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Pouliot patiently waits his turn

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Pouliot patiently waits his turn

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com BruinsInsider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON -- Benoit Pouliot certainly would have liked to haveplayed for the Bruins on opening night, but he understands the team istaking the patient approach with him.

The formerWild and Habs forward admitted hes had to adjust from a completelydifferent system of attack than the one he played in Montreal over thelast two years. The dump-and-chase, forecheck system preferred by theBruins is diametrically opposed to Montreals philosophy of puttingeverything on the net, and old habits diehard.

Pouliot certainly isnt a guy we plan onputting in the stands as a game inactive. Hes a guy that Ive saidall along will get his opportunity, said coach Claude Julien. Butwe thought Jordan Caron had a really good camp and he deserved tostart over Pouliot. We thought Benoit was not totally comfortableright now, and hes said the same thing in discussions with us.

Its tough getting used to playing for one team togo to another. Some guys adapt quickly and some other guys are thinkersand it takes them a little bit longer. He agrees with us that hes alittle hesitant in some areas, but with repetitions in practice heshould get more comfortable.

So Pouliot was ahealthy scratch Thursday night, and never even made it into the pregameskate prior to the opener against the Philadelphia Flyers. Caron wasthe starting left wing on the third line, skating with Chris Kelly andTyler Seguin.

Pouliot said all the right thingsafter practice on Friday.

Its no problem," hesaid. "I just have to keep working and Ill get into the lineup any wayI can. I dont think its a big deal at all. Its a long year. I justneed to understand whats going on out on the ice system-wise. Ivegotten to know the guys better, which is good. But its a different wayof playing on the ice with the breakouts and all of the otherstuff.

Its different from what I was used to inMontreal. Ive just got to watch the games a little bit and then Ithink things will go good.

While Seguin had anexcellent first game and Kelly is probably kicking himself for missingon a point-blank chance in the first period, Julien indicated Caronneeded to find his game now that the regular season has begun.

"I thought Jordan, in his first real game of theseason probably didn't look as comfortable as he did in the preseason,said Julien.

The 20-year-old winger will get a fewmore chances to get into the regular season flow, of course, but itseems like only a matter of time before Pouliot gets his chance to showwhat he can do.

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