|10.20.14 at 6:59 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — In the midst of a whirlwind week, Seth Griffith is just trying to soak everything in.
The 21-year-old, 5-foot-9 winger had the chance to skate with Milan Lucic and David Krejci on Monday. He was recalled Monday after scoring his second goal of the season in three games for AHL Providence on Sunday against Portland. Just two days earlier, he nearly scored against Montreal. He’s been up and down twice in the span of five days.
Griffith, who played two games with Krejci and Lucic last week, is part of the Bruins’ great early-season experiment to try and find a replacement for Jarome Iginla on Krejci’s line. Saturday night in Buffalo, it was Simon Gagne slotted in with Lucic and Krejci. But on Monday in practice it was Griffith, who has nine shots in three games with Providence but only four in three games with Boston.
“It’s pretty crazy how much faster and stronger it is in the NHL,” Griffith said. “Coming from the AHL just [Sunday] night, you can tell there’s a huge difference so hopefully, I got a little confidence [Sunday] night, come back here and try and bear down on one and hopefully, I get one.
“It’s an adjustment coming from the AHL up here. There’s bigger, faster, stronger guys so just little things along the wall, puck protection skills like that go a long way. You learn a lot from them. It’s not everyday guys get to come in and work with guys like this. You learn a lot of things, just in drills, little tricks you can do in the corners, stuff along the wall. It helps a lot.”
Coach Claude Julien admitted Monday after practice that he is forced into a situation of playing a young player like Griffith at the NHL level because of a lack of veteran bodies due to salary cap restrictions. Griffith is trying to take advantage of that chance by watching and listening to Lucic and Krejci during practice.
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|10.20.14 at 3:57 pm ET|
According to the Buffalo News, Rask and a few teammates went to a show at the Allentown music venue in Buffalo on Friday night while they were in town for Saturday night’s game against the Sabres, a 4-0 Bruins win.
Rask asked local band The Mustn’ts if he could play drums for a song, and they let him sit in for a cover of Phish’s “Back on the Train.”
Here’s video of the performance:
|10.20.14 at 3:12 pm ET|
Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller is out indefinitely with a dislocated right shoulder, general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Monday. Miller suffered the injury in a fight with Buffalo’s Nicolas Deslaurier on Saturday night.
Miller had played in six of seven games for the Bruins, posting zero points and a plus-4 rating. He also has a plus-10.48 Corsi per 60 minutes and plus-0.2 CorsiRel, according to behindthenet.ca.
In Miller’s absence, Matt Bartkowski is likely to see more playing time.
|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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