It looks like Keith Ballard will be a healthy scratch again tonight. I am not really concerned, just a string of bad luck.
He had serious hip surgery in the summer and was unable to skate and train until late into August. He was obviously a bit rusty and his minutes were limited.
He then sustained a minor concussion, and in his absense Alberts and Rome both played very well. Ballard will find his way back in very, very soon.
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Minor trade: Montreal has moved defenseman Ryan O’Byrne to Colorado for a prospect. O’Byrne lost his roster spot to Alex Picard.
Dobber here – I’m still waiting for Chuk to contact me. He won the draw for a free putter from Musty Putters
TJ Oshie broke his ankle last night and is out for at least two months.
Thanks to ESPN for this – 15 of Boston's 18 skaters had a point last night (not including David Krejci, who missed the game with a concussion). Impressive to say the least.
Patrice Bergeron had two helpers last night. With Savard/Krejci out, he is obviously playing more of an offensive role than usual.
Mark Recchi had three points last night for the Bruins. It was his first goal of the season. Not much else to add here, aside from the fact that he is very, very old.
Crosby has seven multi-point games in his past 10. Imagine if this guy had a winger or two to play with?
I love Boston's team. They are my favourite in the East (and were before the season). Depth up front – check (even with Krejci/Savard out). A mix on defense – check (defensive guys, minute-eaters, and some offense). Great goaltending – double check.
I really like Boston's depth forwards – Brad Marchand is a ton of fun to watch dating back to his World Junior days. Jordan Caron is playing like a seasoned vet. Shawn Thornton is one of the more talented fighters in the league as well.
Matthias Tedenby had an assist in his NHL debut last night.
The pint-sized Jhonas Enroth won his second NHL game last night – he is listed at 5'10"… but he looks to be about two or three inches shorter than that.
Tyler Myers with a statement game last night – three points, three shots on goal, plus-3.
The last five games are a microcosm of Derek Roy's career – pointless, pointless, pointless, two points, two points.
Matt Taormina has only two points in his past 10 contests.
Shane Doan missed last night's game (his third straight) with the dreaded lower body injury.
Wojtek Wolski has seven points in his last eight games after a miserable start. He is one of the streakiest players in hockey…
Yandle played over 25 minutes last night, while Ekman-Larsson saw only 11:17.
The players-only meeting called by Toron