'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' McQuaid fires up Bruins teammates

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'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' McQuaid fires up Bruins teammates

WILMINGTON, MA It seemed inevitable that the Bruins would drag themselves off the mat, and make a showing of it despite falling behind to an ornery New York Rangers bunch on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
That did eventually happen as the Bruins forced things into overtime before salvaging a point in the 4-3 loss the kind of effort that could be a difference-maker in a short 48-game schedule.
But every hockey club needs a tipping point or a pivotal moment where the moment reverses direction, and Bs teammates credited Adam McQuaid with providing that moment by pummeling Hinghams own Brian Boyle at the end of the first period.
McQuaid had a really nice fight for us and that gave us some of the momentum to come back, said Johnny Boychuk.
The Bruins had been outscored 2-0 and outshot 11-8, and looked as pushed on their heels as all of the numbers would indicate. So perhaps Boyle thought he could push it when he skated over the blue line off-sides and then fired a puck at McQuaid after the whistle had blown the play dead.
But the shot after the whistle proved to be a little too excessive, and McQuaid proceeded to head right for the Rangers center before pounding him with a series of heavy rights and left jabs. Eventually the refs broke things up when it was clear Boyle wanted nothing to do with the flurry of punches, and McQuaid was whistled for a roughing minor on top of his five-minute major for fighting.
This marked the second time in less than a week that Boyle was in the middle of things against the Bruins. Last weekend he was slapped with an extra penalty for jawing with the officials which prompted John Tortorella to tell him to shut his goddamned mouth following that game.
The Bruins killed off the McQuaid roughing penalty and credited the tough guy defensemans bout with snapping them out of their sleepy little funk.
Hes such a mean guy. Its almost scary like with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, said Brad Marchand. Hes so nice off the ice, but when you get on there youd hate to play against him. Hes fun to watch and fun to have on your team.
For a guy that admitted he's still looking to find his game prior to Wednesday night's highly entertaining playoff-style battle with the Rangers, it appears McQuaid is settling right into what he's always been.
Once again the lesson should be learned by the opposition: poking the Bruins bear can be hazardous to your teams winning and losing.

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good. 

 

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

BOSTON – While the loss to the Avalanche on Thursday night was a monumental dud, it put another dazzling display on the hockey resume of David Pastrnak. 

The 20-year-old star right winger scored two more goals in the 4-2 loss at TD Garden and nearly brought the Bruins back into the game by himself before another defensive breakdown at the end of the second period doomed them. 

Instead, Pastrnak had to settle with being the proud owner of 18 goals scored in 23 games that places him in a tie with NHL superstar Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead in goals. 

The goals also showed his wide range of lethal offensive skills. On the first score, he just broke away from the Avalanche defense and managed to bury a second-effort breakaway chance after a nice Tim Schaller stretch pass off the boards. The second goal was a straight one-timer bomb from the high slot off a slick setup pass from Brad Marchand in the corner, and it had the Bruins right back into the mix after a dreadful first period. 

It wasn’t enough when the B’s defense faltered again toward the end of the second period, but it was enough for everybody to be singing Pastrnak’s praises once again following the loss. 

“He’s a game changer. The momentum is going the other way, and he has the ability to break away on any given shift and score a big goal for us. He did that tonight,” said Torey Krug. “We can’t just keep relying on the same guys to score goals. We’ve got to come up with secondary offense, and I know every other guy wants to do that. 

“Now it’s about showing that on the ice and making sure we’re doing the work and getting better and proving to ourselves. But Pasta [David Pastrnak] has been great for us so far, and we’re obviously lucky to have him.”

The 18 goals barely two months into the season are not too shabby for a kid, in his third NHL season, who just now coming into his own. He’s nearly halfway to 40 before Christmas. For Pastrnak, however, it’s about the team result and he wasn’t overly satisfied with his two goals in a losing effort. 

“I’ve said before the season that our goal is to make the playoffs and to have that experience and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. I’m still focusing on that,” said Pastrnak, who has yet to experience the Stanley Cup playoffs in his two-plus seasons with the Black and Gold. “We have zero points from tonight’s game and we have to move on. I think our game gets better in the second and third periods, you know, and we have to regroup and get ready for Saturday’s game.”

The Bruins will undoubtedly regroup and once again count on another Pastrnak offensive explosion to help lead the way in what’s become a truly spectacular season for the youngster.