Rome should be burning

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Rome should be burning

By Rich Levine
CSNNE.com

We were anxious to hear the results, but there was very little to gain from the NHLs ruling on Aaron Rome (unless it involved a DeLorean).

It didnt really matter how the league punished Rome. They could have suspended him for life. Fined him 10 million. Fed him to a pride of lions during tonights first intermission. Who cares? It doesnt change the fact that some scrub ended Nathan Hortons season.

Now that the suspensions been handed down, you can appreciate it. No one wanted to see Rome again, skipping along freely while Horton sits at home with a blinding headache. Thats just wrong. Especially since, with the Bruins' luck, Rome definitely would have scored the game-winner in Game 7.

But do you actually care that he was suspended? Do you feel in the least bit redeemed for what happened to Horton? Does it make one bit of difference in terms of who spends their summer with Stanley?

The only thing that matters is that the Bruins are down their second-leading scorer, and for absolutely no good reason. Its like the Rondo injury against Miami. A cheap shot leads to disaster. And if by some chance the Bruins dont pull this series out, theyll be haunted with the questions of what could have been.

Listen, I know they scored eight goals Monday night without him. Its obviously not as bad as what happened with Rondo. But if the Bruins offense reverts back to Games 1 and 2, or just fails to find a rhythm with the new lines, Horton will be a factor.

And at no point will anyone think: Well, to be fair, the Canucks dont have Rome.

I dont disagree with the NHLs ruling. With Horton done, its only fair for Rome to sit. Not to mention, Rome gave the league an opportunity to make a statement. He was the perfect fall guy; someone they could make an example of without upsetting too many people.

They didnt have to suspend him for the whole series. They could have gotten away with two games; that would have been enough. But they saw the opportunity to set a new, safer precedent . . . and it worked. Players will remember what happened to Rome. He lost his mind for one second, and had a lifelong dream taken away. Im not saying that well never see another cheap hit at this level, but theres no question that this will serve as a deterrent. The NHL will end up a safer place because of it.

But for now, it does absolutely nothing for the Bruins.

It doesnt bring them justice. In this case only one thing will.

The Stanley Cup.

The next step comes tonight.

Rich Levine's column runs each Monday, Wednesday and Friday on CSNNE.com. Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrlevine33

Monday, Jan. 23: Yandle endorses Coyotes

Monday, Jan. 23: Yandle endorses Coyotes

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while sorting through all the Bruins-related alternative facts out there.

*Matthew Tkachuk is having some disagreements with his parents about his mouth-guard usage with the Calgary Flames.

*Former Yotes D-man Keith Yandle says that the Arizona Coyotes “know what they’re doing” despite their decent to the cellar in the Western Conference.

*Insights on every goaltending situation in the NHL from the crack ESPN.com staff breaking down the fantasy rankings.

*The struggles continue for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they can’t seem to gain any traction in the Atlantic Division.

*Wayne Simmonds took the blame for a late penalty that led to Philly’s undoing as they battle for playoff position in the East.

*Sounds like Patrik Laine might be nearing a return to the lineup, and that’s a very good thing for the Winnipeg Jets.

*For something completely different: We have a title for the next Star Wars film. It’s going to be called “The Last Jedi.”

Rask missing from Bruins practice after Sunday exit

Rask missing from Bruins practice after Sunday exit

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- A day after exiting a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins with complications from migraines, Tuukka Rask was missing from a full Bruins team practice at Warrior Ice Arena prior to Tuesday night’s home date against the Detroit Red Wings.

Rask pulled himself out of the game midway through the second period with his team trailing after he’d stopped 20-of-22 shots, and was motioning toward his eyes as he exited for the Bruins dressing room. The Bruins goalie confirmed to reporters following the deflating loss that he indeed was suffering from ocular issues consistent with migraines, the same issue that knocked him out of a home loss to the Rangers a couple of years ago.

The Bruins brought in an emergency goalie to practice with the team on Monday along with backup netminder Zane McIntyre, who allowed three goals in the third period on the way to the Bruins imploding in Pittsburgh.

Both Colin Miller and Kevan Miller returned to practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins coaches shook up the forward lines after they were only able to cobble together one goal on 45 shots on Sunday afternoon. Torey Krug was also missing from practice along with Rask.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on Monday morning’s practice that started roughly an hour late due to the team doing some video work together:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Vatrano-Krejci-Backes

Schaller-Nash-Beleskey

Spooner-Moore-Czarnik/Hayes

Chara-Carlo

Liles-McQuaid

K. Miller-C. Miller

Morrow

McIntyre