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Chris Wagner discusses 'unfortunate' Roman Polak injury from Bruins opener

Chris Wagner discusses 'unfortunate' Roman Polak injury from Bruins opener

The Dallas Stars lost several players to injury in their season-opener against the Boston Bruins, but none was scarier than the injury to Roman Polak.

Polak, a veteran of 14 NHL seasons, went hard into the boards midway through the second period of the game while chasing after a puck. Polak hit his shoulder and neck simultaneously and went down immediately. He had to be stretchered off and was down on the ice for several minutes without moving.

Bruins forward Chris Wagner was the player involved in puck race with Polak. Wagner himself slipped into the boards on the play, but he veered off to the side after losing his balance and went in feet-first while Polak went in with his head and shoulder lowered. After the game, he called Polak's injury "unfortunate" but didn't see Polak hit the boards.

"I didn’t really see him go down," said Wagner, per Kevin Paul Dupont of The Boston Globe. "I saw him, and it looked like he was going to give me a push, so I kind of went the other way and got out of it. Unfortunate . . . I didn’t see him [hit] the boards. Sad."

While Polak's injury was certainly scary, Stars head coach Jim Montgomery did provide a positive update on him during his postgame press conference.

"The good news is Roman has full use of his extremities and we feel he's pretty good at the hospital," Montgomery said, per Sean Shapiro of The Athletic. "But we don't have results yet. We're hopeful he may be a player in a couple of days."

Regardless of when Polak returns, it's just a good thing to hear that he has full use of his extremities. Hopefully, he'll be fully healthy soon.

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Bruins' hometown boys don't take wearing Spoked-B for granted

Bruins' hometown boys don't take wearing Spoked-B for granted

Boston Bruins' hometown boy's Charlie Coyle, Matt Grzelcyk and Chris Wagner are living out their childhood dream.

Putting on the black and gold sweater isn't something they take for granted, and being able to play close to home has been a blessing.

Charlie Coyle enjoys having his family at the games, especially after spending seven years with the Minnesota Wild.

"It's very special because you get to basically work from home, right?" Coyle said according to BostonBruins.com's Eric Russo. "You're with your family…they love it, they love making the trek in and going through the ups and downs of the season. Especially with the run we had last year, it made it that much more special that my family was there almost every night, if not every night. So just to do that, you feel very fortunate to be in that position."

Coyle, a native of Weymouth, Mass., was drafted by the Wild in the first round (28th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and was acquired in a trade by Boston last season that sent Ryan Donato packing to Minnesota. And he wasn't the only one to be taken at the draft that year -- Bruins' teammate Chris Wagner also was selected in 2010, a fifth-round pick (122nd overall) by the Anaheim Ducks.

Wagner was signed by the Bruins as a free agent following the 2017-18 season after spending time with the Ducks, Colorado Avalanche and New York Islanders. After six years away from home, Wagner notes that he loves to hang out with his hometown family and friends during his downtime.

"If you do something well, you get the 'congrats' or 'great job.' Then on the off days you get to see people outside of the rink that you wouldn't normally be able to see [if you were] playing in a different state or something," Wagner said according to Russo. "A combination of all of those things makes it really great."

Like Wagner, Matt Grzelcyk also enjoys having his family close to home.

"It's a huge honor, something that I don't take lightly," Grzelcyk said according to Russo. "I think the more and more seasons you play, the more you cherish it. Especially last year, going on as deep of a run as we did. It definitely meant a little something extra, just talking to friends and family, how much it meant to them to go on that journey with us."

Grzelcyk, a native of Charlestown, Mass. was drafted by the Bruins' in the third round (85th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, two years after Coyle and Wagner were selected.

Following a brutal Stanley Cup Final loss last season, the trio from Massachusetts is looking forward to the upcoming season, and redemption. The B's kick off their season October 3 and will face the Dallas Stars, Arizona Coyotes, Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche before they return home for opening night against the New Jersey Devils October 13.

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Talking Points from the Bruins' 4-3 OT win over the Flyers in preseason

Talking Points from the Bruins' 4-3 OT win over the Flyers in preseason

Here are Joe Haggerty's Talking Points from the Bruins' 4-3 OT win over the Flyers in their preseason home opener. 

GOLD STAR:  Bruins left winger Jake DeBrusk certainly feel great about the way his season ended last year, but he started things off with a bang this year in the preseason. DeBrusk potted the overtime game-winner when he crashed the front of the net and pushed in a rebound of a Brad Marchand shot during a 4-on-3 power play for the Bruins in overtime. DeBrusk was strong throughout the game with five shots on net to go along with the goal in 16 plus minutes of ice time, and even more so when you considered that his regular center man, David Krejci, was knocked out just two shifts into the game for the Black and Gold.

BLACK EYE: It was a rough one for David Krejci, who exited the game after two shifts in the first period after a collision with Shayne Gostisbehere where it looked like his right knee buckled after a bit of a hip check. Krejci wasn’t on the bench to start the second period and certainly didn’t want to start his preseason out this way. The good news is that Bruce Cassidy said postgame that it was more precautionary than anything else, but it’s never good to see any of the aging core group dinged up during the largely meaningless preseason.

TURNING POINT: It looked like the Bruins were going to go quietly into that good night trailing 3-2 late in the third period, but instead the fourth line stepped up and allowed the Bruins to win it in overtime. Sean Kuraly made the play feeding to a wide-open Chris Wagner in transition, and Wagner did the rest dangling the puck through Brian Elliott’s five-hole for the game-tying score late in the third period. It shows once again the kind of possibilities that the Bruins will have this season if they can figure out the second and third line mix because the top line and the fourth line are already good to go for the Black and Gold.  

HONORABLE MENTION: Jakub Lauko only played nine minutes in the game, but he was dynamite for the Bruins while scoring the first goal of the game. Lauko threw a puck to himself off the boards while blowing by Flyers defenseman Mark Friedman, and then he sniped a wrist shot from a bad angle under the bar past a stunned Elliott. It was Lauko’s only shot on net in the game, but it was a memorable one as it spoke to the dazzling skills that the youngsters bring to the table each time he’s on the ice. The lack of ice time for him tonight, though, speaks to the very slim chances he has of making the team given the older, experienced players around him.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2 – the number of assists for David Backes in a solid night for him as the 35-year-old continues to fight for a job with the Bruins amidst some stiff competition at the forward position.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “I don’t think it’s serious. [We] felt it was better to not push through it. We’ll know more [on Tuesday].” –Bruce Cassidy speaking about the lower-body injury to David Krejci, which sounded precautionary more than anything else.

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