|Jarome Iginla named NHL Third Star of the Week||02.10.14 at 4:41 pm ET|
Bruins forward Jarome Iginla was named the NHL‘s Third Star of the Week ending February. Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was named the First Star of the Week, while Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen took Second Star honors.
Iginla had multi-point games in three of his four contests over the week, picking up a goal and an assist against the Canucks and Senators, two assists against the Oilers and one assist against the Blues.
On the season, Iginla has 17 goals and 26 assists for 43 points in 57 games played. The 36-year-old Iginla has yet to miss a game in his first season with the Bruins.
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|Bruins score season-high seven goals, head into Olympic break with win over Senators||02.08.14 at 5:35 pm ET|
The Bruins head into the Olympic break on a high note after taking a 7-2 victory over the Senators Saturday at TD Garden.
Saturday’s game marked the first of the season in which the Bruins scored seven goals. Patrice Bergeron had a pair of goals in the victory, while Brad Marchand took over the team lead in goals with his 19th tally of the season.
The B’s jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a pair of goals from Bergeron and Chris Kelly‘s first goal since returning from his broken fibula. Bobby Ryan made it 3-1 in the second, but goals from Jarome Iginla, Milan Lucic and Marchand made it 6-1. Patrick Wiercioch cut the lead to four goals in the third period, but Carl Soderberg‘s ninth goal of the season made it 7-2.
The Bruins will return to practice on Feb. 20 and will play their next game Feb. 26 in Buffalo.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- Though the B’s don’t have any 20-goal-scorers, Bergeron’s two goals gave the Bruins five players with at least 16 goals this season. The Bruins have been able to have some very good offenses over the years without needing a 30-goal-scorer, and it looks like this season is no different. Read the rest of this entry »
|Peter Chiarelli wants a defenseman, but doesn’t think there is a Dennis Seidenberg on the trade market||02.08.14 at 4:57 pm ET|
Meeting with the media prior to the Olympic break, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said he would like to add defensive depth before the March 5 deadline.
The perceived need for the Bruins would be a top-4 defenseman, as the team will be without Dennis Seidenberg for the rest of the season. Chiarelli didn’t say whether he would want a lefty for the second pair or a righty to play in Seidenberg’s usual postseason spot alongside Zdeno Chara.
“I want a little more defending and if a guy can play both sides that would be great,” Chiarelli said. “We’re not going to replace Seids. I want the ability to defend; I want a little bit of heaviness.”
If the Bruins are unable to find somebody, Chiarelli said he would be comfortable with Matt Bartkowski remaining as his second left-side blueliner.
“Yeah, I would be,” Chiarelli said. “He’s learning, he’s learning better how to defend, he’s getting a little more minutes. He’s still making mistakes but the rest of them are too. I’ve been looking closely at his defending, he certainly can wheel the puck out well and turn the net well but he’s maturing as a defender. That’s what we’re looking for, better defenders.”
No NHL business can be conducted over the Olympic break, which means general managers will have a short window to get deals done upon returning to work later this month. Chiarelli said there isn’t much of a market right now for top-4 defensemen.
“I think it’s going to be a tough market,” Chiarelli said. “It is going to be tough to get players.”
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|Claude Julien says Team Canada has strong goaltending with Roberto Luongo, Carey Price||02.07.14 at 4:38 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Claude Julien doesn’t like to talk too much about other teams’ players, so in a session with the media Friday that centered largely around the Olympics, the Team Canada Associate Coach was rather tight-lipped when asked to assess Tuukka Rask‘s chances with Team Finland.
“You’re asking me a question that has nothing to do with Team Canada, so I don’t comment on other teams,” Julien said with a smirk. “I’m happy that Finland has chosen Tuukka. He’s had a good year.”
Finland is considered to be stacked at the goaltender position, as it features Rask, Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen. Team Canada is considered to be loaded, though its perceived weakness — if it has one — is in net, where it has Roberto Luongo, Carey Price and Mike Smith. Price and Luongo both have a 2.36 goals-against average as of Friday, good for 14th and 16th in the NHL, respectively, while Smith is 37th in the league with a 2.85 clip.
“We’re fine. We’re fine,” Julien said. “I mean, we’ve got a goaltender in Luongo that won a gold medal. You’ve got a goaltender in Price that, to me, has probably been one of the steadiest goaltenders this year, has done a great job for Montreal, and then Smith has had a good year.
“Where people may be questioning that, I’m not. Right now, it’s just a matter of going out and showing that we have the right goaltending threesome to again compete for that gold.”
This marks the second time this week that Luongo has been defended by a member of the Bruins, as Milan Lucic went out of his way to speak to the character of the embattled Canucks netminder on Monday.
“I think too many people point the finger too much on Luongo,” Lucic said. “I think he’s a great goaltender, and I mean, he was still able to get [the Canucks] one win away from the ultimate goal. I think it shows the type of person that he is going through what he went through with how he was treated over there by everyone, and he still managed to keep his game at a high level, and he’s back on the Olympic team. He’s still one of the best goaltenders in the league, so as far as that goes, it shows a lot about his character and I wish him all the best in Sochi.”
On the subject of Steven Stamkos, who undoubtedly has a big fan in Julien (the Bruins coach visited Stamkos in the hospital after the young superstar broke his tibia in Boston in November), Julien said he felt bad that the Lightning center wouldn’t be headed to Sochi, but feels Martin St. Louis is a more than serviceable replacement.
“It is disappointing, because he’s one of the elite players,” Julien said. “I think everybody knows he was a shoo-in right from the get-go, but at the same time we keep talking about our depth and how Canada has enough players to make two teams. Well, we went and got another player that, in my mind, deserved to be on our team right from the start.
“When I say that, [I mean] we have to limit ourselves to a certain number, but there’s no doubt that he’s good enough to play — we’re talking about Marty St. Louis here — and there’s others on that list that could easily step into our lineup. You live with the situation, and I think if anything, they’re very smart at making the decision that’s for the well-being of Steven Stamkos. It’s unfortunate for us, but in the long run for the athlete and for the people that want to watch the guy play and be part of the NHL, it was the right decision, I guess.”
|Loui Eriksson (teeth) misses practice, Adam McQuaid can’t work with Bruins during break||02.07.14 at 2:51 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins held a very brief practice Friday afternoon, skating for a little over 20 minutes in their last practice before the Olympic break. The B’s will host the Senators Saturday and then return to practice on Feb. 20.
Loui Eriksson and Adam McQuaid were both missing from practice, as Eriksson was getting dental work done following a high stick to the mouth in the first period of Thursday’s game and McQuaid remains out with a leg injury. Zdeno Chara also remains out as he is already in Sochi for the Olympics. With Eriksson out, Jordan Caron skated in his place on the third line, though Claude Julien said he expects Eriksson to play Saturday.
“Loui’s doing OK. The only reason he missed is he’s obviously getting some dental work done and making sure he’s all fixed up before tomorrow and before he leaves for the Olympics,” Julien said. “He should be in the lineup tomorrow; there’s no reason why he shouldn’t, but I think it’s going to be a long day for him, getting his mouth fixed.”
As for McQuaid, he will not play Saturday, though the team hopes he will be able to play after the break. He has not played since Jan. 19.
Because teams have to break for the Olympics, McQuaid will not be able to see team doctors and trainers regularly, though he was able to rehab his blood clot condition during the lockout without the help of the team staff.
“With the CBA and stuff like that, he’s basically on his own, but he will continue to get the treatments and all that stuff that he needs,” Julien said. “Hopefully, by the time we get back, he’ll be ready to jump in with us. If not then, very soon.”
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|Bruins come back vs. Blues, but fall in overtime||02.06.14 at 10:47 pm ET|
The Bruins came back to steal a point Thursday in St. Louis, but suffered a 3-2 overtime loss without Zdeno Chara.
T.J. Oshie jammed a puck that had deflected off the boards past Tuukka Rask during the extra session, leaving the B’s with their first overtime loss of the season.
Alexander Steen got the Blues on the board at 15:48 of the first period with a slapshot that beat Tuukka Rask stick side, with Jaden Schwartz scoring on a wrist shot from the left circle at 3:32 to make it a two-goal game.
The Bruins appeared to be headed for a loss against one of the tougher teams in the league until goals from David Krejci and Brad Marchand 2:08 apart from one another tied the game in the third period. The game was the second straight in which the Blues had blown a third-period lead.
The Bruins will host the Senators Saturday in their final game before the Olympic break.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- Jarome Iginla came an Alex Pietrangelo stick away from ending it earlier in overtime, as he had the puck on his stick at the post with half the net empty, but Pietrangelo was able to get his stick on the puck to deflect when Iginla tried putting it in.
- The Bruins were already missing their best two defenseman, so they didn’t need their own seasoned veteran missing four minutes for reacting to a clean hit. That’s what happened late in the second period when Boychuk went after T.J. Oshie after the Blues forward crushed Torey Krug with a clean hit. Boychuk was given a double-minor for roughing, while Oshie got a minor, which left the B’s shorthanded for the last two minutes of the period.
Krug would end up going after Oshie in the third period, with both players going off for roughing.
- The officials missed a high stick from Maxim Lapierre to the face of Loui Eriksson in the first period, and there wasn’t a stoppage of play until Steen’s goal. Eriksson was bleeding pretty heavily from the mouth, so the B’s were cost both a four-minute power play and a goal.
That wasn’t the only flub by the officials Thursday night, as a premature whistle on a puck that Halak hadn’t tied up yielded a rebound that easily could have been buried for a goal in the second period.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- Marchand’s goal was the Patrice Bergeron line’s first goal in five games. The line had been on a statistical tear in January but had cooled off over the Bruins’ four-game home stand from Jan. 28 to Tuesday.
- Though it didn’t bring the B’s any goals as he took Chara’s spot in front on the power play, Milan Lucic provided a good net-front presence to tie up Barrett Jackman and screen Jaroslav Halak on Krejci’s goal. Lucic also had a scoring chance in the final seconds of regulation but was denied by Halak with a kick save.
- With an assist on Krejci’s goal, Iginla now has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) over his last seven games.
|Roberto Luongo on loss to Bruins: ‘This one’s 100 percent on me’||02.04.14 at 11:38 pm ET|
Milan Lucic said Monday that “people point the finger too much” at Roberto Luongo, but on Tuesday it was Luongo who pointed the finger at himself.
The Vancouver netminder played at TD Garden Tuesday for the first time since Game 6 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, and just like in that game, he lost.
Luongo made 29 saves on 32 shots, allowing three goals in a 3-1 Bruins win. Even though one of the Bruins goals came on a breakaway, Luongo said the loss was his fault after the game.
“I think this one’s 100 percent on me,” Luongo told reporters. “I wasn’t too good out there tonight. Wasn’t tracking well, my reads were off. … I didn’t skate this morning and I just didn’t feel like myself out there, so disappointing performance for me here. I thought the guys deserved better.”
Canucks coach John Tortorella disagreed that Luongo lost the team the game, though he did see him as part of a sequence that lost the team the game.
With the B’s holding a 1-0 lead in the second period, Daniel Sedin had a shorthanded breakaway on which he was stopped by Tuukka Rask. The B’s took it the other way and Jarome Iginla scored to make it a two-goal game. As Tortorella saw it, the Canucks needed either Sedin or Luongo to step up in that instance, and they didn’t.
“To me, the game changes. We need another big offensive play,” Tortorella said. “Danny has a chance to make that. I think we need another save from Louie. I don’t think one person determines winning or losing a game, but that to me is the game tonight. I think both teams are pretty much even in chances, we don’t get one or two more big offensive plays and we don’t get one of two saves, they do and that’s where were that. So I appreciate Louie saying that, but this is a team thing here that we’re going through and we’ll go through it together.”
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