|Tuukka Rask to start for Bruins vs. Sabres||02.08.12 at 12:38 pm ET|
BUFFALO — Bruins coach Claude Julien doesn’t usually flat-out say which goaltender will start that night’s game, but he made an exception a day after declaring he would not answer any more questions about concussed forward Nathan Horton.
Julien revealed Wednesday night’s starting goaltender, saying that Tuukka Rask will be between the pipes for the B’s against the Sabres.
Rask is third in the NHL in both save percentage (.936) and goals-against average (1.88), but has not won any of his last three starts (0-2-1). His last victory came on Jan. 16 against the Panthers in Florida.
The team’s forward lines remained the same as they were in Tuesday’s practice, with David Krejci still on the third line between Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron.
|Providence Bruins to host 2013 AHL All-Star game||02.07.12 at 5:01 pm ET|
The Providence Bruins will host the 2013 AHL All-Star game, according to a source. The news is expected to be announced Wednesday.
Next year’s All-Star game will mark the first time the Dunkin’ Donuts Center has hosted the contest since 1995, when it was called the Providence Civic Center.
This year’s game was played last month at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The West All-Stars won, 8-7, in a shootout.
|Claude Julien ‘done talking’ about Nathan Horton’s condition||02.07.12 at 12:38 pm ET|
“Guys, protocol is protocol,” Julien said when asked about Horton. “When you see him on the ice with us, he’s moving in the right direction.”
Julien was then asked another question about how Horton feels since skating, and the coach went into detail as to why he’s staying quiet on the matter.
“Guys, I’m done talking about it,” Juien said. “I look at every team that has guys with concussions, and guys, you’ve got to give him a chance to let him go through the things. I can’t give you an update every day on this guy because it could be long, it could be short. When you see him on the ice with us, it’s going to be a really good sign, so we’ll leave it at that. I don’t have the answer, so I’m not going to give you an answer. We don’t know what concussions are all about. There’s forward steps, there’s backwards steps. I can’t just come out here every day and give you guys an update, because it doesn’t make sense.”
Horton was injured in the Bruins’ 6-5 shootout win over the Flyers on Jan. 22 on a hit from Philadelphia forward Tom Sestito. There was no discipline from the league on the play.
|Update: Bruins assign Zach Hamill to Providence||02.07.12 at 12:25 pm ET|
[UPDATE: 2:00 p.m.] WILMINGTON — The Bruins assigned forward Zach Hamill to Providence Tuesday, shortly after he cleared waivers. The B’s had placed Hamill, their 2007 first-round pick, on waivers Monday.
With Hamill not on the NHL roster, Jordan Caron will continue to be the team’s extra forward, though Caron will remain in the lineup with Nathan Horton still dealing with a concussion.
|Bruins prepare for Sabres||02.07.12 at 10:56 am ET|
WILMINGTON — After taking Monday off, the Bruins returned to practice Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena in anticipation of Wednesday’s contest against the Sabres.
“I gave him the day off,” the coach said after practice. “Nothing more than a simple day off. He’s had a lot of responsibilities at the All-Star game and didn’t get much time to himself, so I figured it was a good time to give him some rest.”
Forward Zach Hamill cleared waivers and was not on the ice.
The forward lines were the same as they were in Sunday’s win over the Capitals.
|Bruins get back to winning, defeat Capitals||02.05.12 at 3:11 pm ET|
The victories are piling up for Boston fans on Sunday, as the Bruins took a 4-1 victory over the Capitals to join the Celtics in the winner’s circle. Of course, there is one game left…
On a day on which Claude Julien shuffled some of the Bruins’ lines amidst the team’s struggles, it was Patrice Bergeron‘s line — which stayed intact — that produced big for Boston. Both Bergeron (two assists) and Brad Marchand (a goal and an assist) had two-point games for the Bruins, who broke a two-game losing streak.
Playing with Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley sent a pass through Dennis Wideman and onto the stick of Lucic in front, and Lucic finished the play with his 19th goal of the season at 10:45 in the first period. Marchand made it 2-0 late in the period with his 19th of the year. After a scoreless second period, Tyler Seguin took a nice feed from Marchand in front and buried his team-leading 20th goal of the season.
Tim Thomas‘ shutout bid was broken up with 7:56 remaining in the game by Marcus Johansson‘s 11th goal of the season. Peverley added an empty-netter for the B’s with 41 seconds remaining.
Thomas, who was playing on back-to-back days, made 33 saves in the victory. With the win, the reigning Vezina winner improved to 22-10-0 on the season.
With Kelly centering Peverley and Lucic, David Krejci played with Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron. Zach Hamill was scratched in favor in Caron, whom the Bruins recalled from Providence on Saturday.
The Bruins will face the Sabres in Buffalo on Wednesday.
|Bruins drop second straight, lose to Penguins||02.04.12 at 3:29 pm ET|
The Bruins’ struggles continued Saturday as they fell to the Penguins, 2-1, at TD Garden.
They have now lost back-to-back games for the first time since dropping contests to the Jets and Panthers on Dec. 6 and 8, respectively.
Evgeni Malkin scored his 28th goal of the season when he beat Tim Thomas on a rebound with the Penguins on the power play late in the first period. Bruins nemesis Matt Cooke extended the Penguins’ lead in the third period before a Joe Corvo wrist shot from the point got the Bruins on the board.
Thomas made 26 saves in the losing effort, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves for the Penguins.
The Bruins will travel to Washington to face the Capitals Sunday.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– The first two penalties called against the Bruins were debatable. The power play on which Malkin scored in the first period probably never should have happened, as Rich Peverley appeared to lay a clean check on Malkin, but he was called for a slash. Benoit Pouliot was penalized in the second period for a questionable hook on Cooke.
– Though they entered Saturday with a league-best 2.5 goals per game, the Bruins’ offensive production has come to a screeching halt. Just one goal for the B’s over the last two games is obviously their lowest total over a two-game stretch this season. The B’s have now gone 10 games in a row without leading through two periods.
– A great stat from NESN’s Douglas Flynn, who pointed out that 14 of the Bruins’ 20 shots through the first two periods came from defensemen. That’s a clear indication of a team not getting enough chances up front, though Corvo’s one-timer on the power play came from in front of Fleury. Just as alarming as the ratio of shots is the fact that not one came from the first line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Peverley through 40 minutes. Krejci finally registered his line’s first shot on goal in the final minutes of the game.
– Pouliot is no stranger to taking bad penalties, and he took perhaps his worst of the season when he went off for high-sticking Brooks Orpik just seconds after Corvo got the Bruins on the board in the third period. Daniel Paille tripped Kris Letang with 25 seconds remaining on Pouliot’s penalty, but Letang went as well for closing his hand on the puck.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Corvo’s goal ended a stretch of 119:36 without scoring for the Bruins. The goal was also Corvo’s third of the season, so while he has struggled mightily to produce the way he has in seasons past (he had 11 goals last season), perhaps Saturday’s tally can help him get some confidence back.
– The B’s survived another injury scare. Dennis Seidenberg left the ice in the third period after a hit from Joe Vitale and missed about half a period before returning late in the game. The Bruins just got Andrew Ference back from a suspension and had an injury scare with Adam McQuaid Tuesday, so they can ill-afford another question mark on the blue line.