Chara: No timetable on return


Chara: No timetable on return

WILMINGTON, Mass. In true Terminator fashion, Zdeno Chara said that fear was never a part of his emotions Saturday night when his left knee buckled in the second period of Saturdays win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Chara finished his regular shift after colliding with Antoine Vermette. He wasnt limping in the postgame dressing room, but many feared the worst.

The Bs captain exited the game with roughly seven minutes to go and never returned due to what the team is calling a lower body injury. Chara admitted hell most likely miss Tuesday nights game against the Los Angeles Kings, but wouldnt rule out much beyond that despite reports hell miss at least week of games.

But Chara also added there has been no timetable put on his return to the lineup and said that the injury felt much better than he expected it to on Monday morning. The 6-foot-9 defenseman was walking without a noticeable limp or a leg brace of any kind on Monday.

I feel better than I expected. The plan is to take it a day at a time. You cant put a time frame on how it feels basically, and it feels better than I expected. So we go from there and see how it feels tomorrow, said Chara. Anytime you feel a little pain you worry a little bit that it be more serious. But when everything calms down then you just wait because during the game there are a lot of emotions and adrenaline.

Once you calm down then you really know once you sleep on it. The next day is the biggest thing. So far its been really good. Its something Im pleased with so far. Well take each day to evaluate and well go from there. At this stage we really cant talk more than 24 hours ahead.

Steve Kampfer is expected to hop into the lineup Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Kings in place of Chara after a long stretch of healthy scratches for the Bruins. He'll be ready should the Bs need him in the remaining four games before Christmas while Charas injury heals.

Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch


Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch

BOSTON -- It wasn’t perfect by any means, but Saturday night represented a step in a positive direction for Ryan Spooner.

The 24-year-old speedy forward was scratched for the home opener against New Jersey in classic message-sending fashion by Bruins coach Claude Julien, and deserved it based on a passive lack of production combined with some costly mistakes as well. So he stayed quiet, put in the work and then returned to the lineup Saturday vs. the Montreal Canadiens where he scored a power play goal in the 4-2 loss to the Habs at TD Garden.

“He was better,” agreed Claude Julien. “He was better tonight.”

Spooner could have had even more as he got a couple of great scoring chances in the first period vs. Montreal, but Carey Price was able to turn away a couple of free looks at the Montreal net. So the Bruins forward felt he possibly left points on the ice after it was all said and done, but also clearly played his best game of the young season after going from the press box back to the lineup.

“Yeah, I had like maybe four or five [chances] that I could have scored on,” said Spooner. “I’ve just got to bear down on those [scoring opportunities], and a lot [of them] in the first period. It’s good that I’m getting those looks, but I have to score on them.

“I’m just going to go out there and just try to play. I can’t really think about [fighting to hold a spot]. I’ve just got to go out there and try to play, I guess, the game I can and try to use the speed that I have.”

The Spooner power play strike was a nifty one with the shifty forward and David Backes connecting on a pass across the front of the net, and the young B’s forward showing the necessary assertiveness cutting to the net from his half-wall position.

Spooner had five shot attempts overall in the game, and was one of the few Bruins players really getting the chances they wanted against a pretty effective Montreal defensive group. Now it’s a matter of Spooner, along with linemates Backes and David Krejci, scoring during 5-on-5 play and giving the Bruins a little more offensive balance after riding Boston’s top line very hard during the regular season’s first couple of weeks. 

Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils


Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while waiting to find out which Walking Dead character got brained by Lucille in last season’s cliffhanger. I’m going with Abraham.

*The SI roundtable talks about the future of Jacob Trouba, and where he’ll end up going when his current situation resolves itself.

*P.K. Subban is apparently getting very comfortable in Nashville, and enjoying life in a city with NFL football.

*Fun conversation between Yahoo’s Josh Cooper and Brad Marchand about a whole range of random topics.

*A cool father-son story where they became the goaltending tandem for the Ontario Reign through a series of dominoes falling after Jonathan Quick went down with injury for the Los Angeles Kings.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Taylor Hall serving as exactly what the New Jersey Devils have needed for the last couple of years.

*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy says that the MLB playoffs couldn’t have played out any worse for the Boston Red Sox.