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Claude Julien growing tired of ‘carelessness’ and ‘poor work ethic’ 02.11.15 at 7:27 am ET
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As bad as the Bruins power play was Tuesday night in a 5-3 loss to the Stars, Claude Julien sees a bigger problem. His team is getting sloppy and careless when it matters most.

One example came when the Bruins had tied the game in the second period, 3-3. They get a power play and a chance to take their first lead. Instead, they allow their second short-handed goal of the night. They couldn’t recover.

“I think carelessness is one [issue],” Julien said. “[Just] poor work ethic on the power play. When you looked at even the second goal, you know, our coming back and our two guys back there are just flat-footed and just kind of lackadaisical and very soft and real disappointing that our power play was like that tonight. We talk about the lack of power plays we get, and tonight we get some and we don’€™t do anything with it so we only have ourselves to look at and blame ourselves for this, not only the power play but this loss.

“I thought when we tied it 3-3, the start of our second period, even in our second period, I think we had at least seven good scoring chances. But a lot like last game, too, we had some great opportunities right in front of the net and we’re not burying those. Same thing with Montreal, in the first period we could have had the lead 1-0 with Price out of the net and they’ve got guys in the crease and we didn’t bury those, so again it’s a challenge of burying your chances, and what it ends up doing is giving them the opportunity to take a lead.

“And our power play wasn’t good, but at the same time we had lots of opportunities to score goals tonight throughout the whole night. We had lots of shots, lots of loose pucks in front, and because you don’t bury those you end up on the losing side of things, and that’s one of the reasons, besides not having enough guys playing at their capabilities.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Tyler Seguin questionable to play against Bruins after missing Stars skate with flu 02.10.15 at 12:33 pm ET
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Tyler Seguin was sent back to the team hotel and missed Tuesday’€™s morning skate with a flu bug that is going around Dallas’€™ team. Coach Lindy Ruff said the team is ‘€œhopeful’€ that Seguin will be able to play Tuesday night against the Bruins.

Should he play, Tuesday will mark the second time that Seguin has played at TD Garden since being traded to Dallas in the summer of 2013. Seguin is flourishing offensively with the Stars, as he is tied for the NHL lead with 59 points and is third with 29 goals.

The Bruins had no absences from morning skate and will ice the same forwards and defensemen that they did Sunday against the Canadiens. Niklas Svedberg, who is back from a four-game conditioning loan in Providence, will make the start for Boston. Tuukka Rask has started the last 11 games for the Bruins, going 7-3-1.

The anticipated lineup for the B’€™s is as follows:

Lucic-Krejci-Pastrnak
Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
Kelly-Soderberg-Eriksson
Paille-Campbell-Cunningham

Chara-Hamilton
Seidenberg-McQuaid
Krug-Miller

Svedberg

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Tuukka Rask: ‘Nobody’s told me otherwise, so I’m sure I’m playing’ vs. Canadiens 02.07.15 at 10:57 pm ET
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After stopping 39 of the 40 shots he faced against the Islanders Saturday, Tuukka Rask said he is ready to go again Sunday against the Canadiens.

“Nobody’€™s told me otherwise, so I’€™m sure I’€™m playing,”€ Rask said Saturday night. “€œIf I play, hopefully we’€™ll get a win so I don’€™t ever have to answer [the] questions again.”

The questions to which Rask refers are those of whether he and the Bruins can beat the Canadiens. Boston has dropped all three of its meetings vs. the Habs this season, with Rask getting yanked in one of his two starts against Montreal.

In his career, Rask is 3-12-3 against the Canadiens in the regular season. While he shut out the Habs in one of his three postseason victories against them last year, Rask acknowledged that the Canadiens have been a problem for the Bruins.

“€œWe try to approach it as any other game, but the fact is that we haven’€™t been able to beat them that many times in the past,”€ he said. “€œWe have to change it because another fact is most likely we’€™re going to face them in the playoffs this year, so we have to learn to play against them.”€

Rask has already played in both games of back-to-backs four times this season. The possibilities to start for the Bruins if Rask doesn’€™t start are Niklas Svedberg and Malcolm Subban, the latter of whom is currently up with the Bruins. Subban hasn’€™t started a game in over two weeks, however, and playing him against the Canadiens in both his first NHL game and his first game at any level in a while would be a very challenging assignment.

Svedberg did not start Saturday in Providence, leaving open the possibility that he could be available for the B’€™s. Svedberg played most of the third period in Montreal in relief of Rask on Oct. 16 and allowed five goals to the Habs on Nov. 13 at the Bell Centre.

Claude Julien did not answer when asked who would be in net Sunday. The Bruins will not have a morning skate Sunday, so its likely that Boston’s starter will not be revealed until warmups at 7 p.m.

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Bruins recall Malcolm Subban, keep shuffled lines in practice 01.30.15 at 11:51 am ET
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Malcolm Subban

Malcolm Subban

WILMINGTON –€” All Bruins were present for Friday’€™s Bruins practice, including a new face.

Goaltender Malcolm Subban was recalled from Providence, as the B’€™s sent backup netminder Niklas Svedberg to Providence on a conditioning loan. Svedberg has played just one game over the last month, a 14-save shutout against the Devils on Jan. 8.

Subban, the Bruins’ first-round pick in the 2012 draft, has allowed one goal in each of his last three starts. On the season, he has a 2.47 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage for Providence.

The plan for Subban is to keep him up for the weekend, with Claude Julien stressing that the recall was more about getting Svedberg into game action with Providence. The Baby B’s have games Friday and Saturday. Svedberg is expected to start Friday’s game, while the plan for Saturday is unclear.

The Bruins kept the same lines they used in Thursday’€™s win over the Islanders:

Lucic-Krejci-Smith
Marchand-Bergeron-Eriksson
Kelly-Soderberg-Pastrnak
Paille-Campbell-Cunningham

The Bruins will return to action Saturday when they host the Kings at TD Garden.

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5 things we learned as Bruins get David Krejci back and win 12.17.14 at 10:47 pm ET
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On Wednesday, the Bruins got three things Bruins fans thought they might never see again: three goals, a win and David Krejci.

After an up-and-down showing from the B’s in Minnesota, Loui Eriksson took a feed from Carl Soderberg and tucked it behind Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom to give the Bruins a 3-2 overtime win over the Wild (click here for the boxscore). The win was Boston’€™s first in four games.

Krejci returned to the lineup after missing the last 11 games. He had one shot on goal and had a minus-13, even-strength Corsi, which was worst among Bruins forwards.

Krejci played a part in Minnesota’€™s game-tying goal in the third period. A turnover from Krejci in the defensive zone led to a Ryan Suter point shot that Niklas Svedberg stopped with his blocker. Zach Trotman picked up the rebound, but Jason Pominville whacked it away from Trotman and into the net to tie the game at two goals apiece.

That said, Krejci’s return is mammoth for the Bruins, who have had their first-line center for just 12 games this season and fell out of a playoff spot without him.

Here are four more things we learned Thursday:

BRUINS STILL LIKE GRIFFITH WITH KREJCI

With Krejci returning to the top line, so too did Seth Griffith. The Bruins have played Griffith as their first-line right wing in every game Krejci has played this season, but they have generally used Griffith as a bottom-six player without Krejci.

It’€™s an odd choice on the Bruins’€™ part to not try other players with Krejci and Milan Lucic to determine how many potential in-house candidates the B’€™s have to fill their seemingly up-for-grabs first-line right wing job. The Bruins have still not tried Loui Eriksson with Krejci and Lucic this season.

The lines were as follows:

Lucic – Krejci – Griffith
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Kelly – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Cunningham

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Chad Johnson gets start for Islanders vs. Niklas Svedberg 10.23.14 at 12:37 pm ET
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Niklas Svedberg

Niklas Svedberg

It will be a battle of Tuukka Rask backups Thursday night at TD Garden, as Niklas Svedberg will oppose former Bruin Chad Johnson as the B’€™s host the Islanders.

The night will center around the return of Johnny Boychuk, who has two goals and four assists for six points in six games this season after being traded to the Islanders.

Other than the goaltender, Boston’€™s lineup appears to be the same as it was Tuesday:

Lucic – Krejci – Griffith
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Kelly – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Gagne

Chara – Hamilton
Seidenberg – Krug
Bartkowski – McQuaid

Svedberg

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Bruins sign Niklas Svedberg to one-way contract, making Chad Johnson return unlikely 06.23.14 at 6:30 pm ET
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The Bruins signed goaltender Niklas Svedberg to a one-year, one-way contract worth $600,000, positioning Svedberg to be Tuukka Rask‘€™s backup and likely signaling the end of Chad Johnson‘€™s time with the team.

Svedberg, who has been with the Bruins for the last two seasons, has spent nearly his entire time with the organization playing for Providence. He won the Aldege ‘€œBaz’€ Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’€™s top goalie in the 2012-13 season, posting a .925 save percentage and 2.17 goals-against average.

Last season, he had a .910 save percentage for Providence with a 2.63 GAA. He made his NHL debut (and only NHL start thus far) last season in a 3-2 win over Nashville on Jan. 2.

Johnson played last season on the same terms as Svedberg will get next season, and his performance as Rask’€™s backup made him a good candidate to get more money and playing time elsewhere, much like Anton Khudobin did last offseason.

With Svedberg a safe bet to be in Boston next season, 2012 first-round pick Malcolm Subban is in line to become Providence’€™s starting goaltender.

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