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Lucic booted from Game 6 for bloody hit


Lucic booted from Game 6 for bloody hit

By JoeHaggerty

MONTREAL Milan Lucic hasnt scored a goal during this years postseason, but hes collected his first game ejection.Lucic was slapped with a major boarding penalty and game misconduct after he sped in for a hit on Jaroslav Spacek and left the Montreal defenseman in a bloody heap after plastering him into the boards in front of the penalty box area. Spacek turned his back to Lucic as he saw the hit coming and clearly put himself in a vulnerable position, but the Bs power forward also has to use better judgment.The hit came at 4:37 of the second period after the Bruins had tied the game on a Dennis Seidenberg goal. Brian Gionta scored a power play goal on the ensuing 5-on-3 advantage to give the Habs a 2-1 lead they would hold the rest of the way.There was been no determination after the game whether the boarding call will become a match penalty. A match penalty would come with an automatic suspension, pending a hearing with the NHL arbiters of justice.Spacek was helped from the ice following the hit, but returned to the game later in the second period after recovering from his face-first smash into the glass boards.
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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: