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Despite the COVID-19 problems in Ottawa, Bruins comes through the tests clean

During that match, Formenton was nose to nose with Connor Clifton before agreeing to drop the gloves. Brown injured Frederic with a devastating bang on the center ice, between five hits he landed.

The Bruins apparently had no potential issues with those senators. Speaking after the 11:30 am morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena, coach Bruce Cassidy said the team passed the 72-hour COVID tests. Clifton, sure to catch a few sniffs of Formenton’s breath, was in his regular spot on the third defense pair.

“We haven’t had any positives that I’m aware of, and I’d be made aware of them,” Cassidy said. “We tested this morning. So far good. So far all negative.”

Every NHL team is fully vaccinated, but the Red Wings, whose standout forward Tyler Bertuzzi is the only player of the league. All Bruins players, coaches and staff, as well as the media that reports about the team daily, have had their shot.

“Of course that helps. I think if guys tested positive, you’d probably be asymptomatic,” Cassidy said. “Normally, boys are not hospitalized. They have to wait it out for a while and then they go back to work. You don’t want another outbreak.”

There’s history in Taylor Hall’s benching

Cassidy’s benching of Taylor Hall late in Tuesday’s win over Ottawa goes back a few weeks.

In their 4-1 win over Buffalo on October 22, Hall was at the forefront when he took a third period trippen penalty against the defender Colin Miller. It was his second strike zone penalty of the game, along with a ticky-tack hooking call late in the second.

When Hall eliminated Miller, the situation was favorable for the Bruins, who had a two-goal lead with 3:58 to go. Hall wasn’t ice age docked. In the final minutes, he struck in for two more teams.

In Tuesday’s game, Hall was caught lassoing Ottawa’s Erik Brannstrom in the attack zone. At that point, the Bruins had a one-goal lead with 8:18 to go. Cassidy sat Hall for the rest of the match, exclaiming: Jake DeBrusk to ride with Charlie Coyle and Smith.

Hall is fast enough to influence an opponent’s breakout, but mistakes in timing or judgment leave any attacker vulnerable to penalties.

“If you want to flush a man from behind the net, it’s a game of reading and reacting. If you think you have the speed to do it and surprise a man, we’re not going to say no,” Cassidy said. ‘There is, of course, a risk. When he’s ready for you, he’ll come out the other side. It is typically a losers race.”

Cassidy said he told Hall at the time why he was in crunch time. He assured him that Thursday was a new day.

“If we’re going to win our fair share of games,” Cassidy said, “which we normally do, he’s going to get his chance to do well.”

Colby Cave remembered

The Bruins paid tribute to the late Colby Cave, the forward who came up with Boston and played for Edmonton in April 2020 when he died suddenly at the age of 25.

Patrice Bergeron hugs Emily Cave, widow of Colby Cave, before Thursday's game.
Patrice Bergeron hugs Emily Cave, widow of Colby Cave, before Thursday’s game.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

A short video highlighting his too-short Bruins career — his first NHL goal in Montreal, the team’s 2018 trip to China and his appearance in the Winter Classic at Notre Dame — was played for his widow, Emily, dropped a ceremonial first puck. She exchanged long hugs with captains Patrice Bergeron and Connor McDavid before and after the puck drop, and was hugged by every Bruin as she made her way across a black carpet in front of the couch.

Proceeds from the Bruins’ 50/50 raffle this week will go to the Colby Cave Memorial Fund, which benefits mental health initiatives and makes hockey accessible to underprivileged children.

Back in the swing

Foligno scored a game-high six hits in 14:58. “Obviously there’s some rust on it,” Cassidy said. “He tried to play like Nick Foligno plays, which is positive”. . . Patrice Bergeron (two assists) won 19 of 22 draws (86 percent). . . David Pastrnak put eight of his 11 attempts on the net. . . The Bruins loved Connor McDavid to one assist in 20:54, but McDavid hit the post during a breakaway after split Charlie McAvoy and Derek Forbort. McDavid also pulled two uncalled penalties. . . The Bruins lost at home for the first time (5-1-0). . . Matt Grzelcyk (two assists) took his first two points of the season. . . Smith gets stuck at 0-0–0, while Erik Haula (0-1-1) did not score a goal. . . The game time and broadcast plans have changed for the Bruins-Rangers matinee at TD Garden on Black Friday, Nov. 26. Puck drop is now 1pm, broadcast nationwide on ABC. . . Columbus retires number 61 from Rick Nasho when the Bruins visited there on March 5. Nash scored three of his 437 career goals in an 11-game stint here in the spring of 2018, before retiring due to concussion.


Matt Porter can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter: @mattyports.


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