MONTREAL By and large, Claude Julien has given up weighing in with his opinions on borderline hits and hockey offenses that might garner the attention of Brendan Shanahan and his Department of Player Safety.
There were a handful of sketchy on-ice incidents that alternated between unnoticed and handled by the games overwhelmed referees at the Bell Centre on Wednesday night, but a pair gained traction in the hours following the contest.
A knee-on-knee collision between Hal Gill and Rich Peverley has sent the Bruins winger back to Boston to undergo testing and meetings with doctors to determine the extent of an injury that knocked him out in the third period. Despite lamenting the loss of Peverley while already one right winger short in Nathan Horton, the Bs coach didnt want to weigh in too strongly after reviewing the game video.
It doesnt matter. Whether I like it or dont like it I dont make the decisions, said Julien with a smile on his face. Were going to move forward with that. Im done commenting on that kind of stuff.
Julien did actually comment a little more substantively when asked about the Brad Marchand clipping penalty on Alexei Emelin and whether the Bruins expected any league reprimand for a player thats already been suspended five games for clipping Sami Salo. There were an entirely different set of circumstances on the Emelin hit, which Marchand seemed to target above the knee, and it was clearly a softer collision with the Montreal defenseman able to skate away from the impact.
Were at a stage where it doesnt matter what we think. Its what they look at and what they feel is the right thing, said Julien. You have to respect what theyre trying to do and move forward here.
My eyes saw Marchands butt hit the other guys butt. Clipping and a suspension is going after a guys knees. Thats the way I saw it and Im hoping the league sees it the same way.
While there's been no word about the league looking into the Gil kneeing hit, Brendan Shanahan addressed the Marchand clip Thursday afternoon in several tweets.
"Like all penalties on the ice, not all "clips" rise to the level of supplemental discipline," he tweeted. "This check by Marchand was delivered to the upper thighhip and not the knee area. We don't like it, but not SD."
Former Ravens and Jets linebacker - now an "NFL Today" analyst for CBS - Bart Scott usually "can't wait" to make his disdain for Tom Brady and the Patriots known.
He was back at it Tuesday in an interview with CBS Radio's Damon Amendolara, in which he said the Falcons have the better quarterback heading into Super Bowl LI.
“We know they’re the better offense, and right now, you could say they got the better quarterback because they have the MVP of the league,” Scott said. Ryan is the favorite to win the NFL MVP, which will be announced the night before the Super Bowl at the "NFL Honors" show.
“Now that’s a debate, but Matt Ryan has earned the right for his name to be put up there with the upper-echelon quarterbacks," Scott said. "He’s always been elite in the regular season, but now he’s taken this show into the postseason and he’s won the hard battles against the elite quarterbacks and now you have to give him his due.”
More from Scott: “I can’t see the Patriots stopping this offense. So, that means that these receivers are going to have to [keep] pace. It’s all going to come down to what it always comes down to. It’s going to come down to who makes the turnovers, who gets up early and puts the pressure on the other team. Matt Ryan and that offense showed me a lot when they went behind [in the divisional round against the Seahawks]. Seattle came and busted them in the face, and [Atlanta] went right back down and answered immediately.
"The Patriots always find a way, but I think it makes it more close of a game than what people think.”
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while rooting for “Manchester By the Sea” to upset some favorites at the Oscars.
*Sidney Crosby and Auston Matthews top the annual NHL coaches' poll produced by TSN Insider Bob McKenzie.
*The oral history of Fox’s glowing puck used for the NHL during their run with the league is an entertaining one.
*Mike Babcock gives pep talks to the reporters along with his own players while running the show in Toronto.
*The Vegas Golden Knights are moving forward with their timetable toward hiring a coach with some good candidates out there now, and some other ones potentially available soon. I’ve wondered if Claude Julien would be interested in that spot if he’s let go by the Bruins this season, but the one sure thing is that he wouldn’t be out of work long if he is relieved of his duties.
*Claude Giroux needs to start playing a little more fearlessly and without dwelling on mistakes, according to his general manager.
*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill doesn’t believe that fancy stats and analytics have had a major impact on the way the Wings do things.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the rundown on a Millenial’s dream of performers at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game: Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony and Carly Rae Jepsen.
*For something completely different: keeping an eye on the notion that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is going to run for President.