Morning Skate 415: Krejci doesn't like P.K. Subban


Morning Skate 415: Krejci doesn't like P.K. Subban

By Joe Haggerty
WILMINGTON, Mass. Its pretty clear David Krejci doesnt like Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban after the Habs rookie drew a hooking call on the Bs center in last nights first period that would have been judged as a 10.0 by the Russian judges at the Olympics.The Bruins received a quick make-up call when Montreal scrapper Ryan White was called for a roughing penalty on Andrew Ference in the corner, but that still didnt stop Krejci from speaking his Czech Republic mind after the game.He wont be getting together for any dinners with Subban this summer, and its the start of some necessary hard feelings between the Bruins and Canadiens as the series moves along.Im not going to say what I think about him," Krejci said. "But I dont like him. He didnt have to go down that easily. It was a call. I dont think it was a bad call or a good call. It was just a call that was made, but if he made the call thats fine with me but hes got to make the call on the other side. That happened to me, so thats what Im kind of mad about.We knew there was going to be some bad calls or some missed calls. Were all human. Us as players, we make mistakes on the ice and the refs do too. It is what it is. Youve just got to fight through it.One quick addition to Krejcis thoughts: Itll be much more meaningful if he and the rest of the Bruins actually start showing on the ice how much they dont like Subban and the rest of the Canadiens. Our new Game Story at compiled and created by the talented Adam Hart a feature that takes you through an entire day of Game 1 BruinsHabs coverage by CSNNE in two minutes. The glorious story of the Green Men at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver byThe Provinceyears after they first appeared following the Canucks. Yet another gift from It's Always Funny in Philadelphia. Five questions with Dustin Byfuglien from the Atlanta Journal Constitution as the Thrashers defenseman watches the playoffs from the outside looking in. Joe Colborne with some veiled criticism of the Bruins on his way out of the door with the Maple Leafs. Guess he didnt like being held accountable. The Stanley Cup predictions from the CBC crew including the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup and Milan Lucic taking home the Conn Smythe Trophy in his concocted scenario. David Perron talks about his battles through concussions, and the notion that hed considering playing next season even if hes not 100 percent. Hope thats just hyperbole on his part. A group of 20 burning Stanley Cup questions from the writers at the Hockey News.
ht CBC reporter Elliotte Friedman remarks on the pressure being applied to both Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli thats made them say some pretty strange things lately. A good look by WEEI.coms D.J. Bean at the legend of the Andrew Ference E-Bay Bruins jacket players are passing to each other after wins, and the germination of the Darth Quaider nickname. Looch Skywalker is brilliant. FOH (Friend of Haggs) Puck Daddy asks what the fame equivalent to a Stanley Cup playoff beard is, and thats a pretty fair question. Here are some great thoughts from the iDesk by CBCs talented host Jeff Marek after the first batch of playoff games.
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Friday, Oct. 21: Pee-wee push-ups draw coach’s punishment


Friday, Oct. 21: Pee-wee push-ups draw coach’s punishment

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while anxiously awaiting a Cleveland/Chicago Cubs World Series showdown with all of the Red Sox subplots that could be involved.

*A peewee hockey coach in Quebec has been given a season-long suspension for punishing his players with hundreds of push-ups.

*The NHL game has changed radically over the last 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist has been a fixture for the New York Rangers.

*A lot has changed since Jaromir Jagr scored his first goal in 1990 and this article is worth it for the Jagr mullet picture alone.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough says that a healthy Brandon Sutter has been a difference-maker for the Canucks.

*Carey Price is back in net for the Montreal Canadiens, and that makes the Habs a new team as they prepare for the Bruins on Saturday.

*This is what it looks like when you’ve completely given up on just about everything else except for being a hockey fan. So very gross.

*For something completely different: The Doctor Strange cast is being forced into answering some tough questions at the premiere of what is essentially a comic book movie.



Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’


Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Tuukka Rask has been outstanding through his first three games this season after stumbling out of the gate last year. The .947 save percentage and sub 2.00 GAA are all the more impressive for Rask when also accounting for a lower body issue that’s been nagging at him since the opening night win a little more than a week ago.

Rask stopped 28 of 29 shots against the New Jersey Devils Thursday night in a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden, but it was also clear on a couple of stops that he was feeling discomfort in his lower half as he extended into the full butterfly. 

That was confirmed by Rask following the win when he admitted he was dealing with “something” after the game, and by his absence from the practice ice at Warrior Ice Arena on Friday morning.

“Uh-huh. There’s always a little something-something,” said a smirking Rask, when asked if he’s playing through something physically.

Instead, Babson College goalie coach Mike Ronan was called into emergency duty, and took the practice ice along with Bruins backup netminder Anton Khudobin.

Claude Julien said following practice that Rask was dealing with the same “general soreness” that last week pushed him out of a scheduled start against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it’s uncertain whether he will make the start against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

“The general soreness he had last week is still there,” said Julien. “[The medical staff] will see tomorrow how he's doing.”

Rask also missed a Bruins practice with soreness last Friday in Toronto, and wasn’t able to play the next night in the loss to the Maple Leafs. Injuries aside, Rask has been brilliant against both New Jersey and Winnipeg and was solid over the final 40 minutes against the Blue Jackets in an opening night win to start the season.

“Tuukka was outstanding in Winnipeg and he was good again [vs. New Jersey],” said Julien. “So, there are no issues with Tuukka. I think he’s giving us the hockey and the goaltending that we are looking for.”

Well, maybe there is one slight “issue with Tuukka” if a nagging lower body issue starts keeping him out of Bruins games and practices on the regular.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings at Friday practice:









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