Bergeron ends game in tussle after Skinner slewfoot

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Bergeron ends game in tussle after Skinner slewfoot

RALEIGH, NC Those that have followed Patrice Bergerons career know that the mild-mannered Bruins forward isnt one to drop the gloves and start throwing haymakers unless hes properly provoked.

The Selke Trophy winner and perennial Lady Byng candidate has only truly lost his temper a handful of times on the ice. But a skirmish at the end of regulation in Monday nights 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes definitely qualified as the 27-year-old center found himself trading punches with 20-year-old Jeff Skinner at the end of regulation as Tyler Seguin flipped an empty net goal into the net at the other end of the ice.

The only other times Bergeron was running just as hot: during the Stanley Cup Finals two years ago when Alex Burrows took a bite out of his finger during a scrum at the end of the first period of Game 1, and a rivalry game against the Montreal Canadiens when Josh Gorges took a run at the centers head.

So it was expected that a threat to Bergerons health was at the heart of the outburst against the Canes youngster, and a review of the video from Monday night game clearly shows Skinner taking the Bs center down with a slewfoot behind the net. The take-down was violent enough that it also caused defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to trip over Skinner as he was in the act of throwing Bergeron down to the ice.

The refs never caught it because it happened well behind the play as the puck was leaving the Boston zone, and the only penalties called were roughing infractions after both players had tussled in the corner of the ice.

With only eight seconds to go in regulation both Bergeron and Skinner were escorted off the ice to their opposing locker rooms to start cooling down with the game already decided.

Blidh plans to bring some energy to Bruins after call-up

Blidh plans to bring some energy to Bruins after call-up

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Anton Blidh plans on keeping things pretty straightforward on his first call-up to the NHL. 

The former sixth-round pick of the Bruins has earned his stripes at the AHL level with Providence over the last couple of seasons, and comes to Boston as a gritty, energy forward capable of stirring things up in otherwise sleepy games. There’s also a bit of offensive upside for a fourth line-type player with five goals and nine points with 22 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating in 19 games for the P-Bruins this season. 

It remains to be seen if the Blidh call-up means that the Bruins intend to scratch a player or that somebody is questionable for Saturday afternoon’s game in Buffalo, but Patrice Bergeron did miss Friday’s practice without any real defined reason for his absence. The 21-year-old Swede said he plans to play to his strengths if he gets into the lineup for the Black and Gold, and that could mean getting under the skin of his Sabres opponents. 

“It’s my first time called up, so I’m happy,” said Blidh, who was asked what he'll bring if he gets into the lineup. “I’ll just play simple and play my own game: be hard on the puck and play with some energy. I worked hard [in Providence] and then I got some confidence. I’m not a goal-scorer, but I scored a couple of goals and got some confidence.”

Claude Julien hasn’t been able to catch up Blidh’s work since the season got started, but was pleased by the youngster’s progress in training camp, where he earned notice for his feisty, physical play on a line with Noel Acciari. 

“They said he’s playing well, so they brought him up. We’ll get to see him, hopefully tomorrow,” said Julien. “I didn’t hear a ton of fine details aside from him being a guy that was certainly playing with a lot of energy. I didn’t mind him in training camp either. He works really hard and competes hard, and we could use that.”

That would certainly be the case after watching the Bruins go through the motions for long stretches Thursday night against Carolina before essentially stealing a game that they didn’t deserve to win. 

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.