Chara, Krug and DeBrusk all knocked out of B's win, hope is 'nothing serious'

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Chara, Krug and DeBrusk all knocked out of B's win, hope is 'nothing serious'

RALEIGH, N.C. --The Bruins executed an improbable, energizing third period comeback to take a 6-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena, but the hard-fought two points certainly might have come at a price.

A Bruins team already missing Charlie McAvoy and Patrice Bergeron lost three more players to injury, Jake DeBrusk, Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara, before they engineered the comeback in the final 10 minutes of the third period. After the game, Bruce Cassidy said he didn’t have much of an update on the injured trio so shortly after the frenetic, crazy comeback in the game’s final 10 minutes.


“Hopefully everybody is all right. I don’t have any updates because I just got off [the bench], but we hope it’s nothing serious. But I guess we’ll see,” said Bruce Cassidy. “When guys go down other guys want to step up, and that’s the sign of a good team. It’s one thing to want to, and it’s another thing to have the ability to do it.

“Now [Brian] Gionta and [Nick] Holden get a few more minutes and these are guys that have played in the league. That’s where our depth comes in. A guy like [Matt Grzelcyk] gets a few more opportunities offensively and he’s got it in him, and Danton Heinen gets a chance to go up with [David Krejci] and takes it to the net and scores. I think that’s what separates us right now. We have a lot of good players in our lineup right now, and they’re going to step up and come through when they’re given extra minutes.  

Chara tumbled upper body-first into the corner boards midway through the third period, sat on the bench in obvious discomfort and then eventually left for the Bruins dressing room never to return in the game. DeBrusk took a big hit earlier in the game that he played through for a portion of the contest as the B’s were trailing, but it looked like he finally succumbed to it headed into the third period.  

It was unclear what happened to Krug, but in all three cases the banged-up Bruins players were walking around without any obvious signs that would point to lower body injuries. It also appeared that all three Bruins players underwent X-Rays in PNC Arena following the game.


Bruins will be featured prominently on NBC national schedule

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Bruins will be featured prominently on NBC national schedule

The Boston Bruins are coming off back-to-back playoff seasons, so they won’t be any strangers to the national television audience in the upcoming NHL season.

The Bruins are set to be on NBC or NBCSN 14 times in nationally televised games during the 2018-19 season including the Jan. 1 Winter Classic against the Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame, and their Oct. 3 season opener against the reigning Cup champion Washington Capitals in DC. The 14 games are tied with the New York Rangers for the fifth-most in the NHL behind only the Blackhawks, Capitals, Flyers and Penguins.

The B’s season opener vs. the Caps will actually kick off NBC’s NHL coverage for the regular season, which is set to include a whopping 109 televised games.


Other highlights from the NBC Networks broadcast schedule include a home game against the Atlantic Division rival Montreal Canadiens on Monday, January 14, a road game against the defending Western Conference Champion Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, February 20, and a home tilt on Thursday Feb. 28 against the Tampa Bay Lightning team that eliminated them in the playoffs.

Here’s the rest of the national television 2018-19 schedule for the Black and Gold that certainly has some games to circle on the ole hockey calendar:  

Bruins Games Broadcast on NBC and NBC Sports Network (all times Eastern):

Wednesday, October 3: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Wednesday, October 17: Boston Bruins at Calgary Flames, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN

Tuesday, January 1: Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks (Winter Classic), 1 p.m., NBC

Monday, January 14: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Wednesday, January 16: Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Sunday, February 3: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals, 12:30 p.m., NBC

Wednesday, February 6: Boston Bruins at New York Rangers, 8 p.m., NBCSN

Tuesday, February 12: Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m., NBCSN

Monday, February 18: Boston Bruins at San Jose Sharks, 10 p.m., NBCSN

Wednesday, February 20: Boston Bruins at Vegas Golden Knights, 10 p.m., NBCSN

Thursday, February 28: Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Sunday, March 10: Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Wednesday, March 27: New York Rangers at Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Sunday, March 31: Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN


Morning Skate: Mikita's legacy extends beyond the ice

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Morning Skate: Mikita's legacy extends beyond the ice

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the fog officially rolled in this morning.  

*NBC Sports announced their 109-game schedule for the NHL season, and it all starts with the Bruins season opener on Oct. 3 against the Washington Capitals. The Wednesday Night Rivalry games will be done away with and in its place Wednesday Night Hockey is going to feature a more diverse collection of teams and locations featuring non-traditional markets. It’s a great idea and completely called for given the emergence of teams like the Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights.

*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Tracey Myers on the lasting legacy of the recently passed Chicago Blackhawks great Stan Mikita when it comes to his work in the community.

*Dylan Larkin got a pretty good deal from the Detroit Red Wings that was deserved given his youth and his production to this point. So why on Earth are we writing 1,000 word think pieces on this? Yeah, I don’t know either.

*Speaking of the Red Wings, it sounds like Henrik Zetterberg may be a giant question mark for this upcoming NHL season based on his health. While it’s a big blog to the Red Wings competitiveness for next season, it might be the best thing for a team that’s still nowhere near competing for a Stanley Cup at this point.

*Three big questions facing the Edmonton Oilers as they ready for a massive season that will undoubtedly have jobs on the line based on an expected return to the playoffs.

*For something completely different: Well, this is one way to discourage cruise ships from going by your coastal home.