Archive for February, 2012

Johnny Boychuk skates before Bruins practice

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

WILMINGTON — Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk skated prior to Wednesday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, marking the first time he has taken the ice since suffering a concussion Saturday night against the Senators.

Coach Claude Julien said after the practice that he had yet to hear any feedback on how well Boychuk handled his return to the ice, but that the team will soon know how he is feeling.

“He skated this morning, and those are more [situations in which] we find out the next day if everything’s good, then we move forward here,” Julien said. “Again, it’s a day-by-day situation, and we saw what happened with [Nathan Horton, who skated and suffered a setback earlier in the month], so we’ve just got to keep our fingers crossed.”

With Boyhcuk still out, the Bruins had seven defenseman at practice, as Greg Zanon joined the team for the first time since being acquired at Monday’s trade deadline.

Bruins shut out for fifth time in February, lose to Senators

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

The Bruins were shut out for the fifth time in February, suffering a 1-0 loss to the Senators at TD Garden Tuesday.

The loss wrapped up a forgettable February in which the B’s went 5-7-1. The Bruins were not able to beat Senators goaltender Robin Lehner, who picked up his first NHL shootout.

Defenseman Erik Karlsson scored the only goal of the game, beating Tim Thomas on the power play in the first period. Thomas made 37 saves in the losing effort.

The Bruins had a good chance to tie the game late when Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar went off for hooking, but the power play and final seconds went yielded no legitimate bids.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

– Joe Corvo said Monday that he was going to go after Kyle Turris, but he stayed away from the Senators center whenever the two were on the ice. Corvo was fired up after the league decided not to suspend Turris for his headshot on Corvo Saturday, but whenever the two were on the ice, Corvo kept his distance. Even on plays where Corvo could have simply finished a check on Turris, no contact was made between the two.

Corvo said Tuesday morning that he regretted the comments. As Dale Arnold mentioned on Twitter, perhaps Corvo got a preemptive call from the league over his comments.

– Thomas played well in the losing effort, and certainly deserved more offensive production than he got. Still, Thomas ran into a bit of good luck. The game could have easily been 3-0 in the second period, as Dennis Seidenberg cleared a puck out of the crease with the net open in the first, and Erik Condra missed an open net in the second.

– With the loss, the Bruins still have not won back-to-back contests since Jan. 10 and 12, a span of 21 games. Though they picked up points in their previous three games (1-0-2), their current skid is still not over.

– Tuesdays game marked the fifth time in February that the Bruins were shut out. In the first four months of the season, the B’s were only shut out twice. The alarming rate at which they’ve been shut to speaks volumes to their offense power outage over the course of February. The B’s scored two goals or less in eight of their 13 games.

Bruins-Senators Live Blog: Will Joe Corvo go after Kyle Turris?

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Bruins-Senators Live Blog

Mike Mottau: Trade to Bruins a ‘dream come true’

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Mike Mottau calls Monday’s trade to the Bruins “a dream come true.”

The Avon, Mass. native was part of the four-player trade that also landed former Islanders teammate Brian Rolston in Boston, and it returned Mottau to the where he grew up and played his college hockey at Boston College.

“Growing up a Bruins fans, and following the team throughout my whole professional career, finally getting a chance to put on the sweater was really special this morning, even just to go out for morning skate,” Mottau said after Tuesday’s morning skate.

Mottau followed last year’s playoffs and watched the Bruins as they won their first title in 39 years. He’s friends with Shawn Thornton, Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg and Joe Corvo, so the trade returns him to his home without the tough adjustment to a new team.

“Even playing with the Islanders last year, I was home for the Cup run. Watching the guys go through it, it was pretty amazing for the city and these guys,” he said. “I know quite a few guys and it’s great to be a part of it now.”

Mottau didn’t expect to be traded, as he had just made his return Sunday from a concussion. He will be in the lineup Tuesday night against the Senators.

Joe Corvo knows he may be battling for his spot in the Bruins’ lineup

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Monday’s defensive additions made Joe Corvo‘s job a lot less safe. He knows that.

In the weeks leading up to the NHL’s trade deadline, it was clear that the Bruins would benefit from adding a defenseman to potentially upgrade Corvo’s spot in the lineup. Corvo’s first (and likely last) season with the B’s has been a disappointment, as he just three goals and 19 assists for 22 points, a step backwards from his 11-goal, 40-point campaign a season ago with the Hurricanes.

On Monday, the Bruins added two defensemen who could compete to take away Corvo’s minutes once Johnny Boychuk is healthy. The most likely candidate is shot-blocking wiz Mark Zanon, with the other addition coming in the form of local boy Mike Mottau. Corvo normally plays on the team’s second pairing with Dennis Seidenberg, but Seidenberg and Zanon, who was second in the league last season with 212 blocked shots, would create a shut-down pair for the B’s.

“You definitely count the numbers and figure out that somebody’s got to sit,” Corvo said. “‘€¦It just depends on how everybody’s playing.”

Corvo admits that he hasn’t performed as well with the B’s as he had hoped when the team acquired him over the summer. He’s a free agent at season’s end, and spending the stretch run as a healthy scratch wouldn’t exactly boost his stock once he hits the open market.

“I think I’m old enough to the point where you just play and not worry about [what it means for my next contract],” Corvo said. “You worry about that stuff in the summer time. It’s been obviously a slow year, but I feel like I’ve been making strides lately and playing well, so that’s all I’m concerned about, is just playing well and feeling good about my game.”

Corvo knows Mottau well, as the two were roommates for the World Junior Championships in Finland back in 1998. Now, Corvo knows Mottau may be here to take his job.

“I’ve seen him over the years, too. I feel like I’ve known the guy my whole life, just because I’ve been at USA camps with him and stuff,” Corvo said. “I know what kind of guy he is. He’s awesome, awesome to have in the room. I’m excited to have him here. Maybe it creates a little competition within the D core to be sharper every night and to be accountable, so it’s good.”

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Corvo has also been in the news recently for the headshot he took from Kyle Turris in Saturday’s meeting with the Senators. The lack of suspension surprised a lot of people, including Corvo, who went off after hearing the news.

‘€œThat’€™s ridiculous,” he told reporters Monday. “I think if you look back at the game before [in Boston Jan. 31], I hit him clean in center ice. I made it a point not to get my elbow up in his face. But apparently he didn’€™t give me the same courtesy.

‘€œSo, let’€™s just say I’€™ll be looking for him right off the bat.’€

Added Corvo: ‘€œTwo days of walking around, I’€™ve got a headache. Just because I didn’€™t lie on the ice and get carted off or miss a period ‘€¦ I don’€™t know. It doesn’€™t mean that it wasn’€™t a cheap shot. In my opinion, I think he saw my numbers and he took the opportunity to seek revenge from the game prior.

‘€œHopefully he’€™s a man and he’€™s going to step up tomorrow when I come after him. I’€™m not going to try and hurt him, I’€™m going to try to fight him.’€

On Tuesday, Corvo did a little backpedaling, saying that he had “foot-in-mouth syndrome” when he reacted to the lack of suspension.

“It was just a situation where I said to much and maybe put my individual priorities over team priorities, but I haven’t seen the hit,” Corvo said.

The blueliner is feeling better after having headaches the last three days. He’ll be in the lineup vs. the Senators Tuesday, so look for him to make good on his words and find Turris.

Greg Zanon won’t play for Bruins Tuesday night

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Tuesday’s morning skate that he expects additions Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau to be in the lineup when the B’s take on the Senators Tuesday night. Greg Zanon just arrived in Boston and did not take part in the morning skate and will not play Tuesday.

Julien added that forward Shawn Thornton, who has been sick recently, is expected to be in the lineup. Thornton was present for Tuesday’s morning skate.

Rolston, who was acquired with Mottau from the Islanders Monday, centered Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron in the morning skate.

Julien said he was “really happy with the moves, which provide the B’s with depth for the stretch run.

“Depth doesn’t mean they don’t belong in our lineup,” Julien said, “it means we have a lot more options now.”

Bruins recall Max Sauve on emergency basis

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

The Bruins recalled forward Max Sauve on an emergency basis Tuesday, and he will available for the team’s morning skate.

The B’s had recalled Sauve up Monday, but sent him down following the two trades the team had made. Both Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau are expected to be in Boston Tuesday, though Greg Zanon could be a little late, according to general manager Peter Chiarelli.