Marchand injures leg at practice


Marchand injures leg at practice

By Joe Haggerty
VANCOUVER The Bruins got a bit of a scare at Friday mornings practice when Brad Marchand took a shot off the right leg in front of the net, and immediately went down like a ton of bricks. Marchand stayed down in front of the net for roughly a minute and then was helped off the ice after taking the Patrice Bergeron shot to his right leg, and never put any weight or pressure on the leg.But in a spate of good news for the Black and Gold, Marchand indicated after Friday mornings practice at Pacific Coliseum that his leg seemed to be okay, and Bruins coach Claude Julien was hoping that it was simply a stinger.Marchand said there wasnt any testing or X-rays scheduled, and that he felt hed be just fine.Im okay, yeah. I just got a shot in the leg and Im going to be a little sore, said Marchand, who wouldnt get any more specific with the area where the shot landed on his right leg. But Im fine. I knew it was going to be okay and it wasnt going to be anything serious. But it was pretty painful at the time, and it hit me pretty hard. I wasnt able to feel it. Im just going to ice it up and get it ready for Saturday.Julien said he had an idea it wasnt anything too serious when it happened on the ice, but watching a player basically get carried off the ice cant ever scream out good news. Losing a rookie winger thats sparked the Bs with 34 points, 19 goals and a plus-24 would be a big blow, but Julien all but assured that hed be in the lineup against the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.Thats always been part of the game, and stuff like that happens, said Julien. I really felt when I saw the shot going it was one of those things that he was just banged up a little bit but I was feeling confident that just got a little bit of stinger.Were hoping thats the case, and thats what Ive been told.

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Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.