Hnidy to be activated by B's, won't play vs. Devils


Hnidy to be activated by B's, won't play vs. Devils

By Joe Haggerty

BOSTON Theres been an inordinate amount of excitement for the return of Shane Hnidy, considering the guy hasnt taken a single shift this season, and Bruins coach Claude Julien admitted Tuesday morning that hes going to bring the veteran defenseman along slowly. Hnidyis to be takenoff the injured-reserve list on Tuesday, but wont in the lineup against the New Jersey Devils when the Bruins look to look to bust out of a 1-3-3 funk over their last seven games.The slump hit at the end of a 12-of-16-on-the-road stretch, and the Bruins clearly didnt have any legs in their last couple of games. So now wouldnt be the proper time to throw a guy like Hnidy into the mix, not when the core players need to win some games, right the ship and help the B's make one last push at the No. 2 overall seed in the Eastern Conference. Julien needs to find the proper time to insert Hnidy into the lineup, while knowing that Steve Kampfer will also need to play down the stretch.Hnidy cant be sent down to Providence this late in the season for an AHL tune-up, so the thinking is that it will be largely practice situations to sharpen Hnidys game prior to the postseason.Hes come around, and I think at some point youll see him in our lineup, said Julien. We brought him here to give us some depth. If were going to use him as a depth player, at some point from here to the end hes going to see some action.Theres going to be some small adjustments with him, but we can manage that. We can put him in some situations where he can get on the ice and help us more than hurt us.Its been a long road for Hnidy this season after rotator cuff surgery in the fall, and hes simply happy to get things going when Julien calls his number.Its nice to know that its just a matter of knowing that Im ready to get into a game, and its up to the coach, said Hnidy. We havent discussed any plan. Its about practicing and putting the time in at the gym, and make sure my body is where its supposed to be when I do play. The Bruins held an optional skate on Tuesday morning and only Daniel Paille and Tuukka Rask appeared on the ice. That would appear to cast Paille as the healthy scratch for tonights game against New Jersey, and points to Tim Thomas as the likely starting goaltender.Brad Marchand will return to the lineup after sitting out a two-game suspension for elbowing R.J. Umberger in the back of the head, and there's a chance the pesky winger could be reunited with Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell on the fourth line. Peter Chiarelli also confirmed with Bruins season ticket holders in a conference call that Tyler Seguin will be manning the second power play unit for Boston.

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Bruins admit they 'just weren't ready' to play Isles in shutout loss


Bruins admit they 'just weren't ready' to play Isles in shutout loss

BOSTON – The Bruins are starting to run out of adjectives and descriptors for these “no-show” performances on home ice.

The Bruins made it twice in two months that they’ve dropped a disappointing dud to one of the Eastern Conference’s worst teams when they came out flat, and never showed any signs of life in a 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders. The lack of effort and pitiful results were particularly disappointing coming off a solid five game stretch where they’d engineered high effort wins over Florida, St. Louis and Philadelphia.

Patrice Bergeron finished a minus-3 on the afternoon, and said in quasi-disgust that he knew five minutes into the game that his team didn’t have “it” on Monday.

“Something that we talked [headed into Monday was] about building from the last few weeks, and how good it felt around the room, I guess, with winning games basically,” said Bergeron. “[The shutout loss] just shows that you have to show up every night and not take things for granted. I think we did [take things for granted] this afternoon.

“It was about finding someone to get us a shift to get us going basically. We had a few good shifts there, and we sustained a little bit of pressure there. But then we just couldn’t keep that for the next lines after going, we couldn’t sustain that or build from that. It was really the whole team throughout the lineup that didn’t show up and, you know, it’s obviously inexcusable, unacceptable.”

Claude Julien mentioned the compacted schedule and potential fatigue playing into the Bruins looking “flat” on Monday against the Islanders, and perhaps that is partially to blame for an uncharacteristically lifeless performance from the Black and Gold. But the B’s essentially did nothing for 60 minutes after not having played for 48 hours dating back to a Saturday afternoon matinee win over the Flyers, so the fatigue excuse is difficult to swallow.

Instead it looked like a Bruins team that thought they were going to roll out the pucks and beat the worst team in the Metro Division that had lost four-of-five games. Instead a defensive zone breakdown led to a Nikolay Kulemin goal midway through the second period, and the Bruins collapsed after that. Josh Bailey tucked a short side goal past a late-reacting Tuukka Rask for a soft serve special allowed by Boston’s ace goaltender, and Kulemin scored again in the second period once the Bruins began cheating at the offensive end of the ice.

To make matters worse, the Bruins showed zero fight or willingness to scratch and claw their way back into the game in the third period. Instead it looked like they quit on two points that could end up being extremely important at the end of the season.

It also looked like the Bruins weren’t ready to play, and that they overlooked the downtrodden Islanders for the second time in as many months.

“Maybe we took them a little lightly, but we just weren’t ready [to play],” said Brad Marchand. “We have to look ourselves in the mirror and all be a little bit better. We all have to be prepared for every game. You can’t look at the guy besides us and think he’s going to do the job. We have to take a little onus on ourselves and all be a little bit better. As a team, again, we have to play the system together and we have to back each other up. We have to play as one unit and we didn’t do that.”

It’s long past the point where the words even matter that the Bruins are uttering after games like Monday afternoon. Instead it’s about results and nothing else, and the B’s were nothing short of putrid in that category against the Islanders with points at a premium this time of year.