Krejci may be back Thursday


Krejci may be back Thursday

WILMINGTON David Krejci didn't practice with the rest of his Bruins teammates Monday morning, but he get back on the Ristuccia Arena ice for the first time since suffering a core injury last week.

Krejci skated on his own before the full team practice. While coach Claude Julien termed the center doubtful for Tuesday nights home game against the Carolina Hurricanes, he seemed to hint that Krejci may play Thursday against the Maple Leafs.

David skating this morning, so hes coming around, said Julien. Hes probably doubtful for Tuesday, but after that I would really qualify him as day-to-day.

The playmaking center injured his core last Tuesday in the middle of practice and missed the two-game road trip through Carolina and Chicago last week. Tyler Seguin centered the Bs top line between Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton in Krejci's absence and earned the praises of Julien while still getting feedback that there are some minor support and playing without the puck issues that the 19-year-old has to tighten.

The bottom line, however: Seguin has been a point-per-game player in the seasons first five contests and has visibly lifted up his power forward cohorts.

That line with Tyler even in practice has really started building some chemistry, so its been interesting to watch, said Julien. They all have their strengths. The young kid has good speed and Krejci has great vision as a playmaker. It gives us an opportunity to see what lies ahead for Tyler and what hes going to bring us down the road.

Hes only going to get better, so its been a great opportunity for him and its been great for us to see. Hes had some great success on that line. Offensively hes been good and defensively without the puck as well. Thats the biggest challenge for a guy like him. There are still some areas where wed like him to be a little better, supporting and being in better positions. But he hasnt been a negative. If anything hes been a real positive asset for that line right now.

The question now becomes what happens when Krejci is finally ready to play, given that Bostons top line has produced goals in each of the last two games with the second-year phenom at the controls. Its difficult to envision Krejci not settling right back into his No. 1 center spot, but its also undeniable that Seguin has sparked much more offensive action out of his big dog wingers.

Blackhawks edge past Bruins with late goal in 1-0 win


Blackhawks edge past Bruins with late goal in 1-0 win

BOSTON -- Anybody looking for an emotional, high-energy response from the Bruins after back-to-back putrid losses to the Islanders and Red Wings didn’t get it on Friday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden.

Instead the Bruins had plenty of shots with zero goals to show for it, and then gave up a goal to Marian Hossa on a nifty tic-tac-toe passing play to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 regulation win over the Black and Gold. It was the third straight loss for a Bruins team that continues to sink down in the playoff picture at a time of years when the results are the only thing that matters.

The defeat could also very well cost B’s head coach Claude Julien his job as a lifeless Bruins organization looks for any way to get out of the mud they’ve been stuck in for the last six weeks.

The Bruins and Blackhawks couldn’t crack the scoreboard for the first 50 minutes in regulation, and the genuine scoring chances were few and far between for both sides.

Tim Schaller and Patrice Bergeron had scoring chances down low in the first period, and Joe Morrow had a breakaway turned away by Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling early in the proceedings. But the scoring chances and sustained attack really began to dry up in the second period, and it became a series of one-and-done shots on net for both sides.

As one would expect both goalies were stellar with Darling putting together a 16-save performance in the first period, and Tuukka Rask turning away several Blackhawks chances including an Artem Anisimov wrist shot off the rush with just a couple of minutes to go in the third period. Rask finished with 21 saves, and Darling finished with 30 saves in a big win for the Chicago backup netminder. 

Backes: Bruins were ‘wounded’ after ugly Detroit loss

Backes: Bruins were ‘wounded’ after ugly Detroit loss

BRIGHTON, Mass – It certainly sounded like there were some things that made the Wednesday night loss in Detroit a little different for the Bruins.

The Bruins media corps conducted postgame interviews in the hallway rather than in the visiting dressing room after what must have been a combustible atmosphere immediately following the shootout defeat. 

There was also evidence of anger in the visitor’s dressing room at Joe Louis Arena, according to reports, with a door off its hinges when the media was able to get a look inside the dressing room area.

David Backes confirmed something was different about the loss after blowing a pair of three-goal leads, and failing to follow up their dreadful no-show vs. the Islanders with a winning performance against another bad team in Detroit. The B’s forward said the plane ride home from Detroit was solemn and quiet, and that it was clear the Bruins team was “wounded” after a crushing loss.

“Both [losses] can be great lessons if we learn from it, and neither was very enjoyable. That was probably the quietest I think our guys were all year on that plane ride home from Detroit,” said Backes. “To me, that’s a great sign that it hit us in the heart, and it hit us where it really mattered. We’re thinking about how we can turn the tide and thinking about we can be victorious the next time out.

“We had the lead, and in a lot of instances you’re expecting, as you should, to come out of there with two points. We’re at the time in the season where wins need to be garnered and taken home.

“There were a lot of aspects where we should have grabbed the game back. When you feel like you’ve had a lot of opportunities to take the game and you don’t do it, it’s not a good feeling. I was reflecting on that during a very quiet team plane ride back from Detroit, and it seemed pretty clear that the whole team was feeling wounded. I think it’s a good sign that guys were feeling that way, and that means they’re going to do everything in their power to not have that feeling again.”

The words are encouraging from a 32-year-old natural leader in Backes, who has seen good times and bad as captain of the St. Louis Blues in his 10-year NHL career. But the proof is ultimately on the ice where the Bruins have games against the Blackhawks and Penguins coming up and face some very stiff tests coming off a couple of losses against the worst teams in the East that exposed Black and Gold fragility at this point in the season.