Tag: Boston Bruins

Columbus Blue Jackets' goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, of Russia, is silhouetted as he stands in front of his net before an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

Goalie nods: Bob’s back

All the latest from the blue paint…

Finally some relief for Columbus

The Columbus Blue Jackets broke their nine-game slump last night. Now they get Sergei Bobrovsky back in net.

It’s not fair to pin their nine-game losing streak on Curtis McElhinney and Anton Forsberg alone – Bob was in net for the first two defeats in that skid – yet the Blue Jackets appear to be healing up. It’s an open question if they can dig themselves out of a month-sized hole, but Bobrovsky’s return seems like a sign of better things to come.

That said, Bobrovsky has some work to do himself. He’s just 4-4-0 with a .908 save percentage so far in 2014-15. For a guy turning down extension offers in a contract year, that’s not up to snuff.

The San Jose Sharks are likely to trot out Antti Niemi against Bobrovsky.

Elsewhere …

Hurricanes at Bruins: Cam Ward tries to continue his recent strong work for Carolina while Tuukka Rask attempts to turn things around for Boston.

Wild at Stars: Darcy Kuemper likely for Minnesota and Kari Lehtonen expected for Dallas.

Ducks at Kings: Frederik Anersen seeks redemption for Anaheim against Jonathan Quick and Los Angeles.

Jets at Predators: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Pekka Rinne.

Maple Leafs at Sabres: James Reimer is expected for Toronto, Michal Neuvirth’s in for Buffalo.

Flyers at Canadiens: Ray Emery may get a rare start for Philly against Carey Price and Montreal.

Rangers at Penguins: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Marc-Andre Fleury.

Islanders at Lightning: Chad Johnson vs. Ben Bishop.

Avalanche at Devils: Semyon Varlamov’s in for Colorado, Cory Schneider expected for New Jersey.

Capitals at Blues: Justin Peters vs. Brian Elliott.

Senators at Flames: Craig Anderson vs. Karri Ramo.

Haggerty: Bruins are going soft

Boston Bruins v Montreal Canadiens

One can throw around a lot of different words to describe the Boston Bruins’ bumpy start to the season. CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty uses perhaps the most provocative one: soft.

The word appears in his column six different times.

Haggerty writes that “you can call the Bruins a mostly soft hockey team and you wouldn’t be wrong on most nights.” He calls out the play of specific combinations like the Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Reilly Smith line and even has this to say about Boston’s defense:

Their defense is almost the Black and Gold version of a Twinkie: looks pretty good on the outside but has a soft, cream filling in the middle that’s pretty unhealthy.

Here’s video from Haggerty and CSNNE.com:

Many will point out that hits are a stat that aren’t always compiled consistently, yet it’s interesting to note that the Bruins have delivered 389 hits and received 443 so far this season, the eighth worst “hit percentage” so far in 2014-15. The Bruins were in the middle of the pack in this somewhat random stat in 2013-14.

That could be a troubling sign … or it could indicate that the Bruins have possessed the puck more often than not, opening the door to receive more hits (they’re ranked ninth in Fenwick stats, for what it’s worth).

Is this perceived drop in physicality something the Bruins should be concerned about? Milan Lucic told CSNNE.com that they could probably increase the intensity a bit.

“We’re a team that thrives on playing with emotion, and maybe we needed to play with a little more emotion, and a little more bang,” Lucic said. “It wasn’t there [against Montreal]. You can talk about scoring only two goals in two games, but the reason we’ve only scored two goals is because we’re not taking care of things in the defensive zone.”

The Bruins get a chance to assert themselves in a home game against the Carolina Hurricanes this afternoon.

Video: Gagne with a boarding penalty on Gilbert

Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens

Boston Bruins forward Simon Gagne tried to guide Habs’ defenseman Tom Gilbert into the end boards with a bear hug, but Gilbert went into the boards heavily and has left the game.

Gagne received a minor penalty for boarding on the play.

The hit was similar to Nathan MacKinnon’s on Luke Schenn. MacKinnon did not receive supplemental discipline on the play as the Department of Player Safety said there was no push on the play.

Video: Lucic runs over Sekac

Milan Lucic

Bruins’ Milan Lucic ran over Habs rookie Jiri Sekac in the final minute of the second period. Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban didn’t like the hit, challenged Lucic and received the lone penalty on the play.

Video: Bruins’ Fraser wobbly following fight (Updated)

Matt Fraser, Kyle Turris

Boston Bruins forward Matt Fraser was wobbly following a fight with Habs Nathan Beaulieu. Fraser appeared to hit his head on the ice and needed help getting the Bruins’ dressing room.

Fraser isn’t the first Bruin to be injured in a fight this season. Kevan Miller is still out after dislocating his shoulder in a fight on Oct. 18.

Beaulieu was also feeling the effects of the fight icing his right hand in the penalty box.