|Bruins recall Alexander Khokhlachev, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek and Matt Lindblad||04.13.14 at 12:55 pm ET|
The Bruins recalled four forwards from Providence on an emergency basis Sunday morning. Alexander Khokhlachev, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek and Matt Lindblad will all join the team in New Jersey and be available for the team’s regular-season finale against the Devils.
Khokhlachev is the only one of the four who has yet to play an NHL game, and as such, the 2011 second-round pick will in all likelihood make his NHL debut. He has 21 goals and 36 assists for a team-leading 57 points in 63 games for Providence this season.
Florek played very well for the Bruins in a three-game stint with the team in January, scoring a goal and adding an assist for two points while subbing on the team’s fourth line. Cunningham and Lindblad each played one game apiece.
The forwards will be used both due to injuries (Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron both left Saturday’s game, while Chris Kelly has missed the last two and won’t play Sunday) and perhaps for the sake of rest of other players. According to the Boston Globe, Bergeron, Paille, Kelly, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla did not travel to New Jersey.
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|Bruins return Matt Lindblad to Providence||03.15.14 at 7:08 pm ET|
The Bruins returned forward Matt Lindblad to Providence Saturday after he made his NHL debut in a 5-1 win over the Hurricanes.
The team had recalled Lindblad so they could see him in NHL action and played him in place of Shawn Thornton, who was a healthy scratch. Lindblad logged 8:25 of ice time with an even rating and no shots on goal.
“I liked his game,” Claude Julien said. “He skates well, quick skater, quick thinker. He made some real good heads-up plays, so like I’ve said all along, I like his hockey sense.”
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|Matt Lindblad recalled, ‘more than likely’ to play for Bruins Saturday||03.14.14 at 1:41 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins recalled forward Matt Lindblad from Providence Friday and Claude Julien suggested he will play Saturday against the Hurricanes.
Julien said that the recall has nothing to do with players being injured, though with Daniel Paille expected to return to the lineup Saturday, a regular forward would have to come out of the lineup in order for Lindblad to play.
In 43 games for Providence this season, the Dartmouth College product has seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points and a minus-4 rating.
“He’s been playing well. He’s a guy we wanted to see,” Julien said. “It’s not related to any injuries more than [we want to] have a look at him too. We talk about playoffs around the corner and depth, well, right now we’ve got 13 forwards here. We’ve seen other guys come up, but we haven’t seen him.
“He’s been one of the guys that, to me, was impressive in training camp and is a good two-way player, skates well. We want to give him that opportunity to be seen as well. At one point, more than likely tomorrow, he may be in the lineup.”
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