Julien: Hnidy 'ready to play' for Bruins

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Julien: Hnidy 'ready to play' for Bruins

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

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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Morning Skate: Rangers seem to be a strong candidate for Shattenkirk

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Morning Skate: Rangers seem to be a strong candidate for Shattenkirk

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with Bruins captain’s practice set to kick off this coming week.

*The Rangers sound like they’ll be a strong candidate for Kevin Shattenkirk, and the Dallas Stars seem willing to stand pat at the goalie position.

*PHT writer James O’Brien speculates on who might be the next Artemi Panarin to break into the NHL ranks from overseas, and make a big impact.

*Yahoo fantasy hockey is making some changes this season, and those that liked to draft Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns are going to bummed about it.

*An original St. Louis Blues jersey from the old time hockey days has found its way back to its original home in St. Louis.

*Steve Simmons says that Dave Bolland has earned the right to be more than a punch line at this point in his career.

*Looking back on Phil Esposito’s classic speech amid the 1972 Summit Series.

*The All-Snub team for the World Cup of Hockey would be a talented lineup, and would no doubt be captained by P.K. Subban.

*For something completely different: those looking for signs of a rift between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady need to call off the search.

Saturday, Aug. 27: Adding toughness Habs' priority

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Saturday, Aug. 27: Adding toughness Habs' priority

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, after a busy morning celebrating my 3-year-old’s birthday at the trampoline park. Yee-ha.

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri says that adding toughness was a big offseason priority for the Montreal Canadiens.

*There’s at least one big fan of the Edmonton Oilers trade that brought defenseman Adam Larsson from the New Jersey Devils, and that fan’s name is Mark Letestu.

*Here’s everything you need to know about the Ice Guardians movie premiering this fall that takes a long, balanced look at the NHL enforcers.

*Roberto Luongo has an alibi for the robbery in Winnipeg with one suspect getting away in goalie equipment, and it’s funny as you would expect it to be.

*CSN Washington takes a look at the New York Rangers in their season previews for the Metro Division.

*I’m not entirely sure whether this “RIP Harambe” thing is genuine or meant to be ironic by the largely millenial group that seem so enamored with it, but I think it’s just stupid. I think the same with the crying Jordan meme…also stupid.

*For something completely different: a look at how Triumph the Insult Comic Dog learned how to poop on Trump’s politics.