Notes: Marchand back, and ready to contribute


Notes: Marchand back, and ready to contribute

By Joe Haggerty

WILMINGTON Brad Marchand has done his time after hitting R.J. Umberger with an elbow to the back of his head, and is ready to return to the Bruins lineup after his two-game suspension.

Marchand has experienced a rocky past couple of weeks: taking key penalties late in games, getting benched in the third period against the Islanders after one ill-timed interference call, and finally dropping the elbow on Umberger.

The 22-year-old winger admitted some of the penalties and other extracurricular activity might have something to do with Marchand being stuck on 19 goals for over three weeks. Marchand and Patrice Bergeron had formed an offensively potent combo with Mark Recchi for the last couple of months, but the well has gone dry just as the team lost six of their last seven games.

There was definitely some frustration . . . especially with some of the penalties as of late. Its been out of my character as of late. I think Ive gotten out of my routine a bit and the bad penalties are creeping in a bit, admitted Marchand. Its frustrating when youre getting chances, you go into a little bit of a slump, and the team starts losing. It all kind of gets frustrating, and I might have reacted in the wrong way. Maybe the suspension had something to do with that, but now I can change it all around. I can do things the smart way.

The offensive slump has bugged Marchand a bit, but he felt that stepping away from the NHL action for a couple of games allowed him to hit the reset button along with the rest of the team.

I cant wait to get back and play. Its always frustrating to sit there and watch in a situation like that, said Marchand. Its tough to watch even when youre winning, but when youre losing that makes it even tougher. It was a bad situation, but its very exciting to get back.

I didnt mean to do it. With our game there are always going to be things that guys dont mean to do. I think we saw that with Patric Hornqvist on Tyler Seguin, too. But plays like that happen, and I cant let that affect my game. I have to play my game, but also be smart about it and watch what Im doing.

Its expected Marchand will be reunited with Bergeron and Recchi Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils, and will be looking for that elusive 20th goal of the season in his rookie campaign.

Several sources inside the Bruins dressing room confirmed that Tuukka Rask did indeed start screaming and flailing his arms in the direction of Dennis Seidenberg after Torontos fifth goal of the night. Rask approached Seidenberg almost immediately to apologize for the action, and Tim Thomas was brought into the game for the third period.

Claude Julien said Shane Hnidy continues to skate with the rest of the Bruins team while rehabbing from a shoulder injury and has been placed on injured reserve until hes fully cleared to play.

Nathan Horton didnt want to recount much from his Saturday night dust-up with Dion Phaneuf at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, but seemed to insinuate hed reached his boiling point with the entire evening.

Its done with. Its in the past, said Horton. Were just getting ready for Tuesday.

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Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener


Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener

The Bruins had already let it be known that Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak and David Backes wouldn’t be playing Monday night in their preseason opener vs. the Blue Jackets. 

Instead, all three will participate in their first day of training camp practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins will ice a young, prospect-laden group against Columbus at TD Garden.

“[Camp] has been really good,” said assistant coach Jay Pandolfo. “There are a lot of new faces around here, so we’re just getting them to understand how we want to play. I think they did a good job with it and they should be ready to go [against Columbus].”

Here is the lineup of players expected to suit up for Boston’s preseason opener on Monday night: Brandon Carlo, Colby Cave, Peter Cehlarik, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Seth Griffith, Colton Hargrove, Jimmy Hayes, Danton Heinen, Anton Khudobin, Sean Kuraly, John-Michael Liles, Zane McIntyre, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Peter Mueller, Riley Nash, Rob O’Gara, Tyler Randell and Jakub Zboril. 

Carlo, Cehlarik, Heinen and DeBrusk are all serious candidates to threaten for an NHL roster spot, and these preseason games will be a big test to see how roster ready they might actually be at their precocious young age.

The Bruins haven’t said when the first cuts of training camp are expected, but one round of early cuts are expected next week perhaps after Wednesday night’s preseason home game against the Detroit Red Wings.

“We’ll see how tomorrow night goes and then make a decision [on a lineup] for Wednesday, but I think we’ll try to give all the guys a pretty good look and go from there,” said Pandolfo. 

Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?


Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what a crap shot this Presidential debate is going to be on Monday night.

*Brett Connolly has hooked on with the Washington Capitals, and the Caps hope they’ve found a “gem” in the former Bruins winger.

*John Tortorella is putting his Blue Jackets through an absolute boot camp thus far in Columbus. Bold strategy…I wonder how this will play out.

*The Pittsburgh Penguins appreciate the gifts of defenseman Kris Letang, even if Team Canada didn’t for the World Cup.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ken Wiebe has the details on Jacob Trouba asking to get moved from the Winnipeg Jets.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has Saturday night’s World Cup of Hockey showdown between Russia and Canada as another chapter in the Alex Ovechkin/Sidney Crosby rivalry.

*It’s sad to see respected veteran player Clarke MacArthur have to be helped off the ice after a vicious hit in a training camp scrimmage. What a dumb move by a guy that’s never going to crack the Senators roster.

*For something completely different: a good father/son piece on learning to appreciate things that your kids are interested in, and how rewarding it can be in the end.