Bruins review: Good week for Krejci line, Nick Johnson is scoring in Providence
|10.27.13 at 7:00 am ET|
Reviewing the week that was in Bruins land.
At 7-3-0 on the season, the Bruins currently stand tied with the Lightning for second in the Atlantic Division with 14 points. They’re two points behind the Maple Leafs, who have played 12 games to Boston’s 10.
Though the timing of the games conflicted with the World Series so very few people saw the games, the B’s had a pretty hectic week. They lost a top player to a head shot, got a big win against a team that outplayed them and had an awful loss against a lesser team.
Milan Lucic, a big sports fan, talked about how much he appreciates that his career is taking place in Boston during such a great run for Boston sports
The Bruins beat the Sabres in Buffalo (recap)…
‘¦ But John Scott gave Loui Eriksson a concussion with a dirty elbow to the head
The Bruins announced that Eriksson is out indefinitely with the aforementioned concussion
The Bruins gave the Sharks their first regulation loss of the season thanks to David Krejci’s last-second goal (recap)
Jarome Iginla scored his first goal as a Bruin
People made fun of Carlos Beltran for leaving Game 1 of the World Series with a rib injury. Patrice Bergeron defended him
Michael Ryder came back with the Devils explained why he turned down the Bruins’ offer this summer in free agency
The Bruins blew a lead in the last 1:08 and lost in regulation (recap)
IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR’¦
David Krejci: The Bruins’ first-line center had two points in each of this week’s three games (one goal, five assists). Maybe, just maybe, this is the season when Krejci keeps the pedal to the metal the whole way through.
Milan Lucic: The 25-year-old has almost matched his goal total of last season, as his six goals through 10 games are just one shy of the seven he managed in 46 games last season. He scored two on Wednesday against the Sabres and added another Saturday.
Jarome Iginla: Rounding out what’s been quite the party for Krejci’s line, Iginla finally started seeing his strong play turn into goals. A night after a scoring change cost him a goal, Iginla’s first as a Bruin came when he threw the rebound of a Dennis Seidenberg point shot back on net Thursday. He made it two on the season when a puck he sent in front of Martin Brodeur from low in the zone went off Damien Brunner‘s skate and into the net.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR’¦
Loui Eriksson: Obviously. After looking like someone who was learning a new system in the first few games of the season, Eriksson appeared to be getting more comfortable, something that was likely helped by the B’s putting former Dallas linemate Reilly Smith on his line. Eriksson’s injury didn’t need to happen, so the league should act accordingly when they meet with Scott on Tuesday.
The Bruins’ penalty kill: After a week in which the B’s killed off all five of their penalties, the Bruins allowed five power-play goals this week, four of which occurred on Saturday.
Carl Soderberg: Playing in his second, third and fourth games of the season, Soderberg was nothing to write home about this week. He had a couple of secondary helpers against the Sabres (though he also took a goalie interference penalty), but he managed just one shot on goal over the three games and was invisible against the Devils. There’s been good and bad from Soderberg so far, so we’ll see how he ends up settling in.
MEANWHILE, IN PROVIDENCE’¦
The P-Bruins enjoyed 4-3 shootout win over the Springfield Falcons Friday night. Providence got a pair of goals from Nick Johnson, who leads then with five on the season, with Justin Florek netting the other. David Warsofsky got the game-winner in the shootout.
Bobby Robins made his season debut after suffering a knee injury in training camp with the big club. Robins picked up an assist on Florek’s goal and fought Jean-Francois Jacques in a game in which the Robins had nine penalty minutes.
Niklas Svedberg got the start in net for Providence, making 36 saves in regulation and overtime and stopping five of the six shots he faced in the shootout.
Through seven games, Ryan Spooner has two goals and three assist for five points and a minus-3 rating. Matt Fraser has three goals and one assist for four points and a minus-4 rating. Jared Knight has three points (two goals, one assist) and a plus-1. Svedberg has played five games to Malcolm Subban‘s two.