Tyler Seguin, Colin Miller

PHT Morning Skate: Neely admits Bruins could have done things differently with Seguin


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Bruins President Cam Neely admits his team could have done things differently with Tyler Seguin. (CBS Boston)

After Seguin scored three goals against his former team on Tuesday, Yahoo’s Greg Wyshynski looks back at five players “who make their former fan bases weep with regret.” (Yahoo)

‘Hawks captain Jonathan Toews is thrilled that Hockey Canada chose Joel Quenneville to be one of their assistant coaches at next year’s World Cup. (TSN)

Former NHLer Brad Mills explains how difficult it is to bounce between the NHL and AHL. (The Players’ Tribune)

Patrick Marleau scored a beauty against the Florida Panthers on Thursday:

Watch linesman Michel Cormier pick up an assist on David Desharnais‘ game-winning goal against the Islanders. (NHL.com)

Carlson, Holtby lead way as Caps continue mastery of Bruins

Brooks Orpik, Loui Eriksson, Braden Holtby

Well, at least Boston scored a goal this time.

The Bruins, who were shut out in all three games against the Caps last season, managed to muster one marker but nothing more as Washington cruised to a 4-1 victory at Verizon on Thursday night.

Defenseman John Carlson led the way with a goal and an assist, while Braden Holtby — who, last year, became the second goaltender since 1968 and the first in Capitals history to have three shutouts against the Bruins in one season — stopped 30 of 31 shots for the win, the eighth of his career against the B’s.

Brooks Laich, Karl Alzner and Alex Ovechkin also scored for Washington, who moved to 9-3-0 on the year.

For Boston, tonight’s loss was its second in a row, and a rare instance in which the high-octane offense failed to produce.

None of the team’s top scorers — David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Loui Eriksson — managed to hit the scoresheet and, in an ugly outing, Eriksson finished minus-2 with no shots on goal.

Tuukka Rask was hardly to blame on the night, but three goals allowed on 30 shots won’t do much for his shaky numbers on the season, especially after he gave up five goals on 19 shots in his last outing against Dallas.

Tonight’s game was the first of a three-game road swing for the Bruins, who will play in Montreal on Saturday before finishing against the Islanders on Sunday.

Washington, meanwhile, will host Toronto on Saturday, looking for its 10th win of the campaign.

Bruins recall Talbot in wake of Kelly injury

Calgary Flames v Boston Bruins

Max Talbot is back with the Bruins today. Unfortunately, it took a serious injury to Chris Kelly for that to happen.

Talbot was sent to the AHL last week. The 31-year-old played three games for Providence, registering four assists.

With 6-8 months needed to recover from a left femur fracture, Kelly’s season is most likely done. A 34-year-old pending unrestricted free agent, his career may be in jeopardy, too.

Kelly was the last bottom-six holdover from the Bruins’ 2010-11 Stanley Cup-winning lineup. (The Merlot Line is gone. So are Rich Peverley and Michael Ryder, Kelly’s linemates during that run.)

There are, of course, salary-cap implications to consider, as Kelly has a $3 million cap hit:

The Bruins start a tough three-game road trip Thursday in Washington, before stops in Montreal Saturday and Brooklyn Sunday.

Here’s how all four lines looked at this morning’s skate, after last night’s 5-3 loss to Tyler Seguin and the Stars:

Ouch times three: Tyler Seguin scores hat trick vs. Bruins


Hey, did you hear that the Boston Bruins traded Tyler Seguin?

All joking aside, Seguin had one heck of a game against his former team, as he generated a hat trick (and counting?) for the Dallas Stars in Boston.

His hat trick can be seen in the video above.

(We’ll also see if the Stars can protect their current 4-2 lead against the Bruins and end up with the win.)

Too little surprise, Seguin’s strong night is generating jeers from jilted B’s fans.

Apparently that first tally helped Seguin reach a milestone faster than anyone in his draft class:

All due respect to Taylor Hall and others, but at this pace, Seguin will be tough to catch.

Loui Eriksson scored two goals tonight, in case you’re wondering.

Update: The Stars managed a 5-3 win.

In other tough news for Boston, Chris Kelly‘s out six-to-eight months. See how he got hurt here.

Also, here’s video of Antoine Roussel‘s slew foot on Zac Rinaldo.

Hello, Koko: Bruins recall AHL scoring leader Khokhlachev

Alex Khokhlachev, David Pastrnak, Torey Krug

The rich are getting richer in Boston.

The Bruins, boasting the NHL’s best offense at 3.90 goals per game, have recalled Alexander Khokhlachev — the top scorer in the American League — from their minor-league affiliate in Providence.

Khokhlachev, 22, has four goals and 13 points in 10 games for the P-Bruins this season, which came after he failed to crack the Boston lineup out of training camp.

Which, it turned out, became a bit of a story.

The talented Russian basically told the Bruins to give him a shot, saying he’s “been waiting two years,” and “I won’t play in Providence all my life.”

Not long after those remarks, reports surfaced that SKA St. Petersburg — the team that holds Khokhlachev’s KHL rights — was “closely following” the situation in Boston.

Eventually, Koko’s agent put any potential controversy to bed by explaining his client wanted to stay with the Bruins organization. Khokhlachev then proceeded to tear up the AHL through 10 games, further suggesting he’s more focused on making the NHL rather than pouting about his current situation.

It’ll be interesting to see where Khokhlachev now fits in Boston. The offense is rolling right now, led by the in-form David Krejci, and there aren’t any injuries up front that would provide an opportunity.

The B’s take on Dallas tonight at TD Garden.

UPDATE: Well, looks like Koko might be getting a pretty big shot, should he play tonight against the Stars…

Turns out Pastrnak is dealing with a foot injury.