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by David Lee on 05/11/09 at 04:14 AM ET
The Bruins Blog is reporting that Claude Julien thinks that Aaron Ward may have suffered a broken orbital bone as a result of Scott Walker’s punch in the closing moments of Boston’s 4-0 win on Sunday. Boston staved off elimination, but may have lost one of their top defensemen.
Rule 47.22 clearly states that Walker will be in line for an automatic one game suspension because he instigated a fight with less than five minutes to play in regulation. It also states that coach Paul Maurice will face a $10k fine. In some instances, the penalty may be rescinded, but this won’t be one of those cases. Walker was suspended for one game last season for headbutting Ottawa’s Mike Fisher, so he doesn’t have a pristine driving record.
Carolina will have to make at least one lineup change for game six, and I think probably two.
I’ve already said that I’m not really impressed by Tim We Got Us a Great Big Conboy as a postseason player. He’s doing more to hurt his team than help it. I don’t know whether Ryan Bayda has recovered from the flu, but I’ll hope that he’s available on Tuesday. Either way, Walker is out which means someone will have to go to the second line right wing. Jussi Jokinen can play any forward position, but I think it would be a mistake to break up the Samsonov / Jokinen / Ruutu line. That means that Patty Eaves will possibly get promoted to the second line and the Boston native Michael Ryan might make his playoff debut.
Carolina has many questions, and we won’t know the answers until Tuesday. Is Bayda healthy enough to play? Who will take Walker’s place? Will Conboy stay in the lineup?
Boston’s question will be answered sooner than that. Aaron Ward will be examined on Monday if not overnight Sunday.
All we know right now is that Scott Walker will be suspended for at least one game and Paul Maurice will be fined $10k. While the league probably expressly forbids it, he’ll probably take that out of Walker in some way at some point.
With the league’s disciplinary wheel of fortune, there’s no telling whether they’ll throw him under the bus like they did Brashear or whether they’ll let the automatic one game suspension stand alone. We’ll know more about everything on Monday.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.