|Bruins recall Ryan Spooner from Providence||10.31.13 at 4:24 pm ET|
The Bruins recalled forward Ryan Spooner from Providence Thursday. The 21-year-old will be available for Thursday night’s game against the Ducks.
Spooner has two goals and five assists for seven points in eight games for Providence this season. The 2010 second-round pick was one of the team’s final cuts in training camp, but he could find his way into the NHL lineup with Carl Soderberg struggling.
|Bruins can’t complete comeback vs. Penguins||10.30.13 at 10:38 pm ET|
The Bruins didn’t win the World Series or beat the Penguins on Wednesday, as they suffered a 3-2 loss at Consol Energy Center. The loss was the second straight for the Bruins, who now are 7-4-0 on the season.
Chris Kunitz scored on the power play in the second period, giving the Penguins the lead after they never led in last season’s Eastern Conference finals. The Bruins tied it early in the third on a Dennis Seidenberg shot that Patrice Bergeron tipped past Marc-Andre Fleury, but Brandon Sutter made it 2-1 with a sharp wrist shot that beat Tuukka Rask top shelf stick side.
Jussi Jokinen made it 3-1 with 2:02 left in the game, snapping off a shot high stick side to make it a two-goal game, but Jarome Iginla scored his third goal of the season with a one-timer at 18:17 of the third.
Matt Bartkowski was a healthy scratch for the fifth straight game, as he last played Oct. 17 against the Panthers.
The Bruins will host the Ducks on Thursday night at TD Garden.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Kunitz’s goal marked the third straight power-play goal the Bruins’ penalty kill has allowed. Furthermore, it meant that the last five goals the Bruins had allowed were power-play tallies for the opposition. Consider that the Bruins began the season having killed off 18 of 20 penalties through the first seven games but have gone just allowed six goals on 12 penalties the last four games.
– Shawn Thornton is a tough player who doesn’t cross the line — something he admits is a very difficult job — but he turned in a bad and dangerous hit in the third period when he shoved Tanner Glass into the end boards on a play in which he was whistled for boarding. Thornton obviously is not a malicious guy, but as Andrew Ference once said, bad hits have to be deemed as such regardless of who commits them.
– Speaking of bad hits, Brad Marchand turned in a not-quite-low-bridge-but-pretty-close-to-low-bridge hit on Kris Letang shortly after Thornton’s penalty. Letang actually was called for a dive on the play, which was a pretty questionable call considering the hit.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– As the Penguins got used to last spring, Rask was very strong early on. The Bruins’ netminder, who allowed just two goals in the Bruins’ four-game sweep of the Penguins last season, stopped Evgeni Malkin on a breakaway with a pad save after Letang connected with Malkin on a long stretch pass. He also fell on a puck that had bounced off the end boards and came back in front in the first period to keep the game scoreless.
Rask made a good save on Sidney Crosby on a partial breakaway with the game tied in the third, but he didn’t care for Crosby trying to follow up when he had the puck covered. Rask took a decent whack at Crosby, causing a scrum to form.
– Jordan Caron got in his first career NHL fight, dropping the gloves with Robert Bortuzzo in a rather boring bout. Caron only fought once at the AHL level, but it’s good to see him willing to engage himself in any way he can.
|Claude Julien says Brad Marchand’s skating, work ethic need to improve||10.28.13 at 8:58 pm ET|
Claude Julien was rather honest when asked what Brad Marchand needs to do to snap out of an early season funk that would likely still have him on the third line if not for Loui Eriksson‘s injury.
Marchand was demoted to the third line in favor of Reilly Smith in the third period of the Bruins’ fourth game of the season, but he’s back on Patrice Bergeron‘s line with Eriksson out. Julien said he spoke to Marchand and that skating and work ethic are the two things he needs to improve.
“Yeah, skating,” Julien said Monday. “We talked about that, and we had a real good practice today. He seemed to have a little bit more jump. I think when Brad skates the way Brad can skate, he’s quick. He’s a real fast skater and stuff like that. If he can start using his speed and put a real good work ethic along with that, like a compete level that we know he can, just those two things alone will make a huge difference for him. Today I think he responded well to that.
“I thought he had a real good practice. He was skating better than I’ve seen him skate in a while, so hopefully he continues to work on that part of it and he’s going to be fine.”
Marchand finished second on the Bruins with 28 goals in the 2011-12 season and figured to be in line for a big season as he enters his prime with the addition of Eriksson to his line. It hasn’t been pretty so far, however, as Marchand has one goal, a minus-1 rating and has committed numerous turnovers.
|Loui Eriksson won’t start skating for at least another week||10.28.13 at 5:37 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Loui Eriksson wasn’t on the ice Monday and won’t be for the time being, but he was at Ristuccia Arena to see his teammates.
Eriksson, who is dealing with a concussion suffered last Wednesday on an elbow to the head from John Scott, isn’t expected to be back on the ice for at least another week, Claude Julien said. Given the uncertainty that surround concussions, it could be longer.
“The good news is that he did show up this morning,” Julien said, “and that's usually good news when a guy can come in and leave his home and come to the rink.
'We’re taking it day by day with him. I think you're probably not going to see him in the next week. He's not going to skate for the next week, so we're at that stage right now.'
Scott will have his in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Tuesday, where his suspension will be decided. Scott has already missed two games and will miss a third Monday.
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|Appreciative Jaromir Jagr on stint with Bruins: ‘We had a pretty good run’||10.28.13 at 12:11 pm ET|
Bruins fans gave a gift to Jaromir Jagr which he’d never received in all of years playing hockey.
“I remember my first shift I played here,” said Jagr, “everybody stand up and clap their hands. They show me the respect the first time I step on ice. That never happened to me before.”
On Saturday night, Boston welcomed back Jagr, the NHL’s active leading scorer, and the future Hall of Famer delivered two assists in the Devils’ come-from-behind 4-3 victory over his former team at the Garden.
The Bruins parted ways with Jagr shortly after the Blackhawks hoisted the Cup, and he signed with New Jersey in July. The former mulleted superstar from the Czech city of Kladno, who still claims he plans on scoring a goal at the age of 50, spoke highly of his time with the Bruins.
“The fans really like the hockey here, they understand the hockey here,” Jagr said. “We had a pretty good run. Maybe with a little more luck we would have been holding the Cup.”
Though Jagr is only 17 goals shy of 700, he failed to put the puck in the net during the B’s 22-game playoff run.
“I know a lot of people are going to say he didn’t score,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “And he didn’t. But he certainly added a lot to our team.”
Previously known for tormenting Bruins fans every spring during his time with Pittsburgh, Jagr’s lasting memory in Boston will be his assist on Patrice Bergeron‘s overtime goal against the Penguins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. Jagr won over his teammates by outdueling Evgeni Malkin for a loose puck on the boards, and the victory gave the Bruins a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.
Along with Jagr’s buying into the team concept, Julien also was impressed with the example the veteran set for his teammates.
“He worked hard, he had a great attitude, he made things happen,” Julien said. “I still remember in overtime there in Chicago where he just took a shot, hit the crossbar, and it could have been the winning goal. He was a good example for young guys — working out, doing extra and trying to stay on the top of his game, so he led by example in a lot of ways. We were happy to have him.”
|Claude Julien calls out his team: ‘Too many mediocre players’||10.27.13 at 12:32 pm ET|
The reaction of head coach Claude Julien was fairly predictable after his team blew a 3-1 lead to the Devils and lost, 4-3, Saturday night at TD Garden.
“Even when we had the 3-1 lead in the second there I thought we missed a couple of real good opportunities,” Julien began. “But I don't really think that's where the game was played. Had a good start compared to the other night; much better in the first. But we kind of faltered after that. I thought the second period we allowed them to get back in the game and they were a better team as well. They won battles and especially in our own end they had us bottled in there and were out-muscling us and coming up with pucks and they got themselves within a goal and that kind of gave them life for the third.”
The Bruins were not good on the penalty kill Saturday, an area of excellence late in the regular season and playoffs last spring. They allowed four power play goals, though one of them was a very rare 6-on-3 opportunity for the Devils, when Torey Krug was called for a double-minor high sticking and Patrice Bergeron was tagged with a delay of game. The Devils pulled Martin Brodeur and they finally got the 3-3 equalizer with under two minutes left.
“But our penalty kill obviously faltered and wasn't good enough; when you allow four power play goals in a game that's not a good sign for a win. So that certainly didn't help. But again, I thought we had too many mediocre players tonight and those things kind of create those situations.”
As for the penalties themselves, Julien knows his team needs to be more aware, especially when clearing the puck out of their own end.
“It is a costly penalty,” Julien said of the delay of game calls on Bergeron and earlier on Zdeno Chara. “Both pucks over the glass ended up being a goal against and those are tough penalties to take, but rules are rules. At the same time, the high stick, it is a high stick. You have to be in control of your stick, so it was deemed a four minute, which I thought was the right call. So they scored on their opportunities that they had and unfortunately, like I said, our penalty kill wasn't up to the task.
“To me, we had one line going and we needed more. Like I said too many mediocre guys whether it's hitting a wall, whatever the case may be it just wasn't good enough. We had the day off yesterday to give those guys a rest but three games in four nights isn't always an easy thing to go through and you wish you could have pulled this one through and had a real good week but unfortunately that wasn't the case. We have to regroup, and another back-to-back and another three in four coming up there next week so hopefully we learn from that.”
The Bruins have another three-in-four nights scenario this week when they play in Pittsburgh Wednesday night before playing Anaheim on Thursday and on the road against the Islanders next Saturday.
|Bruins review: Good week for Krejci line, Nick Johnson is scoring in Providence||10.27.13 at 7:00 am ET|
Reviewing the week that was in Bruins land.
At 7-3-0 on the season, the Bruins currently stand tied with the Lightning for second in the Atlantic Division with 14 points. They’re two points behind the Maple Leafs, who have played 12 games to Boston’s 10.
Though the timing of the games conflicted with the World Series so very few people saw the games, the B’s had a pretty hectic week. They lost a top player to a head shot, got a big win against a team that outplayed them and had an awful loss against a lesser team.
Milan Lucic, a big sports fan, talked about how much he appreciates that his career is taking place in Boston during such a great run for Boston sports
The Bruins beat the Sabres in Buffalo (recap)…
'¦ But John Scott gave Loui Eriksson a concussion with a dirty elbow to the head
The Bruins announced that Eriksson is out indefinitely with the aforementioned concussion
The Bruins gave the Sharks their first regulation loss of the season thanks to David Krejci’s last-second goal (recap)
Jarome Iginla scored his first goal as a Bruin
People made fun of Carlos Beltran for leaving Game 1 of the World Series with a rib injury. Patrice Bergeron defended him
Michael Ryder came back with the Devils explained why he turned down the Bruins’ offer this summer in free agency
The Bruins blew a lead in the last 1:08 and lost in regulation (recap)
IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR'¦
David Krejci: The Bruins’ first-line center had two points in each of this week’s three games (one goal, five assists). Maybe, just maybe, this is the season when Krejci keeps the pedal to the metal the whole way through.
Milan Lucic: The 25-year-old has almost matched his goal total of last season, as his six goals through 10 games are just one shy of the seven he managed in 46 games last season. He scored two on Wednesday against the Sabres and added another Saturday.
Jarome Iginla: Rounding out what’s been quite the party for Krejci’s line, Iginla finally started seeing his strong play turn into goals. A night after a scoring change cost him a goal, Iginla’s first as a Bruin came when he threw the rebound of a Dennis Seidenberg point shot back on net Thursday. He made it two on the season when a puck he sent in front of Martin Brodeur from low in the zone went off Damien Brunner‘s skate and into the net.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR'¦
Loui Eriksson: Obviously. After looking like someone who was learning a new system in the first few games of the season, Eriksson appeared to be getting more comfortable, something that was likely helped by the B’s putting former Dallas linemate Reilly Smith on his line. Eriksson’s injury didn’t need to happen, so the league should act accordingly when they meet with Scott on Tuesday.
The Bruins’ penalty kill: After a week in which the B’s killed off all five of their penalties, the Bruins allowed five power-play goals this week, four of which occurred on Saturday.
Carl Soderberg: Playing in his second, third and fourth games of the season, Soderberg was nothing to write home about this week. He had a couple of secondary helpers against the Sabres (though he also took a goalie interference penalty), but he managed just one shot on goal over the three games and was invisible against the Devils. There’s been good and bad from Soderberg so far, so we’ll see how he ends up settling in.
MEANWHILE, IN PROVIDENCE'¦
The P-Bruins enjoyed 4-3 shootout win over the Springfield Falcons Friday night. Providence got a pair of goals from Nick Johnson, who leads then with five on the season, with Justin Florek netting the other. David Warsofsky got the game-winner in the shootout.
Bobby Robins made his season debut after suffering a knee injury in training camp with the big club. Robins picked up an assist on Florek’s goal and fought Jean-Francois Jacques in a game in which the Robins had nine penalty minutes.
Niklas Svedberg got the start in net for Providence, making 36 saves in regulation and overtime and stopping five of the six shots he faced in the shootout.
Through seven games, Ryan Spooner has two goals and three assist for five points and a minus-3 rating. Matt Fraser has three goals and one assist for four points and a minus-4 rating. Jared Knight has three points (two goals, one assist) and a plus-1. Svedberg has played five games to Malcolm Subban‘s two.
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