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.

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.