BOSTON, MA - Bruins winger Jarome Iginla will be in the lineup tonight when Boston hosts his former longtime team, the Calgary Flames, at TD Garden.
Iginla didn't join in Monday's practice at Ristuccia Arena, as he was being evaluated by team doctors after dislocating his finger in a fight with Ryan Kesler Saturday night in Vancouver.
But, all checked out with the X-Rays. Nothing broken. Just a dislocated finger that was put back into place.
"When I first looked at it, I would have thought it was for sure [broken]; I had never seen anything like – I had never been through it," Iginla said on Tuesday morning, after taking part in the team's pregame skate.
"So I was thrilled and relieved that it wasn’t and they put it back and just made sure that it was stable enough and good to go, and yesterday, I came back and saw our doctors and put a splint on, I’ll be good to go."
Just like that. Good to go.
On Saturday night, immediately after the fight in the first period, Iginla skated off the ice went to the room. Photos (taken from the feed on NESN) of the dislocated finger had floated around Twitter and social media.
WILMINGTON, MA - Bruins forward Daniel Paille flew back to Boston with an undisclosed upper-body injury last week, leaving the team in Calgary amidst their road trip through Canada.
Following the Bruins' skate at their practice rink, Ristuccia Arena, on Monday, Head Coach Claude Julien gave an update on the forward, who was again missing from the ice.
"Dan came to us the first time in Calgary and started talking about not feeling well and once he got evaluated by our trainers, it looked like concussion symptoms so we sent him back home to get evaluated by our doctors," said Julien.
"It was an unfortunate thing; it was a thing we found out at the last minute and so we scrambled there to get another player back, but the first we did was send him home and made sure he was well taken care of."
WILMINGTON, MA - Defenseman Adam McQuaid joined the Bruins on the ice for practice Monday at Ristuccia Arena for the first time, as he progresses in his recovery from a nagging lower-body injury.
He had skated on his own for four days, first hitting the ice on December 11 in Edmonton at Rexall Place.
He originally suffered the injury on November 9 early in the Bruins' game against Toronto, and has missed 14 games so far this season due to the off-and-on injury. The last time he suited up in game action was on November 30 against Columbus.
With McQuaid joining practice, it also meant it was the first time he spoke with media since re-aggravating the injury.
"It’s always nice to get back somewhat into your normal routine of practicing and getting back into some of those game-like situations," said McQuaid. "It’s just fun to get back out there and pass the puck around and shoot on the goalie."
For the past four days, the blueliner has been shooting on empty nets, taking turns and essentially skating in circles by himself.
WILMINGTON, MA - When the Bruins hit the ice for practice at Ristuccia Arena on Monday morning, Jarome Iginla was absent, as he was being evaluated by team doctors.
"He’s going to see our doctors today," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said following the team's skate. "We’re hoping that it’s all good and hopefully we get him back [against the Flames] but we won’t know until later today."
The winger injured his finger in a fight early in the game against Vancouver on Saturday, and went to the room for the rest of the first period. When the puck dropped on the second period, he was out there for the opening faceoff, and finished out the game.
"He's fine," Julien had said postgame in Vancouver. "He injured that finger but, again, it's just the kind of toughness that Iggy has. As as far as that’s concerned, he wasn’t going to be denied the opportunity to come back and he made that decision, [for] his team, to be okay."
VANCOUVER, BC - When the Bruins entered Rogers Arena this morning, it was the first time the team had returned since June 15, 2011.
For the players, staff and coaches, they may not all admit it, but it brought back emotions. It's only natural.
Let's get nostalgic for a minute.
"Obviously, it does bring back a lot of memories just being in the locker room and out on the ice also," said alternate captain Patrice Bergeron, as he spoke with reporters in the visiting team room following the Bruins' morning skate.
What is most memorable about being back?
"I think the locker room," said Bergeron, as he flashed a quick smile and looked around the room, as his teammates unlaced their skates and went through their pregame routines.
"Just celebrating after with all the guys and it all happened here in this room. It does bring a lot of memories and I think obviously the final buzzer when you go jump on the goalie and you all celebrate together so there’s too many things to talk about but it is obviously a special thing."
EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers kept pushing, and pushing, with the Bruins holding on to a 3-2 lead late in the third period at Rexall Place on Thursday night.
"They’re a highly skilled team and you have to respect them," said defenseman Johnny Boychuk.
But the Bruins would hang on, with Jarome Iginla driving in the empty-netter from long-range to seal the 4-2 win, for Boston's fourth straight victory. They're undefeated on the road trip.
Boston had jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period, thanks to a Dennis Seidenberg point-shot, a laser from Iginla, and a shorthanded two-on-one tally from Brad Marchand, off a slick setup rom Patrice Bergeron.
Edmonton would go on to outshoot the Bruins 27-13 in the final 40 minutes, and 13-3 in the third period.
"That’s the most important thing, we had a one-goal lead going into the third period and we found a way to win," said Iginla, who notched two goals against his hometown team, with plenty of support from his family contingent, and plenty of Black & Gold in the stands.
EDMONTON, AB - The Bruins have garnered three straight wins, even with injury woes, as they prepare to continue their Western Canada road swing in Edmonton tonight against the Oilers.
They've found ways to win, but are still looking for a more consistent game.
"Not that easy," cautioned Head Coach Claude Julien, when it was suggested by a reporter that they keep rolling along.
"I don’t know if we’re playing well; we’re winning hockey games but they are struggles…Sometimes the experience of our team and the guys that we have that are healthy certainly helps."
"We know that we can be much better and sometimes you have to be honest and you look at the standings and be realistic with the assessment of your team and it’s maybe not the same. We’re happy to be where we are, but we know we should and have to be a lot better."
EDMONTON, AB - As the team bus pulled into Rexall Place on Wednesday afternoon, and the Bruins started unloading their hockey bags from the equipment truck, they were greeted by a familiar face.
Andrew Ference, former longtime Bruin and current Oilers captain, clad in his blue and orange workout gear, gave a succession of hugs to his close friends. The reunion brought out smiles from the group and huddles of conversations catching up.
"It was great. Obviously looking forward to the guys coming in," Ference said on Thursday morning. "Got to see them quickly at the rink and caught up for a bit yesterday and reminisce a little bit, get caught up in what’s going on with everybody’s lives."
"Just a good group of buddies coming in for a visit, and then today, we have to go to work."
There is, of course, a game to be played on Thursday night in Edmonton, with Ference on the opposing side.
But the occasion also offers an opportunity to reflect on why the reunion between him and his teammates was such an easy, heartfelt one.
Through Ference's seven seasons in Black & Gold, he was there for the rebuild, from the beginning with General Manager Peter Chiarelli in 2007, to the Cup and two Final appearances. The lower cap prevented a re-signing in the 2013 offseason for the unrestricted free agent, but it was a respectful, classy departure for the defenseman.
EDMONTON, AB - As the Bruins continue their 5200-plus mile trip through Canada, Wednesday brought them to Rexall Place, following an emotional night in Calgary with Jarome Iginla's return to the Saddledome.
With the Flames' fans giving Iggy the homecoming he deserved, Boston's road trip now gives both Iginla and defenseman Johnny Boychuk a homecoming to their hometown of Edmonton.
Boychuk returned to the lineup in Calgary. Adam McQuaid and Dougie Hamilton are now the Bruins' blueliners still sidelined. Hamilton is back in Boston, out an estimated 2-4 weeks with a lower-body injury he suffered in Toronto.
McQuaid traveled with the team, though he was placed on injured reserve by General Manager Peter Chiarelli on Sunday. Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien had projected him to start skating this week.
The defenseman hit the ice to skate on his own prior to Wednesday's practice at Rexall Place.
It was his first time skating since re-aggravating his lower-body injury. It's been a somewhat nagging injury for McQuaid, who has missed time off and on since November 9.
CALGARY, AB - From the moment Jarome Iginla arrived in Calgary, the spotlight was on.
From the throngs of cameras and media that awaited his arrival by team bus, to the fans shouting "Iggy! Iggy!" and cheering every time he touched the puck on Tuesday night at his former stomping grounds, the Scotiabank Saddledome.
There was a game to be played, too, though all of the attention was around "Iggy," the former longtime beloved Flames captain.
And when the final horn sounded, the Bruins had rallied to cap off his return with a 2-1 comeback win over the "C of Red."
But it didn't look that way early. It took until 13:49 of the third period for the Bruins get on the board, and when they did, it was two tallies 1:38 apart from David Krejci and Reilly Smith that did the job.
"We just got back to playing Bruins hockey," said Smith, of them turning the corner in the third. "The first two periods, we got away from it. I think we were making too many hope plays, we weren’t trying hard enough to turn the puck over and stick to our game plan. We got back to it in the third and I think that changed our game around."