|Anton Khudobin expected to start vs. Leafs||03.07.13 at 11:30 am ET|
Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin was reportedly the first goaltender off the ice in Thursday’s morning skate, indicating that he will start Thursday night against the Maple Leafs.
Khudobin is 3-1-0 this season with a 2.52 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage. He last started Saturday against the Lightning, making 20 saves in a 3-2 win.
In addition to Khudobin likely starting, the Bruins may see Jay Pandolfo play left wing on the third line, as reports from the Garden indicated that he and Chris Bourque rotated on the line in morning skate, with Bourque staying out later with the healthy scratches.
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|Max Pacioretty: Claude Julien rant ‘jealousy’||03.04.13 at 10:30 pm ET|
The Canadiens heard Claude Julien‘s rant about them embellishing loud and clear, and the first-place Habs are happy to have gotten inside the Bruins’ heads.
‘Jealousy,’ Max Pacioretty told reporters Monday when discussing Julien’s comments. ‘We’re at the top right now and reading comments like that is awesome. If we’re in last place, they wouldn’t be saying anything about us, but we’re in first place and it’s the best feeling in the world.’
Julien said after Montreal’s 4-3 win over the B’s Sunday that the Canadiens were “embarrassing” the NHL with their embellishing, something Habs coach Michel Therrien disagreed with.
‘I’ve known Claude for a long time and I’ve been coaching teams against him for a long time, too. To me, those comments that he made were ridiculous and I think he was very frustrated to have lost that game,” Therrien said. “Claude can concentrate on his team and I’ll concentrate on my own.
‘Our goal is to play a style of game that we feel will best bring us success. That’s what’s really important for me,’ continued the Habs’ bench boss. ‘We need to be able to show up for every game and for us that means playing an aggressive style of hockey and controlling the match. The players have been paying a lot of attention to the details and they deserve a lot of credit.’
|Chris Bourque not worried he’ll be replaced at trade deadline||03.04.13 at 3:21 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — As the trade deadline approaches, players on bad teams worry about being moved, but players on good teams worry about being replaced. Not too many Bruins should have reason to worry about that, but Chris Bourque probably tops that list.
With less than a month to go before the trade deadline, enough of the season has been played for teams to diagnose potential weaknesses and where upgrades could be needed. In the Bruins’ case, there isn’t much not to like.
Tyler Seguin is finally hitting his stride after a slow start and the Bruins’ top two lines have been very productive. The defense has been strong as usual, and though Andrew Ference isn’t having his best season, the B’s shouldn’t actively seek anything more than a potential depth move on the back end. Tuukka Rask has been healthy and strong, so between the offensive production, solid defensive play and sound goaltending, you’d have to nitpick to find an area that needs upgrading.
That’s why Bourque’s name has come up so much. The Bruins have grown accustomed to getting more production out of the third line, and Bourque has gone from the third line left wing to the fourth line Saturday to a healthy scratch Sunday, which was his second of the season. He was taken off the power play late in Saturday’s win against the Lightning before eventually sitting vs. the Canadiens.
With there little not to like about this Bruins team, Bourque has been a target for criticism from the get-go. The chemistry with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley — two guys who gelled with the likes of Michael Ryder and Benoit Pouliot in the past two years — wasn’t there, so it’s no surprise that B’s fans were hoping for a Ryder redux prior to last week’s deal that sent the veteran sniper from Dallas to Montreal.
Despite Ryder no longer being an option, you would think that a winger for that Kelly line would be at the top of Peter Chiarelli’s shopping list as April 3 draws nearer. If the Bruins were to upgrade on the third line, Bourque wouldn’t be of much use as a fourth-liner, so he would likely suffer the same fate that Joe Corvo did last season when Boston replaced him in the lineup with Greg Zanon.
For now, Bourque isn’t worried that the trade deadline will mean him losing his spot in being lineup.
“Everyone’s here to win,” Bourque said Monday. “If they bring more guys in, that’s what they’re going to do. I can’t control any of that stuff. I’ve got to control what I can control and that’s it.”
In 17 games this season, Bourque has one goal and three assists for four points and a minus-4 rating. With three more games, the 27-year-old will have tied his career high with 20 games played, which he did in the 2009-10 season with the Penguins. The question at the beginning of the season was whether Bourque would be the season-long answer with Kelly and Peverley after being given the job in camp, but he’s yet to secure a stranglehold on the spot.
In the meantime, Bourque says his mindset hasn’t changed from one game to the next. He’s going to assume he’s in the lineup and he’s going to assume he’ll be given more opportunities. Time might be running out for him to make a lasting statement though.
“You come to the rink ready to play,” Bourque said. “If you don’t, then you’re not coming to the rink with the right attitude. You’ve just got to stay positive and be ready at all times.”
|Patrice Bergeron named No. 2 Star of Week||03.04.13 at 12:51 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was named the NHL’s No. 2 Star of the Week ending on March 3, the league announced Monday.
Bergeron had points in all four games he played, registering two goals and five assists over the span. The reigning Selke winner also had a plus-6 rating. On the season, Bergeron leads the Bruins in both assists (13) and points (18) and is tied with linemate Tyler Seguin with a plus-15 rating.
The first star of the week was Max Pacioretty (four goals, three assists), with Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom getting third star honors.
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|Claude Julien: ‘I didn’t say anything wrong’||03.04.13 at 12:37 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Bruins coach Claude Julien said Monday that he doesn’t regret Sunday’s comments about the Canadiens embellishing, though when speaking about it Monday, he steered away from singling out the Habs.
“I didn’t say anything wrong,” Julien said. “I didn’t blame the refs, I didn’t blame [anyone]. I said the embellishment puts refs in a tough position because they call it, it’s one thing, but if they call it and the guy’s really injured, it makes them look bad. We’re not helping the referees by embellishing. It makes it tough for them. It’s not as easy to correct as it seems because there’s consequences if they make a mistake on calling an embellishment.”
Added Julien: “Like I’ve talked about before with hits from behind, responsibility also has to come from the guy getting hit, to stop putting yourself in a vulnerable position. I think embellishment is the same thing. You’re embarrassing the game and there’s no room for it.”
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|Mixed attendance at Bruins practice||03.04.13 at 11:34 am ET|
WILMINGTON — The majority of the Bruins hit the ice Monday at Ristuccia Arena, but many players were absent as the B’s prepared for what will be their third game in four days Tuesday against the Capitals.
Milan Lucic was the only top-six forward on the ice, with Nathan Horton, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand getting the day off. The rest of the forwards were in attendance, with both Daniel Paille and Chris Bourque wearing third-line sweaters with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. Bourque was a healthy scratch on Sunday.
|Claude Julien calls out P.K. Subban, Canadiens for ’embarrassing’ the game with embellishing||03.03.13 at 11:09 pm ET|
Bruins coach Claude Julien went off on the Canadiens following Montreal’s 4-3 win over the B’s Sunday night, calling the Canadiens out for embellishing to get penalties.
Julien felt that the B’s were at a disadvantage because Alexei Emelin‘s second-period cross-check on Tyler Seguin wasn’t called, though Zdeno Chara got an instigator penalty and a 10-minute misconduct for challenging and fighting Emelin after the play.
“The frustrating part is that you end up with 17 minutes in the penalty box when you should have been on the power play. It’s as simple as that,” Julien said. “It’s frustrating because tonight, as everybody saw, there was a lot of embellishment and this is embarrassing for our game, embellishing. Right now, they’ve got over 100 power plays so far and it’s pretty obvious why. We’re trying to clean that out of our game and it’s got to be done soon.
“It’s not about tonight. It’s about the game and the embellishment embarrasses our game, and we need to be better at that because it was pretty obvious when P.K. [Subban] gets hit, he throws himself into the glass and holds his head. You know what? If we start calling those penalties for embellishment, maybe teams will stop doing it, but until we take charge of that, it’s going to be an issue.”
Julien said that the Bruins shouldn’t have to feel the need to play less physical against the Habs. He wants the games to be called better, specifically with Habs players getting their comeuppance for diving.
“We can’t change our style. We’ve got to play the way we play,” he said. “If it’s clean, then it should be deemed clean, but it’s hard on referees because when people embellish, it makes them look bad. Well, we’ve just got to make sure we get the right people when it comes to that. When you call the embellishment, maybe they’ll stop embarrassing referees.”