Andrew Ference earned himself a hearing Thursday afternoon with the NHL discipline office to discuss his elbow to the head of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at TD Garden Wednesday.
You don’t have to live within the Bay State to cook up some ridiculous ideas for Bruins trade rumors as the April 3 trade deadline approaches in the NHL.
As far as Edmonton, people are throwing crazy ideas at the wall for general manager Peter Chiarelli to either consider or laugh about.
There are benefits and risks to playing with Zdeno Chara, as Johnny Boychuk did for most of the 2011-12 regular season (as he did the prior season too).
On the one hand, you’re playing with the best defenseman in the NHL and you know you always have someone to cover up your mistakes. But on the other hand, if you play poorly and force Chara to have to do too much, that can have ramifications throughout the entire Bruins lineup.
BOSTON — The Bruins’ morning skate today provided Johnny Boychuk with a chance to skate in a practice setting for a fourth straight day in his attempt to return from a sprained knee. So although head coach Claude Julien wouldn’t give a definitive answer this morning on his lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals with Washington, it’s fairly certain Boychuk will play.
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.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien said today that defenseman Johnny Boychuk has been diagnosed with a “mild” knee sprain. The coach classified Boychuk as “day-to-day.”
Boychuk was injured in a collision with Pittsburgh forward Arron Asham in the third period of the Boston loss at TD Garden Tuesday night. Boychuk is not with the team in Ottawa, where the Bruins will face the Senators tonight.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Fans in Ottawa might be disappointed they’ll have to wait another week to see some of the Bruins’ biggest stars.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Prior to today’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, Bruins forward Nathan Horton skated with Bruins strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides.
Goaltender Tuukka Rask was also on the ice.
BOSTON — Playing in the first of three games that are basically glorified exhibitions because of their locked-in status as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, the last thing the Bruins wanted to happen tonight against Pittsburgh was an injury to a key player.
Well, their worst nightmare became reality when Johnny Boychuk went down to the ice after a collision with Penguins forward Arron Asham 6:45 into the third period of Pittsburgh’s 5-3 win at TD Garden.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Johnny Boychuk is one of the Bruins’ most physical players.
His open-ice hits can turn the momentum of a game, and he’s seemingly mastered the hip check so well that no opposing puck-carrier can take his eyes off Boychuk when approaching Boston’s blue line.
BOSTON — Defending Stanley Cup champions aren’t supposed to have such low expectations.
But when you’ve failed to win two games in a row 10 games, it’s the little things that matter most.
BOSTON — The Bruins, who debuted two new players Tuesday in their loss to Ottawa, will replace one of those new faces with another newcomer tonight against New Jersey at the TD Garden.
Head coach Claude Julien confirmed that Greg Zanon will be in and Mike Mottau will be the healthy scratch on Boston’s back end.