By Joe Haggerty
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TORONTO Both defenseman Joe Corvo and center David Krejci took part in the Black and White scrimmage in Providence on Tuesday night, and they have the bumps and bruises to prove it. Corvo will miss a return to his former Ottawa stomping ground with a sore groin, and Krejci missed practice with the same issue -- a common problem among players early in training camp.
Corvo has a tight groin and we pulled him out of the game before anything worse could happen. We're giving him a little bit of rest, said Claude Julien. Its the same thing with David Krejci, so we pulled him off the ice this morning. It's the typical training camp things that happen. We're being more precautionary than taking any risks.
It wasnt all bad health news for the Bs, though.
Zdeno Chara was back on the ice again Wednesday morning at TD Garden with the rest of the Bruins players that werent making the trip to Ottawa, and is once again providing the perfect role model for some of the younger defensemen. It wasnt likely that a little knee bruise was going to keep Chara out for too long, and thats exactly the case.
Chara is getting to a stage in his career where some of the players coming in were pretty young when he broke into the league, said Julien. I think its getting to the point where hes an idol to some of the young guys and they really look up to him. They see him as an idol growing up and they get to play next to him now.
Everybody knows that hes very professional too with the way hes perceived and the way he reacts to things in public. I think some of the young guys are getting a pretty good idea of the ways they should act too.
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BOSTON – The Bruins always hope to give their fans something good in their annual matinee on the day after Thanksgiving, and that was the case Friday.
They got off on the right foot with a great first period, then finished with an electric breakaway from David Pastrnak in the third period, and posted an entertaining, solid 4-3 win over the back-to-back Stanley Cup champ Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden.
Pastrnak’s 11th goal of the season was the game-winner. The Penguins had battled back from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits and tied the score, then Pastrnak was freed up by a brilliant neutral-zone pass from Riley Nash. He sped in all alone and flipped the puck over Matt Murray’s glove hand at 5:06 of the third.
David Krejci and Sean Kuraly had opened things up with goals in the first period, as the B's outshot the Penguins by a 14-4 margin. But Sidney Crosby and the Pens answered back in the second with three goals of their own, including a controversial game-tying score from Sid the Kid after Boston had moved ahead 3-1 on a goal from Charlestown native Matt Grzelcyk.
The Crosby goal came after it appeared the refs had called play dead with a whistle as the puck sat on Anton Khudobin’s waist in the crease. It also appeared to have been goalie interference, as Crosby’s stick had made contact with Khudobin while the puck was in mid-air. But on replay the officials overturned the call of no-goal on the ice, and the score was tied 3-3 after two.
That set things up for Pastrnak, who snapped a five-game goal-scoring stretch, and handed the red-hot Bruins their season-high fourth win in a row.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while anticpating the turkey leftovers, ready for the taking.
-- NHL referee Wes McCauley is at it again, this time going with a fun no-goal call after having some trouble with his microphone.
-- After getting humbled on Opening Night by the Bruins, the Nashville Predators are starting to get on a roll.
-- NBC Pro Hockey Talk has Kyle Turris excelling for the Predators, and Matt Duchene very much still stuck in neutral for the Ottawa Senators.
-- NHL stars go through their favorite traditions, and what they enjoy is a game that’s full of routine, superstition and tradition.
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ray Ferraro says “it looks rotten” with the Edmonton Oilers as they continue to struggle out of the starting gate.
-- Larry Brooks goes through an all-time ranking of the general managers for the New York Rangers, and it’s an illustrious list.
-- The Vegas Golden Knights could make the playoffs in their very first season, and are absolutely far ahead of expectations for a new expansion team.
-- For something completely different: Wild turkeys are making a major comeback in Massachusetts after being all but extinct here.