Bruins rebound in third to topple Habs, 2-1


Bruins rebound in third to topple Habs, 2-1

MONTREAL It looked like it was going to be another disappointing night in Montreal for the Bruins, but a little coaching magic changed all that.
Trailing 1-0 headed into the final period, Claude Julien scrambled up the top two lines and elevated Tyler Seguin to the right wing with David Krejci and Milan Lucic while placing Nathan Horton with Patrice Bergeron and Gregory Campbell.
The SeguinKrejciLucic combo proceeded to crank two goals in their first two shifts on the ice together in the third period including Seguins first five-on-five goal of the season and handed the Habs only their second home loss of the season in a 2-1 Boston win at the Bell Centre.
The win allowed the Bruins to extend their Northeast Division lead over the Habs to three points with three future regular season meetings still on the docket.
The game-winner was a quick transition play with Seguin carrying the puck into the offensive zone with speed before floating a saucer pass to Lucic on the left wing. The power forward deftly controlled the pass and then flipped a pass that met a crashing David Krejci at the goal-mouth. Krejci redirected the puck past a sprawled Carey Price to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
The first goal was a nifty little play between Krejci and Seguin that No. 19 ended with a backhanded flip past Prices blocker side to get the Bruins on the board.Montreal had built up a one-goal lead after the first 40 minutes built on a P.K. Subban second period point shot that changed direction off the blade of Rich Peverleys stick en route to the back of the net.
Tuukka Rask had no shot at the Subban score and was otherwise outstanding for the Black and Gold finishing with 21 saves in the winning effort to improve him to 6-1-1 on the season.

Monday, Oct. 24: Bergeron the best defensive forward ever?


Monday, Oct. 24: Bergeron the best defensive forward ever?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while giving The Walking Dead credit for delivering a pile driver to me as a TV viewer last night. I did not see all of that coming.

*Plenty of questions and answers about the Calgary Flames as they’ve looked a little shaky in the early going this season.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has the Edmonton Oilers straightening things out after the brutal loss to Buffalo.

*NHL captains like Steve Stamkos carry the heavy weight of tradition on their shoulders as they go about their business.

*The Hockey News wonders if Patrice Bergeron is the best defensive forward to ever play in the NHL. I’m certain he’s in the conversation, but that’s a big, bold statement that deserves some heavy consideration. After all, he never had to defend Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Mike Bossy, Gordie Howe or any other number of offensive stars. I certainly think he should be in the select club he would join if/when he wins his fourth Selke Trophy.

*Minnesota D-man Matt Dumba was nearly scratched by the Minnesota Wild, and he says that he’s never going to let that happen again.

*The Anaheim Ducks placed Simon Despres on long term injured reserve as they try to stay afloat salary cap-wise, and avoid dealing off a player in-season.

*For something completely different: The Boston Celtics break ground on a new practice facility adjacent to the new Bruins place.

Bruins recall Subban, Khudobin leaves practice early


Bruins recall Subban, Khudobin leaves practice early

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- The B’s goaltending carousel continued on Monday with young netminder Malcolm Subban getting recalled by the NHL club on emergency recall after Zane McIntyre was sent back down to the P-Bruins on Sunday.

Subban started on the ice with the rest of the team at Monday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena along with Anton Khudobin, but the Russian backup goalie departed the ice early from Monday’s practice presumably with some kind of injury. 

Claude Julien said the Bruins would roll with whatever punches get thrown their way in the form of goalie injuries, but it’s reaching DEFCON danger levels if the Bruins are forced to start a goalie in Subban that’s been pulled in two of his four AHL appearances.

“Khudobin got injured and couldn’t practice with us, but I haven’t heard anything yet [on an update],” said Julien. “This is hockey. We deal with it on daily basis with the injuries. We wait for the news and then it’s about doing your job as it’s required. If we have to make some adjustments and have some different personnel, then we’ll deal with it when we have more of an update. Tuukka is still day-to-day, so nothing is changed there.”

Subban has been pulled from two of his four starts for Providence this season, and the former first round pick is 0-3-1 with 4.50 goals against average and .846 save percentage after coming back from last season’s fractured larynx injury.

Tuukka Rask was once again absent from the practice ice, and hasn’t skated with the team since last playing in Thursday night’s win over the New Jersey Devils while clearly dealing with a lower body injury. So the Bruins ended Monday’s practice with only Subban between the pipes, and a swiss-cheese-like blue shooting tarp covering the other net for the B’s shooters.

With that in mind, here are the line combos and D-pairings for Monday’s practice with the Minnesota Wild coming to town on Tuesday:







Liles-C. Miller



Khudobin (left early)