The Bruins made a predictable move Wednesday, recalling forward Max Talbot in wake of Chris Kelly‘s at-least-regular-season-ending femur fracture.

Talbot, 31, was sent to Providence late last month and had four assists in three AHL games this season. He dressed in only two games for Boston this season before being sent down.

The recall of Talbot makes sense given that like Kelly, he’s a veteran bottom-sixer who can kill penalties. The Bruins also have Alexander Khokhlachev on their roster playing in place of David Pastrnak, who is dealing with a bruised foot.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

It’€™s been over two years since the Boston Bruins traded away Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars. And Tuesday night’€™s Bruins vs. Stars matchup at TD Garden wasn’€™t Seguin’€™s first trip back to his old hockey city wearing a different sweater.

But that doesn’€™t mean the emotion surrounding Seguin’€™s departure is gone.

Perhaps sparked by some of those emotions, Seguin buried his old team with a three-goal performance in a 5-3, comeback win for Dallas with Seguin’€™s second marker tying the game at 2-2 in the second period and his hat-trick tally in the third representing the game winner.

“I mean, it feels good,” Seguin said after the game and a no-brainer first-star designation for the night. “Feels good to win in here, it’€™s a tough building to win. Always feels good to score. When you’€™re playing your old team it’€™s special. Still current friends on the other team. There’€™s a fine line between them being your friend and them being your enemy for the night.”

Seguin’€™s linemate Jamie Benn, now tied with Seguin for the NHL lead with 20-points apiece, was asked if Seguin looked more relaxed in this his third trip back to Boston since his trade.

“Looked like that tonight,”€ Benn responded with a laugh. “Teams are focusing in on him now. It’€™s just opening up plays for other players to be open. But it was definitely nice to see him explode tonight, especially in this barn. I’€™m probably just as happy as he is. I just leaned over to him after the game and told him, ‘€˜I’€™m sure that probably felt good’€™. The bigger thing is we got two points in a tough building.”

Benn continued: “He’€™s becoming a great centerman for this team. We put a lot of pressure on him to be the best. I’€™m sure he puts a lot of pressure on himself. We need to lean on him, we need to have him play a responsible game and both ends of the rink and he’€™s definitely doing that.”

Responsibility, and maturity, may have been qualities the Bruins felt that Seguin didn’€™t have enough of when Boston decided to trade him away on July 4, 2013. And Seguin admitted he’€™s changed as player in those departments since he’€™s left The Hub.

“It’€™s just becoming a pro even more,” Seguin said. “€œI’€™ve been asked to mature on the ice and mature as a leader. It’€™s a young team here and right when I stepped in I had the opportunity to be a leader. First line center, I’€™ve tried to grasp that and run with it since day one.”

After posting back-to-back 37-goal seasons with the Stars, the emotions of Bruins fans are obviously mixed in regards to his departure. Many of the Garden faithful booed Seguin when he carried the puck during Tuesday’€™s game. And while Seguin heard the jeers, his return to Boston off the ice sounded much more pleasant.

“€œYou don’€™t know how [the fans] are going to be,”€ Seguin said. “€œI find sometimes when you get booed you play better. I get booed in Winnipeg for… I have no idea why. But, it gives you a little more jump in your step. It’€™s funny. I’€™ve been here a few times since I got traded away but it’€™s like I still play here, especially on the streets. People are always friendly. I think the great thing about this city is no one is really talking bad when I’€™m walking around, it’€™s always ‘€˜Thank you for that Stanley Cup‘€™. That makes this city really special.”

Despite an early-morning arrival after playing late Monday evening, Seguin found some time to reminisce.

“€œEven driving in on the bus looking at certain things” he said. “Walking around the Boston Common today and the park. A lot of stuff reminds you, flashbacks and memories. I had a great time here. Those guys over there are going to be my friends for a lifetime. There’€™s still a group text message –€” it happened a couple of days ago — from that year we won the Stanley Cup. All those guys, ‘€˜Rex’€™ [Mark Recchi], ‘Seids’€™ [Dennis Seidenberg], everyone’€™s in it. That’€™s cool to always have. It’€™s not to be in a rude way, it’€™s just in the past now. I’€™ve moved on. I’€™m loving living in Dallas and loving being a Dallas Star.”

Blog Author: 
Ken Laird

The Bruins have struggled without Chris Kelly in the past.</p>
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Loui Eriksson scored a pair of goals, but it was Tyler Seguin who won the battle of once-traded-for-one-another forwards Tuesday night at TD Garden.

Loui Eriksson scored a pair of goals, but it was Tyler Seguin who won the battle of once-traded-for-one-another forwards Tuesday night at TD Garden.

Seguin scored a hat trick in a 5-3 Stars win, which ended a seven-game points streak for the Bruins (6-0-1). With the regulation loss, the Bruins are now 6-4-1 on the season.

Eriksson’€™s second goal cut into what was a three-goal lead for Dallas in the third period, but the B’€™s were unable to cap the comeback with Tuukka Rask pulled.

The Bruins will now go on a difficult road trip that will see them face the Capitals, Habs and Islanders.

Here are four more things we learned Tuesday:


The Bruins haven’€™t gotten too much bad news of late, so here’€™s some awful news: Chris Kelly is out for six to eight months after suffering a left femur fracture on his first shift of the game.

The injury seemed to be of non-contact variety, as Kelly took some contact in the mid-section from Colton Sceviour before going down to the ice awkwardly as his knee bent in odd fashion. He stayed down on the ice for several minutes before being helped off the ice by trainers and Zdeno Chara.

This could mark the end of the 34-year-old Kelly’€™s time in Boston, if not the NHL altogether. Though he’€™s been criticized for his contract, his loss will be felt big-time by the B’€™s.


The whole ‘€œallowing goals’€ thing is supposed to happen in hockey games, but the Bruins had enjoyed a very strong defensive showing over the last week. Entering Tuesday, Boston had allowed a total of two goals over its previous three games, which never saw the B’€™s allow multiple goals in a game in that stretch.

The Stars’€™ first goal could have been prevented with better gap control from Kevan Miller. The defenseman left Seguin way too much space, and by the time Seguin fired his shot, Rask had to look past Miller, Jason Spezza and Brad Marchand in order to find the puck. Rask also appeared to be screened on Jyrki Jokipakka’€™s second-period tally.

Three of Dallas’€™ goals came on the power play. Despite the Bruins’€™ strong play of late, they have been terrible on the penalty kill, allowing power play goals on nine of 11 games. The B’€™s have allowed 12 power play goals ‘€” tied with Ottawa for worst in the league ‘€” on 40 opportunities.

The Bruins’€™ PK had a chance to actually get one back when Brad Marchand was sprung on a shorthanded breakaway in the second, but he just missed the net after having Kari Lehtonen beat.


There weren’€™t many highlights Tuesday, but count Colin Miller’€™s first NHL goal as one. The rookie defenseman took a feed from Torey Krug at the point in the first period and used his much-buzzed-about slap shot to blast the puck past Lehtonen to tie the game in the first.


After being recalled due David Pastrnak’€™s bruised foot, Alexander Khokhlachev made his season debut Tuesday night. Khokhlachev, who is tied for the AHL lead with 14 points this season, skated on David Krejci‘€™s line with Loui Eriksson.

While Khokhlachev did not end up on the score sheet Tuesday, he did make a nice impression. Khokhlachev’€™s best work of the night came on a second-period shift in which won a puck battle in the corner, cycled the puck down low to Krejci and then drew a high-sticking penalty on Alex Goligoski as he went to the net.

With Kelly out, Khokhlachev could stay up with the Bruins if and when Pastrnak is ready to play. The B’€™s could also recall Max Talbot, whose game is more similar to Kelly’€™s.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

[UPDATE: 9:30 p.m.] The red-hot Bruins got a bucket of cold water dumped on them early in Tuesday’s game against the Stars, as Chris Kelly suffered a left femur fracture on his first shift of the game and will miss six to eight months.

The red-hot Bruins got a bucket of cold water dumped on them early in Tuesday’s game against the Stars, as Chris Kelly left the game with what looked to be a rather ugly left knee injury.

Kelly suffered the injury on his first shift of the game, falling awkwardly to the ice after light contact from Colton Scevior.

Alexander Khokhlachev was recalled on Tuesday could remain in the lineup if David Pastrnak returns and Kelly is to miss any time. The B’s could also recall Max Talbot, who was sent to Providence last week.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

When Dennis Seidenberg saw the defensive mess that allowed 16 goals over the first three games of the season, he didn’€™t put any extra pressure on himself to hurry back from a herniated d

When Dennis Seidenberg saw the defensive mess that allowed 16 goals over the first three games of the season, he didn’€™t put any extra pressure on himself to hurry back from a herniated disc that required surgery in late September.

The veteran defenseman wanted to help, but he was already antsy to return to the lineup in the first place.

“It doesn’€™t matter if the team loses or wins. If they lose, you’€™re like, ‘€˜I want to come back and help them.’€™ If they win, I want to be back and be part of it,” he said Tuesday. “It’€™s always better when the team does well, but I always put the same pressure on me. I want to come back as fast as possible, but also be responsible going forward.”

That responsible approach has him where he is now. Nearly six weeks into an anticipated eight-week recovery (Seidenberg had surgery on Sept. 24, so six weeks ago Thursday), the 34-year-old defenseman says he is on schedule with his recovery and not necessarily ahead of it. He’€™s been skating for over two weeks (Oct. 19) and joined teammates last week.

Seidenberg still isn’€™t taking contact, but he seemed optimistic that he’€™ll be able to add more to his plate if all goes well in the coming days.

The veteran defenseman missed all of training camp due to the back issue, which popped up during informal practices in September before eventually requiring surgery. He insisted Tuesday that he has no pain in his back, and that the brunt of his recovery has been getting his legs back. That makes sense given that Seidenberg said following his surgery that it was discomfort in his leg that initially prompted him to bring the issue to the attention of team doctors.

Given that Seidenberg’€™s back isn’€™t hurting him, he doesn’€™t feel he’€™s had to be extra careful.

“If I had pain, I would be like, ‘€˜Oh my god, I’€™ve got to be careful,’€™ but I’€™ve been feeling nothing in my back,” he said. “It’€™s just about power coming back in my leg and that’€™s the only restriction I have right now. There hasn’€™t really been a feeling where I’€™m like, ‘€˜I’€™ve got to be really careful,’€™ but then again, you look at a back injury and with nerves being involved, you do want to be a little bit cautious.”

Once Seidenberg is ready to return, it will be interesting to see how the dominos fall on Boston’€™s blue line. Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid would appear to be locks to stay in the lineup, with Joe Morrow and Millers Kevan and Colin possibilities to sit. Zach Trotman has been a healthy scratch for nine consecutive games.

“To be honest, I haven’€™t really thought about that yet,” Seidenberg said. “The guys have been playing great and in the past we’€™ve always played with each other. It doesn’€™t matter who it is; we’€™ve always changed the pairings and I don’€™t see a reason why it’€™s going to be different this time.”

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean