Claude Julien had to break up a light altercation between Tuukka Rask and Carl Soderberg in Monday’€™s morning skate after Soderberg responded to a slash from the goaltender with a shove.

Soderberg was in Rask’€™s face when Julien skated over and yelled to separate the two players. Rask is no stranger to losing his temper in practice (he’€™s stormed off the ice multiple times over the years), but hard feelings have never seemed to linger with the goaltender, who has long been popular among his teammates.

After the morning skate, Rask indicated that he and Soderberg were fine.

‘€œYeah,’€ Rask said with a laugh. ‘€œSomething for you guys to write about.’€

Julien was asked about the tussle and, predictably, said all was well.

‘€œIt wasn’€™t even a tussle,’€ Julien said. ‘€œThey’€™ve already kissed and made up, so it’€™s not an issue.’€

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

David Krejci and Chris Kelly remain out for the Bruins as they face the Penguins Monday night. Both players were absence from morning skate, with Claude Julien saying afterwards that Krejci has taken a step backwards with his injury and that Kelly is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

Brad Marchand is also a game-time decision for the Bruins, with Julien saying there are other forwards who could be in or out due to injury. Both David Pastrnak and Jordan Caron were present for the skate. The lines in morning skate were as follows:

Marchand/Fraser – Bergeron – Smith
Lucic – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Gagne
Caron – Khokhlachev – Pastrnak/Griffith

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Zdeno Chara was spotted on the ice at TD Garden by Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald Monday morning, marking the first time the Bruin

Zdeno Chara was spotted on the ice at TD Garden by Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald Monday morning, marking the first time the Bruins’ captain has been seen skating since being declared out with a torn PCL suffered last month.

Chara is four and a half weeks into what the Bruins said would be a 4-6 week recovery. He is one of three defensemen currently out for the Bruins, as Adam McQuaid is expected to miss 5-7 more weeks with a broken thumb and David Warsofsky is nursing a groin strain. Warsofsky was playing in Boston as an injury replacement.

The Bruins also announced the callups of David Pastrnak and Jordan Caron Monday morning. Both transactions were made Sunday. For more on the recall of Pastrnak, click here.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The David Pastrnak era will soon begin in Boston, as WEEI.com has learned the B’s will recall the right wing prior to Monday’s game against the Penguins.

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

The David Pastrnak era will soon begin in Boston, as WEEI.com has learned the B’s will recall the right wing prior to Monday’s game against the Penguins. The news was first reported by Kirk Luedeke of the New England Hockey Journal.

Pastrnak, the Bruins’ first-round pick (25th overall) in June’s draft, has been in Providence all season. He has five goals and 13 assists for 18 points this season in 17 AHL games.

The 18-year-old has skated mostly on Providence’s top line this season. He was named the AHL’s Rookie of the Month in October, his first professional month in North America.

The Bruins sent Jordan Caron and Matt Lindblad, both of whom were recalled for Saturday’s game against the Canadiens, back to Providence Sunday. Zdeno Chara is currently listed as being on long-term injured reserve, likely in order to create cap space for Pastrnak’s $925,000 cap hit.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins are trying not to use their injuries as an excuse.

The Bruins are trying not to use their injuries as an excuse. But they’re also not naive enough to say they’re the same team with Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Chris Kelly and Adam McQuaid all out of the lineup.

Claude Julien acknowledged as much Saturday night after a 2-0 loss to the Canadiens, a game in which the Bruins actually played fairly well, especially considering that it was the second night of a back-to-back. They made a couple mistakes, though, and they couldn’t finish their opportunities against Carey Price.

“I thought we played hard. We competed. We were smart. We didn’t give them much,” Julien said. “It’s unfortunate, but this is where we realize that right now when you play a team that’s healthy and that’s going extremely well, it almost takes a perfect game.”

So far the Bruins have gone 9-5-0 without Chara, including the game in which he got hurt (he went down midway through the first period). That’s obviously pretty good — probably even better than expected — but it’s also come against a pretty soft schedule. Only six of those games were against teams currently in playoff position, and the B’s have gone 2-4-0 in those games.

The schedule doesn’t stay easy, though. Of the Bruins’ next 10 games, seven are against teams currently in playoff position, and there’s also a West Coast road trip in there.

The Bruins hope to start getting some guys back, and they hope to do it without losing anyone else. So far this season, it seems like every time someone returns to the lineup, someone else goes down. While the Bruins are excited for all the young guys who are getting a taste of the NHL, they also admit that it can be a bit of a challenge to stay upbeat seeing one injury after another.

“It’s tough,” Torey Krug said. “You don’t want to see your buddies go through it. Guys go down and miss some time. It’s almost like ‘here we go again, another guy goes down,’ but we can’t focus on that because there’s hockey games to be won, and we just have to keep moving forward.”

In reality, the Bruins don’t have too much to worry about unless they start sliding out of the playoff race. We’ve seen plenty of lower seeds go on deep playoff runs over the years, and a healthy Bruins team could certainly do the same. Given how bad most of the teams behind them are, it doesn’t seem likely that they drop out of the race.

That doesn’t mean there won’t be frustrating nights for fans and players alike, though. With so many top players out, the Bruins simply aren’t a top team right now, meaning there will probably be more nights like Saturday when an admirable effort just isn’t enough.

Blog Author: 
Scott McLaughlin

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Saturday’€™s loss to the Canadiens that Chris Kelly, who missed the game, was injured Friday against t

The Bruins' growing injured list has made Claude Julien's job tougher. (Getty Images)The Bruins’ latest loss to the Canadiens was not for lack of trying, but that doesn’t matter. The bottom line on a nightly basis is whether a team get points.