BruinsAvalanche: 5 from the Second

BruinsAvalanche: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comDENVER Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Avalanche by a 4-1 score at Pepsi Center after 40 minutes of play in the Mile High City.1)Marc Savard took a hit to the head little more than three minutes into the second period when he and Matt Hunwick collided in the corner with Savard extended in an awkward position. Hunwick finished a clean check and Savard was rolling around on the ice in pain after the side of his head smacked into the dasher by the boards. Television replays apparently showed thatSavard might have beencrying with a towel up to his face as he skated off the ice to the dressing room, and he didnt return to the game. Not good. 2)Three points for Mark Recchi after his second period goal when Brad Marchand breaks out with the 42-year-old and feeds Recchi for a wide open score to give the Bs an insurance goal. The line of RecchiMarchandBergeron are rolling today, and look like theyll be together for a long, long time. Nine shots on net for the trio.3)With his first goal of the night, Recchi became the eighth Bruins skater to crack double-digits in goals scored this season with his 10th strike of the season. A little different from last season, eh?4)Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron both putting up a plus-3 after the first two periods. Some excellent hockey being played out there by each of them.5)The Avs are a good young team, but theyve got some real issues with their defensemen. They need to step it up a notch or two as a unit unless Craig Anderson is expected to do his best Tim Thomas impersonation behind a leaky Colorado defense.6)Two goals for Milan Lucic, who has responded in the best way possible from a very off game against Buffalo the last time out. Its looking like Lucic is getting his game back.

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.