|Bruins use power play to gain momentum||02.02.10 at 7:46 pm ET|
The Capitals are giving the Bruins some power play chances early. For once, Boston has been able to capitalize.
The Bruins got on the power play early when Washington center Nicklas Backstrom went to the box for a hold at 1:04. It was for naught though as the Bruins’ Blake Wheeler gave the man-advantage back with an interference call at 2:16. The Bruins may have lost the opportunity but were able to kill the rest of Wheeler’s penalty to get back to even strength.
Minutes later, the Bruins found themselves with a golden opportunity to jump on the best team in the Eastern Conference. Capitals’ forward Matt Bradley went to the box for a hold and was joined 1:12 later by Alexander Semin on a high stick. Boston wasted no time with the two-man advantage as seconds later Marc Savard crossed the puck across the crease to David Krejci on the baseline. Krejci bent his knees and torqued a shot back across Washington goalie Jose Theodore’s pads to the back of the net for a 1-0 Boston advantage.
The Bruins are doing what they need to do — putting pucks in front of the net, keeping the pressure on and limiting the explosive Capitals chances. It has resulted in a significant shot advantage and, most importantly, a one goal lead heading into the second period.
Bruins – 13
Capitals – 5
|Thornton, Sobotka make way for Sturm, Begin||01.30.10 at 7:49 pm ET|
BOSTON – The Bruins welcomed their leading goal scorer back to action on Saturday night when Marco Sturm strode onto the TD Garden ice against the Los Angeles Kings.
He missed the last six games with a leg injury, taking his 15 goals with him.
Steve Begin also returned after missing the last five games with a lower body injury. Shawn Thornton and Vladimir Sobotka were healthy scratches to make room on the 20-man game roster.
Thornton, with just one goal in 50 games, and Sobotka (4g, 3a in 43 games) have been very disappointing in their production as forwards and the Bruins are in desperate need of a jump-start to their offense. Entering Saturday, they had an NHL-low 128 goals.
But some of the focus before the game was on those injured Bruins who recently returned – namely Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard.
“Patrice has been good for us all year,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “It hasn’t been an issue at all with him. He’s been our most reliable player from day one.”
To Julien’s point, the Bruins are 15-5-3 when Bergeron scores or records an assist. Bergeron entered Saturday with 21 assists, second on the team to Zdeno Chara’s 25.
Savard returned on Friday after missing eight games with a knee injury. He had an assist in the 2-1 loss at Buffalo. The team is 11-3-1 when he records a point in a game. Read the rest of this entry »
|Bruins ready to bounce back against Buffalo||01.28.10 at 1:44 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — After a week of practice to get healthy and screw their heads on straight, the Bruins will travel to Buffalo on Friday to take on the Northeast Division leading Sabres. It is an interesting challenge for Boston as the Buffalo is 15 points ahead of the Bruins in the standings but has been in a bit of a funk for the last week, going 1-3-1 in its last five games. The Sabres did snap a three game skid by beating the Devils 2-1 in a shootout on Wednesday night in New Jersey and remain a very dangerous team in the Eastern Conference.
“They are a pretty good team, they are playing well,” coach Claude Julien said. “I saw them play yesterday against New Jersey. They are playing with lots of confidence, they got great goaltender which keeps them in the game. They gave up 40 shots last night and only gave up a goal. We are already challenged a little bit in the goal scoring department so we are going to have to work just that much harder to get past this guy.”
The Sabres goaltender is Ryan Miller who is expected to be the starting net-minder for Team USA in the Vancouver Olympics and is second in the NHL with a 2.06 goals-against average. As Julien said, with the Bruins scoring woes, it will indeed be a challenge. Read the rest of this entry »
|Bruins hit practice with help on the way||01.25.10 at 2:01 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — A Bruins fan taped a sign to the bleachers at the Bruins practice facility at Ristuccia Arena Monday morning that read: “Success is how high you bounce when you hit rock bottom,” — General George Patton. Monday’s practice was spirited from the get-go, with coach Claude Julien running full ice drills early as he tries to keep his team focused through this extended slump during which time Boston has dropped from the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference to the ninth.
The B’s hope that when they take to the ice for Friday’s game in Buffalo that the team will have a couple of key forwards back in the fold. With three more full practices before then, the Bruins have some housekeeping to take care of as they try to bounce back from this horrendous stretch of losses.
“Today was just things you have to do, things that you have to work on,” defenseman Derek Morris said. “It is going to be a long week of practice. We have to forget about those ones behind us and worry about the ones coming up. Win three, four, five games in a row and we are back up there in fifth moving our way back up. Everybody is kind of counting us out. We are not out yet and we are getting some guys back, we are getting healthy and we just have to worry about the next one.”
Speaking of getting healthy, Marc Savard was slotted into a line with Miroslav Satan and Daniel Paille. It was the first time since he sustained his injury that he has participated in full practice activities with linemates. He is still wearing a brace on his injured knee but says that he does not think about it much.
“It was a good test for it, got a little tired towards the end, but other than that, it felt strong,” Savard said. “Did everything, did the battle drills toward the end, felt good skating, hands felt good. Hopefully this time around I can be more of a presence when I get back.”
Savard said it definitely has been frustrating to watch his teammates and not be able to help out. At the same time, he is making sure that when he does come back that he will be an effective member of the team.
“It seems like when it rains, it pours. It is an old saying, but it seems that is what is happening right now,” Savard said. “Perhaps we just have to get the first goal in a game. We have a good week of preparation this week and we will keep on working until Friday.”
Byron Bitz rejoined practice for the first time since the Bruins came back from their three-game California trip.
“Feel good, full practice today. Stayed out the whole time. Hopefully it keeps progressing,” Bitz said. Bitz now has skated three days in a row and is shooting for Friday as his return date. “Third day in a row now on the ice, [the stamina] is coming back. Only had a week off so you don’t lose too much in that time, and we have three more practices to recover.”
Marco Sturm and Steve Begin, both who have been listed as day-to-day for the last week, did not skate and continue to be on the watch list. Julien does not know when to expect them on the ice and says that he can only go off what the training staff tells him.
“Just to clarify things, we have had players who we were saying were day-to-day, and those guys were day-to-day,” Julien said. “Sometimes day-to-day becomes a week situation. If I had known they would have been out for a week, I would have told you. Right now, Marco is still day-to-day but the hope is that he is going to start skating this week. That is all I can tell you right now.”
Here is the list of participation by sweater color:
Grey — Michael Ryder, David Krejci, Blake Wheeler.
Yellow — Patrice Bergeron, Mark Recchi, Milan Lucic.
White – Satan, Savard, Paille.
Red — Shawn Thornton (left early), Vladimir Sobotka, Bitz.
Bright Red — Drew Larman, Trent Whitfield.
Defense — Zdeno Chara, Morris, Matt Hunwick, Dennis Wideman, Johnny Boychuck, Mark Stuart, Adam McQuaid.
Goaltenders – Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask.
|Savard Joins Full Practice||01.22.10 at 12:21 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins are working on some power play drills and some from the corner 2-on-1 drills today at Ristuccia as they try to forget Thursday’s painful upset at the hands of the Blue Jackets. Marc Savard is on the ice wearing a red sweater and lightly participating in the session after a solo workout this morning.
“I felt great today,” Savard said. “I was only going to go out for a bit and ended up staying the whole way . . . We haven’t talked about [playing this weekend.] For now it is still next Friday. It is going to be up to the coaching staff and the training staff and how comfortable they are with it. I don’t have any pain and that is a good sign. I have the brace and felt solid out there.”
Other than that, the lines look like they are the same as last night. Marco Sturm, Steve Begin and Byron Bitz are not on the ice and Drew Larman is sticking around with the big club for at least one more day. Defenseman Andrew Ference is also still on the inactive list.
“Just going day-by-day,” Larman said before the Columbus game. “I am looking to bring my best to the ice.”
For those who may not be familiar with Larman, this is how he describes his game: “Strong two-way player, very solid in the defensive zone and reliable. Strong on face offs, strong on the penalty kill, getting in the right lanes, having and active stick, chipping in offensively with the right timing of a goal,” Larman said.
Larman had seven shifts with 5:29 of ice time on Thursday and recorded one shot.
- Here are the lines by sweater color:
Yellow: Patrice Bergeron, Mark Recchi, Daniel Paille
White: Michael Ryder, Trent Whitfield, Miroslav Satan
Grey: Blake Wheeler, David Krejci, Milan Lucic
Red: Larman, Vladimir Sobotoka, Shawn Thornton, Savard
Defensemen: Zdeno Chara, Derek Morris, Mark Stuart, Dennis Wideman, Matt Hunwick, Johnny Boychuk
Tuukka Rask and Tim Thomas are both present and accounted for in the opposing goals.
- The Bruins will wear their Winter Classic sweaters tomorrow for their matinee rematch against Ottawa. This will be the second of four times that Boston will wear the sweaters this year.
|Savard shooting for next week, Sturm out again||01.21.10 at 12:06 pm ET|
Here are the notes from the morning skate at TD Garden.
– The Bruins recalled 24-year-old Drew Larman from Providence, which means that Marco Sturm, Steve Begin and Byron Bitz all will once again be unavailable for Boston Thursday evening when the B’s take on Columbus at TD Garden. None of the three forwards participated in the morning skate. Coach Claude Julien would not describe Bitz or Begin’s injuries because they could “be back at any time” and doing so would be a “liability.” Sturm left practice yesterday to prevent a setback with the leg injury he has been dealing with in the past week.
“He didn’t set himself back he just felt that he wasn’t ready so he pulled himself off before he set himself back,” Julien said.
There are no smoke and mirrors with the Bruins injury situation right now as the players who took part in the morning skate will be the ones to take the ice tonight.
“What you saw out there is what we got,” Julien said. “I don’t think there are any secrets there. We have got our 20 guys and that is what we will run with.”
– Marc Savard spoke the the media after the skate and said that he expects to be back in the lineup next Friday on the road against Buffalo. He sustained a Grade 2 partial MCL tear against Chicago 28-seconds into the first period on January 7th. Today was the second day that he has skated and he has been wearing a big brace on during his workouts.
“When I am actually out there and doing stuff and skating I am not thinking about it but when I stop I think about it for a bit. But, besides for that it feels pretty normal,” Savard said.
“Hopefully I am better for all of this and I finish strong,” Savard said. “I was out there today and I felt pretty good. I said ‘maybe I can come back Sunday?’ But that is not the case. I have got to watch it and make sure, you don’t want to come back on Sunday and hurt it again and be losing my mind. I am just going to work through it and have a good skate tomorrow and go from there.”
– Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice which probably means that he will get the start tonight against the Blue Jackets.
|Savard out 3-4 weeks with MCL tear||01.09.10 at 11:04 am ET|
The Bruins top-line center Marc Savard will be out 3-4 weeks with a Grade 2 partial MCL tear in his right knee. Savard will not require surgery. The team made the announcement this morning prior to its 1 p.m. game against the Rangers at TD Garden.
“It’s unfortunate,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “Anytime you lose a player it’s an unfortunate situation. Especially we know what Savvy can bring to our hockey club but again, that’s part of the game.”
Savard suffered the injury in the opening minute of Thursday’s 5-2 loss to Chicago.
“You hear me repeating myself in that regard, but we’ll just make the best of it as far as having to grind it out a little bit more and getting those gritty wins,” Julien reiterated.
David Krejci becomes the top center on the Bruins roster, joined by the likes of Trent Whitfield and Vladimir Sobotka. Steve Begin will be moved to center from his customary left wing position.
“We felt center was our strength, with David Krejci in there, with Savvy and Bergy, and obviously even Steve Begin was the ideal centerman on the fourth line,” Julien said.
“Vladdy has done a great job of filling in that area, too. We really feel we got a couple of good guys to fill in the spot. That’s been a position of strength. We lose that and now we’ve got to adjust to that. I’m not going to tell you anything you haven’t heard before. Everybody’s got to pick up their game, everybody’s got to grind it out, and we have to find ways to win hockey games here because that’s the most important thing right now.”
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