It's 'looking good' for Chara to play Game 3


It's 'looking good' for Chara to play Game 3

By JoeHaggerty
MONTREAL The Bruins had a bit of good news on Monday morning as Zdeno Chara joined the rest of his teammates for a morning skate at the Bell Centre prior to tonights pivotal Game 3 match. Chara looked a bit more energetic and certainly steadier on his skates than he did in the moments prior to Saturday nights Game 2 at TD Garden, but Claude Julien revealed after practice that the 6-foot-9 defenseman wont be a full go until tonight.The Bruins captain and stalwart defenseman missed Game 2 with severe dehydration stemming from a bug," according to Mark Recchi, that crept up on him at the end of last week and caused him to be hospitalized following practice on Friday. The Bs coach wouldnt guarantee hell be in the lineup for Game 3 after missing Game 2, but Chara certainly looked like he was ready to play this morning.His teammates could use him as the rest of the defensemen corps looked as organized as an elementary school fire drill during the opening minutes of Game 2 at TD Garden, and couldnt combat Montreals speed with anything approaching defensive resolve.I think hes better, said Julien following a full morning skate for his team. You saw him on the ice this morning. As we speak right now, its looking good. But I cant stand here right now and say hes a definite in.Tim Thomas was the first goaltender off the ice and will get the start against the Canadiens after playing through a subpar Game 2 that included a pair of poor rebound goals.Tyler Seguin was one of the last players off the ice at the Bell Centre during morning skate, and it appears that he wont be getting into Game 3 despite a Boston power play thats been 0-for-7 in the first two games and a player in Michael Ryder who has been little more than luggage on the ice for the Bruins during this postseason.
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Wednesday, Dec. 7: Rangers in trouble?

Wednesday, Dec. 7: Rangers in trouble?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while ready for the Chris Sale era to begin with the Red Sox in a 1975 throwback uniform at Fenway’s opening day.

*Larry Brooks says that the New York Rangers are in “deep trouble” despite all of the goals that they’re scoring, and here’s why.

*The New York Islanders are playing with fire when it comes to John Tavares potentially leaving if they can’t find a running mate for him.

*Good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Marc Spector about Kris Russell defying the analytical critics with his work for the Edmonton Oilers.

*Scary scene with the New Jersey Devils and Vancouver Canucks where Taylor Hall knocked out Philip Larsen with a hit, and then touched a brawl where the unconscious Larsen was kicked in the head a couple of times.

*Here’s some very good news about former B’s forward Craig Cunningham, who has begun communicating with his AHL teammates through Facetime calls and is alert, joking and sounding like somebody that’s starting to make a slow recovery from whatever mysterious thing caused him to collapse prior to a Roadrunners game.

*Flyers D-man Shayne Gostisbehere has made such a splash with the Broad Street Bullies that he’s got a “Ghost Bear” beer named after him.

*For something completely different: The first trailer for "Spider Man: Homecoming" is going to be shown during Jimmy Kimmel, and it’s looking pretty cool in this snippet.