Bruins wrap up historic November with 6-3 win over Leafs


Bruins wrap up historic November with 6-3 win over Leafs

TORONTO The Battle for first place on Wednesday was won by the Boston Bruins.

The catch: there will be another one Saturday night at TD Garden against the very same Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Bs got some timely offense from slumping scorers like David Krejci and Milan Lucic, and ended up taking away a 6-3 victory over Toronto at the Air Canada Center to take a one point lead in the Northeast Division. The win gives Boston a 12-0-1 record in the month of November that becomes their first month of hockey without a regulation loss since January of 1969.

The ultimate game-winner went to unlikely hero Benoit Pouliot, who just keeps coming up with big plays in clutch situations for the Black and Gold. Pouliots score originally looked like an insurance tally in the third period when he snaked through traffic to go top shelf on a Joe Corvo pass from behind the net, but it became the difference-maker when Matt Frattin scored on a bad angle goal from behind the net.
It was a goal that might go down as the weakest one allowed by Tim Thomas this season, but it didnt stop him from extending his career-best winning streak to nine games with the victory.

Lucic opened things up when he evened up the score in the first period with a power play strike, and both Krejci and Zdeno Chara followed with goals that had handed Boston a one-goal lead heading into the third. That set up Pouliot as the third line hero once again, and made one of Bostons bottom-six forwards the difference-maker yet again in a big game.

Lucic added his second goal of the night as an insurance marker in the third period, and Brad Marchand tossed in an empty-netter for good measure.

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)