|Photos: Bruins-Canadiens Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium||01.01.16 at 11:20 am ET|
The Bruins host the Canadiens in the 2016 Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium on Friday, and WEEI has been in Foxboro all week. Check out our photos from Thursday and Friday here.
WEEI.com’s DJ Bean also hosted a Winter Classic Special with Joe McDonald and Pete Blackburn at Bar Louie just outside Gillette. Mark Recchi and Kathryn Tappen were among those who stopped by.
|David Krejci hurt as Bruins lose to Senators||12.27.15 at 7:40 pm ET|
The Bruins dropped their third straight game in regulation as they took a 3-1 loss to the Senators Sunday in Ottawa. The result allowed the Senators to pull even with the B’s in the standings with 42 points.
Losing the game may have been the tip of the iceberg for the B’s, as David Krejci did not play the third period after suffering an upper-body injury in a collision with Bobby Ryan. Krejci scored Boston’s only goal, as he picked up his second goal in as many days.
The Bruins were already playing without defenseman Torey Krug, who was injured in Saturday’s loss to the Sabres. Colin Miller was a healthy scratch, as the Bruins inserted defensemen Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow into the lineup.
The Bruins will host the Senators Tuesday at TD Garden in their final game before Friday’s Winter Classic.
|Bruins beat Devils in shootout, sit 1 point behind Canadiens||12.20.15 at 7:59 pm ET|
The Bruins continued gaining ground on the Canadiens on Sunday with a 2-1 shootout win over the Devils at TD Garden. With the win, the B’s improved to 19-9-4 with 42 points on the season, putting them just one point behind the Atlantic Division-leading Habs with two games in hand.
Ryan Spooner scored the only goal of the shootout, with Bruins backup Jonas Gustavsson stopping all three shooters he faced. The Bruins got their regulation from Loui Eriksson in the first period.
The overtime session began with a two-minute 4-on-3 for Boston, as Matt Beleskey was hauled down by Adam Henrique while trying to jam in a rebound from a Zdeno Chara shot in the final seconds of regulation. The Bruins went 0-or-1 on the power play on the night, as that was Boston’s only man advantage of the game.
The Bruins next play Tuesday, when they host the Blues at TD Garden for their final game before the holiday break.
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|Bruins’ defense shuffle led to rare move from Claude Julien in recent games||11.12.15 at 12:56 pm ET|
Claude Julien has been trying some new things with his lineup this season. He’s even separated Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, the Bruins’ current equivalent of Hall & Oates (assuming you’re smart and don’t underrate John Oates).
On defense, Julien’s experimenting has led to an unusual occurrence recently: a righty playing the left side. That’s very uncommon in the NHL, but when Julien opted to take left Joe Morrow out of the lineup for righty Zach Trotman, the result was a righty (Kevan Miller) having to play his off-side. That will change once Dennis Seidenberg returns to the lineup (as early as Thursday evening).
The reasoning behind why righties typically don’t play the left side is simple: They never really learned to do it because they’ve never had to. With left-shot D outnumbering them, it’s so rare that a team would have more righties than lefties. As such, it’s common for lefties to have experience playing the right side — Dennis Seidenberg and Torey Krug play both sides well — but very uncommon for a righty to be comfortable over on the left.
“To me, it would be common if some of those guys really felt comfortable on those sides,’ Julien said this week. “We’ve seen Dennis Seidenberg in the past play the right side and it doesn’t bother him to play his off-side. Some players are capable of doing that. Some others aren’t that comfortable because they’ve never done it before. We’re having to make some decisions here. There’s guys that are saying, ‘I haven’t really done it but I’m willing to give it a shot,’ and I think we’ve seen enough from some of those guys to let them go there and do that job.”
Miller, one of four righties in Boston’s seven-man group, played the left side at times in college and in Providence due to lefties being injured at various points. Though he noted he’s had the odd even-strength shift here and there on the left side over the last few years — never many at a time — he said it took adjusting when playing the last couple games.
“There’s advantages and disadvantages,” he said. “Obviously on offensive zone faceoffs, you have certain one-timers out there and then you see different plays better sometimes, but obviously worse with others. You kind of just have to manage your game.”
Seidenberg appears close to returning, with Julien saying he’s a game-time decision for Thursday’s game against the Avalanche. Should both Seidenberg and Krug (also a game-time decision after taking Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s practices off) play, Miller will be free to return to the right side, assuming he stays in the lineup. Thursday’s morning skate saw Miller play on the right side of a pairing with Krug.
While he’s obviously more comfortable on the right side, he hopes the Bruins won’t hesitate to use him on the left if need be in the future.
“I feel like everybody would probably prefer to be on their strong side, but anything you can do to help the team, you’re going to do it,’ he said. ‘If they ask me to do it, then I’m happy to do it.”
|Bruins beat Islanders to snap losing streak||11.08.15 at 7:44 pm ET|
The Bruins snapped their three-game losing streak Sunday with a 2-1 victory over the Islanders at Barclays Center.
Coming off a frustrating loss to the Canadiens, the B’s jumped out to a 1-0 lead behind a Ryan Spooner goal during a first-period 5-on-3. Patrice Bergeron made it 2-0 in the second period with his fifth goal of the season.
Bergeron took a pair of penalties as well in a game that saw the B’s take seven minor penalties. Johnny Boychuk scored the Islanders’ only goal during a third-period 5-on-3 after Joonas Kemppainen was called for playing the puck with his hand on a faceoff with Kevan Miller already in the box for high-sticking.
Tuukka Rask stopped 36 of the 37 shots he saw after sitting on Saturday vs. the Canadiens.
The victory improved the B’s to 7-6-1 on the season. They’ll be out of action for the next three days before beginning a five-game homestand when they host the Avalanche Thursday at TD Garden.
|Bruins recall Frank Vatrano, send Alexander Khokhlachev to Providence||11.06.15 at 3:06 pm ET|
The Bruins have recalled left wing Frank Vatrano from Providence and sent forward Alexander Khokhlachev back to the AHL, the team announced Friday.
Vatrano, an East Longmeadow native who played his college hockey at UMass Amherst, has 10 goals in 10 games this season. A first-year pro, Vatrano signed with the B’s as an undrafted free agent last March after deciding he would forgo his final two years of college eligibility.
Recalled on Tuesday due to David Pastrnak’s foot injury, Khokhlachev skated in two games for the Bruins during his callup. Khokhlachev, who was tied for the AHL lead in points at the time of his callup, skated with Loui Eriksson and David Krejci in Pastrnak’s absence.