WILMINGTON, MA The Bruins have suited up for work after getting hammered on the ice and on the scoreboard by the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night, and as expected some bodies are missing for the Black and Gold.
Shawn Thornton has been diagnosed with a concussion by the Bruins medical staff and will be out for the next 7-10 days according to a release from the team, though putting timetables on brain injuries can be a dicey exercise.
Thornton headed straight to the dressing room from the penalty box after serving out his five minutes following his fight with 6-foot-8 Buffalo enforcer John Scott, and never returned to the game. The Scott bout was Thorntons third fight this season in his seventh game of the year less than two weeks into the season.
Additionally Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Paille and David Krejci are all missing from the Ristuccia Arena practice ice as the Bruins prepare for a Saturday night game in Toronto against the Maple Leafs.
Bergeron took an awkward spill into the end boards and left the ice briefly with what appeared to be a right shoulder issue, but the two-way center returned to finish out of the game. Paille was the victim of a high-stick from Tyler Myers that ended up catching him near one of his eyes, and he never returned to game in the third period.
There was no visible injury with David Krejci during Thursdays intense, physical match, and the center could be getting one of the maintenance days that Claude Julien has been handing out during this unconventional 48-game shortened schedule.
Jamie Tardif has been called up on emergency recall from the AHL Providence Bruins with so many Bruins players banged up after the Sabres loss, and it appears he could be in line to make his NHL debut in Toronto to face the Maple Leafs.
BRIGHTON, Mass. – Anton Blidh plans on keeping things pretty straightforward on his first call-up to the NHL.
The former sixth-round pick of the Bruins has earned his stripes at the AHL level with Providence over the last couple of seasons, and comes to Boston as a gritty, energy forward capable of stirring things up in otherwise sleepy games. There’s also a bit of offensive upside for a fourth line-type player with five goals and nine points with 22 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating in 19 games for the P-Bruins this season.
It remains to be seen if the Blidh call-up means that the Bruins intend to scratch a player or that somebody is questionable for Saturday afternoon’s game in Buffalo, but Patrice Bergeron did miss Friday’s practice without any real defined reason for his absence. The 21-year-old Swede said he plans to play to his strengths if he gets into the lineup for the Black and Gold, and that could mean getting under the skin of his Sabres opponents.
“It’s my first time called up, so I’m happy,” said Blidh, who was asked what he'll bring if he gets into the lineup. “I’ll just play simple and play my own game: be hard on the puck and play with some energy. I worked hard [in Providence] and then I got some confidence. I’m not a goal-scorer, but I scored a couple of goals and got some confidence.”
Claude Julien hasn’t been able to catch up Blidh’s work since the season got started, but was pleased by the youngster’s progress in training camp, where he earned notice for his feisty, physical play on a line with Noel Acciari.
“They said he’s playing well, so they brought him up. We’ll get to see him, hopefully tomorrow,” said Julien. “I didn’t hear a ton of fine details aside from him being a guy that was certainly playing with a lot of energy. I didn’t mind him in training camp either. He works really hard and competes hard, and we could use that.”
That would certainly be the case after watching the Bruins go through the motions for long stretches Thursday night against Carolina before essentially stealing a game that they didn’t deserve to win.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo.
*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other.
*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week.
*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda.
*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out.
*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL.
*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.