|Kaspars Daugavins not at morning skate, David Krejci wouldn’t want a teammate to pull his shootout move||04.02.13 at 12:20 pm ET|
Bruins forward Kaspars Daugavins was expected to have his work visa issues squared away for Tuesday, but he was not on the ice for the team’s morning skate.
The Bruins claimed Daugavins from the Senators last Wednesday, but the Latvian-born player has been unable to get his work visa because the US Embassy was closed from Good Friday through Easter Monday. The B’s had aimed to have everything in order for Tuesday. Whether that will still happen remains unclear.
“I really don’t have that answer,” Claude Julien said. “I know that he was supposed to meet people today because the Easter holiday’s over, so people are back at work, so he [was supposed to be] meeting this morning. I’m not quite sure. We expect him today. Whether it happens or not, I don’t know.”
As for whether Daugavins would be a possibility to play against his former club on Tuesday night, Julien said such a scenario is unlikely.
“I doubt it,” he said. “I’m not going to say no. If he shows up and we feel if we need him, I haven’t talked to upper management about that situation more than, right now they’re trying to get his visa status resolved more than worrying about anything else right now.”
In 19 games for the Senators this season, Daugavins has one goal and two assists for three points. He’s more of a defensive forward, though he is perhaps best known for being an absolute laugh riot with his shootout attempt against Tuukka Rask earlier this season.
Asked about the shootout move, David Krejci says he wasn’t a fan and wouldn’t want his teammate to attempt it.
“I wouldn’t like it if my teammate tried [it], because we know we need points. If he scored, it would be different, but you need points. You don’t want to put on a show. You just try to put the puck in the net and that’s how you go [about it] in a shootout. I thought it was creative — I’d never seen anything like that, but I wouldn’t like it if my teammate tried.”
Daugavins actually scored using the move in the AHL, but he’s just 1-for-4 in shootouts in his NHL career.
Also missing from the morning skate was forward Lane MacDermid, who Julien said “suffered a minor injury.”
|Anton Khudobin shuts out Sabres||03.31.13 at 10:08 pm ET|
The win was Boston’s first in their last three games and gave them 48 points, which puts them one point behind the Canadiens for the Northeast Division lead. Both teams have played 34 games.
The game was scoreless through the first two periods before Krejci got the Bruins on the board by burying a rebound from a Horton bid in front. Matt Bartkowski sent the pass to Horton in the zone to set up the goal, giving him his first NHL assist in 12 career games. Horton made it 2-0 shortly after by beating Ryan Miller in front off a feed from Krejci. Horton now has goals in three straight games and has 11 on the season.
Khudobin made 26 saves in the victory.
The Bruins will return to Boston and host the Senators Tuesday at TD Garden.
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|Bruins assign Ryan Spooner to Providence||03.24.13 at 11:25 am ET|
The Bruins assigned center Ryan Spooner back to Providence Sunday. Spooner, who was recalled Monday following David Krejci‘s knee injury against the Penguins, played in the last three games for the Bruins.
Spooner, a second-round pick in 2010, didn’t collect a point in his stint with the B’s and has no points and an even rating in four NHL games this season.
|David Krejci returns for Bruins, Rich Peverley a healthy scratch||03.21.13 at 7:42 pm ET|
With Krejci returning, Ryan Spooner was kept in the lineup, while Rich Peverley was made a surprise healthy scratch. Spooner replaced Peverley on the third line with Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron.
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|David Krejci a game-time decision vs. Senators||at 1:22 pm ET|
“We’ll see how he feels after warmups,” Julien told reporters. “If he feels good, then he’s going to go.”
Krejci missed Tuesday’s loss to the Jets after getting hit in the knee with a Johnny Boychuk slapshot in Sunday’s loss to the Penguins. Ryan Spooner filled in for him, centering the top line on Tuesday.
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|Ryan Spooner to center Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton vs. Jets||03.19.13 at 2:09 pm ET|
Ryan Spooner has only played one career NHL game, but it appears his second one will carry a ton of responsibility.
Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters in Winnipeg Tuesday that Spooner, who was called up Monday on an emergency basis from Providence, will start on Boston’s top line Tuesday against the Jets, centering Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton in place of the injured David Krejci. Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe noted during Tuesday’s morning skate that Spooner was also working with the Bruins’ top power play unit with Lucic, Horton, Dougie Hamilton and Tyler Seguin.
Spooner played 5:29 in his NHL debut last month against the Canadiens.
|Bruins recall Ryan Spooner on emergency basis||03.18.13 at 5:15 pm ET|
The Bruins called up Ryan Spooner from Providence on an emergency basis Monday, shortly after it was learned that David Krejci is day-to-day with a right knee injury. Spooner will join the team in Winnipeg and will be available for Tuesday’s game against the Jets.
Spooner was up with the B’s once last month, playing 5:29 in his NHL debut on Feb. 6 against the Canadiens. In 50 games this season, he has 12 goals and 33 assists for 45 points.