|Dougie Hamilton (lower body) begins skating||12.21.13 at 6:43 pm ET|
Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton skated for the first time Saturday morning since suffering a lower-body injury on Dec. 8. The Bruins said following his injury that he would miss between two and four weeks.
“He started skating for the first time this morning, so it was his first time on the ice,” Claude Julien said prior to Saturday’s game. “We’ll see how he progresses.”
Hamilton is the second injured Bruin to return to the ice this week, as Daniel Paille (concussion symptoms) began skating Friday and is expected to return to practicing with the team on Sunday.
“He’s skating, coming along,” Julien said of Paille Saturday. “He should be skating with our team tomorrow.
Adam McQuaid (lower body) was kept out of Saturday’s lineup, but he is a “possibility” to play Monday in Nashville, according to Julien. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli had said Wednesday that the B’s might keep him out through the Christmas break as a means of getting him more rest.
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|Chad Johnson addresses the wraparound issue||12.20.13 at 1:00 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Lateral mobility has cost Chad Johnson more than he’d like, but he doesn’t think it’s his Achilles’ heel.
The Bruins’ backup couldn’t get from post to post in time to stop Drew Stafford on a wraparound in the third period Thursday night. The goal broke a 2-2 tie and cost the B’s the game.
“It was a brutal third goal,” Johnson admitted Friday. “I want it back. We’d played a pretty good game up to that point, and you let a soft one in in a 2-2 game with [six] minutes left, you put your team in a bad situation. It’s obviously one that I want back, but there’s nothing I can do about it now. It sucks.”
It was the second such goal Johnson’s allowed in his last two starts, as he was also slow to get over on a David Perron wraparound last Thursday in Edmonton.
“The one in Edmonton, I played that one obviously wrong,” Johnson said. “It’s just different situations I think. It’s not that I have problems with wraparounds, it’s just that right now that’s what’s been happening I guess. It’s all I can really say.”
So is the book out on Johnson? He says no. Johnson doesn’t like that he was exposed on wraparounds twice in two starts, but he sees it as more of an effort issue than an ability issue. As such, he doesn’t plan on letting it happen again soon.
“Well I mean they’ve scored two goals, so it’s something I’m going to work on,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a weakness for the most part. On the last one there I was a little lazy on it. It’s just one thing I need to correct. I don’t think it’s a technical thing or something like that.”
B’s coach Claude Julien agrees with Johnson’s assessment. He feels Johnson can push off and cover the other side quicker, and that with awareness of the issue and practice the issue can be resolved.
“That’s exactly it, and that’s why we’ve got a goalie coach that works with those guys and works on those deficiencies,” he said. “You’ve got to get better at that, and that’s what he’s doing today — working with Bob [Essensa] and trying to get better at it.”
|Daniel Paille begins skating||12.20.13 at 12:30 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Daniel Paille skated Friday morning, marking a step forward as he recovers from what the team has only called “concussion symptoms.”
Paille has missed the last five games after being sent back to Boston from last week’s Canadian road trip.
“He’s coming off concussion symptoms, so he’s starting to skate,” Claude Julien said. “He’ll skate tomorrow and we’ll go from there.”
Adam McQuaid (lower body) practiced with the B’s Friday and has been practicing with them since Monday. Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday that the team might hold him out through Christmas in order to give him more time off, but Julien said he “wouldn’t write him off” for Saturday’s game against the Sabres.
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|Sabres outlast Bruins in Buffalo||12.19.13 at 9:36 pm ET|
The Bruins were outlasted by Sabres Thursday as they took a 4-2 loss to Buffalo at First Niagara Center.
Drew Stafford broke a 2-2 tie with under six minutes to go in regulation by beating Chad Johnson on a wraparound. Tyler Myers made it 4-2 just 80 seconds later, giving the Sabres a win and Johnson his first loss in his last six starts. Johnson allowed two goals on five third-period shots.
The Sabres jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal from Brian Flynn, but two goals from Brad Marchand gave the B’s a 2-1 lead in the second period until the Sabres tied it on a puck that bounced off Marcus Foligno and past Chad Johnson.
Ryan Miller denied Marchand on multiple bids for a hat trick and made 30 saves in the victory for the Sabres.
The Bruins have two games left before the holiday break, as they’ll host the Sabres Saturday and face the Predators next Monday in Nashville.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- Johnson’s been beaten a couple times this season on wraparounds, so the B’s will have to hope the book isn’t out on capitalizing on their backup goaltender’s lack of mobility. It certainly cost them Thursday.
- Johnny Boychuk couldn’t keep the puck in the offensive zone during the power play on which the Sabres scored. With Boychuk unable to keep it in, Flynn caught up with the puck in the neutral zone and raced to the net on a breakaway before beating Johnson with a backhander.
- Patrice Bergeron took a pair of hooking penalties, twice leaving the B’s to kill a penalty without one of the top penalty killers in the league. Fortunately for the Bruins, they did just fine on the PK, killing off both Bergeron penalties and scoring a goal with Bergeron on a second-period PK.
- Torey Krug’s dip in production continues, as he now he now has one goal over his last 11 games. Krug took a first-period penalty for holding Stafford.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- Marchand had a better game and got results out of it. His second goal of the night was something of an accident, as he didn’t get good wood on his one-timer, but that caused the puck to waffle as it made its way past Miller stick-side high.
That was also Marchand’s second shorthanded goal of the last five games. He still has only four even-strength goals on the season, but scoring twice in a night might be the type of thing that gets more production.
- Not necessarily something that went right, but Matt Fraser reminded the B’s that he can do more than score at the AHL level when he dropped the gloves with Foligno. Fraser fought throughout his days in the WHL and has fought four times in the AHL.
|Peter Chiarelli says he isn’t trading Brad Marchand||12.19.13 at 3:31 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Thursday that he doesn’t want anyone to interpret the team’s unhappiness with Brad Marchand‘s recent behavior as a sign that they want to get rid of him.
Chiarelli revealed Wednesday that he wasn’t happy with Marchand taunting the Canucks during Saturday’s loss, saying that he spoke to Marchand about it. That was hardly a suggestion that the team was going to trade him, but Chiarelli clarified anyway to reporters Thursday in Buffalo.
“I’m not trading Marchy. He’s a good player,” Chiarelli said. “I like the way he plays. He’ll figure it out.”
For a number of reasons, trading Marchand wouldn’t be too logical for the Bruins right now. Given that he has just five goals this season, the team likely would not get proper return on a player who scored 28 goals two seasons ago.
‘A little bit, yeah. Definitely,’ he said when asked if he thought the team might also trade him. ‘Anything can happen at any time. If you have half a bad year or you’re not playing up to par, with the cap system nowadays, they’re going to want to improve the team. You don’t want to be that guy to get shipped out. The easiest thing to do is play your best and hopefully you can save yourself.’
|Bruins might hold Adam McQuaid out through Christmas break||12.18.13 at 2:21 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Adam McQuaid continues to progress as he works his way back from a reaggravation of a lower-body injury, but the B’s might wait until after Christmas to get him back into their lineup as a means of giving him a few extra days.
The Bruins have three games before Christmas, with their last game before the holiday next Monday in Nashville. They won’t pick up their schedule until next Friday at home against the Senators
McQuaid will not play Thursday against the Sabres, so by holding him out two more games, the Bruins will allow McQuaid to stay out of game action an extra three days during the break without actually missing any games in that span.
“It might end up like that,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday. “So, we have three games left. We’ll see how it goes, but that might be the decision.”
McQuaid, who has missed the Bruins’ last seven games, has been skating since last Wednesday and skating with his teammates since Monday. He isn’t sure if he needs to wait too much longer before getting back into the lineup, but he knows he isn’t ready now.
“I think it’s just about when I’m ready I’ll be ready kind of thing,” he said. “Hopefully that will be sooner rather than later. ‘¦ Each day I do a little more and it’s just how I react to it. Hopefully it will continue to be positive and I can get back playing soon.”
McQuaid initially missed eight games after suffering his injury on Nov. 7 against the Maple Leafs. He returned to the lineup on Nov. 27 but saw the same injury pop up in just his third game back. Given that, he has said it might be worth it to be extra careful with coming back again.
The 27-year-old did say that he is noticing progress each day as he skates, noting that he’s noticed a difference from Monday, his first practice with teammates, to Wednesday.
“Yeah, I do,” he said. “Especially today, I felt pretty good. I feel good about that. It’s been tough to be patient with this, but I know that it’s the right thing and that it will help me in the long run.”
With McQuaid still out and Kevan Miller being sent back to Providence Wednesday, David Warsofsky will play Thursday.
|Loui Eriksson still dealing with concussion symptoms||12.18.13 at 1:57 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Loui Eriksson is still experiencing concussion symptoms, according to general manager Peter Chiarelli. Eriksson was at TD Garden Tuesday morning but doesn’t seem close to a return.
Given that it’s Eriksson’s second concussion of the season, the B’s aren’t in any position to rush him back, either.
“We’re careful with that,” Chiarelli said of Eriksson’s situation. “I talked to Loui a little bit yesterday. He’s coming along, but he’s still experiencing some symptoms. With that type of injury, you see slow improvement, and that’s what Loui’s going through, so I don’t know what the time period would be.”
Eriksson was concussed on a hit from Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik on Dec. 7 and has been out for the last five contests. He was previously concussed on a hit from Sabres forward John Scott on Oct. 23 and missed five games.
In 25 games this season, Eriksson has five goals and nine assists for 14 points.
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