Seguin ends Swiss stint, returns to Boston

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Seguin ends Swiss stint, returns to Boston

Count Tyler Seguin among the Bruins players who will be returning from Europe at the beginning of January to stand ready if the NHL and NHLPA hammer out an agreement on a new CBA.

The 20-year-old Bruins star forward confirmed to CSNNE.com that hes headed home from Switzerland following his participation in the Spengler Cup tournament this week, and that his stint with HC Biel is over. Seguin finished with 25 goals and 40 points in 29 games for the Swiss A League club and was arguably the most dominant NHL player participating in Europe over the last three months.

It would appear the Bruins forward is poised to make a significantly impactful contribution to Boston in his all-important third NHL season . . . if there is one. Seguin finished last year with 29 goals and 67 points in his first All-Star campaign, but it appears thats just scratching the surface judging by his nearly goal-per-game showing in Europe.

Seguin joins Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Andrew Ference as Bs players in Europe who finished up their time overseas just after Christmas, and will now start to filter their way back to Boston. Both Bergeron and Seguin are playing for Team Canada in Spengler Cup action this week, but actually ended their stints with the individual Swiss teams last week. Seguin has been in Boston a couple of times over the last three months during lengthy breaks in the European schedule, but hell be back for good now until the NHL 2012-13 season is either saved or cancelled.

Seguin is in the final year of a three-year entry level contract with the Bruins, but has already been locked up to a six-year contract with Boston that guarantees hell be in Black and Gold for a long time to come.

Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their past four.

Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.

The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.

Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.

The Sabres appeared to tie the game late in the second period but replays determined Brian Gionta kicked the puck into the net.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot. Bergeron initially hit the puck with his forearm on the left edge of the crease and skated around the net to chase down the puck and slip a backhand past Lehner.

The Sabres answered two minutes later, scoring on Rask for the first time in 109:12 this season. Sam Reinhart's feed off the rear wall set up Kane for a wrist shot from the slot that bounced in off Krejci. Reinhart has five points in his last four games.

NOTES: Bruins F Matt Beleskey was escorted to the dressing room in the final minute of the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Sabres D Josh Gorges did not play after injuring his foot blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers. With Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) and Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain) also out, the Sabres were down three of their top four defenseman and recalled 19-year-old Brendan Guhle from the minors to make his NHL debut. Guhle hustled back to thwart a breakaway by Krejci late in the third period. ... F Anton Blidh became the seventh Bruin to make his NHL debut this season after being recalled from the minors on Friday. ... The Bruins scratched F Jimmy Hayes. D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Rask got a shutout in Boston's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.

Sabres: At Washington on Monday.

 

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Gronkowski put on IR, officially ending his season

Gronkowski put on IR, officially ending his season

The Patriots have placed Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve, officially ending the injured tight end's season. 

The Patriots have added running back D.J. Foster to the 53-man roster. 

Gronkowski underwent surgery on his back Friday in Los Angeles. There was some hope he might be able to return if the Patriots reached the Super Bowl, but this move ends that.

More to come...