Max Talbot

Max Talbot

The Bruins sent Max Talbot to Providence on Monday evening, marking  the second time this season they’ve assigned the veteran forward to the AHL.

The demotion comes after last week’s recall, which saw Talbot play three games for the B’s following Chris Kelly‘s regular-season-ending femur fracture. Talbot skated on Boston’s fourth line and killed penalties, never reaching 10 minutes of ice time in a game.

Prior to Talbot’s recall, he had played three games for Providence and recorded four assists. He was waived prior to the start of the season, which allowed the B’s to send to him to Providence on Oct. 27.

The demotion of Talbot presents good news for Frank Vatrano, who appears to be safe on Boston’s roster for the time being. The East Longmeadow native was recalled on Friday to play in place of David Pastrnak, who has missed the last four games with a bruised foot. Vatrano scored in his NHL debut Saturday night against the Canadiens.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins’ power play has scored seven goals over the team’s last six games. That’s the nice way of putting it. 

It wasn't pretty, but the Bruins will take the two points as they snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win against the NY Islanders on Sunday. DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the major takeaways from the game as the team improves to 7-6-1 and heads back home for a five-game homestand.

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The Bruins snapped their three-game losing streak Sunday with a 2-1 victory over the Islanders at Barclays Center.

The Bruins snapped their three-game losing streak Sunday with a 2-1 victory over the Islanders at Barclays Center.

Coming off a frustrating loss to the Canadiens, the B’s jumped out to a 1-0 lead behind a Ryan Spooner goal during a first-period 5-on-3. Patrice Bergeron made it 2-0 in the second period with his fifth goal of the season.

Bergeron took a pair of penalties as well in a game that saw the B’s take seven minor penalties. Johnny Boychuk scored the Islanders’ only goal during a third-period 5-on-3 after Joonas Kemppainen was called for playing the puck with his hand on a faceoff with Kevan Miller already in the box for high-sticking.

Tuukka Rask stopped 36 of the 37 shots he saw after sitting on Saturday vs. the Canadiens.

The victory improved the B’s to 7-6-1 on the season. They’ll be out of action for the next three days before beginning a five-game homestand when they host the Avalanche Thursday at TD Garden.

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DJ Bean joins Ken Laird from the WEEI Podcentre to discuss Saturday night's rivalry showdown in Montreal as the Habs come back from down 2-1 in the 3rd period to beat Boston 4-2. A late David Krejci penalty in a 2-2 game leads to the game-deciding power-play goal.

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The Canadiens led for only 1:08 on Saturday night. That worked out just fine for them, as it was the final 1:08 of the game.

The Canadiens led for only 1:08 on Saturday night. That worked out just fine for them, as it was the final 1:08 of the game.

After David Krejci was called for his third minor penalty of the night, David Desharnais beat Jonas Gustavsson on the power play and Max Pacioretty scored an empty-netter to give the Habs a 4-2 victory over the Bruins at Bell Centre.

Krejci’s third penalty, a cross-check on Tomas Plekanec with just over two minutes to play in regulation with the game tied, was extremely ill-advised. Given how poorly Boston’s penalty kill has performed (two of Montreal’s goals came on the man advantage), it was hardly a surprise to see the penalty cost Boston the game.

The Bruins took leads into the second and third periods thanks to goals from Loui Eriksson and Frank Vatrano, making the fact that they came out of the contest with no points all the more painful. The Bruins have now dropped three straight games in regulation and are 6-6-1 on the season.

The B’€™s will play again Sunday when they face the Islanders at Barclays Center.

Here are five things we learned Saturday:


When the Bruins signed Vatrano out of UMass Amherst in March, his shot and willingness to shoot were believed to be his biggest strengths. Those shifts were confirmed in his first NHL games Saturday night.

Called up on Friday after leading the AHL with 10 goals, Vatrano landed two shots on Mike Condon in his first of the game. That proved to be merely a warmup however, as he scored his first career goal in the second period.

To make the moment even cooler for the East Longmeadow native, Vatrano’€™s father and uncle managed to make the quick trip after Vatrano’€™s promotion to see the goal.


In case you were unaware, the Bruins tend to struggle against the Canadiens. Though the Habs were without Carey Price, who is out with a lower-body injury, the B’€™s still needed any help they could get. As it turned out, the Habs were willing to accommodate them there.

Montreal took three penalties in the first period, the first of which led to a Loui Eriksson goal 1:50 into the game. With the Habs shorthanded due to a too many men on the ice bench minor, Ryan Spooner fed Patrice Bergeron, whose shot was tipped by Loui Eriksson in front.


The Habs appeared to tie the game early in the third period when Tomas Plekanec jumped on a rebound with a mess of bodies in front of the net and fired it in. Jonas Gustavsson was visibly angry with the play and Claude Julien promptly challenged the play citing goaltender interference.

Replays showed that Gustavsson had a point; Brendan Gallagher came over the top of the Boston goalie, meaning the small Habs winger was essentially on top of Gustavsson and prevented him from moving in an attempt to stop Plekanec’€™s shot. The call on the ice was reversed to keep the score 2-1.

The play marked the first time Julien had won a challenge. He’€™s now 1-2 on the season on challenges.


After sitting in 11 straight games, Zach Trotman returned to Boston’€™s lineup, with Joe Morrow joining Tyler Randell in the press box as a healthy scratch.

Trotman, who was benched after the season-opener, skated mostly with Kevan Miller, giving Boston a pairing of two right-shot defensemen. That meant Kevan Miller saw plenty of time playing the left side.

While lefties can commonly play the right side, it’€™s very unusual for right-shot defensemen to play the left side. They rarely experience it growing up, as teams almost always have a surplus of lefties.


With the only credited assist on Vatrano’€™s goal, Colin Miller now has points in six straight games (one goal, five assists). Miller could have been a candidate to potentially come out of the lineup for Trotman to play, but there’€™s no way the team can sit him while he’€™s producing offensively.

David Krejci, meanwhile, has now gone four games without a point after registering points in the first nine games of the season. He should have been credited with a secondary assist on Vatrano’€™s goal, however, as he fed the puck to Miller before Miller dished to Vatrano.

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The Bruins have recalled left wing Frank Vatrano from Providence and sent forward Alexander Khokhlachev back to the AHL, the team announced Friday.

The Bruins have recalled left wing Frank Vatrano from Providence and sent forward Alexander Khokhlachev back to the AHL, the team announced Friday.

Vatrano, an East Longmeadow native who played his college hockey at UMass Amherst, has 10 goals in 10 games this season. A first-year pro, Vatrano signed with the B’s as an undrafted free agent last March after deciding he would forgo his final two years of college eligibility.

Recalled on Tuesday due to David Pastrnak’s foot injury, Khokhlachev skated in two games for the Bruins during his callup. Khokhlachev, who was tied for the AHL lead in points at the time of his callup, skated with Loui Eriksson and David Krejci in Pastrnak’s absence.

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