|Loui Eriksson won’t start skating for at least another week||10.28.13 at 5:37 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Loui Eriksson wasn’t on the ice Monday and won’t be for the time being, but he was at Ristuccia Arena to see his teammates.
Eriksson, who is dealing with a concussion suffered last Wednesday on an elbow to the head from John Scott, isn’t expected to be back on the ice for at least another week, Claude Julien said. Given the uncertainty that surround concussions, it could be longer.
“The good news is that he did show up this morning,” Julien said, “and that's usually good news when a guy can come in and leave his home and come to the rink.
'We’re taking it day by day with him. I think you're probably not going to see him in the next week. He's not going to skate for the next week, so we're at that stage right now.'
Scott will have his in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Tuesday, where his suspension will be decided. Scott has already missed two games and will miss a third Monday.
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|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.
|Bruins blow lead late, lose to Devils||10.26.13 at 9:42 pm ET|
It wasn’t quite as painful as the last time it happened, but the Bruins gave up two quick goals with less than a minute and a half to play, blowing a lead and losing, 4-3, to the Devils Saturday at TD Garden.
The Devils scored a 6-on-3 goal with 1:08 left in regulation, tying the game with their third power-play goal of the night. The Devils found themselves on a man advantage for the final minutes of regulation on a Krug high-sticking double-minor taken with less than four minutes to play. Then, with 1:49 remaining, Patrice Bergeron took a delay of game penalty for flipping the puck out from the defensive zone, leading to a Marek Zidlicky goal to tie the game.
The Bruins got on the board with a power-play goal from Torey Krug at 7:52 of the first period. Jarome Iginla followed that up with his second goal in as many games, sending a puck in front of the net from down low and seeing it bounce off Damien Brunner’s skate and past Martin Brodeur. The Devils were able to get on the board with a power play goal from Adam Henrique at 11:24, but Milan Lucic increased Boston’s lead back to two with his team-leading sixth goal of the seasonal 19:04. Brunner helped close the gap for the Devils with a puzzling power play goal that snuck past Tuukka Rask’s stick side late in the second period
The Bruins will next play Wednesday, when they travel to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- As has been the case a couple times this season, the Bruins seemed to play down to their opponent in a rather sloppy outing against a team that came in here with just win on the season. Saturday’s game was somewhat reminiscent of last Thursday’s game in Florida in which the B’s led the Panthers hang around before winning late in the third period.
- For the first time this season, the Bruins allowed multiple power play goals in a game. This came on a night in which two of the Bruins’ penalties were to Zdeno Chara. The Devils got their second power-play goal off a Chara delay of game penalty, with Chara also going off for interference at 5:27 of the third period. All four of New Jersey’s goals came on the power play.
- Tuukka Rask has been stellar for the Bruins this season, but he had a rather shaky night Saturday. Hnerique’s goal came off a juicy rebound, while Brunner’s goal was particularly rough. Rask thought he had sealed off the post on a tough-angle shot from Brunner but let the puck sneak through. Rask reacted as you’d expect him to on such a goal, reaching into the net with his blocker, throwing the puck halfway to the blue line and banging his stick on the ice.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- Another game, another big night for Krejci’s line. With two assists on the night, Krejci now has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) over a seven-game point streak. Furthermore, he has points in nine of the Bruins’ 10 games thus far. That type of consistency is just the thing you want to see out of a player known for being rather streaky in the regular season.
- Krug now has three power play goals on the season, proving he’s a weapon on the man advantage they haven’t had in the past. Consider that four goals on the power play was good enough for the team lead during the lockout-shortened season, as Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin had four apiece.
|Michael Ryder explains why he didn’t take Bruins’ offer in free agency||10.26.13 at 1:01 pm ET|
The Bruins’ big splash on the first day of free agency was Jarome Iginla, but that came after a player they had targeted signed with the Devils. That player was former Canadien, Bruin, Star and Canadien (again) Michael Ryder, whose decision reportedly came down to offers from the Bruins and Devils.
“We had a couple conversations back and forth with my agent, but I decided to end up coming to Jersey,” Ryder, who is in town with his new team, said Saturday. “It just seemed like a good fit for me. Lou [Lamoriello] and them were really excited and told me the opportunity I’d get here. I just thought it was the best fit.”
That isn’t the only reason. Ryder, who spent three seasons with the Bruins from 2008-2011 and was third on the B’s with eight playoff goals during their 2011 Stanley Cup run, wasn’t thrilled with the way things ended between he and the Bruins.
After the B’s won the Stanley Cup, Ryder was interested in returning, but was told by the B’s to test free agency and see what he could get. He did just that and took a two-year, $7 million deal with the Stars.
'I think if they wanted to keep me, they probably would have tried to sign me [after the 2010-11 season],' Ryder said last season when he was in town with the Habs.
The 33-year-old forward reiterated that Saturday, saying that the Bruins had the chance to sign him years ago and didn’t.
“Once I left here, after we won the Cup, I thought I might have a shot of coming back then, but it didn’t really happen,” he said. “We didn’t really talk.”
As such, Ryder said he was “definitely” surprised to hear from the Bruins this summer. He didn’t say he was less inclined to sign with the Bruins because of how things had ended after 2010-11, but he did say that he had put the B’s in his past.
“You move on, and it’s part of the business,” he said. “That’s just the way it is. I ended up in Dallas, which was great, and then last year I ended up getting traded back to Montreal. This year, I’m here in Jersey. It’s part of the game, and the way the hockey world works I guess.”
Another interesting fact about Michael Ryder and the Bruins? He was a linemate of both Tyler Seguin and Loui Eriksson, who were traded for one another this summer. Ryder assisted Seguin’s first NHL goal and was his linemate for much of Seguin’s rookie season before teaming up with Eriksson and the Stars.
Ryder said he was surprised to see the Bruins move on from Seguin after three seasons with the team, acknowledging, as many have, that Seguin and the B’s may not have been the best fit for one another.
“He was their first pick, and it’s always surprising to see someone go,” Ryder said. “Tyler’s still a young kid and [with the fit] here, I guess they decided that it was time to move on. I played with Loui also in Dallas. The two of those are great players, and maybe it’s good for Tyler to get a good start somewhere. He’s doing well so far and he’s going to do well. He’s that type of player.
“He’s got a lot of speed and can shoot the puck and stuff,” Ryder added of Seguin. “He’s going to be a star in this league, and it’s just about when he got the opportunity. I guess they thought it wasn’t a good fit for him here. Hopefully in Dallas it works out for him.”
|Patrice Bergeron defends Carlos Beltran, discourages comparisons||10.26.13 at 11:52 am ET|
Oh my god, Beltran is out with a bruised rib. Oh my god, the Bergeron stuff is going to start. Oh my god. Oh my god.
' Sean Gentille (@seangentille) October 24, 2013
Yep, the second “out” and “rib” are used in the same sentence in sports (especially a game involving a Boston team), you know the comparisons to Patrice Bergeron are coming. Bergeron famously played in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals with a cracked rib, a separated shoulder, torn cartilage and a hole in his lung.
This was after Bergeron left Game 5 with the rib injury and cartilage damage and was taken to a Chicago hospital. Bergeron’s work in the Stanley Cup finals earned him both iron-man status in professional sports and a three-day stay in the hospital. So sure enough, Beltran’s injury Wednesday was met with snark and comparisons to Bergeron.
Carlos Beltran has left the game in Boston with a rib contusion. He is headed for Patrice Bergeron's house, where he will be laughed at.
' Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) October 24, 2013
Bergeron discussed the comparisons and defended Beltran Saturday morning, noting that an injury in one sport isn’t the same as an injury in another sport. Beltran’s injury was deemed a severe rib bruise, though he was back in the lineup for Game 2.
“It’s kind of weird,” Bergeron told WEEI.com. “There’s so much that goes into injuries, especially in baseball. If you have any injury to your core, it’s going to be pretty bad with the way that they swing.
“It’s funny that people will compare that to me, but once it happened, it was a no-brainer for me to be in the game. There’s so many different situations for guys playing hurt. They’re all professionals and he wants to be in there, so he had a good reason to not be in there.”
|David Krejci leads Bruins to last-second win over Sharks||10.24.13 at 9:34 pm ET|
David Krejci tipped an Adam McQuaid shot past Antti Niemi with eight-tenths of a second left in regulation to give the Bruins a 2-1 win over the Sharks Thursday night. Also scoring for the Bruins was Jarome Iginla, who registered his first goal as a Bruin.
The Bruins mustered only three shots on Niemi in the first period and were lucky to get out of the period scoreless given how much San Jose carried the play early on. The B’s remained quiet throughout the majority of the second period before Iginla buried the rebound of a Dennis Seidenberg point shot past Niemi.
The lead wouldn’t last long, as Patrick Marleau took a rebound from a Marc-Edouard Vlasic shot and fired it past Tuukka Rask in the opening minute of the first period, wiping out Rask’s shutout bid and tying the game at one goal apiece.
The Bruins played the game without Loui Eriksson, who is out indefinitely with a concussion suffered in Wednesday’s game. With Eriksson out, Brad Marchand took his place as the right wing on Patrice Bergeron‘s line, while Jordan Caron re-entered the lineup and played on the third line with Chris Kelly and Carl Soderberg.
The Bruins will next play Saturday, when they host the Devils.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- Rask was sensational on the night, keeping the game scoreless in the first, blanking the Sharks in the second and making a big save on a slap shot from Sharks star rookie Tomas Hertl shortly after Marleau’s goal.
- Another night, another stellar showing at the faceoff dot from Bergeron. The reigning Selke runner-up won 13 of his 15 draws Thursday night.
- The Bruins finally picked things up late in the second period, with a Marchand-Bergeron 2-on-1 providing the first true test of Niemi. Bergeron’s shot was stopped by Niemi, but perhaps it finally got the B’s going, as Seidenberg and Iginla generated a goal not long after.
- Krejci’s line was awfully quiet in the first period (zero shots on goal) after a strong showing Wednesday against the Sabres, but with Iginla’s goa,l Krejci picked up his seventh point of what’s been a six-game point streak for him. Krejci, who tipped Seidenberg’s shot, now has 10 points to lead the Bruins.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- To say the Bruins were dominated in the first period would be an understatement. The Sharks could have easily had six goals in the period, one in which they outshot the B’s, 16-3. The Bruins had no scoring chances in the first, with a Bergeron shot from the high slot on a loose puck really the extent of the B’s offense, while San Jose had numerous scrambles in front, only to have Bruins bodies or Rask get in the way.
- For a team that’s had a relatively good start record-wise, the Bruins have had quite a few games this season where defensive issues have been apparent. Add Thursday’s game to the list, which already includes last Monday’s loss to the Red Wings and last Thursday’s win over the Panthers.
|Claude Julien: ‘Nobody’s clean in this game’||10.24.13 at 7:03 pm ET|
Claude Julien has said multiple times in the past that he wouldn’t play Shawn Thornton if he wasn’t actually a good player, so it wouldn’t be a leap to assume he wasn’t thrilled to see the one-dimensional John Scott give one of his best players a concussion with a dirty elbow to the head, as was the case on Wednesday’s hit on Loui Eriksson.
Julien said prior to Thursday’s game against the Sharks that he doesn’t have a problem with the 6-foot-8, 259-pound Scott playing, but that he’s got a problem with some of his recent actions. That includes trying to fight Phil Kessel in a preseason game.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that John Scott is a good guy,” Julien said. “I haven’t seen too many [players] that aren’t. It’s just unfortunate that you see those kind of players end up hurting the kind of players that you don’t want to get hurt. I don’t know where those decisions are coming from. You see him dropping the gloves against Kessel and now taking that blindsided shot at Loui. I think it’s uncalled for, but that’s the unfortunate part. If those guys know their role and they do their jobs and know who to go after when the time comes and they police their team as far as nobody’s going to take advantage of them, I’m fine with that. I’m disappointed that it’s the way that’s happened and who he’s targeted lately.”
The 31-year-old Scott averages 4:57 of ice time a game and has five career points. He isn’t capable of doing anything but be an enforcer, so when all he can do is go out and either fight or hurt somebody, he gives well-rounded enforcers like Shawn Thornton a bad name.
“In my first couple of years I probably couldn’t play all that much, but I think I worked hard personally to be able to contribute in other ways,” Thornton said. “I know for a fact I wouldn’t be on this team — I’ve been told as such, that if I can’t contribute on the ice other than just sticking up for my teammates. Guys have a job to do. Some guys go about it one way and some guys go about it another, I guess.”
Thornton’s next dirty hit will be his first, and he’s worked hard to be a physical player without being a dangerous player. Of course it isn’t easy.
Julien coaches guys who have been punished for bad hits. Daniel Paille‘s elbow to the head of Raymond Sawada three years ago was as bad as it gets, while Dougie Hamilton was suspended 10 games in the OHL for a hit to the head.
“I have guys like that in my lineup that could be stupid if they wanted to. Nobody’s clean in this game,” Julien said. “We’ve had some incidents happen that as a coach you wish didn’t happen. At the end of the day, we’re trying to clean our game up, and the only way we’re going to clean it up is if we did it as a group. Let’s not expect the league disciplinarian to do it by himself and let’s not expect the players to do it by themselves. It’s everybody, and I think a lot of it starts with respecting each other a little bit better than we have so far.”
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