Chara hospitalized with dehydration, should play

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Chara hospitalized with dehydration, should play

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

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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Monday, Jan. 15: Matthews jersey sells for big money

Monday, Jan. 15: Matthews jersey sells for big money

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering what Claude Julien would do if one of the Bruins players was running Facebook Live during his postgame comments.
 
*Auston Matthews is obviously making a huge impression in Toronto as his Centennial Classic jersey sold for over $11,000 at a charity auction.
 
*Clark Booth knows it’s time to talk about the NFL, but instead he wants to talk about Milt Schmidt. I agree with Clark.

*Sabres goalie Robin Lehner says that his Buffalo teammates need to start doing their job as the season circles down the drain.

*Pierre McGuire talks with TSN sports radio about the Ottawa Senators, and the tough road trip coming up for them.
 
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has more bad news for the Tampa Bay Lightning as Ryan Callahan is going to be out for another four weeks with a lower body injury.
 
*As the Detroit Red Wings continue to round up the bottom in the Atlantic Division, Thomas Vanek may become trade bait.
 
*Peter Budaj is giving the Kings the saves that they need with Jonathan Quick out long term with injury.
 
*For something completely different: Tom E. Curran points out some togetherness issues with the Pittsburgh Steelers based on Antonio Brown’s Facebook post.
 

B's determined to 'keep it going' during good offensive run

B's determined to 'keep it going' during good offensive run

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- The Bruins are going through a nice, little bountiful stretch of offense right now after a half-season of struggle.

The Bruins are averaging more than three goals per game in their last 12 contests, and have scored a whopping 22 goals in their last six games including dropping six scores on the Flyers Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Combine that with the 7-for-25 performance on the power play during the month of January, and things are finally starting to catch up with a Bruins team that was all shoot/no score for months of frustrating hockey this season.

“If you want sustained success then you have to be good defensively, but you also have to score some goals. That’s definitely part of it and we have to keep it going,” said Patrice Bergeron, who has four goals and eight points in his last nine games after struggling out of the starting gate. “You’re not going to get rewarded every night like we did [against the Flyers], but you have to find that consistency where you’re close to having that every night.”

One thing nobody should expect out of the B’s, however, is to get outside of what they do well now that they’ve started slapping some numbers up on the board. Instead the Bruins are intent on their bedrock of disciplined defense and sensational goaltending with the added offense just making it much tougher to beat them these days.

“I don’t know if we can stand here and say we’re going to sustain that we’re scoring lots of goals. I think what we need to sustain here is winning more games than we lose,” said Claude Julien. “That’s what we’ve got to sustain. Whether it’s a 1-0 or 2-1 game, or it’s a 5-2 or 5-3 game it doesn’t really matter. It’s about winning hockey games much more than it’s about how much you scored, and how much you don’t score.

“Overall when I look at the scoring chances we’re giving up per game, that doesn’t seem to have changed. Goals allowed may have changed a little bit lately, but overall I think we’ve been very steady in that area [of defense].”

So now the Bruins will again be looking for that ideal balance of offense/defense when they take the ice against the Islanders on Monday afternoon for their second straight matinee at TD Garden.