|01.03.14 at 1:35 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Torey Krug was missing from Friday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena on what Claude Julien called a maintenance day for the defenseman.
Krug did not play the last five minutes of Thursday’s overtime win over the Predators, as his last shift ended at 15:47 of the third period and he was not used in overtime. Julien said that was due to some sort of ailment and was the reason he was given Friday off. The defenseman appeared to be walking without a limp following the game.
Krug, who has struggled in recent weeks and has just two goals in the last 26 games, is the only defenseman from the team’s opening night lineup to not miss a game this season. That could be jeopardy if he is kept out of the lineup Saturday against the Jets.
“We’ll see how he is tomorrow,” Julien said. “If he’s good to go, he’ll go.”
Loui Eriksson took a small step forward in the skate, as he took part in 3-on-3 drills, which included some light contact in front of the net. Julien clarified following the practice that Eriksson is still not cleared for contact. The coach said Wednesday that Eriksson is still “a ways away” from returning to the lineup.
Eriksson has missed the Bruins’ last 11 games due to a concussion sustained in the Bruins’ Dec. 7 win over the Penguins. In total, Eriksson has missed a total of 17 games this season due to concussions. He had not suffered a concussion in his NHL career prior to
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|01.02.14 at 11:49 pm ET|
It’s been a roller-coaster ride over the last few weeks for Bruins goaltender Niklas Svedberg.
After posting a 50-13-5 record in 70 games for Providence over the last two seasons and capturing the 2012-13 Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s top goaltender, Svedberg was finally called up to the Bruins on Dec. 27 and was expected to start in net for the Black and Gold on Dec. 29 against the Senators.
However, Svedberg’s tenure with Boston was short lived, as the Bruins had to send the 24-year-old netminder back down to Providence on Dec. 28 after a knee injury to defenseman Dennis Seidenberg forced the team to recall defenseman Zach Trotman on an emergency basis.
“That’s how it works,” Svedberg said earlier Thursday. “You just move on and go back to Providence, play there and wait to get another chance.”
Svedberg would get his chance five days later, as the Bruins once again called him up on Thursday morning before announcing that he would get the start in net against the Predators later that night.
Playing in his first NHL game, Svedberg was impressive between the pipes, turning aside 33 of 35 shots on the way to a 3-2 overtime victory for the Bruins.
“I’m real happy with this win,” Svedberg said. “It’s just one game, but it’s real fun to get a win in a close game.”
Despite a solid first period that saw the Swedish goaltender hold Nashville scoreless over the first 20 minutes, the Predators finally were able to get on the board with 1:56 remaining in the second stanza, as Viktor Stalberg scored off a rebound shot from Mike Fisher to give Nashville a 1-0 lead.
Despite the fact that the Bruins trailed 1-0 at the end of the second period, it could have been much worse for Boston, as Nashville outshot the Bruins by a 16-3 margin in the period, with Svedberg staying steady in net despite the barrage of pucks.
“I didn’t see him [playing] much different from the first to the third, but I thought in the second, when they did throw a lot of pucks at him, he stood tall and made some good saves,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien after the game.
Despite giving up a goal to Predators captain Shea Weber at the 14:35 mark of the third period, knotting the game at 2-2, Svedberg would eventually earn the win, as Brad Marchand scored 56 seconds into overtime to give Boston the dramatic victory.
Svedberg was quick to deflect any talk of what his future is up in Boston going forward, instead focusing on continuing to improve his game.
“I haven’t even thought about it. All my focus was on the game right now,” Svedberg said. “Obviously, I want to play more here, but we’ll see what happens. I just got to keep working.”
Julien announced after the game that Svedberg is going to be sent back down to Providence Friday, but was quick to state that based on what he showed tonight, it won’t take long for the young goalie to once again make a return to the Garden ice.
“I liked his game tonight. I really thought he was good and he just showed us that he’s a guy that we need to look at and keep an eye on and consider,” Julien said. He’s going to head back to Providence tomorrow, but I think there’s a good chance you’re going to see him here again very soon.”
|01.02.14 at 10:32 pm ET|
Niklas Svedberg’s most recent stay in Boston lasted as long as his last one, but at least he got to play the game for which he dressed.
Svedberg was also recalled last week, dressing for Friday’s game and planning to start Saturday but had to be returned to Providence in order for the Bruins to recall a defenseman (Zach Trotman) with Dennis Seidenberg done for the season.
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|01.02.14 at 9:40 pm ET|
Niklas Svedberg won his first career NHL start, stopping 33 shots in a 3-2 Bruins overtime win over the Predators Thursday night at TD Garden.
Brad Marchand netted the game-winner 54 seconds into overtime after slipping past a defender at the top of the left circle. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bruins.
After a scoreless first period, Viktor Stalberg opened the game’s scoring by burying a Mike Fisher rebound past Svedberg at 18:04 of the second. The Bruins tied it less than five minutes into the third on a Johnny Boychuk wrist shot, with Jarome Iginla giving the Bruins the lead by going hard to the net and tipping a feed from Milan Lucic past Marek Mazenec for his 13th goal of the season. Shea Weber tied it by getting to a rebound in the high slot and firing it past Svedberg with just over five minutes remaining in regulation.
The Bruins saw the return of both Dougie Hamilton and Carl Soderberg from injuries. Hamilton, who had been out since Dec. 8, skated on the team’s top pairing with Zdeno Chara while Soderberg returned to his usual spot on the third line left wing after missing the last two games.
The Bruins will host the Jets Saturday at TD Garden before embarking on a three-game west coast road trip.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Spooner showed more of the willingness along the walls than had been seen with skilled young players around these parts in recent years. Spooner passed the puck to himself along the wall in the Boston zone in the third period to slip past Stalberg before taking the puck through the neutral zone and feeding Boychuk to get the Bruins on the board.
– Matt Bartkowski may have made the best save of the first period, as Matt Hendricks had what seemed like ages with the puck in front and an open net, but he took too long and gave Bartkowski time to lay out and stop the shot with his arm. Bartkowski led all Bruins in ice time through two periods with 16:12. Read the rest of this entry »
|01.02.14 at 1:01 pm ET|
Dougie Hamilton may very well go from being out of the lineup for about month to being relied upon pretty heavily by the Bruins. Losing a defenseman like Dennis Seidenberg will put a team in that kind of position.
Hamilton, who has been out since Dec. 8 with a lower-body injury, will return to Boston’s lineup Thursday against the Predators. He will be on a pairing with Matt Bartkowski based on Thursday’s morning skate, but big-picture wise, Hamilton is a logical candidate to be the playoff partner of Zdeno Chara with Seidenberg out.
Regardless of who he plays with, Hamilton can expect an increase in minutes with Seidenberg lost for the season due to a torn ACL/MCL suffered last week. Seidenberg was second on the Bruins in average time on ice with 21:50, so there are some big minutes to be picked up. Hamilton and Johnny Boychuk seem like the best bets to take the next step minutes-wise, though it’s worth noting both players are right-shot defensemen who do not play their off-side. Seidenberg is a left shot who plays both sides.
Hamilton has already been given more responsibility than last season, as his 19:10 of ice time per game is over two minutes more than the 17:08 he averaged as a rookie. He’s handled it well, posting a plus-9 rating through 28 games with three goals and four assists. Hamilton averaging 1.857 shots on goal per game, which is third among Bruins defensemen behind Chara and Torey Krug.
Those minutes might go up again before long, but for a guy who hasn’t struggled too much with what’s been thrown at him at the NHL level, Hamilton isn’t concerned.
“I’m not really thinking about it. I think I just want to start simple and kind of go with it. I’m not really worried about how much I play or anything like that,” Hamilton said. “Hopefully I can play well and kind of earn that ice time.”
If there is any silver lining to Hamilton’s injury, it’s that this season will be a lot lighter than him than last season. Hamilton went from playing in the four-game Canada-Russia challenge to playing 32 games in the OHL during the lockout to playing 49 games for the Bruins last season.
This season, having some time off here and there (he’ll also have the two-and-a-half-week Olympic break in February) to work out and stay off the ice might pay off later in the season.
“I think I feel good right now with my body and everything,” Hamilton said. “Just working out with [strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides], and with two weeks of workouts, you’re already feeling stronger, so I think it could help me, but I try not to think about it. For me, [I'll] just try to get back to how I was playing. Hopefully it will be right away instead of a few games.”
|01.02.14 at 12:02 pm ET|
The banged-up Bruins will get two players back from injury Thursday night as Dougie Hamilton (lower-body) and Carl Soderberg (concussion symptoms) will be in the lineup vs. the Predators. Goaltender Niklas Svedberg was recalled Thursday morning and will make his NHL debut.
Hamilton has not played since Dec. 8 but took line rushes with Matt Bartkowski in Thursday’s morning skate. After the skate, Claude Julien said that both Hamilton and Soderberg would play. With Hamilton back on the Bruins’ blue line, Kevan Miller will be a healthy scratch.
Svedberg was recalled last week with the team intending to start him last Saturday. However, the team had to send him back to Providence in order to recall Zach Trotman in wake of Dennis Seidenberg‘s season-ending torn ACL/MCL.
“That’s how it works,” Svedberg said Thursday of his bad luck last weekend. “You just move on and go back to Providence, play there and wait to get another chance. Fortunately, I got that pretty soon [after].”
The 24-year-old Svedberg has appeared in 22 games for Providence this season, going 13-5-3 with a .909 save percentage and a 2.87 save-percentage. Though Chad Johnson won the NHL backup job out of training camp, the Bruins had said they intended to get Svedberg into some NHL games this season.
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|01.02.14 at 10:04 am ET|
Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday morning for the first time since receiving a 15-game suspension last month, and the Bruins enforcer acknowledged he “messed up” and is eagerly awaiting his return to the team on Jan. 11. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Thornton was punished for grabbing Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, pulling him down and punching him during a game on Dec. 7. Orpik was knocked out and had to miss eight games while recovering from the concussion.
It was the first suspension of Thornton’s career, and he hopes it won’t affect his reputation.
“I messed up. I know that,” Thornton said. “I talked about it the other day: I’m not going to let it define me. It’s a mistake I made after 600 games playing right on the line. To be completely honest, doing my job is not an easy one, as far as riding the line.
“It’s tough to talk about because I know I messed up, but I plan on playing a couple more years and playing within the rules. The outcome wasn’t was expected, either. A very unfortunate set of circumstances, why I messed up, it can happen. Yeah, the money sucks, the games really suck. But I’m going to put it behind me now and move on.”
Thornton said he was limited in how much he can discuss the appeal process, but he made it clear he still believes the suspension that league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan handed out — and commissioner Gary Bettman backed upon appeal — was too long.
“It’s tough for me to talk about, because we’re legally not allowed. There’s a provision in our CBA that I can’t really bad-mouth the decision,” Thornton said. “But I definitely thought that 15 was a little excessive. How many games? I don’t know. It’s not my job. And I know it’s not an easy job to assess those things. But I thought that being the lengthiest suspension he’s ever handed out was a little bit much for my first-time offense, I guess.”
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