BruinsIslanders: 5 from the Second

BruinsIslanders: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comUNIONDALE, N.Y. Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the New York Islanders by a 2-1 score at Nassau Coliseum after 40 minutes of play.1)The Bruins finally got a 5-on-3 to snap the power play drought at 0-for-21. It was a sweet little seam pass from David Krejci to Zdeno Chara at the top of the right faceoff circle, and Chara ripped away for his 12th goal of the season. More boos when it was announced as Charas goal. 2)What a player Matt Moulson has turned into over the last couple of seasons. Moulson created New Yorks goal at the end of the second period when he picked Patrice Bergerons pocket, hit Jon Tavares with a pass and then scored goal no. 29 of the season after he crashed the front of the net.3)The Bruins have won 29 of 43 face-offs against the Islanders, and Patrice Bergeron, Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell have all dominated in the dot area tonight.4)Tomas Kaberle looked a little more relaxed after the power play finally produced on a 5-on-3, and picked up his second assist as a member of the Bruins on Zdeno Charas power play strike.5)Two assists for David Krejci as the Bs top line continues to pile up the points over the last few weeks, and appears to be exactly the kind of unit that the Bruins will be able to hang their hats on in the playoffs. That line has 39 points in their last 11 games, and has been a dominant force throughout that time.

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: