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Bruins can’t sustain fast start in sloppy loss to Ducks 01.08.14 at 12:41 am ET
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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
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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
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Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson

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 Bäckström, Patrik Berglund, Jimmie Ericsson, Loui Eriksson, Johan Franzén, Carl Hagelin, Marcus Krüger, 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
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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:

Goalie: Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Mike Smith

Defense: Jay Bouwmeester, Drew Doughty, Dan Hamhuis, Duncan Keith, Alex Pietrangelo, PK Subban, Marc-Édouard Vlasic, Shea Weber

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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Zdeno Chara to lead Slovakia in Sochi Olympics 01.07.14 at 8:51 am ET
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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will serve the same role for his country next month, as he was announced as the captain of Slovakia’s team for the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday.

Slovakia’s roster is as follows:

Goalie: Peter Budaj, Jaroslav Halak, Jan Laco

Defense: Ivan Baranka, Zdeno Chara, Dominik Granak, Martin Marincin, Andrej Meszaros, Andrej Sekera, Michal Sersen, Lubomir Visnovsky.

Forward: Milan Bartovic, Marian Gaborik, Michal Handzus, Marcel Hossa, Marian Hossa, Tomas Jurco, Tomas Kopecky, Tomas Marcinko, Michel Miklik, Peter Olvecky, Richard Panik, Tomas Surovy, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Zaborsky.

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Tuukka Rask to represent Finland in Sochi Olympics 01.07.14 at 8:31 am ET
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Finland announced its roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, with Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask among the three goaltenders selected.

Rask will be part of a strong goaltending group for Finland, who is also sending Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi. All three goalies are in the NHL‘s top 25 in save percentage, led by Rask, whose .934 clip is third in the league. Rask is also tied for the NHL lead with four shutouts this season.

Predators netminder Pekka Rinne is not on the team as he recovers from hip surgery. The roster is as follows:

Goalie: Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi, Tuukka Rask

Defense: Lasse Kukkonen, Juuso Hietanen, Sami Lepisto, Olli Maatta, Sami Salo, Kimmo Timonen, Ossi Vaananen, Sami Vatanen

Forward: Juhamatti Aaltonen, Aleksander Barkov, Valtteri Filppula, Mikael Granlund, Jussi Jokinen, Olli Jokinen, Mikko Koivu, Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Lauri Korpikoski, Jori Lehtera, Antti Pihlstrom, Tuomo Ruutu, Teemu Selanne

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David Krejci named to Czech Olympic team 01.06.14 at 2:28 pm ET
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The Czech Republic’s men’s ice hockey roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics has been announced, with Bruins forward David Krejci among the players chosen.

This is the second Olympics appearance for Krejci, who represented the Czech Republic in the 2010 games in Vancouver. Krejci will be joined by former Bruins Jaromir Jagr, Vladimir Sobotka and Tomas Kaberle.

The complete roster is as follows:

Goaltender: Jakub Kovar, Ondrej Pavelec, Alexander Salak.

Defense: Michal Barinka, Radko Gudas, Tomas Kaberle, Lukas Krajicek, Zbynek Michalek, Michal Rozsival, Ladislav Smid, Marek Zidlicky.

Forward: Roman Cervenka, Patrik Elias, Michael Frolik, Martin Hanzal, Ales Hemsky, Jaromir Jagr, David Krejci, Milan Michalek, Petr Nedved, Jiri Novotny, Ondrej Palat, Tomas Plekanec, Vladimir Sobotka, Jakub Voracek.

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