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Bruins send David Pastrnak to Providence

01.04.16 at 12:23 pm ET
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David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

[UPDATE: 2:43 p.m.] The Bruins announced Monday afternoon that they have sent David Pastrnak to Providence. Pastrnak is returning from Finland, where he represented the Czech Republic in the World Junior Championships.

Pastrnak was not at Monday’s Bruins practice, but the team planned to have him examined after he suffered a minor finger injury in Finland. The Bruins did not believe the injury would affect his availability, so the demotion could be due to a numbers game.

Joonas Kemppainen could return from an upper-body injury Tuesday against the Capitals. Kemppainen has not played since suffering an upper-body injury on Dec. 7.

“He’s day-to-day, meaning that he could be a possibility for tomorrow,” Julien said of Kemppainen.

If Kemppainen cannot play, the Bruins would need to either recall a forward from Providence or play seven defensemen. Kemppainen is currently on injured reserve, giving the Bruins 22 players including the suspended Brad Marchand. They will be able to activate Kemppainen without any corresponding moves, but Pastrnak’s eventual return would force the Bruins to demote a player in order to stay at the 23-man limit.

Patrice Bergeron returned to practice, giving the Bruins the following lines:


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Bruins not concerned about David Pastrnak injury; Joonas Kemppainen nears return

01.03.16 at 1:08 pm ET
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David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

The Bruins are not overly concerned about an injury for David Pastrnak that became apparent during the World Junior Championships.

While playing for the Czech Republic, Pastrnak was spotted with tape on his right index finger. The team referred to it as a “small injury that he was able to play through” at World Juniors. The Bruins do not expect the injury to affect Pastrnak’s availability, though he will be evaluated by Bruins doctors.

Pastrnak is expected to be available to the Bruins in the coming days and could be a possibility to play Tuesday against the Capitals. Same goes for Joonas Kemppainen, who has not played since Dec. 7 due to an upper-body injury.

“He’€™s close to being available,” Claude Julien said. “I haven’€™t been told that he’€™s in for sure, but pretty close.”

Patrice Bergeron did not practice Sunday, with Julien calling it a maintenance day. That led to some interesting lines in practice, with the suspended Brad Marchand centering Loui Eriksson and Brett Connolly.

On defense, Colin Miller is back after Saturday’€™s recall and was skating on Boston’€™s second pairing with Dennis Seidenberg. Zach Trotman, who has played in just one of the Bruins’€™ last 10 games, was skating on the top pair with Zdeno Chara while the Joe Morrow-Kevan Miller pairing that got torched in the Winter Classic appeared to be the extra pairing. lines and pairings in Sunday’€™s practice were as follows:


Seidenberg-Colin Miller
(Morrow-Kevan Miller)

Bruins recall Colin Miller, send Seth Griffith and Alexander Khokhlachev back to Providence

01.02.16 at 12:23 pm ET
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Colin Miller

Colin Miller

The Bruins announced Saturday that they have sent forwards Seth Griffith and Alexander Khokhlachev to Providence and recalled defenseman Colin Miller.

The B’s had sent Miller to Providence on Thursday due to a roster imbalance created by Brad Marchand‘s suspension. Without Marchand, the B’s had 12 forwards and eight defensemen, so they brought up Khokhlachev in favor of Miller.

Khokhlachev played just 6:01 in Friday’s Winter Classic, attempting no shots in the game. Griffith began the game as Boston’s first-line right wing but was demoted midway through the second period.

Griffith and Khokhlachev will have the opportunity to play on Sunday for Providence against Rochester.

Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara can’t explain Bruins falling so flat

01.01.16 at 6:39 pm ET
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FOXBORO — No excuses.

The Bruins managed just three shots in the opening 20 minutes of the biggest hockey spectacle in New England since the 2013 Stanley Cup finals.

They went a span of 15 minutes in the first period without a single shot.

The Bruins were without the suspended Brad Marchand and the injured David Krejci but still, Bruins players couldn’t come up with a reason for such a flat effort in a 5-1 loss to Montreal in the 2016 Winter Classic.

“We couldn’t generate any rhythm,” Patrice Bergeron said. “We weren’t first on pucks. We were second on every one of them, and you can’€™t get any pucks on net if you don’€™t have the puck, so that was basically the reason why.”

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Canadiens goalie Mike Condon thinks he got some Patriots mojo: ‘Anything that Tom Brady touches turns to gold’

01.01.16 at 6:25 pm ET
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Mike Condon stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced in the Canadiens' Winter Classic win over the Bruins.  (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Mike Condon stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced in the Canadiens’ Winter Classic win over the Bruins. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Tuukka Rask had Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Stephen Gostkowski featured on his helmet. Claude Julien wore a Bill Belichick-esque hoodie behind the bench. But it was Canadiens goalie Mike Condon who came away from Friday’s Winter Classic feeling like he had snagged some of the Patriots’ winning mojo.

Condon, a Holliston native who grew up rooting for the Pats, also had a Patriots-themed mask, as his featured sketches of Brady and Belichick along with four Lombardi Trophies and the team’s famous “Do Your Job” motto.

The cherry on top was getting the helmet autographed by Brady and Belichick before the Pats took off for Miami for Sunday’s regular-season finale.

“I’m pretty sure anything that Tom Brady touches turns to gold,” Condon said. “So I was pretty happy. Hopefully got some mojo on my helmet there. I’m a huge fan of his, huge fan of this organization, and I’m just happy to pay respect to them on the ice.”

Condon didn’t really need to be gold on Friday, as his Canadiens held the Bruins to just three shots on goal in the first period and built up a 3-0 lead by the end of the second. But he was very good when he was tested. Read the rest of this entry »

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P.K. Subban ‘rattled’ by not getting Tom Brady’s autograph?

01.01.16 at 5:49 pm ET
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P.K. Subban

P.K. Subban

Before the Bruins-Canadiens Winter Classic, Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban gushed about how much respect he had for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

After getting snubbed for an autograph during the Habs’ visit to New England, it sounds like Subban’s respect level for Brady has taken a plunge. The only Brady autograph sent to a Canadiens player went to their goalie, Massachusetts native Mike Condon.

“Yeah, I’m a little rattled about that,” Subban said after Montreal’s 5-1 victory over the Bruins, possibly tongue-in-cheek. “But [Condon] is a hometown guy. I mean, I’m a Cowboys fan anyway. You know what, Tom doesn’t want to sign me anything? So be it. Whatever. Cowboys are better anyway. Tony Romo, I mean, I’m not going to say Tony Romo is better but I’ve met Tony and he’s a nice guy, he would’ve signed something for me.”

Despite not getting any love from the Pats signal caller, Subban was thrilled with the Foxboro atmosphere, and of course with his team’s win.

“It’s Gillette Stadium. The stadium Tom Brady built,” Subban said, smiling. “It’s a pretty cool experience being there. It’s one of those things you’ll remember for the rest of your life. It’s not so much where the game was, but against who it was. There’ll be a ton more Winter Classic games, but Montreal-Boston, I don’t think it gets any bigger than that. I’m very happy to know I played in it.”

Subban continued: “It was a lot of fun, it was really, really cool. The NHL did a great job today preparing it. It’s easy for the winning team to love everything about the game because they win, but the fact is when you look at the whole pregame show, the national anthem, the fireworks, the plane flying over, family and friends there. It’s great. And then the icing on the cake is the win.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuukka Rask: ‘I haven’t seen us play so bad in a while. It was bad’

01.01.16 at 5:47 pm ET
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FOXBORO — In the immediate aftermath of the Bruins’ 5-1 stinker to the Montreal Canadiens in the 2016 Winter Classic, Tuukka Rask stormed off the ice, walked very fast on his skates and blew off some steam in the Bruins locker room.

The steam was audible from the long list of media waiting to get into the room, which doubles as the visitor’s locker room during Patriots’ games.

Once cooled off and dressed, Rask went about trying to explain how the Bruins, without Brad Marchand and David Krejci, could come out so flat in front of 68,000 fans inside Gillette Stadium.

“We didn’t have our legs. We weren’t moving. They came out hard. We weren’t making any plays. They got the first goal and then I think that might have deflated us even more. First two periods, I haven’t seen us play so bad in a while. It was bad.

“You would think that, especially when we’re missing guys like we are, you’d have to play hard and stick with the system, and it definitely didn’t look like that today.”

After generating just three shots in a lame first period, the Bruins had several chances to make it close in the second period. Matt Belesky’s goal was waved off after the play was whistled dead. To end the period, Ryan Spooner waited too long for Mike Condon to adjust in goal and his wrist shot found Condon’s glove just before the final horn of the second period.

“It’s a 1-0 game, 2-0, you’re expecting to get that next goal and keep the game tight. But when they make it 3-0, it makes it even more difficult to climb. We never could overcome that. Overall, we didn’t definitely didn’t deserve to win.”

But again, Rask kept coming back to the mental approach of the Bruins.

“I think we were just mentally not there, I guess, and weren’t executing the game plan like we wanted to. We didn’t skate. When a couple of little things go wrong like that, it becomes big and that’s the way it looked like. We gave up a ton of scoring chances in the first two periods. That’s just unlike us. For those you give up, you have to create some scoring chances and we didn’t do that.

“When things go wrong, you have to stick with a game plan and play your system and we didn’t do that. And it just snowballs. We’re trying out there and sometimes, you just don’t have it. Today, we get scored on a couple of times in front of the net. It definitely hurt us.”

Rask was asked about the conditions and whether the wind, which NBC’s Pierre McGuire noted several times in the broadcast, was a factor.

“I felt fine. It felt like a normal game, a little breeze sometimes but it felt like a normal game,” Rask said. “Great event but to lose like that that takes the fun out of it, obviously. Too bad we couldn’t give the fans a little bit more to cheer for.

“We looked flat out there and they kind of caught us off guard. It’s disappointing. It’s very disappointing. I really don’t know what else to say.”

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