Report: Marchand slew foot to be reviewed by the league

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Brad Marchand could be hearing from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

The Bruins forward had a slew foot on Rangers’ Derick Brassard during the second period Thursday night.

There was no penalty on the play and Brassard remains in the game.

Marchand has been suspended previously.

He received a five-game suspension for his hit on Vancouver Canucks defenseman Sami Salo in January 2012.

Pastrnak sticking with the Bruins

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Rookie David Pastrnak is sticking with the Boston Bruins this season.

Pastrnak will play in his 10th game Saturday when the Bruins play host to the Columbus Blue Jackets, which will activate his entry-level contract.

The 18-year-old has four goals in three games since rejoining the Bruins after the world junior hockey championship. In eight games this season, entering tonight’s game, Pastrnak has five points.

Originally Boston’s first-round selection (25th overall) in 2014, Pastrnak had 10 goals and 27 points with the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins prior to joining the Czech Republic for the Under-20 tournament.

Cooper: Chara didn’t sucker-punch Paquette, but Bolts ‘could have responded better’

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More chatter regarding the Zdeno Chara-Cedric Paquette altercation on Tuesday night.

Today, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper threw out some cryptic remarks, shooting down the notion that Chara threw a sucker punch during Boston’s 4-3 win while also suggesting his team didn’t do enough in response to the B’s captain decking Paquette.

“I think we could have responded better,” he said, per the Tribune. “That’s all I’ll say about that.”

The incident in question, in case you haven’t seen it yet:

At the final buzzer, Paquette tried to get after Chara again, which led to this postgame chirp from Brad Marchand (courtesy CBS Boston):

“Yeah, I don’t know what that kid was thinking,” Marchand said with a smile. “I mean, you don’t mess with Z. There are some guys where you can push them and they’ll just kind of let it go, but if you’re going to challenge Z, then you’re going to have to deal with the consequences. He took a pretty hard punch there the first time, and I don’t know what he was thinking going back at him.

“He must have forgot that we play them three more times,” Marchand continued. “So hopefully he’ll be sent down by then — for his sake.”

Paquette, a 21-year-old rookie who’s eight inches shorter and 57 pounds lighter than Chara, brushed off Marchand’s remarks — “He can say whatever he wants, I don’t really listen to him,’’ he told the Tribune — and said he’d engage Chara next time too, if the situation called for it.

“I went in front of the net, tried to do my job and he just wouldn’t let me go and that’s my job,’’ Paquette said. “I think he took a couple of penalties on me the last game and if I had to do it again, I would.”

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Goalie nods: After replacing Lundqvist last game, Talbot gets big test vs. B’s

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All the latest from the crease…

Talbot starts in Boston

Bit of a curious one from the Rangers as they’ll start Cam Talbot ahead of Henrik Lundqvist tonight against the Bruins at TD Garden.

Talbot, who replaced Lundqvist during Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the Islanders, has been very good of late, stopping 58 of his last 61 shots faced for a .951 save percentage. That said, it will be odd to see him ahead of Lundqvist in a big game; Boston is streaking lately, with just one regulation loss in its last 11 games

Some reactions:

For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask is the likely starter in goal.

Elsewhere…

Wild at Sabres: Devan Dubnyk vs. Jhonas Enroth (read more here)

Canucks at Flyers: Ryan Miller for Vancouver, Ray Emery likely for Philly.

Avs at Panthers: Semyon Varlamov vs. Roberto Luongo

Oilers at Bolts: Ben Scrivens vs. Ben Bishop

Habs at Sens: Craig Anderson for Ottawa, no word yet on a Montreal starter.

Wings at Blues: Petr Mrazek vs. Brian Elliott

Jets at Stars: Ondrej Pavelec likely for Winnipeg, Anders Lindback likely for Dallas (read more here)

Flames at Coyotes: Joni Ortio vs. Mike Smith

Leafs at Sharks: Antti Niemi likely for San Jose, no word yet on a Toronto starter.

In praise of Braden Holtby

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I mentioned this the other day on the tweeter machine, but with the Capitals on NBCSN tonight, it bears repeating:

Among active goalies with at least 100 NHL appearances, only Tuukka Rask (.926) and Cory Schneider (.924) have a higher career save percentage than Washington’s Braden Holtby (.920).

Rangers star Henrik Lundqvist, considered by many to be the world’s best goalie, also has a .920 career save percentage.

Granted, Lundqvist has played 606 games and Holtby only 142. But still, that’s pretty darn good. And his career playoff save percentage is even better, at .931.

This season, Holtby is 21-8-7 with a .923 save percentage.

“His play has been stellar and so has our play,” said coach Barry Trotz, per NHL.com.

Discuss amongst yourselves how much Holtby should thank his teammates and new, structure-oriented coach for those gaudy numbers. To me, it just doesn’t seem like he gets the recognition his stats suggest he deserves. Five-on-five, Holtby’s right up there will all the current Vezina Trophy candidates. Even last season, during which he absorbed a fair bit of criticism as the Caps went on to miss the playoffs, his stats were actually quite good.