|Ryan Spooner to center Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton vs. Jets||03.19.13 at 2:09 pm ET|
Ryan Spooner has only played one career NHL game, but it appears his second one will carry a ton of responsibility.
Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters in Winnipeg Tuesday that Spooner, who was called up Monday on an emergency basis from Providence, will start on Boston’s top line Tuesday against the Jets, centering Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton in place of the injured David Krejci. Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe noted during Tuesday’s morning skate that Spooner was also working with the Bruins’ top power play unit with Lucic, Horton, Dougie Hamilton and Tyler Seguin.
Spooner played 5:29 in his NHL debut last month against the Canadiens.
|Bruins recall Ryan Spooner on emergency basis||03.18.13 at 5:15 pm ET|
The Bruins called up Ryan Spooner from Providence on an emergency basis Monday, shortly after it was learned that David Krejci is day-to-day with a right knee injury. Spooner will join the team in Winnipeg and will be available for Tuesday’s game against the Jets.
Spooner was up with the B’s once last month, playing 5:29 in his NHL debut on Feb. 6 against the Canadiens. In 50 games this season, he has 12 goals and 33 assists for 45 points.
|David Krejci ‘day-to-day’ after missing Monday’s practice||03.18.13 at 2:24 pm ET|
David Krejci was one of nine Bruins to not take the ice for Monday’s practice in Winnipeg, according to the team’s Twitter feed. Krejci left Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Penguins late in the third period after getting hit in the right knee with a Johnny Boychuk slapshot. He stayed on the ice as he was tended to by trainer Don DelNegro and put no pressure on his right leg as he was helped off.
Following the practice, Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters that Krejci is “day-to-day,” and he did not indicate whether or not the first-line center would be able to play Tuesday against the Jets. Julien added that the B’s could potentially call a player up from Providence if Krejci isn’t ready to go.
Krejci’s entire line did not skate Monday, as Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton also sat out. The group of players not practicing Monday consisted of Krejci, Lucic, Horton, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Boychuk.
|Penguins beat Bruins again in Pittsburgh||03.17.13 at 3:01 pm ET|
The Penguins beat the Bruins for the second time in six days, handing Boston a 2-1 loss Sunday at CONSOL Energy Center.
Sidney Crosby got the Penguins on the board at 12:06 of the first with his 13th goal of the season, and though Tyler Seguin tied the game at one later in the period, Joe Vitale took advantage of a bad rebound by Tuukka Rask with 32 seconds remaining in the first to give Pittsburgh the lead for good.
The loss also came with a big injury scare, as David Krejci was hit by a Johnny Boychuk slapshot with around five minutes left in the third period. Krejci jumped in front of the Penguins’ net to try to avoidthe puck, but he jumped right into it, with the puck appearing to hit him in the right knee with his pad down and leaving the knee unprotected. Krejci stayed down on the ice, and was tended to by trainer Don DelNegro. He was helped off the ice and put no pressure on his right leg as he left. Krejci did not return to the game. With Krejci out, Rich Peverley moved up to center Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton.
The Bruins have now lost two of their three games against the Penguins this season. The teams will next meet on April 19 in Boston. The B’s will play their next three games on the road, facing the Jets Tuesday, the Senators Thursday and the Maple Leafs Saturday.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Claude Julien put the Zdeno Chara–Dennis Seidenberg pairing usually seen in the postseason out against Crosby’s line for the defensive zone faceoff prior to Crosby’s goal, but Pascal Dupuis was able to steal the puck from Chara after David Krejci won the faceoff. Dupuis passed it to Chris Kunitz, who fed Crosby to set up the first goal of the game.
– Rask would probably love to have the Penguins’ second goal back. He was unable to hold on with his glove save attempt on a wrist shot from Craig Adams, and that allowed Vitale to swoop in and sent the rebound past the Boston goaltender.
– Some sharp work by the officials, as they busted Patrice Bergeron for a faceoff violation late in the second period. Though it was tough to tell in real time, replays showed that Bergeron did indeed glove the puck, making it the right call. The Bruins did an admirable job in killing off the penalty without Bergeron, as they held the Penguins shot-less over the course of the power play.
– The Bruins’ third line of Peverley between Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron has yet to score in its four games of existence, and Sunday saw the trio fail to put a shot on net until the third period (Pandolfo). That third line needed upgrading before Chris Kelly went down, and it would appear to be a matter of time before Peter Chiarelli does something to address it.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Crosby was not a happy camper when he was called for high-sticking Boychuk in the second period, and replays showed that he had a point. Boychuk used his own stick to bring Crosby’s stick up to his face. Pierre McGuire on the NBC telecast pointed to the play as proof that the NHL needs coaches’ challenges, and while it wasn’t that bad of a call, the Bruins caught a bit of a break.
– Seguin got off to a slow start, scoring just three goals over his first 17 games throughout January and February, but his first-period strike was his seventh goal in 10 games in the month of March.
Seguin was at the bottom of the left circle calling for the puck, and though Boychuk opted for a wrist shot on net, it worked out when the puck bounced off Bergeron and right to Seguin. The 21-year-old took advantage by firing it into the net with plenty of space.
|Nathan Horton’s Gordie Howe hat trick leads Bruins past Capitals||03.16.13 at 3:40 pm ET|
Nathan Horton had a three-point night and a Gordie Howe hat trick as the Bruins beat the Capitals, 4-1 at TD Garden Saturday afternoon.
Horton got the B’s on the board in the first period with his eighth goal of the season before picking up assists on goals from David Krejci and Andrew Ference. He dropped the gloves with Matt Hendricks late in the second-period in a frantic bout to cap the Gordie Howe hat trick, his first since the 2011 playoffs.
Anton Khudobin picked up the win for the B’s, allowing only a flukey goal in which the B’s scored on themselves (see below). Here’s what went right and wrong for the Bruins in the win:
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Horton’s scoring slump ended after eight games, and the duo of he and Milan Lucic (two assists) really picked it up Saturday. Both played a more aggressive and physical game, and it yielded rewards for Boston’s top line. Lucic fed both Horton and Krejci from behind the net on their goals, and though his goal-less stretch has now reached 11 games, it was a much better showing for the 24-year-old winger than in games past. While Lucic hasn’t scored over the last 11 games, he does have eight assists in that span. His three assists Saturday made for a career-high.
– Ference’s goal was his first of the season, and it capped a pretty play for Boston. Krejci brought the puck into the zone, and fed Horton, who sent a behind-the-back pass to Ference. The 33-year-old blueliner fired a wrist shot past Neuvirth to make it 3-0.
With Ference’s goal, Dennis Seidenberg and Aaron Johnson are the only Bruins defensemen without goals this season.
– Brad Marchand got in his first fight of the year, dropping the gloves with Mike Ribeiro in the second period. Marchand held his own against Ribeiro, who has about three inches on the 5-foot-11ish winger.
– Some hard work in front paid off on Peverley’s goal following a shot from Lucic, with Peverley finally jamming it past Neuvirth after multiple bids. The goal came just nine seconds into the power play in the third period.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Krejci actually had a pair of goals, if you count the one he put past Khudobin. After the expiration of his penalty early in the second period, Krejci got the puck in front and tried to pass it across in front of the Bruins’ goal. That’s never a good idea, and the B’s found out why when the puck went off Johnny Boychuk’s skate and into the net.
– The Bruins suffered an injury scare involving Johnny Boychuk in the first period, but fortunately it proved to be nothing big. Boychuk was very slow to get off the ice following a collision with Captials forward Aaron Volpatti. He did not put any pressure on his left leg as he got off the ice and was helped down the tunnel. Fortunately for the Bruins, he was back on the ice minutes later.
– Not really something that went wrong, but Hendricks got under quite a few Bruins’ skin, as he fought both Horton and Adam McQuaid. Neither fight was of the passive variety, as McQuaid too went into maniac mode in their third-period fight. Shawn Thornton also had words with Hendricks.
|Bruins sign Alexander Fallstrom to entry-level contract||03.16.13 at 12:38 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Saturday that they have signed forward Alexander Fallstrom to an entry-level contract.
Fallstrom was acquired by the B’s in the 2009 trade that sent Chuck Kobasew to Minnesota. The 22-year-old was a fourth round pick of the Wild in the 2009 draft and played the last four seasons at Harvard. He has nine goals ad 12 assists for 21 points in 31 games for Harvard this season.
|Bruins hope they can get and hold leads this time vs. Capitals, Penguins||03.15.13 at 2:10 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins haven’t been thrilled with their level of play of late, so what two better opponents to face this weekend than two of the clubs against whom the B’s have had their most embarrassing moments?
The Bruins will host the Capitals on Saturday before traveling to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins on Sunday. The B’s have blown third-period leads to both teams recently in what both resulted in unflattering losses.
Boston jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period against Washington on March 5 before the Capitals stormed back to tie it with a pair of goals in the second and the equalizer in the third. They won on an Eric Fehr goal in overtime.
While that was a leading candidate for the Bruins’ ugliest loss of the season at the time, at least they got a point out of it. The B’s squandered a 2-0 lead late against the Penguins Tuesday when Pittsburgh scored three goals in the final 6:18 to beat Boston in regulation.
So as the B’s look to improve their level of play after a mediocre showing against the Penguins Thursday night, this weekend should at least provide them plenty of motivation to keep their intensity up.
“Obviously we all know what happened in Washington, which is basically the same thing that happened in Pittsburgh on Tuesday,” David Krejci said Friday. “We all know what happened, so we definitely want to have a good start and have a great 60-minute effort. We need points just like they do. We need them as bad as they do. Obviously we didn’t forget what happened in those games, but it’s a new game starting 0-0.”
The Bruins were 32-0-0 last season when leading entering the third period. This season, they’ve gone 7-3-1 in such games.
“We’ve addressed [wanting] to put together a complete game, a full 60 minutes,” Milan Lucic said. “Last year we didn’t blow a lead in the third period, and this year we’ve managed to blow three. There’s definitely some cracks in our game that we’re trying to fix. There’s a big learning process going through the season and trying to solidify your game and get it to where you want to be to achieve your goal.”