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Svedberg sent back to the minors after winning NHL debut for Bruins

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Niklas Svedberg is back on his way to the American Hockey League, but only after a victory in his National Hockey League debut in goal for the Boston Bruins.

Svedberg made 33 saves on 35 shots, helping the Bruins defeat the Nashville Predators 3-2 in overtime. Brad Marchand scored the winner in the extra period.

No sooner had the 24-year-old Svedberg earned the career-milestone win, he was then officially sent back to Providence in the AHL, as per the Bruins in a statement released by the club.

“We’re comfortable [with him],” said Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien, as per CSNNE.com. “I didn’t see him being much different from the first until the third, but I thought in the second – when they did throw a lot of pucks at him – he stood tall and made some good saves.

“I liked his game tonight, he was good and he just showed us that he’s a guy we need to look at and keep an eye on. He’s going to head back to Providence [on Friday], but there’s a good chance you’re going to see him here again very soon.”

Bruins’ Krug: ‘I’ve never been a player USA hockey liked all that much’

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The reaction continues to filter in from those supposedly in the running to make the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team.

Boston Bruins’ defenseman Torey Krug one of the latest to voice his disappointment at being kept off the squad.

The 22-year-old undrafted Krug, you’ll recall, had played three NHL games prior to last spring but then burst onto the scene in a big way during the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.

His name would be entered into the record books, becoming the first ever NHL defenseman to score four goals in his first five playoff games.

Despite being perhaps a bit undersized – he’s listed at five-foot-nine-inches tall and 181 pounds – Krug can not only skate but has shown an offensive upside for the Bruins. His eight goals coming into Thursday’s game against Nashville were only two fewer than Erik Karlsson’s 10, which lead all NHL blue liners.

“They can say all they want, but I never really had a sniff. I’m a younger guy, and coming into the league at my age gives you more opportunities to put yourself in a position to be considered for an Olympic team,” Krug said Thursday, as per CSNNE.com.

“But I’ve never been a player that USA hockey has liked all that much, for whatever reason. Maybe it’s a size thing? I don’t know. I’m just worried about things that are going on with the Bruins.

“If down the road I’m considered for such a thing it would be pretty special, and pretty cool. I’ll just keep working hard, and if they do send the call my way then that would be cool.”

Of course, there was even great controversy to come from the U.S. hockey announcement at the conclusion of Wednesday’s Winter Classic.

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle wasn’t named to the team, despite 27 points in 39 games this season. He called the decision, “…a tough pill to swallow.”

Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan was also left off the team, ripped by Brian Burke and left to respond by calling his former general manager “gutless.”

Tavares powers Islanders past Bruins for second straight comeback

New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) and New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen (51) celebrate a goal over Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, bottom, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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For the second consecutive game the New York Islanders found themselves down by a significant margin with about half the contest in the books. They overcame a 3-0 deficit to beat Minnesota on Sunday and tonight the Bruins held a 3-1 lead late into the second period.

Then the Islanders’ power play went to work. The Bruins accumulated three minor penalties in the final four minutes of the second frame and New York’s Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo took advantage of them. Each of them reach the 15-goal mark to tie the game through 40 minutes.

John Tavares already had two assists at that point, but he took over from there, finding the back of the net twice to complete the 5-3 victory over Boston.

It was Tavares’ first four-point night of the 2013-14 campaign and gives him 44 points in 40 contests. At the same time, Okposo extended his point streak to six games.

The Islanders are still just 13-21-7, so naturally they have a daunting uphill climb ahead of them if they want to make the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Bruins are 26-12-2 as they cling onto their thin lead in the Atlantic Division.

Bruins’ Thornton won’t launch second appeal of 15-game suspension

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Boston Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton will not go through with a second appeal of his 15-game suspension, as per Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe.

Thornton had an appeal hearing with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman earlier this month following his lengthy ban for an attack on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, but the 15-game punishment was upheld just prior to Christmas.

Thornton had the option of a second appeal through an independent arbitrator.

As per Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com, Thornton believes he could’ve gotten perhaps a game or two taken off the suspension, but “didn’t want to become a distraction to team.”

“I know I made a mistake and I crossed the line. But there were a lot of circumstances leading up to it. It won’t define me,” said Thornton on Tuesday.

He continued: “I’m still not happy w/amount of games I got, but I respect the decision. I’d rather just move on mentally.”

On Dec. 7, in a game between the Bruins and Penguins, Thornton grabbed Orpik from behind during a scrum, brought him to the ice and delivered two punches to Orpik while he was down.

Orpik was stretchered off the ice, and suffered a concussion. He has since been taken off injured reserve, playing on Dec. 27 against the Carolina Hurricanes and Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Earlier in the game, Orpik delivered a thunderous hit on Bruins’ forward Loui Eriksson, who left the game and suffered a concussion on the play.

The NHL Department of Player Safety handed Thornton a 15-game suspension for his incident with Orpik – a controversial decision with those in the Bruins organization.

Chara to return to Bruins lineup against Islanders

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Zdeno Chara will return to the Boston Bruins’ lineup on Tuesday against the New York Islanders, as per Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com.

Chara, Boston’s towering defenseman and captain, did not play Saturday against the Ottawa Senators with an unspecified injury and had been listed as day-to-day.

The Bruins come into the game four points ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning for top spot in the Atlantic Division, while the Islanders are at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division with 12 wins and 31 points.

There was more good news to come from the Bruins on the injury front.

Loui Eriksson (concussion) skated with his teammates yet again on Tuesday, as per Joe Haggerty, who also reported that Carl Soderberg also skated.