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Justin Florek assigned to Providence and recalled again

01.06.14 at 5:25 am ET
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The Bruins sent forward Justin Florek back to Providence Sunday, a day after he made his NHL debut in the team’s win over the Jets. The team then recalled him Monday in order to bring him on their upcoming three-game road trip.

The 6-foot-4 winger performed well in his first NHL game, skating on the team’s fourth line in place of Jordan Caron and providing a screen on a Torey Krug goal. Claude Julien had said after the game that the team might assign the player to Providence so he could play Sunday, though he did allow for the possibility that the team might call him back up before departing for this week’s west coast road trip.

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Torey Krug breaks out of midseason slide with career night against Jets

01.04.14 at 5:46 pm ET
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Through the first quarter of the 2013-14 NHL season, it seemed like Bruins defenseman Torey Krug was a lock to be a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy, given to the top NHL rookie every year.

Torey Krug

Torey Krug

After bursting onto the scene by scoring four goals in his first five playoff games during the Bruins’ memorable Stanley Cup run last season, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound blueliner picked up right where he left off, recording 15 points over the team’s first 24 games this year.

While the Michigan State product impressed many with his dynamic offensive skill set, he could not keep his great production going, eventually falling into a midseason slump. Prior to Saturday afternoon’s tilt with the Jets, Krug had not scored a goal since Dec. 8 and had just two goals over a 26-game stretch.

Luckily for the Bruins, Krug was able to break out of his recent skid with a three-point effort (two goals, one assist) against Winnipeg on Saturday at the TD Garden. It was the rookie defenseman’s third multi-point game this season and first-career three-point game.

“He played well,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien after the game. “When he’s on top of his game offensively, he makes things happen. … He got the shots on net, was good and again, just a few times, it’s about him making safe plays at times, and that’s a part of his game that he’s working on right now, but I liked his game a lot tonight.”

Saturday’s contest did not start out well for Krug, as he turned the puck over around halfway through the opening period, creating a Jets rush that eventually resulted in a goal from Dustin Byfuglien, giving Winnipeg a 1-0 lead.

“Yeah, it’s frustrating. …  It’s all about forgetting and putting it in the past and making plays moving forward, and that’s what we did tonight,” Krug said.

Krug would make up for his defensive miscue just a little over four minutes later, as he executed a beautiful cross-ice to right wing Daniel Paille, who sent it past Jets netminder Ondrej Pavelec to tie the game at 14:06 in the first period.

Said Krug: “I was going to shoot it, but at the last second I saw [Paille] popped back up, and it was nice that it worked out and he put it in the net.”

Krug finally found the back of the net a little over three minutes into the second period. The blueliner fired a shot from the left point that got past Pavelec, who was being screened in front by Bruins left wing Justin Florek, playing in his first NHL game.

“When you’re not contributing it’s tough, but it is a good feeling when you get the first one,”Krug said .”Actually, I was hoping [Florek] got his first NHL goal, I was hoping he tipped it, but it was nice.”

Krug would notch his second goal of the afternoon just four minutes later, as the rookie fired a shot from the top of the left circle that went through the legs of Jets wing Eric Tangradi and was deflected into the net.

With his three-point effort, Krug now has 23 points on the year, including 10 goals, which tie him with Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson and Nashville’s Shea Weber for the league lead in goals amongst defensemen.

The Bruins will now head back out on the road, as they will face off against the Ducks, Kings and Sharks over the next week. While Boston faces a tough task in playing against some of the top talent in the Western Conference, Krug made note of the fact that finishing strong on their three-game homestand at the TD Garden was of the utmost importance for the Black and Gold.

“Yeah, it was important. There’s three teams, I think Claude mentioned they lost collectively six games at home between three teams,” Krug said. “So for us, we know it’s going to be tough getting points in there, and we wanted to finish our little homestand on a high note.”

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Torey Krug nets two in win over Jets

01.04.14 at 3:33 pm ET
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Torey Krug got back to scoring with a pair of goals in a 4-1 Bruins victory over the Jets Saturday.

Krug, who had just two goals over the previous 26 games, raised his season total to 10. He was a game-time decision with an undisclosed ailment, but remains the only defenseman from the team’s opening night lineup to have played in every game this season.

Dustin Byfuglien scored the game’s first goal by beating Tuukka Rask with a shot from the top of the left circle, but it would prove to be the Jets’ only goal of the game. Daniel Paille, who had earlier missed a golden opportunity and taken a goaltender interference penalty in the process, tied the game at 14:06 of the first period.

Krug scored his first goal in 12 games as he fired a slapshot past Justin Florek and Jets netminder Ondrej Pavelec. He picked up his second of the day on a puck that went off Jacob Trouba’s stick on its way in. Reilly Smith scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season off a feed from Brad Marchand halfway through the third.

The Bruins will embark upon a three-game west coast road trip, with the first of three games in California coming Tuesday against the Ducks.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

- Krug had seen his scoring come to a screeching halt, so a two-goal performance has to be encouraging for the rookie defenseman. Though his decision-making and defensive play still aren’t outstanding, a return to scoring would be a good start to a second-half turnaround for Krug.

- Paille now has three goals in his last four games. He had three in his previous 31, so perhaps the time off he had while recovering from a mild concussion helped reenergize the fourth-line winger.

- Florek had a strong showing playing on the fourth line in place of Jordan Caron Saturday. The 6-foot-4 winger’s best work came in front of the net as he provided the screen on Krug’s first goal of the game.

- Smith now has six goals in his last seven games to increase his team leading mark to 15 goals.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

- The Bruins had to spend seven of the game’s first nine minutes without Zdeno Chara on the ice, as he took a roughing penalty on the first shift of the game and fought Chris Thornburn shortly after getting out of the box. Thorburn had slashed Chara, which is perhaps the easiest way to rile up the Bruins’ captain.

Chara’s fight was one of three on the day, as Matt Fraser dropped the gloves with James Wright and Adam McQuaid fought Mark Stuart.

- With a goaltender interference penalty in the first period (and a bad one considering he whiffed on a puck with the net open), Paille now has penalties in back-to-back games after not taking a single penalty up until Thursday night.

- For a guy who only allowed one goal, Rask was rather unspectacular in giving up quite a few rebounds. He was also bailed out by Krug, who batted a going-in puck away after it had gone over Rask’s shoulder.

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Justin Florek playing in place of Jordan Caron (back); Torey Krug in

01.04.14 at 12:28 pm ET
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The Bruins recalled forward Justin Florek Saturday to play in place of Jordan Caron. Claude Julien told reporters prior to the game that Caron is out with a stiff back.

Florek, a fifth-round pick of the Bruins in the 2010 draft, has nine goals and 11 assists this season for 20 points in 34 games for Providence this season.

Torey Krug was in the lineup after missing the last five minutes of Thursday’s game with an undisclosed ailment and taking a maintenance day on Friday.

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Maintenance day for Torey Krug; questionable for Saturday’s game

01.03.14 at 1:35 pm ET
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Torey Krug

Torey Krug

WILMINGTON — Torey Krug was missing from Friday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena on what Claude Julien called a maintenance day for the defenseman.

Krug did not play the last five minutes of Thursday’s overtime win over the Predators, as his last shift ended at 15:47 of the third period and he was not used in overtime. Julien said that was due to some sort of ailment and was the reason he was given Friday off. The defenseman appeared to be walking without a limp following the game.

Krug, who has struggled in recent weeks and has just two goals in the last 26 games, is the only defenseman from the team’s opening night lineup to not miss a game this season. That could be jeopardy if he is kept out of the lineup Saturday against the Jets.

“We’ll see how he is tomorrow,” Julien said. “If he’s good to go, he’ll go.”

Loui Eriksson took a small step forward in the skate, as he took part in 3-on-3 drills, which included some light contact in front of the net. Julien clarified following the practice that Eriksson is still not cleared for contact. The coach said Wednesday that Eriksson is still “a ways away” from returning to the lineup.

Eriksson has missed the Bruins’ last 11 games due to a concussion sustained in the Bruins’ Dec. 7 win over the Penguins. In total, Eriksson has missed a total of 17 games this season due to concussions. He had not suffered a concussion in his NHL career prior to

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Fun while it lasted: Niklas Svedberg solid in first NHL start before return to Providence

01.02.14 at 11:49 pm ET
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It’s been a roller-coaster ride over the last few weeks for Bruins goaltender Niklas Svedberg.

Niklas Svedberg

Niklas Svedberg

After posting a  50-13-5 record in 70 games for Providence over the last two seasons and capturing the 2012-13 Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s top goaltender, Svedberg was finally called up to the Bruins on Dec. 27 and was expected to start in net for the Black and Gold on Dec. 29 against the Senators.

However, Svedberg’s tenure with Boston was short lived, as the Bruins had to send the 24-year-old netminder back down to Providence on Dec. 28 after a knee injury to defenseman Dennis Seidenberg forced the team to recall defenseman Zach Trotman on an emergency basis.

“That’€™s how it works,”€ Svedberg said earlier Thursday. “You just move on and go back to Providence, play there and wait to get another chance.”

Svedberg would get his chance five days later, as the Bruins once again called him up on Thursday morning before announcing that he would get the start in net against the Predators later that night.

Playing in his first NHL game, Svedberg was impressive between the pipes, turning aside 33 of 35 shots on the way to a 3-2 overtime victory for the Bruins.

“I’m real happy with this win,” Svedberg said. “It’s just one game, but it’s real fun to get a win in a close game.”

Despite a solid first period that saw the Swedish goaltender hold Nashville scoreless over the first 20 minutes, the Predators finally were able to get on the board with 1:56 remaining in the second stanza, as Viktor Stalberg scored off a rebound shot from Mike Fisher to give Nashville a 1-0 lead.

Despite the fact that the Bruins trailed 1-0 at the end of the second period, it could have been much worse for Boston, as Nashville outshot the Bruins by a 16-3 margin in the period, with Svedberg staying steady in net despite the barrage of pucks.

“I didn’t see him [playing] much different from the first to the third, but I thought in the second, when they did throw a lot of pucks at him, he stood tall and made some good saves,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien after the game.

Despite giving up a goal to Predators captain Shea Weber at the 14:35 mark of the third period, knotting the game at 2-2, Svedberg would eventually earn the win, as Brad Marchand scored 56 seconds into overtime to give Boston the dramatic victory.

“He played great, real good,” said Bruins left wing Milan Lucic after the game. “We talked about it, we wanted to play hard for him and try to get him a big win on his first NHL game.

Svedberg was quick to deflect any talk of what his future is up in Boston going forward, instead focusing on continuing to improve his game.

“I haven’t even thought about it. All my focus was on the game right now,” Svedberg said. “Obviously, I want to play more here, but we’ll see what happens. I just got to keep working.”

Julien announced after the game that Svedberg is going to be sent back down to Providence Friday, but was quick to state that based on what he showed tonight, it won’t take long for the young goalie to once again make a return to the Garden ice.

“I liked his game tonight. I really thought he was good and he just showed us that he’s a guy that we need to look at and keep an eye on and consider,” Julien said. He’s going to head back to Providence tomorrow, but I think there’s a good chance you’re going to see him here again very soon.”

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Bruins to send Niklas Svedberg back to Providence

01.02.14 at 10:32 pm ET
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Niklas Svedberg’s most recent stay in Boston lasted as long as his last one, but at least he got to play the game for which he dressed.

Claude Julien said following Svedberg’s NHL debut Thursday night that Svedberg will return to Providence Friday. The 24-year-old stopped 33 shots in a 3-2 overtime win over the Predators Thursday.

Svedberg was also recalled last week, dressing for Friday’s game and planning to start Saturday but had to be returned to Providence in order for the Bruins to recall a defenseman (Zach Trotman) with Dennis Seidenberg done for the season.

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