PHT Morning Skate: Ray Bourque and the Bruins Foundation made a local youth team’s dream come true

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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.

–The Bruins spread some Holiday cheer by giving a group of Franklin Youth Hockey players some tickets to the 2016 Winter Classic. (Above)

–“In my team in KHL, if you dump the puck, coach might put you on bench and you never go out and play hockey again. It’s true.” Evgeny Kuznetsov talks about how he learned to play hockey in Russia. (The Players’ Tribune)

–ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun looks at Claude Julien’s unlikely path to the Winter Classic. (ESPN)

–What’s the reward for being named the Florida Panthers’ player of the game? This hooded sweatshirt that has Kevin Spacey’s head on it. (Miami Herald)

–The Boston Bruins got to skate on the Gillette Stadium ice with their families ahead of tomorrow’s Winter Classic tilt against the Montreal Canadiens.

–Craig Button, Eddie Olczyk, Doug MacLean, Pierre McGuire, Tom Laidlaw and Neil Smith had an Original Six fantasy draft with today’s NHLers. The first overall pick may surprise you. (USA Today).

Video: Bruins’ Marchand spears Turris

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Brad Marchand didn’t do any favors for his reputation on Tuesday.

After a controversial low hit on Mark Borowiecki earlier in Tuesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators — one that is reportedly being reviewed by the league’s Department of Player Safety — Marchand was at it again, this time in the third period, when he speared Kyle Turris during a scrum in front of the Boston net after a stoppage in play.

Marchand was given a minor penalty for slashing.

Earlier this season, Marchand was speared by Brandon Prust, which earned the Vancouver Canucks forward a $5,000 fine.

The Bruins defeated the Senators by a final score of 7-3. Mayhem ensued in the final minute, as multiple fights broke out. According to NHL.com, the two teams combined for 110 penalty minutes throughout the entire game.

Bruins summon AHL standout Griffith, put Krejci on IR

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 07:  Seth Griffith #53 of the Boston Bruins skates during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on January 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The Boston Bruins have had more than their fair share of bad news lately, but at least it’s created an opportunity for one of their promising prospects.

With David Krejci expected to miss weeks with an upper-body injury, the Bruins announced that he’s been placed on the injured reserve list. Seth Griffith, 22, has been summoned in a corresponding move.

Griffith is in his third season with AHL Providence and has stood out with 10 goals and 27 points in 24 contests in 2015-16. He hasn’t played with the Boston Bruins yet this season, but he did record 10 points in 30 games while averaging a modest 13:26 minutes with them in 2014-15.

Although it might be too much to hope for him to single-handedly fill the void left by Krejci, the Bruins could certainly use a boost right now. They’ve dropped three straight games and have scored just four goals in that span.

Boston will play against the Senators tonight after suffering a 3-1 loss to Ottawa on Sunday.

Big, bad night: Bruins lose Krejci to injury, drop third straight game

Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46), of the Czech Republic, skates slowly up the ice during a break in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. The scoreboard was showing the score from the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres score.  Pittsburgh beat Buffalo, eliminating Boston from the playoffs.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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On paper, this should be a golden opportunity for the Boston Bruins.

The Montreal Canadiens are flailing, leaving the Atlantic Division up for grabs. At one point, the B’s were more or less red-hot since mid-November.

Things look grimmer as of Sunday night, however. The Ottawa Senators beat them 3-1 tonight, escalating the Bruins’ current losing streak to three games (all in regulation).

That’s not the only worry, either, as David Krejci left the game and did not return thanks to an upper-body injury.

Not a ton is known about Krejci’s injury, including how it happened.

The Bruins lost these past three games by a troubling combined score of 11-4, including a stunning Saturday loss to the Buffalo Sabres that left Claude Julien fuming.

The key, then, is to get things back on track soon. The Bruins can gather themselves during a three-game homestand that includes the 2016 Winter Classic before things get rocky with a five-game road trip starting on Jan. 8.

Even with this mini-slump, the Bruins are in a solid position, but this is no time to go into hibernation.

Eichel erupts as Sabres stun Bruins, leaving Julien in disgust

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Jack Eichel‘s special nights in Boston won’t just be limited to his college days.

The Buffalo Sabres rookie enjoyed the best night of his career so far on Saturday as his first four-point night spurred his team on to a stunning turnaround against the Boston Bruins.

Eichel hit the two-point mark twice before this season, so this is easily the biggest output of his young NHl career.

You’re not going to believe this, but Bruins head coach Claude Julien had negative things to say about the B’s after a third period lead of 3-1 dissolved into a staggering 6-3 loss.

It was already a rough night for the Bruins with Torey Krug going down with an injury, but this is a painful way to return from the holiday break.

No doubt about it, this is a big night for Eichel, formerly of Boston University.