BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 25:  Adam McQuaid #54 of the Boston Bruins and Matt Dumba #24 of the Minnesota Wild fight during the third period at TD Garden on October 25, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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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.

Pay Backes: Bruins beat Blues in possibly costly win

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David Backes will likely look back at Tuesday as a special night, as he was welcomed warmly back to St. Louis as a member of the Bruins. His new team might have more mixed feelings.

The bright side is obvious: Boston’s offense looked potent in a 5-3 win against the Blues. The Bruins managed to hold onto a win after a hot start that saw Jake Allen scuttled from the St. Louis net.

Backes made an impact of sorts, getting in a fight on the same night that he received that ovation and video tribute.

The real stars were the usual suspects for the Bruins. Brad Marchand scored two goals and nabbed an assist, David Pastrnak collected three helpers and Patrice Bergeron had two assists himself. It was a strong night for Frank Vatrano, too, with a goal and an assist.

Time will tell if the bumps and bruises the Bruins received will put a damper on this win, however. Adam McQuaid couldn’t return thanks to an upper-body injury, Colin Miller was shaken up bit did return during the third period of the game and David Krejci was a little dinged up in this one.

Losing McQuaid would sting; if two or even three of those players are hurt, that could be quite the blow to the Bruins.

Still, at the moment, Boston has to be pretty happy about this win. They’re currently 2-0-1 during a challenging four-game road trip that ends in Nashville on Thursday and have largely survived a road-heavy stretch that started late in December.

For the Blues, it was a disappointment, although at least they showed a little fight after a lousy start.

Blues a little too welcoming to Backes and Bruins, dominated early on

ST LOUIS, MO - MAY 23:  Jake Allen #34 of the St. Louis Blues makes a save during the first period against the San Jose Sharks in Game Five of the Western Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center on May 23, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Blues claimed that it would be “business as usual” on Tuesday as they faced David Backes and the Boston Bruins. So far, they’re not up to their best practices.

(They nailed the tribute part, at least.)

St. Louis started the game about as flat as you could get. Boston charged out to a 3-0 lead through the first period, holding the Blues to a mere two shots on goal. Yikes.

Fair or not, that slow start prompted the Blues to replace Jake Allen. Here’s the last goal he allowed:

Torey Krug didn’t take long to score on Blues backup Carter Hutton in the second period, underscoring the notion that it’s not all Allen’s fault.

Perhaps this will serve as a wake-up call for the Blues, as they’ve been playing better so far in the middle frame, including getting a goal from Colton Parayko.

WATCH LIVE: Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Torey Krug #47 of the Boston Bruins shoots the puck against the St. Louis Blues during the first period at TD Garden on November 22, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Blues won 4-2. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)
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It probably won’t feel like “business as usual” for David Backes on Tuesday night, as he suits up to face the Blues in St. Louis for the first time in his career as a member of the Boston Bruins.

You’ll be able to soak in that emotional atmosphere on NBCSN tonight, and as a bonus, both teams have plenty to play for as they jockey for positioning in their respective conferences and divisions.

Generally speaking, these two teams can bring the black-and-blue, although both coaches have shown that they’re also willing to adapt to the more transition-minded times. It should be an interesting matchup tonight.

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

Click here for the livestream.