Zachary Senyshyn, Jake Debrusk

Bruins sign three to ELCs, including two first-rounders

The Boston Bruins announced today that they’ve signed forwards Jake DeBrusk and Zach Senyshyn, as well as defenseman Jeremy Lauzon, to entry-level contracts.

DeBrusk and Senyshyn were drafted 14th and 15th overall, respectively, in the 2015 draft. Boston’s other first-round pick, d-man Jakub Zboril, was signed in July.

Lauzon was taken in the second round, 52nd overall.

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    Bruins send Talbot back to AHL

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    The Boston Bruins have reassigned veteran forward Max Talbot to AHL Providence.

    Talbot was recalled last week in the wake of Chris Kelly‘s injury. However, with the emergence of Frank Vatrano and the expected return of David Pastrnak from a foot contusion, Talbot was not able to maintain his spot on the roster.

    Vatrano, 21, has played two games for the Bruins. He scored in his first, at Montreal on Saturday. And while he didn’t score in his second, he did register five shots Sunday in Brooklyn.

    Talbot didn’t register a point in his three-game return to the B’s. He was a combined minus-2 with five shots.

    The Bruins host Colorado on Thursday.

    Related: B’s recall AHL goal-scoring leader Vatrano

    Rask, Bergeron lead Bruins to victory over Isles


    To say that Tuukka Rask has struggled this season would be a gross understatement.

    Coming into Sunday’s game against the Islanders, Rask had lost each of his last two games and he had allowed three goals or more in seven of nine starts.

    Fortunately for Boston, Rask took a big step forward against the Isles as he kicked aside 36 of 37 shots in Sunday’s 2-1 victory.

    Former Bruin Johnny Boychuk spoiled Rask’s bid for a shutout with a rocket from the point during a 5-on-3 man-advantage in the third period.

    After the game, the 28-year-old goaltender admitted that this was the best he’s felt all season.

    Patrice Bergeron also played a key role in Sunday’s win.

    The 30-year-old picked up an assist on Ryan Spooner‘s first period goal and added a goal of his own in the second frame.

    Bergeron finished the game with two points, four penalty minutes, seven shots on goal and one hit while winning 62 percent of his face-offs.

    The win puts an end to Boston’s three-game losing streak.

    As for the Islanders, they didn’t play a bad game, but again, they struggled to produce offensively.

    “We can say we played well, that we had some really good chances against a good goalie — it’s getting old and repetitive saying that,” Travis Hamonic said. “We have to find a way to battle through. Our only choice is to keep working and get through it and get a couple more goals.”

    The Isles have found the back of the net just five times in their last four games and they’ve scored two goals or less in six straight contests.

    Predictably, New York has just one win in those six games.

    All kinds of drama, bad blood in Habs’ win over Bruins

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    Plenty of penalties. Plenty of controversy surrounding various penalties.

    … Not plenty of love.

    In an era of sports where athletes are sometimes accused of being too chummy, there’s indeed something brewing between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins.

    The Canadiens managed a 4-2 win thanks to scoring three unanswered goals in the third period.

    As much as the Bruins rued their poor finish and arguable disciplinary lapses, it was hard not to rubber neck a bit out of the more scandalous elements of tonight’s game.

    Take, for instance, claims of “acting” from both sides/bad decisions that resulted in penalties.

    (There was also Andrei Markov‘s … interaction with the Bruins’ bench, as Puck Daddy shares.)

    Tomas Plekanec drew some derision for a penalty he drew on David Krejci, but one way or another, Krejci regrets that moment.

    It’s not like this wasn’t a two-way street of shaky hits and debated calls, though.

    Goalie nods: Bruins will start Gustavsson against rival Canadiens

    Jonas Gustavsson, Rick Nash

    Saturday’s game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins will be a battle of the backups.

    Montreal will give Mike Condon a fifth straight start with Carey Price nursing a lower-body injury. Condon has been terrific this season, as he’s posted a 5-0-1 record to go along with a 1.50 goals-against-average and a .941 save percentage.

    It’s no surprise that the Bruins will turn to Gustafsson and not Tuukka Rask.

    Boston will play two games this weekend and Rask has an ugly 3-14-3 record in his career against the Habs.

    He will likely face the Islanders on Sunday.


    Roberto Luongo is expected to be in goal for Florida. The Kings are expected to counter with Jonathan Quick.

    -Michael Neuvirth will make his third consecutive start for the Flyers. Ondrej Pavelec will be between the pipes for the Jets. Pavelec has 4-3-1 record with a 2.45 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage this season.

    Andrew Hammond will make third start of the season for Ottawa. The ‘Canes will go with Cam Ward after Eddie Lack lost to the Stars on Friday.

    James Reimer may start his second game in two nights in Saturday’s clash against the Capitals. Washington will start Braden Holtby, who’s 2-2-0 in his last four starts.

    Jake Allen will face-off against Pekka Rinne when the Predators host the Blues. Allen is 4-1-0 in his last five starts and hasn’t allowed more than two goals in each of those contests.

    -The Tampa Bay Lightning will start Ben Bishop tonight. The Wild will counter with Devan Dubnyk, who has allowed three goals or more in each of his last four starts.

    Henrik Lundqvist is expected to get the call for the Rangers. Mike Smith will be in the crease for the ‘Yotes.

    -After watching from the bench in Friday’s game against Edmonton, Marc-Andre Fleury will get the start for Pittsburgh. Karri Ramo will get his fourth straight start for the Flames.

    Frederik Andersen and Martin Jones are expected to square off in Saturday’s tilt between the Ducks and Sharks.