Julien: Hnidy 'ready to play' for Bruins


Julien: Hnidy 'ready to play' for Bruins

By Joe Haggerty

BOSTON Adam McQuaid and Mark Recchi were the only Bruins not present for the Game 3 morning skate at TD Garden on Wednesday morning, and it appears Shane Hnidy will get his first taste of the BruinsFlyers series. Coach Claude Julien confirmed after practice that McQuaid is still day-to-day with a strained neck, and that the 35-year-old Hnidy is ready to go if the Bruins need him to play. Recchi hasnt taken part in morning skates during the playoffs, as is the right of a 43-year-old future Hall of Famer, but theres little doubt Hnidy in for McQuaid will be the only change for a Bruins team up 2-0 in the series.Hnidy played Game 2 for the Bruins against the Canadiens when Zdeno Chara fell ill, but has served as a healthy scratch for the other eight playoff games thus far.Shane Hnidy is ready to play and he's certainly a possibility for the lineup tonight, said Julien.The Bruins aren't overlooking anything up 2-0 in their series against the Flyers, and Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton says that everyone in Boston's room should know that there is still plenty of battle left in the seven game series. "Experienced. Not experienced. Ive been through enough playoff series to know nothing is over," said Thornton. "That's the furthest thing from my mind. We're not talking about ourlast playoffseries. We know this is Game Three. It doesn't matter what the record is. We're just preparing for tonight." Tim Thomas was the first goaltender off for the Bruins coming off his 52-save masterpiece against the Flyers in Game 2, and his 6-3 record and .931 save percentage in the postseason are beginning to look like the numbers everybody expected heading into the playoffs.

Brian Boucher was first off for the Flyers and it looks like he'll be getting the starting nod for Philly.Nothing official from the Flyers, but it doesn't appear that Chris Pronger will be able to play due to what Flyers sources are telling CSNPhilly.com's Sarah Baicker is a lower-body injury. Meanwhile Jeff Carter skated and "looked good" according to Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, and the expectation is that the Philly scorer could be back in the lineup for a must win Game Three at TD Garden.Heard some rumors via the Internet that Marc Savard would be at the TD Garden in attendance for Games Three and Four in Boston, but a Bruins source indicated that the playmaking center isn't in Boston and won't be at the games after all. There appears to be no change in his condition as he attempts to put all the pieces back together after his latest concussion.

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Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.

*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.

*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.

*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.  

*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.

*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.

*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.

*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.