|Bruins might have to shake up lines as David Krejci leaves practice with undisclosed injury||10.11.11 at 1:13 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins took the ice with their normal lines Tuesday, a sign that they aren’t interested in shaking things up after a 1-2-0 start, but after first-line center David Krejci left Tuesday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena with an undisclosed injury, they might have to.
Members of the media did not see the injury, as it came during Peter Chiarelli‘s press conference following the signing of forward Rich Peverley. The Bruins did not offer much on the status of Krejci, who was said to have left the ice in apparent pain.
“I don’t know,” coach Claude Julien said of the injury. “I can’t really tell you the severity of it right now. He’s being looked at. I can probably give you more this afternoon when we find out more.”
Asked whether it was an upper-body or lower-body or injury, Julien said it was a “body” injury. He did not know whether Krejci would travel with the team to Carolina on Tuesday.
“I don’t know yet. I haven’t really had a chat yet,” he said. “If he doesn’t he’ll be behind and get checked out. I don’t know how severe it is right now.”
|Bruins preparing for two-game road trip||10.11.11 at 11:24 am ET|
WILMINGTON — After being shut out by the Avalanche Monday at TD Garden, the Bruins returned to practice Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena in anticipation of their first road trip of the season.
Though the top trio of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton has struggled, the color-coded lines looked the same for the Bruins, with both Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron wearing grey (third-line) jerseys with Tyler Seguin and Chris Kelly. The B’s will play in Carolina Wednesday before facing the Blackhawks Saturday in a meeting of the last two Stanley Cup champions.
|Peverley gets Rich with three-year extension||10.11.11 at 10:44 am ET|
The Bruins took care of their biggest player set to become a unrestricted free agent Tuesday morning, inking second-line winger Rich Peverley to a three-year contract extension.
Peverley leads the Bruins with two goals this season, both of which were scored in Saturday’s win over the Lightning. His signing leaves Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton, Daniel Paille, Joe Corvo and Johnny Boychuk as the remaining players set to become unrestricted free agents at season’s end.
|Milan Lucic agrees with Claude Julien: B’s took the game ‘way too lightly’||10.10.11 at 4:57 pm ET|
It was pretty apparent, even before Claude Julien called out his team before reporters in a post-game press conference, that the Bruins were fairly disgusted with their performance in a 1-0 loss to the Avalanche that wasted a brilliant performance by Tuukka Rask.
The Bruins managed 30 shots on Semyon Varlamov, but not enough sustained pressure. When they got great chances, including Lucic with just under six minutes to go in the game, they couldn’t finish.
“Well, they played well, you have to give them credit,” Lucic said. “But on our part, we took today’s game way too lightly. We lost most of the battles, they were first on pucks. Regardless of if we were the champs last year or not, the major areas on the ice, they wanted the puck more than us. And that’s why we weren’t able to generate enough to get that goal.
“We created some pretty good chances, just have to find a way to bear down on them.”
In their losses to the Flyers and Avalanche, the Bruins could not do two basic things essential to winning hockey and their Cup run of last spring: Control the puck and win physical battles.
“Yeah, it seemed like we were chasing a lot and they were just chipping past us and going,” Lucic said. “And we were a step late, a second late here a step late, a second late over there. And that’s basically what happens. I talked about being first to the puck and winning battles and we didn’t have enough of that. Good for four periods and need to work on the rest.”
|Avalanche shut out Bruins in Tuukka Rask’s season debut||10.10.11 at 3:20 pm ET|
Tuukka Rask made a good first impression for the 2011-12 season, but it wasn’t enough as the Avalanche defeated the Bruins, 1-0, in Monday’s matinee at TD Garden.
Milan Hejduk beat Rask with a wrist shot from the right face-off circle at 7:57 of the third period to get the Avalanche on the board. Rask was making his season debut for the Bruins after starting 27 games last season.
The Bruins had difficulty beating Colorado net minder Semyon Varlamov throughout the day. Varlamov, who came to the Avalanche in an offseason trade with the Capitals, stopped all 30 shots he faced. Rask stopped 35 of 36 shots.
The Bruins are now 1-2-0 on the season. After playing their first three games of the season at home, the B’s will play the next two on the road. Tomas Kaberle and the Hurricanes will host the defending champions on Wednesday, and the B’s will face the 2009-10 champion Blackhawks in Chicago on Saturday.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Aside from a 2-on-1 chance with Milan Lucic, there’s been very little sign of life from Nathan Horton thus far. The Bruins’ top right-winger had another zero-shot day, and has just one shot on goal through three games. Horton hasn’t been as aggressive or physically engaging as he was when he was establishing himself as a big-game player last spring. The expectation here is that he will end up leading the team in scoring, but it’s taken him a while to get going.
– Rich Peverley had a golden opportunity to tie the game in front with seconds remaining but couldn’t get a handle on it. He still leads the Bruins with two goals this season.
– This game just had the feel of a 2010-11 Rask start: solid goaltending, but nothing really going on in front of him. The B’s did a good job of clearing pucks out in front, but the Bruins’ skaters put forth a generally drowsy performance. Rask won only 11 games last season as a result of that.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– The 2011-12 version of Tyler Seguin — the one that’s less timid and more willing to go in the tough areas — got his first real test when he was crushed along the boards in the first period by Colorado defenseman Ryan Wilson.
Seguin didn’t let himself get in position to be hit often as a rookie, so it may have been the biggest hit he’s taken in his young career. That didn’t deter him from chasing a puck in the corner with a man on him in his own zone later in the first period. The Colorado player chasing him eventually went off for a change, but Seguin clearly made the effort to get there first and was able to send a long pass through the neutral zone to Peverley at the far blue line.
– Another game, another 60 minutes in which the second line was the Bruins’ best trio. Brad Marchand had said prior to the season that his goal was to get more shots on goal this season, and he hasn’t lacked in that regard. He had three shots on goal through the first two periods, while Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with five. Marchand had the Bruins’ best opportunity through the first 40 minutes when Varlamov got a toe on his 2-on-1 bid with Bergeron.
– The Bruins’ penalty kill was strong when it needed to be. The B’s ran into some penalty trouble early. Zdeno Chara went off 1:56 into the game for cross-checking Ryan O’Bryne, and Adam McQuaid flipped the puck over the glass from his own zone to set up a 27-second 5-on-3. The Avalanche applied a ton of pressure, but Bergeron, Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg and Rask were able to weather the storm.
|Steven Kampfer could begin skating this week||10.10.11 at 12:56 pm ET|
Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer has been off the ice since he awkwardly fell following a Sept. 29 hit from Senators defenseman Jared Cowen and sprained his MCL. The team said at the time that he would be out for two to four weeks with the injury, and on Monday Claude Julien said he could begin skating this week.
Julien said there’s a possibility Kampfer could travel with the team to Carolina and Chicago, but that “it will all depend on our medical staff.” Once Kampfer returns, it will be interesting to see if he will become the team’s seventh defenseman or be sent to Providence.
|Bruins-Avalanche Live Blog: Milan Hejduk gives Avalanche 1-0 lead in third||10.10.11 at 12:37 pm ET|