Morning Skate 428: Thomas says Subban is a 'travesty'

Morning Skate 428: Thomas says Subban is a 'travesty'

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Tim Thomas didnt really let it fly while the Bruins were playing the Canadiens, but he finally loosened his lips the morning after the Bs defeated the Habs in an epic overtime Game Seven win that really validated the Black and Gold.The Bruins goaltender is kind of an old school guy when it comes to plenty, and he wasnt digging the Nestea Plunge that P.K. Subban took in the second period of Game Seven looking for a penalty call from the refs a group he was basically playing for stooges with his mocking embellishments. Subban and Gregory Campbell were locked up fighting for a puck behind the Montreal net, and the Habs defenseman was holding on to Campbells stick until the Boston center attempted to break free. Once Campbell started to push away from the boards Subban took that as a cue to completely flop backwards, and attempt to sell something that wasnt even remotely close to an infraction.Thomas went on 850 WEEI sports radio on Thursday morning to talk things over with the Mut and Merloni Radio Show, and turned the conversation into a condemnation of his flashy, flamboyant style perfected to irritate opponents."I have respect for the Montreal Canadiens team and the way they played that series and the way that they battled, but to be completely honest, I don't have respect for actions like that," Thomas said. "That's a travesty to the game. That's not the way the game is supposed to be played. When I saw that happen in the first period, when he threw himself back on Campbell, it can be infuriating."If anything, it seems the refs let him get away with more, which I'm very surprised at. He's making the refs look not good on a regular basis. He's got enough talent, and he's a good enough player that there's no need for stuff like that."Subban certainly didnt make any new friends in the just-concluded playoff series against the Bruins, but he did manage four points and 28:20 of ice time in seven games while cementing his status as a rising star in the NHL ranks. Hell be rankling members of the Bruins for years to come.On to the links:Bruce Arthur says that sometimes the difference between winning and losing can come down to one lucky bounce, and the Bruins know all about that.Tampa GM Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning are starting to learn to live within the playoff pressure, and it all starts at the top.WEEI.coms Kirk Minihane has a big problem with NESN Bruins play-by-play guy Jack Edwards, and isnt afraid to say so. Apparently US Revolution references arent up his alley. Minihane is absolutely getting a "five minute major for straight-up frontin'."Roy McGregor says that Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher is a throwback player to a bygone era of hockey. He certainly is proving to be the missing ingredient for the Preds this postseason.The Days of YOrr boys eulogize the Montreal Canadiens on the Puck Daddy blog, and the image of Youppi! Operation is an instant classic. Such a good job that Im proud to say I knew them when.Sportsnets Mike Brophy answers some Eastern Conference burning questions including how much the shaky Flyers goaltending will factor into the series, and who will win the PhillyBoston rematch. Hint: Bruins fans wont be happy. CSNPhilly.com bon vivant Sarah Baicker says that the Flyers are downplaying any Bs thirst for revenge in the upcoming series.Chris Botta and TSNs Gord Miller take turns punting around Islanders ownership and management on Bottas Isles Point Blankblog.

Backes: Bruins were ‘wounded’ after ugly Detroit loss

Backes: Bruins were ‘wounded’ after ugly Detroit loss

BRIGHTON, Mass – It certainly sounded like there were some things that made the Wednesday night loss in Detroit a little different for the Bruins.

The Bruins media corps conducted postgame interviews in the hallway rather than in the visiting dressing room after what must have been a combustible atmosphere immediately following the shootout defeat. 

There was also evidence of anger in the visitor’s dressing room at Joe Louis Arena, according to reports, with a door off its hinges when the media was able to get a look inside the dressing room area.

David Backes confirmed something was different about the loss after blowing a pair of three-goal leads, and failing to follow up their dreadful no-show vs. the Islanders with a winning performance against another bad team in Detroit. The B’s forward said the plane ride home from Detroit was solemn and quiet, and that it was clear the Bruins team was “wounded” after a crushing loss.

“Both [losses] can be great lessons if we learn from it, and neither was very enjoyable. That was probably the quietest I think our guys were all year on that plane ride home from Detroit,” said Backes. “To me, that’s a great sign that it hit us in the heart, and it hit us where it really mattered. We’re thinking about how we can turn the tide and thinking about we can be victorious the next time out.

“We had the lead, and in a lot of instances you’re expecting, as you should, to come out of there with two points. We’re at the time in the season where wins need to be garnered and taken home.

“There were a lot of aspects where we should have grabbed the game back. When you feel like you’ve had a lot of opportunities to take the game and you don’t do it, it’s not a good feeling. I was reflecting on that during a very quiet team plane ride back from Detroit, and it seemed pretty clear that the whole team was feeling wounded. I think it’s a good sign that guys were feeling that way, and that means they’re going to do everything in their power to not have that feeling again.”

The words are encouraging from a 32-year-old natural leader in Backes, who has seen good times and bad as captain of the St. Louis Blues in his 10-year NHL career. But the proof is ultimately on the ice where the Bruins have games against the Blackhawks and Penguins coming up and face some very stiff tests coming off a couple of losses against the worst teams in the East that exposed Black and Gold fragility at this point in the season. 


 

After knee injury, Beleskey set to return for Bruins vs. Blackhawks

After knee injury, Beleskey set to return for Bruins vs. Blackhawks

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins, looking for a spark after terrible, back-to-back losses to the New York Islanders and Detroit Red Wings, are hoping the return of Matt Beleskey from a knee injury can help provide the inspiration. 

The blue-collar left winger has missed the past 23 games with a torn MCL in his right knee suffered in early December against the Buffalo Sabres, but now he’s easing back into the lineup on the fourth line in Friday night’s showdown with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Beleskey was skating with Dominic Moore and Austin Czarnik on the fourth line at morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena and should be expected to throw a few hard hits and play with some intensity in his return.

“I’m ready to go and excited to get back out there,” said Beleskey, who has been skating with the team for roughly a week after giving the knee sufficient time to heal. “I’ve just got to keep it simple and do what I do well: Be hard on pucks, take the body and just try and find your groove. You don’t want to expect too much in your first game back, but you just want to be able to contribute.

“’I’ve been saving [the pent-up energy] for a while, so I’m ready to get back out there and hopefully provide a spark for us.”

The Beleskey return also provides the player with a bit of a reset button after a slow start to the season that saw him with two goals and five points along with a minus-6 rating in 24 games played for the Black and Gold prior to his injury. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairs against the Blackhawks based on morning skate today:

Marchand-Bergeron-Vatrano

Schaller-Krejci-Pastrnak

Spooner-Nash-Backes/Hayes

Beleskey/Blidh-Moore-Czarnik

 

Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

Morrow-Liles

 

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