Careful kid, he’s been known to lash out at small children, using snow as his weapon.

Bruce Boudreau likes surprises

Or at least he does when it comes to informing the media of critical playoff injuries. Following the standard post-season protocol, Boudreau said little regarding the status of defenceman Mike Green for tonight’s Game 4 against Tampa Bay, a game that could be the last one Boudreau coaches behind the Washington bench.

But barring a sharp last-minute improvement, Green’s severe limping while leaving the St. Pete Times Forum earlier this morning indicates his chances of playing are slim.

Bruce Boudreau thinks your question is stupid

Speaking of Boudreau’s job possibly being on the line after Washington is eliminated tonight (yeah, I said it), I wouldn’t recommend asking him about that. (the whole press conference is filled with classic Boudreau-speak, but the punchline is at the 2:18 mark).

Jeff Carter will be a game-time decision

That’s the word from CSNPhilly’s Tim Panaccio, who observed Carter skating lightly this morning and testing his injured right knee that’s kept him out of the lineup since Game 4 against Buffalo. The Flyers forward clearly wants to play with the Bruins in Philadelphia for tonight’s Game 3, but he’s not fully confident in his health.

A team source told Panaccio that Carter remains a possibility, while Chris Pronger has been ruled out due to his back injury and a pulled hamstring.

McQuaid’s neck still hurts, and who can blame him

We’ve heard all the Don Cherry-isms about being tough in the playoffs, but did anyone really expect Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid to suit up tonight after a nasty looking spill into the boards in Game 2?

McQuaid’s neck sprain is understandably still lingering, and he wasn’t on the ice for this morning’s skate. Head coach Claude Julien gave him the always vague and practically meaningless day-to-day tag, and said veteran Shane Hnidy is ready to slide into the lineup.

Ohhhhhh woooo hoooo Tampa Bay is Quebec’s team…GO LIGHTNING GO!!!

Yeah, I know it doesn’t have the same ring to it. Nothing is quite as authentic as a fanbase following a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in seven seasons proclaiming its triumphant reign over a nation.

Quebec has always disagreed with the rally cries of Leafs Nation (we hear the Habs have a bit of a following in that province), but now French hockey fans have temporarily latched on to a new team. With native sons Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis forging ahead, and Guy Boucher becoming hockey’s Yoda, the major Quebec media outlets have been following the team intently.

May snow showers bring…something

We’re not sure what they accomplish other than prompting a mild scrum and giving us something to talk about. The snow shower clouds have hovered over the Sharks/Red Wings series, leading to some petty discussion that neither coach can tolerate.