Marchand injures leg at practice


Marchand injures leg at practice

By Joe Haggerty
VANCOUVER The Bruins got a bit of a scare at Friday mornings practice when Brad Marchand took a shot off the right leg in front of the net, and immediately went down like a ton of bricks. Marchand stayed down in front of the net for roughly a minute and then was helped off the ice after taking the Patrice Bergeron shot to his right leg, and never put any weight or pressure on the leg.But in a spate of good news for the Black and Gold, Marchand indicated after Friday mornings practice at Pacific Coliseum that his leg seemed to be okay, and Bruins coach Claude Julien was hoping that it was simply a stinger.Marchand said there wasnt any testing or X-rays scheduled, and that he felt hed be just fine.Im okay, yeah. I just got a shot in the leg and Im going to be a little sore, said Marchand, who wouldnt get any more specific with the area where the shot landed on his right leg. But Im fine. I knew it was going to be okay and it wasnt going to be anything serious. But it was pretty painful at the time, and it hit me pretty hard. I wasnt able to feel it. Im just going to ice it up and get it ready for Saturday.Julien said he had an idea it wasnt anything too serious when it happened on the ice, but watching a player basically get carried off the ice cant ever scream out good news. Losing a rookie winger thats sparked the Bs with 34 points, 19 goals and a plus-24 would be a big blow, but Julien all but assured that hed be in the lineup against the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.Thats always been part of the game, and stuff like that happens, said Julien. I really felt when I saw the shot going it was one of those things that he was just banged up a little bit but I was feeling confident that just got a little bit of stinger.Were hoping thats the case, and thats what Ive been told.

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Monday, Oct. 24: Bergeron the best defensive forward ever?


Monday, Oct. 24: Bergeron the best defensive forward ever?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while giving The Walking Dead credit for delivering a pile driver to me as a TV viewer last night. I did not see all of that coming.

*Plenty of questions and answers about the Calgary Flames as they’ve looked a little shaky in the early going this season.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has the Edmonton Oilers straightening things out after the brutal loss to Buffalo.

*NHL captains like Steve Stamkos carry the heavy weight of tradition on their shoulders as they go about their business.

*The Hockey News wonders if Patrice Bergeron is the best defensive forward to ever play in the NHL. I’m certain he’s in the conversation, but that’s a big, bold statement that deserves some heavy consideration. After all, he never had to defend Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Mike Bossy, Gordie Howe or any other number of offensive stars. I certainly think he should be in the select club he would join if/when he wins his fourth Selke Trophy.

*Minnesota D-man Matt Dumba was nearly scratched by the Minnesota Wild, and he says that he’s never going to let that happen again.

*The Anaheim Ducks placed Simon Despres on long term injured reserve as they try to stay afloat salary cap-wise, and avoid dealing off a player in-season.

*For something completely different: The Boston Celtics break ground on a new practice facility adjacent to the new Bruins place.

Bruins recall Subban, Khudobin leaves practice early


Bruins recall Subban, Khudobin leaves practice early

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- The B’s goaltending carousel continued on Monday with young netminder Malcolm Subban getting recalled by the NHL club on emergency recall after Zane McIntyre was sent back down to the P-Bruins on Sunday.

Subban started on the ice with the rest of the team at Monday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena along with Anton Khudobin, but the Russian backup goalie departed the ice early from Monday’s practice presumably with some kind of injury. 

Claude Julien said the Bruins would roll with whatever punches get thrown their way in the form of goalie injuries, but it’s reaching DEFCON danger levels if the Bruins are forced to start a goalie in Subban that’s been pulled in two of his four AHL appearances.

“Khudobin got injured and couldn’t practice with us, but I haven’t heard anything yet [on an update],” said Julien. “This is hockey. We deal with it on daily basis with the injuries. We wait for the news and then it’s about doing your job as it’s required. If we have to make some adjustments and have some different personnel, then we’ll deal with it when we have more of an update. Tuukka is still day-to-day, so nothing is changed there.”

Subban has been pulled from two of his four starts for Providence this season, and the former first round pick is 0-3-1 with 4.50 goals against average and .846 save percentage after coming back from last season’s fractured larynx injury.

Tuukka Rask was once again absent from the practice ice, and hasn’t skated with the team since last playing in Thursday night’s win over the New Jersey Devils while clearly dealing with a lower body injury. So the Bruins ended Monday’s practice with only Subban between the pipes, and a swiss-cheese-like blue shooting tarp covering the other net for the B’s shooters.

With that in mind, here are the line combos and D-pairings for Monday’s practice with the Minnesota Wild coming to town on Tuesday:







Liles-C. Miller



Khudobin (left early)