Vancouver Canucks v Boston Bruins - Game Six

Bruins stayed mostly injury free during run to the Stanley Cup


Earlier today we’d heard a bit about how banged up the Vancouver Canucks were through the Stanley Cup finals. Their list of skating wounded may have had a negative effect on how their season turned out, Boston managed to avoid trouble with the injury bug.

While the Bruins had to do without Nathan Horton from early in Game 3 through until the end of the series with a concussion and Marc Savard after he played just  25 games this season before getting another concussion of his own, the Bruins had little in the way of injuries elsewhere. ESPN Boston’s Joe McDonald finds out that forwards Milan Lucic and David Krejci had nagging injuries of their own that slightly hampered their games.

McDonald reports that Lucic had a severe toe injury and Krejci was dealing with a nagging shoulder injury that he suffered in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Krejci said, however, that the injury improved through the rest of the playoffs and it affected his play less and less until the end. Considering that Krejci finished the playoffs as the top scorer in the postseason, we’re a bit worried what we could’ve seen out of him fully healthy.

Fighting off injuries is a matter of virtual luck in the playoffs and the great shape the Bruins were in in the end of things proved how important it was for them to stay healthy. Not having to dig deep into your bench to fill holes, like how Vancouver had to, may have ultimately helped decide the series. It’s a marathon to the finish when trying to win the Stanley Cup and the Bruins ability to stay healthy and keep it together as a team won out in the end.

Report: Islanders cut first-rounder Barzal from camp

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It seems Mathew Barzal has played in his last game in a New York Islanders’ uniform for a little while.

Barzal took part in the Islanders’ preseason finale against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, but after that contest the Islanders decided to return him to WHL Seattle, per Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

He was taken with the 16th overall pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That selection was well-traveled as it originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but was involved in the David Perron trade and then moved to the Islanders as part of Edmonton’s deal to get Griffin Reinhart.

Barzal is noteworthy for his skill and speed, but he may have slipped in the draft due to a knee injury he sustained during the 2014-15 campaign.

The Islanders also reassigned Kirill Petrov, Kevin Czuczman, Scott Mayfield, and Adam Pelech to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

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What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. While Torres is not considered a repeat offender as his last suspension came more than 18 months ago, the NHL still retains the right to consider his history when deciding on this matter.

Among other incidents, he was once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.