|02.27.16 at 4:50 pm ET|
The Bruins assigned forward Tyler Randell to Providence on a conditioning loan Saturday and placed forward Max Talbot on waivers.
This marks the third time this season Talbot has been placed on waivers. He has cleared both times in a season that has seen him play in both Boston (36 games) and Providence (10 games). Randell has played 25 games for the B’s this season, scoring five goals in the process.
The moves allow the Bruins some flexibility with their NHL roster should they add players prior to Monday’s trade deadline. Should Talbot be claimed or clear and go to the AHL, the Bruins will have 21 players on their NHL roster, which is two shy of the maximum of 23.
|02.26.16 at 9:41 pm ET|
Back before the go-to goaltending concern was whether Tuukka Rask was going to have to play every game, the biggest one was making sure Boston’s goaltender — whether that happened to be Tim Thomas or Rask — would turn it on down the stretch.
If the last five games are any indication, the B’s are getting good news in that regard. In stopping 39 of the 40 shots he faced in a 4-1 win over the Hurricanes Friday, Tuukka Rask has a .951 save percentage in his last five starts. The Bruins have gone 4-1-0 in that span.
The Bruins have one more game prior to Monday’s trade deadline, as they’ll host the Lightning Sunday at TD Garden. Both the Bruins and the Bolts have 74 points on the season, though Boston has played 62 games to Tampa’s 61.
Here are four more things we learned Friday:
BELESKEY STAYS HOT, MATCHES CAREER-HIGH
With another two-goal game — his second in his last three games — Matt Beleskey tied his career-high in points with 32. Beleskey put up 32 points a season ago in 65 games for the Ducks and has done so in 60 games this season.
The third-line left wing is currently enjoying his best offensive stretch as a Bruin. He has six points (five goals and an assist) over his last four games. The 27-year-old is on pace to finish the season with 43 points.
Until the Hurricanes got some chances against them late in the second period, Patrice Bergeron‘s line dominated play over the opening 40 minutes. The trio was on the ice for 13 shots for and three shots against over the first two periods, with Bergeron leading all players with an 84.21 Corsi For percentage in the opening 40. He and Brad Marchand finished the game tied with a game-best 74.07 mark.
One of those shot attempts went in off Bergeron’s stick, as Brett Connolly’s pressure forced a turnover that made its way to Bergeron, who beat Cam Ward for the game’s first goal. With the goal, Bergeron moved into a tie with Loui Eriksson for second on the team with 23 goals this season. Read the rest of this entry »
|02.26.16 at 7:47 pm ET|
Though the Bruins recently increased the term of their offer to Loui Eriksson, a source familiar with the negotiations told WEEI.com Friday afternoon that the sides are still not close on either the term or the average annual value of Eriksson’s next contract.
The source confirmed that the Bruins’ recent offer is for four years after the team initially offered him a three-year contract in December. Eriksson, who will be 31 at the start of the season, wants a longer deal. He is seeking between the high-$5 million range and the high $6-million range on his next deal, depending on the length of the contract.
Barring a surprise trade, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney and agent J.P. Barry are expected to continue discussions Saturday. Eriksson is in the final year of a contract that carries a $4.25 million cap hit.
The NHL trade deadline is Monday and the Bruins are willing to trade Eriksson if the sides haven’t made enough progress on a new contract. A trade is not a certainty in that scenario, however, as the source said that the Bruins have not indicated that they would definitely move the player if he didn’t sign by Monday.
|02.25.16 at 4:51 pm ET|
According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Bruins are at least beginning to budge regarding the issue of term as it relates to Loui Eriksson’s next contract.
After Boston offered three years in its first contract proposal in December, term has been the key issue discussed for the 30-year-old winger, who is in the final year of his contract. More recently, the Bruins have offered Eriksson more years than they did in their initial three-year proposal.
It remains unclear whether the Bruins and Eriksson will be able to agree on a new contract ahead of Monday’s trade deadline. If they can’t, the Bruins are open to trading the player. Eriksson, who currently carries a $4.25 million cap hit, is seeking an average annual value of between the high $5 million range and high $6 million range on a long-term contract.
Eriksson is in his third season with the Bruins. The only player to skate in all 61 of Boston’s games this season, Eriksson is second on the Bruins with 23 goals on the season, which is the sixth 20-goal campaign of his career. The versatile winger is on pace for 31 goals, which would be the second-highest total of his career.
|02.24.16 at 10:08 pm ET|
The Bruins had to fight tooth-and-nail to hold onto a one-goal lead, but they forced the floodgates open late and ran away with a 5-1 victory over the visiting Penguins on Wednesday night.
With only a pair of David Pastrnak goals through the first 50 minutes of regulation and the Penguins forcing Tuukka Rask to keep Boston in it, the Bruins scored three times in the final 10 minutes, including Landon Ferraro’s first point in 26 games and Brad Marchand‘s 31st of the season, to put the game out of reach.
Rask stopped 41 of the 42 shots he saw, while the Bruins managed to put up five goals despite not having a power play on the night.
The Bruins have now swept the season series against the Penguins, winning all three contests.
David Pastrnak was buzzing in the early going of Wednesday’s contest and he finally cashed in thanks to a beauty of a pass from linemate David Krejci. The veteran center lobbed a pass up the middle of the ice to spring Pastrnak on a breakaway on which he was hooked by Derrick Pouliot to earn a penalty shot.
Pastrnak scored, becoming the youngest Bruins player to cash in on a penalty shot at age 19.
Pastrnak beats Fleury on the penalty shot pic.twitter.com/k0EfT8bKnz
‘ Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) February 25, 2016
Minutes before his penalty shot goal, Pastrnak nearly scored when he picked a pass off from Marc-Andre Fleury and threw quick attempts at the net, but of which were stopped by the Pittsburgh netminder.
|02.24.16 at 12:03 pm ET|
With the exception of Tuukka Rask taking the net, Wednesday’s morning skate suggested the Bruins will use the same lineup Wednesday night against the Penguins that they used in Monday’s loss to the Blue Jackets.
That would mean that Max Talbot would be scratched for a second straight game and would be joined by Tyler Randell and Zach Trotman in the press box.
The Bruins have beaten the Penguins in both meetings between the teams this season, with Boston sweeping a home-and-home with 3-0 and 6-2 wins on Dec. 16 and 18, respectively. The B’s and Penguins enter Wednesday’s action in wild card spots, though the B’s are projected to finish in third in the Atlantic Division based on points per game.
Based on the skate, the Bruins will use the following lineup Wednesday:
|02.22.16 at 9:47 pm ET|
After two weeks on the road, the Bruins found TD Garden to be just as they left it: a place where they lose a lot of hockey games.
The B’s tried mounting a comeback after entering the second period facing a two-goal deficit, but after coming within one surrendered a Brandon Saad goal with under six minutes remaining to put the game out of reach. Though Loui Eriksson scored his second of the night to once again bring the B’s within one, an empty-net goal sealed the win for Columbus. The loss dropped the Bruins to 12-15-3 at home this season.
To cap the disappointing night, Brad Marchand was oven a 10-minute game misconduct for shooting the puck at the boards after the whistle with under five minutes to play. Marchand was livid with the call, as he tried to come back out from the tunnel after leaving the ice. Tuukka Rask held him back, at which point Marchand took a stick to the stick rack.
It also wasn’t the prettiest night for Jonas Gustavsson, who allowed five goals after entering the contest with an .894 save percentage over his previous four games.
Here are four more things we learned Monday:
ERIKSSON ON PACE FOR 30
If these are Eriksson’s final days in a Bruins uniform, he sure is making them count. Eriksson now has eight goals in his last nine games, bringing his season total to 23 and putting him on pace for his first 30-goal season since 2008-09, when he had 36 goals for Dallas. Eriksson is currently on pace for 31.
For the second straight game, the Bruins had to sit through a video review to determine whether Eriksson’s goal would stand. Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella challenged Eriksson’s first goal, which saw a Torey Krug shot go off Eriksson and past Columbus goaltender Joonas Korpisalo. Tortorella’s contention was that Eriksson interfered with Korpisalo, but the call on the ice of a goal was upheld.