B's bumped, bruised after loss to Penguins


B's bumped, bruised after loss to Penguins

BOSTON -- The Bruins were clearly bumped and bruised following their 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it looked like theyd be no worse for the wear.

The 28 hits doled out by a punishing Penguins bunch left the Bruins reaching for ice bags and aspirin as they readied to get on a plane for a Sunday afternoon road game.

At points during the game Dennis Seidenberg, Joe Corvo and David Krejci were forced to leave the bench with assorted issues, and both Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin were dinged up as well. On top of all that Rich Peverley was mired at the end of Claude Juliens bench during the frantic final few minutes of the third period as the Bs furiously attempted to come back.

Seidenberg was hit high with an aggressive Joe Vitale check in front of the penalty boxes midway through the third period, and was ripped open with a cut that required roughly 20 stitches to sew up. Corvo had the wind knocked out of him when he collided with Andrew Ference just as Seidenberg had returned to the ice, but said he was okay following the game.

Krejci suffered a broken skate when Deryk Engelland slammed into him violently in the first period, and needed to retreat to the dressing room for equipment repairs before jumping back into the game.

Marchand appeared to suffer a shoulder injury in the third period that was hampering his ability to maneuver on the ice, but the Bs pest finished the game. Likewise Tyler Seguin caught a Pascal Dupuis high stick to the mouth that caused his upper lip to blow up like a balloon, but the 20-year-old was thanking his lucky stars that the injury didnt result in any lost teeth.

Claude Julien indicated that all of the players along with the newly recalled Jordan Caron will be taking the trip to Washington D.C. for tomorrow afternoons Super Bowl Sunday matinee against the Capitals.

Yeah, I think Seidenberg I was told he got close to probably 20 stitches from that cut he got when he got hit near the penalty box, said Julien. You saw Marchand banged up a little bit a lot of those things well see tomorrow. Those are injuries that the players came back and finished the game, and you got to check them out again the next day.One player that managed to escape any scrapes despite a hellacious collision was Daniel Paille, who was rocked by Brooks Orpik during a high-speed crash at mid-ice but was no worse for the wear. "I was going as fast as I could, wasnt even trying to hit him and same with him, Im pretty sure he wasnt trying to hit me," said Paille. "We just collided, and he ended up getting the best of me. Im sure it looked pretty bad, but I feel great."

Stay tuned to tomorrow mornings warm-up at the Verizon Center for any minor issues that could potentially turn into problems 24 hours later.

Saturday, Oct. 22: Coyotes' growing pains


Saturday, Oct. 22: Coyotes' growing pains

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while suffering from the same “general soreness” as Tuukka Rask.

*The Arizona Coyotes are suffering from growing pains that were extremely evident during a winless road trip.

*Steve Dangle is obviously jacked and pumped about his Maple Leafs, but wondering about the future of Roman Polak. But aren’t we all at this point?

*Old friends Johnny Boychuk and Dennis Seidenberg both scored the victorious Islanders in a Friday night win.

*Clarke MacArthur isn’t ready to retire even as concussion issues are really starting to impact his ability to stay on the ice.

*Teemu Selanne gives fellow Finn Patrick Laine a thumbs up as he was in town for events with his former Winnipeg Jets.

*Pro Hockey Talk has the details on noted Bruins killer Dale Weise getting suspended for three games after some dirty activity with the Philadelphia Flyers.

*For something completely different: Geoff Edgers has been trying to reach Bill Murray for weeks, and here’s what happened when he finally called back.


Bruins looking for a lift from stagnant power play


Bruins looking for a lift from stagnant power play

BRIGHTON, Mass. – One area where the Bruins are looking for more after a mostly positive first four regular-season games: the power play.

The B’s are a downright gross 1-for-14 on the man-advantage to start the season and were 0-for-4 on Thursday night while squeaking out a last-minute win over the New Jersey Devils. The early-season 7.1 percent success rate doesn’t have them last in the NHL, but only the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames have performed at a lower PP clip.

It’s a subject that Claude Julien knew was coming from the B’s media, and so he was ready to answer for it ahead of Saturday night’s rivalry renewal with the Montreal Canadiens.

“I knew it was just a matter of time before that question came. It is what it is. I think we had some opportunities, but we haven’t finished,” said Julien. “At the end of the day our power play is judged by whether you score or not, and I thought our second period [vs. the Devils] wasn’t great. But our third period had some really good power plays, but we didn’t manage to score.

“Where we need to get to right now [on the power play], is to find a way to finish. There’s no doubt the absence of Patrice Bergeron there brings somebody else in, and maybe there’s not as much chemistry as we’re used to. But I think with him back now we can even be better, and get a little more movement…not be so stagnant. When we struggle a bit it’s because we’re a little stagnant, and we need to get a little better there.”

Quite a bit of the struggles go back to Bergeron missing the first three games of the season and the top power-play unit missing No. 37 from his trademark bumper role at the center of the PP action. The power play remained scoreless as the unit adjusted to Bergeron's return on Thursday night, but it seemed that things started to click a little bit as that game went on.

“It’s not moving right now. We’ll just work through it. There were times last year where it let us down, and there were times last year where it helped us through some tough moments,” said Torey Krug of the PP. “Right now we’re able to play through it, but at some point this team is going to need this PP to step up and score some goals. We rely on that, and the guys on the power play take a lot of pride in it.

“[Bergeron] does a lot of things for us. Instead of me having to go all the way to the other end to break the puck out where I’m losing 20 seconds and frankly it’s tiring to break the puck out, now we have him winning face-offs and we’re starting with the puck in the zone. That’s a big thing, and he collects puck like nobody else in the league. With him back on the power play it brings another important player to the forefront, but it’s a five man unit and when everything’s working out there [on the PP] we have a good unit.”

Now with Ryan Spooner expected to rejoin the B’s lineup, after being healthy scratch vs. New Jersey, that adds another dangerous power-play weapon that practiced with that unit on Saturday morning ahead of the traditional morning skate. The hope is that installing Bergeron and Spooner will help kick-start a special teams unit that’s been less than explosive, and not quite cohesive, in the first four games of the season.