|Bruins return Kevan Miller to Providence||11.28.13 at 9:49 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Thursday that they have sent defenseman Kevan Miller to Providence after he spent the last four games with the team. Miller made his NHL debut and played three games during his time up in Boston.
The B’s had to recall Miller last week due to injuries to Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid, but McQuaid’s return meant he was a healthy scratch Wednesday against the Red Wings.
Skating often with former Providence partner Matt Bartkowski, Miller was solid in his three-game stint in the Bruins’ lineup and held an even rating. He played 20:13 in Monday’s win over the Penguins but was on the ice for Sidney Crosby’s game-tying goal.
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|Bruins routed by Red Wings in Detroit||11.27.13 at 10:04 pm ET|
There isn’t a turkey, Thanksgiving or Hanukkah quip that would accurately represent how bad the Bruins were Wednesday night in Detroit.
The Red Wings, who were playing without Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi, routed the B’s to the tune of a 6-1 win on a night in which the Bruins rarely had scoring chances and tied their season low with 17 shots on goal. Jarome Iginla had the Bruins’ lone goal, breaking up Jonas Gustavsson‘s shutout bid with 2:25 to play.
The first period yielded just a Justin Abdeklader goal, but it was the second period where the damage was done. Detroit scored on three of its first shots on Tuukka Rask in the period, getting tallies from Tomas Tatar, Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall. The Bruins, meanwhile, managed just three shots on Gustavsson in the second period.
Drew Miller made it 5-0 in the third period, and a Gustav Nyquist pass went off a diving Torey Krug and in to cap the Detroit’s scoring.
Adam McQuaid returned after missing the previous eight games with a lower-body injury. He finished the game with a minus-1 rating and a pair of penalties, the first of which was an elbow on Tatar that gave the Red Wings the power play on which Kronwall scored.
Jordan Caron played in place of Shawn Thornton, with Thornton being made a healthy scratch for the second time this season in an effort to play Caron in a game that likely wouldn’t see many gloves being dropped. Caron skated on the right wing of Gregory Campbell‘s line.
The Bruins will return to action Friday at TD Garden when they host the Rangers in their annual Black Friday matinee.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- They were slow and they were sloppy. That’s that long and the short of it. The Red Wings skated circles around them and had long stays in the Boston zone. Especially on Zetterberg’s goal, which came shortly after Nyquist missed an empty net, the B’s had their top line chasing the puck around in their own zone.
- Claude Julien was none too happy with his team’s performance, as he called a timeout following Detroit’s fourth goal and screamed at his team on the bench.
He also made some adjustments with his lines, shaking up his top three trios and going with the following lines in the third period (Campbell’s line remained the same)”
Soderberg – Krejci – Eriksson
Smith – Bergeron – Iginla
Lucic – Kelly – Marchand
- Rask wasn’t particularly bad, but he did allow a bad goal on the Red Wings’ second tally. The Bruins’ netminder obviously saw Tatar as he took a pass from Brian Lashoff in the neutral zone, skated into the offensive zone, fell down, got back up with the puck and skated behind the net before beating Rask on a wraparound.
Interestingly enough, Julien did not elect to yank Rask following the Red Wings’ fourth goal (which was scored halfway through the second) or for the third period.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- They stayed healthy. That’s pretty much it, as it was easily their worst showing of the season. At least they didn’t suffer any injuries in the loss, meaning they can wash the stink off and go into Friday’s game with Wednesday’s debacle in the rearview mirror.
|Claude Julien on Torey Krug in OT: ‘He gets around’||11.26.13 at 11:10 am ET|
There is a reason the Bruins were so high on Torey Krug going into the playoffs last spring.
They knew the 22-year-old had great puck-carrying ability, great speed and a laser of a shot. All three of those qualities were on display throughout the team’s run to the Stanley Cup finals. Turns out, Claude Julien is trying to unleash them more this season and overtime 4-on-4 play is perfectly suited to Krug’s skill set.
“Yeah, he gets around, he seems to find those gaps and everything else, those holes, and moves around really well,” Julien said after Krug unloaded a cannon past Marc-Andre Fleury Monday night just 34 seconds into overtime for the 4-3 game-winner. “So there's no doubt it's an area for him such as other players in the league; you look at guys like [Kris] Letang and other defensemen like that that love that kind of space because they move around so well. Tonight he was in the right place ' Marchy [Brad Marchand] made a great pass there ' but he picked that top corner; he knew where he was going with that shot.”
Krug knows in 4-on-4 hockey during overtime, he’s going to have more freedom, more space to maneuver.
“I love it,” Krug beamed. “A lot more room on the ice to skate and play with the puck, it's more of a possession game, you're not just chipping pucks up the wall and if you watch me play you understand I like to play with the puck so it's a lot more fun for me for sure.”
He didn’t take long to take advantage Monday.
“It starts with the faceoff,” Krug said. “We had good puck pursuit, I don't remember much of it but Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] made an unbelievable play to me on the far side. Their forwards were cheating a little bit, and I just missed the shot wide on that one and then we recovered the puck and it was just calm composure with the puck, especially up high on the blueline ' those are dangerous areas. Our guys were keeping track of the puck and we had really good plays.
“The key is to make sure you hit the net, because if you don't, it's ramming out the other way and they're going to get a break on that. There were a few times when I missed the net; right before I scored there was a shot that, Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] made an unbelievable pass to the middle and I got down there and I missed the net and I rode up the boards so, your focus is just getting in on that.”
|Torey Krug OT hero as Bruins overcome Sidney Crosby’s last-second goal||11.25.13 at 9:42 pm ET|
Torey Krug one-upped Sidney Crosby‘s late heroics as the rookie defenseman netted the overtime winner in a 4-3 Bruins win Monday at TD Garden.
With the win, the B’s improved to 16-6-2 with a conference-leading 34 points. Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for his 13th win of the season.
Crosby had scored with 0.3 seconds left in the third period to send the game into overtime. In doing so he made up for the Bruins’ go-ahead goal with 5:15 remaining in regulation in which he tipped a Zdeno Chara slap shot past Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Bruins got on the board in the first period when Loui Eriksson beat Fleury with a nice backhander following some nice stickwork off a pass from Carl Soderberg. Minutes later, with Pascal Dupuis in the box for hooking Soderberg, it was Soderberg coming up with another big play as he assisted Reilly Smith‘s fifth goal of the year.
The Penguins got back into it 37 seconds into the second period when Jussi Jokinen fed James Neal, who beat Rask stick-side high with a wrist shot. Neal then tied it with his second of the night with a wrist shot from the left faceoff dot that beat Rask glove side high with less than nine minutes remaining in regulation.
The Bruins were once again without Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid. Seidenberg skated for the first time since last week’s injury Monday morning and missed his second game, while McQuaid has been skating since last Monday but has missed the team’s last eight games.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- For the second straight game, the Bruins went with one defenseman and three forwards in overtime in an aggressive attempt to avoid a shootout, and it paid off once again. Krug netted the game-winner while skating with Patrice Bergeron‘s line a game after Johnny Boychuk was out there with David Krejci’s line for Saturday’s game-winner.
- Soderberg is really coming into his own with the B’s. He played a major role in both of the Bruins’ first period goals, taking the puck the other way after Brooks Orpik fanned on a point shot and sending it over to Eriksson entering the Pittsburgh zone. He also drew the penalty on Dupuis to give the B’s a power play and provided a laser of a pass from down low to Smith in front for the B’s power-play goal.
Soderberg now has six points (2 G, 4 A) over his last five games.
- Smith also finds himself amidst something of a hot streak, as the 22-year-old now has goals in back-to-back games and has five points (3 G, 2 A) over his last five contests.
- Chara saved a goal when, with Rask laid out after a save on Dupuis, he knocked the puck out of the crease before Crosby could poke it in.
- Eriksson had gone three games without a point, but with a goal and an assist he got back to the pace at which he was producing earlier in the month. Even with no points over the previous contests, Eriksson has nine points (3 G, 6 A) over his last 10 games.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- Johnny Boychuk took a Dupuis stick to the face with about three minutes to go and had to go down the tunnel. He didn’t miss any time, however, as he returned to the bench during the next TV timeout and took his next shift.
- Two of them went in, but the Bruins only had five shots on goal in the first period. The Penguins landed 10 of the first 11 shots on goal in a period that saw them set up shop in the Boston zone, and Chris Kunitz could have scored twice on his first shift were it not for the right pad of Rask.
The good thing for the Bruins was that they were able to quiet the Penguins in the first after Pittsburgh’s hot start. The Penguins didn’t get another shot on goal in the period after their 10th, a Brandon Sutter bid at 8:27 of the first.
- The Bartkowski-Boychuk pairing was beaten twice by Neal and Jokinen, as the pairing was on the ice for both of Neal’s goals. Boychuk was caught up ice and left Bartkowski back as the only defenseman in front on Neal’s first goal, while Boychuk was tangled up with the puck prior to the second goal.
|Video: This is former Bruin who is suing NHL over concussions||11.25.13 at 6:55 pm ET|
Among the 10 players to sue the NHL over concussions, as was learned Monday, was former Bruin Darren Banks, who played 20 games for the B’s from 1992-94.
Here’s a video of Banks in action.
In this fight, Banks took quite the pounding from Stu Grimson. It was on Oct. 31, and Banks next fought on Nov. 11.
Here’s what the complaint says about Banks:
“Since his retirement, he has suffered from injuries associated with such concussions and sub-concussive impacts, including but not limited to depression, personality change, memory loss, lack of concentration, severe headaches, and post-traumatic head syndrome.”
|Claude Julien’s take on why Steven Stamkos is more universally beloved than other superstars||11.25.13 at 1:19 pm ET|
Claude Julien singing Steven Stamkos‘ praises a couple weeks after visiting him in the hospital certainly isn’t the first case of the Lightning superstar being a welcomed guest in Boston.
Stamkos, who has twice been injured on Garden ice, has long been well-received around these parts, and he’s one of the few star players in the game who seems to be universally beloved.
Even prior to the Max Pacioretty incident, Zdeno Chara was booed every time he touched the puck in another building. Opposing stars get booed in other towns regularly, so what is it about Stamkos [for what it's worth, he is one of the nicest people in professional sports] that makes him adored everywhere?
Julien had an interesting answer.
“What's kind of unfortunate about the boos and that [is] a lot of it is based on what happens on the ice,” Julien said. “And we know Steve is not a dirty player. But yet, you get Zdeno, who is a physical player, and yet both of those people are just as equally good people; they're quality people, but the perception of one versus the other is different. So you see the same thing with all those players.
“People are always going to cheer and respect the players that are not physical; they just go out and score goals and play the game. But if you're physical at all, and you're throwing your body around and you're gritty and everything else, then you're not going to get that same treatment. That's my explanation for that. Steve is one of those hard-working guys that works hard and will get in the dirty areas but he's not known as a dirty player — and he's not.”
There’s obviously a lot of grey area not addressed there, as non-physical stars are booed plenty, but that’s a pretty interesting take from Julien regarding why Chara gets the treatment he does in other buildings.
|Claude Julien visited Steven Stamkos in hospital||11.25.13 at 1:10 pm ET|
Steven Stamkos had a rough time the last time he was in Boston, as he broke his tibia in the second period of a Lightning loss on Nov. 11 and had to stay in town to get surgery.
The NHL’s third-leading goal-scorer (still) was off crutches Monday as he met the Tampa media, and he revealed that B’s coach Claude Julien paid him a visit while he was in the hospital. He also received a text message from Zdeno Chara wishing him well on behalf of the Bruins.
“I had him at the Olympic Camp and I got to know Steve the person,” Julien said after Monday’s morning skate. “When you look at what he is in the league and what he's accomplished, to have that happen to him I thought it was just important to go by and see how he was doing. It was as simple as that.
“Again, it's a guy ' I said that after the game ' he's one of those players that people from all the different cities come up to watch and play and he's one of the reasons we fill buildings and you hate to see that, from anybody's point of view, to see a guy like that get injured that way. So I stopped by and he certainly feels like he wants that opportunity to represent his country and he's going to do everything he can and I just went there and kind of showed my support.”
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