With wheels back, Peverley up to speed
On Nov. 5, the last game Rich Peverley played in before last night, the third-line forward wasn’t skating with his usual explosiveness.
Last night, after missing two games because of an undisclosed injury, Peverley didn’t skate like a player with anything bothering his wheels.
Peverley, skating on the right wing on the No. 3 line, tied the game in the second period by showcasing one of his best assets: his speed.
After Gregory Campbell won a battle against Tyler Myers and stripped the Buffalo defenseman, Peverley pounced on the loose puck. Peverley blew past Myers, hurtled down the left wing, slashed to the middle, and beat Ryan Miller five-hole at 7:40 of the second.
“[Campbell] did a really good job of finishing his check and made the guy off balance,’’ Peverley said. “I could use my speed right there.’’
In the third period, Peverley added an assist. Peverley picked off a Christian Ehrhoff pass, then spotted Chris Kelly backdoor for a tap-in. Peverley finished his night with three shots in 15:45 of ice time, including 3:47 on the power play and 3:04 on the penalty kill.
“He was skating well tonight,’’ coach Claude Julien said. “He didn’t seem like he missed a beat. He was using his outside speed, carrying it deep in the Buffalo zone. That’s what we needed to do. We needed to get the puck in deep, and he was able to do that a lot of times under control. I liked his game. For having missed the last two, I thought he came back real strong.’’
Take two for Hamill
Zach Hamill played in his second straight game. Hamill was brought up on emergency recall prior to Thursday’s win over Edmonton. Before last night’s game, the Bruins shifted Hamill to standard recall.
Hamill played left wing on the third line and didn’t record a shot in 8:46 of ice time. He was called for high-sticking Patrick Kaleta at 11:50 of the third. But Julien defended Hamill, noting that Kaleta would have clipped him in the face had he not raised his stick.
Benoit Pouliot was a healthy scratch. Jordan Caron, on the third line Thursday, skated on the fourth line with Campbell and Shawn Thornton.
Paille takes a twirl
Daniel Paille sat out his second straight game. He suffered a broken nose when a Steve Staios slap shot struck his visor last Monday.
Despite his injuries - Paille has bruises on both cheeks, his swollen nose is bandaged, and his right eye is red - the left wing participated in yesterday’s morning skate. Paille wore a full cage, which will most likely accompany the fourth-line forward once he returns to game action.
“Breathing is as expected,’’ Paille said. “I seem to be breathing pretty good through my mouth. I wasn’t going too challenging out there. But I felt pretty good.’’
Paille has been icing his face regularly to reduce the swelling. He is scheduled to have the packing removed from his nose in the next few days. Paille’s availability for Tuesday’s home game against New Jersey has not been determined.
In previous seasons, TD Garden hasn’t been among the league’s best ice surfaces. But this year, because of the NBA lockout, players have been praising the Garden sheet. Adding and removing the boards, basketball floor, and seats can affect the ice. “Probably having nothing else in the building helps it,’’ said Thornton. “It’s definitely been better. Not having the floor on it half the time definitely helps. It just feels harder now. It doesn’t feel like pucks have been bouncing as much as they have in the past. The boards are better than they were. I think they’ve done a good job with it.’’ . . . Andrew Ference (lower body) sat out his first game last night. Julien said Ference was feeling better and remains day to day. Ference didn’t participate in the morning skate . . . Steven Kampfer, a healthy scratch for the last six games, dressed for the first time since Oct. 22. Kampfer skated 14 shifts for 11:00 of ice time . . . The Bruins are averaging 6 goals per game over their last five . . . Kaleta returned after serving a four-game suspension. Kaleta was suspended for head-butting Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek Nov. 2. Kaleta continued to agitate last night. He was called for charging Adam McQuaid at 14:05 of the second. At 18:20, Kaleta and Thornton were tagged with matching roughing minors and 10-minute misconducts . . . The Bruins won 64 percent of their faceoffs. Patrice Bergeron led the team with 16 wins on 20 draws. “Any time we have a big faceoff, he’s the guy you go to,’’ Julien said. “He’s the most reliable centerman we’ve got on faceoffs. There can be certain nights when other guys are hot. But overall, he’s been dominant in the faceoff circle.’’ Paul Gaustad and Derek Roy, two of the best draw men in the league, went 7 for 18 (39 percent) and 9 for 22 (41 percent), respectively. “Quiet game from ex-Bruin Brad Boyes: one shot in 12:22 of action.