|Bruins recall red-hot Frank Vatrano from Providence on emergency basis||03.14.16 at 4:58 pm ET|
The Bruins recalled left wing Frank Vatrano from Providence on an emergency basis Monday. Vatrano will be available to the team for Tuesday night’s game in San Jose.
The first-year pro has 31 goals in 31 games in Providence this season, including 21 goals in 21 games since being returned to the AHL from Boston in late January.
Vatrano scored six goals and added an assist for seven points in 30 games following his recall in November. The East Longmeadow native scored the game-winning overtime goal on Nov. 25 against the Red Wings had a hat trick on Dec. 18 against the Penguins, but registered just one point over his final 13 games before being returned to Providence.
In addition to his 31 goals, Vatrano has 15 assists for Providence, giving him an impressive 46 points in just 31 games.
Claude Julien told reporters in San Jose Monday that Vatrano’s recall is related to the availability of two forwards, one of whom is David Krejci. All forwards but Krejci reportedly took part in Monday’s practice, including Vatrano.
|Sunday Skate Live Chat: Offsides Challenge edition||03.13.16 at 5:50 am ET|
Are the Bruins for real after going 5-0-2 thus far since the trade deadline? Is David Pastrnak being handled correctly? How much fun are offsides challenges? Discuss that and more this week on Sunday Skate from 7-9 a.m.. Click here to listen live and join the live chat below.
|5 things we learned as David Pastrnak’s 2 goals help Bruins past Islanders||03.12.16 at 3:36 pm ET|
The Bruins will remain atop the Atlantic Division standings for at least another couple of days.
Playing their final home game before embarking on a difficult four-game road trip, the Bruins picked up a 3-1 win over the Islanders at TD Garden to add distance between them, the Panthers and Lightning in the standings, though their divisional foes still have games in hand.
David Pastrnak scored late in the second period to break a 1-1 tie and scored again in the final minutes for his second two-goal game of the season. Loui Eriksson had a three-point performance, scoring his 26th goal of the season and adding a pair of assists.
Tuukka Rask made 25 saves on 26 shots. With the win, the Bruins are now 5-0-2 since the trade deadline and 4-0-1 against playoff teams in that span.
The Bruins will head out west this week, where they will face the Sharks, Ducks and Kings before facing the Rangers in the finale of the road trip.
Here are four more things we learned Saturday:
CHARA GIVES IT UP
Zdeno Chara did not have a good game. The lowest point of his performance came in the second period when Matt Martin knocked him off the puck behind the net and stole the puck with ease. The Islanders ended up scoring on that possession, making Chara’s turnover even more costly.
Chara also negated a third-period power play when he went after Travis Hamonic following a Thomas Hickey high stick on Patrice Bergeron. Rather than the Bruins having a third-period power play with a lead, they ended up having to play 4-on-4 without their best defenseman.
|Patrice Bergeron has maintenance day as Bruins prepare for Islanders||03.11.16 at 12:38 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Patrice Bergeron was the only player absent from Friday’s practice as the Bruins prepared to host the Islanders in the upcoming Saturday matinee.
Bergeron, who committed an ill-timed line change in the Bruins’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Hurricanes on Thursday, was given a maintenance day on Friday, according to Claude Julien.
Kevan Miller, who has missed the Bruins’ last three games since taking a hit from behind from Alexander Ovechkin last Saturday, practiced with the Bruins for the second straight day.
|Bruins not loving OT work but earning some dividends||03.11.16 at 12:54 am ET|
For the fourth time in six days, the Bruins played bonus hockey on top of their regularly scheduled 60 minutes.
And despite falling in overtime Thursday night at TD Garden to Carolina by a final of 3-2, Boston’s two recent road overtime wins (over Florida and Tampa Bay) tucked between two home overtime losses (to Washington and Carolina) have given the team enough points to surge into first place in the Atlantic Division.
That said, earning the “loser point” in two of the past four contests didn’t have the B’s giddy with excitement in the moments after Carolina’s Phil Di Giuseppe’s buried the OT winner Thursday.
“I don’t think we’re going to make that big of a deal of being in first place,” coach Claude Julien said. “Right now we’re really looking at our game and in that dressing room we’re not happy. Even if it means that point got us in first, we’re certainly not satisfied with that.”
“Right now it kind of stinks to be on the losing side,” echoed centerman David Krejci. “After the tough start we had this year to find ourselves — what is it 70 games in? — in first place that’s pretty impressive. But we’ll more appreciate that tomorrow.”
The Bruins fell to 38-23-8 after their 69th game of the year, to be exact. With 13 games remaining in the season, getting two points instead of just one could make all the difference down the stretch.
“Every point is very important for us, everybody is pushing for playoffs,” said David Pastrnak, whose goal in the third period Thursday evened the score at 2-2 and allowed for Bruins to earn the single point. “Every game is going to be really tight. For us, it’s just about focusing on the details and finishing strong.”
|5 things we learned as Bruins fall to Hurricanes in overtime but move into 1st place||03.10.16 at 9:45 pm ET|
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Though the Bruins have gotten points out of opponents like the Blackhawks, Capitals, Panthers and Lightning (3-0-1) of late, it’s been non-playoff opponents that seemingly have given them the most trouble.
Much like the Bruins struggled last Tuesday against the Flames, they were hard-pressed to score against the Hurricanes for much of Thursday’s contest in a game they would eventually lose in overtime.
An ill-timed attempted line change from Patrice Bergeron led to a Jeff Skinner breakaway in overtime. Tuukka Rask made the stopped, but Phillip Di Giuseppe got to the rebound and wheeled around to send it into the net and give Carolina a 2-1 win at TD Garden.
The Bruins now are 4-0-2 since the trade deadline. With Thursday’s point, the B’s are now in first place in the Atlantic Division. With 84 points on the season, the B’s are one ahead of Tampa Bay, though the Lightning have two games in hand and will play Friday.
The B’s will next play Saturday when they host the Islanders at the Garden.
Here are four more things we learned Thursday:
B’S FINALLY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WARD, BUT NOT ENOUGH
Through the first two periods, Cam Ward allowed just one goal on 24 shots faced. Those numbers were not reflective of his performance.
Ward was a mess on Thursday, rarely stopping anything cleanly. The Bruins didn’t get to rebounds, however, so pucks left in front of the net by the Carolina goaltender were swept away by the defenders in front of him.
|Jeremy Jacobs to be inducted into Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame||03.10.16 at 6:30 pm ET|
Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs will be inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame this June. Also inducted will be David A. Jensen, Stephen Palmacci and Jack Parker.
Jacobs has owned the Bruins for 41 years, overseeing the team through highs and lows that included the team’s 2011 Stanley Cup championship.
“My selection reflects the entire Bruins organization as well as the team’s true owners, its dedicated and loyal fans,” Jacobs said in a statement. “Massachusetts is a great hockey state, and we are proud to play a role in the sport’s continued growth and development. I am tremendously honored.”
Parker coached Boston University from 1973 through 2013, winning the NCAA National Championship three times.