Bruins wait to see if Malkin will receive discipline

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Bruins wait to see if Malkin will receive discipline

PITTSBURGH Once again a game between the Penguins and the Bruins has left the onlookers wondering if there will be any supplemental discipline coming down from Brendan Shanahan.

Evgeni Malkin crashed into Johnny Boychuk behind the Boston net while battling for the puck in the corner, and tagged Boychuks No. 55 on the back of his jersey before the defensemans face smashed up against the glass boards.

Thankfully for the Bruins, Boychuk made a quick pit stop in the dressing room to make sure his nose wasnt gushing blood but wasnt seriously hurt in Bostons 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh at the CONSOL Energy Center. Malkin was whistled for boarding after hitting Boychuk from behind, and Claude Julien didnt sound like hed be shocked if the Hart Trophy candidate heard from the NHL about the hit.

But Julien also seemed to think the sometimes special rules observed for the NHLs superstar class might be in effect as well.

My opinion doesnt matter. Ill tell you this much. It doesnt matter. Well have to wait and see what happens from that, said Julien. But it was Malkin that hit him, right? It wasnt Matt Cooke?

Did Julien think that Malkin will be suspended for the hit from behind?

It was Malkin with the hit. Well see. Theyll have to look at it. It was a hit from behind, said Julien. Theyre the ones that make those decisions. We dont like those hits. My job is tough enough as it is. I dont want to do his because Shanahans job is tough as well. Well let him do his job and Ill do mine. Well move on. Youve just got to look at it that way.

For different reasons they make their assessments and decide. We as coaches have to do our jobs and work with the guys we have. Worrying about a Malkin suspension is wasting a lot of time because it doesnt change anything on our team.

Malkin admitted it was a hit that needs to be stamped out of the game, but he also felt that Boychuk turned his back toward him immediately before the impact against the boards. So it was somewhere between an admission of guilt and blaming the victim in terms of hockey justice.

Yeah, (saw Boychuks shoulder first). I see him (controlling) the puck. Its a little bit dangerous, of course, because its near the far boards. I said sorry, of course but its tough to say; Ive not seen (the) replay, said Malkin. I (did) not jump. It was nothing dangerous. I (hit) with shoulder, not (the) elbow just shoulder. But he turned a little bit quickly, and it (became) a dangerous hit.

Boychuk wouldnt be drawn into any questions painting the hit as dirty or cheap, and instead was just happy he was okay after suffering a concussion against the Ottawa Senators just a couple of weeks ago.

It was a good thing I was close to the boards or it could have been a lot worse. It was a foot away or two feet, so it wasnt the head that hit the boards as much as my face part that hit the boards, said Boychuk. It was one of those plays. I feel fine. It was a penalty. He got a penalty, so thats the end of that.

Its clearly up to the Shanahan and the Player Safety Department to make a determination on the Malkin board of Boychuk, but the lack of injury will probably keep the supplemental discipline book from getting thrown at the Pittsburgh superstar.

Another big swing and miss from NYDN's Manish Mehta on the Patriots

Another big swing and miss from NYDN's Manish Mehta on the Patriots

Every few months, our buddy Manish Mehta gets suitably bored or his bosses at the New York Daily News get sufficiently impatient with him and he goes off with some prediction that winds up being the absolute direct opposite of what actually happens.

He would be like the drippy-nosed kid at his own birthday party trying to bust open the piñata for an uncomfortable length of time. Except, eventually, somebody takes pity on that kid. With Manish, nobody ever feels bad and he’s left out there swinging long after the party’s over and everyone’s gone home.

Tom Brady’s suspension has provided multiple opportunities for Manish to walk into screen doors.

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First, after Brady bailed in July on taking his suspension to the SCOTUS, Mehta spun it forward and said the Jets would be looking real good after four games with Jimmy Garoppolo driving the bus.

Brady will be in full-fledged F.U. mode by the time he faces the Jets for the first time in Week 12. But what if the Patriots start off winless or 1-3 with Garoppolo? Will Brady's greatness be enough to overcome such a sluggish start given that his team has the second toughest strength of schedule in the AFC (behind the Jets and just ahead of the Bills and Dolphins)?

"I feel like, in this division, you got to win 10-plus games, maybe 11-plus games," Decker said. "That means you almost have to go perfect the rest of the year (after a 1-3 start). You can be in a situation where you play a hard Sunday game and, all of sudden, you got a (quick turnaround) on a Thursday night. … You can factor those things in and make a case that it's more difficult to go on a run after starting 1-3."

After the Patriots started 2-0 and Garoppolo broke, Mehta waded in again.

Not even the greatest football mind of the generation will be able to wiggle out of this jam.

The Patriots face a new reality now that Jimmy Garoppolo wrecked his shoulder on Sunday: The Evil Empire will be looking up at the Jets in the AFC East standings when Tom Brady returns….

(Jacoby) Brissett has been a NFL player for FIVE MONTHS. He'll have THREE DAYS to prepare for his first start. Belichick is brilliant, but let's be realistic. He's not going to climb this mountain.

Friday, Manish made a Mehta Culpa in the New York Daily News and on CSN's SportsNet Central. His prediction of Brissett going bellyup and the Patriots being behind the Jets by the time Brady made his return was, “one giant swing and a miss,” wrote Mehta.

“I was wrong like pre-Socratic philosophers, who thought the world was flat. I was wrong like the Chicago Daily Tribune headline writer, who prematurely buried Truman in '48. I was wrong like Lex Luthor, who thought he could destroy Superman three or four hundred times.

Mehta got an avalanche of “You’re a ******* moooooorrrrrrooooonnnnn!!!!” tweets Thursday night. This was his blanket attempt to say, “Yes. Yes I am.”

And for a second, you worry. Is Manish done? Has he taken his blindfold off, put down his stick and gone into the house for good? No more wild swings and misses?

And then you realize it is his raison d’etre. He’ll be back. And – like this guy – he’ll be gloriously mistaken.

 

Towles accounts for 4 TDs, BC runs past Wagner, 42-10

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Towles accounts for 4 TDs, BC runs past Wagner, 42-10

BOSTON - Quarterback Patrick Towles passed for two touchdowns and added two more on the ground as Boston College defeated Wagner 42-10 on Saturday.

Jon Hilliman ran for two more touchdowns for the Eagles (2-2), who won their 25th straight game against a Football Championship Subdivision opponent.

Wagner (2-1) wasn't rattled early, scoring on its second drive of the game to take an early 7-0 lead. But after the Seahawks pulled within 14-10 early in the second quarter, BC took control, and scored the final 28 points of the game.

Boston College coach Steve Addazio expressed discontent this week with his team's inability to run the ball consistently over its first three games, after establishing that identity during his first three seasons in Boston.

BC had just 44 yards rushing in last week's 49-0 loss at Virginia Tech, its fewest since 28 at N.C. State in 2015. The Eagles entered Saturday ranked second from last in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rushing at just 124.4 yards per game.

They had 188 yards rushing at halftime against Wagner, and finished with 300 yards on the ground for the day.

"We wanted to emphasize running the football today and we did that," Addazio said.

Towles said the success on the ground helped relax the entire offense.

"That was big for us," he said. "We've traditionally been a good running football team here. It hasn't been to our standards the first few weeks of the season. I know that's one thing we really focused on this week was getting out there and really running the football well."

Towles' day ended after three quarters. He was 9 of 16 for 157 yards passing and rushed seven times for 46 yards. Hilliman rushed 19 times for 83 yards, and Davon Jones also rushed 12 times for 90 yards.

After giving up the early score, Boston College's defense tightened, holding to Seahawks to just 89 total yards in the first half, and -2 yards in the third quarter.

The Eagles outgained Wagner 490-107 in total yards for the game.

Wagner coach Wagner coach Jason Houghtaling said after some early stands, the Seahawks' defense started to show fatigue as the game progressed.

"We wanted to try and run it, but we knew it would be an uphill battle," he said. "The defense started to wear down. The longer they were on the field, the size of the offensive line, the physicality of the running backs, absolutely I think it wore down."

THE TAKEAWAY

WAGNER: The Seahawks held their own early with a FBS opponent, which should give it a boost going into its conference schedule.

BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles wanted to begin breathing life into what had been an anemic offense at times in their first three games. BC established the run early, and was able to get touchdowns in the red zone - a positive with the meat of the ACC schedule still remaining. But penalties remain a concern. The Eagles had seven for 85 yards on Saturday, including a few that took away big plays.

UP NEXT

WAGNER: The Seahawks return home next week to host Sacred Heart in its Northeast Conference opener.

BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles continue their four-game home stand next week with a visit from Mid-American Conference Buffalo.

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