Playing for the second time in as many nights, Sergei Bobrovsky didn’t make it out of the first period of Thursday’s game against the Boston Bruins.
The Columbus Blue Jackets goalie, who has been very good to begin the season, gave up four goals on nine shots faced, before getting the hook less than 13 minutes into the game.
Goals from Torey Krug, Matt Beleskey, Austin Czarnik and Tim Schaller — scored 4:01 apart — gave Boston a 4-1 lead after the first period.
Related: Bobrovsky has been excellent (and busy) for the Blue Jackets
The Boston Bruins announced on Thursday afternoon that rookie forward Noel Acciari will be out of the lineup for at least the next four weeks due to a lower body injury.
Acciari was injured in the third period of the Bruins’ 4-0 win in Buffalo on Monday and did not play the following night against the Montreal Canadiens.
After having an opportunity to further evaluate the injury, it was revealed on Thursday that he is going to now be out for an extended period of time.
The Bruins signed the 24-year-old Acciari as an undrafted free agent out of Providence College back in 2015. Since then he has appeared in 31 games for the Bruins, including 12 this season, recording three assists and 12 penalty minutes in his career.
He has spent most of this season playing on the Bruins’ fourth line with players like Dominic Moore and Tim Schaller. While he is not a big loss offensively, he has the potential to be an outstanding defensive forward. During his time at Providence College he was one of the best defensive forwards in the NCAA and has carried that play over to the NHL. Since the start of the 2015-16 season no Bruins forward has been on the ice for fewer total shot attempts against per 60 minutes than Acciari.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
–Golf legend Jack Nicklaus announced the Canadiens lineup in their locker room prior to Tuesday’s game against the Boston Bruins. (Top)
–How did Nicklaus end up in the Canadiens locker room? Head coach Michel Therrien explains. (Sportsnet)
—Shane Doan talks about being loyal to the Arizona Coyotes. (Fox Sports)
–Former NHLer Rob Schremp still has some great hands. (BarDown)
–Here’s Elliotte Friedman’s weekly “30 Thoughts” blog.
–The Avalanche paid tribute to Marek Svatos, who passed away last week:
The Boston Bruins only scored three power-play goals through 11 games so far in 2016-17. They doubled that total by scoring three on Monday alone.
Boston really might not have needed that many, either, as Tuukka Rask remained red-hot with a shutout in a 4-0 defeat of the Buffalo Sabres.
It wasn’t a cruise of a shutout, either, with Rask needing to make 32 stops for his second goose egg of the season. You can dice up Rask’s numbers in a variety of ways, but let’s keep it simple: he has a sparkling 7-1-0 record and great individual stats.
Nights like these from Rask (and Tim Thomas, among others) have greatly benefited head coach Claude Julien, who won his 400th game as Bruins head coach via this contest.
Even-strength scoring machines Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak connected on the man advantage, yet David Krejci‘s power-play goal was likely the most important, big-picture-wise. Krejci finally scored his first goal of 2016-17 on a night where that happened more than once around the league.
He scored it with authority, too:
The Bruins are now 7-5-0 thanks to a stretch of four wins in five contests, and it’s not coincidence that Rask is heavily involved.
Now, if they can get that power play to produce more often, Julien’s wins totals will really start to climb.
After a five-game absence due to an elbow injury, David Backes is expected to return to the Boston Bruins lineup on Saturday night when the team hosts the New York Rangers.
Backes participated in the morning skate on Saturday, while coach Claude Julien announced that the veteran forward “should be good” for the game.
He had been sidelined since Oct. 22 following a procedure on his elbow.
The Bruins gave Backes, 32, a massive contract in free agency over the summer when they signed him to a five-year, $30 million contract. Given his age and the fact his production had started to drop a bit in recent years the deal carried quite a bit of long-term risk, but the Bruins clearly loved what he can bring to the roster right now. Before the injury that sidelined him he had already recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in his first five games with the team.
In his absence the Bruins scored only nine goals in five games, but still managed to win three of them thanks in large part to the play of Tuukka Rask in net.
Even with his strong start offensively Backes probably shouldn’t be counted on to be a big-time offensive contributor, but he’s still a strong defensive player that brings a lot of the toughness the Bruins have always wanted up front.
While Backes is set to return to the lineup, Julien was not prepared to announce whether or not Matt Beleskey would return to the lineup after he was a healthy scratch on Thursday. The Bruins’ coach would only say that a decision on Beleskey would be a game-time decision.
Beleskey was Boston’s big ticket free agent signing a year ago after his career year in 2014-15 with the Anaheim Ducks, but has been off to a miserable start this season, failing to record a single point in his first nine games and registering only 12 shots on goal.
After finishing the 2015-16 season as one of the top offensive teams in hockey, scoring has been an issue for almost all of the Bruins so far this season with only 24 goals in their first 10 games.