|Tyler Seguin scratched vs. Lightning||03.03.11 at 7:01 pm ET|
Tyler Seguin is the healthy scratch for the Bruins as they take on the Lightning Thursday night. Seguin has zero points in his last four games, and with the 19-year-old out, Daniel Paille is in, skating with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton.
This will be Seguin’s fifth scratch (fourth of the healthy variety) this season.
|Phil Kessel, Mikhail Grabovski sink Bruins||02.15.11 at 9:36 pm ET|
Kessel ‘ who entered Tuesday riding a streak of 14 straight games without a goal ‘ scored twice on the power play for the Leafs, while Grabovski had two of his own.
Paille, who was playing in his first game since being suspended four games for a blindside hit on Stars forward Raymond Sawada, opened the scoring 8:04 into the first period thanks to an odd bounce off Mike Komisarek. The Leafs responded in the first period when Kessel batted a rebound past Tim Thomas with Zdeno Chara in the penalty box for boarding.
Toronto took a 2-1 lead in the second thanks to Grabovski’s strike, though the B’s came back with a power-play tally from Campbell and went ahead on Bergeron’s 20th goal of the season in the third period. Grabovski put the Leafs up for good at 18:59 with a wrist shot that beat Thomas.
With the loss, Thomas fell to 26-8-6 and has now allowed 15 goals in his last 10 periods. James Reimer got the win for the Leafs, improving to 7-4-1.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
— Not only did Kessel score for the first time in 14 games, but he scored his first and second goals against his old team. Not counting Kessel’s shootout tally against the B’s on Dec. 4 (which does not count as an actual goal in the player’s stats), Kessel went without a goal in his first nine games against the Bruins since being traded to the Maple Leafs in September of 2009.
Both of Kessel’s goals came on the power play, so he was still a minus-2 on the night given that he was out there for Paille and Bergeron’s goals.
Turns out there will not be a 15th game of Phil Kessel’s goal-less streak, as he scored with 2:38 remaining in the first period to tie the game Tuesday night. After one, the B’s and Leafs are tied, 1-1.
Mikhail Grabovski took a hard hit into the boards from Zdeno Chara and was slow to get up late in the period. Chara went off for boarding, with Kessel tipping a pick past Tim Thomas on the power play. The Leafs finished the period 1-for-2 on the man advantage, while there were no Toronto penalties.
After one, the Bruins are outshooting the Leafs, 14-12.
Daniel Paille had a lot of time recently to think about and reflect on his Feb. 3 hit on Raymond Sawada. The blindside hit landed the Bruins forward a four-game suspension, and on Monday the Stars announced that Sawada, who hasn’t played since due to a shoulder injury sustained on the play, has been placed on injured reserve.
Paille said the day of his suspension that he felt the hit was clean, and that his intention was to hit Sawada shoulder-to-shoulder. The hit was a popular topic in Boston given that Andrew Ference and Patrice Bergeron said they didn’t condone dirty hits, and Paille admitted that he received plenty of feedback over the last 12 days.
“Pretty much the whole time, whether I watched it or heard about it, or talked about about it with other people, I just got different views from a lot of people,” he said. “Mostly a lot of people supported me, saying that they could tell I was trying to hit his shoulder. The majority thought it was a clean hit, but I can understand how it was a borderline hit.”
The winger admitted that he spent a lot of time during the suspension watching the video of the hit over and over. Not known for being a dirty player, Paille said that he even found himself watching the video in the days following his hearing “just to see what went wrong.”
“I remember that first day, I must have watched it tons. Dozens of times, for sure,” he said. “I’d watch it here and there just to see how things have changed and get a different aspect and think about it differently. Especially that first day, I watched it time and time again.”
|Bruins recall Jordan Caron from Providence||02.07.11 at 6:28 pm ET|
In an announcement that would probably be much bigger news if it weren’t for Marc Savard‘s season ending, the Bruins on Monday recalled winger Jordan Caron from Providence. Caron began the season in the NHL before being sent down on Dec. 6.
In 20 games for Boston this season, Caron had three goals and four assists for seven points and averaged 13:17 of ice time per night. The 20-year-old had 6-11=17 totals for Providence over 27 games.
The Bruins are currently without winger Daniel Paille for the next three games due to a four-game suspension, which could potentially help Caron find a spot in the lineup given that both players are strong on the penalty kill.
Caron was selected by the Bruins with the 25th overall pick of the 2009 NHL draft. He impressed early on in training camp but struggled with confidence, making him a healthy scratch in the game’s first season. He went on to score his first career goal against Martin Brodeur on Oct. 16, his second NHL game. Caron did not score a goal over the 13 games leading to his demotion.
|Tim Thomas to start for Bruins vs. Sharks||02.05.11 at 12:31 pm ET|
Thomas, in the midst of a career year, leads the league in both goals against average (1.82) and save percentage (.945) and is tied for the NHL lead in shutouts (7) and wins (25). In his last start, he made 24 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes Monday in Carolina. Niemi is 14-3-3 this season with a 2.75 GAA and .911 save percentage.
Bruins forward Daniel Paille will serve the first game of his four-game suspension Saturday and will be eligible to return Feb. 15 against the Maple Leafs.
|Peter Chiarelli: Trade options slim due to tight competition in West||02.04.11 at 7:50 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli took some time to discuss Daniel Paille‘s four-game suspension with the media on Friday, saying that he felt the length of the ban was “stiff” but that he likes the parameters the league uses to determine such suspensions. Perhaps more notably, Chiarelli touched on how he might like to improve the club.
Chiarelli, who had recently said that in a perfect world, he would like to add “a defenseman that could log some minutes,” hinted at the same thing Friday, saying that he wanted a blueliner who could “ease some of the minutes off of our players.”
The GM noted that such an acquisition could be tough to make given how close the teams in the Western Conference are right now. Prior to Friday night’s game, only three points separate the 11th-place Flames and the fourth-place Predators.
‘Right now, everything is very, very tight,’ Chiarelli said. ‘You hear that from me every year a month before the deadline, and it’s even more true now. The standings are tight. Usually your trading partners are in the West. It’s very, very tight.’
As for whether he could make a trade to replace Marc Savard‘s contributions should the center be shut down for the season, Chiarelli feels that “that player is not available” via trade. Placing Savard on long-term injury reserve would allow the team more spending money with the center’s cap hit not a factor.
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