BOSTON -- The middle knuckle of Bruce Cassidy's hand had blood smeared on it, as the Boston Bruins coach sat down at the podium to address the media following his team's 6-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.
The young players on the New York Islanders joke sometimes that forward Josh Bailey is their favorite player. That might sound mean, but it isn't. It's a compliment. Perhaps one of the highest that they can bestow.
BOSTON -- When Paul Stewart found out about his future, about his induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, he revisited his past. He went to St. Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, to see the grave of his grandfather, the man whose career as an NHL referee and MLB umpire modeled for Stewart what he could become.
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins are missing Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy and Kevan Miller. They've been without Brandon Carlo, Torey Krug and Urho Vaakanainen at times this season. They've dipped far enough into their defenseman depth to surface with names like Jeremy Lauzon, Connor Clifton and Jakub Zboril.
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins and their coaching staff have narrowed their focus. No longer can they look at the season in three-game chunks, five-game chunks, 10-game chunks. They have to look at the next game ahead of them, and the one after that, and the one after that.