Rask, Ference to miss B's road trip: Paille's status in doubt


Rask, Ference to miss B's road trip: Paille's status in doubt

BOSTON -- The injuries are mounting for the Bruins at the wrong time of the season.

With the team already missing Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley, they embark on a two-game road trip through New York and Toronto without Andrew Ference (lower body injury) and Tuukka Rask (left leg) as part of the traveling party.

Daniel Paille was also banged up in the third period on a collision with Steve Staios midway through the third period, and would seem to be a question mark as the Bruins tapped both Michael Hutchinson and Lane MacDermid as emergency call-ups from the Providence Bruins.

Paille seemed to be favoring his arm as he retreated for the Bs dressing room and he didnt return to the ice.

Both P-Bruins players will make the trip to New York and Toronto, and MacDermid is a fourth-line winger that would naturally fill in for Paille if he cant play. The injuries continue to eat away at a team thats desperately looking for something to break it out of 23 games of .500 hockey dating back to Jan. 12.

Many Bruins players like Dennis Seidenberg were dizzy just thinking about the sheer number of injuries that have hit the Bruins over the last six weeks, and at least a few more players that wont be available for an important stretch of the regular season.

I dont know how many guys went down, I think Tuukka Rask and Daniel Paille. I have no idea what they have, but no matter what its always tough to lose guys that are very important to the line up.

But right now we just have to get put together and win the next time.

The Bruins are hoping they can come together, but its becoming more difficult now that every single forward line has been altered from the combinations that took the ice on opening night way back in October. The chemistry and familiarity is gone as players like Jordan Caron, Brian Rolston, Lane MacDermid and Greg Zanon hold down important roles for the Black and Gold at the most important time of the year.

Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez


Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.

Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.

Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.

Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.