B's bumped, bruised after loss to Penguins


B's bumped, bruised after loss to Penguins

BOSTON -- The Bruins were clearly bumped and bruised following their 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it looked like theyd be no worse for the wear.

The 28 hits doled out by a punishing Penguins bunch left the Bruins reaching for ice bags and aspirin as they readied to get on a plane for a Sunday afternoon road game.

At points during the game Dennis Seidenberg, Joe Corvo and David Krejci were forced to leave the bench with assorted issues, and both Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin were dinged up as well. On top of all that Rich Peverley was mired at the end of Claude Juliens bench during the frantic final few minutes of the third period as the Bs furiously attempted to come back.

Seidenberg was hit high with an aggressive Joe Vitale check in front of the penalty boxes midway through the third period, and was ripped open with a cut that required roughly 20 stitches to sew up. Corvo had the wind knocked out of him when he collided with Andrew Ference just as Seidenberg had returned to the ice, but said he was okay following the game.

Krejci suffered a broken skate when Deryk Engelland slammed into him violently in the first period, and needed to retreat to the dressing room for equipment repairs before jumping back into the game.

Marchand appeared to suffer a shoulder injury in the third period that was hampering his ability to maneuver on the ice, but the Bs pest finished the game. Likewise Tyler Seguin caught a Pascal Dupuis high stick to the mouth that caused his upper lip to blow up like a balloon, but the 20-year-old was thanking his lucky stars that the injury didnt result in any lost teeth.

Claude Julien indicated that all of the players along with the newly recalled Jordan Caron will be taking the trip to Washington D.C. for tomorrow afternoons Super Bowl Sunday matinee against the Capitals.

Yeah, I think Seidenberg I was told he got close to probably 20 stitches from that cut he got when he got hit near the penalty box, said Julien. You saw Marchand banged up a little bit a lot of those things well see tomorrow. Those are injuries that the players came back and finished the game, and you got to check them out again the next day.One player that managed to escape any scrapes despite a hellacious collision was Daniel Paille, who was rocked by Brooks Orpik during a high-speed crash at mid-ice but was no worse for the wear. "I was going as fast as I could, wasnt even trying to hit him and same with him, Im pretty sure he wasnt trying to hit me," said Paille. "We just collided, and he ended up getting the best of me. Im sure it looked pretty bad, but I feel great."

Stay tuned to tomorrow mornings warm-up at the Verizon Center for any minor issues that could potentially turn into problems 24 hours later.

Monday, May 30: Sullivan reminisces about coaching Thornton


Monday, May 30: Sullivan reminisces about coaching Thornton

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while honoring and remembering those that paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freed on this Memorial Day.

*Here’s a hockey column from Mark Madden, which kind of proves his dopiness when it comes to pucks. He writes about Pittsburgh’s excellent shutdown pair of Ian Cole and Justin Schultz, who have averaged a whopping 15 and 13 minutes of ice time respectively in these playoffs. Yeah, that’s not a shutdown pair. That’s called a bottom pairing.

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri with another chapter in hockey’s version of the Never-ending Story: John Scott wants to make his own World Cup team with Phil Kessel.

*Mike Sullivan reminisces about coaching Joe Thornton, and playing for the San Jose Sharks, as his Penguins ready to take on San Jose in the Stanley Cup Final.

*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s me wondering what the heck the Bruins are doing on Sports Sunday last night on CSN.

*Apparently Alex Semin is going to stay in the KHL for this coming season. I don’t think anybody is too heartbroken around the NHL about this given the way things ended for him.

*Buffalo’s Mike Harrington says that Sidney Crosby returns to the Stanley Cup Final with a new kind of hunger

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Zeisberger goes 1-on-1 with Joe Thornton, who says that the cat likes his Hillbilly Jim playoff beard.

*For something completely different: I haven’t yet read this Joe Posnanski piece on the play Hamilton and his daughter, but I’ll include it because everybody says that it’s great.

Sunday, May 29: Kevin Stevens dealing with drug addiction


Sunday, May 29: Kevin Stevens dealing with drug addiction

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while feeling like I was watching the Heart of a Champion in that Golden State/Oklahoma City game last night. That Klay Thompson is something else.


*PHT writer James O’Brien wonders what the next step is for Troy Brouwer now that he’s ready to hit free agency, and the ride has finally come to an for the Blues this season.


*Excellent piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Paul Dupont on the sad story of Kevin Stevens, and the drug addiction demons that have had him in their clutches for a long time. I’ve known about Stevens troubles for a while, and it’s too bad because he really is a gregarious guy when you get to know him.


*Allan Muir speculates on the future of Steve Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning now that the offseason has begun for both of them.


*P.K. Subban doesn’t sound like he’s got any hard feelings about being left off Team Canada for the World Cup of Hockey, and said he’ll still be rooting them along.


*Pat Hickey mentions the Subban snub, but is incredulous that Habs center Alex Galchenyuk was left off Team North America.


*Larry Brooks breaks down how exactly former Bruins head coach and New York Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan was able to emerge from John Tortorella’s shadow some 10 years later.


*For something completely different: sad story all around in Cincinnati where they had to had to shoot an endangered gorilla dead when a four year old child fell into his enclosure.