McQuaid back with the Bruins


McQuaid back with the Bruins

BOSTON -- Adam McQuaid reunited with the Bruins in Boston onTuesday morning after heading back to Prince Edward Island over the weekend toattend his grandmother's funeral services. The 6-foot-5, 209-pounddefenseman missed Monday nights game in Carolina in order to be with hisfamily, but skated during a sparsely attended morning skate at TD Garden priorto a Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils. McQuaid, Jordan Caron, Jay Pandolfo and Lane MacDermid werethe only players that skated on the ice while the rest of the Bruins tookto off-ice workouts. Claude Julien was non-committal about McQuaidsavailability for the Devils game, but it would be surprising if he werent backin the lineup. McQuaid is available, hes skating this morning, so wellsee where he is after morning skate, said Julien. Well make a decisiontoday, before the game.Aaron Johnson skated 11:29 of ice time on 19 shifts in the5-3 victory over the Canes and finished with a blocked shot along with aminus-1 rating while filling in for McQuaid and skating with Andrew Ference. McQuaid is averaging 14:31 of ice time in four games thisfar this season with a plus-1 and scoreless stat line while his rugged style ofplay has led to 11 PIMs in the barely week old season. The lines are expected to be the same on Tuesday night as theywere on Monday night with the addition of McQuaid to the lineup and TuukkaRask back between the pipes after Mondays night off:Lucic-Krejci-Horton

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.