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Wingels 'questionable' for Game 2 after Kadri hit

Wingels 'questionable' for Game 2 after Kadri hit

BRIGHTON, Mass – Tommy Wingels wasn’t on the practice ice on Friday morning as the Bruins went through a full skate at Warrior Ice Arena and he's “questionable” for Game 2 Saturday night after being the victim of a dangerous hit by the Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri.

The Toronto forward is facing a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday afternoon after getting bounced from the Leafs' 5-1 loss with a five-minute major for charging along with a 10-minute misconduct.

“Wingels is still being evaluated by doctors today,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. “He’s obviously not out on the ice for that reason. Tomorrow we’ll get a better read on him, but I’d say he’s questionable for now. I wouldn’t rule him out, but we’ll see in the morning.”

Kadri launched himself at Wingels as the Bruins forward was on his knees against the boards and drove Wingels' head into the dasher as he charged full-force into him at impact. It’s expected that Kadri is going to get at least a one-game suspension for the hit and it could be more depending on the health of Wingels.

After the game, Kadri attempted to justify the hit by saying it was in retaliation for a Wingels high hit on Mitch Marner, but that kind of reasoning isn’t going to fly with the long arm of the NHL law.

“Initially I just thought he made contact with Mitchy's [Mitchell Marner] head to start, and I didn’t see a call there,” said Kadri. “He was turning up the wall, so I was coming into the hit, and then he ended up falling. It happened pretty quick, and I think he was reaching for the puck. I haven't really watched it yet, but I don't think I stuck my leg out or my arm out. Whatever the case is, but it’s in the hands of the NHL at this point.”

The Bruins switched things around a little bit at practice without Wingels. It looks as if Ryan Donato will get to make his playoff debut if Wingels can’t play. Donato filtered in as the third-line left wing along with Noel Acciari and David Backes. Danton Heinen was dropped to the fourth-line right wing with Tim Schaller and Sean Kuraly.

Riley Nash skated with the team in a non-contact jersey and is “progressing well” while not appearing to be an option for Saturday night. Nash met with reporters after practice and admitted that his ear was hanging off after it was hit by a Torey Krug shot in a late-season game and he needed 40 stitches to close up the wound. He also said he was suffering from concussion symptoms as well.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings from practice ahead of Game 2 Saturday at TD Garden:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Nash

Donato-Acciari-Backes

Schaller-Kuraly-Heinen

 
Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Miller

Grzelcyk-McQuaid

 
Rask

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Bruins-Flames Talking Points: Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand spark B's after sluggish start

Bruins-Flames Talking Points: Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand spark B's after sluggish start

GOLD STAR: Patrice Bergeron helped the Bruins get back almost by himself after they fell behind by a 2-0 score to the Calgary Flames. Bergeron scored a pair of goals in the first six minutes of the game to withstand the three-goal barrage from the Flames, and now has goals in five consecutive games and seven in his last seven games during a red-hot offensive period.

Bergeron finished with two goals, the plus-1 rating, three shots on net and three takeaways in 15:59 of ice time. He won 13-of-19 face-offs in a dominant showing in pretty much every facet of the game. In other words, it was just another great effort from No. 37 in another win for the Bruins.

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BLACK EYE: No shots, no hits and no anything from Sean Monahan in 19:31 of ice time for the Flames in a nothing performance from one of Calgary’s best players. It was Monahan that failed to tie up  Bergeron on his second goal of the night after a David Pastrnak shot bounced off the end boards with a carom right to Bergeron in front.

Really, it was a team-wide no-show for the Flames after scoring the first three goals in the opening seven minutes of the first period. After that they managed just a handful of shots in the second period before a better third, but they never got another goal past Jaroslav Halak after Brad Marchand's go-ahead goal.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins clearly weren’t ready to go at the start of the game as they allowed a goal 20 seconds into the game and then fell behind by two goals less than three minutes into the first period. Perhaps Halak could have made a better attempt to stop the shot on Calgary’s second goal, but it was still a scorched one-timer on an odd-man rush. The goals allowed were much more about lax defense by the Bruins even if Halak allowed three goals on six shots faced in the first period.

After that, though, the B’s defense tightened up and went into shutdown mode after allowing one more goal in the first period. Once they got through that rough opening few minutes, the Flames offense was held down and the soft Calgary defense was exposed by the Bruins en route to the one-goal win for the Black and Gold.

HONORABLE MENTION: Brad Marchand ended up with the game-winner when he scored the lone goal in the second period after redirecting a Brandon Carlo point shot. Marchand did a nice job of stepping into traffic to redirect the outside shot, but it was also a byproduct of Calgary failing to lift his stick once he got ideal position in front of the net.

Marchand finished with a goal, two points and a plus-1 rating in 18:36 of ice time, had five shots on net and had a hit and a takeaway in a very active game for the entire Perfection Line. Give Marchand and Bergeron credit for refusing to allow the Bruins to lose even after they dropped behind by a couple of goals just minutes into a wild, crazy game out in Calgary.

BY THE NUMBERS: 7 – the number of teams to win a game in NHL history after allowing three goals in the first four minutes of the game. The B’s became that seventh team when they pulled out the 4-3 win in Calgary.  

QUOTE TO NOTE: “I’m a physical player, so those games are comfortable. I’m just trying to help the team win. It was really physical. It was a good game to be a part of for sure.” –Jeremy Lauzon on the night where he got in his first NHL fight with Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk.

Watch Jeremy Lauzon drop gloves with Matthew Tkachuk for first NHL fight

Watch Jeremy Lauzon drop gloves with Matthew Tkachuk for first NHL fight

Jeremy Lauzon officially has his first NHL fight under his belt.

The 22-year-old tussled with Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk during the second period of Friday night's game to mark the first bout of his NHL career. Tkachuk certainly gave Lauzon a challenge, but the Boston Bruins defenseman held his own.

Watch below:


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Not a bad first scrap for the B's youngster.

While Tkachuk may have won the fight, Lauzon and the Bruins were the winners in the end as they defeated the Flames 4-3 in a thriller. Boston now has won 11 of its last 12 games.