BOSTON -- David Pastrnak, who practiced with the Boston Bruins on Monday for the first time since injuring his left thumb after a team sponsorship dinner on Feb. 10, is a game-time decision against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, MSG+, NESN, NHL.TV).
BOSTON -- When the first announcement comes over the PA at TD Garden on Saturday, it might sound a little different than usual. That's because it will be veteran Boston TV host and reporter Jayme Parker's voice booming over the public address system -- and because she's a woman.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The four officials slumped on folding chairs in a cinderblock room. Exhaustion was on their faces as they stripped off their gear, sweat having pooled on their skin. On a table sat protein bars and other necessities: towels and Arrid Extra Extra Dry deodorant.
BOSTON -- It was deep into the night, maybe 4 a.m. by his recall, when the phone of Carolina Hurricanes forward Justin Williams rang. It was his former teammates on the Washington Capitals, raging through the night in Las Vegas, having just won the Stanley Cup. Their faces popped up on his screen, the FaceTime showing their joy and exhilaration at the ultimate goal, accomplished.
BOSTON -- The gulf is almost unimaginably wide at this point in the season. Nineteen points separate the Tampa Bay Lightning (102 points) and the Boston Bruins (83), even though they are No. 1 and No. 3 in the NHL standings.
BOSTON -- There was no "Nyquist" sign, but still Gustav Nyquist appreciated the effort. When he arrived at the airport off a flight from Detroit on Monday evening, there was San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson waiting to pick him up, a gesture of welcome from a new teammate who knows what it's like to be traded from the only NHL home you've ever known.