When pictures surfaced on the Internet of Jarome Iginla’s bent finger, it seemed he wouldn’t be back for awhile. Iginla, too, thought he might be ticketed for a lengthy stay out of the lineup.
But after Iginla skated off the ice Saturday in Vancouver following the injury — rather than heading to the penalty box for his five-minute major for fighting Ryan Kesler — the trainers popped the finger back in place. Iginla returned for the start of the second period.
And, after being evaluated by doctors in Boston Monday, Iginla declared himself good to go for Tuesday’s game against his former team.
“It doesn’t feel too bad now,” said Iginla, who was wearing a splint after Tuesday’s morning skate. “It was a little sore the next day and stuff. But, yeah, just dislocated it. I was fortunate it wasn’t broken or anything. Everything worked out.
“When I first saw it I thought I was going to be out for a while, but very thankful. I’ve never had that before. They do the X-rays, they put it back. I thought it would be worse. Fortunately it’s not that bad and long term it’s not that bad. It looked a lot worse than it was.
“Some family and some friends were wondering. I guess they were a little grossed out when they saw it. And so was I.”
If Iginla had been forced out by the injury, it would have been a rare occurrence. He hasn’t missed games because of injury since January of 2007, when he was out from Jan. 4 to Feb. 2. He played in 82 games in each of the next five seasons. He played 44 of 48 in the lockout shortened 2012-13, missing four because of his trade from Calgary to Pittsburgh. He has played every game this season.
Thornton appeal Friday
Shawn Thornton’s in-person appeal with commissioner Gary Bettman will be Friday morning at the NHL’s New York offices. Thornton will travel with the team to Buffalo, where the Bruins face the Sabres Thursday night.
The Bruins forward is taking the first step in appealing his 15-game suspension, handed down by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Saturday.
If Bettman upholds the terms of the suspension, Thornton can appeal to a neutral arbitrator, a process added in the new collective bargaining agreement, but which has not been attempted by any player.
“I think that’s his prerogative,” coach Claude Julien said. “He’s entitled to it. It’s up to himI think a lot of people said they feel it’s a little long, and so does he. He’s a teammate of ours, and we’re going to support him.”
Matt Fraser was the Bruins’ healthy scratch, making room for Craig Cunningham’s NHL debut. The 2010 Bruins’ draft pick got his first chance with the big club, playing 8:16 with four shots on goal.
“It was nice to get the first one out of the way,” he said. “I was a little nervous on my first shift. The pace is a little quicker than in the American League, but after my first shiftI thought I settled in.”
Said Bruins coach Claude Julien, “First game, first-game jitters and I think you could see it in that first shift, but he settled down and gave us what we wanted from him, a real good effort.”
Marchand hit reviewed?
Brad Marchand put the Flames’ Sean Monahan into the boards in the second period, earning a two-minute minor for boarding. It was a play that likely got repeated viewings in the Department of Player Safety office. Marchand wasn’t available after the game, but Julien defended him. “I look at that hit and it’s a two-minute penalty,” Julien said. “I don’t think he was going in there looking to injure the guy. He was going to hit and the guy turned and how he got him deserved a two-minute penalty, but that’s as much as it is. I don’t want us to start thinking that everything Brad does is bad. It’s a two-minute, like a lot of other two minutes. Not any worse than all the high sticks our guys took to the face tonight.” . . . Loui Eriksson was at TD Garden, according to Julien, the first time he had been to the rink since suffering his second concussion in 45 days on Dec. 7. . . . Chris Kelly and Dougie Hamilton have been around the team, doing workouts with strength coach John Whitesides.