Chara hospitalized with dehydration, should play


Chara hospitalized with dehydration, should play

By JoeHaggerty

BOSTON A big bombshell was waiting at the TD Garden when everybody arrived for morning skate on Saturday morning as it was confirmed that Zdeno Chara was hospitalized Friday night for a case of dehydration.The 33-year-old defenseman wasnt feeling well after going through a full practice on Friday morning in the wake of playing 25 plus minutes against the Habs in Thursday nights Game 1 loss at the Garden.While its not definite that Chara will be in the lineup against the Habs for tonights Game 2, Bruins coach Claude Julien didnt deem it much of an issue as he hadnt yet heard a discouraging word from the Bs training staff. With all things being equal, it would appear that Chara is going to play in a pivotal Game 2 against the Habs.The question remains whether the dehydration issue will affect how many minutes Bostons workhorse defenseman will be available for against the speedy, undersized Montreal forwards.Until somebody tells me that he cant go tonight, hes playing, said Julien. So thats basically all I can tell you. Im certainly not going to be the guy thats going to be making the final decision. Our medical people are, but they have yet to tell me that he cant go.The big Slovakian might be a little weakened after a trip to the hospital, but theres virtually no way the Captain doesnt answer the bell for the Bruins in their time of need down 0-1 in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup series. If somehow Chara isnt able to play, veteran blueliner Shane Hnidy would be his replacement in the Boston lineup. But in reality, theres nobody on Bostons roster that can replace what Chara brings to the table on a nightly basis as a Norris Trophy-caliber defender."That's why I'm here," said Hnidy. "Every day you come in here with that mindset that you might be playing."The Boston Herald was the first to report on Chara's hospitalization.
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Pastrnak's two goals lead Bruins past Panthers, 4-3

Pastrnak's two goals lead Bruins past Panthers, 4-3

BOSTON – The Bruins are undefeated this season when they manage to cobble together three goals in a game. 

It took a little extra as David Pastrnak knifed through former BC defenseman Mike Matheson in overtime for his second goal of the game, and his 15th of the season, to take a 4-3 win over the Panthers at TD Garden. 

It was thought the final offensive push they needed took place in the third period when Ryan Spooner hopped on the David Krejci line with David Backes, and fired a shot at the Boston net that Backes redirected through Roberto Luongo for his seventh of the season. 

But the Panthers tied it up on a Demers goal late in the third period, and that set up Pastrnak’s brilliant one-on-one move for the game-winner for the Black and Gold. 

The Bruins led off the scoring on a nice play by Tim Schaller winning a battle to enter the Florida zone, and then circling around behind the net before burying a one-timer from the slot as he crashed the net to connect with a David Krejci dish headed straight his way. 

The Panthers tied it a period later when the legend, Jaromir Jagr, buried a chance from the slot after his line had hemmed in the David Krejci line and Torey Krug/Adam McQuaid pairing for an extended shift in the Boston zone. It was goal No. 754 of Jagr’s brilliant NHL career as he continues to go strong for the Panthers, and it also tied the game 1-1. 

The Bruins looked like they might haven the lead for good on David Pastrnak’s 14th goal of the season, but it wasn’t mean to be. Pastrnak started it all by protecting a puck and retaining possession from his knees in the corner of the offensive zone. Eventually Patrice Bergeron fired a puck wide of the net, and Brad Marchand unleashed a spinning, no-look pass to a waiting Pastrnak for the easy score past Roberto Luongo. 

The Panthers tied it a second time in the third period when Reilly Smith stripped a puck from Patrice Bergeron going up the center of the ice, and eventually it found its way to Aleksander Barkov for a ripped shot from long distance for his fourth goal of the season. 

Then Florida tied it again in the final minutes of the third on a Jason Demers rebound bid after Mike Matheson’s shot went wide of the net and took a wild carom off the end boards in the exact opposite direction. 

Acciari nearing a return for Bruins after missing a month


Acciari nearing a return for Bruins after missing a month

BRIGHTON, Mass. – He hasn’t been cleared to play just yet, but fourth line energy guy Noel Acciari is closing in on a return to the Bruins lineup. 

Acciari joined in for a Bruins morning skate for the first time in 14 games at the end of last week, and practiced with the team again Monday for a morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena. The 25-year-old has missed almost exactly a month with a lower body injury, and said he can thankfully now see the light at the end of the injury tunnel for a healthy return to the B’s lineup. 

“It was getting lonely with all the guys on the road, and with me just skating with Frankie [Vatrano] and Zee [Chara],” said Acciari. “It’s great to be back out there with the guys, and it’s good to be back. Each skate I feel a lot better out there and just trying to get my conditioning back. Just being back with the guys is a great feeling, and it’s a big help.”

The fourth line has been okay in Acciari’s absence, but it seemed to be lacking the same kind of energy and hard edge the Providence College standout provided when he was healthy. That was part of what led the B’s to call up the similarly rugged Anton Blidh from Providence at the end of last week, and could provide some interesting energy line options when Acciari is ready to return. 

“I’ve played with [Blidh] before, I’m used to him and I know what he brings to the table just like he knows what I can do,” said Acciari. “So it would work out well [if we played together] I think.”

Acciari has two assists and a plus-1 rating along with four penalty minutes while averaging 10:01 of ice time in 12 games this season, and proved to be very good at unnerving opponents simply by playing all-out all the time.