'Chirping' Part II: 'Hawks answer Thornton


'Chirping' Part II: 'Hawks answer Thornton

By Joe Haggerty

BOSTON A couple of days after Shawn Thornton fired a few verbal salvos at the Chicago Blackhawks players who chirped at him from the visiting bench as he skated off the ice with a giant slice over his right eye, the Blackhawks returned fire on Thursday.Thornton tumbled head first into the boards at TD Garden during Tuesday nights 3-0 win for Boston, and needed roughly 40 stitches to close a gash in his forehead after he made contact with Fernando Pisanis skate blade.Thornton was done for the rest of the night after the collision in the second period, but lunged at the Chicago bench as he skated off the ice toward the dressing room with his face ripped open and bloodied. Thornton said one of the Chicago players who has not been publicly identified, but wasnt Patrick Kane said something to the effect of get off the ice, you coward as he skated off the ice under his own power. That exchange led an enraged Thornton to start fighting through the hold of referee Don VanMassenhoven to get at the Chicago bench. Eventually the Bs enforcer went back to the dressing room for treatment as blood streamed down his face. Following the win, Thornton said he'd figure out a way to even the score when he found out the identity of the mystery Chicagochirper, and offered to send out "Christmas Cards" to any reporters that could track down the info for him.Two days later Blackhawks goon John Scott all 6-foot-8, 258 pounds of him fired back at Thornton for chasing after some of Chicagos smaller players during the game, and graphically said that hed beat the expletive out of Bostons tough guy."He said that? That's fine. He can say what he wants, said Hawks enforcer Scott to the Chicago Tribune. "He's going after some of our littlest guys on our team to start a fight. He's trying to challenge Fernando Pisani to a fight. What's that say about him?"He's Mr. Tough Guy and he's trying to challenge Pisani. If I'm in the lineup, he's more than welcome to come chirp at me. I'll kick the bleep out of him."Scott has dressed in a grand total of 40 games for the Blackhawks this season, and figured in on an assist along with 72 PIMs during that period but wasnt on the ice as a healthy scratch Tuesday night. The smack-talking defenseman said somewhat confusedly that Thornton was a stand up guy, but also got what was coming to him when he suffered an injury that could have given him permanent sight damage had it been a few inches south of his forehead."I dont know if I would chirp at an injured player, Thornton is a stand-up guy, said Scott. "I don't know who said anything, but he was kind of being cheap that game. So whatever. He gets what comes to him."Thorntons response to all this: "No comment."When reached by CSNNE.com via text to respond to Scotts comments, Thornton replied with a simple text of Who? before going with no comment after it was explained to him that Scott was a defenseman playing in the NHL for the Blackhawks.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

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.