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5 things we learned as banged-up Bruins were shut out by Canadiens 11.22.14 at 9:44 pm ET
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Tuukka Rask and the Bruins suffered their latest loss against the Canadiens. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Tuukka Rask and the Bruins suffered their latest loss against the Canadiens. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

If you thought the banged-up Bruins probably wouldn’€™t be able to beat the Canadiens right now, you were right.

Nothing the Bruins tried got to the Habs Saturday night, whether fighting (both Gregory Campbell and Torey Krug took turns trying to change momentum by dropping the gloves) or attempted offense (Carey Price shut out the Bruins for the first time in the regular season) was enough to prevent a 2-0 loss against the Atlantic Division leaders (box).

The Bruins fell to 0-3-0 against the Canadiens this season, while Tuukka Rask‘€™s lifetime record against the Habs fell to 3-12-3.

The Canadiens are a problem for the Bruins anyway, but without their top players — Zdeno Chara, David Krejci and Brad Marchand, among others — a tough matchup becomes a lot tougher.

Here are four more things we learned Saturday night:


None of the Bruins have been particularly successful against the Habs this season, but Patrice Bergeron usually doesn’€™t struggle against anyone. This season, however, the Habs have gotten the better of the two-time Selke winner.

Bergeron lost a faceoff cleanly to Tomas Plekanec during a first-period penalty kill, with Brendan Gallagher knocking the puck back to the point, where Andrei Markov fired a wrist shot through traffic that beat Tuukka Rask to get the Habs on the board. Bergeron took a pair of penalties, the first of which came in the second period during a prolonged Habs stay in the Boston zone when, playing without a stick, he covered the puck with his glove just before knocking it out of the zone. He also took a slashing penalty in the third period.

Remember, Bergeron was a minus-1 in the teams’€™ first meeting this season and was on the ice for three even-strength goals against last Thursday in Montreal. He has no points against the Habs in three meetings this season.


When the Bruins made their string of callups, one could easily lose track of all of the Bruins’€™ injury-related question marks on offense ‘€” David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic ‘€” but Chris Kelly‘€™s absence was a bit of a surprise when the B’€™s took the ice for warmups.

Kelly played regular shifts throughout Friday’€™s win over the Blue Jackets, with his absence in overtime appearing to be a product of the B’€™s opting for better offensive players by playing Lucic in his place in overtime. He had not missed a game all season, as he his season had gotten off to a generally good start after a back injury forced him to miss all of last postseason.

The loss added to the very interesting stat of how the Bruins have fared with and without Chris Kelly in the lineup in the regular season over the past three seasons. The B’€™s are now 73-27-12 with Kelly in the lineup and 22-16-3 without him.


Krejci missed his second consecutive game and 11th game of the season, while Brad Marchand was listed as being on injured reserve Saturday. That designation doesn’€™t allow a player to dress in a game for at least seven days, so the fact that Marchand had played last Saturday meant that even if he was placed on IR retroactively, he was no edible to play Saturday night.

With three of their regular forwards out, three of Boston’€™s lines had new looks Saturday night. The Bruins’€™ lineup was as follows Saturday:

Smith – Bergeron – Griffith
Lucic – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Gagne
Lindblad – Khokhlachev – Fraser

Seidenberg – Miller
Morrow – Hamilton
Bartkowski – Krug


Jason Spezza re-upping with the Stars meant that Carl Soderberg could very well be the top free agent center on the market this summer should he reach free agency.

Soderberg has gotten off to a very steady start to the season, but a lapse in judgement in the offensive zone burned the Bruins in the second period. With his entire line going to the net, Soderberg took a pass from Loui Eriksson in the offensive zone and had both space to skate and a shot to skate, but he tried to force a pass to Milan Lucic that was easily picked off and taken the other way by the Habs, resulting in an odd-man rush and a Tomas Plekanec goal.

David Krejci and Brad Marchand out vs. Habs; Bruins recall Matt Lindblad, Jordan Caron, send Zach Trotman to Providence 11.22.14 at 6:00 pm ET
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Matt Lindblad

Matt Lindblad

Both David Krejci and Brad Marchand are out for Saturday night’s game against the Canadiens. Tuukka Rask will start in goal.

Marchand is listed as being on injured reserve by the Bruins. He has not played since last Saturday, which means he cannot play Saturday against the Canadiens but would be eligible to play again as soon as Monday’s meeting against the Penguins.

Krejci, meanwhile, will miss his 11th game of the season. He has been in and out of Boston’s lineup due to lower-body injuries.

To accommodate for the absences in their lineup, the Bruins recalled forwards Matt Lindblad and Jordan Caron Saturday and returned defenseman Zach Trotman to Providence.

Lindblad said Saturday afternoon that he was recalled because the Bruins had multiple game-time decisions at forward.

Capable of playing center or left wing, Lindblad could be an injury replacement for either Krejci, Milan Lucic or Marchand. Lucic was bloodied pretty badly after taking a punch to the face from Columbus defenseman Dalton Prout.

Caron has played one game for Boston, logging 8:05 in the team’s Oct. 13 loss to the Avalanche.

Trotman being returned to Providence leaves the Bruins with just six healthy defenseman, indicating that Dougie Hamilton will be able to play Saturday.

Hamilton did not play the last 9:24 of regulation Friday and missed all of overtime. Claude Julien had said Wednesday that the defenseman was under the weather. Julien said Saturday that Hamilton was healthy on Friday when he was benched.

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Dale Weise still a key part of Bruins-Canadiens rivalry 11.22.14 at 3:49 pm ET
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Dale Weise raises his game when he plays the Bruins . (Francois Laplante/Getty Images)

Dale Weise raises his game whenever he plays the Bruins . (Francois Laplante/Getty Images)

When the Bruins and Habs met for the first time this season last month, Dale Weise was a healthy scratch. After his performance against the B’€™s last week, the Canadiens probably won’€™t make that mistake again.

Weise is very much an important part of the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry, and the pesky winger proved it again last Thursday with a Gordie Howe hat trick in a 5-1 victory over the Bruins.

As the Canadiens return to Boston for the first time since Milan Lucic reportedly threatened him in the post-Game 7 handshake line, Weise is eager to provide more reminders as to why he’€™s joined P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty as Canadiens players the Bruins and their fans love to hate.

“That’€™s fine with me,” Weise said after Saturday’€™s morning skate. “I think any time I can take guys off their game, I’€™m doing my job. I don’€™t mind being the enemy.”

Weise, who first popped up on the Bruins’€™ radar with the Canucks back in 2012 and was traded to the Habs last season before notching three points in Montreal’€™s series win over Boston, was scratched three times early on this season.

Those days could be over thanks to a point-producing run that began against the B’s. Weise’s second-period goal against the Bruins last week, scored on a penalty shot vs. Niklas Svedberg, was his first goal of the season, but he scored two more the next game against the Flyers and has added another since.

Weise now has five points (four goals, one assist) dating back to last Thursday’€™s game against the Bruin€™s. The 26-year-old is well on his way to surpassing his career-high of six goals set last regular season.

“I think he’€™s a guy who competes hard and wants to do well, and at the end of the day he’€™s great teammate and a great guy,” P.K. Subban said. “You always want to see guys like that do well.

“For him, he’€™s worked very hard for his opportunity to play. He’€™s been an integral part of our run last year in terms of where we went, and he’€™s definitely been a big part of our success this year. For a guy like him, he’€™s helped our team since he’€™s been here.”

Weise, who scored the first goal of Montreal’s series-clinching Game 7 last spring, said he still considers the Garden to be a very difficult building in which to play. He is, however, confident when he does play in Boston given his past success against the B’s. The Canadiens feel they’re better off for it.

“That’€™s the way to make a name for yourself,” Subban said. “For him, I don’€™t think it’€™s so much for him wanting to be in the lineup. I think he cares about his teammates and he wants to see the team do well and he wants to be a part of things. That being said, if you have the right attitude and the right drive, I’€™m not surprised at the success he’€™s had.”

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Maria Subban continues to root for Bruins and Canadiens 11.22.14 at 1:44 pm ET
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Malcolm Subban

Malcolm Subban

Maria Subban is one of a small number of people in the world who can claim to be a loyal fan of both the Bruins and the Canadiens. As long as her sons wear their respective team’€™s jerseys, she will not pick a side.

In town with the Canadiens as part of a mothers’€™ trip, the matriarch of one of hockey’€™s most talented families said Saturday that she’€™s proud of what sons P.K. and Malcolm are doing with the Habs and Bruins, respectively.

“I think it’€™s great,” Maria said. “I think both organizations are wonderful organizations.”

The Bruins made Malcolm something of a surprise pick in 2012 when they chose the Belleville Bulls goaltender 25th overall. The pick turned heads not only because the Bruins appeared to be set at goalie long-term with Tuukka Rask, but because of his relation to the Montreal defenseman.

P.K. is probably the Derek Jeter or Bernie Williams of the Bruins-Habs rivalry in that the boos he receives at TD Garden only thinly cover up Boston fans’€™ longing to see him in a Bruins sweater. With P.K. in the first year of an eight-year contract with the Habs, it’€™s safe to say Boston fans won’€™t be getting their wish, even if they’€™ll never admit to having it.

Malcolm, on the other hand, could very well play in Boston one day. He’€™s currently in his second season in Providence, though he’€™s currently battling a lower-body injury.

“I think he was really surprised, because of P.K. and Boston, but he’€™s happy and he loves it there,” Maria said. “He’€™s doing really well.”

Through nine games, Malcolm is 4-3-1 with a .923 save percentage and 2.59 goals-against average. P.K. admitted that in addition to keeping in touch with Malcolm and Jordan (a 19-year-old fourth-round pick of the Canucks still playing in Belleville of the OHL), he’€™s eager to see how they’€™re performing as well.

“I always know a little bit about each of them, what’€™s going on,” P.K. said. “Obviously to me, they’€™re my brothers. I don’€™t know how much I pay attention to the hockey side of thing [vs.] them actually being my brothers. They’€™re family, so obviously I always talk to them. My parents should be proud of not just all three boys, but all five kids, and my sisters as well.”

The Bruins appear set at backup goaltender with Niklas Svedberg, but Malcolm could begin to knock on the NHL‘€™s door in the coming years. That means that one day Maria will have her hands full when she makes her trips to the Garden.

“I’€™ll root for both of them. You’€™ve got two kids; you’€™ve got to root for both of them,” she said. “You can’€™t pick or choose, otherwise I’€™m going to be a hated mom.”

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P.K. Subban gets picture taken with Bobby Orr: ‘He truly is the best defenseman to ever play the game’ 11.22.14 at 12:47 pm ET
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P.K. Subban is one of the most talented defensemen in the NHL and, at age 25, already has one Norris Trophy to his name. No accomplishment, however, will ever make him too cool to ask Bobby Orr for a picture when he gets the chance.

With the Bruins great in the building Saturday morning to take in Montreal’€™s morning skate, Subban crossed paths with the Hall of Famer, asked for a photo and took to Instagram.

Orr strolled through the media room shortly after the photo was posted. Asked whether he or Subban had requested the photo, Orr simply laughed. Subban put that mystery to rest quickly after Montreal’€™s morning skate.

“Oh no, it was definitely me who asked for the picture. He’€™s the legend, right? I posted as soon as I got it on Instagram,” Subban told “It’€™s pretty special for me as a defenseman to be able to interact with someone as great as Bobby Orr. He really truly is the best defenseman to ever play the game. I’€™m very lucky to still be able to see him around and talk to him.”

Added Subban: “It’€™s funny, I met him when I was 15 — that was 10 years ago –” and he looks exactly the same. He hasn’€™t changed at all. I don’€™t know what he’€™s doing, but he should keep doing it.”

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5 things we learned as Alexander Khokhlachev played the shootout hero for Bruins 11.21.14 at 9:54 pm ET
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Alexander Khokhachev

Alexander Khokhachev

The Bruins were in danger of extending their road woes, but they came out of a shaky performance in Columbus with two points thanks to an injury replacement.

Alexander Khokhlachev, filling in for the injured David Krejci, netted the only goal of  a seven-round shootout to give the Bruins a 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets (box). The Bruins overcame a 2-0 deficit with three third-period goals to take a 3-2 lead on Daniel Paille‘€™s first goal of the season, but Jack Johnson responded to tie the game at three apiece.

Boston can only hope Friday’s win can set them up for further road success in the coming weeks. The Bruins have three straight games at home against some tough opponents (the Canadiens Saturday and the Penguins Monday before wrapping up the homestand against the Jets), but after that they’€™ll embark upon a very challenging four-game West Coast road trip. With any luck, they’€™ll be healthier then.

Here are four other things we learned Friday night:


Krejci missed yet another game Friday, his 10th of the season. The first-line center has battled lower-body issues all season and has not played in consecutive games since Oct. 28 and 30.

Earlier this week, Adam McQuaid explained what it’€™s like to go through a situation like Krejci’€™s. McQuaid was in and out of the lineup last season with lower-body injuries that eventually cost him his season after 30 games.

“It’€™€™s hard,” McQuaid said. “If you’€™€™re feeling good, you’€™€™re going to go. If you’€™€™re feeling good, you’€™€™re not going to take extra time if you don’€™€™t feel like you need it. Hopefully when he’€™€™s back, he’€™€™s back and back to stay.”

With Krejci and Brad Marchand out of the lineup, Boston forward lines were as follows:

Fraser – Bergeron – Smith
Kelly -“ Soderberg -“ Eriksson
Lucic -“ Khokhlachev€ -“ Griffith
Paille -“ Campbell – Gagne

In another potential injury development, Dougie Hamilton did not play the last 9:24 of regulation and stayed on the bench throughout overtime as well. Hamilton missed Wednesday’s practice with what the team called the flu, though he practiced Thursday.

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David Krejci misses Friday’s game vs. Blue Jackets 11.21.14 at 7:19 pm ET
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David Krejci was back out of the Bruins’€™ lineup Friday night as the B’€™s faced the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

Krejci, who has been in and out of the lineup this season due to lower-body injuries, has now missed 10 games this season. He missed the first three of the season, played nine, missed two, returned for one, missed four more and then played Tuesday against the Blues before coming back out of the lineup Friday.

It is unknown whether Krejci’€™s absence Friday was related to previous injuries. Alexander Khokhlachev centered Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith in his place.

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