Chiarelli: 'Unique' feeling watching Kings raise Cup


Chiarelli: 'Unique' feeling watching Kings raise Cup

It will be exactly a year on Friday that the Boston Bruins bested the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, so it seems like an appropriate time for reflection when it comes to everybody adorned in Black and Gold.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli missed some of the playoffs while he was helping to manage the Team Canada representative at the World Championships in Europe, but he did watch the Cup Finals between the Devils and Kings. Something felt missing while he watching the six-game series, and thats probably to be expected given the drop in both TV ratings and overall buzz this June.
Compared to last years hate-fest between Boston and Vancouver, this seasons Cup Finals was a well-mannered showering of love and admiration.
There was a lot of drama in our series, so that probably built momentum as we went along, admitted Chiarelli. There was always something happening, and there didnt seem to be too much drama between those two teams. I noticed that, but wondered if it was just because I was a part of last years series.
With our team and the Canucks it was two opposing styles and there might have been a little bit of that. It was kind of an oilwater clash and I think there were a lot more things happening on the ice.
Thats a good point by Bs general manager: it was the bullying Bruins against the flop-artist, finger-biting Canucks and thats a far cry from Devils and Kings' teams reliant on good goaltending and fundamental defense.
New Jersey and LA are similar teams and there might have been more predictability as to how the games were going to go. But they were still entertaining, said Chiarelli.
But Chiarelli was happy for LA Kings general manager Dean Lombardi when things were said and done, and his family chose to reflect on happy Cup memories rather than any feelings of bitterness. Some Bs players felt sick or empty watching the Kings raise the Cup while officially ending their reign as Cup champs, but Chiarellis feelings were a bit different.
I probably watched more of the Finals than any of the other playoff series after we were eliminated, said Chiarelli. It was obviously a unique feeling because we won it last year, but I wouldnt characterize it as empty. It was different. It was almost like some of the feelings of joy that I had lifting the Cup came up again.
Thats what I feltthe remembrances. I was watching it with my wife and my kids, and thats what they were talking about while we watched it on television. It was a different feeling. When you talk about the players feeling empty watching it and wanting to get back there, I can certainly understand 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: