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MacDermid ready to recreate his NHL moment

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MacDermid ready to recreate his NHL moment

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. Lane MacDermid admitted that his mind was racing more than a little bit as he was trading punches with Mike Rupp during his first NHL fight at Madison Square Garden last spring.

The one dominating thought going through his head: Damn . . . how cool is this? Thats quite an experience for the son of an NHL player during his first game in The Show against a big time team in the Rangers.

"I remember during the fight thinking to myself 'Im fighting in the NHL right now. This is pretty cool,' " said MacDermid with a wide smile on his face. "Even just sitting on the bench at the start of the game was pretty cool."

MacDermid and Chris Bourque both signed AHL deals with the Bruins organizations on Wednesday in anticipation of the P-Bruins first preseason game against the Springfield Falcons tonight in Marlboro. MacDermid should be busy this season protecting Ryan Spooner among others this season in Providence, and he knows thats his first priority. But now MacDermid has that sweet NHL taste in his mouth after debuting with Boston last season, and is ready for more.

He clearly has Shawn Thornton ahead of him on the organizational depth charts for that particular role, but its more than possible he could be added as reinforcements if things go all Adams Division against beefed up clubs like Montreal and Buffalo.

I usually work pretty hard in the summer, and I feel like Ive come a long way from where I started as a pro, said MacDermid, who hopes hes called up to an abbreviated Boston training camp when the NHL regular season does begin. I just want to continue on that line. Throughout the summer I was watching and had the lockout in mind, so I was ready for all this.

Now Ive experienced all of the different aspects of the NHL. Its the elite league of the world and I was just happy to be there. It was a great experience all-around.

It will be most interesting in this lockout world to watch players like MacDermid, Matt Bartkowski, Jordan Caron and youngsters like Spooner and Jared Knight as theres a tangible connection between them and NHL hockey. The AHL enforcer and Bs draft pick did his usual power skating drills and strength-work during the summer, but also focused quite a bit on the mental side of the game.

In the past MacDermid would let anger and frustration get the best of him, and its an important emotion on the ice given his propensity to drop the gloves. But the Bs brawler also needs to harness those fiery feelings to effectively do his job protecting teammates and sending out a vibe of intimidation.

There are always things you can work on. I work on the mental game and I work on the skating aspect. Puck-handling is always something that I need to work on, said MacDermid. Theyre all just things I need to go to get ready.

The journey back to the NHL starts anew for MacDermid with the start of the P-Bruins preseason games, and hell be looking to add to that NHL fight resume after an auspicious start.

Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself

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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.

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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:

Marchand-Schaller-Bjork

DeBrusk-White-Pastrnak

Agostino-Nash-Backes

Beleskey-Kuraly-Vatrano

 
Chara-Carlo

Krug-McAvoy

Postma

 
Khudobin

McIntyre