James O'Brien

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Chaotic Bruins – Predators game also has this brutal McQuaid fight

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At this point, coaches of the Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators might as well keep their speeches to “Stay safe.”

It’s been a pretty wild one so far, with Tuukka Rask possibly being injured by a Roman Josi shot and then Josi being shaken up by a huge, late hit.

Why not throw a pretty awe-inspiring fight into this motley mix, then?

Adam McQuaid took down Derek Grant in a truly brutal bout. Just, yikes:

(Full video of the fight to come.)

Bruins get a scare as Rask leaves after taking slap shot up high

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The Boston Bruins are holding their breath on Thursday night after Tuukka Rask took a Roman Josi slap shot up high.

CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty notes that the shot “shook him up immediately” and that he was being worked on in the Bruins dressing room.

Watch video of the moment in the clip above. Also, here’s that scare in GIF form SBNation:

PHT will keep an eye out for updates regarding Rask’s condition. As you can see in places like Hockey Reference, the gap between Rask and the rest of the Bruins’ goalie options has been … large.

Update – So far, not so good. The Bruins announced that Rask is being evaluated and is unlikely to return against the Predators.

Rask left the game under his own power and said he’d be OK, according to CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty.

Video: Roman Josi hurt after late hit by Anton Blidh

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Not long after inadvertently potentially injuring Tuukka Rask with a slap shot, Roman Josi may have suffered an injury thanks to a hit that may or may not have been inadvertently questionable.

(You can decide for yourself after watching the hit in the video above.)

The deliverer of the questionable hit was Anton Blidh of the Boston Bruins, who received a major penalty for interference.

Here’s a GIF of the hit, if you prefer that method:

However you feel about Blidh’s intent … yikes, that doesn’t look good for Josi. The Predators are already down a key defenseman in P.K. Subban, so a serious injury could be an enormous blow to the team’s fledgling playoff hopes.

Considering Rask’s importance to the Bruins, this could be a costly game for both teams.

Update: The Predators announced that Josi suffered an upper-body injury and will not return.

Video: Dale Weise shows nice hand-eye (and foot) coordination for Flyers

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Every now and then, a “grinder” reminds you that it often takes a lot of skill to play at the NHL level, even in such a meat-and-potatoes role.

Shawn Thornton had a habit of doing that during his days with the Boston Bruins, among others. In the latest instance, it was Dale Weise making a nice little play to set up a Travis Konecny for the Philadelphia Flyers against his former team, the Vancouver Canucks.

Enjoy that nice, subtle little display of skill in the video above.

WATCH LIVE: Montreal Canadiens at Minnesota Wild

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Two contenders from each conference face off on NBCSN tonight as the Minnesota Wild host the Montreal Canadiens.

For Montreal, this just about ends what could have been a treacherous, road-heavy stretch. The Canadiens mostly passed a serious test. On the Wild’s side, they’re one of the hottest teams in the NHL. They’ve only lost two games since Dec. 4, only once failing to earn at least a standings point during that span.

So, yeah, this is a great matchup, even before you get to Carey Price vs. Devan Dubnyk. More on that here:

You can watch on NBCSN, watch online and via the NBC Sports App.

Click here for the livestream.