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David Pastrnak

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.

With blueline banged up, B’s recall Trotman

Minnesota Wild v Boston Bruins

Following news that Adam McQuaid would be out 6-8 weeks with a broken thumb, the Bruins made another adjustment to their patchwork defense on Thursday by recalling Zach Trotman from AHL Providence.

From the club:

Trotman is expected to join the Bruins for their 11:00  am practice at TD Garden on Thursday and travel with the team on their upcoming trip to Columbus.

Trotman has skated in nine games for Boston this season, notching two assists, with one coming against the Ottawa Senators on November 1 and other against the Minnesota Wild on October 28.  In his NHL career, Trotman has appeared in 11 games for Boston.

Prior to the McQuaid injury, Boston was already without the services of defensemen Zdeno Chara (knee) and David Warsofsky (groin); Kevan Miller (shoulder) is cleared to play but has yet to return to the lineup.

Should Miller be unable to play Friday against Columbus, Boston could be rolling with a defense comprised of Trotman, Dennis Seidenberg, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Joe Morrow.

McQuaid out 6-8 weeks with broken thumb

Adam McQuaid

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is out six to eight weeks with a broken thumb, the club announced today.

McQuaid suffered the injury last night versus the Blues. The 28-year-old has appeared in all 20 Boston games this season, logging almost 20 minutes a night.

The good news for the Bruins, who remain without their best defenseman, the injured Zdeno Chara, is that blue-liner Kevan Miller (upper body) is nearing a return to the lineup.

Boston plays in Columbus on Friday.

Related: Chara updates rehab progress, calls its ‘such a slow process’

Julien: ‘We just stunk the joint’

Claude Julian, Patrice Bergeron

On Wednesday morning while trying to avoid questions about Thursday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, Bruins coach Claude Julien said, “I don’t think tonight’s a real emotional game”.

On Wednesday night, his team’s game lacked emotion.

The second period wasn’t four minutes old and Boston was in the hole 4-0, starting goaltender Tuukka Rask pulled, presumably to rest for the more emotional tilt Thursday against the Canadiens.

Toronto added two more extending its’ win streak to three games with a 6-1 win. The Leafs also improved to 5-1-1 since an embarrassing 4-1 home ice loss to the Bruins on Oct. 25.

Boston saw its’ five game win streak come to an end and lost for just the second time since losing captain Zdeno Chara to a knee injury.

“We just stunk the joint and right now, it’s a matter of moving on, getting ready for tomorrow because there’s nothing great to talk about today,” Julien said post-game.

Former Bruins first round pick, Phil Kessel, who entered the game with just three goals in 27 career games against Boston, opened the scoring with his ninth of the season at 6:46 of the first period. Kessel added the game-winner 18 seconds into the second period.

“I haven’t scored many goals on him,” Kessel said of Rask. “Tonight I was a little fortunate to get a couple past him.”

Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly and forward Tyler Bozak scored less than two minutes apart forcing Julien to make a goaltending change. Rask, who was 10-2-0 in his previous 12 games against the Leafs, allowed four goals on 16 shots.

“I take a lot of blame for getting scored on three times in three minutes,” said Rask. “It’s never good. I’m there for keeping it tight. It wasn’t my night”

James van Riemsdyk and Peter Holland rounded out the scoring for the Leafs.

“Tonight I felt was one of our best starts of the year,” said Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle. “We were on the puck and we were skating, we were directing pucks at the net. Phil’s (Kessel’s) goal was a big goal early. Then we started out the second period the same way.”

Dennis Seidenberg scored the lone Bruins goal while Niklas Svedberg made 15 saves in relief.

Jonathan Bernier made 25 saves in the win.

WATCH LIVE: Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Dion Phaneuf, Gregory Campbell

The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs meet for the second time this season tonight. Both teams are in a different situation than they were on Oct. 25. Boston was playing its’ first game since losing Zdeno Chara and have gone 6-1-1 without the captain in the lineup. Boston defeated Toronto 4-1 in that late October meeting. Afterwards, the Leafs held a players-only meeting and have gone 4-1-1 since. In addition to Chara, the Bruins will be without top center David Krejci (lower body), who will miss his second straight game, and seventh game overall, with the injury suffered in the preseason. Toronto will look for its’ third straight win while Boston attempts to win their sixth in a row – find out which streak continues at 8 p.m. ET. You can also watch the game on NBCSN or via NBC Sports’ Live Extra stream.


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