By now everyone with an internet connection and even the slightest passing interest in the Bruins or the NHL has seen the video.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli revealed today that forward Nathan Horton has been cleared for contact.
Horton missed most of the second half of last season with a concussion after a hit from Philadelphia’s Tom Sestito Jan. 22.
The balance that has to be struck is the same for every rugged defenseman.
Like those before him and others currently skating in the NHL, Adam McQuaid is going to have to figure out how to play his all-out physical style at the sport’s highest level without enduring the type of injuries that keep him out of the lineup for extended periods.
BOSTON — The Bruins held their breakup day at TD Garden today, at least a month earlier than they thought they would have to go through that process.
Among the big stories was Patrice Bergeron’s revelation that he injured his oblique in Game 3 of Boston’s seven-game loss in the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs to Washington. Bergeron said he either strained or pulled the muscle and reaggravated the injury in Game 5, so that’s why he wasn’t able to take faceoffs in Game 6 and 7.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — The Bruins confirmed two things today at Ristuccia Arena that most expected even before the team took the ice for practice.
First, general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed that forward Nathan Horton will not return during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Horton has been out with a concussion since Jan. 22.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — The Bruins’ power play famously compiled a 5-for-61 success rate through the first three rounds of playoffs last season, starting with a 0-for-21 run against Montreal in the first round.
In an effort to not get off to such a horrible start when the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs commence, the Bruins spent a large chunk of their practice working on their power play — both 5-on-4 and 4-on-3 situations.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Tuukka Rask’s first practice with the Bruins’ full squad since his March 3 abdominal injury went so well today that he was able to measure his health in hockey terms instead of medical jargon.
“Pretty much I did everything. I didn’t let in too many goals either,” Rask said after the team was done with its 45-minute session. “So I’m more worried about stopping those pucks than doing all kinds of stuff. But it was a good day.”
Rask and defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who’s returning from a sprained knee. both skated with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides before practice and then stayed on for the full session. Boychuk took a regular shift paired with Andrew Ference.
“I feel pretty good, so I’ll take it day by day,” said Boychuk, who noted that he got on the ice Sunday too but felt sore when he skated.
Head coach Claude Julien said that he’s still confident Boychuk will be available for Thursday’s Game 1 against Washington, but that Rask might be a little further off.
•Julien said that defenseman Adam McQuaid, who did not practice, is “up in the air” in terms of his injury status. Proving that he’s in full-on playoff mode, Julien wouldn’t elaborate on the nature of the injury and just called it “upper-body.”
•Defenseman Greg Zanon shaved his mustache to get a fresh start for the playoffs.
The Bruins players had today off and the coaching staff is probably holed up somewhere dissecting video of Alexander Ovechkin, Mike Green and even Dennis Wideman.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, however, took some time out of his Easter Sunday to chat with the media on a conference call. During the call he was asked about the potential for a Nathan Horton return to the lineup.
BOSTON — Adam McQuaid and Johnny Boychuk will both be scratched today against Buffalo because of a head injury and a knee injury, respectively.
While head coach Claude Julien said he sees no reason why Boychuk would not be ready to start the playoffs with Boston next week, there are no similar assurances about McQuaid because of the type of injury the blueliner is battling.
BOSTON — As expected, Tim Thomas will not start tonight against Pittsburgh at TD Garden.
Head coach Claude Julien announced Marty Turco as the starter with Anton Khudobin, just recalled from the Providence farm club, as tonight’s backup. However, Julien said Thomas is not shut down for the rest of the regular season and will play again before the playoffs open next week.
BOSTON — The news was mostly positive about the Bruins two ailing defenseman after an optional practice today at the TD Garden.
Dennis Seidenberg, who missed his first game of the season last night, said he’s feeling fine and could be cleared to return to the lineup over the weekend when the Bruins play a back-to-back against the two New York teams.
BOSTON – Although they didn’t do it with just their top snipers getting the glory, the Washington Capitals ended Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas’ perfect shootout record tonight.
Speeder Alexander Semin scored one of the Capitals’ goals, but the other Washington scores came off the sticks of hard-working forwards Matt Hendricks and Brooks Laich in a shootout the Caps won 3-2 to clinch a 3-2 win in the game.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — The Bruins will continue their three-game homestand tomorrow night against Carolina, so they practiced today at Ristuccia Arena.
Most weren’t debating whether Adam McQuaid would get a suspension for his knee-on-knee hit on Nick Foligno Wednesday night, just how many games the Bruins defenseman would get.
Well, today McQuaid was let off basically with a warning.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — As mentioned earlier, Jordan Caron was back with the Bruins today for practice at Ristuccia Arena after spending yesterday skating for the Providence (AHL) farm club in a loss to Albany.