|Ryan Spooner named AHL All-Star||01.09.14 at 4:23 pm ET|
Bruins forward Ryan Spooner was named an AHL All-Star Thursday. Spooner is currently playing in the NHL with the Bruins.
In 21 AHL games this season, Spooner has five goals and 18 assists for 23 points He has nine points (all assists) in 16 games for the Bruins this season. The Bruins have been using him to center the team’s third line since Chris Kelly went down with a broken fibula on Dec. 7.
This is the first AHL All-Star selection for Spooner, who was a second-round pick of the Bruins in the 2010 draft. The All-Star game will take place during the Olympic break on Feb. 12.
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|Loui Eriksson cleared for contact||01.08.14 at 9:19 pm ET|
Bruins forward Loui Eriksson has been cleared for contact, Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters Wednesday. Eriksson took contact in Wednesday’s practice after returning to the ice last week.
Eriksson is recovering from his second concussion of the season, which he suffered on Dec. 7 against the Penguins. The veteran winger has missed a total of 19 games this season between his two concussions. Julien told reporters that Eriksson is not expected to play Thursday against the Kings.
Both Milan Lucic (illness) and Jordan Caron (back) were reportedly back on the ice for Wednesday’s practice after missing Tuesday’s game against the Ducks.
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|Andy Brickley on M&M: Bruins ‘have to replace Dennis Seidenberg with a guy from outside the organization’||01.08.14 at 1:00 pm ET|
NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley made his weekly appearance with Mut & Merloni on Wednesday, following the Bruins’ 5-2 loss to the Ducks on Tuesday night in the first of three games on the West Coast this week. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
“I was actually impressed with the way the Bruins played in the first period, when you talk about how good is Anaheim and how good in Boston,” Brickley said. “But their penalty-killing just totally let them down last night. It will be another stern test on Thursday [vs. the Kings], and probably even a tougher one on Saturday [vs. the Sharks].”
The Bruins appear to struggling to adjust since the loss of defenseman Dennis Seidenberg on Dec. 27 to a torn MCL and ACL in his right knee.
“The biggest void on this team right now is clearly the loss of Dennis Seidenberg,” Brickley said. “They’re going to try in the short term to continue to win games and put some points on the board in his absence within the organization to make up for his loss. But long term, and if they think they have a chance to win another Stanley Cup or get to a Stanley Cup final, there’s no question they’re going to have to replace Dennis Seidenberg with a guy from outside the organization.”
The Bruins have had a dip defensively and most notably on the penalty kill since Seidenberg went down.
“I think [Seidenberg's absence] has a lot to do with it,” Brickley said. “I don’t know if it’s a one-to-one correlation with that kind of lack of getting the job done when it comes to killing penalties in his absence, but yeah, he’s one of those guys that’s got real good gaps, he’s able to hold that defensive blue line better than most defenseman, he wins way more than his share of one-on-one battles when the puck’s up for grabs, he’s a good decision-maker, when to be aggressive, when not to be, when to hold your position, he’s real good with stick position, he blocks a ton of shots when killing penalties, he gets to the loose puck so there’s no second and third opportunities when the rebound’s are there. So he does all the stuff that you need a quality penalty-killer on the defensive side [to do].
“In his absence, you still have other guys that can do the job, but he’s one of your premier penalty-killers. He’s just an awesome player in this system, with this group, in his role. When you lose a guy like that, you still have guys like [Johnny] Boychuck and [Adam] McQuaid that are pretty good in that area but not as good as a Dennis Seidenberg.”
|Bruins can’t sustain fast start in sloppy loss to Ducks||01.08.14 at 12:41 am ET|
The Bruins allowed three power play goals, a shorthanded goal and a 5-on-5 goal for good measure as they fell to the Ducks, 5-2, Tuesday night in Anaheim.
The Bruins turned in one of their best first periods of the season in outshooting the Ducks, 16-3, through the first 20 minutes, but Jonas Hiller kept the game scoreless. The Ducks got on the board in the second period with power-play goals from Mathieu Perreault and Corey Perry, respectively, with Daniel Winnik capitalizing on a Reilly Smith giveaway on a Bruins power play, leading to an Andrew Cogliano shorthanded goal.
Daniel Paille scored his seventh goal of the season (fourth in the last six games) at 19:44 of the second period, and Dougie Hamilton brought the Bruins within one in the third by picking up a loose puck in the high slot and sending it past Hiller. Nick Bonino would put the game back out of reach for the Bruins with 5:37 left and Brad Marchand in the box. Perreault made it 5-2 with 2:31 to play.
The Bruins were playing without Milan Lucic, who missed the game due to an illness. Jordan Caron missed his second straight game due to a back injury, leaving the Bruins with only 11 forwards for the first time all season. With Lucic out, Carl Soderberg and Paille took turns on David Krejci‘s line, while Marchand replaced Lucic on the Bruins’ first power play unit.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- Tuesday’s game was the second in which the Bruins have allowed three power-play goals since losing Dennis Seidenberg for the season. In fact, all three of Anaheim’s second-period goals were scored on special teams.
- Speaking of Seidenberg, it’s safe to say Tuukka Rask misses him. Tuesday’s game was the second of Rask’s last three games in which he’s allowed five goals. It was the third time he’s allowed five all season.
- The second period has been something of a struggle for the Bruins this season, and after being outscored, 3-1, in the second period Tuesday, the Bruins have now allowed two more goals (37) than they’ve scored (35) in the middle period this season.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- Daniel Paille has been hot for the Bruins since missing eight games with a concussion. In six games back in the lineup, Paille has four goals and an assist for five points. He had only four points (two goals, two assists) in 30 games before going down with the injury last month.
- Justin Florek picked up his first career point in assisting Paille’s goal. Tuesday was Florek’s second career NHL game and the big 2010 fifth-round pick looks to be a viable fourth-line option for the Bruins.
-Patrice Bergeron‘s line led the way in the Bruins’ impressive but scoreless first period. Reilly Smith was stopped on a backhander in front, though Hiller’s biggest save of the period came in the form of a glove save on Marchand down low.
|Milan Lucic misses Tuesday’s game vs. Ducks due to illness||01.07.14 at 10:02 pm ET|
Bruins left wing Milan Lucic missed Tuesday night’s game against the Ducks due to an illness.
In addition to it being the first missed game for Lucic all season, it also marks the first time that the team’s top line of David Krejci between Lucic and Jarome Iginla has not been intact. That line had been the only one to stay together for the first 42 games of the season.
With Lucic out and Jordan Caron (back) both out, the Bruins dressed seven defensemen, with Kevan Miller getting into the lineup.
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|Loui Eriksson named to Sweden’s Olympic team||01.07.14 at 12:18 pm ET|
Bruins forward Loui Eriksson was named to Sweden’s Olympic team Tuesday.
Eriksson, who is in his first season with the Bruins, is currently working his way back from his second concussion of the season. He has missed a total of 18 games from his concussions, but has been skating with teammates for over a week.
Sweden’s roster is as follows:
Goalie: Jhonas Enroth, Jonas Gustavsson, Henrik Lundqvist
Defense: Alexander Edler, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Erik Karlsson, Niklas Kronwall, Johnny Oduya, Henrik Tallinder
Forward: Daniel Alfredsson, Nicklas BÃ¤ckstrÃ¶m, Patrik Berglund, Jimmie Ericsson, Loui Eriksson, Johan FranzÃ©n, Carl Hagelin, Marcus KrÃ¼ger, Gabriel Landeskog, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Jakob Silfverberg, Alexander Steen, Henrik Zetterberg
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|Patrice Bergeron only Bruins player to make Team Canada||01.07.14 at 12:09 pm ET|
Patrice Bergeron will be the only Bruin representing Canada in the Sochi Olympics, as Canada announced its roster Tuesday.
Left off were Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic, both of whom were invited to last summer’s orientation camp but were not considered good bets to make a team that figured to be pretty loaded offensively. Following the roster announcement, Lucic tweeted the following:
The roster is as follows:
Forward: Jamie Benn, Patrice Bergeron, Jeff Carter, Sidney Crosby, Matt Duchene, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz, Patrick Marleau, Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Patrick Sharp, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews
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