantage of a Kelly turnover in the neutral zone by skating through the high slot putting a shot off Tim Thomas' blocker. Players then swarmed to the net to get the rebound, and it bounced off several Bruins bodies and in.

Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself


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.


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: