Bruins cruise against Bernier, Leafs


One night into an elevated role with Zdeno Chara on the shelf, Dougie Hamilton’s numbers look pretty good for the Boston Bruins. Of course, some might attribute that to a flat performance by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jonathan Bernier didn’t make it through the entire game, as Randy Carlyle decided to give him the hook after Hamilton made it 4-0 about four minutes into the third period:

The 21-year-old has that goal and two assists on Saturday. That’s offense than Hamilton produced in his nine previous games this season.

Does this mean the goaltending pendulum swings back to James Reimer in Toronto?

Whatever the case may be, the Maple Leafs’ issues extend beyond the net. (Looks at David Clarkson, in particular.)

Update: The Bruins ended up winning 4-1.

Ottawa tragedy ‘hit home’ for Bruins’ Julien

Coaches generally aren’t in a rush to get off the ice following a practice; however, on Wednesday morning Bruins’ coach Claude Julien had an important phone call to make following his team’s skate in Boston.

Julien’s mother resides in Orleans, Ontario less than 12 miles from the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario where Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot and killed.

Julien said his mother was blissfully unaware of the situation going on nearby when he called and advised she turn on the television.

The television will likely be on tonight in the Julien household as the Bruins are in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs, one of three Canadian cities, which will partake in a simultaneous ceremony to honor Wednesday’s victim.

“I think its’ important and I certainly support the fact that they’re doing it,” said Julien. “I’m from Ottawa so it did hit home. I’ve seen it in Boston so it’s not the first time I’ve experienced those situations and it doesn’t get any easier.

“Its’ unfortunate and you hope we can, somehow down the road, make these things disappear. Obviously it is easier said than done, but I think it’s important to recognize our people for what they do and what they stand for. The soldier certainly didn’t deserve that.

With his team arriving in Toronto on Friday night, Julien had a chance to watch some Canadian news. The 54-year-old was visibly emotional talking about it following his team’s optional skate Saturday.

“Watching the news last night, seeing how people rallied around and stood by the 401 (Highway of Heroes) and the overpass, it was really touching,” he said. “I get shivers talking about it, but it just shows the solidarity of people that believe in their country and believe in standing together.”

The players don’t believe the pre-game ceremony will have an impact on how the game is played.

“I think emotions are going to be high obviously that’s something that everybody feels,” said Leafs defenseman Cody Franson. “Anytime something like this happens, I think it’s great that we’re doing something like this. It shows unity and I think everybody is really going to enjoy the process tonight.

“I don’t think it’s hard to focus. I think it’s something you feed off of. I don’t think it’s going to be distracting in any way, but it’s important to show respect.”

The plan is to have the Canadian anthem, which will be sung from Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre, played in both Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and Montreal’s Bell Centre along with a moment of silence prior to puck drop.

Report: Bruins recall defensemen Trotman and Morrow from Providence


With Zdeno Chara reportedly out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury, the Boston Bruins have begun preparing for life without their captain.

According to a report, the Bruins have recalled blue liners Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow from their American Hockey League affiliate in Providence.

Trotman, 24, has an assist in five games this season with Providence. Originally the Bruins seventh round selection (210th overall) at the 2010 NHL Draft, Trotman has appeared in two career NHL games with Boston.

Morrow, 21, was the Pittsburgh Penguins first round selection (23rd overall) at the 2011 NHL Draft. Morrow was acquired from Dallas in the seven player trade, which saw Tyler Seguin go to the Stars. Morrow has a goal and an assist in two AHL games this season. He has yet to make his NHL debut.

Chara was injured Thursday night following a knee-on-knee collision with New York Islanders captain John Tavares.

Boston is already without defenseman Kevan Miller, who dislocated his shoulder during a fight with Nicolas Deslauriers of the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 18.

The Bruins visit the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night.

Bruins’ Miller out indefinitely after dislocating shoulder in fight


Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller has a dislocated right shoulder and will be out indefinitely, the club announced today.

Miller was hurt early in Saturday’s 4-0 win over the Sabres, after logging just 3:23 of the contest. The 26-year-old suffered the dislocated shoulder in a first-period fight with Nicolas Deslauriers:

Miller’s injury puts even more pressure on a Boston blue line that’s already had to deal with the loss of stalwart Johnny Boychuk, who was traded to the Islanders prior to the season starting.

Currently, the Bruins have just six healthy d-men on the roster: Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton, Dennis Seidenberg, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, and Matt Bartkowski.

Boston hosts San Jose tomorrow at TD Garden, with Bartkowski, scratched in Buffalo, expected to take Miller’s spot in the lineup.

Griffith called back up to Bruins; Spooner stays in Providence


The Boston Bruins have recalled forward Seth Griffith from AHL Providence. They have not recalled forward Ryan Spooner.

Both players were sent down over the weekend and played Sunday against Portland. They were both healthy scratches for Boston’s game Saturday in Buffalo.

The signing of veteran forward Simon Gagne, combined with the return from injury of bottom-six forward Gregory Campbell, has only added to the competition to get into the lineup.

The B’s host San Jose on Tuesday before welcoming Johnny Boychuk and the Islanders to town Thursday.