BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the Second

BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comDETROIT Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Red Wings by a 3-2 score at Joe Louis Arena after the first 40 minutes of intense play in Motor City.1)As you would expect, Mark Stuart has played physical hockey in his return to the lineup and is breathing the kind of fire one would expect after sitting out in eight straight games as a healthy scratch. He was mean with a nasty streak in the first period and threw a big hit at the end of the second period, but theres only so much a guy like Stuart can do playing 14-16 minutes per night. 2)Tim Thomas is standing on his head blocking out the barrage of shots coming his way after the Bruins lost their snarl in the second period and were outshot 19-5 in the middle 20 minutes. Its gotten bad enough that Thomas has practically become a third defensemen in front of the Boston net clearing loose pucks away from the front of the net as the Bs defensemen are getting tied up with guys like Kris Draper, Daniel Cleary and Tomas Holmstrom plopped in front of the net. 3)Where is Milan Lucic? One shot on net, no hits and hes been a complete non-factor in a finesse, skill track meet against the Detroit Red Wings. Hes had a couple of chances to finish Wings skaters off and he hasnt done that, and this is the kind of game they need something for No. 17.4)You have to live with some rookie mistakes out of Tyler Seguin, and thats what happened when he didnt rotate defensively to cover for Dennis Seidenberg to take out Kris Draper. Instead Draper got behind Seguin in the neutral zone breakdown, and beat Thomas blocker side high with a shot in all alone.5)Adam McQuaid looked like he banged up his right hand blocking a shot at the end of the second period. The Bruins need McQuaid and the rest of the Bs to toughen up and get a little more physical as they did in the first period. Theyre getting lulled into the finesse, skill game by the Wings, and theyll lost that battle every time. A dreadful second period with no physicality by the Bs. Another one like that and the Bs will lose this game for a certainty.

Matt Beleskey out six weeks with a right knee injury

Matt Beleskey out six weeks with a right knee injury

BOSTON – Some key Bruins players have missed a handful of games here or there already this season, but only this week did they suffer one of their first major injuries to a key player that will knock him out for nearly two months. 

Matt Beleskey will miss roughly six weeks with an injury to his right knee after the feisty forward was caught with a hip check by Tyler Fedun near center ice in Buffalo over the weekend.  Beleskey tried to instinctively sidestep the oncoming attack, but instead his lower half caught the brunt of the big collision with a young Sabres attacker. 

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Instead Fedun caught Beleskey’s right leg with his hip check, and the gritty Bruins winger was knocked out in the first period of last weekend’s win over the Sabres. 

Beleskey was spotted walking with a bit of a limp during and after Boston’s 4-3 OT win against the Florida Panthers on Monday night, and armed with what looked to be a giant brace or cast on his right leg. It’s clearly a bummer for Beleskey that he’ll now miss a large chunk of time due to a freak injury, and the Bruins have to be disappointed at the timing of it all given how well Beleskey has been playing lately. 

The injury certainly opens up the third line left wing spot for a player like Ryan Spooner, who has struggled to find his right place in the NHL, or a player like Frankie Vatrano as he gets over the hump in his recovery from foot surgery.

Beleskey has skated in plenty of games with Boston in 2016-17, producing two goals and three assists for five points with 23 penalty minutes in what’s been better described as “bedlam”  after a slow start to the regular season.