|10.25.10 at 12:44 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Johnny Boychuk was expected to be the lone Bruin missing from the team’s Monday practice, so when Daniel Paille was sporting a white first-line jersey in place of an absent David Krejci, the team’s top center suddenly became the topic du jour at Ristuccia Arena.
The reason for Krejci’s absence? The removal of his wisdom teeth. Claude Julien called it a regular maintenance day for the center, so there’s no reason not to expect he’ll be back to skating with the team in short order and will be good to play when the B’s take on the Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
In six games this season, Krejci has a goal and six assists, good for seven points, a total that is second only to linemate Nathan Horton.
|10.25.10 at 11:40 am ET|
WILMINGTON — Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk was sporting a splint on his left forearm as he adressed the media during Bruins’ practice at Ristuccia Arena on Monday. The defenseman is expecting to get a cast shortly after learning on Sunday that he will be out for approximately four weeks with a fractured bone in his left forearm.
“It sucks, but that’s the way it has to be,” Boychuk said of the prognosis. He was slashed in the first period of Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Rangers by Brandon Dubinsky. He left the ice following the play but returned to finish the period before sitting the rest of the game.
“I just tried to suck it up,” Boychuk said. “I thought it was just a bruise or something like that on the wrist. I just put some tape on it and tried to put some tape on it and tried to finish the period.”
He noted that it was in his return to the ice that he knew something was wrong.
“There was one time when we were killing a penalty and I was in front,” Boychuck said. “I put my stick down and it was really sore and I was like, ‘Maybe I should get off,’ but I just killed the penalty and went to the bench.”
Boychuk actually ran into the man expected to step in for him in Adam McQuaid on Sunday at the movies. With Boychuk at the cinema to take in “Paranormal Activity 2,” a movie that Boychuk noted was terrifying, the two defensemen were able to chat about what the next four weeks will hold.
“I got to talk to [McQuaid] for a bit, and I know he’s going to do well. He always does,” Boychuk said. “I know he’s going to pick his game up, too.”
The 26-year-old said his plan is to keep in shape and keep a positive attitude in order to continue to have an impact on this Bruins team. Boychuk said he didn’t check the replay and therefore couldn’t tell whether or not he felt the slash was intentional.
|10.25.10 at 10:46 am ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins lost Johnny Boychuk for what they deem to be “approximately” four weeks after he suffered a fractured bone in his forearm on Saturday. Upon returning to practice on Monday, the team had yet to add another defenseman to the mix, with Matt Bartkowski seeming the natural option to get the call from Providence. Here were the defensive pairings in the early going.
Matt Hunwick – Adam McQuaid
David Krejci was also missing from practice. Daniel Paille wore the white jersey and centered Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton in his absence. Stay tuned for more from the locker room following practice.
|10.24.10 at 9:14 pm ET|
The Bruins announced on Sunday that defenseman Johnny Boychuk will be out for approximately four weeks after suffering a slight fracture to the ulna bone in his left forearm on Saturday.
Boychuk was slashed by the Rangers’ Brandon Dubinsky in the first period of the team’s 3-2 and went to the training room immediately thereafter. Though he returned to play in the first period, he did not play in the second or third periods.
The 26-year-old Boychuk, who signed a two-year extension with the Bruins over the summer, has three assists on the season. He has played alongside Zdeno Chara in the team’s top defensive pairing, and it’s uncertain whether Adam McQuaid, who has been a healthy scratch for each of the B’s six games this season is his definite replacement in the lineup. The Bruins cut Matt Bartkowski late in camp with the idea that the former Ohio State blueliner was best served in a situation in which he could get playing time, so he is also an obvious candidate to be in the mix. Through four games this season, Bartkowski has one point, an assist.
|10.24.10 at 12:50 am ET|
Two games, two losses, and quite a few flukey goals. That’s Tuukka Rask’s season in a nut shell.
The Bruins netminder allowed three goals in the Bruins’ 3-1 loss to the Rangers, the first two of which came in the flukiest of manners that, while the third came on a breakaway.
It’s a bit odd how reminiscent of the season-opener Saturday was as far as the bounces Rask got. The goaltender admitted that the first goal he allowed, an Artem Anisimov tally off a bouncing rebound that was nearly a high stick, had him in brief state of disbelief.
“You haven’t played [since Oct. 9] and then that happens, you’re like ‘holy [smokes],'” Rask admitted. “You can’t start thinking about that. You’ve got to keep the game tight and try to save the next one, but obviously it was a tough break.”
Rask made it clear in talking with reporters that for whichever of the many reasons — the time off, the lucky bounces, the team’s now semi-habit of underperforming in the earlygoing of games started by him — he was not going to make excuses. That didn’t stop his teammates from coming to his defense after the game.
“We kind of left him out to dry both times he’s been in net and haven’t gotten great starts and got down both times he was in net,” Milan Lucic said following the game. “You can’t say anything bad about his game tonight. He played well for us. He kept us in it. He kept it 3-2 the whole way, and he gave us a chance.”
The Bruins have scored at least three goals in each of the games started by Tim Thomas and have averaged 3.5 goals per Thomas start. The team has come out flat in each of Rask’s starts, and the offense they eventually muster hasn’t proven to be enough.
“It’s been tough,” Nathan Horton, who has three of the Bruins’ four goals in games started by Rask, said. “We’re probably not going to win the game [when it happens]. We know it’s going to be close, but we want to get more than two goals, hopefully. If not, we want to keep them to less than two. He’s played good, he’s made some good stops too, and we’ve just got to help him out a little bit more.”
|10.23.10 at 11:06 pm ET|
Here’s the video of Claude Julien’s press conference following the team’s 3-2 loss to the Rangers on Saturday night at the Garden.
|10.23.10 at 10:39 pm ET|
The Bruins had a couple of first-period injury scares in their 3-2 loss to the Rangers, and it appears that one could be more serious than the other.
Johnny Boychuk took a slash from Brandon Dubinsky, and despite getting back onto the ice following a trip to the training room, did not play in the second or third periods. Whatever injury he sustained on his upper hand on the play should be revealed in the coming days, as an MRI was scheduled for the defenseman.
Gregory Campbell, meanwhile, took a shot off the back of the head more than halfway through the first. He went to the training room to get stitches and was back on the ice in the second period. The fourth-line center and penalty killer underwent verbal and memory tests as well to rule out whether a head injury was a possibility.
Campbell took his second high-sticking penalty of the season with 30 seconds remaining in the second period. He said after the game that it’s not a reputation he wants to develop.
“I don’t mean to high stick anybody,” Campbell said following the game. “I am a pretty honest player. I don’t like spending time in the box, especially when we’re behind. The team did a great job of killing [the penalty], but it was unintentional.”
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