Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson

Bruins right wing Loui Eriksson will miss Thursday’€™s game with an apparent right hand/wrist injury suffered on a second-period slash from Robert Bortuzzo Wednesday.

Eriksson returned for a shift and missed the rest of the second period after the play before returning for the start of the third and missing the last 10 minutes and all of overtime. Claude Julien said the injury is not expected to keep Eriksson out for long.

Eriksson’€™s absence leaves the Bruins with just five players who will have played in all 42 games of the season as of Wednesday: Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg, Dennis Seidenberg, Reilly Smith and Daniel Paille.

Julien confirmed that David Pastrnak is in Boston’€™s lineup Thursday against the Devils. The rookie is expected to play right wing on David Krejci‘€™s line with Milan Lucic.

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DJ Bean

NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB to look back on Wednesday’s Bruins overtime win against the

Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire

NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB to look back on Wednesday’s Bruins overtime win against the Penguins, a game McGuire called, and also to discuss recent trade rumors with the team. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

There have been a number of rumors circulating with the struggling Bruins, but one player not to expected to be traded according to McGuire is Milan Lucic.

“I would be absolutely shocked if Milan [Lucic] was traded out of Boston — at least for this year. I would be really surprised,” said McGuire. “If you watched my interview with him after the game, that is an invigorated Milan Lucic. I thought after the first period, and even parts of the first period, he made a huge difference in that game. He was skating, he was going to the boards, he was dictating the slot, he was fore-checking with a purpose. He obviously was a very good assist player last night. He made a real good play on the game-winning goal. I would be shocked if he were traded out of Boston, I really would be.”

Earlier in the week, Charlie Jacobs, the new CEO of Delaware North’€™€™s Boston Holdings, which runs the Bruins, TD Garden and NESN, fired a warning shot across the organization, saying not making the playoffs wouldn’t be acceptable. The Bruins are currently 20-15-6, and sit in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

McGuire sensed a team that wasn’t its normal self before the game on Wednesday night, their first since the Jacobs comments, but as the game went along the team got their “swagger” back.

“What was amazing to me was before the game how some of the swagger I am used to seeing the Bruins have, wasn’t there. There just wasn’t that Bruins swagger. Then at the end of the game, that Bruins swagger was back,” McGuire said. “They are not an arrogant, pompous, rude team — there are some teams in the league that are — they’re not. They are a hard-working, industrious and proud group. They have very good internal leadership. It was interesting to see how it changed from before the game to after the game and if you watched my interview with Claude Julien after the second TV timeout in the second period, he basically said, ‘Listen we’re a team that doesn’t have a lot of confidence right now. We’re working to get our confidence back.’ You could see as the game went along they started to get their confidence back.”

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Ryan Hannable
Pierre talks about the Bruins OT win over the Penguins as well as potential deadline deals

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Milan Lucic chose the right time to have one of his better games of the season.

Milan Lucic chose the right time to have one of his better games of the season.

After turning in a heavy performance with new linemates in regulation, Lucic fired a wrester from the top of the zone in overtime that Patrice Bergeron tipped on its way past Marc-Andre Fleury to give the Bruins a desperately needed 3-2 victory over the Metropolitan-leading Penguins (box). Lucic finished the game with a pair of assists, both of which came on Bergeron goals.

With the Maple Leafs losing to the Capitals Wednesday night, the victory put the Bruins into the playoff picture. Now 20-15-6, the B’€™s are currently in possession of the second Wild Card spot to sit eighth in the Eastern Conference.

The victory was Boston’€™s first with a healthy roster this season, as they are now 1-1-3 in games in which they have no players out with injuries.

Tuukka Rask made 37 shots on 39 shots faced. The win technically extended a point-streak to five games for the Bruins, though they’€™re just 2-0-3 in that span.

Here are four more things we learned Wednesday:


Given how they played Sunday and what Charlie Jacobs said about the team Tuesday, you would think that the Bruins would come out furious each period. Instead, the Bruins came out for the first two periods Wednesday looking just as indifferent as they have all season.

The Penguins carried the pace early in the first period before the B’€™s found their legs as the frame went on.

Given that the B’€™s were able to tie the game late in the period on a Zdeno Chara slap shot, you would think they’€™d come out for the second period riled up. Instead, the Bruins did not attempt a shot until 8:31 into the second.

In the third period, the Bruins landed just one shot on goal in the first 13-plus minutes, though they were at least shooting the puck, which was, horrifyingly, a step in the right direction.

Things like leadership are not quantifiable, but some of the alarmingly poor starts to periods the Bruins have had this season were not regular occurrences in years past.


The Bruins started the game with the top-six they had switched to during Sunday’€™s loss to the Hurricanes ‘€” Marchand-Bergeron-Griffith and Lucic-Krejci-Smith ‘€” but for the third straight game, Claude Julien jumbled his lines mid-game.

Such a development is practically unheard of, as Julien has been a set-it-and-forget-it coach for years with the Bruins, but he went to a never-before-seen line of Bergeron between Lucic and Daniel Paille late in the first period. The line would score in the second period when Lucic took the puck into the corner and threw a pass in front that Marc-Andre Fleury pushed off of Paille. Bergeron flew in to put the puck top shelf and give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.

The line had two more chances, both for Paille, on the very next shift. Paille raced to a puck entering the zone and, as he’€™s wont to do in such situations, missed the net. Later in the shift, he took a feed at the left circle and sent the puck over the net.


Loui Eriksson appeared to be in pain in the second period after taking a slash to the right hand from Robert Bortuzzo during a second-period power play.

Eriksson took another shift after the play, but Gregory Campbell played in his place on the shift after that, which was the Soderberg line’€™s final shift of the period. Eriksson was back on the bench for the start of the third period and took an offensive zone penalty for holding in his first shift back, but he did not play the last 10 minutes of the third period or any of overtime.


David Pastrnak will play his sixth NHL game Thursday against the Devils, but he was a healthy scratch Wednesday. In case there was any doubt who’€™s spot he will take Thursday, Julien may have tipped his hand.

Julien shortened his bench a bit in the game, giving Seth Griffith only three shots in the second period and none in the third. His last shift of the game ended at 12:30 of the second.

Griffith, probably a good third-line winger who’€™s benched a bit out of his weight class by being used as Krejci’€™s right wing (mostly admirably so given that it’€™s just his second professional season), has been scratched at points this season when he hasn’€™t been used as Krejci’€™s right wing.

Craig Cunningham was given one third-period shift, though he’€™s better suited for fourth-line shifts than Griffith.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
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Torey Krug and Brad Marchand got into a tussle during battle drills in Tuesday’€™s practice. The two had to be separated after some netront battling escalated.

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

The Bruins are ready to continue with the David Pastrnak experiment.

After being recalled from Providence Monday, the Czech 18-year-old rotated with Seth Griffith on the right wing of David Krejci‘€™s line and worked with Krejci, Zdeno Chara, Brad Marchand and Torey Krug on Boston’€™s first power play unit. Though it’€™s not known when he will get back into game action, it appears the Bruins are turning to Pastrnak as they desperately seek any sort of offensive presence.

Pastrnak had a goal and six assists for the Czech Republic during the World Juniors. He played Sunday in Providence, and now the Bruins will determine a game plan for when to get him back into Boston’€™s lineup.

“I definitely have to talk to our group here and see how they want him to be utilized,” Claude Julien said. “I don’€™t make those decisions by myself. I work with my general manager and we look at the situation. He’€™s come back from the World Juniors. Is he still tired? What’€™s the situation? Do they just want to get him into a few practices before we put him in a game? I haven’€™t had a chance to discuss that with Peter [Chiarelli].”

Pastrnak said he isn’€™t tired from World Juniors, saying he feels ready to resume his NHL career. He was impressive in his five-game stint with the B’€™s earlier this season, getting ample playing with Patrice Bergeron and landing seven shots on goal in Boston’€™s Nov. 28 win over the Jets.

Yet it seems this recall isn’€™t about Bergeron’€™s line, but rather Krejci’€™s. Pastrnak, a right shot right wing, grew up idolizing Krejci, while Krejci has has seen a cast of players — Griffith, Simon Gagne, Loui Eriksson, Craig Cunningham and Reilly Smith — used as his right wing this season.

Though he is young and still very light (he’€™s listed at 165 pounds and probably weighs somewhere around 170), Pastrnak would give the Krejci line the most talented and dynamic right wing its had all season. The 2014 first-round pick leads Providence with 10 goals and 27 points on the season.

Pastrnak downplayed his excitement to potentially skate with Krejci.

“I don’€™t know,” Pastrnak said. “I had one practice with David and he’€™s a great player, but everybody here is good and I’€™d be happy for any minute I’€™d be on the ice.”

If Pastrnak plays five more NHL games this season, the first year of his three-year entry level contract will be burned.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Torey Krug and Brad Marchand got into a tussle during battle drills in Wednesday’€™s practice. The two had to be separated after some netront battling escalated. Shortly after, the two led the team’€™s stretch together.

The dustup was the second the Bruins have had during a practice this season, as Claude Julien had to separate Tuukka Rask and Carl Soderberg on Nov. 24 during a morning skate.

‘€œI don’€™t think it’€™s a big issue,’€ Julien said of Tuesday’€™s fracas.

Marchand and Krug both said they were fine with each other after the practice, with Marchand saying it was a result of him telling Krug’€™s ‘€œbrother’€™s fiancé’€™s friend’€ that Marchand was taller than Krug. So there’€™s that.

‘€œIt shows emotion, and right now that’€™s one thing we need, is to show a little more emotion,’€ Marchand said. ‘€œThat’€™s what we need. Obviously you don’€™t want to be going at each other in practice, but sometimes things happen and hopefully that all carries over into the game.’€

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean