Last Skate of The Day, January 27, 2014


Jan 27, 2014; Uniondale, NY, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman

Zdeno Chara

(33) celebrates a goal against the New York Islanders with teammates center

Patrice Bergeron

(37) and defenseman

Dougie Hamilton

(27) and right wing

Reilly Smith

(18) and left wing

Brad Marchand

(63) during the third period of a game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Bruins defeated the Islanders 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Another game in the books for the Bruins, and two more points for Boston. Six different Bruins stepped up to put shots past a very battered Kevin Poulin in a 6-3 win over the New York Islanders. Brad Marchand had a four point game in the effort, and Zdeno Chara earned his 500th career NHL point with his goal in the third period. Bruins goaltender had thirty four saves on his third straight win. Here’s how it played out from the Bruins perspective. (Boston Bruins)

The New York Islanders did keep it close for two of the three periods, but once Carl Soderberg‘s goal hit in the closing seconds of the second period, the Islanders just ran out of fuel in the tank. The Islanders have been trying to fight back, but it looks like an early end to the season is all but inevitable now for the Blue and Orange. (New York Islanders)

It’s pretty much determined that Chris Kelly will be back in the line up for tomorrow’s tilt against the Florida Panthers. Between that and the expected match up between Tuukka Rask and Tim Thomas, it should be a rather great game to watch. The Bruins had been very careful with Kelly’s return, and it was for a good reason. Read the whole story here: (CSNNE)

On the topic of erring on the side of caution, Steven Stamkos has decided to sit out a practice or two as the doctor’s evaluate his continuously marvelous recovery. Stamkos was injured at the TD Garden literally ten feet in front of me, and I’m glad to see he’ll be back in action before the end of the season. (NHL)

In 2010, the powerhouse squad of Team Canada won the gold in Vancouver. In 2014, Team Canada (where the mighty Patrice Bergeron will essentially be in the position for Canada that Jordan Caron is for Boston) is looking to make another solid run at gold in Sochi. The folks at Bleacher Report broke down and compared the Olympic Teams of 2010 and 2014. It’s rather extensive, and you can check it out here. (Bleacher Report)