No lineup changes expected for Bruins, Flyers


No lineup changes expected for Bruins, Flyers

By Joe Haggerty
PHILADELPHIA Its round two of an anticipated seven round fight between the Bruins and the Flyers, and there doesnt appear to be much in the way of changes for either side.The Bruins wont have any changes on their end, and only Mark Recchi was missing from the morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center as he took a well-deserved veteran exception as a 43-year-old playing deep into the postseason. Nathan Horton was back on the ice for the Bruins after missing yesterday with a broken skate, and Tim Thomas will be in goal for a Bs team simply worrying about their own business. "I dont think theres any secret to how hard this game is gonna be, and how tough this series is going to be, Andrew Ference said. We just have to take care of our own backyard first. It doesnt matter what system youre running if you dont bring energy and work with you as a team. Thats something we have to make sure we do.The Flyers were missing Chris Pronger and Jeff Carter from the ice at morning skate, but sources told CSNPhilly.coms Sarah Baicker that Pronger would play despite missing the last handful of minutes from Game 1 and walking up the runway to the dressing room with a couple of minutes left in the game.Brian Boucher will get the start between the pipes after getting yanked during the second period of Game One, and the Flyers goaltending carousel continues. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said it was a chance for the entire team -- Boucher included -- to wipe away the stain of a wretched Game One. "Brian will go back in net today," said Laviolette. "Today for me is a game where we all have to go back in there and try and right some wrongs. Everybody gets an opportunity and he deserves it."It sure looks like a fatal flaw in the series with the journeymen Boucher carrying a .783 save percentage into Game 2, but Claude Julien wasnt going to look at that as something the Bs could count on.They pulled goalies in the last round and they still managed to win their series, Julien said. We know thats something that has happened with this team since the first round, and its something that happened to them last year when they got to the Finals. Were not hanging our hat on that. Were hanging our hat on how were going to handle our own situation, and thats where were at right now. Andrew Ference had the line of the day when talking about the emails and texts he was sending out last night and this morning upon hearing about the death of Osama Bin Laden. Ference has befriended a group of US Army Rangers in Massachusetts that are also Bruins fans, and one had texted the Bs defenseman over the last couple of weeks that they were going out hunting for bad guys. It was the CIA and the Navy Seals that eventually took out Bin Laden, but Ference said he could sense the relief in his friends after theyd spent many sleepless nights hunting after the evil mastermind behind the 911 attacks.Ference also said he asked a few friends that were in contact with Barack Obama to put in a request for the Bruins: "I asked one of my buddies to send an email to Obama because I hear he's good at finding things, said Ference with a smile on his face. Hopefully he can help us find a power play goal."
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Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch


Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch

BOSTON -- It wasn’t perfect by any means, but Saturday night represented a step in a positive direction for Ryan Spooner.

The 24-year-old speedy forward was scratched for the home opener against New Jersey in classic message-sending fashion by Bruins coach Claude Julien, and deserved it based on a passive lack of production combined with some costly mistakes as well. So he stayed quiet, put in the work and then returned to the lineup Saturday vs. the Montreal Canadiens where he scored a power play goal in the 4-2 loss to the Habs at TD Garden.

“He was better,” agreed Claude Julien. “He was better tonight.”

Spooner could have had even more as he got a couple of great scoring chances in the first period vs. Montreal, but Carey Price was able to turn away a couple of free looks at the Montreal net. So the Bruins forward felt he possibly left points on the ice after it was all said and done, but also clearly played his best game of the young season after going from the press box back to the lineup.

“Yeah, I had like maybe four or five [chances] that I could have scored on,” said Spooner. “I’ve just got to bear down on those [scoring opportunities], and a lot [of them] in the first period. It’s good that I’m getting those looks, but I have to score on them.

“I’m just going to go out there and just try to play. I can’t really think about [fighting to hold a spot]. I’ve just got to go out there and try to play, I guess, the game I can and try to use the speed that I have.”

The Spooner power play strike was a nifty one with the shifty forward and David Backes connecting on a pass across the front of the net, and the young B’s forward showing the necessary assertiveness cutting to the net from his half-wall position.

Spooner had five shot attempts overall in the game, and was one of the few Bruins players really getting the chances they wanted against a pretty effective Montreal defensive group. Now it’s a matter of Spooner, along with linemates Backes and David Krejci, scoring during 5-on-5 play and giving the Bruins a little more offensive balance after riding Boston’s top line very hard during the regular season’s first couple of weeks. 

Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils


Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while waiting to find out which Walking Dead character got brained by Lucille in last season’s cliffhanger. I’m going with Abraham.

*The SI roundtable talks about the future of Jacob Trouba, and where he’ll end up going when his current situation resolves itself.

*P.K. Subban is apparently getting very comfortable in Nashville, and enjoying life in a city with NFL football.

*Fun conversation between Yahoo’s Josh Cooper and Brad Marchand about a whole range of random topics.

*A cool father-son story where they became the goaltending tandem for the Ontario Reign through a series of dominoes falling after Jonathan Quick went down with injury for the Los Angeles Kings.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Taylor Hall serving as exactly what the New Jersey Devils have needed for the last couple of years.

*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy says that the MLB playoffs couldn’t have played out any worse for the Boston Red Sox.