|Milan Lucic watched replay ‘100 times’ surprised Ryan Miller has concussion||11.14.11 at 12:38 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Count Bruins forward Milan Lucic among those surprised to hear that Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller suffered a concussion on Lucic’s hit on the goaltender Saturday night. Lucic said after Monday’s practice that his confusion comes from the fact that though his helmet came off, contact was not made with his head.
“I’ve looked at the hit 100 times because he said he got a concussion. I looked at it, and his shoulder hit my chest, so there was no hit to his head. His helmet came flying off, but his head didn’t hit the ice and later on in that period, one of their guys lifted [Tyler Seguin]’s stick and threw him into the net as well, so who knows what it was? It was obviously unfortunate to hear that he got hurt on the play.”
Lucic also pointed to the fact that Miller stayed in the game after the first-period play and played the entire second period before leaving the game. Players are required to leave the ice and go to a designated quiet room if they suspect they may have suffered a head injury.
“Was I surprised? Yeah, because with the new protocol and the concussion stuff, I know the last there NHLPA meetings that I’ve been a part of, they’re clarifying about concussions and head injuries,” Lucic said. “The main thing that they talked about is that there’s no such thing as getting your bell rung or seeing stars anymore. That’s considered a concussion, and if you’re in that position, you have to do whatever you can to take yourself out of play.”
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|Andrew Ference only player missing at Bruins practice||11.14.11 at 11:04 am ET|
WILMINGTON — Andrew Ference was the only player missing at Bruins’ practice Monday, as the defenseman has been out with a lower-body injury.
After taking part in Saturday’s morning skate, forward Daniel Paille was back on the ice donning a full cage. Paille was hit in the face by a Steve Staios slapshot last Monday.
|Ryan Miller (concussion) out indefinitely, Milan Lucic has hearing with Brendan Shanahan||11.13.11 at 9:08 pm ET|
Bruins forward Milan Lucic has a hearing scheduled with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan for Monday at 1 pm, according to a tweet from TSN’s Bob McKenzie. The hearing will determine whether Lucic is suspended for Saturday’s first-period play in which he hit Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller.
While Lucic may miss time due to the play, Miller definitely will. The Sabres announced Sunday that the goaltender, who called Lucic “gutless” after the game, suffered a concussion from the hit and will be out indefinitely.
|Bruins return Zach Hamill to Providence||11.13.11 at 1:35 pm ET|
The Bruins have returned forward Zach Hamill to Providence after a two-game stint with the NHL club.
Hamill was called up Wednesday on an emergency basis to fill in for the injured Rich Peverley, and upon Peverley’s return, he surprisngly stayed in the lineup Saturday in place of Benoit Pouliot. Hamill had an assist in Thursday’s game.
|Ryan Miller thinks Milan Lucic is a ‘piece of [expletive]’ and Tim Thomas can see why he was surprised by hit||11.12.11 at 11:14 pm ET|
Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller was asked following Saturday night’s 6-2 loss to the Bruins whether he was injured when B’s left wing Milan Lucic charged him in the first period, but he wasn’t interested in talking about himself. He was interested in expressing his thoughts on Lucic and the dirty hit.
“I’m not going to really get into that,” Miller said of his physical condition. “I just stuck around because I just want to say what a piece of [expletive] I think Lucic is. Fifty pounds on me, and he runs me like that. It’s unbelievable. Everyone in this city sees him as a big, tough, solid player. I respected him for how hard he played. That was gutless. Gutless, piece of [expletive].”
Lucic blocked a shot and was chasing a puck into the Sabres’ zone when Miller darted out of his net to clear the puck. Upon Miller getting there first and sending the puck aside, Lucic didn’t stop in time, barreling over the netminder and sending his helmet off. Lucic was given a charging minor for the play.
“Well I blocked a shot, and it’s a race for a puck, and I mean I just put my head down and tried to get to it first,” Lucic said. “And next thing I looked up he was out of his net and it was a collision. So I mean obviously going into a situation like that I’m going to brace myself. And I was going full speed so it was pretty hard for me to put on the brakes. So that’s basically it.”
While he didn’t seem nearly as upset with the play as Miller, Tim Thomas did seem to understand Miller’s unhappiness with the play.
“I will say that as a goalie, you’re not really prepared for people to hit you in a situation like that,” Thomas said. “You’ve been trained over the course of your whole career [to believe] you’re not going to get hit in situations like that. It must have taken him by surprise.”
There was no retaliation on Lucic, so Thomas was prepared for the possibility of the Sabres going after him.
“Basically, from my perspective, after that happened, [I was] just trying to make sure I was on my toes,” Thomas said. “I didn’t know if there would be kind of a retribution hit. That’s kind of the old school way.”
If there were to be a hit on Thomas, Lucic said he and the Bruins would have reacted much more than the Sabres did.
“Definitely. You know, we wouldn’t accept anything like that,” Lucic said. “We would have [taken] care of business. But we’re a different team than they are.”
|Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand lead B’s to fifth straight win||11.12.11 at 9:41 pm ET|
The Bruins are finally over .500, and they have a lot of scoring and a couple of youngsters to thank for it.
The B’s defeated the Sabres, 6-2, at TD Garden Saturday to improve to 8-7-0 on the season behind three-point nights from Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand. Seguin had a two-goal showing, matching his rookie-year total of 11 goals. Marchand had a goal and two assists.
Thomas Vanek got the Sabres on the board at 5:38 of the first period when he banked a shot off the back of Tim Thomas‘ leg. It was Vanek’s 11th goal of the season. Rich Peverley, who was making his return to the lineup after missing the last two games, tied it at one at 7:40 of the second before Seguin and Nathan Horton scored 16 seconds apart to give the B’s a 3-1 lead.
Buffalo starter Ryan Miller was replaced by Jhonas Enroth to begin the third period, but it did the Sabres no good. Peverley set up Chris Kelly in front of the net for Kelly’s fourth goal of the season to give the B’s some insurance, with Seguin and Marchand also scoring in the third. Both Kelly and Peverley ended the night with a goal and an assist. Marc-Andre Gragnani scored a power-play goal for the Sabres in the third period.
The Bruins will host the Devils Tuesday at TD Garden.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Seguin has scored in four straight games and has nine points (7 G, 2 A) over the last six games. Everyone knew he was the most talented player on the Bruins, but his more assertive play this season has helped him prove that he’s a legitimate goal-scorer worth fearing in the NHL. Marchand and Bergeron did most of the work on his two goals, so Seguin returned the favor on Marchand’s tally by threading the needle to his linemate in the slot.
– It wasn’t long ago that Marchand appeared to be stuck in a sophomore slump, but his helper on Seguin’s goal gave him a career-best five-game point steak. Marchand stole the puck in the neutral zone to set up his 2-on-1 with Seguin, and waited just long enough for Miller to commit to him before sliding the puck to the 19-year-old for the easy score.
– You learn in youth hockey that goals come in waves, but the Bruins have illustrated that to anyone who didn’t already know. The quick goals they received from Seguin and Horton marked the ninth time this season the B’s have scored two goals in less than a minute.
– Some good work from WEEI’s Michael Berger, who notes the Bruins have now scored five or more goals in five straight games.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Not the wisest of moves from Milan Lucic in the first period. After blocking a shot, Lucic appeared to have a breakaway if he could catch up to the puck. The puck bounced far ahead of him, making it a race between he and Miller, who had left his crease to chase it in the Sabres’ zone. Miller was there a stride or two ahead of Lucic and cleared the puck, but Lucic barreled into the netminder, knocking his helmet off and landing Lucic in the box for charging. Lucic has not fought in 20 games, and surprisingly wasn’t challenged after hitting Miller.
– Not as good a night for Zach Hamill, who was surprisingly in the lineup despite Peverley returning. Hamill played in place of Benoit Pouliot, with Jordan Caron starting the night on the fourth line. Hamill was swapped at points with Gregory Campbell, and the former eighth overall pick took a high-sticking penalty that led to the Sabres’ power-play goal in the third period.
|Bruins-Sabres Live Blog: Marc-Andre Gragnani makes it 6-2||11.12.11 at 6:56 pm ET|
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