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Brandon Prust fined for spearing Brad Marchand, calls it ‘best money I ever spent’ 12.06.15 at 5:43 pm ET
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Canucks forward Brandon Prust was fined $5,000 for spearing Bruins forward Brad Marchand in the privates late in Saturday’€™s game between the teams.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Prust said he did not regret his actions.

“Best money I ever spent,” Prust said. “I kind of that’€™s what would happen. It wasn’€™t that hard and he sold it pretty good. I saw him laughing on the bench after, so I don’€™t think he’€™s too hurt.”

Prust also suggested that Marchand, a player with a reputation for dirty plays and suspensions, is deserving of occasional cheap shots.

“I think he does that every night, so sometimes you want to do it back,” Prust said.

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5 things we learned as Bruins scratch big names, still beat Canucks 12.06.15 at 12:36 am ET
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Claude Julien sat some pretty big names Saturday, but it resulted in a much-needed win over the Canucks to wrap up what thad been a disappointing three-game road trip for the Bruins.

With Dennis Seidenberg, Jimmy Hayes and Colin Miller all in the press box in favor of the likes of Joe Morrow, Kevan Miller and Tyler Randell, the Bruins responded to a pair of disappointing losses by handing the Canucks a 4-0 defeat behind a Tuukka Rask shutout and a two-point night from Landon Ferraro. The shutout was Rask’€™s third of the season, though he faced just 17 shots in a relatively easy night.

Julien’s lineup shakeup saw him use the following forward lines:

Marchand-Bergergon-Connolly
Beleskey-Krejci-Eriksson
Vatrano-Kemppainen-Spooner
Rinaldo-Ferraro-Randell

While the trip ended in strong fashion for the Bruins, the game did not. Brandon Prust speared Brad Marchand in the groin in the final minutes of the game. Marchand remained on the ice in pain, though he stayed in the game.

The 14-8-3 Bruins will return to the Garden for a game against the Predators Friday before facing the Canadiens Wednesday in Montreal.

Here are four more things we learned Saturday:

MCQUAID HURT

A Torey Krug turnover forced Adam McQuaid to lunge into a shooting lane to block a Jared McCann shot. It resulted in injury, as the puck appeared to hit McQuaid in either the wrist or forearm. McQuaid was in pain as he left the ice and he did not return to the game.

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5 things we learned as Bruins let Dougie Hamilton off hook in overtime loss 12.04.15 at 11:58 pm ET
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Dougie Hamilton’€™s first game against his former team was set to end horribly. It instead ended with him assisting Johnny Gaudreau’€™s third goal of a 5-4 overtime win for the Flames over the Bruins.

With the Flames on a power play in a 3-3 game late in regulation, Hamilton fumbled with the puck at the point, allowing Brad Marchand to steal the puck and race through the neutral zone. Hamilton had no choice but to slash the stick out of Marchand’€™s hands, resulting in a penalty shot on which Marchand scored to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead with 1:06 remaining.

The lead wouldn’t last, however, as the Flames then pulled Kari Ramo until Jiri Hudler scored amidst a last-second flurry in which Dennis Seidenberg was playing without a stick.

The Flames then took advantage of a Zdeno Chara giveaway in overtime, resulting in a rush that saw Hamilton feed Gaudreau to both give the Boston College product a hat trick and give Boston its second straight loss after regulation.

The Bruins, who lost to Edmonton in a shootout Wednesday, will try to salvage the remainder of what’€™s been a disappointing road trip when they face the Canucks Saturday in Vancouver.

GUSTAVSSON YANKED

Jonas Gustavsson was given the start Friday night in he first game of a back-to-back for the Bruins, but he left Claude Julien little choice but to pull him in the second period.

It wasn’€™t a pretty night for Gustavsson, whose worst play of the night saw him allow an easy short-side goal off a Mark Giordano snap shot. Poor positioning from Gustavsson allowed Giordano space to squeeze his shot between the netminder and the right post to give the Flames the lead back in the second period. All in all, Gustavsson allowed three goals on 11 shots faced in the first 21:56 of the game.

Rask proved to be a stabilizing factor for the Bruins in the second period, stopping Johnny Gaudreau’€™s hat trick bid on an odd man rush late in the second period. He came 1.2 seconds away from a perfect 23-for-23 showing.

Rask’€™s biggest save of the game would come shortly after, as he stopped T.J. Brodie on a breakaway in the opening minute of overtime.  Read the rest of this entry »

5 things we learned as Bruins’ win streak ends in shootout loss to Oilers 12.03.15 at 12:29 am ET
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The Bruins’€™ five-game win streak ended against an unlikely opponent, as the B’€™s suffered a 3-2 shootout loss against the lowly Oilers Wednesday night in Edmonton.

The Oilers, who entered the game dead last in the NHL with 18 points, held down the fort against Boston’€™s offense, with Boston managing to get just a pair of goals past Anders Nilsson, both of which came from defensemen. The B’€™s did not score a goal in the shootout, with Jordan Eberle scoring the only goal of the skills competition.

The Bruins appeared headed for a regulation loss as they trailed the Oilers by a 2-1 score late, but a third-period Zdeno Chara goal pulled the B’€™s even. David Krejci fed Chara in the slot, with Chara beating Nilsson to tie the game with 3:21 remaining in regulation. Torey Krug scored Boston’s other goal.

The teams then played to a scoreless but exciting overtime that saw the sides trade chances and Boston take a late penalty. Matt Beleskey shoved Ryan Nugent-Hopkins into the net at 3:54 of the extra period, earning Beleskey an interference penalty and shaking up Tuukka Rask a bit. Rask would stay in the game.

The Bruins will continue their road trip Friday in Calgary against the Flames, who entered Thursday with the second-worst record in the league.

Here are four more things we learned Wednesday:

RASK COVERS UP FOR MISTAKES

Tuukka Rask had a terrific night against an Oilers team with plenty of young offensive firepower. He came up huge on a Taylor Hall breakaway in the first period, first stopping Hall and then managing to get a glove on Jordan Eberle’€™s follow-up bid.

A bad turnover around the net from Zach Trotman late in the second period led to another Grade A scoring chance for the Oilers, but Rask stopped Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to keep the game tied.

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Injury to keep Carey Price out of Winter Classic 11.30.15 at 12:31 pm ET
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The Winter Classic will be without its best player, as reigning Hart Trophy and Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price will not be able to suit up for the Jan. 1 outdoor game between the Bruins and Canadiens.

The Habs announced via Twitter Monday that Price, who has played in just 12 of Montreal’€™s 25 games this season, will be out for at least six more weeks due to what’€™s been reported to be a knee injury. That puts a potential return somewhere in mid-January.

While keeping one of the sport’€™s best players off the ice will take away from the Winter Classic, it will at least provide some good news locally in that Holliston native and Belmont Hill product Mike Condon will be Montreal’€™s starting goaltender while Price is out.

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Max Talbot clears waivers, headed to Providence 11.30.15 at 12:23 pm ET
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Max Talbot

Max Talbot

Max Talbot has cleared waivers, according to TSN’€™s Bob McKenzie. Talbot was placed on waivers Sunday for the purposes of assigning him to Providence in order to create a roster spot to facilitate the eventual activation of Kevan Miller.

As such, Talbot will head to Providence while his teammates head west for a three-game Canadian road trip. This is the second time since October that Talbot has cleared waivers.

“There’€™s numbers and [the] cap,” Claude Julien said of the move. “It was just more upper-management. At one point, these decisions have to be made. It’€™s more that. I think Max is a very useful guy. When we need him, he comes in and does whatever it takes to do the job there. Nothing more than probably a numbers game right now.”

Miller has missed the last five games with a concussion. Once he’€™s taken off injured reserve, the Bruins will be at the 23-man roster limit with Talbot now off the roster.

Lineup questions await Bruins upon Kevan Miller’s return 11.29.15 at 5:27 pm ET
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Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller is practicing with the Bruins and Max Talbot has reportedly been placed on waivers again to open up a roster spot, so it shouldn’€™t be long before Miller is cleared to return from a concussion that’€™s kept him out of the last five games. The question will be whether a spot in the lineup will be waiting for him.

Claude Julien won’€™t have an easy time deciding that in the coming days. The B’€™s have won every game since Miller went down, but Julien displayed unwavering faith in the 28-year-old defenseman leading up to Miller’€™s injury. Furthermore, the Bruins are still a work in progress in their own zone, meaning the B’€™s should not have their six blueliners set in stone at this point.

If Miller were to re-enter the lineup, he would likely do so at the expense of a fellow righty in either Zach Trotman or Colin Miller. The latter has struggled in his own zone, with unforced icings costing the Bruins at points, but the pros of Colin Miller’€™s offensive game (he factored heavily into both the game-tying and game-winning goals last week in Detroit) might outweigh the cons of his defensive game in the eyes of Bruins coaches.

Julien said the Bruins are taking it day-to-day with Kevan Miller. Asked if Miller would be a sure-thing to play once he’€™s ready, Julien scoffed.

“Honestly, which coach is going to tell you three days before whether this guy’€™s a lock [to play]?” Julien asked. “I think it’€™s a matter of looking at the situation when it comes to that. I don’€™t think anybody should be a lock in. I think you’€™ve got your key players that you know are there every night, but there’€™s also some competition there. Our group back there has done a pretty decent job, so before I make that decision I’€™ll certainly take a little bit more time to think about it.”

Miller became something of a scapegoat for fans unhappy with the Bruins’€™ mediocre start to the season. Difficulty closing gaps allowed shooters too much space, resulting in goals against. Given that Miller does not bring much offensively, the bruising defender’€™s issues in his own zone led to questions of whether he was worth keeping in the lineup if he wasn’€™t contributing defensively.

One would assume that the penalty kill was a big reason as to why Miller kept his spot earlier in the season. With the B’€™s missing Dennis Seidenberg for the first 14 games of the season, Miller was relied on heavily for big minutes on the PK. Miller is second to only Zdeno Chara with 3:21 of shorthanded time on ice per game; he and Chara (3:45 shorthanded TOI per night) are the only Bruins to average three minutes or more on the penalty kill this season.

Yet the Bruins haven’€™t really missed Miller on the PK since he went out of the lineup. The Bruins, who ranked worst in the NHL in penalty kill efficiency at the time that Miller went out of the lineup, have killed off 15 of their opponents’€™ 16 power plays over the last five games.

“Seids is in there, Zee is in there,” Julien said after Friday’€™s win. “Those two guys on the left side have been good. Trots has been pretty good on the right and [Adam] McQuaid. I thought we had enough bodies for the penalty kill to do their job and they’€™ve proven us right so far.”

The Bruins next play on Wednesday, when they’€™ll face the lowly Oilers in Edmonton. The Bruins are hardly desperate to get Miller back, but then again the revolving door on defense has yet to slow for the B’€™s this season. They might be wise to stick with the kids they’ve got in there for now.

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