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NHL on NBCSN: Bruins seek perfect game vs. Penguins


NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Boston Bruins host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the TD Garden at 7:00 p.m. ET tonight. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

The Bruins have been doing more than just holding their own lately, but a 2-0 loss to Montreal on Saturday cost them an opportunity to close the substantial gap between Boston and the Atlantic-leading Canadiens. Bruins head coach Claude Julien felt the team’s effort was sound, but the reality is that the injuries Boston is coping with have taken their toll.

“It’s unfortunate but this is where we realize that right now when you play a team that’s healthy and that’s going extremely well, it almost takes a perfect game [to get a win],” Julien said.

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If that’s what it would have taken to beat Montreal, then the bar should be set similarly high against Pittsburgh tonight. The Penguins aren’t completely healthy of course. They lost a great and versatile player when the future of Pascal Dupuis’ career was unfortunately put into question because of a blood clot in his lung. Following that serious revelation, Pittsburgh lost back-to-back games against the New York Islanders.

Pittsburgh is still relatively healthy though compared to the rest of the league. As has been the norm with the Penguins for years, they’ll enter this game with an opposing group of star forwards at their disposal, including Sidney Crosby, who has 35 points in 25 career regular season games against Boston. He didn’t record a point in the two contests against the Islanders, but he hasn’t been held off the scoresheet for three straight regular season games since Oct. 31-Nov. 10, 2009.

Taking a step back from Crosby and looking at the big picture, the gap between Pittsburgh and Boston’s offenses this season becomes more blatant. Pittsburgh has recorded a league-leading 3.53 goals per game while the Bruins sit in 20th place with an average of 2.50. To make matters worse, the Bruins have missed forwards David Krejci and Brad Marchand lately.

It’s with that backdrop that the Bruins have reportedly decided to summon David Pastrnak. The 18-year-old was taken with the 25th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and while most other top prospects that age are tied to a Canadian junior team and are consequently forced to either play in the NHL or CHL, Pastrnak was previous in the Swedish hockey system and was able to immediately start playing in the AHL. He’s flourished at that level with five goals and 18 points in 17 contests.

It’s unfair to hope for too much from him in his NHL debut, if that even comes tonight, but the Bruins certainly can use all the help they can get. They swept the Penguins in the 2012 Eastern Conference Final, but that was under different circumstances. As Julien said, they’ll likely need a very strong effort to come away with two points tonight and they might get just that.

Report: Bruins’ recall Pastrnak from AHL (confirmed)


The Boston Bruins have reportedly recalled 18-year-old forward David Pastrnak from the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins.

Pastrnak, Boston’s first-round pick (25th overall) in 2014, has five goals and 18 points in 17 AHL games this season.

Update: The recall has been confirmed on the AHL’s transactions page.

It’s Pastrnak’s first season in North America after spending the past two seasons in Sweden’s second-tier professional league.

Boston reassigned forwards Jordan Caron and Matt Lindblad on Sunday.

Additionally, defenseman Zdeno Chara (knee) was placed on long-term injured reserve.

Julien: ‘It almost takes a perfect game’ for Bruins to win


Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien seemed pretty happy with his team’s effort after a 2-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. His discomfort only really stems from the feeling that there’s very little margin for error.

Basically, he thinks the injury-ravaged Bruins have to be at the top of their games all the time to overcome a skeleton roster, as he told

“I thought, you know, we played hard, we competed, we were smart and we didn’t give them much,” Julien said. “It’s unfortunate but this is where we realize that right now when you play a team that’s healthy and that’s going extremely well, it almost takes a perfect game [to get a win].

“I credit my players for just going out there and competing hard and well, and giving ourselves a chance. The one thing, as you know, we’re not scoring goals easily these days. So we’ve really got to get our noses dirty in front of the net, and throw some pucks in areas where we can jump on those loose pucks.”

In some ways, it should get easier soon.

The Bruins sent Jordan Caron and Matt Lindblad back to the AHL today after recalling them on Saturday, indicating that there’s a chance a forward or two (maybe David Krejci and/or Brad Marchand) might be able to return to the mix again soon.

On the other hand, Boston faces another tough opponent tomorrow, as they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After trying to avoid making mistakes against Montreal, the Bruins will be tested to contain Pittsburgh’s potent attack. Either way, they’ll need to push themselves to the limit with key players out of the lineup.

Video: Milan Lucic calls Dalton Prout one-punch ‘gutless’


Dalton Prout had his say on what occurred between him and Milan Lucic on Friday.

About 24 hours later, Lucic responded.

Lucic of the Boston Bruins and Prout of the Columbus Blue Jackets were involved in an altercation at the end of overtime on Friday. Prout ended up dropping his gloves and delivering a heavy right punch that knocked Lucic to his knees.

Lucic was not pleased, but Prout believed the two were engaged in a fight. Boston’s power forward disagrees.

“It was the end of the game and I let him know that I wasn’t going to fight him,” said Lucic after the Bruins lost to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, as per “I wasn’t prepared and I let my guard down and that’s what happens when you let your guard down. I’ve been in over 100 fights and I never took a shot like that.

“There have been many times where I could’ve done the exact same thing, and I could’ve held off because he wouldn’t drop his gloves. I find it to be gutless and that’s my thoughts on it.”

Bruins’ Lucic expected to play against Habs after getting one-punched (Updated)


Milan Lucic is expected to be in the Boston Bruins lineup when they face their heated rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, on Saturday, according to multiple reports.

At the end of overtime Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Lucic was dropped with one punch from Dalton Prout. The incident was immediately controversial because Lucic didn’t have both gloves off when the altercation hit its peak. Prout dropped his right away, waited and then threw the heavy right that sent the Bruins’ power forward to the ice.

Lucic was down for only a second. He got up, threw a punch of his own as the linesmen intervened and threw his other glove at Prout.

There were conflicting beliefs on whether it was a fair fight or not. Prout believed it was, saying from his perspective the two were engaged in a fight.

According to Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston, Brad Marchand and David Krejci will not play for Boston.

According to the club’s roster online, Marchand has been placed on injured reserve.

Chris Kelly was also not in the lineup for the Bruins. According to the club, it is injury-related.

I don’t know, I really don’t know. I could say day-to-day, but we don’t know, we don’t know right now,” said head coach Claude Julien, as per “Our medical staff has not given me any indication of how long the injury is going to take. It’s one of those that I think they’ve got to feel as the days go by.”

The Bruins announced they had recalled Jordan Caron and Matt Lindblad from the American Hockey League on Saturday.