Morning Skate: Sunday, Feb. 3

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Morning Skate: Sunday, Feb. 3

Chuck Gormley has a story on Alex Ovechkin embarrassed by his lack of offensive production this season.

You could literally write a column off every Coaches Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada. This week its Don Cherry tsk-tsking Carey Price and P.K. Subban for executing the always-insulting low-five.

Ryan Lambert says that NHL expansion seems like a very bad idea to everybody expect the NHL.

Anze Kopitar and Bobby Ryan were teammates in Europe, but now theyve gone back to being divisional adversaries.

John Tortorella and Brad Richards are recognized for their contributions in Tampa Bay during the Rangers visit to the Tampa Times Forum.

Peter Chiarelli says that nobody should judge Brian Burke simply on the Phil Kessel trade alone, but it is a pretty stupendously bad deal.

For something completely different: Bill Simmons has a good piece on the farcical nature of PEDs in sports and the questions that nobody wants to ask.

Matt Beleskey out six weeks with a right knee injury

Matt Beleskey out six weeks with a right knee injury

BOSTON – Some key Bruins players have missed a handful of games here or there already this season, but only this week did they suffer one of their first major injuries to a key player that will knock him out for nearly two months. 

Matt Beleskey will miss roughly six weeks with an injury to his right knee after the feisty forward was caught with a hip check by Tyler Fedun near center ice in Buffalo over the weekend.  Beleskey tried to instinctively sidestep the oncoming attack, but instead his lower half caught the brunt of the big collision with a young Sabres attacker. 

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Instead Fedun caught Beleskey’s right leg with his hip check, and the gritty Bruins winger was knocked out in the first period of last weekend’s win over the Sabres. 

Beleskey was spotted walking with a bit of a limp during and after Boston’s 4-3 OT win against the Florida Panthers on Monday night, and armed with what looked to be a giant brace or cast on his right leg. It’s clearly a bummer for Beleskey that he’ll now miss a large chunk of time due to a freak injury, and the Bruins have to be disappointed at the timing of it all given how well Beleskey has been playing lately. 

The injury certainly opens up the third line left wing spot for a player like Ryan Spooner, who has struggled to find his right place in the NHL, or a player like Frankie Vatrano as he gets over the hump in his recovery from foot surgery.

Beleskey has skated in plenty of games with Boston in 2016-17, producing two goals and three assists for five points with 23 penalty minutes in what’s been better described as “bedlam”  after a slow start to the regular season.