bruins en Claude Julien doesn’t blame goaltending combo for ugly loss to Wild <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_57351" style="width: 410px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href=""><img class="wp-image-57351" src="" alt="The Bruins struggled to keep pace in their 5-0 loss to the Wild on Tuesday night. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)" width="400" height="304" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">The Bruins struggled to keep pace in their 5-0 loss to the Wild on Tuesday night. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)</p></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">BOSTON &#8211; Bruins head coach Claude Julien did not want to assess the play of his goaltenders following a 5-0 trouncing at the hands of the visiting Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">In fact, he would not. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The near decade-long coach of the Bruins understands the unfortunate hand the team has been dealt.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;I’m just going to deal with the issue internally,&#8221; Julien said of their shaky goaltending situation. &#8220;We know that we’ve got two young goalies from the American League, so we’ve got to deal with that.&#8221;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tuukka Rask has not been seen on the ice &#8212; be it at a practice, a morning skate, or in a game &#8212; since last Thursday&#8217;s win over the New Jersey Devils with what’s been called &#8220;general soreness&#8221; (and no, Julien did not have an update on Rask after the club&#8217;s latest loss). Rask&#8217;s absence was only further complicated by the upper-body injury sustained by Anton Khudobin mere minutes into Monday&#8217;s practice at Warrior Ice Arena, one that will keep Khudobin out of action for three weeks. In a matter of days, the Bruins were down to their organization&#8217;s third and fourth goaltenders on the depth chart in Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The B&#8217;s coach knows he can&#8217;t control the circumstances that brought the inexperienced duo to the Bruins. It was not Subban&#8217;s early season AHL numbers (0-3-1, .846 save percentage, and pulled in two of his four starts this season) that called the 22-year-old up to Boston. And though McIntyre&#8217;s numbers are more impressive in a smaller sample size and mainly in relief (1-0-0, and AHL-best .977 save percentage in three games played), the 24-year-old McIntyre is still very much in the development stage of his professional career after leaving his NCAA crease with North Dakota in 2015. He’s still a significantly unfinished product in regards to his game at the pro level. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All Julien knew was that Tuesday&#8217;s game had to be played with one of them in net. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> it turned out, both were needed. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Subban departed after a 13-of-16 night that came to an end with three goals against in a span of 5:29, including two Wild goals scored in just 12 seconds, in the middle period. McIntyre, in his first NHL appearance and on his second NHL recall in four days, fared slightly better with 15 stops on 17 shots against in a 29-minute relief effort. </span></p> <p>Neither were particularly dazzling, but it was the play of the team in front of them that drew the ire of Julien&#8217;s postgame conference.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&#8220;I don’t care who’s in net. I think when you have some injuries you need to be better in those situations and we weren’t good enough tonight. It doesn’t matter if Tuukka is in net and we had injuries up front or we’re lacking players here or there,&#8221; a frustrated Julien said after the defeat. &#8220;You’ve got to let the system take care of the game and if you play it the right way, you have a chance to win. When you don’t, you don’t. And that’s what happened tonight.&#8221;</span></p> <p>Pinned into the defensive zone for several prolonged stretches against a pace-pushing Wild club, the Bruins were credited with 16 giveaways by the end of the game, and once again had missed assignments and blown coverages in their own end lead to ugly goals against their goalies.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">&#8220;Our game right now has to be better without the puck and the kind of goals we’re giving up are killing us,&#8221; Julien, whose team has yet to score first in six games this year, lamented. &#8220;I think we need to be much better without the puck and respecting that part of our game a little bit better, and the mistakes or the lack of coverage or not being in the right place right now is doing a lot of damage to our game and it’s hurtful at the end because you end up with this kind of a result.&#8221;</span></p> <p class="p1">In multi-goal deficits often, the Bruins have found themselves looking for the quick fix in the attacking zone too much, something that&#8217;s hurt their overall game in consecutive contests.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">&#8220;It feels like we’re losing puck battles. We’re not staying in the battles, we’re not stopping, we’re just kind of swinging away and they’re getting odd man rushes,&#8221; Bruins center David Krejci said. &#8220;We’re definitely cheating offensively and that’s not helping everyone.&#8221;</span></p> <p class="p1">And with just four goals scored over their last three games, the Bruins cannot afford to have these lapses, especially in the second period (they&#8217;ve been outscored 7-to-4 in the second period of their six games, and three of those four goals scored by the Bruins came in the season opening win against the Blue Jackets), continue to creep into their game.</p> <p class="p1">&#8220;Guys have to stay focused for the whole 60-minute game and really pay attention to what’s going on on the ice,&#8221; Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said. &#8220;Not looking for shortcuts, just honoring the game, honoring the gameplan, and really being accountable.</p> <p class="p1">&#8220;We’re out there to do the right thing and do the things that we practice every day.&#8221;</p> <p class="p1">The Bruins will get another chance to do the &#8220;right things&#8221; with a quick turnaround as they travel to Madison Square Garden for a Wednesday night tilt against the New York Rangers.</p> Blog bruins Other Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:35:28 +0000 2655926 at B's goalies struggle in blowout loss to Wild <!--paging_filter--> <a href=""></a> <p>BOSTON &#8211; Malcolm Subban’s second NHL game went better than this first. But not by much. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bruins Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:48:40 +0000 Ty Anderson 2655201 at 5 Things We Learned as Wild beat B’s goalies up in 5-0 blowout <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_57352" style="width: 410px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href=""><img class="wp-image-57352" src="" alt="Malcolm Subban received an early hook in a 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)" width="400" height="295" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Malcolm Subban received an early hook in a 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)</p></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">BOSTON &#8211; Malcolm Subban’s second NHL game went better than this first. But not by much. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Back in an NHL net for the first time since he allowed three goals on six shots against in a Feb. 20, 2015 loss to the St. Louis Blues, the 22-year-old Subban helped keep the Bruins and visiting Minnesota Wild scoreless through the first period of play. But just like it did on that St. Louis night in 2015, the second period came and the wheels simply fell off for the former first-round draft pick. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It began with a Charlie Coyle goal, his third of the season, that took a bad hop before it bounced through Subban’s legs. The Wild capitalized on poor defensive play behind the B’s net just 12 seconds later to make it a two-goal edge behind Chris Stewart’s second goal of the season. The Wild then extended their lead to 3-0 behind a power-play strike from defenseman Ryan Suter. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With three goals allowed in a 5:29 stretch, an improvement from his aforementioned first NHL game which came with three goals against in a 4:21 stretch in the second (but again, not by much), Subban’s night ended after just 13 saves in 30:36 of time on ice, and Zane McIntyre came on in relief for his first NHL appearance. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But it didn’t get better for the B’s organization’s fourth goaltender, as Jason Zucker scored six minutes into McIntyre’s night to put the Wild up by a 4-0 score through two periods of play.</span></p> <p>The Wild would add another goal in the third period on a net-front putaway scored on McIntyre by Jason Pominville to make it 5-0 in favor of the visitors.</p> <p>The five-goal edge would hold for Minnesota, too, as they cruised to a 5-0 finish at TD Garden behind a 27-save shutout from goaltender Devan Dubnyk.</p> <p>It was the first time the Bruins have been shutout this season.</p> <p>Here are four other things we learned in the loss.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Adam McQuaid returns to lineup</b></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid returned to the lineup in the loss and made his season debut after missing the first five games of the year with an upper-body injury. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Paired with familiar partner Torey Krug, the 30-year-old McQuaid very much looked like a defenseman doing his best to return to game-speed against one of the quicker teams in the NHL. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In front of the net on Minnesota’s first goal, and in the box for the Suter power-play goal that officially ended Subban’s night, McQuaid was also credited with the giveaway that led to the Wild&#8217;s fourth goal of the night. </span></p> <p><b>Bruins survive injury scare with David Krejci</b></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Just when you thought things could not get any worse for an injury-plagued Bruins club, center David Krejci exited the game after an awkward collision and fall with Wild forward Nino Niederreiter in the second period. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a collision led by McQuaid’s crosscheck of Niederreiter from behind, No. 22 in white appeared to clip Krejci’s upper body with brute force, and Krejci, who had offseason hip surgery just six months ago, fell backwards in an awkward angle and was very slow to get up before he made his way to the Bruins dressing room. </span></p> <p>The good news for the Bruins is that Krejci, who appeared to suffer a cut and nothing more on the play, did return for the third period and logged regular shifts without much of an issue.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Down David Backes, and with Ryan Spooner readjusting to life at center after a full training camp and start of the season at left wing, the Bruins undoubtedly need a healthy Krejci in their lineup. </span></p> <p><b>Julien shuffles lines up in third period</b></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Starved for offense, and in the midst of getting their doors blown off, head coach Claude Julien tinkered with the lines in the third period of the game. He moved David Pastrnak to a line with Matt Beleskey and Krejci, while Danton Heinen skated on the right side of the first line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. It’s a move that could come as an effort to spread some of the offensive game around, as Pastrnak and Marchand have been the only two consistent wingers making things happen for the Black and Gold through the first six games of the season. </span></p> <p><b>Offensive zone turnovers become glaring issue in loss</b></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Bruins were credited with seven giveaways in the first period of this loss. By the end of the second period, they had 10 to their name. By the end of the night, they had 16. </span>Against a team and system that pressures the puck-carrier to lead their charge the other way, the Bruins fumbled and stumbled with the puck on a consistent basis, especially in the attacking zone. It may have been the only consistency in their game. Everyone was a suspect in the turnover game. Even members of Boston’s top six &#8212; Krejci finished the night with a team-high three while Marchand was credited with two &#8212; were guilty. <span style="font-weight: 400;">And it almost always came back to cost the Bruins, too, as the Wild’s fourth goal simply doesn&#8217;t happen without an ugly d-zone turnover from the blue line.</span></p> <p>The Bruins are back in action tomorrow night in a road game against the New York Rangers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Blog bruins Other Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:43:57 +0000 2655206 at Bruins' McQuaid to make season debut vs. Wild <!--paging_filter--> <a href=""></a> <p>BOSTON &#8211; It’s already all hands on deck for the Boston Bruins. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bruins Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:46:03 +0000 Ty Anderson 2654266 at Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid to make season debut tonight vs. Wild <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_54633" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-54633" src="" alt="Adam McQuaid will make his season debut tonight. " width="150" height="220" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Adam McQuaid will make his season debut tonight.</p></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">BOSTON &#8211; It’s already all hands on deck for the Boston Bruins. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Just five games into the new year, the Bruins will enter tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild down top-six forward David Backes, and without both of their NHL goaltenders, Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin. But the Bruins will get an experienced lift on their back-end, as Adam McQuaid will make his season debut after missing the first five games of the season with an upper-body injury. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He’s ready to go,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said of McQuaid. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cleared to play days ago and a full participant in practice, McQuaid will finally draw back into the B’s defensive mix on their second pairing with puck-mover Torey Krug.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Regardless of who’s on the left side, I’ve played with everybody, so I’m fortunate in that way to have experience with those guys,” McQuaid said after the morning skate. “All solid partners, so I’ll probably lean on them a little bit and have lots of communications and just try to keep it a simple game.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 30-year-old McQuaid recorded one goal, nine points, and racked up 142 hits and 121 blocked shots in 64 games in just about every possible defensive pairing option for the Bruins last season. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To make room for McQuaid, defenseman Robbie O’Gara was assigned to the Providence Bruins. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In net, the Bruins will go with Malcolm Subban for just the second time in his NHL career, and first since Feb. 2015. The 22-year-old Subban has an 0-3-1 record and .846 save percentage in four games for the Providence Bruins this season, and allowed three goals on six shots in his only prior NHL start before he received the hook in what was a 31-minute nightmare against the St. Louis Blues. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But the plan doesn’t change with Subban in net instead of a Rask or Khudobin, according to Julien.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our gameplan is about playing good defense, with or without Tuukka,” Julien said following the club’s morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena. “You put a system together, you believe in it, and you go out and play your game together. Adjusting to injuries is not quite what we’re looking for. What we’re looking for is a solid performance from our team and I think that will trump any injury that we have.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Minnesota counters with Devan Dubnyk. The 6-foot-6 Dubnyk has two wins and a .912 save percentage in four games this season, and stopped 30-of-32 shots against in a loss on Oct. 22, but is winless with an .865 save percentage in five career head-to-heads with the Bruins. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Defenseman Joe Morrow is the expected healthy scratch for the Bruins. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are the projected lines and pairings for the Bruins</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brad Marchand &#8211; Patrice Bergeron &#8211; David Pastrnak</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Matt Beleskey &#8211; David Krejci &#8211; Danton Heinen</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dominic Moore &#8211; Ryan Spooner &#8211; Jimmy Hayes</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tim Schaller &#8211; Riley Nash &#8211; Noel Acciari</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Zdeno Chara &#8211; Brandon Carlo</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Torey Krug &#8211; Adam McQuaid</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">John-Michael Liles &#8211; Colin Miller</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Subban</span></p> Blog bruins Other Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:41:30 +0000 2654371 at Malcolm Subban gets start for injury-riddled Bruins <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_54647" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-54647" src="" alt="Malcolm Subban will get the start for the Bruins against the Wild tonight." width="150" height="223" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Malcolm Subban will get the start for the Bruins against the Wild tonight.</p></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">BRIGHTON &#8211; There is a combined 31 minutes of NHL experience between the two goaltenders the Boston Bruins will dress for tonight’s head-to-head with the Minnesota Wild. All of which have been logged by Malcolm Subban, tonight&#8217;s starter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It was a 31-minute night that he&#8217;d probably like to forget, too. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yanked from the crease on Feb. 20, 2015 after three goals on just six shots against from the St. Louis Blues, the 22-year-old Subban will finally get another NHL chance as he becomes the club’s starter by default with injuries to both B’s ace in net Tuukka Rask (“general soreness”) and his backup, Anton Khudobin. Rask still hasn’t skated since last Thursday’s win over the Devils (five calendar days and four skates overall), while Khudobin suffered an upper-body injury early in Monday’s practice, one that will keep out for approximately three weeks according to Bruins general manager Don Sweeney. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A little bit, but not too much,” Subban admitted when asked if that disastrous NHL debut has stayed with him. “A couple of the goals that went in in that game I easily could have had, and it wasn’t an issue of if I was able to play then or not, it was just a matter that was more mental than anything.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Now in his fourth year in the system, Subban’s start with the Providence Bruins as the organization’s third goaltender this year was far from awe inspiring, with zero wins and an .846 save percentage in four games for the club, but the Bruins are not focused on the past, but rather the present.   </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I can’t control any of that stuff,” B’s coach Claude Julien said of Subban’s struggles with the P-Bruins. “I just want him to go in tonight and play a real solid game because we know he can. He’s a good goaltender. Just because he had a bit of a rough outing doesn’t mean he has to have one tonight.&#8221;</span></p> <p>Against a Wild offense that&#8217;s scored 19 goals through six games this year under new head coach Bruce Boudreau, the Bruins will need Subban to take a step up as a capable option for the shorthanded crease.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is an opportunity for him to play well and to demonstrate that he’s ready to play in the NHL,” Julien said of Subban&#8217;s start.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Drafted in the first round (24th overall) in 2012, Subban has won 45 of his 99 appearances in the AHL overall, and has had more than enough time to wait for his next NHL shot. </span></p> <p>One that comes tonight.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Ready to go,” Subban said of the newest chance with the Black and Gold. “Over the past couple of the years I’ve been eager to get back in that [Boston] net, and this is my chance.”</span></p> <p>Down Rask and Khudobin, and with Subban in net, Zane McIntyre will dress as the B&#8217;s backup tonight.</p> Blog bruins Other Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:38:57 +0000 2653546 at Bruins F Backes (minor issue) out vs. Wild <!--paging_filter--> <a href=""></a> <p>BRIGHTON &#8211; The injury bug has hit the Bruins and hit ‘em hard less than two weeks into the year. Its newest victim: top-six forward David Backes. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bruins Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:20:42 +0000 Ty Anderson 2653461 at Bruins forward David Backes out vs. Minnesota Wild <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_57339" style="width: 410px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href=""><img class="wp-image-57339" src="" alt="David Backes will miss Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Wild. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)" width="400" height="264" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">David Backes will miss Tuesday&#8217;s game against the Minnesota Wild. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)</p></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">BRIGHTON &#8211; The injury bug has hit the Bruins and hit ‘em hard less than two weeks into the year. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Its newest victim: top-six forward David Backes. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Absent from the morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena ahead of tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild, the Bruins will be down Backes for at least tonight’s tilt, according to head coach Claude Julien.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Minor issue, day to day,” Julien confirmed after the skate. “[He] will not play tonight.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But the Bruins, already down their top two goaltenders, are a busy bunch and could certainly use Backes, especially with a back-to-back set for tonight and tomorrow night. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t have that answer,” Julien said of Backes’ availability for the second leg of the back-to-back that concludes at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers tomorrow night. “When I say [day to day], it’s because I don’t have that answer. Nobody does.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Backes’ absence will move first-year pro Danton Heinen to the right wing on David Krejci’s line while Matt Beleskey will move up to the second line left-wing spot next to Krejci. Neither Beleskey nor Heinen have registered a point this season, while Krejci has tallied two assists through five games. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“[Backes] is such a big part of the team and you hate to see him go down,” Heinen, who has played with Backes and Krejci for almost all of his four games with the team, admitted. “But everybody’s just got to step up, it’s an opportunity for other guys to jump in and try to make an impact.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Signed by the Bruins to a five-year, $30 million contract this past summer, Backes has recorded two goals and four points with 12 shots on goal in five games for the team this season. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Backes has missed just 15 games to injury since the start of the 2009-10 season. </span></p> Blog bruins Other Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:03:06 +0000 2653356 at Khudobin hurt in practice; Subban next up <!--paging_filter--> <a href=""></a> <p>BRIGHTON &#8211; Less than two weeks into the season, the Bruins may be down to their third goaltender. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bruins Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:10:07 +0000 Ty Anderson 2649971 at Malcolm Subban becomes next man up for Bruins after Anton Khudobin leaves practice with injury <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_57333" style="width: 410px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href=""><img class="wp-image-57333" src="" alt="Anton Khudobin left Monday's practice with an undisclosed injury. (Aaron Doster/USA Today Sports)" width="400" height="267" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Anton Khudobin left Monday&#8217;s practice with an undisclosed injury. (Aaron Doster/USA Today Sports)</p></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">BRIGHTON &#8211; Less than two weeks into the season, the Bruins may be down to their third goaltender. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Bruins took to the ice for a Monday practice at Warrior Ice Arena already down starting netminder Tuukka Rask (general soreness). Out for the third straight skate, Rask’s absence put Anton Khudobin in the starter’s crease and forced the Bruins to summon Malcolm Subban up from the Providence Bruins. But when practice finished, it was Subban that was the only goalie left standing. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Injured as the rest of the team hit the ice, Khudobin dropped his blocker and went to the B’s bench for further examination by the training staff. In what appeared to be a hand/wrist issue, the 30-year-old looked to be in great discomfort before he exited back to the locker room and did not return. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I have no update on him yet,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said of Khudobin after practice. “I have not heard, obviously. He got injured and couldn’t practice. I haven’t heard anything back yet.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the 22-year-old Subban at the other end by himself, and the loss of Khudobin, who has two losses and an .849 save percentage on the year, the Bruins are undoubtedly short on goaltenders. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is hockey. We deal with it on a day to day basis,” Julien said of the mounting goaltending injuries ahead of tomorrow’s game against the Wild. “If we have to make some adjustments and we have to have different personnel, we’ll deal with it when we have more of an update.”</span></p> <p>The club is still without an update on Rask, too, according to their coach.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He’s still day to day, so nothing’s changed there,” Julien confirmed of Rask. “I don’t know what his situation is for tomorrow. I can’t give it to you because no decision has been made on him.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If both Rask and Khudobin are unable to go tomorrow, Subban, despite the slow start of an 0-3-1 record and .878 save percentage in four AHL games this year, including a 30-of-34 performance in an overtime loss against the Albany Devils on Sunday, would be the next man up for the club. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Not the way you want to start the season,” Subban admitted of his start with a new-look, more inexperienced P-Bruins team this year. “But to be honest, last game I felt a lot better. That game didn’t go to the way I wanted to, but we were playing a hot team and I thought I played pretty well.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Subban, whose 2015-16 season was cut short by a fractured larynx, finished this past preseason with two wins and a .904 save percentage in three games for the Big B’s, and feels his effort is there. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I feel pretty good. I feel like I’m battling,” Subban said of his mindset throughout the slow start. “I feel like the biggest thing right now is just to battle. It’s not the first time I’ve faced adversity, and it’s not gonna be the last time, so I don’t feel to down on myself right now, to be honest.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And in their final home game before a four-game road trip with stops in New York, Detroit, Florida, and Tampa, the Bruins are not going to look for style points from their third goaltender if called upon. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’re in a situation here where we’ll see what happens here,” Julien said of Subban’s recall and availability for tomorrow. “If he’s going in goal, he’ll go in goal. It’s as simple as that.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As a coach, there’s one thing that worries me: stop the puck, I don’t care how you do it, just stop it,” Julien continued. “I’m not a goalie coach, so as a coach I’m demanding on [the goalie] making the saves, and the goalie coach can work on the techniques.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Subban has posted a 45-31-15 record, with a 2.46 goals against average and .916 save percentage in 99 career games in the American Hockey League. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A first-round draft pick (24th overall) in 2012, Subban has skated in one NHL game to date, a Feb. 20, 2015 loss to the St. Louis Blues, a game in which he received an early hook after he allowed three goals on just six shots against in 31 minutes of action.</span></p> Blog bruins Other Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:11:26 +0000 2649771 at Ryan Spooner skates at center, Malcolm Subban recalled from AHL as Bruins return to practice <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_54647" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-54647" src="" alt="Malcolm Subban was recalled from Providence for Monday's practice at Warrior Ice Arena." width="150" height="223" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Malcolm Subban was recalled from Providence for Monday&#8217;s practice at Warrior Ice Arena.</p></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">BRIGHTON &#8212; Two days after Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien said he needed time to “digest” the group’s 4-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden before he considered any line changes, Monday&#8217;s practice at Warrior Ice Arena brought about just that for a slumping forward group.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Forward Ryan Spooner, a healthy scratch against the Devils last week and one of two scorers last game (a power-play goal scored with No. 51 back on the first unit), found himself back in a gray sweater in the middle of the team’s third line for the first time since last season. The 24-year-old Spooner tallied 13 goals and 49 points as the team’s third line center a year ago, 32 of which came at even strength, and has recorded one goal and one assist with 11 shots on goal in four games played on the wing this season. Matt Beleskey and Jimmy Hayes, both of whom are pointless with a minus-5 and a combined 15 shots on net, remained on the wings. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Riley Nash, who has manned the third-line center spot for the last three games, was also on the ice and in a gray jersey as well, though it was Spooner that took the first line rushes with the group. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Spooner’s move back to his natural position for practice plugged first-year pro Danton Heinen, a scratch on Saturday, back to David Krejci’s left as the winger opposite David Backes on the right. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Heinen has yet to record a point and has two shots on goal in four NHL games played. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was not on the ice for the Bruins for the third straight skate. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With Rask out and Zane McIntyre returned to the Providence Bruins late last night, Bruins prospect Malcolm Subban was recalled this morning and was on the ice with the big club. Subban has posted an 0-3-1 record and .846 save percentage in four games with the P-Bruins this year. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Subban would last as the only goaltender as Bruins practice, too, as Anton Khudobin left the ice and did not return after he appeared to injure his right hand/wrist. </span></p> Blog bruins Other Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:36:38 +0000 2649286 at Bruins need help, answers from third line <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_56327" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-56327" src="" alt="Claude Julien needs production from his third line. (USA Today Sports)" width="300" height="223" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Claude Julien needs production from his third line. (USA Today Sports)</p></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Even after a 4-2 loss to their archrival Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden on Saturday, things are far from terrible for the Boston Bruins through the first week and a half of the season. One game above .500 with their 3-2-0 record on the year, the Bruins have found success behind strong goaltending from Tuukka Rask (the 29-year-old has posted a .947 save percentage and has been in net for all of the B’s wins but missed the last game with “general soreness”), while their offense has been powered by a top-heavy first line with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak between Patrice Bergeron. </span></p> <p>But there is one kinda, sorta big problem for the Bruins through five games: they have struggled mightily (and that may be an understatement) to find secondary scoring.</p> <p>Of the 15 goals scored by the Bruins to date, 13 have been scored by their forwards. Eight have come from by a member of the first line, with four from Pastrnak, three from Marchand, and one from Bergeron. David Backes scored both of his two goals this season in the season opener, which of course came while he skated in Bergeron’s spot between the dynamic Marchand and Pastrnak combo. Ryan Spooner scored his first of the season, a power-play goal, in Saturday’s loss to the Habs, while fourth-line forward Dominic Moore has scored two goals on just eight shots on goal.</p> <p>There are three names you won’t find in any game’s scoring log. They are the B’s third line of Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes, and center Riley Nash. And with another no-show to their name with a Saturday night showing that featured just one shot from the entire line (a second period shot from Hayes), Bruins coach Claude Julien was honest in regards to the line’s production, or lack thereof.</p> <p>“You need something out of them besides minuses,” Julien said of the line, which was on the ice  for Montreal’s second goal of the night and has two minus-5 players on the year in Beleskey and Hayes, following Saturday’s loss. “I think they’re minus-five or six right now, and when you don’t produce, that’s what ends up happening, and we expect more. There’s no doubt, and we had, more or less, three lines that are creating some sort of momentum. We need them to step up there and help us out.</p> <p>“That would make a huge difference to our team.”</p> <p>With the Nash line, Julien can expect smart, strong d-zone play from Nash, and a strong forechecking presence from both Beleskey and Hayes, but there’s not much beyond that. The style routinely displayed by the line is more that of a physical, tone-setting fourth line (something the Bruins already have in the Moore line with Noel Acciari and Tim Schaller on the wings), than a third line meant to provide a complementary scoring presence that feasts on defensive mismatches in the offensive zone.</p> <p>The Bruins had that when Carl Soderberg manned the pivot on the third line from 2013 to 2015. And the 24-year-old Spooner, with 13 goals and 49 points (32 of which were scored at even strength), provided that same presence for the Black and Gold last season. And with Spooner shifted to the wing, Julien had hoped for the same from training camp standout Austin Czarnik.</p> <p>But when the 23-year-old Czarnik’s hot camp was derailed by a concussion sustained on a cheapshot from Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas in the preseason finale, and a quiet one shot on goal and minus-3 in two NHL contests followed upon his return, Czarnik was scratched and later returned to the Providence Bruins, where he’ll get ice time, and, more importantly, his timing back. That forced Nash, whose career high in points at the NHL level is 25 (set in a 68-game run with the Hurricanes in ‘14-15), into a role as the club’s third-line center and with the task of developing chemistry on the fly.</p> <p>After three games together as a line, it’s clear that little has worked for the trio.</p> <p>This is not an entirely new problem for the Bruins, though, as the Bruins had a disastrous third line combo with Hayes and Brett Connolly between Spooner to begin the 2015-16 year before Julien pulled the plug amid mounting losses and little offensive contributions in their 0-3-0 start to the year.</p> <p>But in the now, the team is short on options.</p> <p>Winger Frank Vatrano (foot), a player who wowed with his shoot-from-anywhere mentality and 44 goals and 66 points in 75 games between the AHL and NHL last season, is out of action until December. First-year pro Danton Heinen, who began his career on a line with David Krejci, has struggled to find his NHL footing. The aforementioned Czarnik is back in Providence and if he’s coming back, somebody is out of the mix as a healthy scratch. And the Bruins seem somewhat committed to having Spooner, the man in the middle of the club’s third line for almost all of last year, on the wing.</p> <p>“I haven’t thought about next game yet,” Julien said on Saturday when asked about making line changes up front. “I’m going to digest this one first before I start making decisions.”</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With a Sunday off from the practice rink, Julien and the Bruins will have one practice and a morning skate to digest their options before it’s back to work with a Tuesday tilt against the Minnesota Wild.</span></p> Blog bruins Other Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:06:26 +0000 2647446 at Bruins should rest Tuukka Rask for as long as he needs early in season <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/sites/default/files/pictures/bruins/Rask_Tuukka_MaddieMeyer.jpg" alt="Tuukka Rask has been limited with an injury this season. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)" width="400" height="267" align="right" />Maybe Bruins fans are fed up with <a href="" class="r_lapi">Tuukka Rask</a>.</p> <div class="columnist_subtitle_bottom"> <div class="social-option"> <script src=""></script> <div class="fb-share-button" data-href="" data-width="50" data-type="button_count"></div> </div> <div id="twitter-button" class="social-option"> <a href="" class="twitter-share-button" data-count="horizontal" data-via="weei">Tweet</a> </div> <div id="plus-one" class="social-option"><g:plusone size="medium"></g:plusone></div> <div id="email" class="social-option"> <a href="mailto:"><img src="/sites/all/themes/weei/images/social/mail.png" />&nbsp;Email</a> </div> <div class="social-option bubble left"> <a href="#comments"><fb:comments-count href="" /></a> </div> </div> <div class="columnist_newsletter_block"> <iframe width="100%" scrolling="no" height="220" frameborder="0" src="/sites/all/modules/bullpen/bullpen_navigation/templates/tabs/daily-mash-large.php"></iframe> </div> <div id="related_container"> <div id="related_main"> <h3>You might also like...</h3> <div class="OUTBRAIN outbrain-MB_1" data-src="" data-widget-id="MB_1" data-ob-template="entercom" ></div> <div class="clb"></div> </div> </div> <style> .node .outbrain-FT_1{ position:absolute; } #related_main .MB_1 .strip-img {width:100%;} #related_main .MB_1 .ob_container_recs .item-container {width:138px;} #related_main .MB_1 .ob_container_recs .item-container.ob-recIdx-3 {padding-right:0;} #related_main .MB_1 .ob_what {padding-top:25px;} #outbrain_widget_0 { clear: both; padding-top: 0 !important; } </style> <div class="OUTBRAIN outbrain-FT_1" data-src="" data-widget-id="FT_1" data-ob-template="entercom" ></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bruins Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:59:45 +0000 DJ Bean 2644861 at Krug not happy with his play: 'No consistency' <!--paging_filter--> <p>When there was talk before the season about the possibility of Chris Kelly’s old alternate captain’s letter being moved to a new jersey, one of the players consistently mentioned was Torey Krug, thanks in large part to his honesty and the way he holds himself accountable.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bruins Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:07:09 +0000 Scott McLaughlin 2643466 at Torey Krug not happy with his early-season play: ‘I have no consistency to my game at all’ <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_57321" style="width: 410px" class="wp-caption alignright"><img class="wp-image-57321" src="" alt="krug_4-9-16" width="400" height="341" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Torey Krug came down pretty hard on himself Saturday night. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)</p></div> <p>When there was talk before the season about the possibility of Chris Kelly’s old alternate captain’s letter being moved to a new jersey, one of the players consistently mentioned was Torey Krug, thanks in large part to his honesty and the way he holds himself accountable.</p> <p>Krug hasn’t worn a letter yet and may not at any point this season, but it’s clear he’s going to set an example for his teammates regardless.</p> <p>After Saturday night’s 4-2 loss to the Canadiens, a game in which Krug was a minus-3 and had a bad misplay lead to a shorthanded breakaway goal, the 25-year-old defenseman came down hard on himself in one of those interviews that makes you realize no one’s going to be more critical of his play than he is. But at the same time, he also sounded confident that he’ll figure things out.</p> <p>“I have no consistency to my game at all,” Krug said. “I make a good play, then next shift a poor play. It’s something I’m not proud of at the moment. I’ll work through it. I always have. There’s always times throughout the season when you play poorly. You have to work through it. Unfortunately for me, it’s the start of the season. I’ll get back to a place where my teammates can count on me, where every time I jump over the boards they know what they’re going to get. It’s not there right now, but it will be.”</p> <p>Reporters mentioned two possible mitigating factors to Krug &#8212; the fact that he’s been paired with young defense partners in Rob O’Gara and Joe Morrow, and the fact that he had offseason shoulder surgery and may not be 100 percent just yet &#8212; but he refused to take the bait.</p> <p>“I was injured, but I had time to work and make sure I was ready for the season,” Krug said. “I’m not going to use that as an excuse. The doctors cleared me to play, so I’m ready to play. For whatever reason, I’m not there right now.”<span id="more-57320"></span></p> <p>Krug knows he needs to be better, and he almost certainly will be. He’s helped drive possession in each of his three full seasons, posting a positive CorsiRel across the board, and after a miserable start to the season possession-wise, those numbers have already started to turn around since Morrow took over O’Gara’s spot in the lineup. Krug was under 46 percent Corsi in each of his three games with O’Gara, but has been over 55 percent in both games with Morrow.</p> <p>Krug has also yet to record a single point through five games this season, which is obviously disappointing for someone who has averaged just over half a point per game throughout his career. However, the chances have still been there.</p> <p>Krug has 14 shots on goal in those five games, which is pretty close to the 3.01 shots per game pace he had last season when he set a career high for shots in a season. He was actually ahead of that pace before Saturday, when he had just one shot on goal.</p> <p>The problem Saturday was getting his shot through, as he had five shot attempts blocked and another that missed the net. In general, though, getting his shot through has rarely been much of an issue for Krug. Before Saturday, he had been getting 59.1 percent of his attempts on goal, which is a very good mark for a defenseman. In his career, he’s at 49.9 percent &#8212; still a good number.</p> <p>Krug hasn’t been very good so far this season. But there are plenty of reasons to believe he’ll be fine, and one of those reasons is that he refuses to accept this kind of play from himself.</p> <p>“That’s what makes good teams good, when every player’s accountable. I’m trying to be accountable for my actions,” Krug said. “We need that. I’m not trying to sound like I’m better than anyone right now. You have to. In order for a team to be a good team, every player needs to be accountable.”</p> Blog bruins Other Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:06:02 +0000 2643521 at