Ference out; Rask, Kampfer in for B's


Ference out; Rask, Kampfer in for B's

By JoeHaggerty
EDMONTON, AB Andrew Ference will miss Sunday nights game against the Edmonton Oilers with a lower body injury, and 22-year-old defenseman Steve Kampfer will be back in the lineup for Boston.I know hes not playing tonight, and hopefully well have a better assessment of him moving forward, said Julien. I dont know what the plan is right now, but I suspect the plan is that hell stay with us.Claude Julien said there was nothing further on Ferences injury, and that there werent any plans for the blueliner to be sent back to Boston for medical evaluation prior to Tuesday night following the game in Ottawa against the Senators. Ference injured himself in the first period of the win over the Canucks, and never returned to the game following the incident.Kampfer was scratched in each of the last two games for the Bruins after netting just a single point in the previous 10 games, and was displaced in the Bs lineup once Boston traded for puck-moving Tomas Kaberle.We want to see him play well and move the puck well. Hes one of those guys in his first year with some ups and downs and growing pains, said Julien. Weve got seven healthy defensemen, so theres always going to be somebody sitting out. Its not always about what we want to see out of him.Julien also informed that the Bs will start Tuukka Rask in net against the Oilers after the young netminder had put together his first two-game winning streak of the season in victories over the Islanders and Senators last week.
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Subban replaced in second period, Bruins lose to Wild, 5-0


Subban replaced in second period, Bruins lose to Wild, 5-0

BOSTON – The Bruins had to feel like things would go badly for them with both of their usual goaltenders on the shelf against the Minnesota Wild.

That’s exactly what happened with Malcolm Subban getting pulled in the second period for the second time in his two-start NHL career, and the Bruins ultimately falling by a 5-0 score to the Wild at TD Garden. Subban lasted a tad more than 30 minutes in this game, but looked shaky in allowing two goals in a span of 12 seconds to Minnesota as they took control early in the second period.

Weymouth native Charlie Coyle floated a spinning, surprise shot through the glove hand and leg pad of a slow-reacting Subban, and Chris Stewart followed by roofing a shot while all alone in front following the ensuing face-off.

Subban made a nice save on Marco Scandella to temporarily stop the bleeding, but was pulled from the game when Ryan Suter beat him low to the glove hand with a power play strike midway through the second. Subban was pulled after giving up the third goal of the night, and Zane McIntyre was ostensibly better even if he allowed a Jason Zucker deflected shot past him to give the Wild an insurmountable four goal cushion.

The Bruins tried to rally for something in the third period, but there wasn’t much going on after the shaky defense and subpar goaltending knocked all the wind right out of them. Jason Pominville scored late in the game on a rebound goal to round out the scoring. The scary part is that Tuesday night’s loss to the Wild represents the first of six games against worthy opponents that made the playoffs last season, and there’s no hint of when Tuukka Rask or Anton Khudobin might be ready to return. 

O'Gara sent to Providence, but could return any time


O'Gara sent to Providence, but could return any time

BOSTON – The writing was on the wall once Rob O’Gara was scratched in the last couple of games, and he was finally sent down to Providence on Tuesday. The move was made to clear room for Adam McQuaid to rejoin the B’s lineup, and help the Bruins continue improving from their 15th rank among team defenses in the NHL this season.

The 23-year-old O’Gara was a plus-1 rating in three games to start the season, and played very well in 16:01 of ice time while winning physical battles, adequately moving the puck and generally showing that he’s got a future in the NHL. With veteran defenders returning and little margin for error on a B’s back end already featuring 19-year-old Brandon Carlo, it was too much to attempt carrying two rookies on an NHL defensemen corps for a long stretch of time.

So now O’Gara will go to Providence where he’ll play bigger minutes, play in all situations and stay ready for the next time Boston needs him.

“He’s good. I think he makes good passes when he has time. I think we want him to work on maybe being under pressure, and being a little stronger on his feet and being able to make better plays,” said Claude Julien. “But he’s really close. When I say he’s real close I think you could see him back here at any time. I have no issues with Rob O’Gara.

“I think as a young player he has to play, so when we can play [him again] I have no issues with him in our lineup. If he doesn’t get [the playing time] here then we’ve got to get it for him somewhere else.”

While O’Gara is going to Providence for some more AHL development at this point in time, there’s a tacit acknowledgement from the Bruins that the big, hard-working defenseman is definitely going to be a valued part of their future.