|Bruins review: Carl Soderberg coming alive, Malcolm Subban fights||11.10.13 at 5:38 pm ET|
Reviewing the week that was in Bruins land.
This week packed a punch. From Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley to Tim Thomas (kind of) and then Phil Kessel, it was reunion week at TD Garden. The Bruins won two of the three games and now stand at 10-5-1 with 21 points on the season. They trail the Lightning (24 points in 16 games) and will take them on Monday.
Seguin came back to Boston. We spoke at length with Peter Chiarelli about Seguin’s time here and the trade
Loui Eriksson returned to the lineup, as did Johnny Boychuk
Peverley came back too, and he beat the Bruins in a shootout
People booed the bejesus out of Seguin. Why?
Claude Julien corrected record about Tim Thomas winning the Bruins a Stanley Cup
Brad Marchand finally scored as the Bruins beat the Panthers, who fired everyone after because the Panthers stink
Tuukka Rask admitted that the consequences of him not being at his best are greater with the B’s a work in progress defensively
The third line the Bruins had planned on having in the preseason finally got together and did well
Panthers forward Jesse Winchester left his feet to elbow Chris Kelly in the head and was suspended three games for it
Scott McLaughlin gave his argument against fighting in the NHL and noted hits like Winchester’s need to be a priority
The Bruins beat the Maple Leafs, but with far less drama than last time
Adam McQuaid was hurt in the win and is unlikely to play Monday
As such, the Bruins will likely have three mobile defensemen in their lineup against the Lightning
IT WAS A GOOD WEEK FOR’¦
Carl Soderberg: The 28-year-old his playing the best hockey of his brief NHL career. It’s been a combination of him being more comfortable in the league and his ankle not bothering him as much as it did when he first returned. He has points in two of his last three games.
Jarome Iginla: The 36-year-old was a beast Saturday against the Maple Leafs and has been — to this point, at least — a regular-season upgrade over Nathan Horton.
Milan Lucic: The former 30-goal-scorer-turned-seven-goal-scorer tied his goal output of the lockout-shortened season when he notched his seventh goal of the season Tuesday against the Stars. It took him 46 games to get to that number last season.
Torey Krug: The undersized and over-talented blueliner still has his uh-oh moments defensively, and he’s going to have them. He’s also going to have weeks like this one, where he had goals in consecutive games.
IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR’¦
Brad Marchand: He isn’t out of the woods yet. Despite finally scoring his second goal of the season Thursday, he had a bad turnover in a following shift. He was also passive along the wall Saturday in allowing the Leafs to create a 2-on-1. Things are looking up, but it isn’t smooth sailing just yet.
Zdeno Chara (kind of): Only for Thursday. A bad line change with the Bruins holding a one-goal lead against the Stars against the Stars resulted in a Vernon Fiddler breakaway. Dennis Seidenberg had to hook him, resulting in a penalty shot on which Fiddler tied the game. The B’s lost in a shootout.
Gregory Campbell: The Merlot Line center has just one shot on goal over the last six games. His trio was also stuck in the Bruins’ zone for a while in the second period.
MEANWHILE, IN PROVIDENCE’¦
Matt Fraser had four goals Friday in an 8-5 win over Hartford that also featured a hat trick from Craig Cunningham. I wasn’t there and didn’t see it, but considering the lack of suspension, Fraser celebrated his goal differently than Joe Thornton would have.
Alexander Khokhlachev also scored in the game, giving him two goals in a three-game span after going without a goal in his first eight games of the season. With an assist Saturday and a goal Sunday, Khokhlachev seems to have found his rhythm after a quiet start.
Saturday’s 5-2 win over Worcester featured a pair of goals from Carter Camper, and last but not least, Malcolm Subban got in a fight in Sunday’s 6-0 Providence win over Hartford. Subban dropped the gloves against Hartford netminder Scott Stajcer for his first professional fight. His brother, P.K. Subban, has 11 career fights and a 12 in the preseason.
|Bruins’ preseason third line finally takes shape||11.05.13 at 1:02 pm ET|
While it’s probably the 50th thing of the list of interesting things about Tuesday night’s Bruins-Stars game, the Bruins will use the third line they were expecting to have when the season began.
In the last week of training camp, the Bruins began using a line of Chris Kelly between Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith in anticipation of using the trio as their third line when the season began. However, an ankle injury to Soderberg forced him to miss the start of the season, and though Soderberg has played the last seven games, different circumstances have kept the trio from playing together.
The B’s opened the season with a third line of Kelly between Jordan Caron and Smith, with Smith being promoted to the second line for the third period of the fourth game of the season and stayed their the last nine games.
The recent recall of Ryan Spooner also gave the third line a different look, and through 13 games, the Bruins have used five different third lines: Kelly between Caron and Smith, Kelly between Brad Marchand and Caron, Kelly between Soderberg and Marchand, Kelly between Soderberg and Caron and Spooner between Kelly and Soderberg.
Now, with Loui Eriksson set to return from his concussion and Marchand remaining on the second line, the B’s will finally use what they had initially believed to be their third line.
“You’re trying to get some stability with your lines — a little bit of it anyways,” Claude Julien said. “That’s not always easy ‘ you need guys to play well in their positions and their spots. So that line was good for us I thought in the preseason and it gave us some hope that our third line would be a little bit more productive than it had been the year before. So we’ll see where that takes us and reuniting those three guys.”
|Bruins bounce back to beat Ducks in shootout on Jarome Iginla goal||10.31.13 at 9:46 pm ET|
The Bruins bounced back from a bad start and picked up a 3-2 shootout win over the Ducks on Thursday at TD Garden. Jarome Iginla had the only goal of the shootout, ending a two-game losing streak for the B’s and improving them to 8-4-0 on the season.
Zdeno Chara tied the game with a power-play goal off a pass from David Krejci in front with 2:50 to play. The goal was Chara’s second of the season, and in picking up the primary assist Krejci managed to register at least one point for the 10th time in 12 games this season.
The Ducks got on the board in the first period when a Carl Soderberg defensive zone turnover led to a Devante Smith-Pelly goal just 1:52 into the game. It was a rough first period for the B’s, who were credited with one shot on goal but appeared to have none through the first 20 minutes.
The Bruins found both their legs and more chances in the second period, tying the game on a breakaway goal from Soderberg, but they surrendered a goal to Mathieu Perreault off a Gregory Campbell faceoff loss with 20.9 seconds left in the second, putting them behind once again going into the third period.
Johnny Boychuk left the game in the second period and did not return to the game. He played only three shifts in the second and missed the last 14:39 of the period. The reason for Boychuk’s absence is unknown.
The Bruins will try to make it two wins in a row Saturday when they take on the Islanders in New York.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
— Ryan Spooner, who was called up Thursday, was able to produce in his first NHL game of the season. The 21-year-old earned his first career NHL point, as he got the secondary assist on Soderberg’s goal thanks to his breakout pass to Chris Kelly. He went first in the shootout and was stopped.
Spooner, who was one of the final cuts in training camp but was sent back largely because there wasn’t room for another center on the NHL roster, centered Kelly and Soderberg, with Jordan Caron sitting out as a healthy scratch.
|Carl Soderberg cleared to play, could return Saturday vs. Lightning||10.18.13 at 4:46 pm ET|
Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters after Friday’s practice that forward Carl Soderberg has been cleared to play after recovering from an ankle injury suffered in the preseason. That opens the possibility that he could play Saturday against the Lightning.
Soderberg skated on the third line in Friday’s practice, taking Jordan Caron‘s place on the third line with Chris Kelly and Brad Marchand. Caron did not practice Friday, with Julien telling reporters that the forward was given a maintenance day.
Following the injury to Soderberg, Caron stepped into the lineup in his place and turned in exceptional work through the first two games, making it seem as though Soderberg wouldn’t have a spot by the time he was ready to play. However, with the lines being somewhat shuffled (Reilly Smith was moved up and Marchand down) and Caron coming back to earth a bit, it would appear the B’s would be able to get Soderberg into a game with Kelly and Marchand as his linemates.
|Carl Soderberg takes contact, still a game or two away||10.16.13 at 4:21 pm ET|
SUNRISE, Fla. — Carl Soderberg returned to taking contact Wednesday at BB&T Center as he tries to work his way back from an ankle injury suffered in the preseason. He has missed all five games this season due to the injury, but he was wearing a Merlot sweater Wednesday as the fourth line’s extra forward and participated fully in battle drills.
Following the practice, Claude Julien said that Soderberg is a game or two away from being ready to play in a game for the B’s.
The forward lines for practice were as follows, with Brad Marchand remaining on the third one:
Lucic – Krejci – Iginla
Smith – Bergeron – Eriksson
Marchand – Kelly – Caron
Paille (Soderberg) – Campbell – Thornton
Soderberg had won the third line left wing job in training camp, as the team was set to go with a third line of Chris Kelly between Soderberg and Reilly Smith, but Caron’s improved play seems to have left Soderberg without a spot in the lineup. With that being said, Julien said he’d still like to find a way to get Soderberg into the lineup once he’s ready.
“I think it’s important that we get players in,” Julien said. “He had a really good camp; it’s unfortunate he got hurt then. When the time comes, I’m going to have to make that decision. If I can’t take anybody out, I can’t, but I’d certainly like to get him in there if I could.”
Julien did not seem to think the team would send Soderberg to the AHL for a conditioning assignment.
As for the player himself, Soderberg said that he feels he could get back in a game “very soon.” He said the biggest concern with getting ready to go was taking contact, which he’s now taken.
Said Soderberg: “You always need one or a couple of practices before you get into a game so it’s all set when you [play].”
|Carl Soderberg joins morning skate, not ready to play||10.10.13 at 11:50 am ET|
The Bruins held an optional skate Thursday morning, with Carl Soderberg joining his teammates on the ice for the first time since injuring his left ankle nearly two weeks ago.
Soderberg has been skating on his own since Monday but had not practiced. The morning skate was a good opportunity for the B’s to get him in a practice situation, as morning skates are less physically trying and do not involve contact. Claude Julien said that he Soderberg to practice Friday.
“I think it’s a start,” Julien said. “He’s skated enough the last [few days], so it was good to see him out there and doing at least some line rushes and stuff like that. He’s progressing well, but obviously not ready to play.”
|Bruins could consider AHL conditioning assignment for Carl Soderberg||10.09.13 at 1:05 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — It’s just two games into the season, but it would appear that — barring an injury to a Bruins forward – Carl Soderberg won’t be getting into the Bruins’ lineup any time soon.
Soderberg skated for the third straight day Wednesday (he still hasn’t returned to practice), but with the third line of Chris Kelly between Jordan Caron and Reilly Smith clicking without him since his ankle injury allowed Caron to step into the lineup, there won’t be a job waiting for him when he’s healthy.
Such a scenario would seem a bit far away at this point, but should the Bruins not have a spot for Soderberg for a long stretch once he’s ready to play, they could send him to Providence for up to 14 days on a conditioning assignment without enduring the risk that comes with the waiver process. He would get paid the same amount of money and wouldn’t be subject to waivers, but the B’s could only do it once.
“We’re not there yet, to be honest with you,” Claude Julien said Wednesday.
Last season, the Bruins got busted trying it more than once when they sent defenseman Aaron Johnson on a second conditioning assignment. Upon being notified of it, they had to call Johnson back before he even got to Providence.
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