The Bruins sent defenseman Joe Morrow to Providence Saturday after scratching him for seven of the last eight games.

Joseph Morrow

Joe Morrow

The Bruins sent defenseman Joe Morrow to Providence Saturday after scratching him for seven of the last eight games.

Morrow was recalled by the Bruins in late October to play in place of the struggling Matt Bartkowski. He stayed in the lineup as the Bruins dealt with injuries on the back end, but the B’€™s began scratching him earlier in the month.

The decision to take Morrow out of the lineup was somewhat perplexing given how well the former first-round pick was performing for the B’€™s, but the Bruins opted to stick with Zach Trotman and, at points, Bartkowksi. Trotman was scratched in Friday night’€™s loss to the Jets, but Bartkowski took his place rather than Morrow.

After being scratched for two of the Bruins’€™ four games on a West Coast road trip earlier this month, Morrow told WEEI.com he understood there was a chance he could be sent down given that the B’€™s had so many defensemen.

“It’€™€™s in the back of your mind; you know it is [a possibility],”€ Morrow said. “€œIt is a chess match. You know they’€™€™ve got to strategically do things to help this organization and to keep it intact. Whatever that may be, I know I’€™€™m a part of it and I’€™€™m here to help out, too, so if that’€™€™s the case that it does work out better that way, you can’€™€™t be mad or you can’€™€™t be disappointed about it. It’€™€™s just the way things are.”

In 15 games for the B’€™s, Morrow had one goal, no assists and a plus-3 rating in averaging 16:41 of ice time per night.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins got back to not scoring goals Friday.

The Bruins got back to not scoring goals Friday.

After getting points out of the first two games of their three-game Western Conference road trip, the B’€™s wrapped it up with a 2-1 loss to the Jets in Winnipeg (box).

The loss dropped the B’€™s to 16-14-3 on the season. Boston continues to look up at the Panthers and Maple Leafs in the Wild Card race as they sit on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

The game marked the ninth time in the last 12 games that Boston has scored less than three goals. They are 3-6-3 in that span.

Here are four more things we learned Friday:

FIRST IS THE WORST

The Bruins had a whale of a first period, spending most of the frame in their own zone and attempting less than half the shots (12) of what Winnipeg attempted (26).

The B’€™s took a pair of penalties in the period, with Torey Krug sending the puck over the glass in the defensive zone and Dougie Hamilton later hooking Blake Wheeler following a horrid neutral zone giveaway that created a Jets rush into the Boston zone.

All things considered, the Bruins were extremely fortunate to escape the period with just a one-goal deficit to overcome.

JULIEN TRIES ERIKSSON WITH KREJCI LATE

Claude Julien told reporters in Winnipeg Friday morning that he was considering giving Loui Eriksson some looks with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. He didn’€™t end up doing that, as he clearly (he’€™s stated it multiple times now) does not want to break up his third line of Carl Soderberg between Chris Kelly and Eriksson.

For the second straight game since Krejci returned to the lineup, Julien kept Eriksson with the Soderberg line and, for the second straight game since Krejci returned, the Soderberg line scored.

With the B’€™s trailing in the second period, Soderberg skated the puck through the neutral zone and into offensive zone and fed the puck across to Kelly, whose bid yielded a rebound that a trailing Torey Krug tapped in to tie the game. This followed a performance Wednesday in which both Soderberg and Eriksson scored in Minnesota.

It wasn’€™t all good for the trio, however, as they were also on the ice for Dustin Byfuglien’€™s second-period goal.

Julien gave Eriksson a shift with Lucic and Krejci in the final minutes of the game, with Daniel Paille taking Eriksson’€™s place on Soderberg’€™s line

Speaking of Eriksson…

B’€™S CATCH A BREAK ON PENALTIES

Milan Lucic appeared to put the B’€™s in a real bad spot with a hit on Mark Scheifele that left the B’€™s killing an interference penalty with 8:20 left in a game in which they trailed.

Fortunately for the Bruins, the officials bought what looked to be a Loui Eriksson dive on a swinging Andrew Ladd stick just 36 seconds later. The only call on the play was a trip on Ladd, which wiped out Winnipeg’€™s power play.

I’€™ve said this a million times, but diving happens with every team. Nobody likes it, but it happens. On Friday, it helped the B’€™s.

BARTKOWSKI RETURNS AND IT DOESN’€™T GO GREAT

After being scratched for the previous five games, Matt Bartkowski made his return to the lineup Friday in place of Zach Trotman.

Bartkowski’€™s return moved Dennis Seidenberg to the right side, with the two being paired together. The Bartkowski-Seidenberg pair was on the ice for both Winnipeg goals through the first two periods, the latter of which came amidst a lengthy stay in the Boston zone in which Tuukka Rask lost his stick in the final minute of the second period.

Joe Morrow, meanwhile, has now been a healthy scratch for seven of the last eight games. Not sure why.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins announced Friday that they will not visit local hospitals to deliver toys as planned due to the mumps epidemic in the NHL.

The team said in a release that no Bruins players currently have the mumps, but that the Bruins have chosen to “err on the side of caution” and eliminate the possibility of exposing pediatric patients to anything.

As of Friday, the number of mumps cases in the NHL had reached 16, with Penguins star Sidney Crosby the biggest name to be diagnosed.

Following is the Bruins’€™ release:

After consultation with local hospitals and medical professionals, the Bruins have postponed their annual toy delivery to local hospitals due to the mumps diagnoses to various NHL players. While there are no known diagnoses of the mumps to Bruins players, and the organization has worked with their medical staff to take every precaution necessary, the team feels that it is best to err on the side of caution and not risk exposure to any pediatric patients.

In continuing the Bruins players’ annual holiday tradition, over $17,000 worth of toys purchased on behalf the players by the Bruins’ wives, girlfriends and B’s alumni earlier this week at Target in Everett, MA will still be distributed to the local hospitals on Monday, courtesy of Gentle Giant. The Bruins will work with the local hospitals to reschedule the player visits after the Holiday Season.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB following Wednesday’s Wild-Bruins game and to talk about some recent trade rumors surrounding the Bruins.

Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire

NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB following Wednesday’s Wild-Bruins game and to talk about some recent trade rumors surrounding the Bruins. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

One of those names rumored of late has been Blues right wing T.J. Oshie. During the first intermission on the NBC Sports broadcast last night Bob McKenzie mentioned Oshie being available. McGuire hadn’t heard such things, but said it would be a good fit for the Bruins if he was indeed made available.

“I did not know that he was available because I think that he is a very respected member of the St. Louis Blues organization,” said McGuire. “I didn’t know he was available and he may not be. It may be people talking. Bobby McKenzie when talks, he’s usually [right on mark]. It may be someone that Bobby knows and some of us don’t know. I would tell you that T.J. is a very, very good player who I think would be a very good Bruin, if and I stress this is a huge if because I know people like to listen and twist words. If available and the Bruins could get him, that would be an excellent acquisition. I will say this, I do not know that he is available.”

McGuire was in between the benches for the NBC Sports broadcast so had the best view of the game. He saw a lot of positive things from the Bruins, as they won for the first time in four games Wednesday night with a 3-2 overtime win in Minnesota.

“I was really impressed with a few things from the Bruins,” he said. “Number one, Zdeno Chara‘s vocal leadership on the bench — usually not very vocal — but when he is people usually listen. Last night he was very vocal, especially at the end of certain situations whether it was a penalty kill, a good chip in or a good line change. He was extremely vocal and a good leader. The return of David Krejci, you see the skill level and how it makes everyone around him better, but what it also does is it changes the batting order. Now [Patrice] Bergeron is not the No. 1, he’s No. 2. [Carl] Soderberg is not the No. 2, he’s the No. 3, Gregory Campbell‘s minutes are kind of dropping down and that allows he and Danny Paille to penalty kill a little bit better. That changes everything. I was really impressed that they hung in there because that 5-on-3 penalty kill I thought was the key to the game last night.”

Overall, the Bruins have lost six of their last eight games, but getting healthier and the difficult schedule they had to go through, McGuire still feels good about the team.

“I really like it a lot,” said McGuire. “I was really impressed with the maturity of the team last night. Obviously you’d like to get Jarome Iginla’s goals replaced, that is not happening that easily. You’d like to see that be become more constant in terms of Krejci, somebody — and this is not a knock on Seth Griffith who is a very good young player — I think first line right wing is a little bit too much for him right now. I think the Bruins would probably agree to that so you’d like to see them fill the hole there. But the rest of the roster I like, especially with everyone back and healthy. I know they missed Adam McQuaid and they miss him a lot. I do know one thing and I spent a lot of time with Dennis Seidenberg yesterday and his mindset is so strong and the players around him, their mindsets are so strong — I see this team starting to surge right now.”

McGuire continues to be amazed with Bergeron when he gets to watch him play, especially his quick decision-making on the ice.

“He never seizes to amaze me — how he processes the game,” said McGuire. “You know, it’s probably a lot like how Tom Brady breaks down a defense. This is how smart this guy is and this guy can do it going 25-30 miles per hour. It blows me away just how fast he processes the game.”

“I think if he can stay concussion free he’ll have a chance to play close to 35 or 40 (years old),” he added. “I do, but it comes down to the concussion thing.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Pierre joins the show to talk about the Bruins-Wild game, Bruins trade rumors, and the rest of the NHL.

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On Wednesday, the Bruins got three things Bruins fans thought they might never see again: three goals, a win and David Krejci.

On Wednesday, the Bruins got three things Bruins fans thought they might never see again: three goals, a win and David Krejci.

After an up-and-down showing from the B’s in Minnesota, Loui Eriksson took a feed from Carl Soderberg and tucked it behind Niklas Backstrom to give the Bruins a 3-2 overtime win (box) over the Wild. The win was Boston’€™s first in four games.

Krejci returned to the lineup after missing the last 11 games. He had one shot on goal and had a minus-13 even-strength Corsi, which was worst among Bruins forwards.

Krejci played a part in Minnesota’€™s game-tying goal in the third period. A turnover from Krejci in the defensive zone led to a Ryan Suter point shot that Niklas Svedberg stopped with his blocker. Zach Trotman picked up the rebound, but Jason Pominville whacked it away from Trotman and into the net to tie the game at two goals apiece.

Here are four more things we learned Thursday:

BRUINS STILL LIKE GRIFFITH WITH KREJCI

With Krejci returning to the top line, so too did Seth Griffith. The Bruins have played Griffith as their first-line right wing in every game Krejci has played this season, but they have generally used Griffith as a bottom-six player without Krejci.

It’€™s an odd choice on the Bruins’€™ part to not try other players with Krejci and Milan Lucic to determine how many potential in-house candidates the B’€™s have to fill their seemingly up-for-grabs first-line right wing job. The Bruins have still not tried Loui Eriksson with Krejci and Lucic this season.

The lines were as follows:

Lucic – Krejci – Griffith
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Kelly – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Cunningham

SODERBERG SCORES… FINALLY

Smack dab in the middle of the offensively struggling Bruins has been Carl Soderberg, who went 15 games without a goal entering Wednesday’€™s game.

That changed in the first period, when Soderberg and Eriksson connected for the center’€™s sixth goal of the season. With Eriksson in front of the net, Soderberg fired a shot from the right circle that Eriksson stopped in front. Eriksson looked to be losing both his balance and the puck but was able to recover with a one-handed pass to Soderberg, who buried the puck to give Boston an early lead.

SVEDBERG SHINES

Niklas Svedberg was the best player on the ice, stopping 35 of the 37 shots he faced on the night.

The Wild got plenty of chances in the second period. Svedberg denied Mikael Granlund on a breakaway and bailed out Dougie Hamilton after Hamilton fell down with the puck in the offensive zone to lead to a four-on-two for the Wild. All in all Svedberg made 20 saves in the second period.

The start was Svedberg’s first since Dec. 2 against the Kings. His last four starts (and five appearances) have come on the road, as he last played in Boston on Oct. 23.

NOT GREGORY CAMPBELL‘S BEST NIGHT 

For the second time in a week, the Bruins saw a Western Conference team win the fourth-line battle.

On the very shift after the Bruins took a 1-0 lead, Kyle Brodziak walked through Campbell and fired a wrist shot that went off Dennis Seidenberg‘€™s stick and beat Svedberg short-side to tie the game.

Later in the period, Campbell went after Justin Falk after a hit he didn’€™t like, leading to a horrifyingly short-lived and boring fight. Campbell’€™s 7:30 of ice time on the night was his lowest total since he broke his leg in Game 3 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals.

The Bruins did draw a penalty on the Campbell line’€™s last shift of the game, as a Brett Sutter hit on Craig Cunningham earned an interference penalty.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean