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Dennis Seidenberg suffers injury late vs. Senators, won’t travel to Ottawa

12.27.13 at 10:22 pm ET
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Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will not travel to Ottawa for Saturday’s game against the Senators due to what appeared to be a right knee injury.

Seidenberg got tangled up with Senators forward Cory Conacher with about four minutes to go in Friday’s game and held his knee in pain after Conacher fell on him awkwardly. Seidenberg was slow to leave the ice and did not return to the game. Following the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien said it was a lower-body injury and that Seidenberg was being evaluated by team doctors.

This is the second injury of the season for Seidenberg, who previously missed four games in November with a different lower-body injury.

With Seidenberg out for Saturday’s game, the Bruins will likely have to recall a defenseman from Providence on an emergency basis, as Dougie Hamilton (lower-body) is skating but has yet to practice with the team. David Warsofsky played three games for the B’s before being sent down Tuesday and would be a likely option if Seidenberg’s injury is only short term.

A longer-term injury might force the B’s to recall Kevan Miller, something they may be hesitant to do given that his next NHL game would mean the B’s would need to expose him to waivers the next time they tried sending him down.

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Reilly Smith scores two more as Bruins beat Senators

12.27.13 at 9:35 pm ET
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Reilly Smith

Reilly Smith

Tuukka Rask picked up his league-leading fourth shutout of the season and Reilly Smith scored twice as the Bruins returned to action with a 5-0 win over the Senators Friday night at TD Garden.

After a sluggish first period, the Bruins got on the board with a power-play goal from Jarome Iginla. David Krejci made it 2-0 on the opening shift of the third by beating Robin Lehner from a tough angle at the bottom of the right circle, with Smith making it 3-0 as he capped a rush with Brad Marchand. Smith scored his second of the night to give him a team-leading 14 goals on the season when he picked up a loose puck in the slot and beat Lehner. Marchand made it 5-0 with a shorthanded breakaway goal with 27 seconds remaining in the game.

Rask stopped all 33 shots he saw on the night.

The game marked Daniel Paille‘s return to the lineup from a mild concussion. Paille, who had missed the last seven games, skated Friday on the fourth line with Gregory Campbell and Jordan Caron in addition to taking his regular penalty-killing duties.

The Bruins will play the second game of a home-and home with the Senators Saturday night in Ottawa.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

- Smith now has seven goals over his last six games. He was absolutely not a throw-in in this summer’s trade, but he’s still performing better than anybody could have expected. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bruins call up goalie Niklas Svedberg

12.27.13 at 10:12 am ET
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Niklas Svedberg

Niklas Svedberg

The Bruins have recalled goalie Niklas Svedberg from AHL Providence, the team announced Friday. The 24-year-old is 11-5-3 with a 2.91 goals against average, .907 save percentage and one shutout this season. Last year, Svedberg was voted the AHL’s most outstanding goalie after going 37-8-2 with a 2.17 GAA, .925 save percentage and four shutouts.

If Svedberg gets into a game with the Bruins, it would be his NHL debut. The Bruins kick off a home-and-home with the Senators at TD Garden on Friday before heading up to Ottawa on Saturday.

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B’s send Nick Johnson, David Warsofsky to Providence

12.24.13 at 3:25 pm ET
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The Bruins on Tuesday assigned forward Nick Johnson and defenseman David Warsofsky to AHL Providence, an indication that some of the injured B’s are ready to return.

Johnson, a former Dartmouth College star, played in seven games since his call-up on Dec. 10, recording no points or penalty minutes, with six shots on goal.

Warsofsky, from Marshfield and Boston University, made his NHL debut on Thursday against the Sabres. He collected five shots but no points in three games.

Forward Daniel Paille (out seven games with concussion symptoms) and defenseman Dougie Hamilton (out since Dec. 8 with a lower-body injury) have made progress as they’ve recovered from their injuries, but Paille did not travel to Nashville for Monday’s game and Hamilton, though he has been skating, has yet to practice with the team. The B’s could ice six defensemen without him and Warsofsky thanks to the recent return of Adam McQuaid. With McQuaid returning to the lineup Monday, the B’s made Matt Bartkowski a healthy scratch against the Predators.

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NHL commissioner upholds Shawn Thornton’s 15-game suspension

12.24.13 at 12:39 pm ET
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The NHL announced Tuesday that commissioner Gary Bettman has upheld the 15-game suspension given to Bruins forward Shawn Thornton for attacking Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik on Dec. 7.

Thornton, who has missed eight games since the incident, appealed the original decision by NHL senior vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan that was announced on Dec. 14. He met with the commissioner in New York on Friday, along with his agent, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and three representatives from the NHL Players Association.

The NHLPA argued for a suspension in the range of 10-12 games, noting that Thornton had never previously been suspended and the punishment was not consistent with previous penalties for similar actions.

Wrote Bettman in Tuesday’s announcement: “I have no trouble concluding that a very lengthy suspension is warranted and that the decision to impose a 15-game suspension is supported by clear and convincing evidence. In fact, in light of all the circumstances relating to the underlying conduct, it is certainly possible to argue for a more severe punishment, but I am comfortable relying on Mr. Shanahan’s judgment.”

Added Bettman: “The objective evidence makes it clear to me that Mr. Thornton’s conduct was premeditated and an act of retaliation, and I do not believe that any person with experience in the game could conclude otherwise.”

Thornton, who can appeal the decision to a neutral arbitrator as per the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, will forfeit $85,615 in salary. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Bruins score 3 power-play goals, pull away from Predators late

12.23.13 at 10:35 pm ET
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Bruins forward Jarome Iginla celebrates after scoring in the first period of Monday night's victory over the Predators. (AP)

Bruins forward Jarome Iginla celebrates after scoring in the first period of Monday night’s victory over the Predators. (AP)

The Bruins scored a season-high three power-play goals Monday night as they beat the Predators, 6-2, in their final game before breaking for Christmas.

Jarome Iginla redirected a Zdeno Chara shot past Carter Hutton just 1:16 into the game, with Matt Fraser scoring his first goal as a Bruin shortly after off a rebound that was bad enough for the Predators to replace Hutton with Marek Mazanek. The B’s made it 3-0 on Reilly Smith‘s second power-play goal in as many games.

The Predators got on the board in the second period with a Craig Smith power-play goal and made it a one-goal game on Smith’s second of the game at 3:25 of the third, but the Bruins got two goals out of a 5-on-3 and subsequent 5-on-4 from Iginla and Carl Soderberg, respectively. Brad Marchand made it 6-2 off a feed from Smith late in the third.

Ryan Spooner had three assists as he continues to get comfortable at the NHL level. Tuukka Rask made 29 saves in the win, which was the 400th of Claude Julien‘s coaching career.

The Bruins will break for Christmas and return to action Friday against the Senators.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

– Both power-play units have been very good, and the B’s weren’t so bad on the 5-on-3 either. With Chara back at the point on a third-period two-man advantage, the Bruins got a goal from David Krejci‘s unit and then got Soderberg’s goal with Paul Gaustad still in the box. The goals came within 50 seconds.

– For the second straight game, the Bruins got a power-play goal out of Soderberg feeding Smith from the goal line. It was the fourth time the B’s have scored on that play, but perhaps the biggest takeaway with that goal is that the second power-play unit of Smith, Soderberg, Spooner, Patrice Bergeron and David Warsofsky has moved the puck extremely well the last two games.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

– With a second-period hooking penalty, Bergeron now has 15 penalty minutes in the last four games.

- It was nice to see Adam McQuaid back, but he ended up missing most of the first period after a fight on his second shift. McQuaid returned to the game late in the period, but maybe fighting isn’t the smartest thing for a player who should be easing his way back.

With McQuaid returning to the lineup, the Bruins elected to make Matt Bartkowski a healthy scratch and keep Warsofsky in the lineup. Bartkowski hadn’t looked great playing on a pairing with Dennis Seidenberg, while Warsofsky’s work on the second power-play unit probably was reason enough for the Bruins to keep him in.

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Video: Ex-Bruin Tyler Seguin talks trash behind cops’ backs

12.23.13 at 8:39 am ET
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When Tyler Seguin was traded from the Bruins to the Stars over the summer, B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli made no attempt to hide the fact that the team had tired of the young forward’s immature behavior.

The gossip website TMZ on Sunday published a video from a house party Seguin attended on Cape Cod over Fourth of July weekend, right before he was traded, and it shows Seguin showing some questionable judgment.

Two police officers, reportedly called to the house on a noise complaint, are seen shaking hands with Seguin as they start to leave. Seguin then turns toward his friends and whispers, “[Expletive] the 5-0.” He then jokingly asks if they should start a chant, “[Expletive] the po-po.”

Here’s the video (contains NSFW language).

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