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

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

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com
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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Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.