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Bruins' Patrice Bergeron: Extended absence confirmed
The Bruins confirmed Tuesday that Bergeron -- who is dealing with a rib and sternoclavicular injury -- will be re-evaluated in approximately four weeks.
It's not going to be an easy month for the Bruins, with both Bergeron and captain Zdeno Chara (knee) slated to be sidelined in that span. That's quite the void in terms of experience and leadership. Replacing Bergeron on the team's outstanding first line will be no easy task either, while his absence figures to lead to veteran pivot David Krejci being leaned on heavily in both even-strength and power-play situations. Meanwhile, the likes of Joakim Nordstrom, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Sean Kuraly will be called upon to step up and help provide needed secondary scoring in a context where the B's will not be able to roll out a power line centered by Bergeron.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Colby Cave: Summoned by big club
The Bruins recalled Cave from AHL Providence on Tuesday.
Patrice Bergeron is expected to be sidelined for four weeks due to a shoulder injury, so Cave will round out the Bruins' depth down the middle for the foreseeable future. The 23-year-old has been highly productive in the minors this season, racking up six goals and 18 points in 15 contests.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Patrice Bergeron: Facing long-term absence
Bergeron will reportedly miss up to four weeks due to a shoulder injury, per Darren Dreger of TSN.
Bergeron's absence won't be easily managed by a club that is so reliant on its top line -- one which is responsible for 46 percent of the team's point production over its last 15 games. Joakim Nordstrom took Bergeron's spot with Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk against Arizona on Saturday, but his hold on that assignment should probably be considered tenuous at best. Bergeron will almost certainly be placed on injured reserve once the team knows more about his expected recovery timeline.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Will meet team in Detroit
Vaakanainen (concussion) will meet the team in Detroit but won't be in the lineup Wednesday. Meanwhile, Boston is calling his status for the weekend "questionable."
The 19-year-old Finn has dressed in only two games this season, failing to register a point in either. Meanwhile, Vaakanainen will hope to get back into the lineup once he's recovered from a concussion suffered back on Oct. 23.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Charlie McAvoy: Will travel to Detroit, won't play
McAvoy (concussion) will re-join his teammates in Detroit but will not face the Red Wings on Wednesday. Also, the Bruins are calling him "questionable" for the weekend.
McAvoy last played Oct. 18 and has now missed more than a month with a reported concussion. However, this news suggests the young American is nearing a return to the lineup. The 20-year-old blueliner has been limited to seven games this season, tallying a goal and six points in those contests.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Kevan Miller: Expected to play Wednesday
Miller (hand) is slated to dress for Wednesday's matchup with Detroit.
In order to suit up versus the Wings, Miller will need to be activated off injured reserve, along with a corresponding roster move, which could be the placement of Zdeno Chara (knee) on IR. With Miller back in the lineup, Connor Clifton or Jakub Zboril figures to be relegated to the press box.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Patrice Bergeron: Ruled out Wednesday
Bergeron (upper body) will not play Wednesday versus Detroit, Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald reports.
The word (or lack thereof) out of Boston regarding Bergeron's status continues to paint a bleak picture, with the veteran forward is expected to miss a second consecutive game Wednesday. Considering Bergeron, 33, was sent home from Boston's road trip, the injury is cause for some concern. He'll sit out the next one and his status beyond that is unknown.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Tuukka Rask: Patrolling crease Wednesday
Rask will be in goal on the road versus the Red Wings on Wednesday, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
Rask has appeared in just one of the Bruins' previous five outings -- an overtime defeat to Dallas in which he made 36 of a possible 37 saves -- and will likely need to play his way back into the starting job at this point. If he can hold Detroit to one goal or fewer it would go a long way toward improving his chances of earning back the crease.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Jeremy Lauzon: Swats puck out of crease
Lauzon skated 23:29 on the top pairing and saved a goal in the final minute during a 2-1 win over the Coyotes on Saturday.
Lauzon has performed great in his two games on the top pairing, and nothing showed that more than his play during the final minute and a half of the game. The Bruins were on the penalty kill when a shot off of Jaroslav Halak landed dead in the crease. Lauzon drove and swatted the puck away allowing Brad Marchand to clear the puck away and seal the win. Although the Bruins would love for any of their six injured defensemen to come back, Lauzon has proved his worth in the majors.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson: Scores first NHL goal
Forsbacka-Karlsson scored his first career NHL goal during a 2-1 win over the Coyotes on Saturday.
Noel Acciari forced a turnover and tossed the puck in front of the net where Forsbacka-Karlsson punched it in for his first point with the Bruins. The former 45th overall pick was in his fifth game as the team's third-line center, where he figures to stay for the rest of the season barring a roster shakeup.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Chris Wagner: Throws big hits Saturday
Wagner threw six hits as the Bruins squeaked out a 2-1 win over the Coyotes on Saturday.
His six hits led the game as Wagner drew back into the lineup in Patrice Bergeron's absence. The 27-year-old also added two shots and one block in the contest.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Steve Kampfer: Injury scare Saturday
Kampfer had to leave the ice after taking a hit from behind during Saturday's 2-1 win over the Coyotes.
The Bruins are already down six defensemen and can't really afford any more injuries. After some time in the locker room, Kampfer was able to come back and finish the third period, hopefully meaning he is good-to-go for any future games.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Noel Acciari: Earns first point of season
Acciari tallied an assist for his first point of the season during a 2-1 win over the Coyotes on Saturday.
After 16 scoreless games, Acciari finally found his way onto the scoresheet with an assist on Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson's first career goal. Acciari had only 11 points last season but did manage 10 goals.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Jake DeBrusk: Seven points in last seven games
DeBrusk scored the game-winning goal in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Coyotes.
DeBrusk has eight goals and just two assists in 20 games this season. But seven of those 10 points (five goals, two assists) have come in the last seven games. His shooting percentage is a whopping 17.5 percent, so this is unsustainable. But DeBrusk is hot right now. Take advantage while you can.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Jaroslav Halak: Another excellent performance
Halak delivered a 32-save, 2-1 win over Arizona on Saturday night. It was his third win in four starts.
Halak has been super sharp of late. In four of his last six games, he's allowed just one goal. But when he struggles, Halak struggles big. In the other two games of those six, he allowed a total of 11 goals on just 43 shots. Despite the streakiness, Halak is still the superior option in the Bruins' blue paint. At least for now.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Jaroslav Halak: Tending twine Saturday
Halak will start in the road net against the Coyotes on Saturday, Jack Edwards of NESN reports.
Halak's performance has tickled both ends of the spectrum in five November starts, as he's finished three games with above a .974 save percentage but posted below a .760 in the other two. The Coyotes provide a favorable opportunity, as they've scored just seven goals in the last four games and rank 25th in the league with a 15.8 power-play percentage.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Zdeno Chara: Will be reexamined in four weeks
Chara (knee) is specifically dealing with a left MCL injury and he'll be checked out again in four weeks, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
The towering blueliner reportedly could be shelved for up to six weeks, so don't be surprised if he gets placed on injured reserve. Boston's really hurting on the blue line, with four of its defenders on IR and two more trending in that direction.... See More ... See Less
Bruins' Patrice Bergeron: Sent back to Boston
Bergeron (upper body) will return to Boston to undergo further evaluation, Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald reports.
This news comes as a complete surprise, as several reports released Saturday afternoon indicated Bergeron would be a game-time decision for the evening's matchup with the Coyotes, but the star center will instead fly home to undergo further evaluation by the Bruins' training staff. A more definite timetable for Bergeron's return should be established in the coming days, but it appears as though he may be facing a long-term absence.... See More ... See Less