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Julien: ‘We need to educate our players to protect themselves better’


The Blackhawks extended their win streak to eight games and rookie defenseman Klas Dahlbeck scored his first NHL goal; however, much of the discussion post-game surrounded Chicago’s Jonathan Toews.

The Blackhawks captain took a hit from behind midway through the second period courtesy Bruins’ defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.

Seidenberg received a minor penalty for boarding. Toews left the game soon after and did not return.

It has been reported the Department of Player Safety will review the incident.

Boston coach Claude Julien believes some of the onus is on Toews in that situation to be better prepared to receive a hit.

“I’ve been saying that for a long time, we need to educate our players to protect themselves better,” Julien said per WEEI.com. “We keep turning our backs, we keep trying to curl away.

“A player’s job is to finish his check and a player should know he’s going to be hit. It’s not about tonight, it’s about the whole league. I’m one of those guys who has put a lot of pressure on people who look at those kind of things and say, ‘It’s OK to take away those hits from hits from behind when they’re warranted. But what about the other guy? Does he not have a responsibility?’”

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Toews is OK.

“He seemed all right,” said Quenneville. “It looks like he’s going to be all right.”

Seidenberg said he felt he had Toews’ right shoulder lined up.

“I would never want to hurt a guy. That’s the last thing on my mind,” he said. “If you go through the middle you have to have your head up, right? It was just unfortunate how (Toews) went into the boards. I thought I had his right shoulder but it just kind of happened and it just didn’t look that great.”

Toews teammates were not happy with the hit post-game.

“It was tough lose Johnny to a hit like that,” said Patrick Sharp. “Seidenberg has a reputation as a clean hockey player. He has a lot of respect. Having said that, we didn’t like that hit.”

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara made his return to the Boston lineup after suffering a knee injury Oct. 23 and played over 24 minutes.

Torey Krug and Reilly Smith had the Boston goals.

Ben Smith and Patrick Kane had the other Blackhawks goals.

The two teams meet for a second and final time in Chicago on Feb. 22.

Krejci doesn’t think injury will ‘bother me the whole year’

Boston Bruins v Montreal Canadiens - Game Three

Boston center David Krejci is “100 percent” worried about re-aggravating the hip/groin ailment that’s kept him out of the Bruins’ lineup for all but 11 non-consecutive games.

So he’s going to play it safe this time. Maybe he returns tomorrow against Chicago (with Zdeno Chara), maybe he waits a little longer.

He just doesn’t want any more setbacks.

“I don’t feel like this is some injury that it’s going to bother me the whole year,” Krejci said, per the Boston Globe. “I think that when it’s done, it’s done, and we can move on.”

The Bruins are hoping he’s right, given his importance to the team, which has gone 8-8-1 without him, compared to 7-4-0 with.

Chara expected back Thursday; Krejci may need a bit longer

Boston Bruins v Buffalo Sabres

The Boston Bruins had a couple of key players back practicing today. And one of them sounds like he should be ready to play Thursday versus Chicago.

That one would be defenseman Zdeno Chara, who hasn’t played since hurting his knee on Oct. 23.

The other is center David Krejci, who hasn’t played since Nov. 18 due to a hip ailment.

From CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty:

The Bruins have been struggling of late, with just two wins in their last seven. But if Chara returns Thursday, they’ll have gone a reasonable 11-7-1 without their most important player in the lineup.

Bruins release veteran d-man White from AHL PTO


Longtime NHL defenseman Ian White has been released from his professional tryout with Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence, per the Journal.

White, 30, scored a goal and five points in eight games with the B’s but finished his stint with a minus-5 rating. The former Leaf, Flame, Hurricane, Shark and Red Wing — who has over 500 big-league games on his resume — is probably done with the organization; Boston had nine defenseman practicing this morning, including the injured Zdeno Chara, meaning some of the club’s farmhands could be on their way back to Providence.

White’s last NHL action came with Detroit during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign. He spent part of last season with KHL Chelyabinsk before giving it a go with Providence this year.

Eberle rumors swirl as Bruins’ offense struggles

Loui Eriksson

The Boston Bruins, when they’ve been at their best in recent seasons, have been one of the top defensive teams in the NHL.

Everyone knows that. (Lest we forget Claude Julien’s beloved “layers,” and how those layers helped the B’s stifle the high-scoring Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2013 playoffs and the high-scoring Vancouver Canucks in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.)

What occasionally gets forgotten, however, is that the Bruins have been a pretty high-scoring team themselves. In that 2010-11 championship year, Boston finished the regular season with the NHL’s fifth-ranked offense. The B’s finished third in the league last season, averaging 3.15 goals per game.

Hence, the growing concern about the state of the current team, which ranks 22nd in offense, averaging just 2.41 goals per game.

While injuries to David Krejci and Zdeno Chara are surely to blame for some of the Bruins’ scoring woes, that’s not stopping the rumor mill from churning. The latest speculation involves a possible deal with the Edmonton Oilers for winger Jordan Eberle.

According to CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty, it’s believed that Eberle has “always been the desired top line target for the Black and Gold,” even if it didn’t sound today like the Oilers were on the verge of making a big trade.

Why Eberle?

Well, the salary cap-limited Bruins did not, if you’ll recall, bring in a replacement for departed winger Jarome Iginla this offseason, opting instead to hope Loui Eriksson could be “better than he was last year.”

And how’s Eriksson done?

Well, he has just three goals in 27 games, so…yeah.

Consider also: Boston’s leading goal-scorers are Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith, each with six. Currently, there are 92 players in the NHL with more than six goals.

The Bruins lost their third straight last night, falling 7-4 to the San Jose Sharks in a game where, let’s be honest, the offense was the least of their problems. But before that they were shut out by the Kings, 2-0, marking the third time this season that they’d been blanked.

Boston is in Arizona Saturday to play the Coyotes.

Related: (Video) PHT Extra: Why Bruins fans should be worried