Alex Khokhlachev, David Pastrnak, Torey Krug

Hello, Koko: Bruins recall AHL scoring leader Khokhlachev


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.

Bolts fail to find scoring touch against Bruins


With names like Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, Jonathan Drouin, Ondrej Palat and Alex Killorn, you’d never expect the Tampa Bay Lightning to go into a prolonged scoring funk.

Unfortunately for the Lightning and their fans, the team has fallen on some hard times.

In four games this week, they’ve scored a whopping two goals, and have been shut out twice (by Chicago and St. Louis).

Although they weren’t blanked by Boston, they did only manage to find the back of the net once in Saturday’s 3-1 loss.

Nikita Kucherov opened the scoring with a power play goal at the 7:51 mark of the first, but that’s as good as it got for the Lighting.

Boston got three unanswered goals from Matt Belesky in the first period, former Lightning forward Brett Connolly in the third period and Brad Marchand (empty netter).

The Lightning are now on a four-game losing streak. The players and coaches are frustrated and some of the guys think it’s time to change things.

Meanwhile, the Bruins seem to be at the opposite end of the spectrum. After a slow start, they have now won four consecutive games.


PHT Morning Skate: Bruins visit hospital as Gru and his minions

Zdeno Chara
AP Photo

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.

Members of the Bruins went to Boston Children’s Hospital dressed as Gru and his minions. (

Alex Ovechkin is close to surpassing Sergei Fedorov as the highest scoring Russian-born player of all-time. (

You can watch the highlights from Pittsburgh’s 3-1 win over Washington below:

Jakub Voracek feels his goal scoring drought is “getting old.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Andrei Vasilevskiy began his AHL conditioning stint with a 3-1 victory versus the Toronto Marlies. (Tampa Bay Times)

Although he’s only been used in two games so far, Emerson Etem is starting to settle in with the New York Rangers. (New York Post)

Here are the highlights from Nashville’s 2-1 win over San Jose last night:

Calgary Flames goaltending prospect Jon Gillies is adjusting to the AHL and learning from the demoted Karri Ramo. (Calgary Herald)

Krejci scores twice as Bruins clobber Coyotes

David Pastrnak, Torey Krug, David Krejci

Earlier on Tuesday evening, we wondered if the Boston Bruins might take advantage of a banged-up Arizona Coyotes team for their first home win of 2015-16.

The answer ended up being an emphatic “yes,” as the Bruins clobbered the Coyotes by a humbling score of 6-0.

Matt Beleskey played nicely in his return from a brief injury hiatus, nabbing two assists.

He wasn’t the Bruins player who stood out the most, however, as David Krejci‘s red-hot start is finally becoming so impressive that it might not slip under the radar any longer.

Things could change tonight, but right now it looks like he expanded his NHL scoring lead with two goals, giving him 14 points so far.

Update: Jamie Benn moved ahead of him with three assists (thus 15 points), but still an impressive start.

In other good news for the Bruins, Tuukka Rask earned his first shutout of 2015-16.

For the Coyotes, it was a good lesson and a serious beating.

If you want to read the latest Coyotes-on-the-move rumors, check ESPN’s article here.

Matt Beleskey’s back for the Bruins; Coyotes riddled by injuries

Matt Beleskey, David Pastrnak

On paper, this is the sort of situation that should play into the Boston Bruins’ favor.

On one hand, the B’s get a key member back in the lineup, as Matt Beleskey returns after missing two games.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Coyotes are dealing with some significant injury headaches. Connor Murphy, Antoine Vermette and Martin Hanzal are all out with lower-body issues on Tuesday.

NESN flashed an interesting graphic moments ago: the Bruins are 0-3-1 in Boston while the Coyotes are 4-1-1 on the road.

If the B’s want to change that pattern, tonight would – theoretically – be a good time to do it.