Bruins lose Dougie Hamilton, Kevan Miller in win over Maple Leafs
|12.08.13 at 9:43 pm ET|
The Bruins picked up a 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs Sunday, but lost yet another player to injury.
Dougie Hamilton left the game with what seemed to be a lower-body injury after taking a hit along the boards in the first period. It was the latest injury for a team that is already without two regular defensemen in Johnny Boychuk (back) and Adam McQuaid (lower-body). Kevan Miller also left the game in the final minutes on an apparent head injury suffered on a hit from Dion Phaneuf.
Peter Holland scored the first goal of the game, sending a bouncing puck past Chad Johnson after Torey Krug couldn’t clear it from the crease. The Bruins bounced back in the second period with three goals, two of which came on the power play. Carl Soderberg took a feed from Reilly Smith and sent it past Jonathan Bernier, while Krug scored his eighth goal of the season on a slapshot from the right circle that went past a screening Zdeno Chara and then Bernier. Kevan Miller made it 3-1 on his first career NHL point.
The Leafs made it a one-goal game 37 seconds into the third when Jay McClement beat Johnson on a rebound, and the B’s had to kill off a pair of third-period penalties before Jarome Iginla made it 4-2 on his sixth goal of the season. Patrice Bergeron scored an empty-netter after the expiration of a hooking penalty.
The Bruins were already down three forwards given Loui Eriksson’s concussion, Chris Kelly’s broken fibula and Shawn Thornton’s pending suspension, which forced Matt Fraser to make his Bruins debut and Ryan Spooner to play his third game of the season for the B’s. Both players skated on the third line, while Jordan Caron stepped onto the fourth line in Thornton’s place.
The Bruins will next play Tuesday in Calgary.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Krug’s goal made for yet another in which Chara has had a big hand of late. Chara, who scored the game-winning goal Saturday and was in front of the net on David Krejci’s tying goal against the Penguins, was also in front on Krug’s goal Sunday, which made for a span of three of four goals in which Chara either scored or provided a critical screen.
With eight goals this season, Krug is now tied with Erik Karlsson once again for the lead among NHL defensemen.
– Spooner began the night taking faceoffs for the Bruins but quickly surrendered those duties to Carl Soderberg after losing his first four draws. It paid off when Soderberg won a second-period faceoff clean and got the puck to Miller to set up the Bruins’ third goal of the game.
It wasn’t all good for Soderberg on faceoffs, however, as his lost draw vs. McClement early in the third led to the Leafs making it a one-goal game.
– Milan Lucic can skate, and he did it again when he took the puck into the Toronto zone, took two Leafs with him and threw the puck in front to Iginla for the Bruins’ fourth goal.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– If Hamilton and/or Miller is out for any period of time, the Bruins will have to make yet another call-up. The guess here is that it would be the right-shooting Zach Trotman, though David Warsofsky might also be an option.
The 6-foot-4 Trotman would make sense over the 5-foot-8 Warsofsky for multiple reasons, most notably that he’s a right shot, and Miller was the only righty on the Bruins’ back end after Hamilton went down.
– Sunday was the fifth time this season the Bruins have had to play the majority of a game with only five defenseman. They’ve lost Johnny Boychuk twice, Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg once and now Hamilton once.
Just like Thursday, the B’s also saw their remaining defensemen take penalties despite being down a blueliner. Both Seidenberg and Miller took third-period penalties, which forced Krug to play 1:04 on the penalty kill.
– Speaking of defensemen and penalties, Dennis Seidenberg got Jerry D’Amigo with a hit to the head in the corner in the third period. Seidenberg may have been trying for the shoulder, but he got him high and was given a minor penalty for an illegal hit to the head.
– Phaneuf somehow didn’t get a penalty for his hit from behind on Miller in the corner, which sent the Bruins defenseman into the boards head first and forced him from the game.