Zdeno Chara

Video: Bruins, Canes get in three first period fights, including Zdeno Chara vs. Jay Harrison


It’s easy to get annoyed by the old joke “I went to see a fight and then a hockey game broke out,” but the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes tested the limits early on Saturday.

The first period of tonight’s game featured three fights. While Zdeno Chara dropping the gloves would headline almost any card, let’s go ahead and post them in order, so you can really get an idea of the “narrative.”*

First, Shawn Thornton fought Kevin Westgarth about 14 minutes into the opening frame:

A little more than four minutes later, Chara scuffled with Jay Harrison:

(Apparently those two don’t especially like each other. Hockey Fight’s Encyclopedic database shows that they also engaged in some fisticuffs on Oct. 18, 2011.)

Finally, Gregory Campbell danced with Nicolas Blanchard with about 30 seconds left in the period:

It’s believed that some hockey was also played in between those bouts, but we’ll have to do a little more research to confirm those rumblings.

* Using the word “narrative” like you would when describing the plot of just about any Jean Claude Van Damme movie.

Bruins officially sign Carl Soderberg

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It sounds like the Boston Bruins have sorted things out with Swedish prospect Carl Soderberg.

CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty reports that the team officially signed the prospect on Saturday and that he’s expected to join up with the B’s on Wednesday.

The team announced that it’s a three-year, one-way deal that carries an annual cap hit of $1 million.

Word surfaced on Thursday that the Swedish Federation was going to make it difficult for Soderberg to play for the Bruins, citing an urge to have the 27-year-old represent his country during the 2013 IIHF World Championship tournament.

Whatever issues must have been patched up, however, allowing the Bruins to add a guy who some believe is the Swedish Elite League’s best player to their playoff mix.

Soderberg scored 60 points in 54 games for Link√∂ping in the SEL this season. He’s described as a solid two-way player, too, so there’s a chance he’ll mesh well with Claude Julien’s demanding system.

Believe it: Islanders beat the Bruins, inch closer to playoff berth


Only seven games remain in the regular season for the New York Islanders. Over the past few years, this would’ve meant playing out the schedule, prepping for a top pick in the draft and dusting off the golf clubs.

That’s not the case in 2013. The Islanders, playing on the road, held on for a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

The Islanders, who haven’t made the playoffs since 2007, remain seventh in the Eastern Conference standings, still two points ahead of the New York Rangers. The Islanders are currently riding a three-game winning streak and have an 8-1-1 record over their last 10 games.

Only the Washington Capitals are hotter right now in the East.

“They’re believing in one another, they’re believing in the system, and they’re playing hard,” Islanders head coach Jack Capuano told NHL.com.

“At this time of year, I think teams that work extremely hard and win their battles – elevate their battle level and win their battles – have a good chance to win the game, and that’s what we’re doing.”

But can the Islanders keep this up?

There are two things to consider:

1) Five of the Islanders’ remaining seven games are on the road, beginning next Thursday in Toronto, then west to Winnipeg, south to Carolina, and then back up north to Philadelphia and Buffalo. They’ll play five games over an eight-day stretch.

2) Of their next seven games, only two of those are against teams currently in a playoff position.


Report: Bruins’ leading scorer Marchand has concussion

Brad Marchand

After taking an elbow during Wednesday’s 5-4 win over New Jersey from Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov, Boston forward Brad Marchand has been diagnosed with a mild concussion.

Marchand, 24, has posted 16G-17A-33PTS in 38 games this season and leads all Bruins skaters in goals, points and game-winning tallies.

He’s also averaging over 17 minutes per game for just the second time in his career.

Earlier today, the NHL came down on Volchenkov with a four game suspension for “reckless elbow contact.” The veteran rearguard was also fined over $91,000 in salary.

That punishment will do little to appease the Bruins, though. Losing Marchand is a big loss for the club, though big losses are familiar territory lately.

The Bruins already without the services of concussed center Patrice Bergeron, the NHL’s reigning Selke Trophy winner, and learned today that Swedish forward Carl Soderberg’s move to Boston was blocked by Sweden’s national hockey federation.

Report: Swedish Federation blocks Soderberg from joining Bruins

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Earlier this week, it appeared all but certain the Boston Bruins would have Swedish forward Carl Soderberg for the playoffs. Unfortunately for the B’s, the Swedish Federation has reportedly refused to release the big 27-year-old that scored 31 times for Linkoping this season.

It appears the Swedish Federation wants Soderberg to represent the country during the upcoming IIHF World Championship, which runs May 3-19 in Stockholm and Helsinki.

The NHL playoffs start April 30.