NHL VP to Bruins, Canucks: Enough 'garbage'


NHL VP to Bruins, Canucks: Enough 'garbage'

By Joe Haggerty

BOSTON Dont expect any more finger play in the Stanley Cup Finals after Monday nights final straw with Mark Recchi and Milan Lucic waving their fingers in the faces of Maxim Lapierre and Alexandre Burrows, respectively, during Bostons lopsided victory over the Canucks in Game Three at TD Garden.

The incident caused both Recchi and Lucic to be upbraided by coach Claude Julien for their classless gestures, which Julien had criticized the Canucks for earlier in the day. The gloved finger gestures were in retaliation for the two Vancouver players players targeting Patrice Bergeron in the first couple of games in the series, and NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy basically told both teams general managers and head coaches to cut the crap.

NHL official Kris King is in charge of the series," Murphy said. "We've addressed it. We've addressed it with the teams as early as this morning. I will be speaking with both general managers and coaches before the day is over about what we are seeing . . . the garbage that is going on. Some of the issues will be addressed.

Both Lucic and Recchi apologized for their actions after the game was over and promised there would be no repeat incidents, and it appears Murphy is ready to slap the book at any other skaters engaging in finger play.

When asked if failing to suspend Burrows for biting Bergeron earlier in the series led to the Nathan Horton head-hunting actions, Murphy slapped away that notion while hinting that higher penalties await anybody else continuing the shenanigans.

We made the right decision on Alex Burrows, Murphy said. I spoke with Alex. But I'm not here to speak about that. I've dealt with that. We've moved on past that. We will deal with the issues of the series and the chippiness that's going on."

The players will certainly continue piling up the hits and ratcheting up the physicality in the remaining four games of the Stanley Cup Final as it should be. But the biting, overzealous face-washing and ratty behavior, which is straight out of the Montreal Canadiens handbook, should be taking a backseat for the rest of the series.

It's the Stanley Cup Final. Both teams want that trophy, Shawn Thornton said. Everyone's going to do whatever they can to try and make that goal a reality. That includes playing physical, I'm sure.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team


Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while saying RIP Vine but not really feeling it since it’s a rabbit hole I never really delved down into. 

*Down Goes Brown celebrates the “NHL’s old guys”, and yes, that means a gratuitous shout out to Zdeno Chara as the top defenseman on the All-Graybeard squad. 

*Hampus Lindholm has signed a long term deal with the Anaheim Ducks, so now that deal leaves everybody to wonder who is leaving the Anaheim roster in the eventual salary cap crunch. It will be interesting to see if this hastens any Cam Fowler trade talk as far as the Bruins are concerned because it looks like they need the help.  

*Pro Hockey Talk has the Oilers off to their best start since the Wayne Gretzky Era and people in Edmonton finally getting to see the hockey they’ve been waiting for over the past few years. 

*In honor of the Halloween season that we’re in, here are a few cool and scary goalie masks with a bit of spooky flair. 

*Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka is confident that his young team is going to rebound after a rough start to the season. 

*Speaking of creative uniforms, it’s a most wonderful time of the year for hockey when they bust out their Oktoberfest sweaters. 

*For something completely different: this matchup of Peanuts and Stranger Things hits all the right notes for fans of both. 


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?

While the good news is that it doesn’t appear that Tuukka Rask is dealing with a knee injury, there are still some significant muscular issues to work with concerning his left leg. 

According to former Bruins defenseman and NHL analyst Aaron Ward on CSN’s Great American Hockey Show podcast, the Bruins franchise goaltender has been dealing with a hamstring issue that’s also become a hamstring and groin issue as he tried to play through in the first week of the season. Rask clearly tweaked something in his left leg opening night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, missed the Saturday night loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and then appeared to aggravate the injury in last week’s win over the New Jersey Devils. 

According to Ward, it’s hamstring and groin issues for Rask as the Bruins attempt to survive without him while potentially working toward a possible return for the Finnish netminder this weekend vs. the Red Wings. Rask hasn’t skated with the Bruins since finishing out the 2-1 win over the Devils last Thursday night, and tweaking the problematic left leg in the process. 

“What I was told is that it was left leg, and that at first it was hamstring and now it’s possibly hamstring and groin,” said Ward to CSN Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty on the Great American Hockey Show podcast. “You’re always concerned when you’re a goalie and it’s your legs, right? It’s the push-off. The crazy part was watching it on video where the shoot came from the left side and went wide, and the next time he injures it shot comes from the same spot, misses it wide and [Rask] is in the exact same position wincing.

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“I think [the Bruins] are smart rather than trying to play a guy that’s 90, 80 or 70 percent, whatever it is, to just get it over with. Endure the short term pain to get the greater gain, and that’s having Rask in there. There’s no greater endorsement to keep him out than seeing the [bad losses without him] because you need a healthy Tuukka to let the rest of the team settle.”

It’s been disastrous without Rask, of course, as the Bruins have allowed 11 goals in back-to-back losses to the Wild and Rangers with rookies Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre between the pipes, and Anton Khudobin out for three weeks while sporting a cast on his right hand in the last B’s game at TD Garden. 

Meanwhile, Rask (3-0-0, 1.67 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage) is trying to heal and time it perfectly so he returns once he’s past the danger of potentially blowing out the muscles in his left leg and making the situation even worse than it already might be. 

Ward also discusses his relationship with "Toucher & Rich" and the "Cuts for a Cause" charitable event that he helped start.