CALGARY, AB - The Bruins can’t catch a break. But they’ll keep powering forward.
Following the team’s pregame skate in Calgary at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday morning, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said that Daniel Paille (who was not on the ice for the skate) is now out with an undisclosed upper-body injury.
Forward Nick Johnson was recalled on an emergency basis from the Providence Bruins and is joining the team today in Calgary (his hometown) for tonight’s game.
The Bruins’ list of injuries up front also includes Chris Kelly (broken ankle, long-term injured reserve, 4-6 weeks) and Loui Eriksson (concussion, injured reserve).
"It just means that our team has to step up their game as a whole and be more conscientious that we don’t have all our players and we’re going to need the best out of everybody. So it’s a good challenge for us and in the long run, you hope that it will help you grow as a group and as a team."
- Claude Julien
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B's Place Eriksson on Injured Reserve and Recall Nick Johnson
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, Tuesday, December 10, that the club has placed forward Loui Eriksson on injured reserve with a concussion.
Chiarelli also announced that the team has recalled forward Nick Johnson from Providence on an emergency basis. Johnson will join the team in Calgary Tuesday and be available for their game against the Calgary Flames Tuesday night.
Johnson has skated in 23 games with Providence this season, notching 11 goals (second on the team) and nine assists for 20 points (third on the team) with a plus-seven rating.
The winger has appeared in a total of 206 games at the AHL level, racking up 64 goals and 79 assists with a combined plus-51 rating.
The forward has 104 games of NHL experience, skating in 17 games win the Phoenix Coyotes (2012-13), 77 games with the Minnestota Wild and 10 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2009-2011). In total, Johnson has accrued 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points at the NHL level.
The 6’2’’, 200-pound native of Calgary, Alberta was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round (67th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The Boston Bruins signed Johnson as a free agent on July 5, 2013.
TORONTO, ON - Heading into Sunday night’s game in Toronto, the Bruins were missing key players.
As a result, they pulled off a team effort in stepping up to fill the void, topping the Maple Leafs 5-2 at Air Canada Centre.
"Those are big shoes to fill in Thorty and Loui and Kells and our job is to step in and do what we can and kind of push ourselves. I think the biggest thing about having young guys in the lineup is we bring energy and we can definitely do that."
- Matt Fraser
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Shawn Thornton Speaks With Media Following Game Against Pens
Shawn Thornton spoke with reporters in the Bruins’ locker room at TD Garden, following the game against the Penguins. Choked up and trying to get out his words, Shawn answered a few questions from the media.
"Listen, I feel awful. It wasn’t my intention," said Shawn. "I know Brooksy, I’ve gotten to know him over the last 7 years here, I skate with him in the summer, and did during the lockout. I’ve texted him a couple of times. I definitely feel awful. It was not what I wanted to see or what anyone wanted to see."
A reporter then asked Shawn, ‘What caused you to lose your composure?’
"Obviously, I made a mistake. I’m aware of it," he said. "I’ve been told that I’ll be having a hearing and it’s hard for me to say much more other than that was not my intention. I feel awful and felt sick all game."
"I’ve prided myself for a long time to stay within the lines, and like I said, it’s hard for me to talk about right now. I can’t say I’m sorry enough, and I’m sure I’ll be criticized for saying it, but it’s true. I, I just hope he’s doing alright. I heard that he’s conscious and talking, and I’m happy to hear that."
With Shawn having a hearing, he will not be traveling with the team to Toronto tonight.
In addition to the Bruins being without the winger for the game against the Leafs, they will also be without Loui Eriksson and Chris Kelly.
As Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told reporters postgame, Eriksson has a concussion and will not be traveling with the team. Center Chris Kelly will also not be making the trip with the team to Toronto, as he suffered a lower body injury from a slash during tonight’s game.
As always, I’ll be sure to keep you updated on everything surrounding the team as we begin our four-game road trip through Canada.
BOSTON, MA - The Bruins host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at TD Garden in the third and find matchup between the two Eastern Conference rivals this season.
The series is tied, with the Pens picking up a 3-2 win at home in October. The Bruins earned a 4-3 overtime win on November 25 at TD Garden, thanks to Torey Krug’s game-winner after Sidney Crosby had scored with just 0.3 left in regulation to tie it up.
"Obviously playing each other last year in the Eastern Conference Finals and the last couple of years, we’ve always been right up there together in the standings. So they always end up being close games, big games, tough games for both teams and we shouldn’t expect anything different here tonight."
- Milan Lucic
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Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following update today, December 7, on Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk: Johnny has been diagnosed with a back sprain and will be out for approximately three to seven days.
MONTREAL, QC - Ah, Bruins-Habs. The matchup that any fan of the game can appreciate.
There’s something so riveting about the passion of the fan bases, of the teams, of their histories. You feel it within the confines of the Garden, and you certainly feel it the moment you step foot in the Bell Centre, and look up at the 20,000-plus stacked red seats, with names like “M. Richard” in the rafters.
"There’s going to be a lot of intensity out there, high emotions. There’s not too many times in a career you’re able to be a part of this rivalry and to be in this building too because it’s a storied place to play and it should be very exciting."
- Reilly Smith
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BOSTON, MA - From his knees in the high slot, Zdeno Chara punched both arms into the air, threw his head back and let out a yell. The Garden crowd roared around him.
Big Zee has emotion pulsing through his 6-foot-9, 255-pound frame. And it fills every inch of the 200-by-85 foot sheet of the ice surface once he sets a skate on it, and stretches up into the rafters.
"Every day he comes in, he shows the guys the direction that we need to go in. He always comes up big at the big times, you saw with that assist on my goal, and again the game-winner and how he sticks up for his teammates. We’re very lucky to have him."
- Brad Marchand
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