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Justin Florek assigned to Providence and recalled again 01.06.14 at 5:25 am ET
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The Bruins sent forward Justin Florek back to Providence Sunday, a day after he made his NHL debut in the team’s win over the Jets. The team then recalled him Monday in order to bring him on their upcoming three-game road trip.

The 6-foot-4 winger performed well in his first NHL game, skating on the team’s fourth line in place of Jordan Caron and providing a screen on a Torey Krug goal. Claude Julien had said after the game that the team might assign the player to Providence so he could play Sunday, though he did allow for the possibility that the team might call him back up before departing for this week’s west coast road trip.

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Torey Krug nets two in win over Jets 01.04.14 at 3:33 pm ET
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Torey Krug got back to scoring with a pair of goals in a 4-1 Bruins victory over the Jets Saturday.

Krug, who had just two goals over the previous 26 games, raised his season total to 10. He was a game-time decision with an undisclosed ailment, but remains the only defenseman from the team’s opening night lineup to have played in every game this season.

Dustin Byfuglien scored the game’s first goal by beating Tuukka Rask with a shot from the top of the left circle, but it would prove to be the Jets’ only goal of the game. Daniel Paille, who had earlier missed a golden opportunity and taken a goaltender interference penalty in the process, tied the game at 14:06 of the first period.

Krug scored his first goal in 12 games as he fired a slapshot past Justin Florek and Jets netminder Ondrej Pavelec. He picked up his second of the day on a puck that went off Jacob Trouba’s stick on its way in. Reilly Smith scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season off a feed from Brad Marchand halfway through the third.

The Bruins will embark upon a three-game west coast road trip, with the first of three games in California coming Tuesday against the Ducks.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

- Krug had seen his scoring come to a screeching halt, so a two-goal performance has to be encouraging for the rookie defenseman. Though his decision-making and defensive play still aren’t outstanding, a return to scoring would be a good start to a second-half turnaround for Krug.

- Paille now has three goals in his last four games. He had three in his previous 31, so perhaps the time off he had while recovering from a mild concussion helped reenergize the fourth-line winger.

- Florek had a strong showing playing on the fourth line in place of Jordan Caron Saturday. The 6-foot-4 winger’s best work came in front of the net as he provided the screen on Krug’s first goal of the game.

- Smith now has six goals in his last seven games to increase his team leading mark to 15 goals.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

- The Bruins had to spend seven of the game’s first nine minutes without Zdeno Chara on the ice, as he took a roughing penalty on the first shift of the game and fought Chris Thornburn shortly after getting out of the box. Thorburn had slashed Chara, which is perhaps the easiest way to rile up the Bruins’ captain.

Chara’s fight was one of three on the day, as Matt Fraser dropped the gloves with James Wright and Adam McQuaid fought Mark Stuart.

- With a goaltender interference penalty in the first period (and a bad one considering he whiffed on a puck with the net open), Paille now has penalties in back-to-back games after not taking a single penalty up until Thursday night.

- For a guy who only allowed one goal, Rask was rather unspectacular in giving up quite a few rebounds. He was also bailed out by Krug, who batted a going-in puck away after it had gone over Rask’s shoulder.

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Justin Florek playing in place of Jordan Caron (back); Torey Krug in 01.04.14 at 12:28 pm ET
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The Bruins recalled forward Justin Florek Saturday to play in place of Jordan Caron. Claude Julien told reporters prior to the game that Caron is out with a stiff back.

Florek, a fifth-round pick of the Bruins in the 2010 draft, has nine goals and 11 assists this season for 20 points in 34 games for Providence this season.

Torey Krug was in the lineup after missing the last five minutes of Thursday’s game with an undisclosed ailment and taking a maintenance day on Friday.

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Maintenance day for Torey Krug; questionable for Saturday’s game 01.03.14 at 1:35 pm ET
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Torey Krug

Torey Krug

WILMINGTON — Torey Krug was missing from Friday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena on what Claude Julien called a maintenance day for the defenseman.

Krug did not play the last five minutes of Thursday’s overtime win over the Predators, as his last shift ended at 15:47 of the third period and he was not used in overtime. Julien said that was due to some sort of ailment and was the reason he was given Friday off. The defenseman appeared to be walking without a limp following the game.

Krug, who has struggled in recent weeks and has just two goals in the last 26 games, is the only defenseman from the team’s opening night lineup to not miss a game this season. That could be jeopardy if he is kept out of the lineup Saturday against the Jets.

“We’ll see how he is tomorrow,” Julien said. “If he’s good to go, he’ll go.”

Loui Eriksson took a small step forward in the skate, as he took part in 3-on-3 drills, which included some light contact in front of the net. Julien clarified following the practice that Eriksson is still not cleared for contact. The coach said Wednesday that Eriksson is still “a ways away” from returning to the lineup.

Eriksson has missed the Bruins’ last 11 games due to a concussion sustained in the Bruins’ Dec. 7 win over the Penguins. In total, Eriksson has missed a total of 17 games this season due to concussions. He had not suffered a concussion in his NHL career prior to

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Bruins to send Niklas Svedberg back to Providence 01.02.14 at 10:32 pm ET
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Niklas Svedberg’s most recent stay in Boston lasted as long as his last one, but at least he got to play the game for which he dressed.

Claude Julien said following Svedberg’s NHL debut Thursday night that Svedberg will return to Providence Friday. The 24-year-old stopped 33 shots in a 3-2 overtime win over the Predators Thursday.

Svedberg was also recalled last week, dressing for Friday’s game and planning to start Saturday but had to be returned to Providence in order for the Bruins to recall a defenseman (Zach Trotman) with Dennis Seidenberg done for the season.

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Brad Marchand scores overtime winner as Bruins beat Predators 01.02.14 at 9:40 pm ET
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Niklas Svedberg won his first career NHL start, stopping 33 shots in a 3-2 Bruins overtime win over the Predators Thursday night at TD Garden.

Brad Marchand netted the game-winner 54 seconds into overtime after slipping past a defender at the top of the left circle. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bruins.

After a scoreless first period, Viktor Stalberg opened the game’s scoring by burying a Mike Fisher rebound past Svedberg at 18:04 of the second. The Bruins tied it less than five minutes into the third on a Johnny Boychuk wrist shot, with Jarome Iginla giving the Bruins the lead by going hard to the net and tipping a feed from Milan Lucic past Marek Mazenec for his 13th goal of the season. Shea Weber tied it by getting to a rebound in the high slot and firing it past Svedberg with just over five minutes remaining in regulation.

The Bruins saw the return of both Dougie Hamilton and Carl Soderberg from injuries. Hamilton, who had been out since Dec. 8, skated on the team’s top pairing with Zdeno Chara while Soderberg returned to his usual spot on the third line left wing after missing the last two games.

The Bruins will host the Jets Saturday at TD Garden before embarking on a three-game west coast road trip.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

- Spooner showed more of the willingness along the walls than had been seen with skilled young players around these parts in recent years. Spooner passed the puck to himself along the wall in the Boston zone in the third period to slip past Stalberg before taking the puck through the neutral zone and feeding Boychuk to get the Bruins on the board.

- Matt Bartkowski may have made the best save of the first period, as Matt Hendricks had what seemed like ages with the puck in front and an open net, but he took too long and gave Bartkowski time to lay out and stop the shot with his arm. Bartkowski led all Bruins in ice time through two periods with 16:12. Read the rest of this entry »

Now healthy, Dougie Hamilton can expect increased role with Bruins 01.02.14 at 1:01 pm ET
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Dougie Hamilton

Dougie Hamilton

Dougie Hamilton may very well go from being out of the lineup for about month to being relied upon pretty heavily by the Bruins. Losing a defenseman like Dennis Seidenberg will put a team in that kind of position.

Hamilton, who has been out since Dec. 8 with a lower-body injury, will return to Boston’s lineup Thursday against the Predators. He will be on a pairing with Matt Bartkowski based on Thursday’s morning skate, but big-picture wise, Hamilton is a logical candidate to be the playoff partner of Zdeno Chara with Seidenberg out.

Regardless of who he plays with, Hamilton can expect an increase in minutes with Seidenberg lost for the season due to a torn ACL/MCL suffered last week. Seidenberg was second on the Bruins in average time on ice with 21:50, so there are some big minutes to be picked up. Hamilton and Johnny Boychuk seem like the best bets to take the next step minutes-wise, though it’s worth noting both players are right-shot defensemen who do not play their off-side. Seidenberg is a left shot who plays both sides.

Hamilton has already been given more responsibility than last season, as his 19:10 of ice time per game is over two minutes more than the 17:08 he averaged as a rookie. He’s handled it well, posting a plus-9 rating through 28 games with three goals and four assists. Hamilton averaging 1.857 shots on goal per game, which is third among Bruins defensemen behind Chara and Torey Krug.

Those minutes might go up again before long, but for a guy who hasn’t struggled too much with what’s been thrown at him at the NHL level, Hamilton isn’t concerned.

“I’m not really thinking about it. I think I just want to start simple and kind of go with it. I’m not really worried about how much I play or anything like that,” Hamilton said. “Hopefully I can play well and kind of earn that ice time.”

If there is any silver lining to Hamilton’s injury, it’s that this season will be a lot lighter than him than last season. Hamilton went from playing in the four-game Canada-Russia challenge to playing 32 games in the OHL during the lockout to playing 49 games for the Bruins last season.

This season, having some time off here and there (he’ll also have the two-and-a-half-week Olympic break in February) to work out and stay off the ice might pay off later in the season.

“I think I feel good right now with my body and everything,” Hamilton said. “Just working out with [strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides], and with two weeks of workouts, you’re already feeling stronger, so I think it could help me, but I try not to think about it. For me, [I'll] just try to get back to how I was playing. Hopefully it will be right away instead of a few games.”

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