|10.29.11 at 9:46 pm ET|
The Bruins didn’t do much to move out of last palce Saturday at Bell Centre, as they fell to the Canadiens, 4-2, and dropped their conference-worst record to 3-7-0.
The Bruins fell behind late in the first period when Brian Gionta and Lars Eller scored within 26 seconds of one another. They took a 3-0 lead on a David Desharnais power-play goal in the second period before Milan Lucic got the Bruins on the board. Tyler Seguin made it 3-2 with less than a minute remaining, but Tomas Plekanec put the game away with an empty-netter. Tuukka Rask took the loss for the B’s, dropping his record to 0-3-0 on the season. The Bruins have scored just three goals for Rask in his three starts his season.
The B’s will host the Senators on Tuesday at TD Garden.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– The B’s failed to take advantage of 56 seconds of 5-on-3 play in the third period. Penalties to Eller and Gionta put the B’s in good position to get back in the game while trailing by two, but a it post by David Krejci and a foolish penalty (see below) prevented them from doing any damage.
– Horton once again took an astonishingly ill-timed penalty with the Bruins trying to grasp momentum for their comeback. After Eller’s penalty expired in the third period, the B’s still had a man-advantage to try to make it a one-goal game, but Horton cross-checked Hal Gill in a fit of frustration. This is the same Horton who killed the Bruins’ momentum in the third period against the Hurricanes earlier this month by socking Tim Gleason and taking a roughing double-minor.
– The Bruins were sucked in P.K Subban’s game, making their bid for a comeback that much harder to complete. With the B’s down a man, Andrew Ference gave the Habs defenseman a little shove to the head at 10:25 of the second period, which landed Ference in the box for roughing. Late in the period, Lucic slashed Subban, and the second-year player milked it enough to get a power play out of it. Say what you want about the way he embellishes, but Subban gives his opponents the option to react to his antics. On a night in which the B’s needed to be focused, they chose wrong.
– The Bruins hit a pair of posts in the first period, with both Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand striking iron when trying to beat price stick-side. Krejci hit the same post during the Bruins’ 5-on-3 in the third period.
– Speaking of Marchand, the silence continues from the second-year winger. Marchand has no points over the last six games, and the opportunities haven’t been as plentiful. The 23-year-old said entering the season that his intention was to get more pucks on net this season, but he had no shots on goal Saturday to follow Thursday’s one-shot effort. Julien took him off the second line late in the game in favor of Daniel Paille.
– Lars Eller continues to be a thorn in Rask’s side. The young Habs winger has two goals in the first period on March 8 last season against Rask, and added another in the first period Saturday to make it 2-0. It was ultimately an up-and-down night for Eller, who by this scribe’s count could have easily had four goals, and in addition to causing the turnover that led to the Bruins’ goal, also took the Habs’ first penalty of the night in the third period.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– At least the Bruins got a goal out of Claude Julien’s decision to reunite the Lucic – Krejci – Horton line. Krejci made a nice play by poking at Eller’s stick enough to make a giveaway to Horton possible. Horton then dished it to Lucic, who beat Price for his third goal of the year. For a team that desperately needs its offense to get going, having a first line that actually looks like a first line would be big.
|10.28.11 at 5:51 pm ET|
McDonald writes that the team is not currently concerned over what the condition may mean for Seguin in the near future, though Seguin could suffer a hip injury if he does not maintain strength in the area.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told McDonald that the condition is “nothing to be alarmed about” and that approximately 70 percent of the Bruins have some sort of hip issue.
“I’m not going to comment whether it’s congenital or not,” Chiarelli said. “I don’t want to get into details what we think it is or isn’t and I don’t want any alarm bells going off. Like I said, you can go through our roster and there are probably 12 or 13 guys with something similar or the same thing.”
|10.28.11 at 1:23 pm ET|
With the team still not responding to the shakeups they’ve endured, Bruins coach Claude Julien once again shuffled the forward lines in Friday’s practice at TD Garden. From those on hand, the latest lines are as follows:
Benoit Pouliot did not practice, with Julien saying after practice that the 25-year-old forward is sick. Julien said he doesn’t know whether Pouliot will make the trip to Montreal for Saturday night’s game.
What stands out most with the “new” lines is the reunion of Lucic, Krejci and Horton, who played on the first line together for most of last season. The line was broken up when Krejci went down with a core injury early this season, and performance has prevented them from being reunited until now. Krejci has just one point, a goal, in six games this season.
“What would you expect me to do?” Julien told reporters after the practice when asked about changing the lines again. “It’s a coach trying to find solutions. It’s as simple as that.”
Added Julien: “if it doesn’t [work], I’m telling you right now, you’re going to see changes again.”
The defending champions are in last place in the Eastern Conference with six points through nine games (3-6-0).
|10.27.11 at 9:37 pm ET|
Tomas Plekanec scored for both teams Thursday at TD Garden, but it was his tally for his own team that secured a victory for the Canadiens over the Bruins. The Habs came out of the first game of the home-and-home series with a 2-1 victory, while the Bruins have dropped to 3-6-0 to begin the season.
Plekanec accidentally drew a puck past Carey Price and into his own net (the goal was credited to Patrice Bergeron) to give the B’s a 1-0 lead in the first period, but Erik Cole tied it in the second before Plekanec atoned for his error by beating Tim Thomas in the third period for his third goal of the season.
The game featured perhaps a long overdue fight between youngsters Brad Marchand and P.K. Subban, who fought in the second period after two unsuccessful attempts at squaring off.
The loss dropped the Bruins to last place in the Northeast division. The teams will meet again Saturday at Bell Centre.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– The Bruins had a couple of injury scares that caused players to miss time during the game. Andrew Ference missed the last 13 minutes or so of the first period after getting slashed early on. He returned for the second period.
Gregory Campbell, meanwhile cut his leg on the play in which he went off for tripping Petteri Nokelainen at 3:35 of the second period. The fourth-line center returned in the third period.
– Not the greatest night for Tyler Seguin, who was silent for most of the night, though he had more opportunities later in the third period. Seguin finished with three shots on goal, but the 19-year-old ruined an odd-man rush in the second period by sending a pass behind Milan Lucic. Seguin has been among the Bruins’ best forwards this season and has nine points through nine games, and as long as expectations stay realistic he won’t disappoint.
– While on the subject of Marchand, he’s now gone five straight games without a point. That’s his longest slump since his seven-game drought in March of last season.
– Six points through nine games isn’t pretty any way you slice it. The Bruins dominated a generally sloppy first period and came away with only a goal off an opponents’ mistake, so this is one they definitely could have had.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Thanks to Plekanec, the Bruins scored first goal of the game for the first time in seven games. With the loss, the Bruins are now 1-2-0 in games in which they get on the board first.
– Good to finally see Marchand and Subban square off. The two tried fighting three times, and the third time proved to be the charm. The two tried going at 13:47 of the second period but were sent off for holding. Their second attempt saw them actually drop the gloves at 15:43 of the second, but it was broken up and they received matching delay of game penalties.
They finally got to fight when they dropped the gloves immediately after getting out of the box, and it proved to be a lengthy bout between two players who proved they aren’t in the league for their fighting chops. Marchand connected on more punches, though it was a pretty evenly matched fight overall.
The fight was just the second of Marchand’s NHL career.
|10.27.11 at 6:37 pm ET|
|10.27.11 at 12:17 pm ET|
Benoit Pouliot has had one three-point game in his career, and it came in his only meeting against a former team. Might that be a sign that the former Canadien could be in for a big night Thursday, when he faces the Habs for the first time since they non-tendered him?
On March 20 last season, Pouliot had three assists in the Habs’ 8-0 win over Minnesota, the team that drafted him fourth overall in 2005 and eventually shipped him out in 2009. Now that he’s facing the Habs, the 25-year-old forward can identify that there’s natural motivation in facing a former club.
“I think when you face your old team, you obviously want to prove, ‘Hey, you don’t want to keep me? I’ll show you,'” Pouliot said with a grin. “It pumps you up even more I think. Obviously this is going to be our first game against Montreal, but we’re going to get plenty of them all year long, so I see this as a little boost. At the same time, I’ll just play the same way I’ve been playing and rack up some points.”
A big night statistically would be a good thing for Pouliot, who has looked good in spurts put has yet to register a point this season.
Pouliot hasn’t been shy when it comes to taking digs at Habs coach Jacques Martin, who scratched him for the final four games of the first round against the B’s last season. The forward feels there was a lack of faith in him from the Canadiens coach, and when asked Thursday the difference between playing for the two teams, Pouliot said it’s the communication between he and Claude Julien.
“It’s just a matter of knowing what you do right or wrong. Maybe not hiding it, and let the guy know and he’ll work on it. It’s something that Claude’s been good to me so far,” Pouliot said. “He’s been talking to me, and the assistant coach has been talking to me all the time, [showing] video and stuff. For me personally, I just have to show up, work hard and be consistent every night in practice and games. So far, things have been going pretty well. Maybe not the points, but everything else for me is to work hard. It’s good so far. We’ve just got to start winning games and things will be good.”
Pouliot led the team during stretches at the end of Thursday’s morning skate.
|10.27.11 at 12:00 pm ET|
The Bruins and Canadiens are set to face off for the first time this season Thursday at TD Garden. The 2-5-2 Habs are coming off a win against the Flyers Wednesday, while the 3-5-0 B’s haven’t played since Saturday’s loss to the Sharks.
Adam McQuaid (neck) has been medically cleared to play, with Claude Julien saying the “possibility of him playing is probably very good.” Julien said all seven defenseman will take the ice for warmups. If McQuaid is in, Steven Kampfer is out.
Here are a few other notes:
– The team left the morning skate in a single-file line, with Tuukka Rask the first goalie in line. That makes it tougher to tell whether he’ll be in net Thursady, but the guess here is that it’s only logical. Rask hasn’t started in nine days, and it might be better to let Thomas play in Montreal given Rask’s struggles there on March 8 of last season.
Peter Budaj was on the ice with the Canadiens’ scratches Thursday morning, so assume workhorse Carey Price will be in net vs. the B’s.
– Everyone was on the ice for the Bruins, and the forward lines remain the same as in Wednesday’s practice.
– This will be the fourth time this season that the B’s are hosting a team who played the previous night. The Bruins are 2-1-0 in those games, as they beat the Lightning and Leafs and fell to the Sharks.
– Benoit Pouliot will be facing his former Montreal mates for the first time. In his lone career game against a former team, March 20 of last season against the Wild, Pouliot racked up three points, all assists.
– This will be the first time Max Pacioretty share the ice since Chara ended the Habs winger’s season last March 8. Julien said the team’s main feeling on the situation is one of happiness that Pacioretty is healthy.