Video: Bruins’ Miller appears to injure right arm during fight

Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller took exception to a hit from Sabres’ Nicolas Deslauriers and dropped the gloves during the first period tonight.

However, as Miller went down towards the end of the fight, he appeared to injure his right arm. Miller went to the room holding his right shoulder awkwardly.

Here’s a second look:

Update:

Gagne may get an audition with Bruins’ Krejci, Lucic

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David Krejci and Milan Lucic seem like they’re getting healthier and more productive as of late for the Boston Bruins, but it looks like head coach Claude Julien is still experimenting to find them the right linemate.

Seth Griffith’s opportunity seemingly ended during Thursday’s loss to the Montreal Canadiens, yet it seemed hasty to assume that Simon Gagne’s late shifts with Krejci and Lucic would mean an extended audition, even if Gagne managed to score a goal in that very limited amount of time with that duo.

If the Bruins’ announced line rushes are any indication, he’ll get a chance to prove he can stick:

If this sticks, it would be a fascinating opportunity for a 34-year-old winger who didn’t play in 2013-14 and waited until this season already started to get his current, $600K deal. He also started off on the fourth line.

Gagne has two 40+ goal seasons and two other 30+ campaigns to his name, so it’s easy to see why things could work out, especially since Krejci and Lucic would likely open up a lot of space for the winger to unleash what still may be a lethal shot. (One may assume that trait hasn’t “left him.”)

Krejci and Lucic might be used to setting up right-handed shots considering their experiences with Jarome Iginla and Nathan Horton, so it would be interesting to see if Gagne’s once-elite lefty release changes this dynamic in anyway.

Speaking of changing dynamics, coaches tend to tweak lines frequently in the NHL, so there’s no telling how long Gagne might stick.

Considering the resume he brings to the table and Boston’s limited options thanks to cap concerns, it might behoove the Bruins to give him a long look here, though.

Sharks’ McLellan shoots down possible comparison to 2011 Bruins

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The San Jose Sharks lead the Western Conference – after four games.

They have yet to lose in regulation and had a three-game winning streak snapped in a shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday.

It’s a decent start to the season, following what was a tumultuous summer with many questions in the wake of the club’s disappointing elimination from the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. Up 3-0 in their first-round series to the L.A. Kings, the Sharks imploded and lost the next four games, getting ousted from the post-season by their California rivals.

As pointed out by Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area, the 2010 Boston Bruins held the same advantage over the Philadelphia Flyers, then lost four straight to get eliminated. The 2011 Bruins then went on to win the Stanley Cup, erasing a 2-0 series deficit to the Vancouver Canucks.

Sharks head coach Todd McLellan pretty much put any possible comparison between the 2011 Bruins and 2014-15 Sharks to rest on Friday. It is the middle of October, after all.

“The most recent analogy has been to compare us to Boston, and I don’t think that’s fair at all,” said McLellan, as per CSN Bay Area.

“Boston has its own organization, its own way of doing things, as do we. To say that history will or will not repeat itself is very unfair to our group. We have to go and play a long season and deal with the days as they come.”

Bruins’ Krug says ‘shame on us’ for poor defensive effort versus Habs

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The Boston Bruins have been one of the best defensive teams in the NHL for quite some time now.

In fact, the last time their goals-against average was anything but stellar was 2007-08, when it was a still-respectable 2.62 (11th best in the league).

Hence, the strong words from defenseman Torey Krug after last night’s 6-4 loss in Montreal — a defeat that dropped the Bruins’ record to a disappointing 2-4-0.

“That’s not us. We’re a team that prides ourselves on our defense,” said Krug, per CSN New England.

“When we’re spaced out in the defensive zone bad things are going to happen. We didn’t collapse on the net like we normally do, so shame on us for not doing that. We need to get back to our defensive ways in that next game.”

Boston’s next game is Saturday in Buffalo, against a Sabres team that’s scored just seven times in four games. Which is to say, it shouldn’t take a Herculean effort for the B’s to get back to their “defensive ways.”

Then again, the Bruins no longer have the services of solid defenseman Johnny Boychuk, now a member of the undefeated Islanders.

And against the Canadiens, veteran d-man Dennis Seidenberg continued to struggle, finishing a minus-2 and with the worst possession numbers on his team.

Seidenberg, of course, played just 34 games last season before undergoing knee surgery for a torn ACL/MCL.

At the very least, B’s coach Claude Julien was happy with his players’ effort against the Canadiens.

“We were doing OK,” said Julien, “but with about five minutes left [in the second period] we had some costly mistakes.

“They were things we had talked about, and we had shown before the game. We lost our focus, and because of that we made some really bad mistakes that ended up in the back of our net.”

‘Good thing I didn’t go blind’: Fan shines laser at Bruins’ goalie Rask

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A fan inside the Bell Centre in Montreal somehow came to the decision to shine a green laser pointer at Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during Thursday’s game against the Canadiens.

The action was caught on replay. You can see in the video a green laser pointer scurrying around Rask, who was in his crease. The screen grab in the photo picked out a speck of the laser against the right pad of Rask while play was going on behind the net.

According to Sportsnet, the fan was removed from the game.

Rask was pulled in the third period after allowing five goals on 23 shots, and the Bruins lost by a final score of 6-4. Milan Lucic mimed raising the Stanley Cup after taking a penalty late in the third period.

“At me? I saw it in the offensive zone. Good thing I didn’t go blind,” Rask said afterward, as per Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com.