David Pastrnak should worry about what he does best early on in his NHL career. (Getty Images)WILMINGTON — It’s admirable that David Pastrnak wants to be a responsible player, but he should worry about doing that later. 



Andy Brickley joined the show to talk about David Pastrnak's first game, the offensive struggles, and Milan Lucic playing with the Swedes.

WILMINGTON –€” David Warsofsky and Zdeno Chara continued their respective recoveries Wednesday, skating prior to the Bruins’€™ practice at Ristuccia Arena.

WILMINGTON — Chris Kelly was back practicing with the Bruins Wednesday after missing the previous two games with an upper-body injury suffered in last Friday’s shootout win over the Blue Jackets.

WILMINGTON — Chris Kelly was back practicing with the Bruins Wednesday after missing the previous two games with an upper-body injury suffered in last Friday’s shootout win over the Blue Jackets.

Kelly said the injury was not related to last season’s back issues and was also not a head injury. When asked specifically what it was, he said “hurt feelings.”

The veteran center also noted that the injury did not occur on a specific play. He hopes to return to the lineup Friday against the Jets.

“I think we thought it was better to be on the cautious side of things,” Kelly said. “I think it’€™s exactly kind of what we thought. So I felt good today and and we’€™ll see how it feels tomorrow.”

Kelly took contact and centered a fourth line with a rotating cast of wingers in Seth Griffith, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser on Wednesday.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

WILMINGTON –€” David Warsofsky and Zdeno Chara continued their respective recoveries Wednesday, skating prior to the Bruins’€™ practice at Ristuccia Arena.

Chara, who is working his way back from a torn PCL, is expected to be out another week-plus. Warsofsky suffered a groin injury earlier in the month and has not played since.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins recalled right wing Seth Griffith and returned forwards Alexander Khokhlachev and Jordan Caron to Providence Tuesday.

The Bruins returned forwards Alexander Khokhlachev and Jordan Caron to Providence Tuesday. The moves were posted on the AHL’s transaction page.

The Bruins recalled Khokhlachev last week and brought up Caron on Sunday. Khokhlachev played in Boston’s last three games and scored the shootout winner in Friday’s victory over the Blue Jackets, but he was given just 2:53 of ice time in Monday’s overtime loss to the Penguins. Caron played only 3:35 on Monday.

The moves leave some uncertainty on offense for the Bruins, but they don’t play again until Friday and have time to either determine the health of ailing players (David Krejci and Chris Kelly have both missed multiple consecutive games) or call players back up.

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DJ Bean

For Milan Lucic, it’s the small steps forward that are a sign that things are getting better.

When you’re struggling to score as a team and half of your weapons are either sitting up on the ninth floor watching the game or playing elsewhere, it’s understandable to see why Bruins head coach is frustrated.

But when you have the sense that you have to score twice for every goal that counts, that’s something altogether different. That’s what Julien felt after Monday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins, when goals in regulation by Patrice Bergeron and Carl Soderberg were disallowed.

If either goal counts, the Bruins skate away with a regulation win and two points.

“Again, you gotta score two goals every night to get one, it’€™s tough to win hockey games,” Julien lamented afterward. “We got some tough calls against us and our guys played hard right ‘€˜til the end. Unfortunately, we didn’€™t get that second point that I thought we deserved.”

In the first period, it appeared Bergeron tapped a puck out of midair and put it behind Marc-Andre Fleury to tie the game, 1-1. Referee Kyle Rehman, closest to the play, called it a good goal but after review, he was overruled by the three other officials on the ice, who said the puck was above the crossbar when Bergeron tapped it into the goal.

“On that first goal, the closest referee calls it a goal. And then it’€™s no goal because the three furthest ones think it’€™s a high stick, so I guess that’€™s what’€™s frustrating in my mind. I don’€™t know what the league looked at. When I looked at the replay myself it looked more inconclusive. Now, they may contradict me and say they had a better angle from where they were, but that’€™s how it looked to me.

“I think that’€™s a little frustrating, especially the number of goals that we’€™ve had turned back on us this year. With what we’€™re going through, we’€™re working hard to score goals and yet you get those taken away. We had a couple of tough calls on us tonight too. It gets frustrating with the guys working so hard, feeling like you play well enough to win and you come out of here losing in overtime when you thought you scored enough goals to win.”

The official ruling from the NHL was as follows: At 10:00 of the first period in the Pittsburgh Penguins/Boston Bruins game, the referees held a group huddle that determined Patrice Bergeron’s stick was above the height of the crossbar when he deflected the puck into the net. Video review confirmed that group decision. According to Rule 60.5 “An apparent goal scored by an attacking player who strikes the puck with his stick carried above the height of the crossbar of the goal frame shall not be allowed. The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick.” No goal Boston.

Then, just a minute after Evgeni Malkin tied the game, 2-2, in the second period, Carl Soderberg rushed the net and the puck went in just before the net came off its moorings. The problem wasn’t the net but the ruling that Soderberg shoved the puck in with his glove.

Again the NHL said no goal: At 10:53 of the second period in the Pittsburgh Penguins/Boston Bruins game, video review confirmed the referee’s call on the ice that Carl Soderberg directed the puck into the Pittsburgh net with his glove. According to Rule 67.6 “a goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who bats or directs the puck with his hand into the net.” No goal Boston.

“Well, you know what? I don’€™t think it’€™s done on purpose, obviously,” Julien said. “I think considering where we’€™re at and what we have, the challenges that we have, that’€™s not my priority; although I’€™d like to see us score first. I think my priority is to see us compete every game and give ourselves a chance to win and I think that’€™s what we did tonight. We even had that lead, even though we didn’€™t score the first goal. But at the end they managed to get the overtime one.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia