|10.20.14 at 12:56 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Bruins coach Claude Julien said Monday after practice that defenseman Kevan Miller is being examined for what the team termed an upper body injury following a fight Saturday in the 4-0 win in Buffalo.
“He’s just being looked at by our doctors,” Julien said. “We will probably have more [Tuesday].”
Julien also said he likes the way Seth Griffith has looked early in the season and would probably benefit from playing with the top line of David Krejci and Milan Lucic, as was the case Monday in practice.
“I think anytime a player can play with some experienced players, it gives you a little bit more confidence,” Julien said. “Guys are pretty good with helping guys through and giving them the opportunity to get accustomed to our team, get accustomed to his line so it certainly helps. I think that’s what Seth has been doing right now, trying to soak up as much as he can.”
The key right now to allowing Griffith to gain some experience at the NHL level is Simon Gagne. The 34-year-old veteran played with Lucic and Krejci on Saturday night in Buffalo. He also has skated on the fourth line in games, as was the case again in practice Monday. Julien said he liked what he saw from Gagne on Saturday night.
“He was OK. What you saw today is probably what you’ve been seeing all along, a little bit of moving around,” Julien said. “He can play on that line, he play on the fourth line. I think he’s made the fourth line a pretty good line. If Seth is going to play, he needs to play on one of those lines right now. If he’s going to gain some experience, I think it’s with those guys. We can alternate Simon in those positions and that’s what we’ve been doing so far.”
All of this, naturally, results from the fact that the Bruins are still searching for an answer at right wing on their top line and Julien is trying to find the right combination early in the season while still being patient with young players like Griffith, Ryan Spooner, Matt Fraser and Craig Cunningham.
“You have to be a little bit patient,” Julien said “Fortunately, today for the players, you have to be able to bring some young guys in. There was a time when they really had to pay their dues and learn the game in the minors before they even got a shot. But in today’s game, you have to bring some young guys in for reasons like the cap and everything else. So you have to be able to live with some of the learning curves they have to go through and, at the same time, as a coach you try to minimize those so it doesn’t cost your team. That’s the balance you have to have in letting a young guy gain some experience and get better.”
It’s homecoming week against the Bruins as they host Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night at the Garden. On Thursday, Johnny Boychuk makes his first return to Boston since being traded to the Islanders in the preseason.
|10.20.14 at 10:57 am ET|
The Bruins dressed just six defensemen in practice as Kevan Miller was absent. He left Saturday’s game following a fight and did not return with what the team termed an upper-body injury.
|10.20.14 at 9:46 am ET|
The Bruins recalled right wing Seth Griffith from Providence Monday, a day after sending him down.
Griffith was first recalled by the B’s three games into the season, at which point he was put on David Krejci‘s line with Milan Lucic for two games. After Simon Gagne finished both games in Griffith’s place, the B’s made Griffith a healthy scratch Saturday and sent him to Providence Sunday. He played for Providence Sunday, scoring an empty-net goal.
In three games for Providence this season, Griffith has two goals and an assist for three points.
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|10.19.14 at 11:45 am ET|
The Bruins announced Sunday that they have sent forwards Seth Griffith and Ryan Spooner to AHL Providence.
Spooner played in the Bruins’ first five games of the season, centering Milan Lucic and Matt Fraser for three games before centering the fourth line with Daniel Paille and Simon Gagne until Gregory Campbell returned from injury. He struggled as a third-liner, while Julien was hesitant to play him while he centered the fourth line. Spooner played just 4:22 on Wednesday against the Red Wings.
Fluto Shinzawa of The Boston Globe reported prior to Thursday’s game that the Bruins would play Spooner at left wing once he was sent to Providence. The team had been hesitant to play Spooner anywhere but center since drafting him in 2010, but Spooner’s struggles in the defensive zone might make him better-served to play wing.
Griffith was recalled last Sunday to serve as the right wing on David Krejci‘s line with Lucic. He played two games in that role, but was replaced late in both games by Gagne.
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|10.18.14 at 9:38 pm ET|
The Bruins had to play with only five defensemen Saturday night, but three of them scored as the B’s took an easy 4-0 win over the Sabres.
After Kevan Miller had left the game following a fight, Dougie Hamilton scored his first goal of the season on a wrist shot from the point and picked up a secondary assist on a Zdeno Chara blast to make it 2-0 in the first period.
Torey Krug netted his first of the season as well, taking a puck off the boards and beating Jhonas Enroth with a wrist shot at 11:40 of the second. Just over three minutes later, Carl Soderberg roofed a backhander in front to make it 4-0.
The Bruins will next play Tuesday in Boston against the Sharks.
Here are some observations from the game:
– Miller left after fighting Nicolas Deslauriers on his fifth shift of the game, leaving the B’s to manage with five defensemen for the vast majority of the game. After the game, Claude Julien told reporters that Miller sustained an upper-body injury in the fight.
The task for Bruins blueliners became tougher in the second period, when an early penalty from Adam McQuaid and a late penalty from Dennis Seidenberg meant more responsibility and minutes on the penalty kill for the rest of Boston’s defense.
– Speaking of penalties, the Sabres are so bad this season. The Bruins took seven penalties, giving Buffalo nearly 13 and a half minutes of time on the man advantage, and the Sabres still failed to beat Svedberg.
– Saturday marked Simon Gagne’s first full game playing with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. He didn’t land a shot on goal, but Gagne’s plus-10 Corsi was tied for second among all players, with only Krug fairing better with a plus-14 Corsi.
– The Bruins were terrific in front of the net in offensive zone, with Reilly Smith putting in the work on the goals scored by Hamilton and Chara, while Krejci getting in front of Enroth off the faceoff facilitated Krug’s goal.
In their own end, the B’s were just as tough. They blocked a ton of shots against the Sabres, getting in front of 22 of them.
– Another game, another great showing from Carl Soderberg’s line. He and Chris Kelly lead the team with five points apiece.
– Patrice Bergeron had the assist on Hamilton’s goal, giving the Bruins center 499 career points. That ties him with Adam Oates for 13th all-time in Bruins history. Just a hunch, but the guess here is that he gets to 500 at some point.
|10.18.14 at 1:13 pm ET|
Milan Lucic apologized Saturday morning for the fine-warranting gesture he made at Canadiens fans Thursday night.
Lucic made the obscene gesture as he entered the penalty box with 1:20 to play in the Bruins’ eventual 6-4 loss to the Canadiens. He argued with a referee after the Habs added a power play empty-netter, which earned him a game misconduct. He did not speak to the media after the game and was fined $5,000 for the gesture on Friday.
“I’m not proud of what I did there. I just want to apologize to our organization for embarrassing the Bruins organization,” Lucic told reporters Saturday morning in Buffalo.
“I also want to apologize to our fans and also apologize to the Montreal Canadiens organization and the Canadiens fans,” he added. “I know they can get under your skin sometimes but they are great fans. I apologize for my actions. I regret what I did.”
Lucic had a pair of assists in Thursday’s game, which were his first two points of the season. According to ESPN Boston’s Joe McDonald, Simon Gagne skated on Lucic’s line with David Krejci in Saturday’s morning skate after finishing the last two games in that spot. Gagne scored late in Thursday’s game while playing with the duo.
Matt Fraser reportedly skated on the fourth line with Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell. Such a move is interesting, as Paille played right wing Thursday when Gagne was on the line. Perhaps that was preparation for Fraser, far more effective on the left wing than on the right, to return to the lineup in the position he plays best.
|10.17.14 at 11:57 am ET|
Milan Lucic lost his cool Thursday night, and now he’ll pay the price: $5,000.
The Bruins forward made an obscene gesture toward Montreal fans after being sent to the penalty box for boarding with 80 seconds to play and the B’s trailing by a goal.
After the Canadiens scored an empty-net goal for a 6-4 lead that would stand as the final score, Lucic proceeded to get thrown out of the game for confronting an official on his way to the bench from the box.
The league announced its decision Friday morning. The money will go to the Players’ Emergency Fund.
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