No changes for Bruins, Malhotra feeling good


No changes for Bruins, Malhotra feeling good

By Joe Haggerty

VANCOUVER It sounds as if the Bruins wont be making any changes to their lineup in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, set to drop the puck around 8 p.m. at Rogers Arena.There had been the slightest hint of speculation that Shawn Thornton might suit up given the rough and tumble nature of Game 1 and the second lowest ice time total of Tyler Seguins NHL career, but plain and simple the Bruins can use Seguins offense in their lineup against the high-powered Canucks.Every game is about making decisions here," Julien said. "Shawn for us right now is a guy that hasnt been in the dressing room between the first and second, and second and third. He's in the warm-ups, he's getting dressed with the players. He's still doing his job. Whenever he hasn't been playing, he's still been a big asset to our hockey club. He's won a Stanley Cup. When he did win it, he had to miss some games as well.We're in a position where we have to make decisions based on our needs, what has to happen. We've at points envisioned a guy like Tyler, the way he played... we had to keep him in the lineup. As games go on, we make decisions. What I'm saying today might be different tomorrow, so on and so forth. Manny Malhotra, on the other hand, sounds like he might be a game time decision for the Canucks and it looks like the hard-nosed center will take the pregame warm-up to see how he feels.I feel really good. I felt good yesterday and I felt good again this morning, said Malhotra, a face-off ace and a weapon on the penalty kill. It's obviously an incredible position to be in. I think everybody that's on the ice tonight has dreamed about this at some point or another in their career, growing up.I realize the significance of the moment. At the same time, once the puck has dropped, I'm going to have to just, again, bring it back to basics. Just another game, got to do the things I've done my whole career.

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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: