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Struggling Bruins return to practice without Patrice Bergeron 01.05.15 at 11:24 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Patrice Bergeron was the lone Bruin absent from Monday’€™s practice at Ristuccia Arena, which began half an hour later than scheduled.

Coming off perhaps their lowest point of the season in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Hurricanes that saw most of their forwards go without a shot on goal, the B’€™s were scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. skate in Wilmington, but the ice remained vacant until Dennis Seidenberg stepped on 28 minutes later, with teammates trickling out shortly after.

Bergeron missed last Monday’€™s game against the Red Wings with an undisclosed injury but has played in three games since. Claude Julien said after the practice that Monday was a maintenance day for Bergeron.

With Bergeron absent, Boston’€™s lines were as follows:

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

All seven defensemen and both goaltenders participated in practice.

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Bruins fall in shootout to Hurricanes 01.04.15 at 3:57 pm ET
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You’€™ll never guess what the Bruins did Sunday.

Looking for their first win in three games, the Bruins, behind two nonexistent periods, lost in a shootout to the second-worst team in the league as the Hurricanes took a 2-1 victory over the struggling B’€™s in Carolina. With the loss, the Bruins fell to 19-15-6 on the season.

Though the Bruins have actually gotten points in four straight (1-0-3), Sunday’€™s loss is the latest low point of the season for Boston. The Bruins are now 0-1-3 this season in games in which they have a healthy lineup.

The Bruins didn’€™t land a shot on goal until 16:55 of the first period and managed to get just two pucks on net in the first period altogether. For the second straight game, Claude Julien changed up his top-six wingers during the game, as he switched right wings Seth Griffith and Reilly Smith a day after switching first-and-second-line left wings Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand.

Patrick Dwyer scored for Carolina in the final minute of the first period, with Patrice Bergeron getting the Bruins on the board with a one-timer off a feed from Marchand at 14:35 of the second period. Bergeron nearly netted the game-winner in overtime, but Nathan Gerbe got a stick on the puck to break up Bergeron’€™s backhand bid.

The B’€™s managed just two shots on goal in the third period, with seven B’€™s forwards going the whole 65-minute contest without a shot on goal (David Krejci, Griffith, Marchand, Loui Eriksson, Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell, Craig Cunningham).

Tuukka Rask stopped 35 of the 36 shots he faced during game action and surrendered the lone goal of the shootout to Eric Staal. The Bruins are now 1-1-3 in the last five games in which Rask has allowed two goals or less.

The Bruins will next play Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

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Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron return to Bruins lineup 12.31.14 at 6:37 pm ET
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Both Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron will return to the Bruins’ lineup Wednesday after missing Monday’s game with undisclosed injuries.

The Bruins’ lineup is as follows:

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

Chara – Hamilton
Bartkowski – Seidenberg
Krug – Miller


Jordan Caron, Zach Trotman and Matt Linblad are the healthy scratches. Lindblad was the only player missing from warmups.

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Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic practice, still considered day-to-day 12.30.14 at 1:12 pm ET
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Both Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic practiced with the Bruins in Tuesday’€™s practice, participating in line drills and working with their respective power play units.

Claude Julien said after the skate that both players remain day-to-day after missing Monday’€™s win over the Red Wings with undisclosed injuries. The Bruins will not have a morning skate prior to Wednesday’€™s game against the Maple Leafs, so it will be difficult to tell whether the players will be in the lineup against the Maple Leafs.

Lines in practice were as follows:

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

All eight defensemen, including Adam McQuaid (still on injured reserve with a thumb injury) were on the ice.

PP1: Krug, Krejci, Griffith/Lucic, Marchand
PP2: Hamilton, Smith, Eriksson, Bergeron, Soderberg

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5 things we learned as Bruins ride fast start to victory over Red Wings 12.29.14 at 9:41 pm ET
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Carl Soderberg

Carl Soderberg

The Bruins recovered nicely from Saturday’€™s embarrassing loss to the Blue Jackets, as they took a 5-2 victory over the Red Wings Monday at TD Garden to give them victories in three of their last four games.

Boston made do with a relatively scarce roster, as both Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron missed the game with undisclosed injuries and Matt Fraser was lost to the Oilers earlier in the day on waivers. Matt Lindblad, recalled after Fraser was claimed by Edmonton, dressed in his second NHL game of the season.

Though Boston relented after a strong push to open the game, the B’€™s gained much-needed separation with a third-period Seth Griffith goal after Detroit had cut their lead to one late in the second period. Chris Kelly scored an empty netter to seal the victory.

The win showed, at the very least, that the Bruins do have another gear. Though they didn’€™t sustain it throughout the night, they found it long enough to take two points from a divisional opponent.

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The Bruins took the ice Monday clearly aware that they were without two of their best forwards. Their push to make up for the absences of Lucic and Bergeron translated into puck possession dominance and overwhelming victories in puck battles throughout the opening period.

Most importantly, the B’s scored three goals in the first period, marking the first time they’€™ve done so all season.

The only players with a negative even-strength Corsi in the first period were Campbell and linemates Jordan Caron and Daniel Paille. Then again, Campbell scored after being sent out as the extra attacker on a delayed penalty call, so there really wasn’€™t much not to like about the first period.


Claude Julien‘€™s biggest fear is the thought of splitting up Carl Soderberg, Loui Eriksson and Chris Kelly. Monday was the latest example as to why.

The Soderberg line was simply dominant against Detroit’€™s third line of Darren Helm between Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist, while also outworking Detroit’€™s second line on a first-period possession that led to a delayed penalty on which Campbell as an extra attacker scored. Soderberg would add a goal of his own shortly after off a nice feed from Eriksson behind the net.

Soderberg had six shots on goal in the game, which tied a career-high accomplished once last season.

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Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron day-to-day for Bruins 12.28.14 at 1:49 pm ET
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Both Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic were absent from Sunday’s practice, with coach Claude Julien saying after the skate that he considers both players day-to-day with undisclosed injuries.

Bergeron took only tree shifts in the third period Saturday in Columbus before leaving the game with what Julien told reporters was a minor injury. Lucic’s ailment is not known.

Adam McQuaid (thumb) practiced with the team, but Julien said that to his knowledge McQuaid is not ready to return to game action.

The lines in practice were as follows:

Marchand – Griffith – Smith
Fraser – Krejci – Cunningham
Kelly – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Caron

All right defensemen, including McQuaid, were on the ice.

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5 things we learned as Bruins take step backwards vs. Blue Jackets 12.27.14 at 9:40 pm ET
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The Bruins took a couple steps forward prior to the Christmas break. Then they returned and jumped a mile backwards.

A top-to-bottom lackluster showing from the B’€™s resulted in a 6-2 blowout loss to the Blue Jackets (box). The loss dropped them to 18-15-3.

The Bruins, who were coming off consecutive wins over the Sabres and Predators, have still won three games in a row just twice this season. Getting blown out just when it appeared they were finding traction served as a perfect microcosm of their 2014-15 season.

The Bruins will return to the Garden this week to host the Red Wings, Maple Leafs and Senators.


Patrice Bergeron took only three shifts in the third period and did not play the final 13:14 of the game Saturday.

Bergeron, who in the first period scored his seventh goal of the season, left the bench midway through the third. Claude Julien said in his postgame NESN interview that he was being cautious with Bergeron and sent him to the room himself.


For the first time in his Bruins career, Niklas Svedberg was pulled from a start. It was done for good reason. He was not good.

Svedberg was taken out in the second period after allowing his third goal of the game, but he had to be bailed out by David Krejci in the final seconds of the first period in a 1-1 game.

Facing a bad-angle shot from Matt Calvert off the rush, Svedberg kicked a big rebound to David Savard, who had half an open net to deal with. Fortunately for the Bruins, Krejci went down and blocked the shot with his leg to keep the game tied.

When Kevin Connauton’€™s second-period goal chased Svedberg, it marked the third time this season the B’€™s have made an in-game goalie change.

Claude Julien often accuses the media of second-guessing, so we’€™ll good on it here. The decision to start the backup Saturday was puzzling. Boston was coming off two straight wins in a season that has seen them struggle to string wins together, and Rask had been off the ice with the rest of his team for three days entering Saturday.


There’€™s no telling whether Claude Julien is more disappointed in his players this season or the NHL‘€™s officials. Julien’€™s on-bench reactions to penalties have been stronger than ever, and he has passive-aggressively vocalized his issues with officiating to the media on several occasions this season.

On Saturday, Julien appeared highly displeased with a slashing call against Brad Marchand. After Nick Foligno called on the ensuing power play, Julien could be seen on the bench muttering choice words.


The Bruins got a much-needed first power play when Savard was sent off for interference midway through the second period with Columbus holding a 4-1 lead. Boston squandered that power play, landing just one shot on goal.

The Bruins soon again had reason for hope, when Fedor Tyutin was called for slashing Patrice Bergeron, but the B’€™s again failed to score and spent the last quarter of the man advantage in their own zone.

Craig Cunningham tipped a Gregory Campbell shot past Curtis McElhinney on the next shift to finally bring the B’€™s within two, but Matt Calvert would increase Columbus’€™ lead to three again with a goal in the final minute of the second.

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