|10.24.15 at 3:05 pm ET|
The Bruins unveiled their uniforms for the Winter Classic on Saturday at an event for season ticket holders.
The jersey is inspired by the Bruins’ original uniforms from the 1924 season. Aside from its logo and colors, perhaps the most notable detail of the jersey is that it features a crew neck rather than the v-neck of current uniforms.
The Winter Classic will be played on Jan. 1 against the Canadiens at Gillette Stadium.
|10.24.15 at 1:46 pm ET|
Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand were both absent as the Bruins practiced Saturday at Agganis Arena. Bergeron is still on semi-paternity leave (he’s played the last two games but has been given practices and morning skates off), while Marchand was given a maintenance day.
With Bergeron and Marchand absent, the B’s had some wonky lines in practice. Most notably, the gold jerseys usually designated for Bergeron’s line were worn by Joonas Kemppainen, Max Talbot and Tyler Randell. The lines in practice were as follows:
Matt Beleskey, who has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury, said after the practice that he is feeling better. He didn’t provide much to clarify how his injury was suffered, as it wasn’t suffered in a practice or a game and Claude Julien recently quipped that Beleskey had gotten up on the “wrong side of the bed.” Beleskey noted that he first realized the injury upon waking up Wednesday.
“Pretty much,” he said. “It was nothing I can really remember, but it’s getting better. It’s getting better every day and I felt pretty good out there.”
Dennis Seidenberg skated again prior to the practice. Seidenberg, who is working his way back from back surgery, has been skating since Monday.
|10.23.15 at 10:15 pm ET|
The Bruins like playing on the road and they like playing their backup goalie.
That odd trend continued Friday night, as the B’s picked up their third win of the season — all of which have come on the road — in the form of a 5-3 victory over the Islanders at Barclays Center. The B’s record now stands at 3-3-1.
Boston’s ability to pick up the win in front of Jonas Gustavsson wasn’t quite because the backup turned in a particularly good outing, but because the B’s bounced back from a horrid first period by limiting the Islanders significantly over the final two periods. After getting outshot, 18-8, in the first period, the Bruins held the Islanders to just eight shots in the second (five) and third (three) periods combined.
The B’s came back from a 2-1 deficit in the second period and built a lead thanks to strong work from a makeshift fourth line of Ryan Spooner with Joonas Kemppainen and Tyler Randell. Kemppainen had a goal and an assist for the first two points of his NHL career.
After building a two-goal lead, the Bruins managed to not relinquish it after doing so in the previous two games.
David Krejci made it a three-goal game with an empty-net goal with 2:25 left, though the Islanders answered with a Thomas Hickey tally to come back within two. With Friday’s goal, Krejci has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in seven games this season. He has registered points in every game this season.
Here are four more things we learned in Friday night’s win.
BELESKEY STAYS OUT, MORROW RETURNS
Matt Beleksey missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury, while Joe Morrow returned from the flu. The lineup to begin the game was as such, though changes that Julien made as the game went on paid off:
CHANGE IS GOOD FOR SPOONER, KEMPPAINEN
The second period saw Claude Julien tinker with his forward lines, first briefly flipping Jimmy Hayes and Brett Connolly on the middle two lines and later shaking up his bottom six.
With Ryan Spooner struggling this season in even-strength play, Julien moved the young center to the fourth line and moved Chris Kelly from left wing on the third line to center. Zac Rinaldo replaced Kelly on the left wing, with Spooner centering Kemppainen and Randell on the second line.
The fourth-line change paid off for the Bruins. After Kemppainen forced a turnover during an attempted Flyers breakout, Spooner picked off the puck and fired a shot that was blocked by Travis Hamonic. The puck bounced to Kemppainen, who buried it for the first goal (and point) of his NHL career to tie the game at two.
Kemppainen, who is not known for his offense, helped the Bruins add to their lead in the third by forcing another turnover and making a nice pass to Spooner in front. Spooner tried to return the puck to Kemppainen, but saw the puck bounce off an Islanders skate and into the net to make it 4-2.
CONNOLLY HEATING UP
Connolly kept up his strong response to last weekend’s healthy scratch by scoring in his second straight game. The 23-year-old jumped on a puck that Brad Marchand had tossed into the slot and whacked it past Jaroslav Halak to give Boston a 1-0 lead at 9:51 of the first.
It will be interesting to see where the Bruins move Connolly once Beleskey returns to the lineup. Given that the third line needed tweaking anyway Friday, Julien could keep Connolly with Patrice Bergeron‘s line and play Loui Eriksson on Spooner’s line.
PASTRNAK BOUNCES BACK
After David Pastrnak’s terrible showing Wednesday against the Flyers, Julien said that the 19-year-old had better performances ahead of him. One of them came Friday, when Pastrnak buried a laser from the slot to break the 2-2 tie in the second period.
In addition to Pastrnak’s turnovers against the Flyers, his failure to put the game away in the third period on a Grade A scoring chance quite possibly cost the Bruins a point in a game they eventually lost in overtime.
Pastrnak is there for his scoring, so his reminder of that Friday with his first goal since the season-opener should be encouraging for the B’s.
|10.23.15 at 3:49 pm ET|
The Bruins activated defenseman Joe Morrow from injured reserve Friday and sent forward Seth Griffith to Providence.
Morrow missed the last three games due to a flu bug that cost him to lose weight. The Bruins sent Tommy Cross, who had played three games in his place, back to Providence on Thursday. The 22-year-old defenseman skated in Boston’s first three games of the season, averaging 19:38 of ice time per game. Should he play Friday against the Islanders, it’s likely that he will be paired with either Kevan Miller or Colin Miller.
Griffith, who played 30 games for the B’s last season, sprained his left MCL during the preseason. Though he has remained on the NHL roster, he has been skating with the Providence Bruins recently.
With Friday’s moves, the Bruins are back at the 23-man roster limit.
|10.22.15 at 4:37 pm ET|
Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo will not be given any supplemental discipline for his hit on Flyers forward Sean Couturier, the Department of Player Safety announced Thursday.
Rinaldo was given a charging major and game misconduct for the hit, which occurred late in the first period of Philadelphia’s 5-4 overtime win over the B’s. Though Rinaldo is considered a repeat offender because he’s been suspended within the last 18 months, such status is only applied to plays deemed to be suspendable in a vacuum. Had Rinaldo’s hit been suspendable in the league’s eyes, his punishment would have been steeper than that of a first-time offender.
The video explaining the league’s decision outlines that Rinaldo does not elbow Couturier, commit interference or target the head. The video also says that Rinaldo did not launch into the hit or leave his feet.
|10.22.15 at 1:53 pm ET|
NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance on Ordway, Merloni and Fauria on Thursday to look back at the Bruins’ overtime loss to the Flyers Wednesday night. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.
During the game Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo hit Flyers forward Sean Couturier from behind against the boards at the end of the first period. He was given a game misconduct for the hit. McGuire said it was a dirty play.
“It’s against a defenseless player,” McGuire said. “It’s against a guy who isn’t making a play on the puck. I didn’t like the play at all. I didn’t like it at all.”
“I like Zac Rinaldo as a guy, I really do,” he added. “I’ve gotten to know him over time watching him play junior hockey up in the Toronto area and he’s had to scratch and claw to make it to the professional level, especially at the NHL level. He always plays to the line and I didn’t like that last night. He went over the line last night. He really did.”
Although the Bruins blew a two-goal third period lead and lost 5-4 in overtime, McGuire said it wasn’t all bad for the home team.
“There were some very good things in that game last night for Boston, too. It wasn’t all doom and gloom,” McGuire said. “But, this is a much different team. This is a much different team that Bruins fans have become used to since about 2010.”
Tuukka Rask is 1-3-1 this season and McGuire noted how important it is to get the Bruins’ goaltender back on track.
“You need goaltending. There’s no question,” he said. “It is a very important part of the game and confidence is an issue. I know it was a great shot from Wayne Simmonds, that was Wayne Simmonds’ 101st goal in 290 games as a member of the Flyers last night. I can tell you this right now, if Tuukka is on the angle, that is high glove side from a right-hand shot coming down the left-hand side of the ice, that is a stoppable puck for a guy that is on the angle. He was off the angle. He was cheating short side and he got beat long side. He’s got to be more square and I think he would be the first person to tell you that.”
|10.22.15 at 11:38 am ET|
WILMINGTON — New father Patrice Bergeron was given the day off from practice Thursday at Ristuccia Arena. Also missing from the session was Matt Beleskey, who missed Wednesday’s game with an upper-body injury. Following the practice, Claude Julien said that Beleskey will travel with the team for Friday’s game in Brooklyn.
Tommy Cross has been returned to Providence. Boston’s other seven defensemen practiced Thursday, including Joe Morrow. Though Morrow is still on injured reserve due to a recent flu bug, he can be activated at any time. Julien said that he’s yet to be cleared to play, and that the B’s will use Zach Trotman Friday if Morrow can’t go.
Zac Rinaldo was one of 12 forwards to practice for the B’s. He is currently awaiting word on whether he’ll be suspended for his hit on Sean Couturier in Wednesday’s loss to the Flyers.