Julien: Hnidy 'ready to play' for Bruins


Julien: Hnidy 'ready to play' for Bruins

By Joe Haggerty

BOSTON Adam McQuaid and Mark Recchi were the only Bruins not present for the Game 3 morning skate at TD Garden on Wednesday morning, and it appears Shane Hnidy will get his first taste of the BruinsFlyers series. Coach Claude Julien confirmed after practice that McQuaid is still day-to-day with a strained neck, and that the 35-year-old Hnidy is ready to go if the Bruins need him to play. Recchi hasnt taken part in morning skates during the playoffs, as is the right of a 43-year-old future Hall of Famer, but theres little doubt Hnidy in for McQuaid will be the only change for a Bruins team up 2-0 in the series.Hnidy played Game 2 for the Bruins against the Canadiens when Zdeno Chara fell ill, but has served as a healthy scratch for the other eight playoff games thus far.Shane Hnidy is ready to play and he's certainly a possibility for the lineup tonight, said Julien.The Bruins aren't overlooking anything up 2-0 in their series against the Flyers, and Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton says that everyone in Boston's room should know that there is still plenty of battle left in the seven game series. "Experienced. Not experienced. Ive been through enough playoff series to know nothing is over," said Thornton. "That's the furthest thing from my mind. We're not talking about ourlast playoffseries. We know this is Game Three. It doesn't matter what the record is. We're just preparing for tonight." Tim Thomas was the first goaltender off for the Bruins coming off his 52-save masterpiece against the Flyers in Game 2, and his 6-3 record and .931 save percentage in the postseason are beginning to look like the numbers everybody expected heading into the playoffs.

Brian Boucher was first off for the Flyers and it looks like he'll be getting the starting nod for Philly.Nothing official from the Flyers, but it doesn't appear that Chris Pronger will be able to play due to what Flyers sources are telling CSNPhilly.com's Sarah Baicker is a lower-body injury. Meanwhile Jeff Carter skated and "looked good" according to Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, and the expectation is that the Philly scorer could be back in the lineup for a must win Game Three at TD Garden.Heard some rumors via the Internet that Marc Savard would be at the TD Garden in attendance for Games Three and Four in Boston, but a Bruins source indicated that the playmaking center isn't in Boston and won't be at the games after all. There appears to be no change in his condition as he attempts to put all the pieces back together after his latest concussion.

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Thursday, Dec. 8: Five most confusing NHL players

Thursday, Dec. 8: Five most confusing NHL players

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the proud ownership of this year’s Christmas tree in the Haggerty household some fifty bucks later. 

*Down Goes Brown provides a list of the five most confusing players in the NHL this season, and none of them are Boston Bruins. Hooray. 

*Bruce Boudreau makes the case to the Hockey News that Devan Dubnyk is more deserving of a Vezina Trophy this season than Carey Price. How about Tuukka Rask being more deserving than either one of them?

*An interesting look at the rough state of Maple Leafs goaltending right around the Tuukka Rask trade to Boston and the Vesa Toskala/Andrew Raycroft years. 

*A fun video piece with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Freidman and Wild coach Bruce Boudreau as they took a tour of Toronto together.

*Speaking of trades, the Philadelphia Flyers hit the jackpot with the Wayne Simmonds trade as he’s been a proud part of the Broad Street Bullies tradition. 

*Gord Miller is an excellent play-by-play man, and he tells some great stories of his life on the road whether it’s the NHL season or the World Junior tournament. 

*While the Boston University hockey team is a star-studded group with an amazing freshman recruiting class, Patrick Curry has been a player that’s quietly had an excellent season. 

*A few minutes with Pittsburgh Penguins D-man Kris Letang about a wide array of subjects including Mike Sullivan and concussion spotters.

*For something completely different: good interview with the former Flash, John Wesley Shipp, about his role in the newer Flash TV series, and the coolness of bringing back Shipp and Mark Hamill as their former characters.