David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

The David Pastrnak era will soon begin in Boston, as WEEI.com has learned the B’s will recall the right wing prior to Monday’s game against the Penguins. The news was first reported by Kirk Luedeke of the New England Hockey Journal.

Pastrnak, the Bruins’ first-round pick (25th overall) in June’s draft, has been in Providence all season. He has five goals and 13 assists for 18 points this season in 17 AHL games.

The 18-year-old has skated mostly on Providence’s top line this season. He was named the AHL’s Rookie of the Month in October, his first professional month in North America.

The Bruins sent Jordan Caron and Matt Lindblad, both of whom were recalled for Saturday’s game against the Canadiens, back to Providence Sunday. Zdeno Chara is currently listed as being on long-term injured reserve, likely in order to create cap space for Pastrnak’s $925,000 cap hit.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins are trying not to use their injuries as an excuse.

The Bruins are trying not to use their injuries as an excuse. But they’re also not naive enough to say they’re the same team with Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Chris Kelly and Adam McQuaid all out of the lineup.

Claude Julien acknowledged as much Saturday night after a 2-0 loss to the Canadiens, a game in which the Bruins actually played fairly well, especially considering that it was the second night of a back-to-back. They made a couple mistakes, though, and they couldn’t finish their opportunities against Carey Price.

“I thought we played hard. We competed. We were smart. 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.”

So far the Bruins have gone 9-5-0 without Chara, including the game in which he got hurt (he went down midway through the first period). That’s obviously pretty good — probably even better than expected — but it’s also come against a pretty soft schedule. Only six of those games were against teams currently in playoff position, and the B’s have gone 2-4-0 in those games.

The schedule doesn’t stay easy, though. Of the Bruins’ next 10 games, seven are against teams currently in playoff position, and there’s also a West Coast road trip in there.

The Bruins hope to start getting some guys back, and they hope to do it without losing anyone else. So far this season, it seems like every time someone returns to the lineup, someone else goes down. While the Bruins are excited for all the young guys who are getting a taste of the NHL, they also admit that it can be a bit of a challenge to stay upbeat seeing one injury after another.

“It’s tough,” Torey Krug said. “You don’t want to see your buddies go through it. Guys go down and miss some time. It’s almost like ‘here we go again, another guy goes down,’ but we can’t focus on that because there’s hockey games to be won, and we just have to keep moving forward.”

In reality, the Bruins don’t have too much to worry about unless they start sliding out of the playoff race. We’ve seen plenty of lower seeds go on deep playoff runs over the years, and a healthy Bruins team could certainly do the same. Given how bad most of the teams behind them are, it doesn’t seem likely that they drop out of the race.

That doesn’t mean there won’t be frustrating nights for fans and players alike, though. With so many top players out, the Bruins simply aren’t a top team right now, meaning there will probably be more nights like Saturday when an admirable effort just isn’t enough.

Blog Author: 
Scott McLaughlin

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Saturday’€™s loss to the Canadiens that Chris Kelly, who missed the game, was injured Friday against t

The Bruins' growing injured list has made Claude Julien's job tougher. (Getty Images)The Bruins’ latest loss to the Canadiens was not for lack of trying, but that doesn’t matter. The bottom line on a nightly basis is whether a team get points. 



It’s not often that anyone around the Bruins talks about a non-Montreal game after a Montreal game, but that was the case Saturday night when Milan Lucic was asked about the end of Friday night’s game in Columbus.

It’s not often that anyone around the Bruins talks about a non-Montreal game after a Montreal game, but that was the case Saturday night when Milan Lucic was asked about the end of Friday night’s game in Columbus.

As overtime came to a close Friday night, Lucic got into a shoving match with Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout after Prout slashed Lucic’s stick out of his hands. Lucic gave Prout a hard shove to the back of the head at one point, and the shoving match eventually escalated to the point where Prout dropped his gloves, anticipating a fight.

Lucic, however, did not drop his gloves. Prout decided to throw a punch anyway and knocked Lucic down with a hard right to the mouth that clearly caught Lucic off guard. Lucic expressed his displeasure with Proust when he was asked about the incident Saturday night.

“I didn’t like it,” Lucic said. “The good thing is we get to play them two more times. … It’s the end of the game. I let him know I wasn’t going to fight him, so I wasn’t prepared and let my guard down. That’s what happens sometimes when you let your guard down. I’ve been in over 100 fights and I never took a shot like that. Like I said, we get two more opportunities to play the Blue Jackets, and I’ll be ready.

“There’s many times that I could’ve done the exact same thing and I held off because a guy’s refusing to drop his gloves. I find it to be gutless. That’s my thoughts on it.”

Blog Author: 
Scott McLaughlin

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Saturday’€™s loss to the Canadiens that Chris Kelly, who missed the game, was injured Friday against the Blue Jackets.

Kelly played throughout the three periods of Friday’€™s game, but did not play in overtime. Julien did not offer what the injury was or how long he would be out, saying that the medical staff would know more about the injury in the coming days.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

If you thought the banged-up Bruins probably wouldn’€™t be able to beat the Canadiens right now, you were right.

Tuukka Rask and the Bruins suffered their latest loss against the Canadiens. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Tuukka Rask and the Bruins suffered their latest loss against the Canadiens. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

If you thought the banged-up Bruins probably wouldn’€™t be able to beat the Canadiens right now, you were right.

Nothing the Bruins tried got to the Habs Saturday night, whether fighting (both Gregory Campbell and Torey Krug took turns trying to change momentum by dropping the gloves) or attempted offense (Carey Price shut out the Bruins for the first time in the regular season) was enough to prevent a 2-0 loss against the Atlantic Division leaders (box).

The Bruins fell to 0-3-0 against the Canadiens this season, while Tuukka Rask‘€™s lifetime record against the Habs fell to 3-12-3.

The Canadiens are a problem for the Bruins anyway, but without their top players — Zdeno Chara, David Krejci and Brad Marchand, among others — a tough matchup becomes a lot tougher.

Here are four more things we learned Saturday night:

PATRICE BERGERON HAS NOT HAD FUN AGAINST THE CANADIENS THIS SEASON

None of the Bruins have been particularly successful against the Habs this season, but Patrice Bergeron usually doesn’€™t struggle against anyone. This season, however, the Habs have gotten the better of the two-time Selke winner.

Bergeron lost a faceoff cleanly to Tomas Plekanec during a first-period penalty kill, with Brendan Gallagher knocking the puck back to the point, where Andrei Markov fired a wrist shot through traffic that beat Tuukka Rask to get the Habs on the board. Bergeron took a pair of penalties, the first of which came in the second period during a prolonged Habs stay in the Boston zone when, playing without a stick, he covered the puck with his glove just before knocking it out of the zone. He also took a slashing penalty in the third period.

Remember, Bergeron was a minus-1 in the teams’€™ first meeting this season and was on the ice for three even-strength goals against last Thursday in Montreal. He has no points against the Habs in three meetings this season.

CHRIS KELLY IS HURTING

When the Bruins made their string of callups, one could easily lose track of all of the Bruins’€™ injury-related question marks on offense ‘€” David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic ‘€” but Chris Kelly‘€™s absence was a bit of a surprise when the B’€™s took the ice for warmups.

Kelly played regular shifts throughout Friday’€™s win over the Blue Jackets, with his absence in overtime appearing to be a product of the B’€™s opting for better offensive players by playing Lucic in his place in overtime. He had not missed a game all season, as he his season had gotten off to a generally good start after a back injury forced him to miss all of last postseason.

The loss added to the very interesting stat of how the Bruins have fared with and without Chris Kelly in the lineup in the regular season over the past three seasons. The B’€™s are now 73-27-12 with Kelly in the lineup and 22-16-3 without him.

DAVID KREJCI AND BRAD MARCHAND STILL ARE, TOO

Krejci missed his second consecutive game and 11th game of the season, while Brad Marchand was listed as being on injured reserve Saturday. That designation doesn’€™t allow a player to dress in a game for at least seven days, so the fact that Marchand had played last Saturday meant that even if he was placed on IR retroactively, he was no edible to play Saturday night.

With three of their regular forwards out, three of Boston’€™s lines had new looks Saturday night. The Bruins’€™ lineup was as follows Saturday:

Smith – Bergeron – Griffith
Lucic – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Gagne
Lindblad – Khokhlachev – Fraser

Seidenberg – Miller
Morrow – Hamilton
Bartkowski – Krug

EVEN CARL SODERBERG MAKES MISTAKES

Jason Spezza re-upping with the Stars meant that Carl Soderberg could very well be the top free agent center on the market this summer should he reach free agency.

Soderberg has gotten off to a very steady start to the season, but a lapse in judgement in the offensive zone burned the Bruins in the second period. With his entire line going to the net, Soderberg took a pass from Loui Eriksson in the offensive zone and had both space to skate and a shot to skate, but he tried to force a pass to Milan Lucic that was easily picked off and taken the other way by the Habs, resulting in an odd-man rush and a Tomas Plekanec goal.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean