BruinsMaple Leafs: 5 from the First

BruinsMaple Leafs: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Leafs locked in a 1-1 tie at the TD Garden after the first 20 minutes of a game thats taken a back seat to the trade rumor mill.1)Isnt ironic and perhaps a little bit of hockey justice that Daniel Paille scores the goal for Boston in his first game from a four-game suspension after his high blow to the head on Raymond Sawada. The goal was created by an excellent pinch from Mark Stuart behind the net as he got involved on the fore-check and worked the puck around the boards Paille. The Bs winger flipped the puck off Mike Komisarek in front of the net and it got right past James Reimer.2)It had to happen eventually, and now Phil Kessel has his first goal against his former team after batting a puck out of the air following a Dion Phaneuf shot from the high slot area. That is Kessels first goal in 10 games against the Bruins, and it prompted ample booing from the TD Garden sellout crowd right after it took place. It also snapped a 14-game scoring drought for Kessel while having some major difficult with the Maple Leafs after basically throwing his coach under the bus last week.3)Three shots on net for Milan Lucic, who was a force in the first period and seems to have rebounded strongly from a poor game against the Red Wings on Sunday afternoon.4)Got to love that the Merlot line has kicked in offensive for the Bruins. Thats always bodes well for the eventual outcome.5)Johnny Boychuk has been going through a bit of a rough patch for the Bruins, so its not surprising that the defenseman was made a healthy scratch for the Leafs. The effort level and toughness have been there, but hes not making quick enough decisions with the puck. That combined with Steve Kampfers offensive abilities made Boychuk the natural choice.

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: