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Rest day for Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  January 8, 2012 10:45 AM

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The Bruins have been given today off. They will resume work tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at Ristuccia Arena.

With no practice and no media availability, here’s the latest version of Plus/Minus:

Plus

+ Full engagement from Nathan Horton. In 15:04 of spirited ice time yesterday against Vancouver, Horton showed he’s a handful when playing with bite. Horton ripped off four shots, landed one hit, and participated in a big-time dustup with Dale Weise. Horton is a ghost when he’s not engaged. Yesterday was a different story.

+ Solid even-strength play. Cory Schneider had to make the tougher saves in five-on-five situations. Bruins put good heat on the Canucks. But Vancouver is too talented when it comes to the man-advantage.

+ Two important home games coming up. Easy to have a letdown after yesterday’s five-alarm tilt. But the Bruins have Winnipeg on Tuesday and Montreal on Thursday. The Jets snapped the Bruins’ streak of 15 games without a regulation loss. The Bruins never have trouble gearing up for the Canadiens.

Minus

- Tough day at the office for Don VanMassenhoven and Dan O’Rourke. Can’t be easy to sort everything out after the first-period mayhem. There’s a fight to one side and a full-blown riot – in front of a bench, of all places. Six Bruins are on the ice. Seven Canucks are on too before Henrik Sedin heads to the bench. The referees erred in throwing Milan Lucic out for leaving the bench. But it was dubious to give Vancouver a two-man advantage for two minutes following the blowup (minors to Lucic and Shawn Thornton).

- Role of the rats. Alex Burrows taps Daniel Paille, then jabs Thornton in the throat with his stick. Brad Marchand goes low and wipes out Sami Salo. Chirping is one thing. Cheap shots are another, especially when The Code (and the instigator penalty) prevents undersized guys from getting what they deserve.

- No miked-up players. Oh, to hear some of the naughty words flowing yesterday. Thornton, Weise, and Maxim Lapierre were chatting for most of their time in their respective boxes. Former Florida teammates Horton and Keith Ballard were going at it all day. Don’t think things were rosy between the two in Sunrise either.

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