You just had a feeling that there would be fireworks flying when the Bruins and Canadiens renewed pleasantries this evening at TD Garden in Boston. The Boston media openly wondered if the Habs/Bruins rivalry is the best in the city this afternoon and the teams didn’t disappoint. After trying to fight for the better part of the second period, Brad Marchand and PK Subban dropped the gloves, helmets, and elbow pads as they met at center ice to punch each other in the face. The winner of the fight is up for debate; but the Habs got the last laugh as they went into Boston and escaped with a 2-1 victory for their second straight win on consecutive nights.
This is what happens when guys try to fight on TWO separate occasions only to be separated by the linesmen. When they finally got to fight, they made sure to get their money’s worth.
This isn’t the first time that Subban and Marchand have come together in a Habs/Bruins game. You may remember, last year PK Subban absolutely destroyed Marchand with an open ice body check that may have been the best hit of the 2010-11 season. A quick refresher:
I know there are people that say they don’t like fighting hockey—but it didn’t look like anyone was heading for the exits when Marchand and Subban were throwing down…
As if Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final couldn’t get any more dramatic, it has — Tampa Bay captain Steve Stamkos, who hasn’t played since Mar. 31, will make his playoff debut against the Penguins tonight.
Stamkos underwent vascular surgery in early April to correct a blood clotting issue, and has remained on blood thinners ever since. While there’s been no confirmation he’s off medication, he did tell Sportsnet he’d be able to return to the lineup once he was.
Stamkos reiterated that he’s still on the same prescription of blood thinners he was given earlier this month. He takes a 12-hour dosage, twice a day, and it has been suggested to him that once he is cleared to stop taking the medication, Stamkos conceivably could return to the Lightning lineup almost immediately.
That’s why I’m trying to stay in shape,” he said.
Stamkos' surgeon, Karl Illig, told the Times, his risks are "very, very low," decision up to Stamkos. "I think he's doing the right thing."
It’s been exactly eight weeks since Stamkos played his last game. At the time of his diagnosis, the Lightning said his timetable for recovery was 1-3 months.
To say his return will be a boost is a major understatement. Aside from the emotional factor, Stamkos led the Bolts in goals this year, with 36, and would presumably spark a power play that’s gone just 2-for-12 in the series.
As such, the drama surrounding Tampa Bay’s captain has reached an all-time high. Stamkos, who’s been out of the lineup since early April due to blood clots, looks as though he’s on the verge of an emotional comeback as the Lightning try to win an ECF Game 7 — on the road — for a second consecutive season.
“If Stamkos is in the lineup, it’s our best foot forward,” Cooper said. “If he’s not in the lineup, it’s because he wasn’t eligible to play.”
No word if No. 91 is still on the blood thinning medication he’s been taking since undergoing vascular surgery on Apr. 4.
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