|10.19.11 at 1:37 pm ET|
Looking for some answers after a 2-4-0 start to the season, Bruins coach Claude Julien shook up the lines in Wednesday’s practice. Nathan Horton was among those to see a demotion, as he was on the second line. The new lines are as follows:
Milan Lucic – Chris Kelly – Tyler Seguin
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Nathan Horton
Benoit Pouliot – David Krejci – Rich Peverley – Jordan Caron
Shawn Thornton – Gregory Campbell – Daniel Paille
– Krejci said he did not push himself 100 percent in practice and said that though he’d love to play Thursday, he wants to make sure he’s fully recovered before he returns. It remains to be seen whether he’ll be a go against the Maple Leafs.
– Adam McQuaid, who did not play Tuesday after being viewed as a game-time decision, was not on the ice for Wednesday’s practice. Claude Julien said after the practice that the team is still treating the injured defenseman as though he has a concussion, though there are “still no signs” of one.
– If McQuaid is unable to go, Steven Kampfer may be able to play in his place. Kampfer, who is coming off a left knee sprain, has been cleared for contact and is considered a game-time decision for Thursday.
|10.18.11 at 10:41 pm ET|
Bruins coach Claude Julien, who was given a game misconduct in the third period of the B’s 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes Tuesday, said afterwards that he was unsure of why he was tossed from the game.
“I wish I knew,” Julien said. “I really wish I knew. I guess when they announced the misconduct to Lucic, I just shook my head. I guess that was merit for being kicked out. That’s all I can come up with.”
The Bruins were assessed 82 penalty minutes minutes, and though Julien seemed upset with his own penalty, he did not blame the officiating for the result of the contest, which dropped the Bruins to 2-4-0 on the season.
“We have to take responsibility for our own actions here. ‘¦ I think what I saw from tonight is we started off the game well. In the first period we had some great chances, but we’re not capitalizing,” he said. “What I see is frustration setting in, and the minute we start getting frustrated, we lose focus of our game, and it gets worse and worse. That’s been a bit of a pattern this year.”
Julien’s lone criticism of the referees regarded Zdeno Chara’s third-period high-sticking call, with the Bruins’ coach accusing Hurricanes forward Eric Staal of diving.
“I’m not saying all the penalties were good calls,” Julien said. “I really was disappointed on the one on Zdeno, trying to hold his own ice, and for some reason he gets called because the other guy embellishes. That was one that was clear in my eyes that I would question, or not agree with, but the rest, they were calls and you have to take responsibility of your own actions.”
|10.18.11 at 9:44 pm ET|
The Bruins’ hardly hid their frustrations Tuesday night at TD Garden as they fell to the Hurricanes, 4-1, and saw their season record drop to 2-4-0. Among the 72 minutes worth of penalties assessed to the team on the night, the most notable might have come in the final minutes of the third period, when B’s coach Claude Julien was tossed from the game.
The Hurricanes received goals from Anthony Stewart, Joni Pitkanen, Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu with Rich Peverley scoring the Bruins’ lone goal. Stewart has now scored both of his goals this season again the Bruins.
On a night that featured instances of Nathan Horton taking whacks at Carolina players and the likes of Shawn Thornton being turned down in his requests to dance (Thornton practically begged Tim Gleason but was turned down), the teams finally came to blows over halfway through the second period. Horton got tangled up with Jay Harrison before Zdeno Chara came in and began pounding the Hurricanes defenseman.
Chara then had a nose-to-nose encounter with Ward, which caused Rask to skate the length of the ice to challenge the Hurricanes netminder. Ward declined, and Rask was assessed a minor penalty for crossing the red line.
Chara racked up 17 penalty minutes on the play, as he got an instigator and 10-minute misconduct in addition to his fighting major. Horton received a roughing minor, with Harrison, like Chara, getting a fighting major. After all the penalties, the Bruins were forced to kill off a 5-on-3.
Fisticuffs occurred again halfway through the third period, when Milan Lucic tried to fight Gleason before Chris Kelly eventually fought Brett Sutter, who had injured Joe Corvo earlier in the game. Minutes later, Horton threw Gleason to the ice after Gleason kept his gloves on and clearly was not interested in throwing. Horton was assessed a double-minor for roughing as well as a 10-minute game misconduct, ending his night.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Horton’s penalty was Lucic-esque for its combination of bad timing and poor judgement. With the Bruins trailing by a goal and 8:30 remaining, Horton put the B’s down a man (further penalties would make it worse) rather than in good shape to mount a comeback.
– It was not a good night for the Bruins’ fourth line. Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille were on the ice for both of the Hurricanes goals. The line had two shots on goal, both of which came from Paille.
One positive for the line came in the first period, when Thornton easily picked the pocket of Tomas Kaberle on a turnover so soft that offer grounds for nostalgia about Kaberle’s similarly soft play with the Bruins last season.
– Matt Bartkowski‘s time filling in for Adam McQuaid has not gone well. He was on the ice for Sutter’s tally, and after has now been a minus-2 over the last two games despite getting minimal ice time. He did not play at all in the second period, but saw some time in the third period. The Bruins would be fortunate to get McQuaid or Steven Kampfer back as quickly as possible.
– Julien made a statement in the third period by taking Lucic off the first line and promoting Benoit Pouliot. Lucic took Pouliot’s old spot on the third line. Lucic led the Bruins with 30 goals last season but has just one point (an assist) through six games.
– Dennis Seidenberg took a couple of bad penalties at the wrong time as well. Textbook cases of interference in the second period and a boarding call with 7:50 remaining, much like Horton’s actions, made things drastically worse on a night in which things were already bad.
– The Bruins lost Corvo 10 minutes into the first period when Hurricanes forward Sutter slammed the former Hurricanes blue liner into the boards in the corner of the Bruins’ zone. Corvo remained on the ice for several moments before getting up and skating off the ice under his own power. Peverley approached Sutter following the play, though Lucic was among those who watched.
Corvo returned and was on the bench at the start of the second period. It remains to be seen whether Brendan Shanahan will have anything to say about the play.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Peverley’s goal ended the Bruins’ power-play drought. They are now 2-for-24 on the man advantage this season.
Aside from Peverley’s goal helping the B’s erase an ugly statistic, there wasn’t much of anything that was remotely positive for the Bruins. It was just an ugly night in which the fights didn’t help them. Even Kaberle got an assist.
|10.18.11 at 6:30 pm ET|
|10.18.11 at 12:46 pm ET|
There was perhaps no more perplexing Stanley Cup celebration than that of Tomas Kaberle, who spent his day with the trophy in the Czech Republic at an event featuring guys called the Hello Piggy Band and doing crazy things with swords. When Kaberle signed with the Hurricanes in the offseason, the millions of questions regarding the day had to wait, but they were finally answered on Tuesday… kind of.
Kaberle, who is mild-mannered and very kind with the media, insisted three times that the band is not called the Hello Piggy Band. So there’s that.
“They don’t call it Piggy Band,” Kaberle said. “They’re like an entertainment group of three guys. They’ve been well-known in Czech. We thought they would be good to approach them and ask if they could play a few songs there’¦ but they don’t call it Piggy Band.”
Asked later what the band was called, Kaberle said he wasn’t sure what the translation would be, but that “they don’t call it Piggy Band.”
I’m certainly no expert on Czech trios, but look at the overalls. Something stinks about Kaberle’s story.
Kaberle actually got to have two days with the Cup, as he and fellow Czech Republic native David Krejci combined days in a joint celebration.
“It was awesome,” Kaberle said. “The second day, I went with him. We did similar stuff in his hometown. It was a really good two days. It’s too bad it was raining, but my thing was indoors at the first place and the second thing was outdoors, but people still showed up. It was amazing.”
|10.18.11 at 12:34 pm ET|
“It’s really nice,” Kaberle said of the ring. “Whoever did it, they did a nice job. I’m sure everybody liked it. It was a long season, but it was well worth it.”
After being acquired on Feb. 18 from Toronto in exchange for Joe Colborne, a 2011 first-round pick and a conditional second-round pick in 2012 (the Maple Leafs got the pick when the Bruins reached the Stanley Cup finals), Kaberle struggled in Boston. He failed to improve a weak power play, displayed poor skating was heavily criticized in the media for his tendency to pass when a shot was there. Kaberle’s ice time was cut significantly as the playoffs wore on, yet through his struggles, Kaberle never ducked the media and on Tuesday said he won’t let the criticism damage his memory of his stint in Boston.
“Obviously, that comes with the territory and comes with the job,” Kaberle said of the criticism. “There’s always pressure, and if you’re not performing like you’re supposed to, you’re going to hear it. That’s fine with me.”
The Bruins told Kaberle following the season to test the waters and that they would stay in touch. Kaberle went unsigned in the first few days of free agency before eventually getting a three-year, $12.75 million deal with the Hurricanes. He said Tuesday that there were points at which he thought he’d be back in Boston.
“We were talking for a bit,” he said. “Obviously, my agent did all the work. At the end of the day, Carolina had the most interest in me. I felt like it was a good decision. My brother [Frantisek Kaberle] helped me as well. He played there before and always said good things about the Carolina organization and teammates. It made it even easier for me.
“When you win the Stanley Cup, it’s tough to leave, but sometimes it’s a business and that’s the way it goes in the NHL.”
Through five games this season, Kaberle has one point (an assist) and is a minus-5.
|10.18.11 at 11:47 am ET|
Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid, who left last Wednesday’s contest against the Hurricanes with a neck injury after crashing into the boards and sat out Saturday’s game against the Blackhawks, is considered a game-time decision for Tuesday night against the Hurricanes, Claude Julien said Tuesday. McQuaid returned to practice Monday and participated in Tuesday’s morning skate.
In three games this season (he missed opening night due to an illness), McQuaid has two points. Should McQuaid be unable to Tuesday, Matt Bartkowski will play his third game of the season.
In other injury news, David Krejci and Steven Kampfer were also on the ice in Tuesday’s morning skate. Krejci injured his core in last Tuesday’s practice, and though Julien said that the first-line center is “inching closer to returning,” Krejci will not play Tuesday. Kampfer, who is recovering from a left knee sprain suffered on Sept. 29, is still awaiting clearance for contact drills.