|11.04.15 at 12:06 pm ET|
David Pastrnak will not travel with the Bruins for their upcoming road trip, an indication that he will miss Boston’s next three games as he continues to rest a bruised foot.
“He’s staying behind,” Claude Julien said after Wednesday’s practice. “He’s going to be staying behind for the weekend.”
Pastrnak suffered his injury early in the third period of last Tuesday’s game against the Coyotes. He played in Boston’s next two games, but ineffectiveness led Julien to give him just three shifts over the final two periods of Saturday’s win over the Lightning. The Bruins then determined that Pastrnak was better off resting the foot and recalled Alexander Khokhlachev from Providence to play in his place.
Dennis Seidenberg will travel with the Bruins for the trip, but will not play. Seidenberg, who is nearly six weeks into his recovery from back surgery, is practicing with the team but not close to playing.
The three-game road trip won’t be easy for the Bruins, who are coming off a disappointing 5-3 loss to the Stars at home. The B’s will face the Capitals (8-3-0), Canadiens (11-2-1) and Islanders (7-3-3) on the trip.
|11.04.15 at 11:18 am ET|
The Bruins made a predictable move Wednesday, recalling forward Max Talbot in wake of Chris Kelly‘s at-least-regular-season-ending femur fracture.
Talbot, 31, was sent to Providence on Oct. 27 and had four assists in three AHL games this season. He dressed in only two games for Boston this season before being sent down. It was likely that he would eventually be sent down at some point, as he cleared waivers prior to the start of the season.
The recall of Talbot makes sense given that like Kelly, he’s a veteran bottom-sixer who can kill penalties. The Bruins also have Alexander Khokhlachev on their roster playing in place of David Pastrnak, who is dealing with a bruised foot.
Kelly was scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday after suffering his injury on his first shift of Tuesday’s loss to the Stars. His recovery is expected to take six-to-eight months.
|11.04.15 at 1:19 am ET|
It’s been over two years since the Bruins traded away Tyler Seguin to the Stars. And Tuesday night’s Bruins-Stars matchup at TD Garden wasn’t Seguin’s first trip back to his old hockey city wearing a different sweater.
But that doesn’t mean the emotion surrounding Seguin’s departure is gone.
Perhaps sparked by some of those emotions, Seguin buried his old team with a three-goal performance in a 5-3 comeback win for Dallas with Seguin’s second marker tying the game at 2-2 in the second period and his hat-trick tally in the third representing the game winner.
“I mean, it feels good,” Seguin said after the game and a no-brainer first-star designation for the night. “Feels good to win in here, it’s a tough building to win. Always feels good to score. When you’re playing your old team it’s special. Still current friends on the other team. There’s a fine line between them being your friend and them being your enemy for the night.”
Linemate Jamie Benn, now tied with Seguin for the NHL lead with 20-points apiece, was asked if Seguin looked more relaxed in this his third trip back to Boston since his trade.
“Looked like that tonight,” Benn responded with a laugh. “Teams are focusing in on him now. It’s just opening up plays for other players to be open. But it was definitely nice to see him explode tonight, especially in this barn. I’m probably just as happy as he is. I just leaned over to him after the game and told him, ‘I’m sure that probably felt good.’ The bigger thing is we got two points in a tough building.”
Benn continued: “He’s becoming a great centerman for this team. We put a lot of pressure on him to be the best. I’m sure he puts a lot of pressure on himself. We need to lean on him, we need to have him play a responsible game and both ends of the rink and he’s definitely doing that.”
|11.03.15 at 9:42 pm ET|
Loui Eriksson scored a pair of goals, but it was Tyler Seguin who won the battle of once-traded-for-one-another forwards Tuesday night at TD Garden.
Seguin scored a hat trick in a 5-3 Stars win, which ended a seven-game points streak for the Bruins (6-0-1). With the regulation loss, the Bruins are 6-4-1 on the season.
Eriksson’s second goal cut into what was a three-goal lead for Dallas in the third period, but the B’s were unable to cap the comeback with Tuukka Rask pulled.
The Bruins now will go on a difficult road trip that will see them face the Capitals, Habs and Islanders.
Here are four more things we learned Tuesday:
KELLY OUT 6-8 MONTHS
The Bruins haven’t gotten too much bad news of late, so here’s some awful news: Chris Kelly is out six to eight months after suffering a left femur fracture on his first shift of the game.
The injury seemed to be of non-contact variety, as Kelly took some contact in the midsection from Colton Sceviour before going down to the ice awkwardly as his knee bent in odd fashion. He stayed down on the ice for several minutes before being helped off the ice by trainers and Zdeno Chara.
|11.03.15 at 7:21 pm ET|
[UPDATE: 9:30 p.m.] The red-hot Bruins got a bucket of cold water dumped on them early in Tuesday’s game against the Stars, as Chris Kelly suffered a left femur fracture on his first shift of the game and will miss six to eight months.
Kelly suffered the injury on his first shift of the game, falling awkwardly to the ice after light contact from Colton Sceviour. He remained on the ice for several minutes, with trainers tending to his left knee before he was eventually helped off the ice by trainers and Zdeno Chara. He was then transported to Mass General hospital. He’ll undergo on Wednesday.
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Alexander Khokhlachev was recalled on Tuesday could remain in the lineup when David Pastrnak returns. The B’s could also recall Max Talbot, who was sent to Providence last week.
The 34-year-old Kelly is in the last year of his contract with the Bruins.
|11.03.15 at 12:07 pm ET|
When Dennis Seidenberg saw the defensive mess that allowed 16 goals over the first three games of the season, he didn’t put any extra pressure on himself to hurry back from a herniated disc that required surgery in late September.
The veteran defenseman wanted to help, but he was already antsy to return to the lineup in the first place.
“It doesn’t matter if the team loses or wins. If they lose, you’re like, ‘I want to come back and help them.’ If they win, I want to be back and be part of it,” he said Tuesday. “It’s always better when the team does well, but I always put the same pressure on me. I want to come back as fast as possible, but also be responsible going forward.”
That responsible approach has him where he is now. Nearly six weeks into an anticipated eight-week recovery (Seidenberg had surgery on Sept. 24, so six weeks ago Thursday), the 34-year-old defenseman says he is on schedule with his recovery and not necessarily ahead of it. He’s been skating for over two weeks (Oct. 19) and joined teammates last week.
Seidenberg still isn’t taking contact, but he seemed optimistic that he’ll be able to add more to his plate if all goes well in the coming days.
The veteran defenseman missed all of training camp due to the back issue, which popped up during informal practices in September before eventually requiring surgery. He insisted Tuesday that he has no pain in his back, and that the brunt of his recovery has been getting his legs back. That makes sense given that Seidenberg said following his surgery that it was discomfort in his leg that initially prompted him to bring the issue to the attention of team doctors.
Given that Seidenberg’s back isn’t hurting him, he doesn’t feel he’s had to be extra careful.
“If I had pain, I would be like, ‘Oh my god, I’ve got to be careful,’ but I’ve been feeling nothing in my back,” he said. “It’s just about power coming back in my leg and that’s the only restriction I have right now. There hasn’t really been a feeling where I’m like, ‘I’ve got to be really careful,’ but then again, you look at a back injury and with nerves being involved, you do want to be a little bit cautious.”
Once Seidenberg is ready to return, it will be interesting to see how the dominos fall on Boston’s blue line. Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid would appear to be locks to stay in the lineup, with Joe Morrow and Millers Kevan and Colin possibilities to sit. Zach Trotman has been a healthy scratch for nine consecutive games.
“To be honest, I haven’t really thought about that yet,” Seidenberg said. “The guys have been playing great and in the past we’ve always played with each other. It doesn’t matter who it is; we’ve always changed the pairings and I don’t see a reason why it’s going to be different this time.”
|11.03.15 at 10:25 am ET|
The Bruins have recalled forward Alexander Khokhlachev from Providence, with the 22-year-old forward participating in Tuesday’s morning skate. A center who has played wing this season, Khokhlachev is tied for the AHL lead with 13 points (four goals, nine assists) over 10 games for Providence.
Claude Julien said that David Pastrnak will not play Tuesday night against the Stars, citing a blocked shot that hit Pastrnak in the foot last Tuesday as the reason. Pastrnak played Friday and Saturday, but Julien said the 19-year-old forward was still not comfortable. As such, Loui Eriksson moved to right wing and Khokhlachev slotted in on David Krejci‘s right Tuesday morning. The lineup at morning skate was as follows:
The 40th overall pick of the 2011 draft, Khokhlachev is in his third full season in the Boston organization. He has played in just four games in his NHL career, with the 22-year-old expressing frustration with the organization’s use of him during training camp.
“Boston should make a decision with me,” he said. “I’ve waited for my chance already. Two years. I’m just still waiting. We’ll see. They should make a decision. Give me a chance, or I don’t know. We’ll see [what] they’ll do.”
Added Khokhlachev: “This is my last year of my contract. I’m 22 already. If they don’t give me the chance to play, why am I here? I will not play in Providence all my life. They told me, ‘Just wait for your chance.’ I’m still waiting for it.”
After Tuesday’s morning skate, Khokhlachev either danced around or politely declined comment on his preseason comments, expressing gratitude for his most recent chance with the B’s. Given that he’ll likely play with the team’s two best forwards so far this season in Krejci and Eriksson, he’d have no reason not to be happy.
“[Krejci]’s a great player. He can see the ice really well. I mean, you can say lots of good things about him,” Khokhlachev said. “Loui is really good, too, so it will be a really good opportunity for me to play with these two guys.”