Morrisonn gets in the action and on the board
Defenseman hopes to stick this time
WASHINGTON -- When players are called up from the minors, they never know whether they're going to be in the NHL for a day, a week, a month, or a season. Last year, young defenseman Shaone Morrisonn played 11 games for Boston during five stints in his first pro season but was in Providence the majority of the time. In 60 games there, he had 5 goals and 16 assists.
Last night against the Capitals, Morrisonn and left wing Ivan Huml were in the lineup as the Bruins ended their winless skid at six games with a 3-1 victory over the Capitals. It was the first Boston appearance of the year for Morrisonn.
"I thought he played really well," said coach Mike Sullivan, who paired Morrisonn with Nick Boynton. "Obviously, one of his biggest assets is his skating ability. I thought he did a good job staying up with the play and he was joining the rush. Obviously, he's excited to be here and he brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm."
Morrisonn played 14:01 over 26 shifts and finished a plus-2. His assist on Patrice Bergeron's third-period goal was his first NHL point.
"It was nice to get that first one," said Morrisonn. "It's been two years now and I got it out of the way. I'll keep on going from there."
Morrisonn admitted to having a few butterflies.
"I was a little nervous, my first game of the year," he said. "But once I settled down, I felt comfortable with the guys. Playing with Boynts was awesome. He just makes everything easy."
Morrisonn said he's healthy after missing nearly a month because of a concussion suffered Nov. 16 when Providence was playing in Philadelphia. It was the second concussion of his career.
"I got slew-footed behind the net," said Morrisonn, who turned 21 last week. "I landed on my head. I ended up finishing the period but I didn't feel all right. I couldn't see the ice as well. It just felt like something was wrong."
"I'm happy I'm healthy now. It's scary because you don't want to rush back and you want to make sure you're 100 percent. You can't really treat it with anything, you just have to be patient." That was something Morrisonn had trouble with. He tried working out shortly after the concussion but felt lousy.
"That wasn't the smartest idea," he said. "Then I took a week off and then started working out again and finally felt symptom-free."
He's glad to be getting the chance to be back in the NHL.
"I've been playing pretty good down there in Providence," he said. "I'm feeling confident. Hopefully I'll do pretty good here and get to stay a little longer."
Lapointe suspended Right wing Marty Lapointe was suspended for one game as a result of his crosscheck to the neck of Tampa Bay defenseman Brad Lukowich in the third period Saturday night. Lapointe was given a match penalty for intent to injure. He forfeits $27,777.77 in salary, which will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. Lapointe is eligible to return tonight when the Bruins host the Ottawa Senators at the FleetCenter . . . Felix Potvin started in net for the first time since Dec. 11, when Boston was here last. Potvin hadn't won since Nov. 14 when the Bruins beat the Blue Jackets, 4-0, in Columbus . . . Hal Gill's first-period goal was the 18th of his career and first since Feb. 4, a span of 60 games.
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