|Dion Phaneuf suspended two games for hit on Kevan Miller; Shawn Thornton’s hearing reportedly set for Friday||12.10.13 at 12:18 pm ET|
Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf has been suspended two games for hitting Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller from behind late in the third period of Sunday night’s 5-2 Bruins win.
Miller went face-first into the boards on the hit and looked shaken up as he left the ice. He is expected to play Tuesday night, though. Phaneuf had no suspension history prior to this.
This marks the second suspension to come out of a chaotic weekend for the Bruins. On Monday, Pittsburgh’s James Neal was suspended five games for kneeing Brad Marchand in the head Saturday night.
The longest suspension of all is still to come, though. Shawn Thornton will have an in-person hearing with Brendan Shanahan on Friday afternoon, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. On Saturday night, Thornton took down Brooks Orpik from behind and punched him twice while he was on the ice. Orpik was knocked out cold and had to be taken off on a stretcher. He has since been placed on injured reserve with a concussion.
|Bruins battling flu, team still expects Johnny Boychuk back for Tuesday||12.09.13 at 6:09 pm ET|
Campbell played Sunday’s game with the flu, while Miller left the game in the final minutes after a hit from behind from Dion Phaneuf.
Johnny Boychuk did take part in the skate but said he “didn’t feel awesome,” according to the Boston Globe. Boychuk has been out with a sprained back since last Thursday, but Claude Julien is still optimistic he’ll be in Tuesday’s lineup.
As of Monday afternoon, the Bruins had not made any more callups. If they have to recall a defenseman from Providence, Zach Trotman would be a logical option.
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|Penguins’ James Neal suspended 5 games for knee to Brad Marchand’s head||12.09.13 at 1:18 pm ET|
Marchand was getting up after being knocked to the ice when Neal delivered his cheap shot. Neal claimed after the game that the hit was not intentional despite video evidence that made it apparent he went out of his way to contact Marchand.
“While Neal does not kick or violently thrust his leg toward Marchand, it is our belief after reviewing this incident that this is more serious than simply not avoiding contact with a fallen player,” NHL directory of player safety director Brendan Shanahan explained in a video review of the incident. “While looking down directly at Marchand, Neal turns his skates and extends his left leg, ensuring that contact is made with Marchand’s head.”
The suspension will cost Neal $128,205.15 in lost salary, which will be donated to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
|Dion Phaneuf to have hearing for hit on Kevan Miller||12.08.13 at 11:54 pm ET|
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf will have a disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller late in Sunday’s game.
Miller was shoved from behind into the corner by Phaneuf in the final minutes of the Bruins’ win, though there was no penalty called at the time. Miller left the game, but Bruins coach Claude Julien said that his injury was “very minor” and that the team expects him to play Tuesday against the Flames.
TOR’s Dion Phaneuf will have disciplinary hearing with NHL for his hit from behind on BOS’s Kevan Miller.
' Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) December 9, 2013
Miller had scored his first career goal earlier on in the game and played a career-high 22:12 in the win, due in large part to the fact that the team lost Dougie Hamilton (lower body) in the first period. Hamilton is out for at least a week.
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|Dougie Hamilton out at least a week, Kevan Miller expected to play Tuesday||12.08.13 at 11:46 pm ET|
Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton is out for at least a week, Claude Julien told reporters after Sunday’s game.
Hamilton left the Bruins’ 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs in the first period following a hit along the boards. The injury is lower-body and Hamilton will fly to Boston Monday to be be evaluated.
Kevan Miller, who also left the game after being hit from behind by Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf, is likely to play Tuesday against the Flames. Julien said that the status of Johnny Boychuk will determine whether the B’s call up a defenseman for Tuesday, with the team “more optimistic than pessimistic” that Boychuk will be available.
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|Bruins lose Dougie Hamilton, Kevan Miller in win over Maple Leafs||12.08.13 at 9:43 pm ET|
The Bruins picked up a 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs Sunday, but lost yet another player to injury.
Dougie Hamilton left the game with what seemed to be a lower-body injury after taking a hit along the boards in the first period. It was the latest injury for a team that is already without two regular defensemen in Johnny Boychuk (back) and Adam McQuaid (lower-body). Kevan Miller also left the game in the final minutes on an apparent head injury suffered on a hit from Dion Phaneuf.
Peter Holland scored the first goal of the game, sending a bouncing puck past Chad Johnson after Torey Krug couldn’t clear it from the crease. The Bruins bounced back in the second period with three goals, two of which came on the power play. Carl Soderberg took a feed from Reilly Smith and sent it past Jonathan Bernier, while Krug scored his eighth goal of the season on a slapshot from the right circle that went past a screening Zdeno Chara and then Bernier. Kevan Miller made it 3-1 on his first career NHL point.
The Leafs made it a one-goal game 37 seconds into the third when Jay McClement beat Johnson on a rebound, and the B’s had to kill off a pair of third-period penalties before Jarome Iginla made it 4-2 on his sixth goal of the season. Patrice Bergeron scored an empty-netter after the expiration of a hooking penalty.
The Bruins were already down three forwards given Loui Eriksson’s concussion, Chris Kelly’s broken fibula and Shawn Thornton’s pending suspension, which forced Matt Fraser to make his Bruins debut and Ryan Spooner to play his third game of the season for the B’s. Both players skated on the third line, while Jordan Caron stepped onto the fourth line in Thornton’s place.
The Bruins will next play Tuesday in Calgary.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- Krug’s goal made for yet another in which Chara has had a big hand of late. Chara, who scored the game-winning goal Saturday and was in front of the net on David Krejci’s tying goal against the Penguins, was also in front on Krug’s goal Sunday, which made for a span of three of four goals in which Chara either scored or provided a critical screen.
With eight goals this season, Krug is now tied with Erik Karlsson once again for the lead among NHL defensemen.
- Spooner began the night taking faceoffs for the Bruins but quickly surrendered those duties to Carl Soderberg after losing his first four draws. It paid off when Soderberg won a second-period faceoff clean and got the puck to Miller to set up the Bruins’ third goal of the game.
It wasn’t all good for Soderberg on faceoffs, however, as his lost draw vs. McClement early in the third led to the Leafs making it a one-goal game.
- Milan Lucic can skate, and he did it again when he took the puck into the Toronto zone, took two Leafs with him and threw the puck in front to Iginla for the Bruins’ fourth goal.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- If Hamilton and/or Miller is out for any period of time, the Bruins will have to make yet another call-up. The guess here is that it would be the right-shooting Zach Trotman, though David Warsofsky might also be an option.
The 6-foot-4 Trotman would make sense over the 5-foot-8 Warsofsky for multiple reasons, most notably that he’s a right shot, and Miller was the only righty on the Bruins’ back end after Hamilton went down.
- Sunday was the fifth time this season the Bruins have had to play the majority of a game with only five defenseman. They’ve lost Johnny Boychuk twice, Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg once and now Hamilton once.
Just like Thursday, the B’s also saw their remaining defensemen take penalties despite being down a blueliner. Both Seidenberg and Miller took third-period penalties, which forced Krug to play 1:04 on the penalty kill.
- Speaking of defensemen and penalties, Dennis Seidenberg got Jerry D’Amigo with a hit to the head in the corner in the third period. Seidenberg may have been trying for the shoulder, but he got him high and was given a minor penalty for an illegal hit to the head.
- Phaneuf somehow didn’t get a penalty for his hit from behind on Miller in the corner, which sent the Bruins defenseman into the boards head first and forced him from the game.
|Chris Kelly out 4-6 weeks with broken right fibula||12.08.13 at 11:33 am ET|
Chris Kelly will miss four to six weeks with a broken right fibula suffered in Saturday’s game against the Penguins, the Bruins announced Sunday. Kelly was injured on a slash from Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis in the second period and has been placed on long-term injured reserve.
The Bruins also announced that they’ve placed Adam McQuaid (lower-body) on injured reserve and have called up forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser from Providence on an emergency basis.
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