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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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Brad Marchand scores overtime winner as Bruins beat Predators

01.02.14 at 9:40 pm ET
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Niklas Svedberg won his first career NHL start, stopping 33 shots in a 3-2 Bruins overtime win over the Predators Thursday night at TD Garden.

Brad Marchand netted the game-winner 54 seconds into overtime after slipping past a defender at the top of the left circle. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bruins.

After a scoreless first period, Viktor Stalberg opened the game’s scoring by burying a Mike Fisher rebound past Svedberg at 18:04 of the second. The Bruins tied it less than five minutes into the third on a Johnny Boychuk wrist shot, with Jarome Iginla giving the Bruins the lead by going hard to the net and tipping a feed from Milan Lucic past Marek Mazenec for his 13th goal of the season. Shea Weber tied it by getting to a rebound in the high slot and firing it past Svedberg with just over five minutes remaining in regulation.

The Bruins saw the return of both Dougie Hamilton and Carl Soderberg from injuries. Hamilton, who had been out since Dec. 8, skated on the team’s top pairing with Zdeno Chara while Soderberg returned to his usual spot on the third line left wing after missing the last two games.

The Bruins will host the Jets Saturday at TD Garden before embarking on a three-game west coast road trip.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

- Spooner showed more of the willingness along the walls than had been seen with skilled young players around these parts in recent years. Spooner passed the puck to himself along the wall in the Boston zone in the third period to slip past Stalberg before taking the puck through the neutral zone and feeding Boychuk to get the Bruins on the board.

- Matt Bartkowski may have made the best save of the first period, as Matt Hendricks had what seemed like ages with the puck in front and an open net, but he took too long and gave Bartkowski time to lay out and stop the shot with his arm. Bartkowski led all Bruins in ice time through two periods with 16:12. Read the rest of this entry »

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Now healthy, Dougie Hamilton can expect increased role with Bruins

01.02.14 at 1:01 pm ET
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Dougie Hamilton

Dougie Hamilton

Dougie Hamilton may very well go from being out of the lineup for about month to being relied upon pretty heavily by the Bruins. Losing a defenseman like Dennis Seidenberg will put a team in that kind of position.

Hamilton, who has been out since Dec. 8 with a lower-body injury, will return to Boston’s lineup Thursday against the Predators. He will be on a pairing with Matt Bartkowski based on Thursday’s morning skate, but big-picture wise, Hamilton is a logical candidate to be the playoff partner of Zdeno Chara with Seidenberg out.

Regardless of who he plays with, Hamilton can expect an increase in minutes with Seidenberg lost for the season due to a torn ACL/MCL suffered last week. Seidenberg was second on the Bruins in average time on ice with 21:50, so there are some big minutes to be picked up. Hamilton and Johnny Boychuk seem like the best bets to take the next step minutes-wise, though it’s worth noting both players are right-shot defensemen who do not play their off-side. Seidenberg is a left shot who plays both sides.

Hamilton has already been given more responsibility than last season, as his 19:10 of ice time per game is over two minutes more than the 17:08 he averaged as a rookie. He’s handled it well, posting a plus-9 rating through 28 games with three goals and four assists. Hamilton averaging 1.857 shots on goal per game, which is third among Bruins defensemen behind Chara and Torey Krug.

Those minutes might go up again before long, but for a guy who hasn’t struggled too much with what’s been thrown at him at the NHL level, Hamilton isn’t concerned.

“I’m not really thinking about it. I think I just want to start simple and kind of go with it. I’m not really worried about how much I play or anything like that,” Hamilton said. “Hopefully I can play well and kind of earn that ice time.”

If there is any silver lining to Hamilton’s injury, it’s that this season will be a lot lighter than him than last season. Hamilton went from playing in the four-game Canada-Russia challenge to playing 32 games in the OHL during the lockout to playing 49 games for the Bruins last season.

This season, having some time off here and there (he’ll also have the two-and-a-half-week Olympic break in February) to work out and stay off the ice might pay off later in the season.

“I think I feel good right now with my body and everything,” Hamilton said. “Just working out with [strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides], and with two weeks of workouts, you’re already feeling stronger, so I think it could help me, but I try not to think about it. For me, [I'll] just try to get back to how I was playing. Hopefully it will be right away instead of a few games.”

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Dougie Hamilton and Carl Soderberg to return vs. Predators, Niklas Svedberg to start

01.02.14 at 12:02 pm ET
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Niklas Svedberg

Niklas Svedberg

The banged-up Bruins will get two players back from injury Thursday night as Dougie Hamilton (lower-body) and Carl Soderberg (concussion symptoms) will be in the lineup vs. the Predators. Goaltender Niklas Svedberg was recalled Thursday morning and will make his NHL debut.

Hamilton has not played since Dec. 8 but took line rushes with Matt Bartkowski in Thursday’s morning skate. After the skate, Claude Julien said that both Hamilton and Soderberg would play. With Hamilton back on the Bruins’ blue line, Kevan Miller will be a healthy scratch.

Svedberg was recalled last week with the team intending to start him last Saturday. However, the team had to send him back to Providence in order to recall Zach Trotman in wake of Dennis Seidenberg‘s season-ending torn ACL/MCL.

“That’s how it works,” Svedberg said Thursday of his bad luck last weekend. “You just move on and go back to Providence, play there and wait to get another chance. Fortunately, I got that pretty soon [after].”

The 24-year-old Svedberg has appeared in 22 games for Providence this season, going 13-5-3 with a .909 save percentage and a 2.87 save-percentage. Though Chad Johnson won the NHL backup job out of training camp, the Bruins had said they intended to get Svedberg into some NHL games this season.

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Shawn Thornton on D&C: ‘Now I go back to playing the way I played the last 600 games’

01.02.14 at 10:04 am ET
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Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday morning for the first time since receiving a 15-game suspension last month, and the Bruins enforcer acknowledged he “messed up” and is eagerly awaiting his return to the team on Jan. 11. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Thornton was punished for grabbing Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, pulling him down and punching him during a game on Dec. 7. Orpik was knocked out and had to miss eight games while recovering from the concussion.

It was the first suspension of Thornton’s career, and he hopes it won’t affect his reputation.

“I messed up. I know that,” Thornton said. “I talked about it the other day: I’m not going to let it define me. It’s a mistake I made after 600 games playing right on the line. To be completely honest, doing my job is not an easy one, as far as riding the line.

“It’s tough to talk about because I know I messed up, but I plan on playing a couple more years and playing within the rules. The outcome wasn’t was expected, either. A very unfortunate set of circumstances, why I messed up, it can happen. Yeah, the money sucks, the games really suck. But I’m going to put it behind me now and move on.”

Thornton said he was limited in how much he can discuss the appeal process, but he made it clear he still believes the suspension that league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan handed out — and commissioner Gary Bettman backed upon appeal — was too long.

“It’s tough for me to talk about, because we’re legally not allowed. There’s a provision in our CBA that I can’t really bad-mouth the decision,” Thornton said. “But I definitely thought that 15 was a little excessive. How many games? I don’t know. It’s not my job. And I know it’s not an easy job to assess those things. But I thought that being the lengthiest suspension he’s ever handed out was a little bit much for my first-time offense, I guess.”

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Team USA Olympic roster announced; former Bruins Phil Kessel, Blake Wheeler make team

01.01.14 at 5:14 pm ET
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The 2014 USA Olympic hockey roster was announced Wednesday following the conclusion of the Winter Classic between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs.

As expected, no Bruins made the team, though former B’s Phil Kessel and Blake Wheeler did. Wheeler made the team over Bobby Ryan, who is perhaps the biggest name left off the team. The roster is as follows:

Forward: David Backes, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, T.J. Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Paul Stastny, Derek Stepan, James van Riemsdyk, Blake Wheeler

Defense: John Carlson, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Paul Martin, Ryan McDonagh, Brooks Orpik, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan Suter

Goalie: Jonathan Quick, Ryan Miller, Jimmy Howard

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Ten women with local ties named to U.S. Olympic hockey team

01.01.14 at 4:06 pm ET
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Ten women with local ties were named to the U.S. Olympic team during the second intermission of Wednesday’s Winter Classic. Harvard led the way among local colleges with four players (two current, two former) making the team, including 2007 graduate Julie Chu, who is appearing in her fourth Olympics. Five Massachusetts natives made the team.

Here is the full list of U.S. players with local ties:

-G Molly Schaus – Natick, Mass. – Boston College ’11
-D Kacey Bellamy – Westfield, Mass. – New Hampshire ’09
-D Michelle Picard – Taunton, Mass. – Harvard junior
-D Josephine Pucci – Pearl River, N.Y. – Harvard ’13
-F Alex Carpenter – North Reading, Mass. – Boston College junior
-F Kendall Coyne – Palos Heights, Ill. – Northeastern junior
-F Julie Chu – Fairfield, Conn. – Harvard ’07
-F Meghan Duggan – Danvers, Mass. – Wisconsin ’11
-F Lyndsey Fry – Chandler, Ariz. – Harvard senior
-F Kelli Stack – Brooklyn Heights, Ohio – Boston College ’11

The team’s full roster can be found here.

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