|11.10.10 at 7:49 pm ET|
The first 20 minutes between the Bruins and Penguins can best be summarized with the following: two fights and two teams tied up, 2-2, after a period of play.
The Penguins didn’t take long to get on the board, as Arron Asham was able to grab a rebound in front and put it past Tim Thomas.
One thing that may have taken a little longer than one might have expected was Mark Recchi’s first goal of the season, which he was able to get on the power play. Recchi took a pass from Tyler Seguin and fired a quick shot that yielded a big enough rebound from Brent Johnson for Recchi to capitalize and beat the netminder for his first tally.
Brad Marchand and Brooks Orpik later added goals within 34 seconds won another, and it’s tied up after one. The fights, one between Shawn Thornton and Eric Godard and the other between Gregory Campbell and Maxime Talbot, came within two seconds of one another.
The shots are 18-14 in favor of the Penguins thus far.
While the Bruins were able to capitalize on one power play, they got kind of a rough deal on their other one. With Asham in the box for tripping, Zbynek Michalek hacked at Nathan Horton’s stick in front of the net, breaking the shaft and yielding no reaction from the B’s or refs.
|11.10.10 at 7:12 pm ET|
According to the Boston Globe, center Marc Savard will begin practicing with the Bruins “in the next 2-3 days.”
”He’s doing much, much better,” Peter Chiarelli told Kevin Paul Dupont. ”He has been symptom-free for a while now, increasing his skating…all in all, he looks good.”
|11.10.10 at 7:03 pm ET|
Turns out that all Jamie Arniel will get to do after being called up on an emergency basis is watch the game as a scratch. Michael Ryder, who had left practice on Tuesday with an undisclosed injury, is in the lineup and good to go, meaning Arniel essentially got only a free trip to Pittsburgh, and not his NHL debut, out of the deal.
Here are the lines:
Lucic ‘ Bergeron ‘ Horton
Caron ‘ Wheeler ‘ Recchi
Paille ‘ Seguin ‘ Ryder
Marchand ‘ Campbell ‘ Thornton
Chara ‘ Ference
Hunwick ‘ Seidenberg
Stuart ‘ McQuaid
|11.10.10 at 12:39 pm ET|
NESN and NBC Sports hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance with the Dale & Holley show Wednesday and talked about the Bruins’ game on Wednesday night vs. the Penguins and instigator Matt Cooke. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
Milbury said the Bruins aren’t likely to spend much time focusing on Cooke. “No, they’ve got other things to worry about right now,” Milbury said, although he added that the Bruins will be “much more willing to answer the bell if he rings it.”
Added Milbury: “I’m not big on the staged thing or the planned vengeance. I mean, it’s a hockey game, after all. They got their pound of flesh, or at least some of it, maybe a half-pound with [Shawn] Thornton last year. Get over it, play the game. They’ve got a couple of injuries, they’ve got other things to worry about right now. They’re playing two tough teams back to back. They’ve got to get some points on the board while they’re waiting for people to get back in the lineup.”
Asked his opinion of Cooke as a player, Milbury said: “He’s not a bad player. He’ll get his share of goals. He clearly is a guy that will mix it up, will look for a good hit. And I have no trouble with that. It’s when he crosses the line that you start to get agitated. The Bruins probably were slow to react to some of the things he did, but I don’t think he’s Darth Vader or anything. I just think he’s one of those guys that likes to toe the line, and sometimes he crosses it.”
Andrew Ference stood up for teammate Mark Recchi on Saturady night, jumping in to fight St. Louis’ David Backes after Backes had drilled Recchi with a clean hit. “Somebody’s got to do it for grandpa. You’ve got to step in,” Milbury said, although he noted: “Recchi’s no angel either on the ice. Even at his age he can be frisky.”
With the injured David Krejci joining Marc Savard on the sideline, Milbury said the Bruins can only do so much to fill the holes vacated by their top two centers. “When you take two of your better players out of the lineup, you’re not going to replace them,” Milbury said. “Not in the salary cap era. You just can’t do it.”
|11.10.10 at 11:57 am ET|
The Bruins are still dealing with the bad that came of their last trip to Pittsburgh, so it’s only natural for memories to kick in as they return to face the Penguins (now at the CONSOL Energy Center) for the first time since March 7 of last season.
Of course, it was on that day that a head-hunting Matt Cooke blindsided Marc Savard, who would miss the rest of the season and return for the second round of the playoffs before encountering more post-concussion syndrome symptoms that still have him a ways away from returning to the B’s lineup.
The Bruins caught flack for not responding to the Cooke hit 11 days later at the Garden. Shawn Thornton fought Cooke and Zdeno Chara squared off with Mike Rupp, but the Bruins put only 17 shots on Marc-Andre Fleury, who easily shut out the B’s in a 3-0 Penguins victory.
Claude Julien, on the other hand, seems to be pushing the mindset for the B’s to not dwell on last year when trying to get a couple of points, saying that Cooke shouldn’t get any extra attention unless he brings it on himself.
“If he acts in a certain way that deserves retribution,” Julien said, “we’ll deal with it then.”
– It’s hard not to find the Bruins’ 15 points a little more impressive than the Penguins’ 15 points. Of course, that’s a given when considering that the Bruins have played 11 games to the Penguins’ 15.
– Lucic has scored in five of the Bruins’ road games. Of course, one of them was an empty netter, but his out-of-town numbers are still attention-grabbing. Lucic has yet to score at the Garden this season.
– The Penguins as a team haven’t exactly blown minds statistically, as their numbers in scoring, goals against, and power play seem to agree with the standings, which has them as a .500 team (7-7-1). Pittsburgh’s 2.8 goals per game is 14th in the league, while their 2.6 GAA is 13th in the league. The Penguins are just 21st in penalty killing percentage (13.3), though their penalty kill percentage of 87.5 is sixth in the NHL.
– With Fleury posting just a 1-6 record thus far on the season, between the pipes for the Penguins will be 6-1-1 Brent Johnson, according to the Globe.
|11.09.10 at 6:17 pm ET|
With Michael Ryder (forced to leave practice Tuesday with an undisclosed injury) questionable for Wednesday’s game at Pittsburgh, the Bruins have recalled Jamie Arniel from AHL Providence on an emergency basis.
Here is the official release on the move from the Bruins:
BOSTON, MA ‘ Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled forward Jamie Arniel from the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League) on an emergency basis.
Arniel will join Boston for their morning skate on Wednesday, November 10 and be available for the Bruins/Penguins contest at 7:00 p.m. in Pittsburgh.
This is the first professional regular season recall of Arniel’s career.
The 20-year-old Arniel has appeared in 12 games this season for Providence, registering 6-3=9 totals with 6 penalty minutes. He currently leads the team in shots on goal with 44 attempts and is second on the team in both goals scored and total points. Arniel has scored a goal in each of the P-Bruins last three games.
Arniel completed his first full pro season with the Providence Bruins in 2009-10, with 12-16=28 totals in 67 games. He won the club’s Rookie of the Year award and led all P-Bruins first-year players in scoring and assists.
The Kingston, Ontario native was drafted by Boston in the fourth round (97th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
|11.09.10 at 2:50 pm ET|
WILMINGTON ‘ With David Krejci still out because of a concussion that was suffered in overtime of the Bruins 2-1 shootout loss to the Blues on Saturday, the Bruins did some work with their power-play prior to the official start of practice Tuesday morning. They plan to have Nathan Horton fill in for the injured Krejci on the No. 1 power-play unit, assuming the left-side half-wall position.
‘I think he’s one of those guys that can take that step on the half wall and then shoot the puck very well,’ coach Claude Julien said about the switch after practice. Julien also said he’s been impressed with the improvements Blake Wheeler has made on the goal line position.
‘So we thought that was for now the best way to kind of stabilize our power-play and hopefully keep it going in the right direction,’ Julien said.
Mark Recchi-Blake Wheeler-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Tyler Seguin-Michael Ryder
Brad Marchand-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Julien says he feels confident with the line decisions that have been made for the game against the Penguins on Wednesday, but that he also won’t be afraid to shuffle it up some more if it doesn’t work. ‘That’s part of the situation that you’re in at times,’ Julien said. ‘You have to be open minded about maybe moving some guys around.’