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NHL VP to Bruins, Canucks: Enough 'garbage'

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NHL VP to Bruins, Canucks: Enough 'garbage'

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Dont expect any more finger play in the Stanley Cup Finals after Monday nights final straw with Mark Recchi and Milan Lucic waving their fingers in the faces of Maxim Lapierre and Alexandre Burrows, respectively, during Bostons lopsided victory over the Canucks in Game Three at TD Garden.

The incident caused both Recchi and Lucic to be upbraided by coach Claude Julien for their classless gestures, which Julien had criticized the Canucks for earlier in the day. The gloved finger gestures were in retaliation for the two Vancouver players players targeting Patrice Bergeron in the first couple of games in the series, and NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy basically told both teams general managers and head coaches to cut the crap.

NHL official Kris King is in charge of the series," Murphy said. "We've addressed it. We've addressed it with the teams as early as this morning. I will be speaking with both general managers and coaches before the day is over about what we are seeing . . . the garbage that is going on. Some of the issues will be addressed.

Both Lucic and Recchi apologized for their actions after the game was over and promised there would be no repeat incidents, and it appears Murphy is ready to slap the book at any other skaters engaging in finger play.

When asked if failing to suspend Burrows for biting Bergeron earlier in the series led to the Nathan Horton head-hunting actions, Murphy slapped away that notion while hinting that higher penalties await anybody else continuing the shenanigans.

We made the right decision on Alex Burrows, Murphy said. I spoke with Alex. But I'm not here to speak about that. I've dealt with that. We've moved on past that. We will deal with the issues of the series and the chippiness that's going on."

The players will certainly continue piling up the hits and ratcheting up the physicality in the remaining four games of the Stanley Cup Final as it should be. But the biting, overzealous face-washing and ratty behavior, which is straight out of the Montreal Canadiens handbook, should be taking a backseat for the rest of the series.

It's the Stanley Cup Final. Both teams want that trophy, Shawn Thornton said. Everyone's going to do whatever they can to try and make that goal a reality. That includes playing physical, I'm sure.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

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