BruinsFlyers: 5 from the First

BruinsFlyers: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comPHILADELPHIA Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins trailing the Flyers by a 1-0 score at the first 20 minutes of play at the Wells Fargo Center.1)The Bruins have had their moments, but the Flyers held the clear physical edge along with the better opportunities despite both teams ending the period with 10 shots on net. A lot of outside shots from the perimeter for the Bs in the first the same thing everyone saw in the first two periods against the New York Rangers. It looked a lot like one tough hockey team smacking the other one in the mouth.2)It appeared that Tyler Seguin might have cut his ear again after a collision near center ice in the waning minutes of the first period. That prompted Seguin to get into the scrum at the whistle and start shoving Claude Giroux around the first time Ive ever seen the rookie get into the nasty mix. That might have been to make up for a soft play in Bostons only power play when he peeled off a battle for a loose puck to keep possession in the offensive zone. Keep an eye on whether Seguin is out for the power play in the second period.3)Mike Richards again showing why hes such a factor in big games and postseason runs for the Flyers. The center set up Phillys only goal with a nice-looking dish to Kris Versteeg from the high slot area when it appeared he was winding up for a long point shot. Then he drew a hooking penalty on Patrice Bergeron when he grabbed hold of the Bs centers stick for dear life. Then he slashed the stick out of Brad Marchands for good measure. Richards is easy to hate, but Bs fans would love him if he was on their squad.4)The Flyers narrowly won the hit battle by a 10-9 margin, but there was a little more oomph in Philadelphias hits on the Bs like when Kris Versteeg slammed Mark Recchi to the ice from behindin the defensive zone and Scott Hartnell tackled Zdeno Chara behind the Boston net leading to a couple of cross-checks from each meat wagon on skates.5)You could sense the scratch coming for Michael Ryder when Claude Julien spoke about him prior to the game. No goals in 11 games and only three shots in his last four games for the right wing as hes bounced between several lines. Ryder simply isnt a good fit on the fourth line, and will need to wait his turn with Tyler Seguin gaining a lot of consistency as of late.

Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team


Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while saying RIP Vine but not really feeling it since it’s a rabbit hole I never really delved down into. 

*Down Goes Brown celebrates the “NHL’s old guys”, and yes, that means a gratuitous shout out to Zdeno Chara as the top defenseman on the All-Graybeard squad. 

*Hampus Lindholm has signed a long term deal with the Anaheim Ducks, so now that deal leaves everybody to wonder who is leaving the Anaheim roster in the eventual salary cap crunch. It will be interesting to see if this hastens any Cam Fowler trade talk as far as the Bruins are concerned because it looks like they need the help.  

*Pro Hockey Talk has the Oilers off to their best start since the Wayne Gretzky Era and people in Edmonton finally getting to see the hockey they’ve been waiting for over the past few years. 

*In honor of the Halloween season that we’re in, here are a few cool and scary goalie masks with a bit of spooky flair. 

*Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka is confident that his young team is going to rebound after a rough start to the season. 

*Speaking of creative uniforms, it’s a most wonderful time of the year for hockey when they bust out their Oktoberfest sweaters. 

*For something completely different: this matchup of Peanuts and Stranger Things hits all the right notes for fans of both. 


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?

While the good news is that it doesn’t appear that Tuukka Rask is dealing with a knee injury, there are still some significant muscular issues to work with concerning his left leg. 

According to former Bruins defenseman and NHL analyst Aaron Ward on CSN’s Great American Hockey Show podcast, the Bruins franchise goaltender has been dealing with a hamstring issue that’s also become a hamstring and groin issue as he tried to play through in the first week of the season. Rask clearly tweaked something in his left leg opening night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, missed the Saturday night loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and then appeared to aggravate the injury in last week’s win over the New Jersey Devils. 

According to Ward, it’s hamstring and groin issues for Rask as the Bruins attempt to survive without him while potentially working toward a possible return for the Finnish netminder this weekend vs. the Red Wings. Rask hasn’t skated with the Bruins since finishing out the 2-1 win over the Devils last Thursday night, and tweaking the problematic left leg in the process. 

“What I was told is that it was left leg, and that at first it was hamstring and now it’s possibly hamstring and groin,” said Ward to CSN Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty on the Great American Hockey Show podcast. “You’re always concerned when you’re a goalie and it’s your legs, right? It’s the push-off. The crazy part was watching it on video where the shoot came from the left side and went wide, and the next time he injures it shot comes from the same spot, misses it wide and [Rask] is in the exact same position wincing.

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“I think [the Bruins] are smart rather than trying to play a guy that’s 90, 80 or 70 percent, whatever it is, to just get it over with. Endure the short term pain to get the greater gain, and that’s having Rask in there. There’s no greater endorsement to keep him out than seeing the [bad losses without him] because you need a healthy Tuukka to let the rest of the team settle.”

It’s been disastrous without Rask, of course, as the Bruins have allowed 11 goals in back-to-back losses to the Wild and Rangers with rookies Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre between the pipes, and Anton Khudobin out for three weeks while sporting a cast on his right hand in the last B’s game at TD Garden. 

Meanwhile, Rask (3-0-0, 1.67 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage) is trying to heal and time it perfectly so he returns once he’s past the danger of potentially blowing out the muscles in his left leg and making the situation even worse than it already might be. 

Ward also discusses his relationship with "Toucher & Rich" and the "Cuts for a Cause" charitable event that he helped start.