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Barry Pederson on D&C: Torey Krug’s third-period turnover ‘turning point’ in Game 1 06.13.13 at 10:19 am ET
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Torey Krug's turnover in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night led to the Blackhawks' second goal. (AP)

NESN Bruins analyst Barry Pederson joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday morning, and following the Bruins’ 4-3 triple-overtime loss to the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, Pederson pegged defenseman Torey Krug’s third-period turnover that led to Chicago’s second goal as a turning point.

Krug’s cross-ice pass got intercepted by Andrew Shaw, who assisted Dave Bolland’s goal to cut the Bruins’ lead to 3-2 midway through the third period.

“The Bruins had complete control of this hockey game early in the third with that 3-1 lead. People I think are talking about the deflection, the bad break they got. But to me the turning point of the hockey game was the giveaway by Krug in his own end,” Pederson said. “That’s one of those plays that’s a rookie mistake under pressure. You have the near-side wall is wide open. You either have to carry it up or make that play. As we’re taught as youngsters throughout your hockey career, there’s one play you don’t make in your own end, and that’s cross ice. That to me was the one that really changed things.”

It was that turnover — and the ensuing “emotional letdown” — that did in the Bruins more than potential complacency up by two goals with about half a period to go, Pederson noted.

Despite the error, Pederson said he doesn’t think Claude Julien will bench Krug for Game 2 Saturday, nor does he think the rookie defenseman should be benched. Pederson noted that Krug’s ice time was lessened for much of the rest of the game, but he doesn’t expect that to carry over.

“I would hope not,” Pederson said, “because they really need him. He brings that element of speed and offense to the lineup, and I think he helps their power play as well.”

When the hosts expressed concern that the Bruins, particularly the older players, might be lagging come Saturday, Pederson said not to worry — the Blackhawks are in the same position, after all.

The bigger concern should be replacing Nathan Horton, if needed, after the forward left with an upper-body injury in the first overtime. Pederson suggested moving Tyler Seguin up to replace Horton on the first line, as Julien played it the rest of Game 1.

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A look at every (realistic) scenario to replace Gregory Campbell in Bruins lineup 06.06.13 at 2:17 pm ET
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With Gregory Campbell done for the season with a broken right leg, the Bruins have some decisions to make as they go about addressing their lineup.

Jordan Caron is one of the Bruins' options to enter the lineup. (AP)

Of their four options — Kaspars Daugavins, Jordan Caron, Carl Soderberg and Jay Pandolfo — all but Soderberg present them with multiple moves that would need to be made to fill Campbell’s role at center. That means that either Rich Peverley or Chris Kelly could be looking at moving down to center the fourth line. It’s also worth noting that the B’s might want to consider someone who can take Campbell’s role on the penalty kill.

Soderberg is the only option of the four who can play center, while the other three can kill penalties. The guess here is that it will be Daugavins or Caron. And before we jump into the case for each player, don’t even think about Tyler Seguin moving to center. It’s not happening because he — at this point at least — can’t play the position in the NHL.

Here’s a look at Claude Julien‘s options and how the bottom six forwards look with them in:

KASPARS DAUGAVINS

Last game played: May 1

Why he would make sense: Can kill penalties, has played a game thus far in the postseason.

Why he wouldn’t make sense: Not a center. Hasn’t been overly impressive in his brief time in Boston’s lineup. More turnovers than you’d expect from a defensive-minded forward.

What the bottom six would look like with him:

Paille – Kelly – Seguin
Daugavins – Peverley – Thornton

OR

Daugavins – Kelly – Seguin
Paille – Peverley – Thornton

OR

Paille – Peverley – Seguin
Daugavins – Kelly – Thornton

OR

Daugavins – Peverley – Seguin
Paille – Kelly – Thornton

JORDAN CARON

Last game played: May 22 (for Providence)

Why he would make sense: He’s played the most recently of the Bruins’ options and doesn’t make mistakes. He also kills penalties.

Why he wouldn’t make sense: Putting him in would mean making multiple moves as far as shuffling the lineup goes.

What the bottom six would look like with him:

Paille – Kelly – Seguin
Caron – Peverley – Thornton

OR

Caron – Kelly – Seguin
Paille – Peverley – Thornton

OR

Paille – Peverley – Seguin
Caron – Kelly – Thornton

OR

Caron – Peverley – Seguin
Paille – Kelly – Thornton

CARL SODERBERG

Last game played: April 28

Why he would make sense: Of the options, he’s the only center. You could plug him into Campbell’s spot on the fourth line and not have to make any further changes to the 5-on-5 lineup.

Why he wouldn’t make sense: Lack of experience and the fact that he doesn’t kill penalties. He’s played just six career NHL games, and though he’s had lots of time to get used to the smaller ice in practice, having him figure out the NHL in the playoffs would be a bit risky.

What the bottom six would look like with him:

Peverley – Kelly – Seguin
Paille – Soderberg – Thornton

JAY PANDOLFO

Last game played: April 6

Why he would make sense: Has played 131 career playoff games, can kill penalties.

Why he wouldn’t make sense: Has been out of the lineup for a long, long time. Part of the reason the Bruins played Torey Krug over Aaron Johnson is because Johnson had been out of game action for so long.

What the bottom six would look like with him:

Paille – Kelly – Seguin
Pandolfo – Peverley – Thornton

OR

Paille – Peverley – Seguin
Pandolfo – Kelly – Thornton

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Andy Brickley on M&M: ‘Bruins appear to be very vulnerable right now’ 04.24.13 at 12:18 pm ET
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NESN commentator Andy Brickley joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to talk about the Bruins’ turnover issues, how their defensive pairings might look in the playoffs and how Milan Lucic has responded to being benched on Saturday.

Brickley said he saw a number of recurring issues in the Bruins’ 5-2 loss to the Flyers on Tuesday.

“[I was] surprised by the lack of complete-game effort by Boston,” Brickley. “It’s almost an indifference to their game. Not enough meaningful contact, the turnovers were just way too many. And not just by one player or a handful of players — it’s everybody. When they get good penalty-killing, their power play can’t score. When they get a power-play goal, their penalty kill seems to fall by the wayside.

“When they need a save in a close game, they haven’t gotten it lately. And if you’re looking for that Bruin team that we got so used to liking because they had that cockiness and swagger to them and they had tremendous confidence as a team, it’s just not there, plain and simple. This is a team that no matter where they finish, whether it’s second or fourth in the conference, [potential playoff opponents] will have no reservations because the Bruins appear to be very vulnerable right now.”

Turnovers have plagued the Bruins all over the ice as they’ve continued to struggle recently, and Brickley said he thinks that’s their No. 1 issue at the moment.

“The ones that jump out at you are the ones where the defensemen turn the puck over in their own zone, and a scoring chance or a goal happens,” Brickley said. “But turnovers at the offensive blue line, turnovers deep in the offensive zone, bad passes through center ice — usually when you make mistakes like that, it’s your decision-making.

“Is that a result of mental or physical fatigue? If you told me that in the middle of the third week of March, when they were playing 17 games in that month, I’d say, OK, I get that. But not now. This is where fatigue cannot be part of the equation. You have to compartmentalize, totally focus on the job at hand. And what the Bruins really need is for their leaders to lead and their star players to do more. [Zdeno] Chara can be a better player. [Patrice] Bergeron has been awesome all year long, but I’m going to ask him to do even more. I want [Andrew] Ference to stand up, [Dennis] Seidenberg, those are the guys that really play tons of minutes. Those are the guys that have to lead the way.”

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Milan Lucic a healthy scratch as Carl Soderberg makes NHL debut 04.20.13 at 12:18 pm ET
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Milan Lucic was made a healthy scratch for Saturday’s game against the Penguins and did not take warmups. The scratch comes two days after Lucic skated with the Bruins’ extra forwards in Thursday’s practice.

After scoring 30 goals two seasons ago and scoring 26 last season, Lucic has just six goals in 41 games this season. He has two goals over his last 27 games.

Prior to the lockout, the 24-year-old Lucic signed a three-year contract worth $18 million that will make him the Bruins’ highest-paid forward beginning next season.

With Lucic out, Carl Soderberg was in the lineup for his NHL debut. Dougie Hamilton was also absent from warmups, making he, Aaron Johnson and Wade Redden the healthy scratches on defense. The lines and pairings appeared as follows in warmups:

Daniel Paille – David Krejci – Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Tyler Seguin
Carl Soderberg – Chris Kelly – Jaromir Jagr
Gregory Campbell – Rich Peverley – Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara – Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference – Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski – Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

The Bruins took the ice for warmups wearing hats for the police departments of Massachusetts, Watertown and Boston.

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Carl Soderberg ‘probable’ for Bruins against Penguins 04.18.13 at 1:59 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins coach Claude Julien said following Thursday’s practice that forward Carl Soderberg is “probable” for Friday’s game against the Penguins. Soderberg, who arrived on Tuesday and participated in the Bruins’ morning skate and warmups Wednesday, practiced on the left wing of a line with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr Thursday.

“He skated yesterday. We put him in the warm-up last night to get him the feel of that. He practiced with us today. He’ll skate tomorrow morning,” Julien said. “That’s where I’m going to have to make that decision, whether I feel comfortable enough to give him that shot against Pittsburgh tomorrow or wait another game.”

The 27-year-old Soderberg has played his entire professional career in Sweden. This season, he had 31 goals and 29 assists for 60 points in 54 games for Linkoping HC of the Swedish Elite League.

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Carl Soderberg skates with Bruins, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand to play Wednesday 04.17.13 at 12:00 pm ET
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Carl Soderberg skated with the B's for the first time Wednesday. (WEEI.com photo)

The Bruins got an influx of healthy bodies Wednesday morning as Carl Soderberg skated with the team for the first time, while both Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand (concussions) have been cleared and will be in the lineup for what figures to be an emotional contest against the Sabres.

Soderberg, who arrived Tuesday from Sweden, participated in morning skate on Wednesday but will not be in the lineup against the Sabres. The Bruins feel that it will be beneficial to both Soderberg and the team for him to get some practices in and watch the team from the press box before jumping into game action.

Wade Redden will make his Bruins debut on Wednesday, with it unknown which Bruins defenseman will sit. Andrew Ference was supposed to be a healthy scratch on Monday before the game was postponed, but Adam McQuaid and Matt Bartkowski stayed on the ice a little longer than teammates, suggesting they might be the scratches.

There was a heavy amount of rotating in line rushes for the B’s in Wednesday’s practice, but here’s what the forward lines looked like:

Gregory Campbell – David Krejci – Jaromir Jagr
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille – Chris Kelly – Nathan Horton
Milan Lucic – Rich Peverley – Shawn Thornton

The goaltenders left the ice at pretty much the same time, but it was Anton Khudobin who was the first off. Given the time between games, it would be a bit surprising to see Tuukka Rask sit Wednesday, so stay tuned on that front.

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Bruins officially sign Carl Soderberg to three-year deal 04.13.13 at 5:08 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Swedish center Carl Soderberg has been cleared to join the Bruins. The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation had originally contested Soderberg’s availability, saying that he was under contract with Linkoping until May 15. The NHL, however, ruled that was not the case. Elliotte Friedman of CBC was first to report the news via Twitter. The team also announced on Twitter that Soderberg will wear No. 34.

Here is the Bruins’ press release:

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, April 13, that the club has signed forward Carl Soderberg to a three-year, one-way contract through the 2014-15 season. The NHL approved the Standard Player Contract of Soderberg for registration today at 5:00 p.m.

Soderberg’s salary is worth an annual cap figure of one million dollars. Soderberg will join the club Wednesday, April 17, and will be eligible for the remainder of the NHL regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Chiarelli issued the following statement in regards to Soderberg:

“We are fortunate to get a player like Carl at this stage of the season. I would like to thank the President of the Linkoping hockey club, Mike Helber and their GM, Johan Hemlin, in playing a significant part in allowing Carl to play for the Boston Bruins. Carl is a big strong two way center who can also play wing. We look forward to him joining our team this week.”

In 54 games with Linkoping HC (Swedish Elite League) this year, Soderberg has registered 31 goals and 29 assists for 60 points with a +18 rating. The 27-year-old forward is ranked 1st the SEL in goals (31), second in points (60), seventh in assists (29) and 12th in plus/minus rating (+18). Linköping HC and Soderberg were eliminated from the Swedish Elite League Playoffs on Friday, April 5 with the final series score of 4-1.

In 2011-12, Soderberg was second on Linköping HC in points (35) and assists (21), and was tied for second in goals (14).

In two seasons with Linkoping HC, Soderberg has skated in 96 games, notching 45 goals, 50 assists for 95 points with a +24 rating. Prior to joining Linköping HC, the 27-year-old forward skated in 219 games with the Malmo Redhawks (Sweden 1st Division) from 2005-2010 tallying 80-159=239 totals with a combined +69 rating.

The 6’3’’ 218-pound native of Malmo, Sweden was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the second round (49th overall) the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The Bruins acquired Soderberg from the Blues on July 23, 2007 in exchange for goaltender Hannu Toivonen.

For more on Soderberg, click here to read D.J. Bean’s column on the center.

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