A pair of fourth line regulars, Daniel Paille (eyeface injury resulting from a high stick) and Shawn Thornton (concussion), are officially out for the Boston Bruins for Wednesday nights rivalry game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
Brad Marchand (upper body) will travel with the team to Montreal this morning and practice with his teammates this afternoon at the Bell Centre.
The Bs agitator is expected to be a game-time decision for Boston, but there was no shot either Paille or Thornton would be ready in time for a showdown with a red-hot Habs team.
Thornton has been symptom-free for days and began skating on his own on Monday prior to team practice at Ristuccia Arena. Paille hadnt yet been medically cleared by doctors to jump into game action, and was just getting back into the flow after a close call when a stick blade got caught under his visor against Buffalo.
Paille took himself out of three-on-three contact drills on Monday to avoid any incidental contact with his eye while taking part in other portions of practice.
Two guys arent going to make the road trip: Dan Paille and Shawn Thornton, said Claude Julien. In that situation its because they cant play tomorrow, but were very optimistic that theyll be okay moving forward.
With both Paille and Thornton out that means that both Jamie Tardif and Lane MacDermid should be in the Boston line, and Ryan Spooner is expected to get the call if Marchand cant make a go of it on Wednesday night. Marchand suffered an upper body injury when he tumbled awkwardly into the boards after tripping over James Reimers equipment on a rush to the net in last weekends win over the Maple Leafs. Marchand suffered the injury in the second period and never came out of the Bs dressing room for the third period.
Thanks in large part to a big performance by Tuukka Rask, the Bruins were able to squeak out a 2-1 win against the Sabres.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday
David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their past four.
Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.
The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.
Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.
The Sabres appeared to tie the game late in the second period but replays determined Brian Gionta kicked the puck into the net.
Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot. Bergeron initially hit the puck with his forearm on the left edge of the crease and skated around the net to chase down the puck and slip a backhand past Lehner.
The Sabres answered two minutes later, scoring on Rask for the first time in 109:12 this season. Sam Reinhart's feed off the rear wall set up Kane for a wrist shot from the slot that bounced in off Krejci. Reinhart has five points in his last four games.
NOTES: Bruins F Matt Beleskey was escorted to the dressing room in the final minute of the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Sabres D Josh Gorges did not play after injuring his foot blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers. With Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) and Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain) also out, the Sabres were down three of their top four defenseman and recalled 19-year-old Brendan Guhle from the minors to make his NHL debut. Guhle hustled back to thwart a breakaway by Krejci late in the third period. ... F Anton Blidh became the seventh Bruin to make his NHL debut this season after being recalled from the minors on Friday. ... The Bruins scratched F Jimmy Hayes. D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Rask got a shutout in Boston's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7.
Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.
Sabres: At Washington on Monday.
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