|Andrew Ference returns to Bruins’ lineup||03.19.11 at 6:54 pm ET|
After being considered a game-time decision earlier in the day, Andrew Ference is in the lineup for the Bruins as they take on the Maple Leafs in Toronto. Steven Kampfer is the healthy scratch.
This is Ference’s first time in the lineup since Feb. 26. He had been out with a lower body injury.
|Andrew Ference a game-time decision for Bruins vs. Maple Leafs||03.19.11 at 5:47 pm ET|
Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters Saturday that defenseman Andrew Ference will be a game-time decision when the B’s take on the Maple Leafs in Toronto Saturday night. Ference has been out since Feb. 26 with a lower-body injury.
In 58 games this season, Ference has two goals and 11 assists for 13 points and a career-high plus-24 rating. If Kampfer plays, Steven Kampfer could be a healthy scratch. Kampfer had a rough game Thursday in Nashville, as a mental lapse allowed the Predators’ game-tying goal, while his holding penalty in overtime led to the game-winner.
|Patric Hornqvist not suspended for elbow on Tyler Seguin||03.18.11 at 1:17 pm ET|
The Predators announced that forward Patric Hornqvist was fined $2500 by the NHL Friday for his elbow on Bruins forward Tyler Seguin in Thursday night’s game. He was not suspended.
Hornqvist was tossed from the Predators’ 4-3 overtime win with 2:30 remaining in the first period when he hit Seguin in the ear with an elbow. Seguin left the ice and received stitches in his ear but did not leave the game.
The initial reaction here? Hornqvist’s case in his hearing with Mike Murphy was probably that he couldn’t possibly have expected Seguin to get rid of the puck that quickly. Still, Seguin had a pass to make on the play, and he made it, while Hornqvist led with his elbow. Given all the suspensions of late, you might have expected Hornqvist, who was tossed from the game for the play, to miss a game or two. At any rate, his argument held up.
|Bruins fall to Predators in overtime||03.17.11 at 10:44 pm ET|
The Bruins suffered their third overtime loss in their last six games, falling by a 4-3 score to the Predators on a night in which the Canadiens gained ground in the standings.
With 2:01 remaining in overtime, Steve Kampfer took a holding penalty, giving the Predators a shot at their first overtime victory of the season. Shea Weber scored the game-winner on the 4-on-3, beating Tuukka Rask, who made 25 saves on the night.
The night featured call-and-response scoring, with neither team leading by two in the game. Tyler Seguin scored his first goal since Feb. 17, beating Predators netminder Pekka Rinne at 1:50 of the first. Nashville would get on the board on a Sergei Kostitstyn goal through traffic, and the Predators took a 2-1 lead in the period thanks to goal from former Boston University forward Colin Wilson. David Krejci tied the game at two at 13:33 of the second, with Patrice Bergeron and David Legwand scoring third-period goals.
The Canadiens ended up beating the Lightning in a shootout Thursday, so they picked up a point on the B’s. The Bruins will face the Maple Leafs next, as they will travel to Toronto for Saturday night.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- Adam McQuaid took a stick to the face in front of the net with less than four minutes to play in the third. There was no high-sticking call on the play, and depending on whether McQuaid was bleeding as a result, the Bruins missed out on potentially playing the remainder of regulation on the power play.
- With all the focus on headshots, there was a bit of a scare for Seguin when he took an elbow to the head from Patric Hornqvist late in the first period. Seguin left the ice and appeared to cut his ear, and Hornqvist was tossed from the game. Seguin didn’t end up being alright, as he played the rest of the game and ended up playing 12:33 in regulation, which was more ice time than he had in any of his previous eight games.
- The power play failed to produce again, going 0-for-3 on the night, on a night in which they had a five-minute man-advantage thanks to Hornqvist’s penalty. Nathan Horton could have made it 4-2 with the B’s on the power play with less than 11 minutes to play, but saw his shot ring off the post with Rinne seemingly beaten.
- There wasn’t much more Rask could have done on Legwand’s game-tying goal. The B’s netminder stopped Martin Erat on a breakaway and got a leg on Kostitsyn’s rebound, but the Legwand banged home the second rebound with Rask down and Steven Kampfer buried in the net.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- Seguin was riding high after giving the B’s the win in Tuesday night’s shootout, but from a statistical standpoint, he had zero points and was a minus-2 over his last seven games entering Thursday. The rookie was able to change that by beating Rinne glove-side less than two minutes into the game.
Claude Julien also displayed more faith in Seguin than he has at some points this season. Seguin received time on the power play and was given the first shift following the Predators’ game-tying goal in the third.
- Krejci has goals in consecutive games for the first time all season, and his line continues to produce at a high level. The 24-year-old pivot now has 17 points in his last 13 contests.
- Bergeron had gone seven games without a point entering Thursday, but he got back on the scoring sheet in a big way with his third-period goal. The tally gave the B’s a 3-2 lead and provided Bergeron with his 22nd goal of the season.
- Tim Thomas was given some help by his teammates despite not playing in the game at all. Thomas, who at on Jan. 31 had a 1.81 goals against average that was .30 goals less than Pekka Rinne, has seen his return to earth bring him closer to Rinne statistically. The two entered the night separated by just .06 goals, but in scoring three goals on the Nashville netminder, the B’s provided their top goaltender with some statistical separation.
|Tyler Seguin scores, falls victim to headshot in first period||03.17.11 at 8:45 pm ET|
After a back-and-forth first period, the Bruins and Predators are tied at a goal apiece.
The first 20 minutes featured both good and potentially bad news for Tyler Seguin. With the suspended Brad Marchand out of the lineup, Seguin made the most of his icetime in the first period Thursday in sniping his 11th goal of the season past Pekka Rinne at 1:50. Rich Peverley set up the play with a nice pass up the boards.
With 2:30 remaining in the period, Seguin was elbowed in the head by Patric Hornqvist. The Boston rookie left the ice after the headshot, and Hornqvist rightfully left the game via a 10 minute game misconduct in addition to receiving a five minute major. The B’s will start the second period on the power play.
Former Kostitsyn scored his 17th goal of the season to tie the game 7:53, firing one through a scrum with Tuukka Rask out of position.
Despite falling victim to Seguin, Rinne came up big for the Predators in the period, coming up with key saves on Steven Kampfer and Milan Lucic.
|Brad Marchand suspended two games for hit on R.J. Umberger||03.17.11 at 1:03 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Thursday that forward Brad Marchand has received a two-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Columbus forward R.J. Umberger in Tuesday night’s 3-2 shootout win over the Blue Jackets. Marchand will miss Thursday’s game in Nashville, as well as Saturday’s contest in Toronto. He will be eligible to return to the lineup when the B’s host the Devils on Tuesday.
Marchand was not penalized for the hit at the time, though an 11:30 a.m. phone hearing with the league determined that the hit, in which he caught an unsuspecting Umberger with an elbow in the second period, was suspendable. This is the first suspension of Marchand’s career, and second Bruins’ suspension of the season. Forward Daniel Paille was given four games for a blindside hit on Raymond Sawada in the Bruins’ Feb. 3 game t the Stars.
|Claude Julien taking wait-and-see approach on Brad Marchand hit||03.16.11 at 6:18 pm ET|
Bruins coach Claude Julien doesn’t care to venture a guess on what the result of Brad Marchand’s phone hearing with the league Thursday morning. Julien told reporters Wednesday in Nashville that regardless of how the league rules on Marchand’s elbow to the head of R.J. Umberger Tuesday, he’ll respect the decision, especially given the attention placed on headshots in the general managers meetings.
“I don’t know how they’re going to call it, to start with,” Julien told reporters. “I think I’ll wait and hear what they have to say about the hit and how they’re going to interpret it. Then, with an explanation, maybe I’ll understand exactly where they’re going with it.
“Right now, I don’t think I can comment on much. There’s nothing to gain from a comment after everything that’s gone on there in the last three days and how they’ve addressed it and how they want to make it better. I’ve got to wait and see, and I’ve also got to be supportive of what they’re trying to do, and I am.”
Defenseman Adam McQuaid left the ice during practice, but the coach said it was because he told the blueliner to do so after collecting bruises of late.
“He seems to be getting in the way of other teams’ shots all the time, which is a good thing for us,” Julien said. “I think today would have just made it worse.”
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