Trouble wasn't Bruin

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:10 AM ET

BOSTON -- Hal Gill wasn't planning on attacking Martin Havlat last night.

"(The media guy) wants you to say you're going to stick him in the face," Bruins defenceman Kevin Dallman said to Gill as he sat down beside the towering defenceman in the Boston dressing room yesterday.

"I'm going to stick him in the face," said Gill with a smile.

The 6-foot-7, 240-lb. Gill was playing Havlat last night for the first time since being kicked in the groin by the Senator on Oct. 15 at the Corel Centre -- an incident which the Bruin claims he has put behind him.

"It's not like I was hurt from the kick and I was out for two months," said Gill. "I wasn't injured so I don't see any need for an apology for what happened. I might have been upset if everything wasn't intact in (the groin) area ... everything is intact."

However, Gill said he was pleased to see the league hand Havlat a five-game suspension -- resulting in a loss of $66,000 US in salary -- for the kick, which wasn't penalized by officials.

"He lost his money and I was glad to see that," said Gill. "Quite frankly, he got what he deserved and the fact that he's back, I don't really care about it. I'm not really thinking about that stuff."

Harry the Dramatic:

Bruins president Harry Sinden, who since Day 1 hasn't been a fan of the new rules, told a Boston newspaper "somebody" is going to get killed because of the amount of 5-on-3 situations. "The defencemen are getting forever to wind up," said Sinden. "They're going to kill someone standing in front with a shot. They've got forever to shoot, and they shoot so hard and so high. Most shots are high. I'm telling you, I'm worried sick about it. I'm afraid it's going to happen, someone is going to get killed out there." Sinden added the two-man advantages are up dramatically. "There have been more 5-on-3s in the first 15 games than I've ever seen in years. And they are somewhat dangerous right now. I mean seriously dangerous." Senators GM John Muckler said he doesn't share Sinden's concerns.

Around the Boards:

The Boston faithful gave a nice salute to former Bruins great Cam Neely, who was on hand to drop the puck for the ceremonial faceoff. Neely, a true power forward over the course of his career, was the 50th Boston player inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Monday in Toronto ... Muckler believes there could be a 70-goal scorer this season if players like Philly's Simon Gagne are able to keep pace. "There's going to be a lot of guys who could score 50, some who could score 60 and I think we might even have somebody score 70," said Muckler. "That would be great. The fans would love it. They want to see goals. I know one thing: Nobody was complaining when Wayne Gretzky scored 92 while we were with the Oilers and there was a lot of people who were writing about it because it was exciting. That's a good thing for hockey and that's why these games have been so great." ... Muckler said he's had calls from a couple of teams "trying to make small moves," but with the Senators at the top of the standings, he doesn't feel compelled to do anything. "Not many teams want to talk to me, we're winning," said Muckler ... Put this one under the "You would have never seen this with coach Jacques Martin" department: Senators coach Bryan Murray giving Brian McGrattan a round of applause behind the bench after he went toe-to-toe with Boston's Colton Orr in the first period of last night's game.


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