Not so big and bad anymore, the Bruins would like to add some ‘heaviness’

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The Boston Bruins would like to add some “heaviness” to their lineup, GM Peter Chiarelli told reporters today.

From CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty:

No huge surprise to hear that. When the Bruins went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2013, they had players like Jaromir Jagr, Nathan Horton, Shawn Thornton, and Johnny Boychuk. All four of those players, since departed, brought size and strength to Boston’s lineup.

While the B’s aren’t exactly a bunch of pipsqueaks now, they did intentionally go into the season with more speed and skill up front, and there’s a feeling they’ve lost that “big, bad” identity that accompanied their rise into the elite category of NHL teams. On Boston’s current active roster, only four forwards are listed at 200 pounds or more — Milan Lucic (235), Carl Soderberg (216), Matt Fraser (204), and Daniel Paille (200).

In yesterday’s mailbag, Haggerty suggested Columbus forward Nick Foligno (210 pounds) as a potential target for Chiarelli.

We’ll suggest another one, courtesy TSN’s Bob McKenzie — Jordan Nolan (221 pounds) of the Los Angeles Kings.

Video: Bruins see two goals waved off

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If you ask head coach Claude Julien, he’ll tell you that goals and wins have been especially difficult to come by for the Boston Bruins lately. Losing out on two borderline ones can’t help.

Boston saw two goals disallowed in its Monday match against the Pittsburgh Penguins, which is set to resume in the third period on NBCSN. The Bruins are tied 2-2, but some will wonder if things would be even better if the reviews went Boston’s way.

Update: the Penguins beat the Bruins 3-2 in overtime. Read more about it here.

In the first period, a Patrice Bergeron tally was waved off because of a high stick:

Here’s the league’s official explanation via its Situation Room Blog:

At 10:00 of the first period in the Pittsburgh Penguins/Boston Bruins game, the referees held a group huddle that determined Patrice Bergeron’s stick was above the height of the crossbar when he deflected the puck into the net. Video review confirmed that group decision. According to Rule 60.5 “An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick.” No goal Boston.

The second one came in the middle frame, and it was an odd situation overall:

Again, the NHL explained its logic:

At 10:53 of the second period in the Pittsburgh Penguins/Boston Bruins game, video review confirmed the referee’s call on the ice that Carl Soderberg directed the puck into the Pittsburgh net with his glove. According to Rule 67.6 “a goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who bats or directs the puck with his hand into the net.” No goal Boston.

Tough breaks. We’ll see if Boston can win despite these setbacks.

Video: Bruins score twice in less than 30 seconds

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The Boston Bruins have been striking quickly so far against the Pittsburgh Penguins … at least when the goals are counting on Monday.

Boston had two possible goals disallowed on Monday (more on that in a future post), but the game is currently tied 2-2 thanks to two goals in 28 seconds during the second period.

Update: the Penguins beat the Bruins 3-2 in overtime. Read more about it here.

The first one was especially pretty, as Carl Soderberg made some great moves to send the puck to Loui Eriksson, who set up Milan Lucic for a big tally.

The second score was one of vindication: Joe Morrow scored his first NHL goal (and point) against the Penguins, aka the team that drafted him, but ultimately decided he was expendable enough to be traded:

Sooner than later? Bruins GM hopes Chara can return in 10-14 days

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Earlier today, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien dampened some of the optimism regarding Zdeno Chara skating again, but GM Peter Chiarelli bumped it right back up.

Chiarelli “hopes” that Chara can return in 10-14 days, according to what he told 98.5 Sports Hub (the official radio network of the Bruins).

Do note that this is by no means an official timeline, although it’s certainly promising considering it comes from the team’s GM.

Again, as this post shows, Julien seemed pretty hesitant to get anyone too excited.

“It’s a start . . . yeah, it’s a start,” Julien told CSNNE.com. “He’s certainly not close to being ready yet. It’s his first time in a long time. It’s always encouraging to see your player back on his skates, that’s for sure.”

The best news is that there’s no word about the 37-year-old going under the knife, at least so far. The Bruins have been impressive without him (they hope to add a win to their 9-4-0 mark since he went down), but it’s no secret that they’d be more comfortable with “The Big Z.”

Bruised Bruins get Marchand back, Pastrnak debuts

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The Boston Bruins remain banged up, but at least they’ll get some reinforcements back as they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight.

Brad Marchand looks ready to return from his mystery injury (which kept him out since Nov. 15) while David Pastrnak seems primed to make his NHL debut.

Will that be enough for head coach Claude Julien to believe that his team no longer needs to be nearly flawless to win? Maybe, maybe not … but Boston is likely in a better position to keep up with Pittsburgh with Marchand back in the lineup.

Marchand, 26, has 11 points in 19 games so far this season. Pastrnak, 18, has 18 points in 17 AHL games. The Bruins selected him 25th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Here’s a handy graphic of all the issues the Bruins have dealt with: