Last Skate of the The Day, January 10th, 2014


Oct 31, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins right wing

Shawn Thornton

(22) chases the puck in the corner during the second period against the Anaheim Ducks at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

A lot of things are coming into place in Boston. It’s been a rough California road trip for the B’s, who just haven’t seem able to play to their identity these last two games. There is good news for the team all around. Loui Eriksson could likely be back in the lineup tomorrow night. It  will be his first game back since being concussed by Brooks Orpik back on December 7th. Also, Shawn Thornton is finally good to play after earning a fifteen game suspension for leveling the aforementioned Orpik later in that game. The Bruins forward lines will finally look right for the first time in a long time. Check out other good news for the Bruins from their homepage. (Boston Bruins)

In other good news, Johnny Boychuk will not be in tomorrow night’s match up against the Sharks. While this doesn’t sound like great news on face value, for those of you who didn’t know. The Bruins defenseman is about to become a father for the first time. He headed back to Boston as it appears the babies are ready to make their debut. Congratulations to the Boychuk family, and we look forward to seeing him back in the line up (Causeway Crowd)

During some games, there are players that are just looking to get their team into a game. Those players sometimes are looking to chirp, annoy, and occasionally drop the gloves. Last night, that player was Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine. He inadvertently slugged a linesman during an attempted fight with Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf. Thankfully, the ref is OK and Erskine finally got that aggression out of his system when he took on (and took out) Colton Orr later in the game.  (NESN)

Dougie Hamilton is a young player, and young players will make the occasional bad play. In the game against the Los Angeles Kings, Dougie Hamilton was coming out of the box when the puck came right to him. Without thinking, he played the puck will still half in the penalty box. Well, you can’t do that Dougie. He went back into the box and the Bruins scored on the ensuing power play. Makes you wonder if Hamilton was told to write “I will not play the puck from the sin bin.” one hundred times after that game (CSNNE)