MacDermid ready to recreate his NHL moment


MacDermid ready to recreate his NHL moment

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. Lane MacDermid admitted that his mind was racing more than a little bit as he was trading punches with Mike Rupp during his first NHL fight at Madison Square Garden last spring.

The one dominating thought going through his head: Damn . . . how cool is this? Thats quite an experience for the son of an NHL player during his first game in The Show against a big time team in the Rangers.

"I remember during the fight thinking to myself 'Im fighting in the NHL right now. This is pretty cool,' " said MacDermid with a wide smile on his face. "Even just sitting on the bench at the start of the game was pretty cool."

MacDermid and Chris Bourque both signed AHL deals with the Bruins organizations on Wednesday in anticipation of the P-Bruins first preseason game against the Springfield Falcons tonight in Marlboro. MacDermid should be busy this season protecting Ryan Spooner among others this season in Providence, and he knows thats his first priority. But now MacDermid has that sweet NHL taste in his mouth after debuting with Boston last season, and is ready for more.

He clearly has Shawn Thornton ahead of him on the organizational depth charts for that particular role, but its more than possible he could be added as reinforcements if things go all Adams Division against beefed up clubs like Montreal and Buffalo.

I usually work pretty hard in the summer, and I feel like Ive come a long way from where I started as a pro, said MacDermid, who hopes hes called up to an abbreviated Boston training camp when the NHL regular season does begin. I just want to continue on that line. Throughout the summer I was watching and had the lockout in mind, so I was ready for all this.

Now Ive experienced all of the different aspects of the NHL. Its the elite league of the world and I was just happy to be there. It was a great experience all-around.

It will be most interesting in this lockout world to watch players like MacDermid, Matt Bartkowski, Jordan Caron and youngsters like Spooner and Jared Knight as theres a tangible connection between them and NHL hockey. The AHL enforcer and Bs draft pick did his usual power skating drills and strength-work during the summer, but also focused quite a bit on the mental side of the game.

In the past MacDermid would let anger and frustration get the best of him, and its an important emotion on the ice given his propensity to drop the gloves. But the Bs brawler also needs to harness those fiery feelings to effectively do his job protecting teammates and sending out a vibe of intimidation.

There are always things you can work on. I work on the mental game and I work on the skating aspect. Puck-handling is always something that I need to work on, said MacDermid. Theyre all just things I need to go to get ready.

The journey back to the NHL starts anew for MacDermid with the start of the P-Bruins preseason games, and hell be looking to add to that NHL fight resume after an auspicious start.

Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team


Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while saying RIP Vine but not really feeling it since it’s a rabbit hole I never really delved down into. 

*Down Goes Brown celebrates the “NHL’s old guys”, and yes, that means a gratuitous shout out to Zdeno Chara as the top defenseman on the All-Graybeard squad. 

*Hampus Lindholm has signed a long term deal with the Anaheim Ducks, so now that deal leaves everybody to wonder who is leaving the Anaheim roster in the eventual salary cap crunch. It will be interesting to see if this hastens any Cam Fowler trade talk as far as the Bruins are concerned because it looks like they need the help.  

*Pro Hockey Talk has the Oilers off to their best start since the Wayne Gretzky Era and people in Edmonton finally getting to see the hockey they’ve been waiting for over the past few years. 

*In honor of the Halloween season that we’re in, here are a few cool and scary goalie masks with a bit of spooky flair. 

*Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka is confident that his young team is going to rebound after a rough start to the season. 

*Speaking of creative uniforms, it’s a most wonderful time of the year for hockey when they bust out their Oktoberfest sweaters. 

*For something completely different: this matchup of Peanuts and Stranger Things hits all the right notes for fans of both. 


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?

While the good news is that it doesn’t appear that Tuukka Rask is dealing with a knee injury, there are still some significant muscular issues to work with concerning his left leg. 

According to former Bruins defenseman and NHL analyst Aaron Ward on CSN’s Great American Hockey Show podcast, the Bruins franchise goaltender has been dealing with a hamstring issue that’s also become a hamstring and groin issue as he tried to play through in the first week of the season. Rask clearly tweaked something in his left leg opening night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, missed the Saturday night loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and then appeared to aggravate the injury in last week’s win over the New Jersey Devils. 

According to Ward, it’s hamstring and groin issues for Rask as the Bruins attempt to survive without him while potentially working toward a possible return for the Finnish netminder this weekend vs. the Red Wings. Rask hasn’t skated with the Bruins since finishing out the 2-1 win over the Devils last Thursday night, and tweaking the problematic left leg in the process. 

“What I was told is that it was left leg, and that at first it was hamstring and now it’s possibly hamstring and groin,” said Ward to CSN Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty on the Great American Hockey Show podcast. “You’re always concerned when you’re a goalie and it’s your legs, right? It’s the push-off. The crazy part was watching it on video where the shoot came from the left side and went wide, and the next time he injures it shot comes from the same spot, misses it wide and [Rask] is in the exact same position wincing.

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“I think [the Bruins] are smart rather than trying to play a guy that’s 90, 80 or 70 percent, whatever it is, to just get it over with. Endure the short term pain to get the greater gain, and that’s having Rask in there. There’s no greater endorsement to keep him out than seeing the [bad losses without him] because you need a healthy Tuukka to let the rest of the team settle.”

It’s been disastrous without Rask, of course, as the Bruins have allowed 11 goals in back-to-back losses to the Wild and Rangers with rookies Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre between the pipes, and Anton Khudobin out for three weeks while sporting a cast on his right hand in the last B’s game at TD Garden. 

Meanwhile, Rask (3-0-0, 1.67 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage) is trying to heal and time it perfectly so he returns once he’s past the danger of potentially blowing out the muscles in his left leg and making the situation even worse than it already might be. 

Ward also discusses his relationship with "Toucher & Rich" and the "Cuts for a Cause" charitable event that he helped start.