Morning Skate: Tuesday, May 8

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Morning Skate: Tuesday, May 8

Heres a story on Dustin Brown tearing it up for the Kings, and leading without any fiery speeches or overplayed dressing room drama.

The Vancouver Canucks sign GM Mike Gillies to a multi-year deal that will ensure the Canucks continue to build teams that will fold when the moment gets too big for them.

The New York Times Chris Botta says that Brad Richards wasnt a giant factor for the Rangers throughout the regular season, but hes come on strong in the playoffs. Thats exactly what the Rangers envisioned when they brought him in.

Emotions are still raw for the St. Louis Blues after getting dominated by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round, but there was always a feeling at this address that the Blues lack of offense was going to hurt them.

Katie Carrera says that Joel Ward goes from playoff hero to playoff goat for the Washington Capitals after taking a high-sticking double minor that allowed the game-tying and game-winning goals on the power play.

Johan Franzen is ripping it up for Team Sweden in the World Championships, but thats come too late for the Detroit Red Wings, obviously.

Henrik Lundqvist is making his case for a Conn Smythe, and one could say the same for Mike Smith and Jonathan Quick.

For something completely different: The terrorists ruin everything. Now the term underwear bomb cant be used a punch line anymore. Damn.

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.