ST. PAUL, MN The one thing everybody knows about Saturdays practice at Wakota Arena in the southern outskirts of St. Paul is that Tyler Seguin wasnt working with his teammates on the ice.
Bruins coach Claude Julien said that the 20-year-old forward was at the practice with the team, but wouldnt elaborate on the reasons behind Seguin missing practice after the session was over.
Hell be fine, said a curt Julien. Hell be in tomorrow. Hes not at practice today. Hes at the rink and hell be fine.
The only think the Bs coach would say is that Seguin will be in the lineup for tomorrow afternoons tilt against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.
Seguin assisted on David Krejcis third period goal in Friday nights loss to the Winnipeg Jets and topped 19 minutes of ice time in the defeat, and didnt appear to suffer any injuries on the ice. Julien declined to simply call it a maintenance day for the Bs leading goal-scorer and All-Star, and wasn'toffering anything furtheron the absence.
You can call it whatever you want, replied Julien. Hes going to play tomorrow.
Unfortunately, given that Seguin was scratched against the Jets earlier this season for missing a team meeting, the vagueness of the answers begs the question of whether the players absence was for disciplinary reasons or rest-related.
Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron both skated with gold practice jerseys on without their third linemate, but Seguin wasnt spotted in the locker rooms post-practice our in the arena parking lot while Bruins players signed autographs for the large gathering of Bruins fans that took in the practice.
The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Dolphins game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
C David Andrews (illness)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)
OFF INJURY LIST
QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
DE William Hayes (back)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)
T Laremy Tunsill (illness)
LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
S Maurice Smith (illness)
OFF INJURY LIST
RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)
DT Ndamukong Suh (not injury related)
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.