MacDermid ready to recreate his NHL moment

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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.

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. 

 

Chara ‘feels better’ as he closes in on return, but won’t play in Buffalo

Chara ‘feels better’ as he closes in on return, but won’t play in Buffalo

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Zdeno Chara said he is “feeling better” after going through a full practice with the Bruins, but the captain won’t be making the one game road trip to Buffalo for Saturday afternoon’s matinee game vs. the Sabres. 

Chara was going through line rushes and battle drills with the rest of his teammates while practicing for the second day in a row, but made it clear that his lower body injury hasn’t been cleared for game action yet. 

“It’s day-to-day. It feels better…yeah. But it’s still day-to-day,” said a rather laconic Chara when it came to questions about his injury. “It would feel much better [to play] than it feels [not playing].”

Claude Julien said his 39-year-old defenseman has moved into true “day-to-day” status as he nears a return after missing what will be his sixth game in a row on Saturday afternoon, but that he isn’t quite ready to go just yet.

“[Chara] and [Noel] Acciari won’t be on the trip,” said Julien. “I think [Chara] is getting pretty close. When you see him at practice things are going pretty well for him. I think that the term day-to-day is fitting for him right now. A lot of times when we say day-to-day we don’t know whether it’s going to be two days, three days or even a week. But in his case I would say that day-to-day is really day-to-day now with him.” 

One thing the Bruins can be heartened by is that they’ve managed to survive without Chara: the B’s have gone 2-2-1 and allowed just nine goals in the five games since their No. 1 defenseman went down. They have been able to continue collecting points in sometimes ugly, workmanlike fashion. 

That gives the Bruins the luxury of not rushing their D-man along before he’s ready and gives some of their other defensemen added confidence that they can effectively do the job with or without their 6-foot-9 stopper.