|Andrew Ference on D&C: Bruins ‘have to work through some frustrations’||10.14.11 at 10:33 am ET|
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference joined Dennis & Callahan Friday morning for his weekly appearance. Ference discussed the Bruins’ slow start to the season and the reasons behind their struggles. Boston is 1-3, and some have wondered if the B’s are struggling from the so-called “Stanley Cup hangover.”
“I know that we’ve had some close games, we’ve been a bit frustrated that we’ve not been playing as good as we can,” Ference said. “We’re just going through a tough little stretch right now.”
Ference said that execution has been the problem for the Bruins, as they’ve played some “sloppy games.” The defenseman suggested that the Bruins may be expecting too much of themselves this early in the season, especially after the success of last year’s team.
“We’ve gone through it before as a team where we’ve almost tried too hard to be perfect and you expect yourself to be perfect at this time of year. It just doesn’t work that way,” Ferrence said. “You have to build up your game again. Obviously, we have a foundation to work from. But everything’s not going to be as crisp as it was halfway through the year and you can’t get frustrated when things aren’t at the standard that we had during the playoffs. You have to build up to that. I think we have to work through some frustrations with that.”
Ference also talked about the Bruins’ trip to Gillette Stadium before the Patriots-Jets game last Sunday, as well as the play of second-year forwards Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin.
Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
On if teams are playing the Bruins tougher this year: “They’ve been tough games, for sure. … It’s definitely tough. Every opponent is going to get up for you. You know, I think that we had a standard as a pretty good team in the league for the last three years. Teams would get up for the Boston game anyways because of our success over the last few years. But you definitely expect a bump. I know how I would play against the defending champs in past years.”
On if bringing the Stanley Cup to Gillette was overkill now that the season has started: “I didn’t think there was anything wrong with it. It’s a real positive thing that the Patriots were going to do for us. … It’s the last thing with the Cup, for sure, but there’ll be plenty more team get-togethers and we’ll have a good time, because that’s what we do. It helps build the team up. … You turn the page on the Cup, but you don’t forget about it.”
On how road trips are good for team bonding: “It’s nice, especially for a couple of the new guys we have on the team just to get them more involved with everybody. Those are the guys that I feel bad for during the start-of-the-season Cup stuff, because it’s just a little awkward.”
On Marchand and Seguin playing well early in the season: “I’m not surprised with how well they’re playing. Definitely I think there were a few guys who talked with them after the season when they were going pretty good there. They’re both really good character guys and have some pretty good drive and unbelievable skills. I can’t say I’m surprised. I’m happy that they took care of themselves for the majority of the summer and got ready. As soon as I saw Seguin when he came to training camp, I knew we were in for a good year from him. He was absolutely ripped. He was a kid last year and he bulked up, he looked more like a man, so we’re in for good things from him, so that was great. And Marchand’s got a killer attitude, as you can tell, he plays on the edge. He’s not going to give up on anything.”
|A few numbers on Tyler Seguin centering the Bruins’ top line||10.13.11 at 6:06 pm ET|
With David Krejci out for Saturday’s game against the Blackhawks, Bruins fans can expect to see more of Tyler Seguin as the team’s first-line center. Seguin skated between Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic for the first time in Wednesday night’s 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes and made a good impression. He scored the team’s first goal in the third-period and is now tied for the team lead with four points through four games.
Given that he’ll play with the line again, here are a few quick notes on Seguin’s first game as the Bruins’ first-line center.
- It should come as no surprise given that he played on the first line, but Wednesday saw Seguin play 20:06, good for a new career high. His previous best in ice time had been 17:22, which he received last Nov. 3.
- Last season, Seguin only got 15 minutes of ice time in five games. This season, he has played at least 16 minutes in every game but Monday’s shutout loss to the Avalanche.
- Seguin won seven of 16 faceoffs Wednesday, good for 43.8 percent. Patrice Bergeron won 16 of 23 (69.6 percent), Chris Kelly won one of seven (14.3 percent) and Gregory Campbell won five of nine (55.6 percent).
- Seguin led all Bruins forwards with four shots on goal Wednesday night. It was the second time this season that he’s done so, as he and Rich Peverley each had five shots on goal Saturday against the Lightning.
|David Krejci remains out, Adam McQuaid’s status unknown||at 3:46 pm ET|
It appears Tyler Seguin is in for another game on the first line.
Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters in Raleigh Thursday that center David Krejci, who suffered a core injury in Tuesday’s practice, will not travel with the team to Chicago for Saturday’s game against the Blackhawks and will miss his second game of the season.
The status of defenseman Adam McQuaid remains unknown. McQuaid went head-first into the boards behind the Bruins’ net in Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes. Julien said the second-year defenseman is still being evaluated. Should McQuaid be unable to play Saturday, it’s assumed that Matt Bartkowski, who played in place of a sick McQuaid in the season-opener, would play his second game of the season.
|Bruins’ early-season woes continue as they fall to Hurricanes||10.12.11 at 10:05 pm ET|
The Bruins’ comeback bid fell short Wednesday in Carolina as they fell, 3-2, to the Hurricanes. The defending champs are now 1-3-0 on the season.
Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand scored for the B’s, while Carolina got tallies from Joni Pitkanen, Anthony Stewart and Jiri Tlusty.
Pitkanen opened the scoring 42 seconds into the second period when he beat Tim Thomas from the faceoff circle on a power play. Stewart made it 2-0 3:42 into the third period before the 19-year-old Bruins center got the B’s on the board. Seguin scored his first goal of the season when he took a quick pass from Nathan Horton in the neutral zone and beat Cam Ward glove-side with a nearly impossible angle wrist shot from the right side. The assist was Horton’s first point of the 2011-12 campaign. The Hurricanes made it 3-1 when Jordan Caron couldn’t control a puck in front of Thomas’ net and Tlusty beat the Bruins’ netminder for his first goal of the season. Marchand brought the Bruins back within one with a shot that hit Ward on its way in.
The Bruins will next play the Blackhawks on Saturday in a matchup of the last two Stanley Cup champions.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- That Tomas Kaberle has a way of sticking it to his former team, as the veteran blue liner not only assisted a power play goal — something he failed to do consistently in Boston — but he actually shot the puck. Kaberle was infamous for his lack of shooting in Boston, and he had three shots on goal Wednesday, including a golden opportunity in the second period when Thomas stopped him point blank.
- The Bruins didn’t get a ton of close-range opportunities, and as a result, Hurricanes defenseman Bryan Allen had seven blocked shots on the night, six of which came in the game’s first 40 minutes.
- As unbelievable as it may sound, the Bruins are having issues on the power play. They had issues getting set up at points and only got seven shots through on their first five power plays. Though they scored on their first man advantage of the season against the Flyers, the B’s power play is now a dreadful 1-for-18 on the season.
- Adam McQuaid went down awkwardly and hit his head on the boards about eight minutes into the third period behind the Bruins’ net. He did not return to the ice and left the bench.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- Seguin looked like he was capable of skating on the team’s first line, as he and Horton led the B’s in shots on goal through two periods. Seguin also played on the team’s top power play unit in Krejci’s absence. His willingness to not shy away from contact once again showed in a painful way, as he was housed in the offensive zone by Tim Gleason in the third period.
- Benoit Pouliot looks like a man trying to prove he’s better than his line’s other winger. With Krejci out, both Pouliot and Jordan Caron, who have been competing for a spot on the third line, played on Wednesday. Pouliot created a couple of turnovers in the first period and had a positive showing, though an attempt at a third takeaway late in the first period nearly cost the Bruins. Julien gave him shifts on the second line (Rich Peverley went to the third line) in the third period.
- Don’t look now, but Nathan Horton now has four shots on goal this season thanks to three shots on goal Wednesday night. He played a more aggressive game Wednesday and was definitely playing with more intensity, but the Bruins’ first line woes are far from over. Horton still has zero points through four games this season.
When the Bruins face the Hurricanes Wednesday, they will be doing so with Tyler Seguin on the first line.
Coach Claude Julien said Wednesday in Carolina that David Krejci did not suffer a knee injury, but rather a core injury in Tuesday’s practice. Krejci will not play Wednesday but is considered day-to-day.
“He’s day to day and it’s an injury in the core area. We can certainly eliminate the knee injury that’s been speculated,” Julien said. “… We’ll see how he does and whether he joins us in Chicago or not.”
With Krejci out, Seguin will become the team’s first-line center and play in the middle of Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. Seguin is tied for the team lead with three points through three games. He has played on the third line with Chris Kelly and Benoit Pouliot/Jordan Caron. With Seguin jumping up to the top line, both Pouliot and Caron will play.
“We knew that down the road we needed him to step up in that area,” Julien said. “… Moving Tyler there is certainly one of our options there and the one we’re probably going to start with.”
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|Vote: With David Krejci out, should Tyler Seguin or Patrice Bergeron center top line?||10.11.11 at 6:47 pm ET|
Claude Julien will have an interesting choice to make without his first-line center Wednesday in Carolina, and you can help him make it (not really).
The Bruins announced late Tuesday that Krejci, who was injured in Tuesday’s practice, did not travel to Carolina and will not play Wednesday night. The B’s aren’t strangers to seeing the Milan Lucic – Krejci – Nathan Horton trio disrupted by an injury to Krejci, as the top line center missed time early on last year with a concussion. When Krejci went down, Patrice Bergeron stepped in to center the line, but he isn’t the only option this time around.
Tyler Seguin is a very viable and intriguing candidate. The second-year player looks drastically different from his timid self of a season ago, as he is stronger and playing with far more confidence than he did in his 11-goal, 11-assist rookie campaign. He’s holding onto the puck longer (he was quick to get rid of it a season ago), and hasn’t slowed up when chasing a puck in the corners. Through three games, Seguin is tied with Brad Marchand for the team lead with three points. One drawback with Seguin is that, though he is a natural center, he has been playing right wing this season.
|Tyler Seguin unsure of living arrangement||10.04.11 at 2:11 pm ET|
It isn’t Chad Ochocinco declaring he’ll live with a fan, but Tyler Seguin said at Tuesday’s media day that he’s not sure where or with whom he’ll live this season. After spending his rookie year on his own, it appears the Bruins have different plans for the now 19-year-old.
That could mean a billet family for Seguin, or it could mean he might move in with another player. One thought that would have seemed to make sense a season ago was Mark Recchi, but the veteran winger said he didn’t have a spacious enough place, as he did with Jordan Staal in 2006.
“There wasn’t anything suitability for me with someone or with a family, but this year, speaking with management, it’s going to be a little different, but nothing is confirmed,” Seguin said.
The second-year player has been living with another one of the younger Bruins, and said that the Bruins have been talking to him since before he arrived back in Boston about a new living arrangement. If it is indeed a billet family, Seguin will be in a familiar situation. He lived with a billet family when playing OHL puck in Plymouth, Mich.
“I lived that life when I was 15, 16, 17 I think,” he said. “Just the two years there. Billet is always good. It’s nice to have someone to talk to, and dinners to have with a family. It makes you feel like you have a family there even though your family is in another country. I’m open to anything.”
Check back later for more on Seguin.
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