Patrice Bergeron was named to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game on Saturday, making him the Bruins’€™ lone representative in this month’€™s e

The Bruins sent forward Seth Griffith to Providence after Saturday’€™s victory over the Flyers.

Seth Griffith

Seth Griffith

The Bruins sent forward Seth Griffith to Providence after Saturday’€™s victory over the Flyers.

Griffith has played in 30 games this season for the Bruins, many of which have seen him play on the right wing of David Krejci‘€™s line. With David Pastrnak currently serving in that role and the rest of Boston’€™s forwards healthy, he was a healthy scratch on Saturday for the second straight game.

Pastrnak, who has played seven NHL games, can play two more without accruing an NHL season on his contract. If he plays 10 games, the first year of his three-year entry level pact will be burned. If Pastrnak performs like he did Saturday, when he netted the first two goals of his NHL career, it would appear a good bet that he’€™ll stick with the B’€™s.

Jordan Caron is now the Bruins’€™ 13th forward with Griffith in Providence.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Patrice Bergeron was named to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game on Saturday, making him the Bruins’€™ lone representative in this month’€™s exhibition.

The selection is the first of Bergeron’€™s career. He leads the Bruins with 31 points and 21 assists.

Each team needed at least one representative for the contest. With Zdeno Chara not making the team, he will be unable to defend his title in the Hardest Shot competition, which he last won in 2012.

There has not been an All-Star Game in either of the last two seasons due to the lockout in 2013 and Olympics in 2014.

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WEEI

David Pastrnak scored the first two goals of his NHL career as the Bruins beat the Flyers Saturday in Philadelphia, 3-1 (box), to give them their third th

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak scored the first two goals of his NHL career as the Bruins beat the Flyers Saturday in Philadelphia, 3-1 (box), to give them their third three-game winning streak of the season.

Pastrnak, playing in his second straight game since rejoining the Bruins this week, picked up his first goal by jamming in a rebound of a Torey Krug shot during a first-period power play. Krug’€™s bid came as a result of some slick passing down low by Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara. The goal came against Ray Emery, who spelled Steve Mason after Philadelphia’€™s starter left due to injury after just 7:07.

The Bruins turned in a quiet second period in which they landed only four shots on goal, but Pastrnak turned in one of the period’€™s few bright spots by out battling Luke Schenn behind the net to prolong a lengthy stay in the Philadelphia zone for the Bruins.

The highlight of Pastrnak’€™s day undoubtedly nearly five minutes into the third period, when he took a pass from Adam McQuaid in the neutral zone, skated it into the Philadelphia zone and left a drop-pass for David Krejci before sliding across the net, receiving a perfectly placed pass from Krejci and firing it in for his second goal of the day.

Pastnrak has now played seven NHL games. Once he plays his 10th this season, the first of three years will be burned off his entry level contract.

Chris Kelly made it 3-0 at 9:51 of the third with a shorthanded goal scored on a 2-on-1 with Loui Eriksson, who returned to Boston’€™s lineup after missing Thursday’€™s game with a right hand/wrist injury. Kelly’€™s goal was his fifth of the season and his 11th point (three goals, eight assists) in his last 13 games.

Kelly also drew the Jakub Voracek interference penalty in the first period that led to the power play on which Pastrnak scored. The game was the second straight in which Kelly drew a penalty that led to a power play goal for the Bruins, as Jaromir Jagr’€™s hooking penalty against him led to a Milan Lucic goal on the man advantage Thursday.

Tuukka Rask‘€™s shutout bid was broken up with 5:47 to play wen Claude Giroux fired a snapshot through traffic during a Flyers power play that came as a result of McQuaid clearing the puck over the glass from the defensive zone. The Flyers had six power plays on the day.

Pastrnak could have had a hat trick with Emery pulled in a two-goal game late, but he held the puck too long, shooting it in after the final horn sounded.

The victory improved the Bruins to 22-15-6. Including Boston’€™s disappointing run of overtime and shootout losses, the Bruins have now picked up points in seven straight games.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Dougie Hamilton

Dougie Hamilton

Asked Friday which teammate should represent the Bruins in the All-Star Game later this month, one Bruin confidently responded, “€œOur best player is Tuukka.”

Then, after showering and thinking about it, the player came back.

“I change my answer,” he said. “Bergy.”

The player was correct –€” not for choosing Patrice Bergeron, but for being indecisive. With All-Star teams being named Saturday, there is no obvious answer as to which Bruin (or, less likely, Bruins) should be there in this tumultuous season.

The annual exhibition returns this month from a two-year absence and, aside from those making money off it and a shockingly high number of Latvian voters (big ups, Zemgus Girgensons), it’€™s hard to imagine that many folks have missed it. All-Star appearances, aside from the extra dough they earn the player, aren’€™t a big deal in the grand scheme of things, as fan voting for six of the 42 players and the fact that each team needs a representative water down the distinction.

With the Bruins receiving few standout season-long performances, it will be interesting to see who goes to Columbus. The player folks should most want to see would be Zdeno Chara so he can defend his title in the Hardest Shot contest, but he has not performed to his level of seasons past and has missed 19 games this season due to a torn PCL.

The most popular guess from Bruins players was that Patrice Bergeron was the best candidate, with players also voicing their support for Tuukka Rask, Carl Soderberg, Chara and Dougie Hamilton. Multiple players expressed hope that Chara could go so he could put on his until-recently annual slapshot clinic.

Bergeron was a pretty obvious candidate in the 2011-12 season, but was passed over in favor of linemate Tyler Seguin. Chara, who captained one of the teams, and Tim Thomas were also there for the Bruins in 2012, the last All-Star Game played before it fell victim to the lockout in 2013 and Olympics last season.

This season, Bergeron’€™s play has dipped a bit from last season, though he leads the Bruins with 31 points and is on pace for a respectable 20-goal campaign. Given what happened in 2012, one could argue he is owed an All-Star appearance. Bergeron has still never been an All-Star in his 11-season NHL career.

If the NHL seeks a big name who has raised his performance this season, Hamilton is a good candidate. He has regularly played against opponents’€™ top lines, with only Dennis Seidenberg getting fewer offensive zone starts on average than him. Hamilton frequently led Boston defensemen in time on ice while Chara was out and is third on the B’€™s in average time on ice with 22:01. Chara leads the way, averaging 22:40.

Furthermore, Hamilton is fifth on the Bruins in points with 23, which leads Boston defensemen and is 19th among NHL blueliners.

Hamilton doesn’€™t buy it, however. He feels Dougie’€™s Big All-Star Game will have to wait.

“I don’€™t think so,” he said with a smirk when asked whether he felt he was having an All-Star season. “I think there’€™s too many good D in the league. I think I had a good start and everything, but I don’€™t think I’€™m an All-Star.”

When Seguin was an All-Star in 2012, he felt he needed to apologize to Bergeron. Hamilton said that if he were chosen this year, he’€™d feel there were other Bruins more deserving as well.

“I think with our team, we’€™re known to be a team,” Hamilton said. “There’€™s not one guy who puts himself ahead of other guys. I would probably feel the same way [as Seguin did]. Guys like Bergie — Krej was hurt and Zee was hurt — but even Carl, Loui and Marchy, the list goes on. For me, I’€™m just trying to contribute to the team and win some games.”

Well, someone has to go to the stupid thing.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Loui Eriksson is questionable for Saturday’€™s game against the Flyers after participating in Friday’€™s practice.

Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson is questionable for Saturday’€™s game against the Flyers after participating in Friday’€™s practice.

Eriksson, who appeared to suffer a right hand/wrist injury on a slash from Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo Wednesday in Pittsburgh, skated before practice Friday but was very light in his shooting. After the practice, Claude Julien said that Eriksson is still dealing with swelling that will need to subside before he plays.

The lines in practice remained the same as they were in Thursday’€™s win over the Devils:

Marchand – Krejci – Pastrnak
Lucic -€“ Bergeron – Paille
Kelly – Soderberg – Smith
Caron -€“ Campbell – Cunningham

Chara – Hamilton
Seidenberg – McQuaid
Krug – Miller

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DJ Bean

As Claude Julien suggested after Thursday’s 3-0 victory over the Devils, the Bruins are still not the team they need to be but the ship is at least sailing in calmer waters after a second straight win.

The captain agrees.

Zdeno Chara was on the ice for one of the biggest moments of the game, setting up a screen in front on Milan Lucic‘s power play goal late in the first period as the Bruins finally capitalized on the chances the Devils were giving Boston in the opening 20 minutes.

“We made another step forward,” Chara said. “We’€™re not there yet we just got to continue to work really hard and stay on top of our game.”

For as rough as the Bruins have looked, Thursday’s win improves them to 21-15-6, good for 48 points and the eighth and final playoff spot in the East (as the second wild card). But step back and the players can see they’re only six points behind first-place Montreal in the Northeast. All is not lost. But after two straight wins, Chara isn’t focused so much on the standings as the method at this point, halfway through the season.

“It’€™s nice that you’€™re winning games now [but] we are not over the hump, we know that,” Chara said. “We won two games and we have a tough schedule before the All-Star break. We want to continue to play the way we’€™ve been playing the last two games and finish strong before the break. You can sense that the team is regaining the play and what we’€™re used to so, like I said, we have to stay on top of that.”

The Bruins have the desperate and under-achieving Flyers (16-18-7) next on the road Saturday in Philadelphia. Chara is looking for the Bruins to bring the same urgency Saturday on the road that they showed Wednesday and Thursday in wins over the Penguins and Devils.

“I think that we were skating well and we were playing with a lot of urgency and a lot of jump right from the start of the game,” Chara said. “I thought we controlled the play and made some solid, strong plays. We got a lead like we wanted and put a lot of shots on the net and created a lot of offensive zone-time for us. Even in the second we were doing well and at the end of the second we kind of felt that they were pushing, They were playing a little more aggressive. Again, we regained that in the third.

“If you take away those three whatever minutes towards the end of the second, I thought we were playing a strong game. Rest of the game everybody contributed and everybody played strong. We were rolling lines, we were trying to really not lose the momentum of the game, taking some penalties’€”unnecessary penalties or getting into trouble making turnovers. Like I said, we were rolling them and keeping up the tempo.”

“You can ask whatever about these individuals game, its just a reflection of the team play. If we all play well as a team then everybody is going to look good on the ice. If we are not doing the things that we’€™re supposed to do, we’€™re missing players doing their jobs and somebody else tries to fill in, that’€™s when it breaks down. I think that as of right now we just rather stay with the team play than judging the individual plays.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia