PANTHERS HONOR BOSTON: Team Wears Boston PD Caps in Warmups ... Gudbranson Could Return, Kulikov Hurt and Likely Out for Season
BOSTON -- Not only did the Panthers wear '617' decals on their skates and helmets Sunday, but they wore 'Boston Strong' t-shirts purchased for charity underneath their warmups as well as Boston Police baseball caps.
Florida's trainers and equipment staff wore the Red Sox's 'B Strong' patches on the back of their jackets as well as the Boston Strong ribbon patch on the front.
Coaches, front office staff and team broadcasters wore blue and yellow ribbons.
Backup goalie Scott Clemmensen, a Boston College graduate, wore a different baseball cap during each period representing the Massachusetts State Police, Boston's District 4 and the Boston PD.
The Bruins had a postgame ceremony in which first responders were awarded jerseys from the game.
"We wanted to show our support here,'' Clemmensen said. "We got in [Saturday] afternoon and it was good to see people out and about after the week they had. The park by our hotel was pretty packed. It's good to see the reaction.''
-- Tomas Kopecky missed his first game of the season on Sunday as Scott Timmins was recalled from AHL San Antonio. Kopecky, Dineen said, "just can't play. He's hurting there a little bit.'' Kopecky could be back Tuesday.
-- Defenseman Erik Gudbranson missed his second straight game after hurting his hand/wrist in the final minute of Thursday's loss to the Rangers.
"He skated today, will skate [Monday] and I'm hoping he'll be ready Tuesday,'' Dineen said.
-- Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov and Jagr got tangled up early in the third and Kulikov hit the ice hard and awkwardly.
Kulikov was helped off the ice by trainer Dave Zenobi and didn't return. Dineen said Kulikov could miss the final three games.
"He won't be available,'' Dineen said, "probably for the rest of the season.''