|Antoine Roussel suspended two games for cross-checking Adam McQuaid||02.12.15 at 12:57 pm ET|
Stars forward Antoine Roussel has been given a two-game suspension for cross-checking Adam McQuaid in the throat, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Thursday.
Roussel was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for the play, which occurred in the first period of Tuesday’s Stars win over the Bruins. McQuaid was slow to get up but was not injured on the play.
The Department of Player Safety’s video noted that McQuaid had dropped his stick and was in the process of dropping his gloves to fight when Roussel cross-checked him. It called Roussel’s cross-check “proactive, not reactive” given that Roussel was clearly not using his stick to defend himself. To watch the league’s video, click here.
This is the second time Roussel has been disciplined this season, as he was fined in November for sucker-punching Sharks defenseman Justin Braun.
Rousell was originally signed by the Bruins as an undrafted free agent. He played 42 games for the Providence Bruins and five games for the Reading Royals in the 2010-11 season.
|5 things we learned as Bruins drop sloppy effort to Stars||02.10.15 at 9:42 pm ET|
Although they scored three goals for the first time in four games and threw 44 shots at Kari Lehtonen, the Bruins couldn’t find an equalizer in the third period of what ended up being a sloppy 5-3 loss to the Stars at TD Garden on Tuesday (box).
The defeat was Boston’s third regulation loss in four games, marking the first time they’ve had such a stretch in almost two months.
Boston got goals from David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Dougie Hamilton, but shoddy power-play work and an unfruitful third period meant an unfruitful result. The B’s fell to 28-19-17 on the season, and with Florida beating Anaheim Tuesday, the race for the final playoff spot has closed four points with the Panthers holding two games in hand.
Tyler Seguin, who was sent back from Dallas’ morning skate with the flu, played and recorded no points.
The Bruins have a five-game road trip ahead of them that will begin Friday in Vancouver.
Here are four more things we learned Tuesday:
The Bruins got an injury scare early when Adam McQuaid laid a hit on Antione Roussel in the neutral zone. The Stars left wing clearly didn’t like it, as he responded by cross-checking McQuaid in the throat.
McQuaid went down to the ice and was holding his throat area before eventually getting up. Roussel, meanwhile was assessed a five-minute cross-checking major as well as a game misconduct.
McQuaid left the bench and went to the training room but returned to the game following the power play, which, as explained below, was a disaster.
|Daniel Paille getting opportunities, missing opportunities||02.10.15 at 1:51 pm ET|
The Bruins have hit a bit of a snag with losses in two of their last three games, but things have generally been looking up. They’re winners of nine of their last 13 games and have points in 13 of their last 16 games. Lots of players should be encouraged.
In the case of Daniel Paille, however, it’s hard to tell what to feel. On the snakebitten scale, Paille rarely registers below an 8, but recent games have seen him break that scale and then spill glue all over the place trying to rebuild it. He still has just one goal in 53 games this season.
“I know if I had 10 goals by now, I wouldn’t be as mad as I am now,” Paille said Tuesday morning, “but for me it’s just about trying to move on and focus on the next play.”
The fact that multiple Bruins scoring chances have been punctuated by Paille flubs ‘ missing the net, shooting the puck over the net, falling down at center ice with no one but the goaltender in front of him ‘ has undoubtedly been a point of frustration for both Paille and the Bruins, but one shouldn’t overlook the fact that he’s creating chances. Missed opportunities don’t come unless there’s an opportunity.
“It’s encouraging to see him get those chances,” Claude Julien said. “It’s maybe frustrating more for him than it is for us to miss those opportunities because he’s had some really good ones and could have provided us with some important goals.”
The Bruins have moved Paille around in their lineup in recent games. The last two have seen him go from his usual fourth-line role with Gregory Campbell and Craig Cunningham to the second line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Among other missed opportunities, Saturday saw him send the puck over a practically open net after receiving a pass from Patrice Bergeron on an odd-man rush and Sunday saw him trip up at center ice on what would have been a breakaway against Carey Price.
To make matters worse, Paille, a free agent at season’s end, is playing for a new contract. In 53 games this season, Paille’s lone goal came at the end of a shift on Nov. 21 against the Blue Jackets. Considering he scored 10 goals in the lockout-shortened season and had nine a season ago despite missing 10 games, it will be hard for potential employers to pay him to be anything more than a fourth-liner.
With more chances, that could change. It won’t unless the pucks actually start going in, however.
|Tyler Seguin questionable to play against Bruins after missing Stars skate with flu||02.10.15 at 12:33 pm ET|
Tyler Seguin was sent back to the team hotel and missed Tuesday’s morning skate with a flu bug that is going around Dallas’ team. Coach Lindy Ruff said the team is ‘hopeful’ that Seguin will be able to play Tuesday night against the Bruins.
Should he play, Tuesday will mark the second time that Seguin has played at TD Garden since being traded to Dallas in the summer of 2013. Seguin is flourishing offensively with the Stars, as he is tied for the NHL lead with 59 points and is third with 29 goals.
The Bruins had no absences from morning skate and will ice the same forwards and defensemen that they did Sunday against the Canadiens. Niklas Svedberg, who is back from a four-game conditioning loan in Providence, will make the start for Boston. Tuukka Rask has started the last 11 games for the Bruins, going 7-3-1.
The anticipated lineup for the B’s is as follows:
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|Bruins recall Niklas Svedberg, return Malcolm Subban to Providence||02.09.15 at 11:59 am ET|
The Bruins announced Monday that they have recalled Niklas Svedberg from a conditioning loan in Providence. Malcolm Subban has been returned to Providence.
Svedberg, who was sent to Providence on Jan. 30 to get some playing time while Tuukka Rask received the starts in Boston, played four games for Providence during the stint. He went 3-1-0 with a 9.11 save percentage and 2.76 goals-against average.
The move came as no surprise Monday, as conditioning stints can’t be longer than two weeks and the Bruins begin a five-game road trip later this week. Subban did not play for Boston during what was his first NHL recall.
|5 things we learned as Habs complete season series sweep of Bruins||02.08.15 at 10:20 pm ET|
It seems all of the encouraging play in the world isn’t enough to prepare the Bruins for the Canadiens.
Coming off a stretch of points in five of their last six games (4-1-1), the Bruins promptly gave the puck to always-opportunistic Habs and gave them a sweep of the regular-season series. Montreal’s 3-1 win over the B’s Sunday at TD Garden made the Habs winners in all four of teams’ meetings this season.
David Pastrnak scored Boston’s only goal, sending a puck just barely over the line on a rebound bid with less than five minutes to play. Though the Bruins did not pressure the Vezina favorite early, Price was outstanding when he had to be.
On paper, the Bruins should be able to contend with and beat the Canadiens. Of course, paper rarely takes into a consideration that one team is in the other’s head.
Here are four more things we learned Sunday:
BEST PLAYERS GO BUST
For as great a player as Price is, it isn’t like the Canadiens ice a dominant team in front of him. Dale Weise plays on their first line. Sergei Gonchar, who is actually the same person as former NHL star Sergei Gonchar, is on their second pairing.
While Boston’s roster needs improvements, their best players should have matched up well with Montreal’s and Carl Soderberg’s line should have feasted on the bottom of the Habs’ roster.
Instead, the opposite happened. Weise, who was a fourth-liner earlier in the season when he wasn’t a healthy scratch, slipped off of Bergeron in front of the net and took a pass from Max Pacioretty to score the Canadiens’ first goal. That came against Zdeno Chara‘s pairing.
In the third period, Chara knocked Dougie Hamilton over at the blue line in the offensive zone, resulting in Weise jumping on the puck and springing Pacioretty on a breakaway. Pacioretty beat Tuukka Rask to make it seemingly an insurmountable deficit for Boston.
|Brad Marchand has no issue with trip from John Tavares, not sure if it was a slew-foot||02.08.15 at 6:18 pm ET|
With video of an uncalled trip by Islanders captain John Tavares on Brad Marchand circulating from Saturday’s game, Marchand had no complaints when asked if the play was a slew-foot.
From the angle shown above, it’s impossible to tell whether Tavares used his upper-body to pull Marchand back, but it seems he did kick Marchand’s right foot out. Marchand, who was given a two-game suspension for slew-footing Derick Brassard last month, did not accuse Tavares of any wrongdoing.
“I’m not sure. I haven’t seen the replay of it,” Marchand said Sunday. “I thought he got me pretty good, but I don’t know if it was intentional. I don’t really know how the play came together, so to be honest I really don’t know.”
Marchand was then asked whether he pays close attention to potential supplemental discipline given his history of suspensions.
“The league’s going to do what they deem necessary for every play,’ Marchand replied. “It really doesn’t bother me either way. I didn’t get hurt. If I would have gotten hurt, maybe it would have been a little different situation, but it’s a play in a game in the last minute and I can understand why the refs didn’t call a penalty. If it’s worth supplemental discipline then they’ll do that. If not, then they won’t. I’m not going to pay more attention to it.”
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