North Dakota junior Zane McIntyre, this year’s Mike Richter Award winner as the top NCAA goalie, is reportedly contemplating skipping his senior season to turn pro and join the Bruins, per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
Taken by Boston in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, McIntyre’s decision might’ve been swayed by Niklas Svedberg’s recent signing in the KHL. The departure of Svedberg, Tuukka Rask’s backup last season, could create a domino effect throughout the organization’s goalie depth chart.
As it stands, Malcolm Subban — the club’s first-round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft — will presumably continue his progression next season with AHL Providence, the same place McIntyre would (likely) land if he turned pro.
CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty reports that Boston is likely to go “the affordable veteran free agent route” with regards to Rask’s backup next season, but a spot at the NHL level could open up the season following — with either McIntyre or Subban vying for it.
According to a report out of Russia, Boston Bruins goaltender Niklas Svedberg has signed a one-year deal in the KHL with Salavat.
Svedberg is a restricted free agent.
In 18 games this season the 25-year-old had a 7-5-1 record to go along with a 2.33 G.A.A. and a .918 save percentage.
Former Calgary Flames prospect Leland Irving was one of three goaltenders to play for Salavat this season.
The Boston Bruins leave Saturday’s game with their own concerns regarding their top goalie, but they made life difficult for the New York Rangers’ returning No. 1 this afternoon.
After taking a 3-0 lead, the Bruins cruised to a 4-2 win that was probably more lopsided than the score indicated.
Again, plenty of thoughts revolve around Tuukka Rask’s status; the Bruins haven’t been particularly forthcoming regarding his condition. Niklas Svedberg was able to maintain Boston’s lead after taking over early in the second period, yet considering the Bruins’ thin grasp on a wild card spot (Ottawa can go right back ahead by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight), this is a worrisome situation.
On the bright side, the Bruins looked strong for much of this game, as it would be unfair to blame the loss totally on a rusty Henrik Lundqvist.
(That said, it was clear that Lundqvist was rusty.)
The B’s place in the postseason is shaky – Ottawa can knock them back out of the wild card ranks by beating the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs tonight – but this is still a big win.
Note: An earlier version of this post mentioned that Boston’s win clinched for Montreal, but that is not true.
The Boston Bruins might possess the second Wild Card seed, but they’ve placed their fate at the mercy of the Ottawa Senators after dropping five straight, including Sunday’s 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has been a bright spot for Boston in what has been a shaky season, but he couldn’t save them tonight. Tampa Bay found the back of the net four times on 12 shots before Boston pulled Rask in favor of Niklas Svedberg midway through the second period.
Svedberg surrendered a power-play goal to Ondrej Palat at 13:50 of the third frame, but he otherwise held his own. Meanwhile, Boston fought back over the final 20 minutes, outshooting the Lightning 11-4 over that span, but the damage had already been done.
While Boston is a single point ahead of Ottawa, it has played in two more games. The Bruins might not be in possession of the second Wild Card spot when their season resumes on Thursday depending on how Ottawa’s game against San Jose goes on Monday.
Boston’s recent slump has also put the Panthers back in the running. Florida is trailing the Bruins by four points and has played in one less contest. The Panthers still have two games left against the Bruins after earning a 2-1 shootout win against them on Saturday, so they still have an opportunity to make that gap close.
For the Lightning, this game puts them two points behind the Montreal Canadiens in the battle for the Atlantic Division title. Tampa Bay is also still in the running for the Presidents’ Trophy with just nine contests remaining in its schedule.
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Anders Lindback made a season-high 44 saves and Tyler Ennis scored the shootout winner as the Buffalo Sabres upset the Boston Bruins 2-1 Tuesday night.
The win snapped a seven-game winless skid for the Sabres and was Buffalo’s first win over Boston this season (1-1-2).
“I thought we had a lot of chances today to score more goals and win the game,” said Boston’s lone goal scorer Loui Eriksson per NHL.com. “But, yeah, we need to find ways to score those goals too. We create a lot of chances, but when we get that chance we have to really focus to put it in too. That cost us the game. I thought we were the much better team today, and we just need to get better on that.”
Rasmus Ristolainen had the Sabres’ lone goal in regulation.
Boston leads Ottawa by four points for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and trails the Detroit Red Wings by four points for third spot in the Atlantic Division.
Tuukka Rask was a scratch due to “general soreness”. Claude Julien did not have an update on the goaltender post-game.
Niklas Svedberg made 23 saves in the loss.
The single point the Bruins picked up in the loss officially eliminated the Maple Leafs from playoff contention.