Boston Bruins

It's 'looking good' for Chara to play Game 3


It's 'looking good' for Chara to play Game 3

By JoeHaggerty
MONTREAL The Bruins had a bit of good news on Monday morning as Zdeno Chara joined the rest of his teammates for a morning skate at the Bell Centre prior to tonights pivotal Game 3 match. Chara looked a bit more energetic and certainly steadier on his skates than he did in the moments prior to Saturday nights Game 2 at TD Garden, but Claude Julien revealed after practice that the 6-foot-9 defenseman wont be a full go until tonight.The Bruins captain and stalwart defenseman missed Game 2 with severe dehydration stemming from a bug," according to Mark Recchi, that crept up on him at the end of last week and caused him to be hospitalized following practice on Friday. The Bs coach wouldnt guarantee hell be in the lineup for Game 3 after missing Game 2, but Chara certainly looked like he was ready to play this morning.His teammates could use him as the rest of the defensemen corps looked as organized as an elementary school fire drill during the opening minutes of Game 2 at TD Garden, and couldnt combat Montreals speed with anything approaching defensive resolve.I think hes better, said Julien following a full morning skate for his team. You saw him on the ice this morning. As we speak right now, its looking good. But I cant stand here right now and say hes a definite in.Tim Thomas was the first goaltender off the ice and will get the start against the Canadiens after playing through a subpar Game 2 that included a pair of poor rebound goals.Tyler Seguin was one of the last players off the ice at the Bell Centre during morning skate, and it appears that he wont be getting into Game 3 despite a Boston power play thats been 0-for-7 in the first two games and a player in Michael Ryder who has been little more than luggage on the ice for the Bruins during this postseason.
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Beleskey happy to return from foot injury


Beleskey happy to return from foot injury

BRIGHTON, Mass – It was absolutely an “uh-oh” moment for Matt Beleskey when he was hit on the foot with a shot Monday night in the Bruins' preseason opener against the Canadiens. Beleskey, 29, was just hoping that his foot wasn’t broken in what would have been another shot of bad luck coming off a tough season for the hard-nosed winger, so his hopes have been answered given his presence in the lineup for the preseason game Saturday night vs. the Detroit Red Wings.

Beleskey missed the past two preseason games and most of the practice time as well but returned to the ice on Friday before getting ready for tonight's game. With plenty to prove while coming off a down second season in Boston, Beleskey knows he needs a strong camp that can’t get derailed by injuries or assorted bumps and bruises.

“I definitely did not want a broken foot to start the year, so I’m glad that I was fine,” said Beleskey, who finished with three goals and eight points along with a minus-10 in 49 games last season. “I took a puck in the face during warm-ups and the shot to the foot in the third, so that’s quite a good start to the year. But hopefully, I’ve got those out of the way now.

“I felt really good in the last game. It was great to see some of the work I did in the summertime paying off, so now we build on that [against Detroit] and keep things moving. There are a lot of great players here [in camp] and there’s great competition. I’m just here to play my game and prove myself, and I’ve got all the confidence in the world I can do that.”

Now that he’s been given a full bill of health again, Beleskey will get just that chance skating with Sean Kuraly and Ryan Fitzgerald on Saturday night in Hockeytown amid a deeply competitive situation for Boston’s third line. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings for the Bruins against the Red Wings in Boston’s fourth game of the preseason:





Morning Skate: Sean Avery vs. Tortorella


Morning Skate: Sean Avery vs. Tortorella

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while amazed at what has united Lebron James and Steph Curry in this wacky country of ours.

*Sean Avery has some brutal things to say about John Tortorella in his new “screaming for attention” book, but then again Avery is one of the biggest low-talent dirtbags that the NHL has ever seen. So you probably need to consider the source.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) John Shannon has a few thoughts on where the NHL needs to go in their relationship with China now that they’ve played preseason games there.

*Pro Hockey Talk has the details as Steven Stamkos stood out in his preseason debut and the first game back from last season’s injury.

*The NHL has yet to determine whether or not Marian Hossa is eligible for LTIR with a skin issue that is expected to be career-ending.

*PK Subban talks about his rule of thumb while staying away from controversy with an active social media account.

*Mark your calendars for the annual Comics Come Home event on Nov. 18 to raise money for the Cam Neely Foundation. Here Neely talks with SI about his friendships with a number of local comics, and how the comedy event became a tradition in Boston.   

*For something completely different: Today marks the 40th anniversary of David Bowie’s classic “Heroes”, so it feels like a good time to get the story behind it.