Dougie Hamilton

Dougie Hamilton

WILMINGTON — The ninth-place Bruins returned to practice Tuesday after being pushed out of the playoff picture by the Senators’€™ win over the Sharks Monday. Dougie Hamilton was not on the ice a day after undergoing further tests on a suspected upper-body injury suffered against the Panthers.

With Hamilton out and the team struggling (0-3-2 over the last five games), Boston’€™s lineup was notably different in practice:

Marchand-Bergeron-Krejci (Paille)
Lucic-Spooner-Pastrnak
Smith-Soderberg-Eriksson
Kelly-Campbell-Talbot (Ferlin)

Chara-McQuaid
Krug-Seidenberg
Bartkowski-Trotman

The B’s will next play Thursday when they host the Ducks at TD Garden.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

NBC Sports hockey analyst Jeremy Roenick joined Middays with MFB to discuss the Bruins’ recent struggles and playoff prospects.

NBC Sports hockey analyst Jeremy Roenick joined Middays with MFB to discuss the Bruins’ recent struggles and playoff prospects. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

The Bruins currently sit in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but are just one point ahead of the Senators, who hold two games in hand.

“I don’t like the way Ottawa’s playing so well, and I don’t like the way the Bruins are playing. … I’m very concerned because if you look at the schedule, the Bruins have a very difficult schedule,” Roenick said. “I think Ottawa’s schedule is a little bit more lenient, and they have two games in hand.”

Added Roenick: “Sometimes you have to find things to rally around, and the Bruins have to find something. Because if not, their schedule does not bode well for them in terms of the schedule compared to Ottawa’s schedule.”

The most recent setback for the Bruins came on Sunday, when they lost 5-3 to the Lightning. It was their fifth straight loss when every point matters to keep their playoff hopes alive.

“They’ve had trouble scoring goals and they have to start scoring some goals,” Roenick said. “And to give up as many goals as they did yesterday is just unheard of.”

The Hall of Fame center believes that in order to turn their losing streak around, the Bruins will have to rely on the veterans in the locker room.

“I would get my leaders in the room, you know, they guys that have been there, the guys that are supposed to lead this team,” Roenick said. “And I would get them to inspire the boys, whether it’s verbally, whether it’s lifting their game up. You know, I was always a yeller and screamer, and I always responded to yelling and screaming. And I did respond better to it when it came from my teammates. And desperate times deserve desperate measures. I think a lot of guys would accept getting yelled at, screamed at to work harder if it meant they were going to make the playoffs and they were going to play better.”

If the B’s fail to make the playoffs, Roenick believes there will be consequences for the people in charge of the team.

“Missing playoffs always costs somebody their job,” Roenick said. “I hope that’s not the case, I think [Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli] have been very good. But I would worry about Chiarelli’s job if they miss, because if you look at the trade deadline, not enough was done at the trade deadline to bring in the type of players that are needed for that last push, and that’s going to be brought down on Chiarelli.”

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Blog Author: 
Nik Beimler

David Krejci needs to hurry back. (Francois Laplante/Getty Images)The Bruins are on their way to missing the playoffs for the first time since Claude Julien arrived in 2007.



The Bruins made their hole even deeper hole Sunday, suffering a 5-3 loss to the Lightning that extended their losing streak to five games (0-3-2).

The Bruins made their hole even deeper hole Sunday, suffering a 5-3 loss to the Lightning that extended their losing streak to five games (0-3-2).

The loss leaves the Bruins at 84 points on the season through 73 games, with the Senators (83 points in 71 games) in leap-frog the B’s for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference as soon as Monday.

While Sunday’s game became disastrous for the Bruins midway through the first period, it actually began on a positive note. Patrice Bergeron scored during a delayed penalty call just 33 seconds into the game, but the Lightning would answer back with three unanswered goals in the first, two of which were scored in a 15-second span. Tampa’s mid-period scoring run to break what was then a 1-1 tie came moments after a fight between Steven Stamkos and Brad Marchand.

A Jason Garrison point shot made the game 4-1 and chased Tuukka Rask 7:54 into the second period. Rask, who was playing in his 61st game of the season, stopped only eight of the 12 shots he faced before he was replaced by Niklas Svedberg.

Zdeno Chara cut the lead to 4-2 with a power-play goal at 10:22 of the third, but Tampa increased their lead back to three with an Ondrej Palat tally on the man advantage. Daniel Paille made it 5-3 with 47.7 seconds remaining.

The Bruins played Sunday’s game without both Dougie Hamilton and David Krejci. Hamilton will undergo further testing on an undisclosed injury back in Boston on Monday, while Krejci’s return — initially believed to come as soon as this weekend — will have to wait. Reilly Smith returned to the lineup after being made a healthy scratch Saturday. Smith picked up an assist on Chara’s goal.

For the Lightning, Sunday marked the first time they have defeated the Bruins in their last 11 meetings, as Tampa entered Sunday having not beaten the Bruins since March 15, 2012.

The B’s will return home to Boston after an 0-2-1 road trip, but an extremely difficult two-game homestand awaits. The B’s will first face the Ducks at TD Garden before hosting the Rangers on Saturday.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Dougie Hamilton will not play Sunday against the Lightning due to injury, according to a source. With Hamilton out, the Bruins recalled defenseman Zach Trotman from Providence on an emergency basis Sunday.

The Bruins recalled defenseman Zach Trotman from Providence on an emergency basis Sunday, a move that suggests Dougie Hamilton might not be available for Sunday’€™s game against the Lightning.

Hamilton did not play at all in the third period or overtime of Saturday night’€™s shootout loss to the Panthers, seemingly due to a second-period play in which he was hit by both Nick Bjugstad and Scottie Upshall.

The Bruins had only been carrying six defensemen. Trotman was recalled last weekend for Saturday’€™s game against the Penguins, but was returned to Providence without playing any games during the callup.

Trotman has played 17 games for the Bruins this season, registering four assists.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
DJ, Joe and Pete talk more playoff scenarios in hour 2 and if the Bruins can get in, they'll be a very dangerous team... to the point where DJ thinks teams would much rather face the Senators and are doing their best to oust the Bruins from the equation. It's become apparent now more than ever that Chiarelli probably needed to pull the trigger on a deal for a defenseman at the trade deadline. Also. Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun joins the boys to discuss the Hamburglar and the Senators and Bruins being neck-and-neck for a playoff spot.

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With the Senators hot on the tail of the Bruins for a spot in the playoffs, Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun calls into Sunday Skate. He talks about "the Hamburglar" craze sweeping through the league as goalie Andrew Hammond has really stepped up for Ottawa. They discuss playoff chances, the fans' reaction in Ottawa and more.

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