BOSTON — The Bruins could have a welcoming party for the Senators in the form of Brian McGrattan.
While the former Ottawa tough guy wasn’t recalled Friday, he’s only an hour drive away with the Bruins’ AHL affiliate in nearby Providence and he could be called up in time to play Saturday.
The Bruins weren’t pleased Ottawa winger Chris Neil went after and fought Boston defenceman Dennis Seidenberg, a non-fighter, late in the Senators’ 4-0 loss to Boston at Scotiabank Place on Oct. 30.
After the game, McGrattan, who wasn’t in the lineup in Ottawa, told reporters in Boston that the antics were “typical” of Neil, adding that he had to fight Neil’s battles the three seasons they were teammates in Ottawa.
If McGrattan plays, Neil is ready for anything.
“I don’t know. It’s out of my control. All I know is I have to show up, be ready to play and be ready to try to win the game,” said Neil.
But Neil and teammate Matt Carkner have discussed the possibility of fisticuffs.
“You’ve got to be smart about it. You’ve got to do it whenever it’s right for the team and not yourself,” said Neil. “It’s a fine line on when to go. Sometimes you don’t really have a choice. You just go out, play hard, play physical and if stuff happens, it happens.”
Neil said he’s not afraid of the Bruins.
“I don’t want to comment on the thing. It’s over. It’s done with. We’ve got to go in there and get two points,” said Neil. “I’ve fought their tough guys before: They’ve got (Shawn) Thornton, (Milan) Lucic and they’ve got (Zdeno) Chara.
“Chara is about the only one I haven’t fought and that’s because he plays 30 minutes a game.”
Neil, meanwhile, wasn’t pleased with the antics of Vancouver’s Rick Rypien on Thursday night.
“Rypien comes after me in the first (period), I don’t do a single thing, don’t even drop the gloves and I get a penalty out of it,” said Neil, who fought Rypien in the third period. “We should have been going on the power play. If that had happened, he probably doesn’t see another shift.”
A DAY OF REST
RW Milan Michalek and D Sergei Gonchar skipped Friday’s practice before the Senators left for Boston. Both made the trip and are expected to be in the lineup Saturday night.