Bruins notes: Marchand benched in final period


Bruins notes: Marchand benched in final period

By Joe Haggerty

UNIONDALE, N.Y. Brad Marchand has always played on the edge throughout his hockey career, and sometimes he takes a step or two over that line.

Marchand has potted 19 goals this season and impressed one and all in his rookie season with the Bruins, but that didnt stop Bruins coach Claude Julien from benching his hard-nosed rookie in the third period of Friday nights 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

One night after Marchand took a tripping penalty in the third period of a loss to the Sabres that led to a game-tying goal on a 5-on-3 advantage, Marchand took an interference penalty when he threw a hip check on Josh Bailey at the end of the second period.

The hit came after Johnny Boychuk had fired a clear attempt around the offensive zone, and Marchand mistimed when the puck was speeding through Baileys area of the ice. Marchand was whistled off for the infraction and Matt Moulson scored the Isles first goal of the night to make it a 2-1 game with only two seconds remaining in the second period.

With key penalties taken in two straight games over two straight nights, Julien didnt call Marchands number once in the third period and the spark plug winger finished with only 9:52 of ice time his lowest total ice since a Jan. 3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Julien confirmed after the game that Marchand was fine physically, and the third period splinter-fest was all about the coachs decision.

It was a coachs decision on that. Last nights penalty put us down 5-on-3 and tonighthe knows better than that. We dont want those kinds of habits to develop in his game because hes been really good for us this year.

But hes playing really frustrated right now and hes been taking some penalties. I just didnt really feel like he was going to help us in the third with the way he was playing.

Claude Julien said the Bruins have put together three different power play units to start sparking some competition and results from the different combinations, and the Bs finally broke an 0-for-21 slump with a Zdeno Chara blast in the second period.

The PP still isnt anywhere close to the dangerous special teams unit it could be, but Julien thinks hes starting to see some slight improvement.

We kind of put three power plays together line-wise the other day, and when we were practicing it the other day we scored four goals, said Julien. They seemed to be moving it around pretty well, and sometimes you need a little more grit than skill. Sometimes you like to see some pretty competition on those teams. Kelly will work hard and Rex will get to the front of the net, so you hope that Ryder can get the shot off. Were just looking for the right combination thats going to work.

A CNN news crew was escorted out of the Bruins dressing room during the postgame scrums when they attempted to question Zdeno Chara about the potential for Air Canada to pull their advertising dollars out of the NHL. Chara was roundly booed each time he touched the puck at the Nassau Coliseum after the ugly incident with Max Pacioretty at the Bell Centre last week. "Every time I got booed, I got cheered by Boston fans. So I'm kind of used to it," Chara said. "It doesn't bother me. It's part of the game. Fans have the right to express opinions toward different players. It's part of the game, part of hockey. Fans have the right to cheer for the home team and against the visiting."

Andrew Ference is expected to practice with the Bruins on Sunday for the first time in weeks, and could potentially return to the lineup Tuesday night in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.

Steve Kampfer rode the exercise bike for roughly 15 minutes on Friday with no symptoms from his recent concussion, and appears to have a step forward in his recovery from the head injury.

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Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.

Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure


Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure

The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.

It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.

Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.

The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.