Bruins hold lockout practice at Harvard


Bruins hold lockout practice at Harvard

CAMBRIDGE The Boston Bruins got together with a number of their NHL brethren at Harvards Bright Arena on Monday for their first official practice following the lockout. Milan Lucic, Gregory Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Tuukka Rask, Shawn Thornton, David Krejci, Daniel Paille, Tyler Seguin and Johnny Boychuk were among the Bs players in attendance along with local skaters Matt Gilroy, Ryan Whitney, Keith Yandle, Jay Pandolfo and retired NHL forward Mike Grier.

Patrice Bergeron was not among the skaters after being a regular attendee last week in Wilmington, and Nathan Horton, Chris Kelly and Brad Marchand continued to be missing from the regular group of Bs skaters.

There was a much higher number of players at Harvard than at the previous captains practices at Ristuccia Arena, so its likely another group of AHL, NHL or college players were also skating with the Bruins.

The 90-minute practice broke into a scrimmage about half-way through the action, but wasnt able to get the players' thoughts on practice or the lockout after the local media (the Boston Heralds Steve Conroy and this humble hockey writer) was asked to leave Harvards hockey arena. According to Harvard PR flack Brett Moore, the lockout practice sessions are closed to the media per policy of the college. Moore then walked the hockey reporters off the campus grounds to the sidewalk outside the facility.

It was the kind of act to suppress information that probably would have made Harvard alum Mark Zuckerberg nod his head in approval.

Those hoping to get the thoughts of the Bruins players now that theyve been locked out by the NHL are now victims to Harvards strict no media policy just like everybody else. Hopefully the university will re-think their position provided the players are okay with a reasonable amount of media coverage for these lockout practices. After all, fans are hungry for whatever information scraps are available while the NHL regular season is temporarily on ice.

Friday, Oct. 21: Pee-wee push-ups draw coach’s punishment


Friday, Oct. 21: Pee-wee push-ups draw coach’s punishment

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while anxiously awaiting a Cleveland/Chicago Cubs World Series showdown with all of the Red Sox subplots that could be involved.

*A peewee hockey coach in Quebec has been given a season-long suspension for punishing his players with hundreds of push-ups.

*The NHL game has changed radically over the last 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist has been a fixture for the New York Rangers.

*A lot has changed since Jaromir Jagr scored his first goal in 1990 and this article is worth it for the Jagr mullet picture alone.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough says that a healthy Brandon Sutter has been a difference-maker for the Canucks.

*Carey Price is back in net for the Montreal Canadiens, and that makes the Habs a new team as they prepare for the Bruins on Saturday.

*This is what it looks like when you’ve completely given up on just about everything else except for being a hockey fan. So very gross.

*For something completely different: The Doctor Strange cast is being forced into answering some tough questions at the premiere of what is essentially a comic book movie.



Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’


Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Tuukka Rask has been outstanding through his first three games this season after stumbling out of the gate last year. The .947 save percentage and sub 2.00 GAA are all the more impressive for Rask when also accounting for a lower body issue that’s been nagging at him since the opening night win a little more than a week ago.

Rask stopped 28 of 29 shots against the New Jersey Devils Thursday night in a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden, but it was also clear on a couple of stops that he was feeling discomfort in his lower half as he extended into the full butterfly. 

That was confirmed by Rask following the win when he admitted he was dealing with “something” after the game, and by his absence from the practice ice at Warrior Ice Arena on Friday morning.

“Uh-huh. There’s always a little something-something,” said a smirking Rask, when asked if he’s playing through something physically.

Instead, Babson College goalie coach Mike Ronan was called into emergency duty, and took the practice ice along with Bruins backup netminder Anton Khudobin.

Claude Julien said following practice that Rask was dealing with the same “general soreness” that last week pushed him out of a scheduled start against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it’s uncertain whether he will make the start against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

“The general soreness he had last week is still there,” said Julien. “[The medical staff] will see tomorrow how he's doing.”

Rask also missed a Bruins practice with soreness last Friday in Toronto, and wasn’t able to play the next night in the loss to the Maple Leafs. Injuries aside, Rask has been brilliant against both New Jersey and Winnipeg and was solid over the final 40 minutes against the Blue Jackets in an opening night win to start the season.

“Tuukka was outstanding in Winnipeg and he was good again [vs. New Jersey],” said Julien. “So, there are no issues with Tuukka. I think he’s giving us the hockey and the goaltending that we are looking for.”

Well, maybe there is one slight “issue with Tuukka” if a nagging lower body issue starts keeping him out of Bruins games and practices on the regular.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings at Friday practice:









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