Milan Lucic had his hearing today regarding the match penalty he received in Thursday’s game against Atlanta. As a result Lucic will be fined $2500 for the punch he threw and $1000 for his gesture towards the Atlanta bench.
According to Joe Haggerty, Tyler Seguin will be playing tonight after missing the previous two games. While Seguin does have a lot of learning to do to improve at the NHL level, sitting him in favor of a player like Daniel Paille is a very questionable decision. According to CSN, Cam Neely is not happy about last nights results, both regarding Seguin and the outcome of the game.
Interesting interview with Bruins President Cam Neely on WAAF with Greg Hill and former Bruins enforcer Lyndon Byers this morning. Neely sounded miffed with the entire game against the Sabres at HSBC Arena – and rightfully so – actually wouldn’t address the healthy scratch of Tyler Seguin.
Neely said flatly of scratching Seguin: “Coach’s decision. You’ll have to ask the coach.”Several times Neely harkened back to a B’s playing style that hasn’t exactly been lighting up the scoreboard lately, and the importance their defensive system places on scoring during the power play: “Goals against isn’t an issue. Goals for is an issue. The power play is an issue. I think the name of the game is that you still have to score one more goal than the other team. It’s not about trying to win 0-0.”It sounds like the heat might be turning up on the Bruins coaching staff if trends don’t start turning around for the Black and Gold.
According to CSNNE, Marco Sturm has been traded to LA for a conditional 5th round draft pick.
Tyler Seguin is also scratched for tonight’s game because of the flu. Seguin skated this morning and was limited to his lowest ice time total of the season against the Islanders. In Seguin’s absence, the offensively gifted Daniel Paille makes his return to the lineup.
UPDATE: CSNNE is now reporting the deal is for “future considerations”.
1. Brad Marchand. Marchand continues to bring speed and energy to this team on a nightly basis. Records his third shorthanded goal of the season and played strong two way hockey all night
2. Milan Lucic. Showing he’s worth the annual 4.083 cap hit. Scored his team leading 14th and 15th goals of the season on a nice shot from the faceoff dot and finishing it off with an empty netter.
3. Zdeno Chara. Chara had a dynamic game, both offensive and defensively. Chara was all over the ice and seemed more involved then usual. Despite a bad pass on the powerplay which eventually lead to the Islanders first goal, Chara played one of his best games of the season.
1. Ice time distribution. Tyler Seguin only skated 9:51 on the night, compared to Thornton who skated nearly 13 minutes. Seguin was explosive whenever he was on the ice tonight and clearly needs to be given more ice time.
2. Three men at the blue line. Might be the worst offensive gameplay in the NHL. Three players standing at the offensive blueline is something that started with P.J. Axelsson years ago. Clearly, that did not work. On multiple occasions tonight, the Bruins implemented this offensive “strategy”, with obvious no results.
3. Trevor Gillies. Who has the better stach Gillies or George Parros? That’s a tough call.