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BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, November 23, that defenseman Zdeno Chara suffered a lower-body injury in the second period of the team's game vs. St. Louis on Tuesday, November 22, and will not travel with the team to Ottawa.
The Bruins will provide a further update on Friday, November 25 prior to their game against the Calgary Flames.
from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
Claude Julien actually sat in front of a roomful of reporters and cameras late last night and claimed he had no idea what happened to Zdeno Chara.
“No, nothing, I’ve got nothing on him yet,” said the Bruins coach after his team’s 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues at the Garden.
What the heck is it with the Bruins and their utter inability to tell the truth about injuries? How insulting is it to B’s fans, many of whom laid out hundreds of dollars last night to watch their team slip to 4-4-0 on home ice this year, when the coach insists he has no idea what happened when his captain and most important defenseman left with an injury one shift into the second period?
Or when he says, eight days ago in Denver, that top goal scorer David Pastrnak is not skating because he’s taking a “maintenance day?” Last night he missed his third straight game. Sure, there’s speculation Pastrnak might have a concussion, and those can be unpredictable from day to day. But why not just say he’s got a concussion?
from Joe McDonald of ESPN,
In Marchand, the Bruins acquired a player with skill, skating ability, hockey IQ, character and competitiveness. Now in his eighth NHL season, the 28-year-old forward has reached new levels in all of those categories, especially in terms of his compete level.
"It's pretty impressive the way he's improved," said Bruins alternate captain and longtime linemate Patrice Bergeron. "I've always thought he was an amazing player to play with. The way he's handled himself on the ice night in and night out -- he's always been first on pucks, working hard, competing and all that -- I just think he's improved his game from one year to another. He got 37 goals last year and it wasn't a fluke. Obviously, we're seeing that right now. It's great to see."
So far this season, Marchand has three goals and seven assists for 10 points in eight games. He has carried over the success he had at the World Cup of Hockey, where he helped lead Team Canada to a championship with five goals and three assists for eight points in six games. The decision by Team Canada and coach Mike Babcock to give Marchand a roster spot and put him on the top line, along with Sidney Crosby and Bergeron, was based on that compete level.
“Sure you’re happy with the first half (of the game), but certainly not with the outcome. We’re here to win games, not pat ourselves on the back when we think we deserve it. I would have liked to see us play a whole game like that.
“We played well right from the get-go, I think the first half of the game was pretty good. But you can’t win hockey games with the number of penalties we were given. Warranted or not, you’re not going to win when you’re taking (six) in a row. I disagree with a lot of those calls, but anyway . . .
“It’s tough to win in this league. And if we’re going to be taking that many penalties, it’s going to be tough for us to win. We need every break we can get here with this hockey club. We had to stay out of the box to give ourselves a chance. We didn’t do that.”
-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins after the Bruins lost 5-2 to the Rangers. Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald has more on the game.
Catch the game highlights below...
via Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
Girardi was the recipient of a monster hit from Boston forward David Pastrnak at 10:55 of the second period, when the Blueshirts were in the middle of their torrid comeback. As Girardi reached up to play the puck with his hand at the center line, Pastrnak’s shoulder drove right into his chin.
There was a minor penalty assessed for an illegal check to the head, and after going through concussion protocol in the locker room, Girardi returned with no ill effects.
“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi said. “He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something. As soon as I got up, I was fine.”
Josh Jooris suffered a separated shoulder in the game too, a 5-2 win over the Bruins.
from the BostonBruins,
Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, October 26, that the team has recalled forward Austin Czarnik from Providence (American Hockey League). Czarnik is expected to join the team for their pregame skate and be available for their game at N.Y. Rangers on Wednesday, October 26, at 8 p.m.
Sweeney also announced the following update on forward David Backes :
"David Backes underwent the removal of the olecranon bursa from his elbow on Monday, October 24. His condition will be updated after the weekend."
And the kid got it right, drop the puck on the dot.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The last thing Claude Julien wanted to do was hook Malcolm Subban again.
On Feb. 20, 2015, Julien pulled Subban in his NHL debut after the goalie allowed three goals on six shots against St. Louis. On Tuesday against Minnesota, Subban’s second NHL start finished just like his first: with him on the bench and a three-spot on the wrong side of the scoreboard.
“I’m not going to lie. There’s some goals we thought our goaltender should have had,” the Bruins coach said after a 5-0 wipeout by the Wild at TD Garden. “But I’m not here to talk about a goaltender who’s in one of his first few games because he let in a couple bad goals. We were terrible in front of him. We weren’t any better. That’s the big picture. That’s more important.”
Game highlights are below...
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