B's practice update: Kaberle to rejoin team in Calgary


B's practice update: Kaberle to rejoin team in Calgary

By Danny Picard

WILMINGTON -- As expected, newly-acquired defenseman Tomas Kaberle was the only Bruins player missing from Sunday's practice at Ristuccia Arena as the B's prepared to hit the road for four more games, beginning in Calgary on Tuesday night.

Kaberle's equipment, new and old (his blue Maple Leafs pants were hanging from his stall), was in the Bruins' dressing room, but he was not present and also won't be present again on Monday. Kaberle has personal matters to attend to in Canada and will re-join the team in Calgary.

Coach Claude Julien said after Sunday's practice that Kaberle handled the trade like a professional. He practiced with Toronto Friday morning, was informed of the deal, and then made himself available to play with the Bruins later that night in Ottawa.

"Basically, the way he played, it was pretty impressive, in my eyes any way, how he handled the whole thing," said Julien.

The other two new Bruins -- forwards Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly -- were in the house, and the team was split up into black and white jerseys, giving no indication as to what Julien will do with the new third line.

He did say, after practice, that he plans on starting Peverley on the wing with Kelly in the middle and Michael Ryder on the right.

"We'll kind of look at how everything unfolds," said Julien. "Both Peverley and Kelly can play center and wing, which is good to have as versatility."

The next question would be, where does Tyler Seguin fit on the Bruins' roster? Julien said he's not sure if Seguin would take Paille's spot on the fourth line on Tuesday in Calgary, but acknowledged that nobody can guarantee the team stays healthy, so having to make a decision like that, isn't a bad one.

"He's one of those guys that can jump in there, especially sometimes after we've had to kill penalties, coming off a power play, and stuff like that," said Julien. "It's about moving him around, and giving him an opportunity to play when need be. I think he's played much better the last few games.

"It's just a situation where we think he's been playing better. I always try to get those guys, as much as I can, in positions where they can benefit and help our hockey club."

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Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

BOSTON – The Bruins simply weren’t ready to play on Thursday night when the puck was dropped against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. 

They fell down quickly by a 2-0 score, had a couple of completely inept power plays in the first period that sucked all the game’s momentum away from them and received some subpar goaltending from Anton Khudobin on the way to a 4-2 loss to the lowly Avs. About the only B’s person above reproach in this one was David Pastrnak after scoring a pair of goals in the second period to get Boston back into the game, but it all fell short in a very frustrating, lackadaisical loss to a Western Conference team that isn’t very good. 


Needless to say B’s coach Claude Julien wasn’t too happy after a loss where the Bruins might have had more success with a smarter approach to holding the puck. 

“There were a lot of problematic things [in the loss]. No doubt that the power play could have helped us in the first period, and failed to do that. They’ve got to be better,” said Julien. “We needed some saves tonight, and we didn’t get them. [Anton Khudobin] has got to be better. 

“A lot of things here that we can be better at, and take responsibility [for]. But at the same time, you got to move on here.  It’s one of those nights that had we been smarter from the get go, we would have had a chance.”

Clearly it was about a lacking group effort when dissecting the loss, and the minus-3 for David Krejci on Thursday night marked back-to-back negative performances from the playmaking Czech center in big spots. The goaltending was shoddy with Anton Khudobin allowing four goals on 22 shots for Colorado, and unable to make plays on a couple of Colorado shots from outside the painted area that built up the Avs lead in the first place. 

But it was also very much about the inability of the Bruins to generate consistent offense outside of David Pastrnak’s offensive burst in the second period, and the complete breakdown of the Boston power play in the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins struggled to enter the zone in their first PP possession of the game, and then allowed a Nathan MacKinnon shorthanded goal after Torey Krug futilely dove at the blue line to try and keep the puck in the offensive zone. 

The Krug misplay at the offensive blue line gave MacKinnon a clear path the net, and he buried a wrist shot past Khudobin to get the one-sided loss rolling. Beyond the costly mistakes that ended up in the back of the net, the Bruins looked sloppy and slow-reacting in their breakouts and more than willing to settle for outside perimeter shots.

That doesn’t exactly make for a winning combo even when it comes against a flawed, underachieving team like Colorado, and especially when it comes less than 24 hours after a hard-fought road game in Washington DC. 

“I think we were still sleeping there early in the game and they were able to capitalize on their opportunities. We couldn’t claw our way back,” said Brad Marchand, who picked up an assist on David Pastrnak’s second goal of the night on a perfect dish for the one-timer. “I think it was definitely a mental [block]. You’re able to battle through that physical fatigue. It was more the mental mistakes and not being prepared right off the hop of the start of the game. Again, that’s kind of where we lost it.”

The sleepwalking Bruins lost Thursday night’s valuable two points as soon as the opening puck was dropped against the Avalanche, of course, and the Bruins never got out of lollygag mode at a time when intensity should have been automatic.