Bruins recall Miller once again on emergency basis

Bruins recall Miller once again on emergency basis
December 2, 2013, 8:15 pm
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It was a short stay for Kevan Miller back in the AHL as he was once again recalled by the Bruins on an emergency basis Monday night.

The 26-year-old stay-at-home defenseman played three games for the Bruins last week in place of the injured Adam McQuaid, and looked very comfortable playing the physical, defensive role. It was notable that Bruins coach Claude Julien used Miller in the closing minute of a one-goal game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, a level of trust that normally takes some amount of time to develop with the B’s coaching staff.

While it wasn’t obvious which Bruins player was experiencing an injury problem during Monday’s optional practice at Ristuccia Arena, all signs point toward McQuaid potentially tweaking the lower body injury that kept him out for eight games.

McQuaid finished with only 13:45 of ice time that ranked as the lowest total among the B’s defensemen corps by nearly five minutes, and left the bench briefly in the first period for an undisclosed reason.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound undrafted Miller has skated in 15 games with the Providence Bruins this season, and has registered one goal and two assists with 35 penalty minutes along with a minus-8 rating.

The blueliner has played the last three seasons (2010-2013) with the Providence Bruins, skating in 150 games, notching six goals and 37 assists, and is expected to be a participant in B’s practice on Tuesday.