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This weekend the Bruins played a home-and-home against the Chicago Blackhawks. On Saturday, after playing back and forth hockey on the scoresheet for most of the game, the Bruins finally decided to win the last game of their six-game home stand 7-4.

For the record, they won all six games at home.

However, they didn’t win the first game of the four-game road trip that started in Chicago.

Just prior to the game, the Bruins announced that top-line left wing Brad Marchand would be out with an upper body injury. This update came a couple of hours after Bruce Cassidy had planned on icing the same lineup from yesterday.

This led to some speculation as to whether or not he was truly injured or just being sat after the continued animosity of the Blackhawks players toward Marchand after his on-ice collision with Anthony Duclair, which left Duclair injured and unable to finish the game. Brad was assessed a penalty for interference in-game.

Bruce Cassidy cleared this up by stating it was an injury incurred during the game on Saturday.

Marchand, who has a team-high 29 goals and 69 points — five goals and six assists in his last five games — was hurt when he collided with Blackhawks forward Anthony Duclair in the first period of Saturday’s contest between the teams in Boston.

“It’s from the run-in with Duclair from last night,” coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We didn’t know how serious it would be. Just found out before the game he wouldn’t be able to go. We’ll see how he is for Tuesday.”

We’ll have to see if Marchy comes back on Tuesday at Carolina. With a team that is undergoing a second rash or=f absences due to injury or suspension this year, it seems that we need Brad to continue to be the difference maker while other players return to the lineup.

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The Hockey News put out an article on who’s been in the top 10 in assorted stats over the past three seasons:

http://www.thehockeynews.com/news/article/a-three-year-glance-at-the-nhl-s-top-10-in-goals-assists-points-wins-shutouts-more

A few notes:

– Holy crap, Marchand.
– Holy crap, Blake Wheeler.
– Everyone can seriously stfu about Tuukka.

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Who did the Bruins trade Wheeler for again? was that the Stuart trade?

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Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik.

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“Boris Valábik (born February 14, 1986) is a Slovak police officer, former professional ice hockey defenceman. Valabik was drafted in the first round, tenth overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Val%C3%A1bik

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Cant complain about the trade due to getting a cup….but..ouch. I LOVED Stuart….looks like Wheeler finally got over his offsides issues lol.

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Yeah, it’s a lot like Rangers fans’ feelings about Tony Amonte.

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Raptor Jesus!!!!

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OMFG Epiliepsy warning
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Yup, anyone bitching about Tuukka can suck it. Not surprised about B rad.
Would have liked to see +/-, some Corsi crap, and power play stats. PP is where Cindy, Ovi, and Tarasenko do SL much damage. I’m a lil surprised Giroux and Vorachek aren’t more present on these lists.

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Hiya.
Yesterday’s defeat isn’t too disappointing. They were bang in the game until the final 4mins, and without Bergy, Marchy and Backes. Most teams would kill to have them as a first line!

Yesterday was mothers day here. I don’t know why we have to be different from the rest of the world!

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Yesterday was mothers day here. I don’t know why we have to be different from the rest of the world!

I’d make jokes but I live in a country that doesn’t believe in the metric system. grin

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There’s also the driving on the left thing, but I’m pretty sure everyone else is wrong on that one grin wink

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Hey Pals!
I get to come home today!!!!
Fuck Florida! The police could not make me live here.
Marchy, please be okay. Sit a couple more games if it helps you slide by the DOPS.
Coming home for the snow!!

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What’s wrong with Florida?!