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Zdeno Chara noncommittal on lack of surgery 11.04.14 at 12:50 pm ET
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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara spoke to the media Tuesday for the first time since suffering a torn PCL on Oct. 23.

Prior to the team’€™s morning skate, Chara stood in the hall at TD Garden with a brace on his leg as he stickhandled and shot pucks against the wall. He is in the second week of what is expected to be a 4-6 week recovery.

The day after the injury, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said that surgery was not expected to be required for Chara. Asked Tuesday if he was happy to not need surgery, Chara wasn’€™t as definitive.

“Well, we’ll see,” Chara said. “It’s always nice to avoid surgery. We’ll see how it goes, but that was obviously good news.”

It’s worth noting that Aaron Ward, who first reported Chara’s injury, said in his initial report that the Bruins would “evaluate need for surgery or not” at the end of the 4-6 week process.

When asked about a timeline for his recovery, Chara was noncommittal.

Said Chara: “I wish I could tell you guys exactly when I’m going to return but at this point it’s such a slow process, who knows where it’s going?”

The injury was suffered in the first period of the team’€™s loss to the Islanders on a hit to New York captain John Tavares. Following the hit, Chara stayed on the ice during a TV timeout and finished his shift upon the game resuming. He left the bench but said he had not felt anything on his hit on Tavares.

“No, nothing,” Chara said. “Just on the shift after it I felt some discomfort, but no pain or anything like that. I just went into the locker room to just check on things, but obviously I found out there was more to it.”

Since losing the game in which he was injured, the Bruins are 3-1-0 without Chara. The team has also lost Torey Krug to a broken finger in that time, and Kevan Miller was already out with a dislocated shoulder. The team has also pulled Matt Bartkowski from the lineup amidst early season struggles, resulting in Joe Morrow, David Warsofsky and Zach Trotman making up half of Boston’€™s back end.

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David Krejci to miss second straight game with hip injury 11.04.14 at 12:23 pm ET
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David Krejci will miss his second straight game Tuesday when the Bruins host the Panthers at TD Garden.

Per a source, Krejci has been battling a hip injury suffered in the preseason that forced him to miss the first three games of the season. He returned to post nine points (three goals, six assists) in nine games, but the pain became too much to play through. Krejci has not skated since last Thursday’€™s game against the Sabres.

The Bruins termed Krejci day-to-day on Monday, with their hope Tuesday being that the injury doesn’€™t keep him out much longer.

“€œHe’€™s going to be out tonight, but we don’€™t think it’€™s a real major issue,”€ Claude Julien said after the morning skate. “œHe should be back soon.”€

According to Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald, both Torey Krug (broken finger) and Kevan Miller (dislocated shoulder) skated prior to the morning skate. Miller began skating Monday.

Tuukka Rask is expected to start Tuesday, while Matt Bartkowski appears headed for a third consecutive healthy scratch. With Krejci out, the lineup from morning skate was as follows:

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

Seidenberg – Hamilton
Morrow – McQuaid
Warsofsky – Trotman

Rask

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David Pastrnak named AHL Rookie of Month 11.03.14 at 3:33 pm ET
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David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak’€™s first month of the regular season went as well as it could go without him actually suiting up for Boston. The 2014 first-round pick was named the AHL’€™s Rookie of the Month for the month of October.

Pastrnak’€™s 10 points this season (three goals, seven assists) are tops among AHL rookies. Same goes for his plus-9 rating, which he has compiled over nine games.

Though just 18 years old, Pastrnak could push for a job in Boston at some point this season. The biggest obstacle he faces is his size, as the 5-foot-10 right wing weighs just 165 pounds. That could make it tough for him to handle the board work required of wings in the NHL.

There also isn’€™t a job opening at this point. Seth Griffith has fit in nicely on the right wing of David Krejci‘€™s line with Milan Lucic. Pastrnak projects to eventually be top-six right wing.

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Kevan Miller begins skating, David Krejci day-to-day 11.03.14 at 12:50 pm ET
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Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller began skating Monday in his effort to return from a dislocated shoulder suffered on Oct. 18.

Miller skated by himself after Monday’€™s Bruins practice. He was considered out indefinitely following the injury, which happened in a fight against Nicolas Deslauriers.

David Krejci did not practice Monday. Claude Julien said that Krejci is day-to-day with the injury that caused him to miss Saturday’€™s game. According to a source, Krejci is battling the same hip injury that forced him to miss the first three games of the season.

With Krejci out, Chris Kelly centered Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith in Monday’€™s practice, just as he did in Saturday’€™s win over the Senators. The Bruins’€™ forward lines were as follows:

Lucic – Kelly – Griffith
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Fraser – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Gagne

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Bruins give Claude Julien multi-year extension 11.02.14 at 3:11 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Sunday that they have signed coach Claude Julien to a contract extension. They did not specify the length of the contract, calling it a “multi-year” deal, though Hockey Night in Canada reported Saturday that it was three-year extension.

Julien is in his eighth season with the Bruins, making him the second-longest tenured coach with his current team behind Detroit’s Mike Babcock. He won the Jack Adams Trophy in 2008-09 and led the Bruins to a Stanley Cup championship in the 2010-11 season. The team came two wins from a second championship in 2013.

“Claude is one of the top coaches in the NHL and has consistently shown a passion for winning through his coaching,” Peter Chiarelli said in a press release. “Coaching is a difficult profession at the best of times and what Claude does in implementing structure in his systems, and having a solid defensive foundation while allowing freedom in offensive play is no easy task.

“During his time with the Bruins, he has excelled in maintaining this difficult balance, and his longevity here speaks volumes. He has coached the Bruins to a Stanley Cup and a Cup Final appearance and our goal to win with him at the helm remains the same as we move forward.”

Since taking over for the start of the 2007-08 season, Julien has led the Bruins to a 317-171-65 record in 553 games.

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Claude Julien offers no comment on report of contract extension with Bruins 11.01.14 at 10:39 pm ET
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Claude Julien would not comment on a report from Hockey Night in Canada that he had agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Bruins.

The Bruins have said nothing official about the matter, so Julien offered nothing when asked about it after Saturday night’€™s 4-2 win over the Senators.

“I have no comments on that, absolutely not,” Julien said. “Let’€™s talk about the team.”

The Bruins are off on Sunday.

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Five things we learned as Bruins beat Senators without David Krejci 11.01.14 at 9:40 pm ET
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Matt Fraser scored two goals Saturday. (Getty Images)

Matt Fraser scored two goals Saturday. (Getty Images)

On paper, Saturday’€™s game against the Senators looked to be perhaps the hardest game of a relatively soft part of the Bruins’€™ schedule. The B’€™s were able to take care of it with a 4-2 win despite missing one of their best players.

A source told WEEI.com Saturday night that Krejci continues to deal with the hip injury that forced him to miss the first three games of the season. Krejci has been playing through pain and getting great results on the ice, but was finally given a night off on Saturday.

With Krejci out, the Bruins used the following lineup:

Lucic – Kelly – Griffith
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Fraser – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Gagne

Seidenberg – Hamilton
Morrow – McQuaid
Warsofsky – Trotman

Krejci will continue to battle his hip injury, but it’€™s unknown how many more games, whether sporadically throughout the season or otherwise, it will cost him.

Here are four other things we learned Saturday night:

FRASER GETS TO PLAY HIS POSITION

Matt Fraser will do whatever the Bruins ask of him, but that doesn’€™t mean he’€™ll be great at it. He needs to play left wing, preferably with some guys who can play. He did Saturday and scored two goals.

For just the second time this season, the left-shooting Fraser played on the left side. With Kelly moving up to Krejci’€™s spot, Fraser was able to slot in on the left wing of Carl Soderberg’€™s line with Loui Eriksson, reuniting a trio that looked good last postseason against the Canadiens.

In Fraser’€™s other four games this season, he was used as the right wing on a line with a rusty Milan Lucic and struggling Ryan Spooner (three games) and on the fourth line with Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell last month in Buffalo.

Saturday marked the first time this season Fraser got a chance to play his position with a line that could do some offensive damage and got two goals out of it.

The first goal came just as Fraser was getting onto the ice, as he whacked a rebound past Robin Lehner with Eriksson in front. It was his second goal, scored just 1:28 later, that really showed why he’€™s deserving of NHL minutes. Fraser caught up to a beauty of a pass from Soderberg in the offensive zone and fired a snap shot over Lehner’€™s glove.

Because of his shot alone, Fraser should be an NHL player. When he doesn’€™t get to use it, he isn’€™t of much use out there. In his first four games of the season, Fraser had just two shots on goal. He had five Saturday, two of which went in.

MARCHAND HITS HIS STRIDE

For two straight seasons, Brad Marchand has responded to a slow start by catching fire.

Fortunately for the Bruins, it didn’€™t take him 26 games like it did last season. Marchand had just one goal over the first 11 games of the season, but after scoring the tying and winning goals Thursday against Buffalo, Marchand picked up his fourth goal of the season in the first period Saturday.

The goal was a positive sign for a Patrice Bergeron line that is coming around after a slow start. Bergeron won an offensive zone faceoff back to Marchand, who fired a wrist shot from the top of the left circle that trickled past Lehner to open the game’€™s scoring.

Given the way the last two seasons have gone, Marchand is establishing himself as a streaky player. At least he’€™s streaking the right way at this point.

SEIDENBERG OVERCOMES ROUGH LUCK

Technically, Dennis Seidenberg lost the puck to Mark Stone along the wall in the offensive zone, leading to an Ottawa 2-on-1 on which Stone scored in the first period. Replays showed that Seidenberg had to battle more than Stone, as the linesman got in the way, preventing Seidenberg from retaining the puck.

In the third period, the hockey gods made up for Seidenberg’€™s bad break when a puck squirted out to the top of the left circle. Seidenberg stepped into it and blasted it past Lehner, whose vision was obstructed by a screening Bergeron. The goal was Seidenberg’€™s first of the season.

Seidenberg later got beaten by Mika Zibanejad in front on the Senators’ second goal of the night.

BRUINS ARE STICKING WITH JOE MORROW

For the second straight game, the Bruins scratched Matt Bartkowski in favor of the former Penguins‘€™ first-round pick.

To be fair, the Bruins had healthy scratches in mind for Bartkowski when they signed him to a one-year, $1.25 million contract this offseason, but he without a doubt topped the ‘€œnext guy up’€ list. For him to be sitting with three of the team’€™s regular defensemen out of the lineup is a clear sign that both he and the team know he hasn’€™t been himself this season and that the Bruins are confident in Morrow.

Just how confident? After playing 17:51 against the Sabres (including an overtime shift), the B’€™s gave Morrow over 16 minutes for a second straight game. Bartkowski’€™s season-high is 20:57, which he played on Oct. 23 against the Islanders, but the Bruins have kept Bartkowski under 15 minutes in three of his five games.

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