Thomas provides silver lining in loss to San Jose


Thomas provides silver lining in loss to San Jose

SAN JOSE, CA While the Bruins couldnt sustain enough momentum to transfer a modest two-game winning streak from the TD Garden onto the road, there was still a silver lining to the dull situation.

The Bruins may have dropped a 2-1 decision to the San Jose Sharks and they may have sputtered to a season-low 17 shots on net in defeat. There may have even been some serious soul-searching by the Bs forwards as a group following the defeat.

But Bs goaltender Tim Thomas once again played at the top end of his abilities and seems to be showing no signs of slowing down despite having just appeared in his 14th straight game in the loss to the Sharks.

Both goals allowed were off egregious turnovers near each of the blue lines: the Joe Pavelski goal was a second-effort scramble in front after a Milan Lucic turnover and the Daniel Winnik score was a rocket after Tyler Seguin couldnt handle a David Krejci drop pass at the offensive blue line.

Timmy made some big saves to allow us to stay into the game. The goal in the third period: the guy put a lot on it and went top shelf when we couldnt keep the puck at their blue line, said Claude Julien. We allowed two goals and we didnt allow a ton of shots. Offensively we just didnt have the legs to create a lot of attack.

Thomas stopped 25 out of 27 shots in the loss, and was keeping the Bruins in the game in the second period while making 12 stops as the Bs were outshot by a 12-4 margin. His scrambling stop of a Dan Boyle slapper from the high slot with Dominic Moore buzzing in front of him was the kind of stop he wasnt making when he was in the height of his struggles, and a leaping stop of a 2-on-1 from Logan Couture to Marty Havlat was some textbook Thomas.

Even Thomas had to admit that hes feeling pretty good at the moment: hes stopped .942 of the shots that hes facing over his last three games, hes got a 1.67 goals against average during that time period and hes giving the Bruins a chance to win each time out.

I feel like Im in a pretty good spot personally right now, said Thomas. Were having a hard time picking up and keeping momentum for long periods of time. The good news is that weve just recently shown how well we can play. We have to pick that up again Saturday.

If you had asked me before the game I would have thought we would carry it over. I felt like wed turned a corner. Hopefully we still have. Its hockey. Youre not going to win every game. Last year we won the Cup and won three Game 7s and that meant we lost three out of those seven games.

The irony shouldnt be lost on anyone that the 37-year-old goaltender playing in his 14th straight game might have been playing with the most energy of everybody on the ice. Now his teammates are going to need to match that for the remaining two games in California.

Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets


Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets

The Jets’ quarterback situation took a comically typical turn Monday, as Ryan Fitzpatrick will be under center after an MRI revealed that Geno Smith has a torn ACL. 

After starting New York’s first six games of the season, Fitzpatrick was demoted to backup for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Smith was injured on a sack by Baltimore’s Matt Judon, forcing Fitzpatrick back into action. 

After leading the Jets to a 24-16 win, Fitzpatrick made his dissatisfaction with being benched known. 

“The biggest thing in this game in order to last, is to have belief in yourself,” Fitzpatrick said in his postgame press conference. “Because when the owner stops believing in you and the GM stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself. That’s something that I’ve had to deal with before. That’s something I’m dealing with now.”

On the season, Fitzpatrick has completed 136 of 237 passes for 1,561 yards with six touchdowns and a league-leading 11 interceptions. 

McQuaid cleared to play, nearing return to Bruins lineup


McQuaid cleared to play, nearing return to Bruins lineup

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- It was a bitter pill for Adam McQuaid to sit out the first five games of this season, but it looks like the veteran Bruins stay-at-home defenseman is nearing a return to the lineup. McQuaid was cleared to potentially play in Saturday’s loss to the Montreal Canadiens after an upper body injury kept him shelved for the team’s first four games, and could be approaching a return in the next few days as Claude Julien mulls a number of possible lineup changes.

“It was obviously frustrating, but I’m where I’m at now and trying to move on from it. Looking forward to getting back into the lineup hopefully as soon as possible here,” said the 30-year-old McQuaid, who had a goal and nine points in 64 games for the Black and Gold last season. “The excitement level is high for me, and it is for everybody after a loss when you’re looking forward to getting back out there.

“It would have been nice to have started the season with the guys, but you can’t change that now. I’ve had some good practices, and I’m just trying to my game as simple as possible, and take it as it comes. Obviously guys have played some games and it’s been a couple of weeks for me, so I’ll just have to keep my game simple.”

The B’s bench boss indicated it was only a matter of time before McQuaid makes his 2016-17 regular season debut, but that he’s got plenty of things to decide prior to dropping the puck against the Wild.

“[McQuaid] was cleared last game. I haven’t made any decisions based for [Tuesday night vs. Minnesota]. There’s a lot of things that are up in the air, and I’ve just go to juggle those things,” said Julien. “Who knows? Hopefully tomorrow morning I’ve got a better picture [of injury situation], and if not then it will be game-time decisions. I wish I could have a better answer [on if McQuaid will play], but I’ve got no answers right now.”

With Colin Miller (minus-4), Joe Morrow, Torey Krug (a rough minus-3 against Montreal) and John-Michael Liles all minus players after the first five games of the season, there are ample options for Julien on which potential blueliner to bump up to the press box. McQuaid is just happy he’s getting closer to a return while skating with 23-year-old Rob O’Gara at practice, and he can get back to helping a B’s team that’s smack dab in the middle (ranked 15th allowing 3.0 goals per game) of the NHL for team defense this season.