|Kevan Miller sent back to Boston for evaluation||02.17.15 at 5:04 pm ET|
Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters in Edmonton Tuesday that defenseman Kevan Miller has been sent back to Boston and will not play the final three games of the team’s current road trip after re-injuring his right shoulder. Miller will undergo evaluation on the shoulder back in Boston.
Miller initially dislocated his shoulder in a fight in the Bruins’ Oct. 18 meeting with the Sabres and missed the next 13 games. He appeared to reinjure the shoulder in the second period of Monday’s game in Calgary and did not return.
The Bruins have yet to recall a defenseman, but Zach Trotman would be the most likely candidate. Trotman, a right shot, plays the same side as Miller and has already played 17 games for Boston this season.
|5 things we learned as Bruins blow 3-goal lead, lose in last second of overtime vs. Flames||02.17.15 at 12:00 am ET|
The example of Murphy’s Law that is the 2014-15 Boston Bruins season really outdid itself Monday night.
After bouncing back from Friday night’s embarrassing loss to the Canucks with an inspired effort through two periods, the Bruins saw Calgary march back to tie the game in the third period, after falling behind 3-0, and beat the B’s, 4-3, on a fluky goal with 2.4 seconds to play in overtime.
With the final seconds ticking down, T.J. Brodie tossed a lazy backhand shot towards the net from a bad angle that went off Brad Marchand‘s stick and up towards the net, then hit the top of the net and Tuukka Rask‘s back before finally going in to give Calgary the 4-3 overtime win (click here for the box score).
The loss was Boston’s fourth straight (0-3-1) and fifth in the last six games (1-4-1).
After pulling Karri Ramo following Boston’s third goal, the Flames and Jonas Hiller did not allow another goal as Calgary scored three unanswered goals in regulation to tie the game and force overtime.
The Flames finished their comeback on a power play goal after David Pastrnak took a high-sticking penalty with 14:42. Norris favorite Mark Giordano fired a snap shot from the top of the zone that went off Jiri Hudler in front and past Tuukka Rask to make it 3-3.
The Bruins next play Wednesday in Edmonton.
Here are four more things we learned Monday.
Kevan Miller left the game late in the second period and did not return. The second-year NHLer took a hit midway through the second that could have led to his exit, though he took two shifts after that.
Miller missed 12 games earlier this season with a dislocated right shoulder suffered in a fight on Oct. 18. He admitted recently that he will need offseason surgery on the shoulder and that he has been advised to not fight the rest of the season.
|Bruins recall Malcolm Subban from Providence||02.16.15 at 2:36 pm ET|
[UPDATE: 6:45 p.m.] The Bruins have recalled goaltender Malcolm Subban from Providence. He will join the team for practice Tuesday in Edmonton. Mark Divver of the Providence Journal reported the news of Subban’s impending callup earlier in the day.
Hearing that Malcolm Subban is about to be called up by Boston. Strength coach Paul Kenny to dress as backup goalie for PBruins today.
‘ Mark Divver (@MarkDivver) February 16, 2015
Subban, a second-year pro whom the B’s drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft, is coming off a stint in which he spent four games with the B’s as Tuukka Rask‘s backup while Niklas Svedberg was in Providence on a conditioning loan. Subban did not play during the stretch and has yet to play in an NHL game.
In 24 games for Providence this season, Subban is 10-10-3 with a .920 save percentage and 2.47 goals-against average.
Svedberg has struggled in the scarce playing time he’s received. Though he recorded a 14-save shutout on Jan. 14, the performance was bookended by outings in which he was pulled early. He was removed from a Dec. 27 loss to the Blue Jackets in the second period and lasted only a period last Tuesday against the Stars. Svedberg was yanked after allowing three goals in each of those outings.
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|5 things we learned in Bruins’ latest worst loss of season||02.14.15 at 12:36 am ET|
By the end of the Bruins’ five-game road trip, the NHL will be eight days away from the trade deadline. The Bruins began that trip Friday with an effort that suggested they might not be worth fixing this season.
After giving away a pair of goals in the opening 5:03 of the night, the Bruins proceeded to turn in lifeless second and third periods en route to a concerning 5-2 loss to the Canucks (box).
Tuukka Rask, who hadn’t given up more than three goals in 25 straight appearances, saw four pucks end up behind him as a result of either mindless or passive play in front of him. Boston defensemen more or less gifted Shawn Matthias a hat trick, while Jannik Hansen picked up an empty netter from his own zone in the final minutes .
The Panthers lost to the Stars Friday, so the B’s still have a four-point lead for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Florida still has one game in hand on the B’s, however.
The Bruins will next play Monday when they face a difficult Flames team currently in line for a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
Here are four other things we learned Friday.
POTENTIAL TARGETS IMPROVE VALUE
Matthias and Kassian are names that have been liked to the Bruins in trade rumors. Matthias, a left shot, has played both left wing and center. Neither position is a need for the Bruins, but Matthias could be appealing if he can play right wing.
Kassian has fallen a long way since he was once considered Buffalo’s answer for Milan Lucic. Since being traded to the Canucks for Cody Hodgson in 2012, the former 13th overall pick has not reached the 15-goal mark in a season and has had some issues with professionalism. He does, however, play right wing.
|Antoine Roussel suspended two games for cross-checking Adam McQuaid||02.12.15 at 12:57 pm ET|
Stars forward Antoine Roussel has been given a two-game suspension for cross-checking Adam McQuaid in the throat, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Thursday.
Roussel was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for the play, which occurred in the first period of Tuesday’s Stars win over the Bruins. McQuaid was slow to get up but was not injured on the play.
The Department of Player Safety’s video noted that McQuaid had dropped his stick and was in the process of dropping his gloves to fight when Roussel cross-checked him. It called Roussel’s cross-check “proactive, not reactive” given that Roussel was clearly not using his stick to defend himself. To watch the league’s video, click here.
This is the second time Roussel has been disciplined this season, as he was fined in November for sucker-punching Sharks defenseman Justin Braun.
Rousell was originally signed by the Bruins as an undrafted free agent. He played 42 games for the Providence Bruins and five games for the Reading Royals in the 2010-11 season.
|5 things we learned as Bruins drop sloppy effort to Stars||02.10.15 at 9:42 pm ET|
Although they scored three goals for the first time in four games and threw 44 shots at Kari Lehtonen, the Bruins couldn’t find an equalizer in the third period of what ended up being a sloppy 5-3 loss to the Stars at TD Garden on Tuesday (box).
The defeat was Boston’s third regulation loss in four games, marking the first time they’ve had such a stretch in almost two months.
Boston got goals from David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Dougie Hamilton, but shoddy power-play work and an unfruitful third period meant an unfruitful result. The B’s fell to 28-19-17 on the season, and with Florida beating Anaheim Tuesday, the race for the final playoff spot has closed four points with the Panthers holding two games in hand.
Tyler Seguin, who was sent back from Dallas’ morning skate with the flu, played and recorded no points.
The Bruins have a five-game road trip ahead of them that will begin Friday in Vancouver.
Here are four more things we learned Tuesday:
The Bruins got an injury scare early when Adam McQuaid laid a hit on Antione Roussel in the neutral zone. The Stars left wing clearly didn’t like it, as he responded by cross-checking McQuaid in the throat.
McQuaid went down to the ice and was holding his throat area before eventually getting up. Roussel, meanwhile was assessed a five-minute cross-checking major as well as a game misconduct.
McQuaid left the bench and went to the training room but returned to the game following the power play, which, as explained below, was a disaster.
|Daniel Paille getting opportunities, missing opportunities||02.10.15 at 1:51 pm ET|
The Bruins have hit a bit of a snag with losses in two of their last three games, but things have generally been looking up. They’re winners of nine of their last 13 games and have points in 13 of their last 16 games. Lots of players should be encouraged.
In the case of Daniel Paille, however, it’s hard to tell what to feel. On the snakebitten scale, Paille rarely registers below an 8, but recent games have seen him break that scale and then spill glue all over the place trying to rebuild it. He still has just one goal in 53 games this season.
“I know if I had 10 goals by now, I wouldn’t be as mad as I am now,” Paille said Tuesday morning, “but for me it’s just about trying to move on and focus on the next play.”
The fact that multiple Bruins scoring chances have been punctuated by Paille flubs ‘ missing the net, shooting the puck over the net, falling down at center ice with no one but the goaltender in front of him ‘ has undoubtedly been a point of frustration for both Paille and the Bruins, but one shouldn’t overlook the fact that he’s creating chances. Missed opportunities don’t come unless there’s an opportunity.
“It’s encouraging to see him get those chances,” Claude Julien said. “It’s maybe frustrating more for him than it is for us to miss those opportunities because he’s had some really good ones and could have provided us with some important goals.”
The Bruins have moved Paille around in their lineup in recent games. The last two have seen him go from his usual fourth-line role with Gregory Campbell and Craig Cunningham to the second line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Among other missed opportunities, Saturday saw him send the puck over a practically open net after receiving a pass from Patrice Bergeron on an odd-man rush and Sunday saw him trip up at center ice on what would have been a breakaway against Carey Price.
To make matters worse, Paille, a free agent at season’s end, is playing for a new contract. In 53 games this season, Paille’s lone goal came at the end of a shift on Nov. 21 against the Blue Jackets. Considering he scored 10 goals in the lockout-shortened season and had nine a season ago despite missing 10 games, it will be hard for potential employers to pay him to be anything more than a fourth-liner.
With more chances, that could change. It won’t unless the pucks actually start going in, however.
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