BOSTON -- The Bruins jumped right back into work on Friday after straightening things up against the Maple Leafs at TD Garden, and looked ready to punch the clocks against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.
The Sharks just like the Maple Leafs on Thursday will be arriving at the Garden on the second night of back-to-back road games, and they have struggled mightily to start the hockey season. But the Bruins were focused on themselves Friday, and had a little fun with the media when it comes to their colored practice jerseys denoting the line status.
Normally the Bruins top offensive line wears the white practice jerseys on non-game days and the fourth line dons the cranberry Merlot Line sweaters for practice, but Bs coach Claude Julien had Shawn Thornton and Co. proudly wearing the white practice sweaters on Friday morning.
They were terrible, cracked Julien about Shawn Thornton, Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell getting their wink, wink -- big shot at No. 1 line status.
All practice high-jinx aside, Milan Lucic was missing from the practice session the morning after scoring his first goal of the season, and Jordan Caron was manning the left wing spot alongside Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin. Julien said it was a simple maintenance day for Lucic, and he was expected to be back in the lineup this weekend against San Jose.
Adam McQuaid was also present at practice after hed missed the skating sessions over the previous couple of days, and is still being listed as day-to-day with a head injury. He was jostling around with Caron at the end of practice indicating that he was being tested with a little bit of contact before the Bruins move forward.
Here were the lines at practice
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.