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Shawn Thornton decides against 2nd appeal

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 31, 2013 12:09 PM

WILMINGTON -- Shawn Thornton has decided not to go to an independent arbitrator to appeal his 15-game suspension, which was upheld by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman last week. The suspension was handed down by the Department of Player Safety chief Brendan Shanahan for his attack on Brooks Orpik in the Bruins' Dec. 7 game against the Penguins.

Thornton had the option of continuing the process with a second appeal, but would have been the first NHL player to do so under the new collective bargaining agreement.

Part of the reasoning came down to timing -- Thornton has already missed 10 games, and the hearing would be unlikely to be scheduled before Saturday, after three more games had elapsed. Thornton is scheduled to return on Jan. 11 against San Jose.

"I’d rather not be a distraction around here and I’d rather just focus on getting ready for Jan. 11," Thornton said. "I’m not going to lie to you, it wasn’t an easy decision. I’ve been thinking about it for the last 36 hours, not much sleep.

"But I feel for the team it’s probably the right thing to do I guess at this point, not going through the whole process again for a third time."

Thornton said that his teammates had provided a support system for him, and other players from other teams had reached out, including Raffi Torres, Adam Burish, Jay Rosehill, and Paul Bissonnette.

"I’m still not happy with the amount of games I got," Thornton said. "I know I’m not a victim, but I’m not happy with the amount of games I got. But I respect the decision. Like I said, I’d rather just move on mentally and just focus on getting ready for the 11th instead of focusing on getting ready for another hearing."

Thornton, who has not spoken to the media since immediately after the game against Pittsburgh, was asked about the hit that the incident and suspension might have on his reputation after a career in which he had never faced a fine or suspension.

"I’m not going to let this define me," he said. "I think I obviously made a mistake. One mistake, I think, doing the job that I’ve done for 600-something games, including playoffs. It’s a tough question to answer because I know I made a mistake, but like I said, this won’t define me. I’m going to move on and continue to play and put this in the past."

Game 40 preview: Islanders at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 31, 2013 10:08 AM


WILMINGTON -- The Bruins are up at Ristuccia Arena for their morning skate before tonight's New Year's Eve game against the Islanders, as the Celtics have TD Garden this afternoon.

Zdeno Chara will make his return to the lineup today after missing Saturday's game in Ottawa. That's big news for a team that's without Dennis Seidenberg on defense already.

So far the Bruins have made one move today, recalling Nick Johnson on an emergency basis. Carl Soderberg was ruled out yesterday, necessitating the move. It is the fifth consecutive day that the Bruins have made a personnel move.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV, radio: NESN, WBZ-FM (98.5)

Records: Bruins 26-11-2, Islanders 12-21-7

Projected lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Matt Fraser-Ryan Spooner-Nick Johnson
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Jordan Caron

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Bruins are 13-0-2 in their last 15 games at TD Garden, a streak that dates back to Oct. 26 ... Tonight is the only time this season the Islanders will visit Boston ... David Krejci is one goal shy of his 100th ... The referees are Rob Martell and Brad Meier. The linesmen are Lonnie Cameron and Mark Wheler.

Dennis Seidenberg to have surgery on right ACL, MCL

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 30, 2013 12:52 PM


WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg addressed the media Monday for the first time since tearing his right ACL and MCL in Friday night's game against Ottawa.

Seidenberg, who will miss the remainder of the season, said he will have surgery on the knee in the next week or two, depending on how long it takes for the swelling to go down. He will see Dr. Peter Asnis Tuesday.

"Very disappointing," Seidenberg said. "It’s tough luck the way it happened, but at the end, there’s nothing I can do. It’s all about getting it fixed now and preparing for next season."

Seidenberg has injured both MCLs before, but said he has never had an ACL injury. He said he knew immediately that it was different, but did not know the extent of the injury.

"It's totally off, so they're going to put a couple stitches in the MCL as well," Seidenberg said. "Sometimes it heals quick, just doesn't get back to where it was tightness-wise. So we're going to make sure it's nice and solid, put some stitches in."

Seidenberg should be back for training camp next season, when his new four-year, $16 million contract kicks in.

"It used to be when you had an ACL, it was career-ending, I guess," he said. "But nowadays I think they know how to take care of it and they say I'm going to be back to normal, hopefully. It just takes a while."

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There were a couple of updates on injured Bruins, with every regular on the ice at some point other than Seidenberg and Chris Kelly.

Loui Eriksson skated before practice with Carl Soderberg, the first time (that we know of) that Eriksson has been on the ice since sustaining a concussion Dec. 7, his second in 45 days. He continues to be day-to-day.

Soderberg will not play against the Islanders tomorrow, which means the Bruins will need to call up someone from Providence to fill his spot.

Zdeno Chara, who missed Saturday's game in Ottawa with an undisclosed injury, skated for about half of Monday's practice with the team, then left the ice. That was scheduled, and not because he sustained an additional injury. There will be a decision on his availability tomorrow.

Dougie Hamilton participated in his first practice since sustaining a lower-body injury Dec. 8. He was limited in some drills, and there is no timetable for his return, but he is making progress.

Kevan Miller was at practice after being called up on an emergency basis. He is likely up for good, as he cannot be sent down without going through waivers after playing in his 10th NHL game.

Loui Eriksson, Carl Soderberg skate before Bruins practice

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 30, 2013 10:39 AM
WILMINGTON – There were some good signs for the Bruins at Ristuccia Arena on Monday – Loui Eriksson and Carl Soderberg were on the ice before the full team practice. For Eriksson it is the first time that we know of that he has skated since Dec. 7, when he sustained his second concussion in 45 days.

Soderberg did not make the trip to Ottawa with the team on Saturday after banging his head into the glass, resulting in concussion-like symptoms. He stayed on the ice longer than Eriksson this morning. If he cannot play in Tuesday's game against the Islanders, the Bruins would have to call up another forward. They have only 11 healthy (and active) players at the moment.

There were other new faces on the ice. Dougie Hamilton skated with the team for the first time since his lower-body injury on Dec. 8. Zdeno Chara, who also missed Saturday's game in Ottawa with an undisclosed injury, was also on the ice.

Kevan Miller was called up this morning on an emergency basis, and is practicing with the team

Bruins assign three to Providence

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff December 29, 2013 06:06 PM

The Bruins have assigned Zach Trotman, David Warsofsky, and Nick Johnson to Providence. Trotman and Johnson played in Providence’s 5-4 win over Springfield today. Niklas Svedberg, assigned to Providence yesterday, was in goal for the win.

The Bruins’ next game is on Tuesday against the Islanders. They are likely to recall reinforcements before then because of a spate of injuries.

Zdeno Chara out with undisclosed injury

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff December 28, 2013 06:33 PM
Zdeno Chara will not play tonight because of an undisclosed injury. Chara is day-to-day. Chara participated in an off-ice workout this morning at Canadian Tire Centre.

Tonight’s lineup, based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Matt Fraser-Ryan Spooner-Nick Johnson
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Jordan caron

Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
David Warsofsky-Zach Trotman

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Dennis Seidenberg out for season with injured right knee

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff December 28, 2013 03:26 PM

Dennis Seidenberg’s season is over. Seidenberg has been ruled out for 2013-14 because of a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee.

Seidenberg was injured in the third period of last night’s 5-0 win over Ottawa. Seidenberg collided with Cory Conacher. Seidenberg needed help returning to the dressing room.

Seidenberg was the team’s No. 2 defenseman. The left-shot Seidenberg had been playing on the second pairing. In the playoffs, Seidenberg could have moved up to partner with Zdeno Chara like he has since the 2010-11 postseason.

The rock-hard defenseman provided flexibility because he could play both sides. Seidenberg was also capable of logging big minutes in even-strength and shorthanded situations.

The Bruins recalled Zach Trotman from Providence on an emergency basis. This is Trotman's first NHL recall. The right-shot Trotman was paired with Zdeno Chara for much of training camp. David Warsofsky was recalled from Providence earlier today.

To make room for the reinforcements, Niklas Svedberg was assigned to Providence.

Game 39 preview: Bruins at Senators

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff December 28, 2013 12:30 PM
OTTAWA – Good morning from Canadian Tire Centre, where the Bruins will look to sweep the Senators in their home-and-home series. The Bruins trounced Ottawa last night at TD Garden, 5-0.

Dennis Seidenberg (right leg) will not play tonight. Seidenberg was injured during a collision last night with Cory Conacher. Claude Julien did not have any further clarity on Seidenberg's condition.

Carl Soderberg is also out. Soderberg hurt his head in last night’s game when he collided with the glass. Soderberg is experiencing concussion-like symptoms and did not travel to Ottawa.

David Warsofsky and Nick Johnson will play in place of Seidenberg and Soderberg. Warsofsky and Johnson were in Glens Falls, N.Y., ahead of Providence’s game tonight against Adirondack when they were recalled on an emergency basis. Warsofsky and Johnson had to return to Providence to retrieve their passports. They are scheduled to arrive in Ottawa this afternoon.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Jamie Erdahl), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Bruins 26-10-2, Senators 15-18-7

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Ryan Spooner-Matt Fraser
Jordan Caron-Gregory Campbell-Nick Johnson

Zdeno Chara-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
David Warsofsky-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Niklas Svedberg

Healthy scratch: Chad Johnson

Storylines: Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice this morning, indicating he will make his second start in two nights. Rask was in goal for last night’s shutout. Niklas Svedberg will most likely be his backup. Chad Johnson will be the healthy scratch for the second straight game… The Bruins have gone seven straight with a player scoring two goals per game. Reilly Smith was the latest to turn the trick last night... Ryan Spooner is from nearby Kanata. This will be Spooner’s second career NHL game in his hometown. Spooner planned to return to his parents’ home instead of going to the team hotel following the morning skate… Shawn Thornton was the last man off the ice following the morning skate. Thornton has until Tuesday to decide whether he will take his case to a neutral discipline arbitrator… Paul Devorski and Ian Walsh will be the referees. Michel Cormier and Matt MacPherson will be the linesmen.

Game 38 preview: Senators at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 27, 2013 11:50 AM
The Bruins return from the three-day Christmas break with a set of back-to-back home-and-home games against the Senators. The series begins tonight in Boston, where the struggling Senators will face Tuukka Rask as the Bruins' goalie.

Boston will have one returning player and one new player in the fold for tonight's game, with left wing Daniel Paille back from the concussion symptoms that he suffered on the team's trip across Canada earlier this month and goalie Niklas Svedberg called up from Providence. The team sent down David Warsofsky and Nick Johnson over the break.

The Bruins will do their best to extend their 12-0-2 streak at the TD Garden tonight, after going 7-2-0 overall in their last nine games heading into the break.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 25-10-2, Senators 15-17-7

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg-Ryan Spooner-Matt Fraser
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Jordan Caron

Zdeno Chara-Torey Krug
Dennis Seidenberg-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Niklas Svedberg

Notes: The Bruins lost in their one matchup with Ottawa so far this season, 4-2. ... The Bruins have a six-game streak in which they've had a player score two goals (Smith and Iginla have each done it twice, plus Chara and Marchand). That's the longest such streak since Feb. 24-March 8, 1979 for the Bruins and the longest in the NHL in more than two years, since San Jose had a six-game stretch in March and April of 2011, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... When Svedberg gets into a game, he'll be the 10th Bruin to make his debut with the team this season, and the fourth to play his first NHL game. ... The referees tonight will be Wes McCauley and Chris Rooney. The linesmen will be Brian Murphy and Tony Sericolo.

Bruins call up goalie Niklas Svedberg

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff December 27, 2013 10:20 AM

The Bruins recalled goaltender Niklas Svedberg from Providence on Friday morning, the team announced.

The goalie nearly made the cut out of training camp, but the team elected to go with Chad Johnson instead. It had seemed like a good move, with Johnson starting the season 6-1. But Johnson struggled with wraparound goals in a loss to lowly Buffalo in his last time up.

Coach Claude Julien said this morning that Svedberg was recalled so the team could have a look at the 24 year old. who has had an up-and-down season thus far in Providence.

"We’re going to have a look at him in the next little while here," Julien said. "Not tonight, but maybe tomorrow or the game after. I think he’s earned that. We told him that after having such a good camp that we’d bring him up at some point, get him some games. So that’s what we’re doing right now."

Svedberg has played 20 games for Providence and has an 11-5-3 record with one shutout, a .907 save percentage and a 2.91 goals-against average. He will be the backup goalie tonight against the Senators, with Tuukka Rask starting in goal.

"It’s experience," Julien said. "He played a preseason game that I thought he played really well. He’s coming off I think a shutout last night as well, so he’s earned his opportunity, and like I said we told him we’d give him that so it gives us an idea where he is in his development. At the same time certainly, like I said, earned that opportunity by his play."

Hockey chat with Rick Middleton Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff December 26, 2013 02:45 PM

We'll have former Bruins star Rick Middleton on Boston.com Friday at 1:30 to talk hockey.

Middleton is one of several former pros who will be taking part in the Citi Frozen Fenway Fantasy Camp on Jan. 9. The camp will give hockey players to play on the Fenway Ice with 10 pro hockey alums, including Hall of Famer Brian Leetch, Mark Recchi and Middleton. In addition, players will have a private luncheon with professional hockey alumni and Hall of Famer Bobby Orr after the games. For details, click here or call 617-226-6753.

Shawn Thornton suspension upheld by NHL

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff December 24, 2013 12:28 PM
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman upheld the 15-game suspension of Bruins forward Shawn Thornton on Tuesday.

Thornton had appealed the suspension – handed down following his attack on the Penguins' Brooks Orpik in a game Dec. 7 at TD Garden – and had an appeal hearing before Bettman on Friday.

Thornton still has the option to appeal the case to a neutral arbitrator. Thornton must make that decision before next Tuesday.

"Simply put, this was a bad act with a bad result, and neither will be tolerated in our game. Again, I note that Mr. Thornton has a reputation for being a “good actor” and a model NHL citizen, but that does not eliminate the need for him to be punished appropriately for his bad act in this case," Bettman said in his 12-page written explanation of his ruling.

Thornton was ejected from the Dec. 7 game and suspended indefinitely. He had a hearing with NHL senior vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan, who issued a 15-game suspension on Dec. 14.

In his appeal, Thornton did not dispute his violation of NHL rules, but disagreed with the length of the suspension. Thornton had never been suspended prior to the incident, and the NHLPA, which filed the appeal on his behalf, said 10-12 games was a more appropriate punishment.

Thornton has been practicing and traveling with the team. Orpik remains sidelined because of a concussion. Orpik's injury was a significant factor in determining the length of Thornton's suspension.

"We respect the process including the ability to attend the hearing with Commissioner Bettman in support of Shawn. At this time, we will decline comment until the process is complete and Shawn has exhausted all rights available to him," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement released by the team.

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Game 37 preview: Bruins at Predators

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 23, 2013 02:07 PM


NASHVILLE -- Welcome to Nashville, where the Bruins will face off against the Predators tonight in their final game before the three-day Christmas break.

The Bruins got some good news this morning, with the return of one of their many injured players. Defenseman Adam McQuaid will be back in the lineup against Nashville, after missing three weeks in November and all of December to date.

All told, McQuaid was out for eight games, returned for three, then missed the last nine after aggravating a lower-body injury.

Game time: 8 p.m.

TV, radio: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 24-10-2, Predators 16-16-4

Projected lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg-Ryan Spooner-Matt Fraser
Jordan Caron-Gregory Campbell-Nick Johnson

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-David Warsofsky
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Notes: The Predators sit in last place in the Western Conference's Central Division with 36 points. Because of the strength of the West, though, the Predators would be tied with Philadelphia, Carolina, and the New York Rangers for fourth if they played in the East's Metropolitan Division ... Nashville has seven power-play goals in its last five games. The Predators are seventh in the league at 21 percent on the power play ... The referees are Mike Hasenfratz and Justin St. Pierre. The linesmen are Ryan Galloway and Darren Gibbs.

Brad Marchand available against Predators

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff December 22, 2013 12:23 PM
WILMINGTON – Brad Marchand, banged up in last night’s 4-1 win over Buffalo, didn’t practice today at Ristuccia Arena. But Marchand will travel to Nashville with the team this afternoon and be available to play against the Predators tomorrow.

Daniel Paille (concussion) practiced in Marchand’s spot on the second line. Paille has not been cleared for game play. Paille will not join the team on its road trip.

* Adam McQuaid (lower body) is possible to play tomorrow. McQuaid was one of seven defensemen practicing today.

* Dougie Hamilton (lower body) didn’t practice. Hamilton went on the ice for solo work with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides. Hamilton could be out for another two weeks based on original estimates.

* Loui Eriksson (concussion) was at Ristuccia for treatment. Eriksson is feeling well enough to be around his teammates. Eriksson had been more comfortable at home initially because of post-concussion syndrome.

Today’s practice lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Daniel Paille-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg-Ryan Spooner-Matt Fraser
Jordan Caron-Gregory Campbell-Nick Johnson

Zdeno Chara-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
David Warsofsky-Johnny Boychuk
Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Game 36: Sabres at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 21, 2013 05:09 PM

Tonight brings the Sabres to the TD Garden, just two nights after the Bruins lost to them in Buffalo on Thursday. The Bruins would much prefer that that outcome didn't happen again, with the Sabres having the fewest points in the NHL.

The game on Thursday night saw the Bruins fail to capitalize on quite a few chances, leading to the opening for the Sabres to score on a fluke shot off David Warsofsky's stick to Marcus Foligno and on a wraparound by Drew Stafford.

The Bruins have just two games before the Christmas break -- tonight and Monday in Nashville -- so they'll be looking to turn around their results before those three days off.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 23-10-2, Sabres 9-23-3

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg-Ryan Spooner-Matt Fraser
Jordan Caron-Gregory Campbell-Nick Johnson

Zdeno Chara-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
David Warsofsky-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: There is a chance Adam McQuaid could play tonight against the Sabres, but the Bruins could also choose to keep him out for another night and use David Warsofsky again. ... Brad Marchand scored twice against the Sabres on Thursday, bringing his season total to seven goals. The Bruins would dearly like to see him build on those results, after Peter Chiarelli said he was not going to trade the winger. ... Always interesting to see the ice conditions on these quick changeover days -- the Celtics played at 1 p.m. at the Garden today.

Bruins GM says he's not trading Marchand

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 19, 2013 12:53 PM
BUFFALO – After all of the issues that have surrounded Brad Marchand this season and especially this week, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli wanted to make one thing clear this morning.

Asked a question about Marchand's struggles, and how much they're related to the lack of consistency on the third line, Chiarelli went off in a different direction, due to the reaction garnered from his comments from the day before.

"Let me be clear on Marchy," he said. "I saw some of the aftermath yesterday from my comments. I'm not trading Marchy. He's a good player. I like the way he plays.

"He'll figure it out, but when one guy struggles, the other guys unfortunately piggyback on those struggles. You need three guys really going. I don't care what guys say about pairs, you need three guys going and contributing. That's happening a little bit. But, as I said yesterday, he's finding his way."

Chiarelli had expressed disappointment on Tuesday about Marchand's antics, when he mimed kissing his Stanley Cup ring in Vancouver and later mimed kissing the Stanley Cup.

The second-line winger has struggled this season, with five goals and nine assists for 14 points in 34 games.

Game 35: Bruins at Sabres

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 19, 2013 12:41 PM
BUFFALO – Welcome to the First Niagara Center, where the Bruins will take on the Sabres this evening. It's their first trip back here since the game in which a John Scott hit gave Loui Eriksson a concussion two months ago.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli addressed the media this morning because coach Claude Julien is still feeling the effects of the flu that has infected much of the team in the last week. Julien is expected to be back at the rink in time to coach tonight's game.

Defenseman David Warsofsky is up with the team and in Buffalo, replacing Kevan Miller, who was sent down to Providence on Tuesday.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 23-9-2, Sabres 8-23-3

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg-Ryan Spooner-Matt Fraser
Jordan Caron-Gregory Campbell-Nick Johnson

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-David Warsofsky

Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask

Notes: Buffalo beat Winnipeg in its last game in regulation. Before that, the Sabres hadn't won in regulation since Nov. 15 over Toronto. John Scott is a "gametime decision," according to Sabres coach Ted Nolan, likely playing defense. ... For the Bruins, tonight's is the final game in a stretch of five-of-six on the road, which began in Toronto and continued across western Canada. So far, the Bruins are 3-1-0 in those road games. ... The referees are Dennis LaRue and Marc Joannette. The linesmen are Scott Cherrey and Mark Shewchyk.

Bruins call up David Warshofsky

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff December 18, 2013 01:57 PM
The Bruins, reconstituted repeatedly over the last two weeks while making injury replacements, changed again Wednesday. This time, defenseman David Warshofsky, the former Boston University star and native of Marshfield, was called up from Providence and will make his NHL debut in Buffalo Thursday.

Leaving is defenseman Kevan Miller, who was on the verge of playing his 10th game with the Bruins, which would leave him exposed to waivers should he be sent down. The Bruins also returned forward Craig Cunningham to Providence.

“We felt that Kevan would probably be a waiver pickup by somebody,’’ said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “We didn’t want to risk it. I spoke to Kevan before and he understood it. I told him I felt good about his play up here. Probably the next time we bring him up will be for good.”

"It’s kind of a cold business decision.’’

In Warshofsky, the Bruins will get a small, mobile defenseman.

“He’s played very well,’’ Chiarelli said of the 5-foot-9-inch, 170-pound Warshofsky. “He’s a little undersized but very good skater and moves the puck well. He’s had a real good year. He got dinged up a little on Friday but he’s good to go.”

Warshofsky has 2 goals and 14 assists in 26 games and has a plus-10 rating.

Game 34: Flames at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 17, 2013 11:31 AM
The Bruins are finally back home at TD Garden after a week-long road trip that took them across Canada. It was a week of turmoil, with the Bruins losing players left and right to injuries and a flu bug, not to mention the suspension being handed down to Shawn Thornton, Brad Marchand being accused of having "no class," and Milan Lucic being involved in an altercation in Vancouver.

But the B's are back on the ice here, so focus turns to the Flames, a team that dismissed its general manager last week after losing to the Bruins.

Fortunately for Boston there was some good news today, with Jarome Iginla set to return to the lineup after suffering a dislocated left ring finger against Vancouver. He said he's ready to return after morning skate.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 22-9-2, Flames 13-15-5

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg-Ryan Spooner-Matt Fraser
Jordan Caron-Gregory Campbell-Nick Johnson

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: This is the second time in a week that the Bruins have played the Flames. Boston won 2-1 over Calgary a week ago, coming back from a one-goal deficit in the third period. ... The last time Calgary played in Boston, it was a 9-0 loss. In fact, the Bruins have outscored the Flames 14-0 in their last two games in TD Garden. ... It's Gregory Campbell's 30th birthday. ... The referees are Kevin Pollock and Darcy Burchell. The linesmen are Tim Nowak and Michel Cormier.

Shawn Thornton to appeal suspension

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 16, 2013 03:45 PM

Shawn Thornton will appeal his 15-game suspension, handed down on Saturday by the NHL's Department of Player Safety, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Shortly after the news was confirmed to the Globe, the NHLPA tweeted, "Shawn Thornton has decided to appeal the League’s decision to suspend him for 15 games, and on his behalf the NHLPA has notified the NHL."

Thornton had until 4 p.m. today to decide whether he will appeal the suspension. It will go first to commissioner Gary Bettman, who earlier this year upheld Patrick Kaleta's 10-game suspension.

If Bettman does so again, Thornton will have the option to appeal the case to a neutral arbitrator, per the new CBA. No player has yet attempted that course of action, as Kaleta dropped his case after the Bettman decision.

The sides have not scheduled the appeal to Bettman, which is likely to occur at the NHL's New York offices. Thornton was already in the offices on Friday for his in-person hearing with Brendan Shanahan.

The suspension followed a Dec. 7 game when Thornton pulled the Penguins' Brooks Orpik to the ice and punched him several times in the head. Orpik left the game on a stretcher.

Thornton received a match penalty and was ejected, and was immediately suspended.

The incident followed two other rough moments in the game. Orpik knocked the Bruins' Loui Eriksson out of the game with a big hit – Eriksson suffered a concussion – and the Penguins' James Neal struck Boston's Brad Marchand with his knee as he skated by Marchand, who had fallen to the ice at the time.

Thornton skated at practice this morning at Ristuccia Arena, but did not speak to the media.

Milan Lucic says he was victim of attack in Vancouver

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff December 16, 2013 02:16 PM
WILMINGTON – Bruins’ forward Milan Lucic said he was the victim of an unprovoked attack Saturday night in downtown Vancouver after the game against the Canucks.

Video of the altercation outside of a nightclub has gone viral on the internet.

No punches can be seen on the video, but Lucic said his attacker punched him twice, once inside the club and once outside, and he did not retaliate. He said he is looking into his legal options and said he will never again set foot downtown in his hometown.

"Unfortunately, everyone's seen the video that's out," Lucic said after the team’s practice at Ristuccia Arena Monday. "It's something that happened late Saturday night and it's something I’m not proud of, but it was part of an unprovoked attack. I was punched in the face on two separate occasions. From this point forward, I'm just exploring to pursue this in a legal manner. I was the victim of the attack. I did not engage in the attack. I showed restraint by not retaliating in a physical manner. There was no reason for him to punch me but he did and that’s all I can really say right now."

Lucic said he doesn’t know the man and that there was no verbal altercation before the man punched him the first time.

"It sucks being in that situation, but then again, you’ve got to take ownership of it and know that it happened because you were in that situation," he said. "We came off a good road trip and wanted to, I guess, blow off some steam and have some fun and unfortunately it had to end the way that it did. Hopefully it’s not a distraction toward the team further after today."

He said it’s sad that he can’t go out in his hometown without incident but if he has to stay out of the area, that’s what he plans to do.

"That's one of the worst parts, it's in my hometown," he said. "Going back to the spray painting of the church and my grandparents and parents and family getting harassed during the [Stanley Cup] finals against the Canucks in 2011, and now it's escalated to a point where I get attacked for just minding my own business. I have no reason left to defend my city and then the people of my city. I'm just disgusted and outraged that it had to come to something like that. As far as that goes, other than being at Rogers Arena, no one will ever see me in downtown Vancouver ever again."

Shawn Thornton suspended 15 games

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff December 14, 2013 02:16 PM

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Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton was suspended for 15 games Saturday, the NHL announced.

Thornton pulled the Penguins' Brooks Orpik to the ice in the first period of their game at TD Garden on Dec. 7 as a confrontation began between Bruins and Penguins players. After Orpik fell, Thornton punched him several times in the head.

"This cannot be described as a hockey play that went bad, nor do we consider this a spontaneous reaction to an incident that just occurred. Rather, it is our view that this was an act of retribution for an incident that occurred earlier in the game. The result of this action by Thornton was a serious injury to Orpik," the NHL said in a video on its website to explain the ruling.

Thornton received a match penalty and was ejected, and was immediately suspended. He had a hearing with the NHL's Player Safety Department, headed by former player Brendan Shanahan, on Friday in New York.

"I am aware of today's ruling by the NHL Department of Player Safety. I will be consulting with the Bruins, my representation and the NHLPA about next steps, and will be in a position to address the matter publicly after speaking with those parties. Until then I will have no further comment," Thornton said via a team press release.

Thornton was remorseful after the game.

“I feel awful,” Thornton said after the Dec. 7 game. “It wasn’t my intention for that outcome. I know Brooksie. I’ve gotten to know him over the last seven years here. I skate with him in the summer and through the lockout. I’ve texted him a couple times. I feel awful. It’s not what I wanted to see or what anybody wanted to see.”

The incident followed two other rough moments in the game. Orpik knocked the Bruins' Loui Eriksson out of the game with a big hit – Eriksson suffered a concussion – and the Penguins' James Neal struck Boston's Brad Marchand with his knee as he skated by Marchand, who had fallen to the ice at the time.

Neal was suspended five games.

"We respect the process including the ability to attend and present our case in person. At this time, we will decline comment until the process is complete and Shawn has exhausted all rights available to him," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said, also via the team press release.

The Bruins are in Vancouver to take on the Canucks Saturday night in the final game of a four-game Canadian road trip.

Thornton will be eligible to return to the Bruins Jan. 11 vs. the Sharks in San Jose. It is his first suspension, but it will cost him $84,615.45 in lost pay, according to the NHL. The forfeited salary will be donated to the Players Emergency Assistance Fund, the NHL said.

TSN's Darren Dreger was first to report the news Saturday.

Game 33: Bruins at Canucks

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 14, 2013 01:36 PM
VANCOUVER – Welcome to Rogers Arena, where the Bruins will try to win their fifth straight game against the Canucks this evening. It's the first time the Bruins have been to Vancouver since they beat Vancouver in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in 2011.

The Bruins have had a successful road swing through western Canada, with a chance to go 4-0-0 on the trip. But they're running into a hot Canucks team that has gone 6-0-0 to start December, including a win over the Oilers on Friday night.

Boston is still undermanned after dealing with injuries, illness, and suspension this week, with Reilly Smith the latest victim of the flu-like symptoms. Smith was sent back to the hotel from morning skate, but will play tonight.

Game time: 10 p.m.

TV/Radio: CBC/NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 22-8-2, Canucks 19-10-5

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg-Ryan Spooner-Matt Fraser
Nick Johnson-Gregory Campbell-Jordan Caron

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Canucks won the last meeting between the two teams, 4-3, on Jan. 7, 2012, a game which resulted in a five-game suspension to Brad Marchand for a hit on Sami Salo. ... Roberto Luongo will be in goal for the Canucks today. ... The referees are Marc Joanette and Kyle Rehman. The linesmen will be Kiel Murchison and Derek Nansen.

Game 32: Bruins at Oilers

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 12, 2013 02:36 PM

EDMONTON -- Welcome to cold and snowy Edmonton where the Bruins will have yet another reunion tonight. This time it's Oilers captain Andrew Ference, who parted ways with the organization after last season's run to the Cup Final.

Of course, many of Ference's former teammates aren't actually in the city.

The Bruins continue to lose players at an alarming rate, with Daniel Paille the latest to be sent back to Boston for evaluation. We should know more on his condition later today.

We'll have to see if Tuukka Rask is recovered enough from the flu to play against Edmonton. Otherwise it'll be backup Chad Johnson.

Game time: 9:30 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 21-8-2, Oilers 11-18-3

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Matt Fraser
Carl Soderberg-Ryan Spooner-Reilly Smith
Nick Johnson-Gregory Campbell-Jordan Caron

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Bruins opted not to skate this morning in Edmonton. That might be tied to the flu bug that has struck the team this week. ... The Bruins remain without four forwards (Loui Eriksson, Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly, Shawn Thornton) and two defensemen (Adam McQuaid, Dougie Hamilton), with McQuaid the closest to returning. McQuaid skated on Wednesday in Edmonton before the team's practice. ... Edmonton has the fewest points in the Western Conference. Only the Islanders and Sabres have fewer in the East.

Dougie Hamilton out 2-4 weeks

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 10, 2013 02:33 PM


CALGARY, Alberta -- Remember when the Bruins had seven healthy NHL-caliber defensemen?

Feels like a long time ago.

Coach Claude Julien announced today that Dougie Hamilton will be out 2-4 weeks with the injury he sustained in the Bruins game in Toronto Sunday. Hamilton was sent back to Boston after that game and examined, and the news apparently wasn't good.

Hamilton appeared to hurt his left leg in the first period of Sunday's game. He was seen flexing it, and left the game shortly thereafter. He played just 5:58 in the game.

The news came just two days after the Bruins announced that center Chris Kelly would miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured fibula.

The team is down to just six healthy defensemen in Calgary. Johnny Boychuk will return to the ice tonight after suffering back spasms after being hit into the boards last Thursday in Montreal. He felt much better today after skating Monday for the first time since the incident.

Adam McQuaid remains out, and has not yet skated since reinjuring himself.

Game 31: Bruins at Flames

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 10, 2013 01:01 PM

CALGARY -- Welcome to Jarome Iginla Day here at the Saddledome.

It's a big day for the city -- the hottest ticket of the year, according to Craig Conroy, a member of the Flames front office and close friend of Iginla.

There's also a lot going on for the Bruins, between illness and injury and call-ups and a suspension, the team begins a three-game stretch in Canada against Western Conference teams.

The Bruins announced today that Dougie Hamilton will be out for two-to-four weeks with a lower body injury. Daniel Paille will also be out of tonight's game with an upper body injury. Nick Johnson is on his way to Calgary to fill Paille's spot on an emergency basis.

The Bruins also placed Loui Eriksson on injured reserve.

Game time: 9:30 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/TSN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 20-8-2, Flames 11-14-4

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg-Ryan Spooner-Matt Fraser
Nick Johnson-Gregory Campbell-Jordan Caron

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: All four of the Bruins out on Monday with flu-like symptoms were back on the ice today (Chara, Miller, Campbell, Johnson). ... The Bruins also got word that Maple Leaf Dion Phaneuf will serve a two-game suspension for his boarding of Kevan Miller on Sunday that went unpenalized at the time. Phaneuf had a phone hearing this morning. ... Meanwhile, Shawn Thornton's in-person hearing with player safety has been scheduled for Friday in New York. He will have served three games by then. ... The referees are Dave Jackson and Dan O'Halloran. The linesmen are Kiel Murchison and Thor Nelson.

Chara, three others hit by flu; Boychuk skates at practice

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 9, 2013 05:49 PM


CALGARY, Alberta -- The Bruins were missing four players at practice today after arriving in Calgary from Toronto, as the flu bug struck the team. Coach Claude Julien sent home Zdeno Chara, Kevan Miller, Gregory Campbell, and Chad Johnson after they arrived with the team at the Saddledome.

One player who was back on the ice was Johnny Boychuk, the first time the defenseman had been at practice since the scary collision that led to him being removed on a stretcher last Thursday.

Asked how he felt, Boychuk said, "I didn't feel awesome. Haven't skated in, what, five days. At least I got out there and moved around and got back on the ice."

Boychuk said there is still stiffness from the back spasms he suffered after being boarded by Max Pacioretty of the Canadiens.

The Bruins have no margin for error with their defensemen after sending Dougie Hamilton (lower-body injury) back to Boston after Sunday's game. They do not have an extra defenseman in Calgary, and have not called anyone up.

"I haven't had a chance to talk to [Boychuk] yet, but he felt really good the other day," Julien said. "He was ready to go at it. The reason we haven't called a defenseman up is because there's a real strong anticipation that he'll be ready to go tomorrow. As you know, it wasn't an injury per se, more than it was spasms. So once that goes away, he's ready to go."

James Neal suspended five games for kneeing Brad Marchand

Posted by John Carney December 9, 2013 03:19 PM


Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal was suspended five games by the National Hockey League for kneeing Bruins forward Brad Marchand during Saturday night’s game at TD Garden.

The announcement was made by the league’s Department of Player Safety Monday.

The incident occurred in the first period, after Marchand had fallen to the ice. As Neal skated by him, his knee hit Marchand in the head, stunning him. Neal received a minor penalty for kneeing.

Following the play, there was pushing and shoving between members of the Penguins and Bruins, and Boston’s Shawn Thornton knocked Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik to the ice and began punching him. Orpik had to be taken off on a stretcher, and Thornton received a match penalty.

Thornton is expected to face a disciplinary hearing this week, and is likely due for a suspension himself. Thornton had taken exception to a hit Orpik put on Loui Eriksson earlier in the game that left the Bruins winger concussed.

Neal will forfeit $128,205.15 in pay.

The Bruins wound up winning Saturday’s game, 3-2.

Dion Phaneuf to have NHL hearing over Kevan Miller hit

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 9, 2013 08:08 AM
TORONTO – Brendan Shanahan sure is busy these days.

A Bruins game has yielded yet another hearing with the Department of Player Safety, this time after Toronto's Dion Phaneuf crunched Kevan Miller into the boards from behind near the end of the third period in Sunday night's Bruins-Maple Leafs game.

The NHL confirmed that Phaneuf's hearing will happen on Tuesday by phone, meaning that it can be no longer than five games.

Brooks Orpik will not have a hearing for his hit on Loui Eriksson in Saturday's game.

Shawn Thornton's hearing, which is in person, is unlikely to occur until later in the week. Thornton is suspended indefinitely, and is not on this road trip with the Bruins.

Dougie Hamilton returns to Boston because of injury

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 8, 2013 11:25 PM
TORONTO – The Bruins are down another defenseman.

Dougie Hamilton left Sunday's game in the first period and did not return. Coach Claude Julien said Hamilton will fly back to Boston while the team goes on to Calgary. He will be reevaluated in Boston, but Julien said he expects that Hamilton will be out for at least a week with a lower body injury.

Meanwhile, Kevan Miller also left the game late in the third period with an injury after a hit by Dion Phaneuf that did not draw a penalty. Julien termed his injury "very minor," and said he expected Miller to be fine for Tuesday's game against the Flames.

The Bruins will wait until Monday to determine whether they need to call up another defenseman from Providence. That will likely be based on the availability of Johnny Boychuk, who suffered a back injury after being boarded by Max Pacioretty on Thursday. Julien said he was more optimistic than pessimistic about Boychuk's chances to play on Tuesday.

Bruins call up Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser, place two on IR

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 8, 2013 03:41 PM
TORONTO – The Bruins have officially called up Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser to fill the holes left by Saturday night's game against Pittsburgh.

The Bruins were down three forwards (Loui Eriksson, Chris Kelly, Shawn Thornton) because of injuries and a suspension. Jordan Caron will fill one of the spots, with Spooner and Fraser taking over the other two.

The Bruins also announced the the injury to Kelly is, in fact, a fractured right fibula. He is expected to miss four to six weeks, and has been placed on long-term injured reserve. His spot should be filled by Spooner, the dynamic center whom the Bruins did not have room for until now.

Adam McQuaid, who was scheduled to make the trip with the Bruins to Toronto, has been placed on injured reserve because of of a lower body injury.

The Bruins are also without Johnny Boychuk, who suffered a back injury on Thursday, meaning they will face the Maple Leafs Sunday without five of their normal starters.

Report: Chris Kelly has broken ankle

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 8, 2013 11:48 AM
TORONTO – Bruins center Chris Kelly, who will not play in Sunday's game against the Maple Leafs, apparently suffered a broken ankle in the game against the Penguins on Saturday night.

Kelly is one of three Bruins forwards who will not play in Toronto due to the goings on against Pittsburgh. Shawn Thornton has been suspended pending a hearing with NHL player safety and Loui Eriksson sustained a concussion.

The news of Kelly's ankle injury, which happened on a slash by Pascal Dupuis, was first reported by TSN's Darren Dreger.

Dreger tweeted, "Bruins forward Chris Kelly suffered broken ankle from Dupuis slash last night. Quite a game."

This is the second leg injury for Kelly this calendar year. Back in March, during last year's lockout shortened season, Kelly broke his left tibia, an injury that kept him out for a month and kept him ineffective until late in the postseason.

Watch: Shawn Thornton: 'I feel awful'

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff December 7, 2013 10:26 PM






The NHL has informed Shawn Thornton he will be having a hearing for his first-period assault on Brooks Orpik. Thornton is suspended indefinitely because of the match penalty he received after he knocked out Orpik. Thornton will not play on Sunday against Toronto and could be suspended for the rest of the road trip.

Thornton drove Orpik to the ice. Thornton punched Orpik several times. Orpik was taken off the ice on a stretcher and driven to Massachusetts General Hospital. Orpik was conscious and alert at the hospital.

“I feel awful,” Thornton said. “It wasn’t my intention for that outcome. I know Brooksie. I’ve gotten to know him over the last seven years here. I skate with him in the summer and through the lockout. I’ve texted him a couple times. I feel awful. It’s not what I wanted to see or what anybody wanted to see.”

Thornton was angry about Orpik’s hit on Loui Eriksson. The hit left Eriksson with his second concussion of the season. Eriksson will not play against Toronto.

“It’s always my job to defend my teammates,” Thornton said. “I’ve prided myself for a long time to stay within the lines. It’s hard for me to talk about it right now. I can’t say I’m sorry enough. I’m sure I’ll be criticized for saying it. But it’s true. I hope he’s doing all right. I heard he’s conscious and talking. I’m happy to hear that.”

UPDATE: Thornton will have in-person disciplinary hearing. Thornton will be eligible to be suspended for six or more games.

Shawn Thornton ejected after injuring Brooks Orpik

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff December 7, 2013 07:46 PM

Brooks Orpik has been taken off the TD Garden ice on a stretcher. The former Boston College defenseman was injured during an altercation with Shawn Thornton at 11:06 of the first period. Replays showed Thornton driving the back of Orpik’s head into the ice and punching the defenseman.

Thornton was given a match penalty. Thornton is automatically suspended indefinitely because of the match penalty.

Thornton had tried to engage Orpik in a fight earlier in the period. Orpik declined to fight and Thornton was called for roughing.

Thornton was trying to respond to an earlier hit by Orpik on Loui Eriksson. There was no penalty on the play. Eriksson was woozy after the hit and will not return. Eriksson suffered a concussion earlier this season after being hit by John Scott.

Orpik was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, and he was conscious and alert, the Penguins reported via Twitter.

After the game, Thornton said he made a mistake and that he was told he'd have a hearing with the NHL over the incident.

"Listen, I feel awful. It wasn’t my intention. I know Brooksy, I’ve gotten to know him over the last 7 years here, I skate with him in the summer, through the lockout. I’ve texted him a couple of times. I definitely feel awful. It was not what I wanted to see or what anyone wanted to see."

According to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune, Orpik returned to the team after his hospital visit and was cleared to travel home with his teammates. Coach Dan Bylsma said Orpik was unconscious on the ice after the incident.

"Obviously, I made a mistake. I’m aware of it. I’ve been told that I’ll be having a hearing and it’s hard for me to say much more other than that was not my intention. I feel awful and felt sick all game," Thornton said.

"That’s always my job, I guess, to defend my teammates, but I’ve prided myself for a long time to stay within the lines, and like I said, it’s hard for me to talk about right now. I can’t say I’m sorry enough, and I’m sure I’ll be criticized for saying it, but it’s true. I, I just hope he’s doing alright. I heard that he’s conscious and talking, and I’m happy to hear that."

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff December 7, 2013 06:38 PM

Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

* Marc-Andre Fleury (16-7-1, 2.01 GAA, .922 save percentage) will start in goal for the Penguins.

Johnny Boychuk, Adam McQuaid joining team on road trip

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff December 7, 2013 11:36 AM

Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid will travel with the Bruins on their four-game Canadian road trip. Neither Boychuk nor McQuaid will play Sunday against Toronto.

Boychuk had trouble breathing and moving immediately after being hit in Montreal, coach Claude Julien said. Because of his condition, doctors and trainers took the precaution of positioning him carefully onto a stretcher and evaluating him at Montreal General Hospital.

“We dodged a pretty good bullet,” Julien said.

Game 29 preview: Penguins at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff December 7, 2013 10:35 AM

Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will play for the last time before starting a four-game road swing.

Johnny Boychuk will not play tonight because of a strained back. Boychuk was injured in the first period of Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Montreal when he was hit into the boards by Max Pacioretty. Boychuk will be out for 3-7 days. It’s possible Boychuk could miss the entire road trip.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Jamie Erdahl), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Penguins 20-9-1, Bruins 18-8-2

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratch: Jordan Caron

Storylines: Kevan Miller will play in his fourth career game. Miller was a healthy scratch against Montreal. Miller was brought up on emergency recall on Monday … Adam McQuaid (lower body) will miss his second straight game … Evgeni Malkin (lower body) will not play for the Penguins. Malkin did not travel to Boston with his teammates … Malkin joins an expansive list of injured Penguins. Other Pittsburgh players who are sidelined are Paul Martin, Rob Scuderi, Tanner Glass, Beau Bennett, Andrew Ebbett, and Tomas Vokoun … Pittsburgh has the best power play in the NHL (26.5 percent)… Brad Meier and Gord Dwyer will be the referees. Derek Amell and Andy McElman will be the linesmen.

Watch: Bruins-Canadiens highlights

Posted by Staff December 6, 2013 03:52 AM

Johnny Boychuk returning to Boston with team

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff December 5, 2013 10:52 PM

Johnny Boychuk was cleared to fly back to Boston with his teammates Thursday night. After the Bruins’ 2-1 loss to the Canadiens, Boychuk was en route to the Bell Centre from Montreal General Hospital.

According to Jarome Iginla, Boychuk injured his back in the first period when he was hit from behind by Max Pacioretty. Boychuk was taken off the ice on a stretcher. It is unknown how much time Boychuk will miss because of the injury. The Bruins host Pittsburgh on Saturday, then start a four-game Canadian road swing in Toronto the following night.

“It was an injury serious enough to bring him to the hospital,” coach Claude Julien said. “Definitely, I think it will be a little while before he’s good to go.”

Johnny Boychuk taken off Bell Centre ice on stretcher

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff December 5, 2013 07:58 PM

MONTREAL -- Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk has been taken off the Bell Centre ice on a stretcher after being injured in the first period of the Bruins-Canadiens game. Boychuk was hurt when Montreal's Max Pacioretty checked him into the end boards in the Canadiens zone.

Boychuk was in immediate pain, on his hands and knees, before medical staff carefully positioned him on his side, then onto his back. With help from Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic, Boston and Montreal trainers lifted Boychuk, who was lying on a board, onto a stretcher. Boychuk was taken via ambulance to Montreal General Hospital.

Pacioretty was called for boarding.

UPDATE: According to the Twitter account of brother Sam Boychuk, the defenseman hurt his back.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff December 5, 2013 07:04 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Torey Krug

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

* Carey Price (12-8-2, 2.00 GAA, .937 save percentage) will start in goal for the Canadiens.

Game 28 preview: Bruins at Canadiens

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff December 5, 2013 10:10 AM
MONTREAL – Good morning from the Bell Centre, where the Bruins will kick off the Boston-Montreal rivalry Thursday against the Canadiens.

Montreal is coming off a 4-3 road shootout win over New Jersey. Peter Budaj started against the Devils, which should leave Carey Price in goal tonight against the Bruins.

The Bruins will be without Adam McQuaid, who aggravated his lower-body injury against Columbus last Saturday. McQuaid did not travel to Montreal.

Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Jamie Erdahl), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Bruins 18-7-2, Canadiens 17-9-3

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratches: Jordan Caron, Kevan Miller

Storylines: Kevan Miller is with the Bruins. Miller was recalled on an emergency basis because of injuries earlier this week to McQuaid and Torey Krug. Assuming Krug plays tonight, Miller should be the healthy scratch. Miller has never played an NHL road game … David Desharnais scored Montreal’s winning goal in the shootout last night. Desharnais also scored the game-tying goal at 19:23 of the third period … As usual, Montreal has been good on the power play. The Canadiens have scored on 23.8 percent of their power plays, fourth-best in the NH L… Possible scrappers include George Parros (37 penalty minutes), Brandon Prust (31), and Ryan White (25). Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic have fought in consecutive games … Tim Peel and Dave Jackson will be the referees. Brad Kovachik and Matt MacPherson will be the linesmen.

McQuaid not traveling to Montreal

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 4, 2013 02:02 PM


WILMINGTON -- The Bruins will be without the services of Adam McQuaid in their game tomorrow at Montreal, coach Claude Julien confirmed today. McQuaid, who was the lone Bruin not on the ice during practice at Ristuccia Arena, aggravated his hip/groin injury and will not make the trip.

McQuaid previously missed eight games with the injury before returning for three games. But he apparently reinjured himself in the game against Columbus last Saturday.

Meanwhile, Torey Krug was back on the ice this morning, and while he said he's "day to day," he seems likely to play against the Canadiens.

"Doing well," Julien said of Krug. "You saw him on the ice today. He's fine. So those couple of days really helped him out a lot."

The Bruins, who brought up defenseman Kevan Miller on an emergency recall from Providence Monday, left for Montreal after their skate this morning.

Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid not on ice for Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 3, 2013 10:13 AM
WILMINGTON – The Bruins were back on the ice Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena for their first full practice since Saturday's win over Columbus – at least, most of them are.

Two notable bodies missing were Adam McQuaid and Torey Krug, likely solving the mystery of the Bruins' emergency recall of Kevan Miller on Monday night.

The Bruins had returned the defenseman to Providence of the AHL on Thanksgiving after he had filled in while McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg were sidelined with injuries last month, but both returned to the lineup last week. It appears that McQuaid may have tweaked the hip/groin that had kept him out of eight games in November, thus necessitating the recall of Miller. McQuaid played just 13:45 in Saturday's game, his third game back from injury.

It's unclear why Krug is not participating in practice.

Bruins recall Kevan Miller

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 2, 2013 08:05 PM


The Bruins announced Monday night that they had recalled defenseman Kevan Miller on an emergency basis from Providence of the AHL.

Miller had just been sent back down to Providence on Thanksgiving after making his NHL debut Nov. 21 and appearing in three games with the Bruins, also on an emergency recall after the injury to Dennis Seidenberg.

In those three games, Miller played well, earning praise from coach Claude Julien for solid play in the defensive zone. He had two shots and 17:27 average ice time in the three games.

There was no indication why Miller was recalled Monday, though it is possible that Seidenberg or Adam McQuaid tweaked something in the game on Saturday. McQuaid played just 13:45 against Columbus.

Six Bruins take part in optional skate

Posted by Amalie Benjamin December 2, 2013 11:35 AM
WILMINGTON – The Bruins had just six players on the ice at Ristuccia Arena Monday morning for an optional practice, with Tuukka Rask, Chad Johnson, Shawn Thornton, Daniel Paille, Matt Bartkowski, and Jordan Caron taking part.

The Bruins are off for four days before they travel to Montreal for Thursday's Atlantic Division showdown. The team took Sunday fully off.

So far the Bruins have had an easy schedule, at least in terms of home vs. road games. They've played 17 of their first 27 games at home. But that changes in December, with the team playing just five games at home in the month and eight on the road, including a swing through western Canada.

"Obviously you feel a lot more comfortable at home with your fans behind you, but it's probably a welcome thing right now," coach Claude Julien said. "I think it's going to be good for us to get together on the road and spend a little more time as a team and face some of those challenges and the travel that comes with it.

"I think it's a great opportunity for us to do this right now. We've had a pretty successful homestand and now it's time to try and carry that over to the road."

The Bruins will practice twice more at Ristuccia Arena before flying to Montreal on Wednesday.

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