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Patrice Bergeron only Bruins player to make Team Canada

01.07.14 at 12:09 pm ET
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Patrice Bergeron will be the only Bruin representing Canada in the Sochi Olympics, as Canada announced its roster Tuesday.

Left off were Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic, both of whom were invited to last summer’s orientation camp but were not considered good bets to make a team that figured to be pretty loaded offensively. Following the roster announcement, Lucic tweeted the following:

 

The roster is as follows:

Goalie: Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Mike Smith

Defense: Jay Bouwmeester, Drew Doughty, Dan Hamhuis, Duncan Keith, Alex Pietrangelo, PK Subban, Marc-Édouard Vlasic, Shea Weber

Forward: Jamie Benn, Patrice Bergeron, Jeff Carter, Sidney Crosby, Matt Duchene, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz, Patrick Marleau, Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Patrick Sharp, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews

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Zdeno Chara to lead Slovakia in Sochi Olympics

01.07.14 at 8:51 am ET
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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will serve the same role for his country next month, as he was announced as the captain of Slovakia’s team for the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday.

Slovakia’s roster is as follows:

Goalie: Peter Budaj, Jaroslav Halak, Jan Laco

Defense: Ivan Baranka, Zdeno Chara, Dominik Granak, Martin Marincin, Andrej Meszaros, Andrej Sekera, Michal Sersen, Lubomir Visnovsky.

Forward: Milan Bartovic, Marian Gaborik, Michal Handzus, Marcel Hossa, Marian Hossa, Tomas Jurco, Tomas Kopecky, Tomas Marcinko, Michel Miklik, Peter Olvecky, Richard Panik, Tomas Surovy, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Zaborsky.

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Tuukka Rask to represent Finland in Sochi Olympics

01.07.14 at 8:31 am ET
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Finland announced its roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, with Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask among the three goaltenders selected.

Rask will be part of a strong goaltending group for Finland, who is also sending Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi. All three goalies are in the NHL‘s top 25 in save percentage, led by Rask, whose .934 clip is third in the league. Rask is also tied for the NHL lead with four shutouts this season.

Predators netminder Pekka Rinne is not on the team as he recovers from hip surgery. The roster is as follows:

Goalie: Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi, Tuukka Rask

Defense: Lasse Kukkonen, Juuso Hietanen, Sami Lepisto, Olli Maatta, Sami Salo, Kimmo Timonen, Ossi Vaananen, Sami Vatanen

Forward: Juhamatti Aaltonen, Aleksander Barkov, Valtteri Filppula, Mikael Granlund, Jussi Jokinen, Olli Jokinen, Mikko Koivu, Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Lauri Korpikoski, Jori Lehtera, Antti Pihlstrom, Tuomo Ruutu, Teemu Selanne

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David Krejci named to Czech Olympic team

01.06.14 at 2:28 pm ET
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The Czech Republic’s men’s ice hockey roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics has been announced, with Bruins forward David Krejci among the players chosen.

This is the second Olympics appearance for Krejci, who represented the Czech Republic in the 2010 games in Vancouver. Krejci will be joined by former Bruins Jaromir Jagr, Vladimir Sobotka and Tomas Kaberle.

The complete roster is as follows:

Goaltender: Jakub Kovar, Ondrej Pavelec, Alexander Salak.

Defense: Michal Barinka, Radko Gudas, Tomas Kaberle, Lukas Krajicek, Zbynek Michalek, Michal Rozsival, Ladislav Smid, Marek Zidlicky.

Forward: Roman Cervenka, Patrik Elias, Michael Frolik, Martin Hanzal, Ales Hemsky, Jaromir Jagr, David Krejci, Milan Michalek, Petr Nedved, Jiri Novotny, Ondrej Palat, Tomas Plekanec, Vladimir Sobotka, Jakub Voracek.

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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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