Penguins' Godard may miss rematch with Bruins

Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Eric Godard has seen this kind of buildup before.

The talk of retribution and carnage, of mayhem and vengeance.

And he has a pretty good idea, if precedent holds, of precisely what type of chaos will flare when the Penguins visit Boston Thursday.

The very limited kind.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a game get built up like that and have something [happen],” Godard said.

There are no guarantees, of course.

It could be that, as Godard suspects, there will be nothing more violent than a hooking minor when the Bruins and Penguins get together for the first time since Matt Cooke scrambled Marc Savard’s brain with a blow to the head in the Penguins’ 2-1 victory nine days ago at Mellon Arena.

But there also remains the possibility of something akin to anarchy because of the outrage, simmering and otherwise, that lingers in Boston over the check that might well have ended Savard’s season.

Especially when Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli all but accused his players of being down a quart or so of testosterone because none of them went after Cooke in the moments that followed his hit on Savard.

It is on just such occasions when the value of Godard, one of the league’s more accomplished fighters, is at its highest. He understands the role of enforcer, and executes it without hesitation or reservation, and that tends to have a calming influence on opposing players.

But Godard doesn’t expect to be handling the job Thursday. He hasn’t appeared in a game since injuring his groin Jan. 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York, and doesn’t have a timetable for getting back in the lineup.

“Like [trainer Chris Stewart] says, It’s ‘day by day by day by day,’ ” he said.

Godard seems to be making progress, however. He added on-ice workouts with conditioning coach Mike Kadar to his rehabilitation regimen last week, and doesn’t appear to have experienced any problems because of them.

18 Responses to Penguins' Godard may miss rematch with Bruins

  1. hockey_lover says:

    Good. Glad he wont be playing.

    If the bruins want to take a few pot shots at Cooke, Im ok with it. he did what he did and he shouldnt need a heavyweight enforcer to back him up.

  2. dumbassdoorman says:

    Godard, doesn't really remind me of the kinda guy that would stop someone from having a go at Cooke. He would however possibley keep things from getting out of hand? While Thornton is a good scrapper the bruins have noone in Godards league, so who knows what could happen now?

  3. leafy says:

    I just hope that nobody does anything stupid and go after Crosby.

    Just because Cooke is an idiot, it doesn't mean Crosby should be attacked to even the score.

    I'd want them to go after Cooke, however.

  4. bbruins37 says:

    The ISS rankings are out.

    I think it will end up going Hall/Seguin and then Fowler, but after that it looks pretty wide open. I personally like Gudbranson at no. 4. I also think Kabanov could end up being the steal of the draft.

  5. Kramer says:

    I got a new business idea. A stand-up, chairless desk. That's right. A desk that's higher up so you work standing up.  Whoever said you need a chair? People want to work standing up.

    This has implications for hockey. Imagine Bryan Burke in a chairless desk. He's comfortable, less stressed, and can better concentrate. So he's gonna make better trades.

  6. reinjosh says:

    I think Seguin will turn out to be the biggest player to come out of this draft
    I 'm thinking he will become a Backstrom type player with more prolific scoring

    Kabanov has been really weak this year in the QMJHL (well relative to expectations), and I think he will be solid but not as good as some are thinking (he seems to be the steal that everyone knows about and I think thats going to backfire on someone).

    Granlund will be the steal of the draft in my opinion. He has dropped a lot and people are going to regret not picking him.

    Watson is beginning to look like the next Kesler. This kid is going to be pretty sweet and the team that grabs him will be pretty happy.

    Bjugstad, Forbort, Etem and Coyle are players with potential steal potential as well.

  7. bbruins37 says:

    you can't blame kabanov for this season. he missed most of it with an injury. i'm pretty sure he only played the first 11 games and the last 11 games. if i remember correctly he had 14 points in the first 11, and 9 in the last 11 coming off of an injury. moncton is a great team though, so he'll get to showcase his skill in the playoffs to improve his draft stock.

    the guy you really have to feel for is connolly though. he was in the same situation as kabanov where he went down early and came back at the end. he was great in the 4 games at the end of the season, but unlike kabanov he wont get a chance to showcase his skills in the playoffs because his team didnt make it.

    i also really like etem. i thought they overrated watson a bit though

  8. reinjosh says:

    I say Burke goes after the Vesterholm brothers.

  9. bbruins37 says:

    it will be ridiculous if ovechkin wins the hart trophy this year. pending the capitals holding onto their 6-2 lead, they'll be 7-2 without ovechkin. and that doesn't even include games where he's been ejected mid-game like the chicago game where they came back from being down 3 goals on one of the best defensive teams (and one of the best teams in general). the ovechkin-less caps offense also chased one of the best goalies in the league out of the net tonight.

    just make the right decision and give it to crosby…or miller, but no one else.

  10. bbruins37 says:

    i just saw that they're 3-0 in the games he's been ejected. the hawks game, the hurricanes game (ejected in the 1st when it was tied), and the sabres game (ejected early in the third with the caps up by 1).

    so that's 10-2 (or 9-2 if you dont want to cont the sabres game) without ovechkin

  11. reinjosh says:

    This is going to be an interesting draft. Lots of movement. I really think its going to be a total crapshoot and there will be a bunch of bad picks as early as the 5th pick and littered all throughout the first round. But conversely I think there will be a bunch of steals late. 

    The movement of some players is nuts though. Guys like Etem, Burmistrov, Granlund, Bjugstad, Pulkinen are all over the board.

  12. hockey_lover says:

    And Godard shouldnt step in. Cooke deserves what he gets. Now, Im not saying someone has to Chris Simon Cooke and baseball bat his head.  Im just saying .. if Thornton or "the toughest guy in the league" Lucic wants to kick his face in, Im not gonna be sad about it.

  13. hockey_lover says:

    Ya know what though .. as OUT as I would be for someone going after Crosby, the "logic" of it, from a bruins players' perspective, makes sense.

    If I am Thornton, I COULD make the argument of "hey, you guys went after our star guy and took him out. We are going to do the same to you."

    Obviously the logic is a bit flawed but heat of the moment type of thing, ya know?

  14. hockey_lover says:

    Honestly, I think you are right.

    Miller is the choice for me. Buffalo is an average team in every aspect of the game. But this guy has been lights out all season. His Olympic play certainly didnt devalue him any at all.

    Id say Crosby is the runner up. With Malkin struggling (comparatively speaking to past years), this team depends 100% on Crosby right now. If he had gone down in the Downie hit, the Pens would be in deep trouble. Yeah, they have SOME depth and they still have Malkin (and even a 75% Malkin is better than many players in the league) but still. They'd be in a deep hole.

  15. bbruins37 says:

    Thornton has come out and said the game won't play out like Bruins fans want it to, which means nothing will be done to Cooke. He seemed disappointed when he said it but it does make sense with the Bruins position right now. I think you can expect either thornton or Looch to fight Cooke whether he wants to go or not, but that's about it. What are the chances the Pens don't dress Cooke?

  16. bbruins37 says:

    So Colin Campbell will be in attendance at tomorrow's game in Boston…probably to keep those dirty Bruins in check. I wonder if he'll show up in his Crosby jersey or Cooke jersey?

  17. bbruins37 says:

    Any March Madness predictions? I'm going with a Final Four of 1 Kansas, 2 Kansas St., 1 Kentucky and 1 Duke. If not Kansas St., it'll be 3 Pittsburgh. I'm not sold on 1 Syracuse. Whoever it is, they'll get rolled over by Kansas in the semifinal. Kentucky over Kansas in the championship game. Who needs experience?

    The biggest first round upset will be 13 Houston over 4 Maryland and the biggest run by a Cinderella team will be 12 UTEP getting to the Sweet 16.

  18. hockey_lover says:

    Its a good point. They cant afford to get into a battle and chance losing the game.

    I suppose its possible they wont dress him. If I am Byslma, there are two schools of thought:

    a) sit him in the box to protect him from other players and "protect" him in a player / coach mentality


    b) say "screw it, you did it, deal with it" and dress him.

    I think he will dress. He has played every game this season and is a "part" of the team, no less than anyone else.

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