BruinsCanucks: 5 from the First

BruinsCanucks: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comVANCOUVER Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins trailing the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena after the first 20 minutes of action.1)The first period felt very much like a pair of heavyweight hockey teams feeling each other out rather than making a strong move. The shots were 8-7 in favor of the Canucks with a few hard hits thrown by the Canucks at the Bs for good measure. Jannik Hansen decked Mark Recchi right at the end of the first period, and that was a pretty good indicator of what went down for the majority of time.2)The only downside of Tomas Kaberles game with the Bruins was in evidence as the Vancouver Canucks pounced all over the front of the net for their only goal of the period. Tomas Kaberle was nowhere near the front of the net as rebounds were being battled for and both Raffi Torres and Manny Malhotra outnumbered Dennis Seidenberg in front of Tim Thomas. Kaberle tackling Torres after Malhotra had already put the puck in the net is a late on the draw, dont you think?3)Strange to Tomas Kaberle take a bevy of shots from the right point on Bostons power play early in the game. Scouting report is that he does the exact opposite most of the time, so not sure why they wouldnt work to get Zdeno Chara his one-timers. Stay turned to that one as Kaberle was badly off the mark with his shots.4)The Bruins had seven shots, but only one really good scoring chance on the PP. David Krejci and Milan Lucic used a little interior passing to get Nathan Horton a chance right by the left post, but Horton couldnt lift the puck over Roberto Luongos pads. Missing great chances like that can bite you against a good squad like the Canucks.5)A shot on net and a couple of hits for Johnny Boychuk in the first period. Id expect to see his game go up a notch or two now that Shane Hnidy is being thrown into the mix going forward. Love the signing of Hnidy, by the way: theres no downside to picking up a gritty blueliner with playoff experience and influence in the Boston dressing room and for roughly the league veteran minimum at that.

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: