Jack wakes up nice and early from sunny Florida to discuss the state of the B's after another tough week for the black & gold. He discusses Riley Smith being a health scratch yesterday and what that means going forward for him and the team, how a potential Hamilton injury will effect the team, if Chiarelli is to blame for some of the contract situations, and more. Jack comes firing on all cylinders for an early a.m. interview.

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Are the Bruins really going to miss the playoffs? What happens if they do? Is Dougie Hamilton alright? Where is David Krejci going to play?

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On Saturday night, the Bruins lost Dougie Hamilton to an undisclosed injury, a shootout to the Panthers and, although they still sit eighth in the Eastern Conference, ultimate control of the final playoff spot.

Dougie Hamilton

Dougie Hamilton

On Saturday night, the Bruins lost Dougie Hamilton to an undisclosed injury, a shootout to the Panthers and, although they still sit eighth in the Eastern Conference, ultimate control of the final playoff spot.

After the B’€™s and Panthers skated to a 1-1 tie through 65 minutes, Brandon Pirri scored the only goal of the shootout as Florida took a 2-1 win and improved to 80 points on the season through 72 games.

The loser point gave the B’€™s 84 points through 72 games, but a Senators victory over the Maple Leafs Saturday improved Ottawa to 83 points through 71 games, as they hold a game in hand on Boston. Should both teams win all their remaining games, the Senators would get in over the Bruins.

Dougie Hamilton left with an undisclosed injury that appeared to be suffered on a second-period play in which he was hit by both Nick Bjugstad and Scottie Upshall.

Hamilton left the game early in the second period, but returned to take four more shifts in the second. He was not on the bench to begin the third period, with the team announcing shortly after that he was done for the night.

The Bruins will play the second game of their current back-to-back Sunday in Tampa.

Here are four more things we learned Saturday:

SMITH SITS

Reilly Smith missed the first game of his Bruins career Saturday night, and it wasn’€™t for a particularly flattering reason.

Smith was made a healthy scratch for the Panthers game after committing a pair of turnovers that led to goals Thursday night against the Senators. Smith had also been benched for all but one shift of the final 28:03 of the Senators game.

With Smith benched, Brian Ferlin was inserted into the lineup on the fourth line and Daniel Paille moved up to play with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

The lines were as follows:

Marchand-Bergeron-Paille
Kelly-Soderberg-Eriksson
Lucic-Spooner-Pastrnak
Ferlin-Campbell-Talbot

Claude Julien moved David Pastrnak up to play with Bergeron and Marchand in the third period, though that could have been due to a possible injury for Paille, who was back on the ice for overtime.

KELLY PUSHES RIGHT BUTTONS

Ryan Spooner and Dougie Hamilton picked up the assists on Bergeron’€™s second-period goal, but Chris Kelly played just as big a part.

Kelly, who is sneaky good at pestering opponents to draw penalties, took a shot at Dave Bolland in the neutral zone, knocking his helmet off and getting Bolland to high-stick him. Only Bolland’€™s infraction was called, and it led to the power play on which Bergeron tied the game.

This wasn’€™t the first time Kelly has irked an opponent to successfully draw a retaliatory penalty. He did it before a faceoff to Jakub Voracek back on Jan. 10, getting Voracek to take an interference penalty off a faceoff to set up a Boston power play on which David Pastrnak scored.

SEIDENBERG HAS ANOTHER ROUGH NIGHT

This obviously hasn’€™t been a good season for Dennis Seidenberg, but you could imagine the veteran defenseman was especially looking to bounce back from a horrid showing in which he and partner Matt Bartkowski for the Senators’€™ first three goals Thursday. It didn’€™t happen.

Seidenberg took a penalty in each of the first two periods Saturday, but it was a lapse in coverage that was particularly costly Saturday. Jimmy Hayes slipped behind the 33-year-old defenseman in front of the net, leaving him space to take a feed that Bolland backhanded toward the net from the corner and jam it past Rask.

Rask bailed out Seidenberg and every other Bruin on the ice late in the game when he reached back to rob Bolland with a brilliant stick save on what looked like a sure goal for the Panthers with about seven minutes left in regulation.

THORNTON HITS 600

Former Bruin Shawn Thornton skated in his 600th NHL game. The vast majority came with the Bruins, as Thornton played in 450 regular-season contests for the B’€™s.

An interesting note from the great Jack Edwards: Thornton became the first player to play 600 AHL games before playing 600 NHL games.

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DJ Bean

The Senators have an easy schedule the rest of the way, so the Bruins must go on a run. (Jana Chytolova/Getty Images)Not long ago, it was a foregone conclusion that the Bruins would make the playoffs; it was just a matter of which seed they would secure. 



The Bruins couldn’t come back for a fourth time Thursday night, and as a result they saw the Senators gain two massive points on them.

Reilly Smith

Reilly Smith

The Bruins couldn’t come back for a fourth time Thursday night, and as a result they saw the Senators gain two massive points on them.

With a 6-4 win over the B’s, the Senators now have 81 points on the season, trailing the Bruisn (83) by two points for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, though the Senators have a game in hand.

The game was frantic from the first shift on, as both Kyle Turris and Carl Soderberg scored in the opening minute. Back-and-forth scoring and shaky play on both sides led Claude Julien to bench Reilly Smith and shake up his lines. Reilly Smith was given just one third-period shift, while Matt Bartkowski had five.

Dennis Seidenberg hurt Boston’s chance at a comeback bid late, as he was knocked off the puck in the defensive zone and put his hand over the puck for a delay of game penalty with 4:02 remaining.

The Bruins have now lost three straight (0-2-1) heading into a back-to-back Saturday and Sunday against the Panthers and Lightning, respectively.

BURGER KINGS

The Bruins did something that no NHL had ever done before Thursday night: They scored three goals against the Hamburglar. Then, with the B’s trailing in the second, Torey Krug added a much-needed fourth to tie the game.

Hammond had entered the game 11-0-1 in 12 career NHL starts. With the win he remains undefeated in regulation.

SPOONER REPEATS HISTORY

Ryan Spooner had a pair of goals (one power-play, one even-strength) when the teams played earlier this month. He did the same Thursday in a performance that showed the Kanata, Ontario native clearly likes playing near his hometown.

Spooner redirected a Milan Lucic shot that sailed past Hammond just over four minutes into the game, giving Boston a 2-1 lead. Furthermore, it kept up his line’€™s pace as his trio with Lucic and David Pastrnak continue to score at a decent pace while not allowing many goals.

The 23-year-old added a power-play goal on a five-on-three in the second period, giving him five goals since being placed into the lineup. Those five goals tie him with Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand for the Bruins’€™ lead since Krejci’€™s injury.

In 13 games together since David Krejci‘€™s injury, the Spooner has a total of seven five-on-five goals, with only goal against in five-on-five play. The line has also scored one goal and allowed three when two of the line’€™s three members have been on the ice. Spooner’€™s overtime goal in four-on-four play against the Devils back on Feb. 27 makes for a total of nine goals scored and four goals against in all even-strength scenarios for the line.

SODERBERG STREAK OVER

Considering how many chances he got Tuesday against the Sabres without capitalizing, it seemed that Soderberg’€™s goal-less streak would last forever. Thankfully for the Bruins, that wasn’€™t the case.
Just 40 seconds after Kyle Turris’€™ goal to put Ottawa up early, Soderberg carried the puck into the offensive zone and shot past a screening Chris Kelly to tie the game with the second goal of the game’€™s opening minute.

The goal was Soderberg’€™s 11th of the season. His 10th came over two months ago back on Jan. 17.

SECOND-PAIR AND BERGERON LINE STRUGGLES LEAD TO CHANGES

When things are going right for the Bruins, Patrice Bergeron‘€™s line doesn’€™t get beat often. That wasn’€™t the case early on Thursday, as a Reilly Smith turnover in the opening seconds and some soft coverage later in the period led to a pair of goals allowed by Boston’€™s top line.

Both goals allowed came against Kyle Turris’€™ goal with Milan Michalek and Mark Stone. First, Smith sent the puck into no-man’€™s land in the neutral zone entering the defensive zone, which led to a possession for Ottawa in which Turris buried the rebound of a Michalek shot.

Later in the period, Michalek slipped off Dennis Seidenberg and Brad Marchand to jump on a loose puck and bury it past Tuukka Rask to tie the game with just under five minutes remaining in the first period.
Bergeron’€™s line wasn’€™t on the ice for Ottawa’€™s third goal (Gregory Campbell‘€™s line was), but the presence of the Bartkowski-Seidenberg pairing made it three goals against for Boston’€™s second pair on the night.

After Smith turned the puck over from behind the net on a power-play to hand the Senators a power-play goal, Claude Julien benched the struggling forward for the remaining 8:03 of the second period and the first eight-plus minutes of the third. He turned the puck over in his first shift back.

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DJ Bean
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NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB to discuss the Bruins and their push for the playoffs, as well as other NHL m

Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire

NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB to discuss the Bruins and their push for the playoffs, as well as other NHL matters. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

With David Krejci being out, the Bruins have shuffled their lines up front and currently have Milan Lucic playing with Ryan Spooner and David Pastrnak. McGuire feels this has improved Lucic’s game, as he’s been playing more like a leader being paired with two of the youngest players on the team. He does feel once Krecji returns, Lucic will be reunited with him, but doesn’t know when that will happen.

“The thing that really stood out to me is he’s really relishing this role as a leader with those two young players in Spooner and Pastrnak,” said McGuire. “I think he’s elevated his game because of the leadership potion that has been put on his plate. I don’t know what Claude [Julien] is going to do, it’s a real debatable issue. I have to think at some point Krejci will be back with Lucic, I really do. I don’t know when or for how long, but I have to think at some point they will put them back together.”

The Bruins are in Ottawa Thursday night to take on the Senators. As it stands now the Senators are four points behind the Bruins for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. McGuire feels the Bruins are in a good spot to make the playoffs.

“I think Boston has a very good chance to be a playoff team,” he said. “In fact, I would be shocked if they didn’t make it. They deserved a better fate the other night (in a shootout loss to Buffalo). The biggest thing to be was Anders Lindback, he never played a game that good in his life. I give Buffalo a lot of credit. They showed a lot of heart and a lot of desire, but the Boston Bruins were [playing hard], they just couldn’t beat Lindback. I don’t expect goaltending like that every night against Boston.”

It seems the NHL getting rid of the shootout and going to 4-on-4, and 3-on-3 overtime is getting some steam to be put in place next season. McGuire thinks this change is needed, and will be a welcomed change with members of the league — both with the coaches and players.

“I think most people that really care about the sport want to see the best players play in the game and having the game decided by the players playing the sport rather than just having a skills competition,” said McGuire. “I am all for it and I think most of the players are for it. I can tell you 99 percent of the coaches are for it in terms of the people that I have spoken with, so I would be absolutely shocked if it was not put into place for next season.”

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