|Bruins see progress in recoveries of David Krejci, Marc Savard||11.12.10 at 5:08 pm ET|
The Bruins have gotten used to playing without their top center, but having their top two pivots has been a challenge. With Marc Savard continuing to work his way back from post-concussion syndrome and David Krejci out with a concussion, the Bruins have had to move Patrice Bergeron up to the top line and Blake Wheeler back to center for the first time since his college days.
TSN reported during Thursday night’s game that Savard could be back by the end of the month, but Claude Julien and the B’s aren’t crossing their fingers for a set date.
“I don’t think anybody knows exactly the date,” Julien said on Friday. “I think we know that he’s doing well, and right know he’s progressing to the pot where he’s at least close to joining us for practice. He hasn’t been cleared to do that yet, and even less for contact. There’s a lot of speculation right now, and as far we’re concerned we’re still taking it day by day and seeing a guy progress in a positive way, which is encouraging. That’s basically all we can do right now, like everybody else, is speculate.”
Krejci, meanwhile, has been out since last Saturday’s game against the Blues, when he went headfirst into the boards after a collision with T.J. Oshie. He was diagnosed with a moderate concussion because he suffered amnesia, and the Bruins expected to be without his services for at least a week.
An encouraging sign came for Krejci on Friday, as he rode a stationary bike, the most physically demanding exercise he’s been put through following the concussion.
“He’s progressing nicely, I would say,” Julien said. “Right now he’s at the stage where he’s on the bike. If things go well then he continues to move forward if things don’t go well, then we pull him back.”
After falling to the Canadiens at home on Thursday, the Bruins will return to action with a tilt against the Senators at TD Garden on Saturday.
|Johnny Boychuk hopes to return to Bruins by next weekend||11.12.10 at 1:16 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk, out since Oct. 23 with a fractured forearm, was one of only five Bruins to take the ice at Ristuccia Arena on Friday. He was joined by fellow rehabbing players Marco Sturm and Marc Savard, as well as goaltenders Tuukka Rask and Tim Thomas. It was the first time he has been able to shoot on goalies since the injury.
The prognosis for Boychuk’s return was four weeks, and he hopes to still be on track for a return by the latter part of this month.
“Maybe. Hopefully. I hope so,” Boychuk said when asked if he was optimistic he could return by next weekend. “That will be four weeks I think, so hopefully I’ll be good to go.”
Boychuk admitted that it’s a matter of “just seeing whenever the doctor says I’m going to be OK to practice,” and not trying to push it. He said he is still experiencing occasional pain, with taking pucks on the backhand the biggest issue for him.
With Boychuk out, Adam McQuaid has taken his spot on the roster. The Bruins have gone 4-2-1 over the seven game period that they’ve been without Boychuk.
“We’ve been playing really well, so it hasn’t been too bad,” Boychuk said. “Watching the games, you see when we’re doing really well, it makes it a lot easier, but when we lose it’s kind of tough to watch. You can’t really do anything about it.”
|Bruins fall to Canadiens, 3-1||11.11.10 at 9:37 pm ET|
The Bruins had plenty of momentum entering Thursday’s tilt with the rival Canadiens, but it wasn’t enough to propel them past the Habs in a 3-1 loss.
Carey Price was sensational for Montreal, allowing just a first-period goal to Zdeno Chara and stopping the rest of the 35 shots he faced. Tuukka Rask allowed three goals on 41 shots, including former Boston College star and current Canadiens captain Brian Gionta’s third of the year.
The two teams entreated the third period tied at one goal apiece, but the B’s were unable to flash the type of offense that yielded them five goals in the third a night before in Pittsburgh.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- Given the rivalry, it was expected to be a physical game, but the Bruins generally seemed to get the short end of the stick when the penalties were handed out.
Tyler Seguin was called for a phantom trip in the first period on a play in which Travis Moen’s dive appeared to be rather apparent. In the second period, a scrum featuring multiple members of each squad yielded roughing calls for Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell, while Andrei Markov was the only one to head to the bin for the Habs.
The good news regarding penalties is that the Canadiens, who have been able to draw some iffy penalties in their time against the B’s, saw the other shoe drop when Maxim Lapierre was called for a dive in the second period.
- The best penalty kill in the league going against the worst power play in the league should generally achieve better results than the Bruins did on Thursday.
The Habs entered the contest with just four power play goals, and the B’s had killed off 90.9 of their penalties. That changed rather quickie, as Montreal was able to go 2-for-5 on the power play. It was the first game in which the B’s allowed multiple power play goals.
- Though they weren’t as heavily penalized as the Habs, the Bruins still had their chances on the power play. A night after going 1-for-3 on the man advantage in their come-from-behind victory over the Penguins, the B’s went 0-for-4 on the power play.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- The Bruins, for the second straight night, were able to answer in the first period after falling behind, 1-0. Following a power play goal by P.K. Subban, Zdeno Chara notched the equalizer for the B’s at 15:49 of the first.
- Milan Lucic picked up an assist on Chara’s goal and now has six points in his last seven games and 12 points this season. If healthy, he appears a safe bet to surpass his career 45 points in the 2008-09 season.
- Patrice Bergeron is continuing to produce following a bit of a slow start to the season. He has been a point-a-night player over the last seven games and has nine on the season.
|Bruins, Canadiens remain tied at 1 after two periods||11.11.10 at 8:47 pm ET|
The Bruins couldn’t beat Carey Price in the second, so those on hand at the Garden had to put their positive energy towards celebrating a no-goal call against the Canadiens.
Jeff Halpern put a Benoit Pouliot rebound past Tuukka Rask, but replay confirmed that there was a kicking motion on the play, as the puck did not touch Halpern’s stick and only went off his skate.
After two periods, the shots are tied at 26 apiece.
The calls kept coming in the second period. Four seconds after jumping out of the box for roughing, Shawn Thornton was back in the bin for interference, as he held up Roman Hamerlik at the blue line. The penalty negated an abbreviated power play for the B’s, as Andrei Kostitsyn had gone off for an elbow on Mark Stuart. Gregory Campbell (roughing, 7:38) and Zdeno Chara (interference, 19:52) also went off in the second.
|Bruins, Canadiens tied after one||11.11.10 at 7:50 pm ET|
When it seemed the Bruins were served a dose of injustice, it was the captain who helped right the ship in Boston.
Tyler Seguin was slapped with a tripping minor at 5:00 after he lost his stick in the corner and Travis Moen achieved terrible but productive acting by channeling his inner Emile Hirsch. Nineteen seconds into the Habs’ power play, P.K. Subban picked up his first career goal by beating Tuukka Rask.
The Habs outshot the Bruins, 16-13, in the period.
|Bruins/Canadiens Preview, 11/11||11.11.10 at 11:33 am ET|
The Bruins likely have a ton of positive energy following a five-goal third period that propelled them to a 7-4 come-from-behind victory over the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. They return home to face the Canadiens for the first time this season on Thursday.
Here’s everything you need to know going in.
WHERE IT’S AT
- The Bruins are a modest 2-2-1 as the home team this season (they were the home team in the season-opening 5-2 loss against the Coyotes in Prague).
The Habs are 5-2-0 on the road, with their most recent road loss coming last Tuesday, a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Blue Jackets in Columbus.
- After scoring in the third period of the Bruins’ victory in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, Nathan Horton now has 149 career goals. He can go for No. 150 against the Habs on Thursday night in front of the home crowd.
- The Bruins have averaged 2.2 goals this season in the third period when entering the period trailing.
- The Canadiens have the worst power play in the league, scoring on just 7.8 percent of their power plays.
- The Bruins have had back-to-back games just twice this season. They are 1-0-1, beating the Coyotes on Oct. 10 in Prague and losing in a shootout to the Blues on Saturday.
- After playing a career-high 17:22 giants the Sabres last Wednesday, Tyler Seguin has played 12:21, 9:49, and 12:32 in three games since. He is averaging 13:06 of ice time each night, and after assisting Mark Recchi‘s goal, he has six points on the season (3 G, 3A). Seguin is on pace for a 21-goal, 21-assist campaign.
- While we’re extrapolating stats, seven Bruins are on pace to score at least 20 goals this season: Horton, Milan Lucic, Michael Ryder, Zdeno Chara, Shawn Thornton (!), Jordan Caron, and Seguin. Remember, Marco Sturm was the only Bruin to score 20 last year, as he led the B’s with 22.
STORYLINES GOING IN
- Former Boston College star and current Canadiens captain Brian Gionta has had a rough start to the season, but things are starting to look up. After having just three points through the team’s first 12 games, Gionta has a goal and an assist over the last two games.
- Carey Price has been a rock in net for the Habs, softening the blow of just how good Jaroslav Halak has been (1.79 GAA, .932 save percentage). In 14 starts, Price has gone 8-5-1 with a 2.28 GAA and a .918 save percentage.
Price is coming off a shutout against the Canucks on Tuesday, but has allowed three goals in three of his last five starts, all three of which the Habs lost.
|Tyler Seguin announced as new Dunkin Donuts spokesperson||11.11.10 at 10:30 am ET|
If you enjoy Tyler Seguin introducing the Dunkin’ Donuts high energy play of the game each night, the news has only gotten better.
Dunkin’ Donuts announced on Thursday that it has signed Seguin as a company spokesperson. Seguin will continue to star in “Caught Cold” commercials, in which he surprises people drinking iced coffee with B’s tickets, merchandise, and Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards.
‘We’re excited to have a rising young star like Tyler represent our brand,’ said Tom Manchester, Dunkin’ Donuts director of sports marketing. ‘We’ve had a great, long-term partnership with the Bruins, and Tyler will be a great addition to that relationship, and play a significant role in helping us reward our loyal customers with the opportunity to experience Boston Bruins hockey through the ‘Caught Cold’ campaign.’
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