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Patrice Bergeron’s line too quiet for Bruins 11.06.13 at 7:05 pm ET
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Loui Eriksson is back. Now how about some goals?

No, not just from Eriksson, but from Patrice Bergeron‘€™s line as a whole. Regardless of who else has been on Bergeron’€™s line — and there have been three different configurations so far this season — it hasn’€™t been scoring.

In the last seven games, Bergeron’€™s line, whether Reilly Smith-Bergeron-Eriksson, Smith-Bergeron-Brad Marchand or Marchand-Bergeron-Eriksson, has scored a grand total of one goal. Bergeron is one of the best players in the league (arguably the best player on the Bruins), but top-six lines need to produce, and his hasn’€™t.

Bergeron’€™s third-period goal last Wednesday is the second line’€™s only goal since the Bruins’€™ 5-0 win over the Lightning on Oct. 19. It’€™s safe to say that Lightning game was the most complete game the B’€™s have played this season, and a lot of that is due to the fact that Bergeron’€™s line simply hasn’€™t been going.

Consider that Bergeron himself has been a minus player in two of the last three games and three times this season after having a negative rating in just five games total last season. Goals are being scored against the Bergeron line, but just as worrisome is the fact that it hasn’€™t been producing.

Sure, there are some reasons as to why. Bergeron’€™s coming off a few injuries, there’€™s turnover with Eriksson coming aboard, there have been moving parts on the wings and Marchand is in the midst of what will likely go down as one of the worst slumps (12 games without a goal) of his career. That’€™s no excuse for a line centered by Bergeron to be anything less than very good.

‘€œThere have been a lot of changes, but the bottom line is that you have to find ways to do your job,’€ Bergeron said. ‘€œIt seems now that hopefully it’s going to stay [the same] and we can do some great things.’€

Indeed, it does. Tuesday’€™s game marked the first of this season that the Bruins used the lines they had put in place in the final week of the preseason to be their lineup. Yet injuries to Carl Soderberg and Eriksson messed with that, and on Tuesday the Bruins played their fifth game of the season with the Marchand-Bergeron-Eriksson line. It was the first time the trio had played together since the second period of the fourth game of the season.

While the results were underwhelming with a no-show on the scoring sheet, the line actually did play well, with the trio moving the puck well and creating chances in Eriksson’€™s first game back from a concussion.

Encouraging is good, but it doesn’€™t put points on the table. Marchand, who spent four games and a period on the third line after a demotion against the Blue Jackets last month, has just one goal through 14 games this season. Last season he’€™d already scored nine times through 14 contests.

Between Marchand’€™s struggles and Eriksson’€™s absence, Claude Julien doesn’€™t sound too surprised by the lack of offensive output.

‘€œYou’€™ve got a guy that just came back from a concussion, and you’€™ve got another guy that hasn’€™t played extremely well,’€ Julien said. ‘€œThere’€™s a mixture there that doesn’€™t really [suggest] success, does it? I think it’€™s just a matter of getting those guys going.’€

Tuesday was definitely a step in the right direction, but the B’€™s need their second line’€™s fortune to change if the team wants to have the success of years past. Remember, all three members of the line (Bergeron, Tyler Seguin and Marchand) found themselves top five in the league in plus/minus two seasons ago. Those kind of numbers don’€™t come without putting the puck in the net.

‘€œI’m trying to play my game and do everything right, but production is part of my game also, and I need to find that,’€ Bergeron said. ‘€œWith that being said, it’s about bearing down when we do have some chances.’€

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Loui Eriksson, Johnny Boychuk expected to return to Bruins lineup vs. Stars 11.05.13 at 11:58 am ET
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Both Loui Eriksson and Johnny Boychuk are set to return from injuries Tuesday against the Stars. Eriksson has been out with a concussion since Oct. 23, while Boychuk left Thursday’s game after crashing into the boards and did not play Saturday.

Eriksson has passed all the tests required to play, while Boychuk said he is 100 percent. Claude Julien said both are expected to be in Tuesday’s lineup.

“Their status is good,” Julien said. “Loui will definitely be in, more than likely Johnny as well.”

Eriksson skated on the right wing of Patrice Bergeron‘s line in Tuesday’s morning skate. Tuesday marked his fifth consecutive day on the ice, with Monday being the first in which he took contact.

With Eriksson back, the Bruins’ forward lines are as follows:

Lucic – Krejci – Iginla
Marchand – Bergeron – Eriksson
Soderberg – Kelly – Smith
Paille – Campbell – Thornton

For Eriksson, it will be his first game playing against the only other NHL team for which he has played.

“I have a lot of good memories from Dallas, when I played there, but right now they’ve changed almost the whole team,” Eriksson said. “It’s a brand new team for them, but I was in Dallas for eight years. You get used to everything there, and you miss some things there, but it’s nice to come here. It’s a real nice city to play in. ‘€¦ I really like it here, and the team is good too.”

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

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John Scott texted Loui Eriksson to apologize for hit 11.04.13 at 1:38 pm ET
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Bruins forward Loui Eriksson said Monday that John Scott sent him a text message to apologize for an elbow to the head that left Eriksson concussed and Scott suspended for seven games.

“He texted me and wrote me an apology,” Eriksson said. “That was good by him.”

Eriksson is nearing a return to the lineup after practicing and taking contact Monday. As for what he felt about the hit, Eriksson said it wasn’t pretty, but he was relatively measured in speaking about it.

“I didn’t remember the first two minutes after I got hit,” Eriksson said. “I’ve seen the replay, and it wasn’t the prettiest hit. The league made a decision to suspend him for seven games, and they took a good look at it. It’s a bad hit, and I don’t have more to say about that.”

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Loui Eriksson takes contact, could return Tuesday vs. Stars at 12:49 pm ET
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Both Loui Eriksson and Johnny Boychuk were on the ice for Monday’s practice, with Eriksson participating fully and taking contact for the first time since suffering a concussion last month against the Sabres.

Claude Julien also tweaked his lines a bit, moving Reilly Smith down to the third line and having Jordan Caron as the extra forward on Patrice Bergeron‘s line.

Lucic – Krejci – Iginla
Marchand/Caron – Bergeron – Eriksson
Soderberg – Kelly – Smith
Paille – Campbell – Thornton

After practice, Eriksson said that he hopes to return to the lineup Tuesday against his former team.

“The head is getting better and I’m feeling pretty good right now,” he said. “We’ll see about tomorrow. I still have some testing to do, but I’m feeling much better than when I got hit.”

It was just last Monday that Julien had said that Eriksson was “at least” a week away from skating, but he’s zipped through the stages of protocol and could potentially play Tuesday.

“As long as you’ve passed all the different stages of the protocol, you’re good,” Julien said. “He went through one and felt good, then skated, then skated with us on the Island and he skated again yesterday. He’s had no issues so far. Today he had the opportunity to have a full workout with the team, and he still has to go through some tests before he’s cleared, and we’ll go day by day with his situation.”

As for Boychuk, Julien said the defenseman is still considered day-to-day. Boychuk left Thursday’s game against the Ducks after crashing into the boards in the second period and did not play Saturday against the Islanders.

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Report: Bruins send Ryan Spooner back to Providence 11.03.13 at 3:22 pm ET
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According to Kirk Luedeke, the Bruins have sent forward Ryan Spooner back to Providence. Spooner was recalled Thursday and has played in the Bruins’ last two games, picking up a secondary assist in each contest.

With Spooner back in Providence, the Bruins can insert Jordan Caron back into the lineup after the 23-year-old spent the last two games as a healthy scratch. It is also an indication that Loui Eriksson, who is back skating, is getting closer to making a return to the lineup.

Eriksson skated in Saturday’s morning skate (non-contact), and it is currently unknown whether he has been cleared to take contact. Whether he participates in practice Monday will be very telling in that regard.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

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Loui Eriksson skates with Bruins teammates 11.02.13 at 12:31 pm ET
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Loui Eriksson took the ice with his Bruins teammates for morning skate at Nassau Coliseum Saturday, marking the first time he’s stated since suffering a concussion last Wednesday against the Sabres.

Morning skates are non-contact and are usually a good opportunity for teams to get rehabbing players back on the ice with the rest of the team. Claude Julien had said Friday that Eriksson had passed the exertion test required to begin working out.

Johnny Boychuk, who is day-to-day after crashing into the boards in the second period Thursday against the Ducks, was not on the ice Saturday.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

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Loui Eriksson passes exertion test, can work out 11.01.13 at 4:02 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins delivered some good news on the Loui Eriksson front Friday, as coach Claude Julien said that Eriksson, who has been out with a concussion since last Wednesday, passed the exertion test required to begin working out.

Eriksson has yet to begin skating and isn’t expected to until next week at the earliest, but the fact that he’s progressing is obviously a good sign.

“That’€™s still a day-to-day process,” Julien said of Eriksson’s progress. “Whether he keeps moving forward or whether we have to hold him back, we’€™ll only know one day at a time.”

Eriksson suffered his concussion on a headshot from Sabres forward John Scott. The league suspended Scott seven games for the hit.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

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