BostonBruins.com - There was a time, mid-September, when Reilly Smith was shooting to make the Bruins.
"It’s probably the easiest thing, to just lay back and act like the hard part is over. But it’s the exact opposite," Smith had said, upon making the opening night roster. "Just making this team, it was a big challenge, but sticking with it is a whole different story.”
Now, 23 games into the season, the right winger has surpassed his career season-high with four goals in the spoked-B.
His 15 points are four more that he notched through 37 games last season with Dallas, after making the jump from the college game.
It lifted the Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in a Saturday matinee at TD Garden. The goal came 1:28 into extra time.
"OT wins, they always feel good to be a part of when you’re on the winning side," said Iginla, from the Bruins' locker room postgame.
"It was nice move with Krech with the patience. I thought 'great move' and I’m like okay put it in, put it in," he laughed, with that signature Iginla smile we've become accustomed to.
"But he obviously made that right call and it’s great patience and in a pretty tight spot there."
"It was basically all Iggy," Krejci beamed postgame. "It was like one against two, he split the D, I didn’t think he saw me but he did. I kind of had an easy job to do, just put it in the kind of half-open net."
BostonBruins.com - When the Bruins hit the ice on Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes, Kevan Miller will be suiting up in his second NHL game, coming off his steady debut against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
Adam McQuaid remains out, as he continues to recover from a lower-body injury suffered on November 9 at TD Garden against Toronto. Dennis Seidenberg is also still sidelined by a lower-body injury he sustained against the Rangers and has yet to start skating.
Adam McQuaid's first full practice with the team since the injury came on Friday at Ristuccia Arena. Having been on the ice since Monday, the defenseman had also joined the team's pregame skate on Thursday morning before they faced the St. Louis Blues.
He's inching closer to a return and "very, very close to being ready," per Head Coach Claude Julien. But he doesn't want to push it.
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The 6'2" 210-pound Miller was the last cut after training camp before the Bruins opened the 2013-14 season with a 22-man roster.
"He's a big, strong, solid defenseman," said Head Coach Claude Julien. "Moved the puck fairly well; simple play, and again, probably his strength is his battle along the walls and in front of the net. He’s a big strong individual, so I thought he played a steady game."
"He got better as camp went on, more confident from playing some games at this level. So he’s got an opportunity tonight to step in and show that he can play against one of the best teams in the league."
After three years in the organization, this marks the first time Miller has gotten the call.
BostonBruins.com - The Bruins have recalled defenseman Kevan Miller from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis. General Manager Peter Chairelli announced the transaction on Wednesday afternoon.
The recall comes after Dennis Seidenberg suffered a lower-body injury early in the game against the Rangers in New York on Tuesday night.
Boston has also been without blueliner Adam McQuaid for the past five games since he suffered a lower-body injury on November 9 against Toronto. The defenseman didn't travel with the Bruins on their three-game road swing through Ottawa, Raleigh and New York City, but Head Coach Claude Julien said that he started skating on Monday.
It's not known whether McQuaid will be ready to go on Thursday against St. Louis. When Julien was asked following the Rangers' game if he would be available for the Blues, the bench boss said a possible return this weekend might be more likely.
The Bruins were off on Wednesday, so the next update on the blueliners' injury situations can be expected on Thursday morning following the team's pregame skate.
NEW YORK, NY - Tuukka Rask's night out in New York City started with three quick stops in the first two minutes, and ended with 43 saves on 44 shots in the Bruins' 2-1 win over the New York Rangers.
It was a grind for the group in front of him, on their heels for much of the game, and playing with just five defensemen for the final 58 minutes.
Dennis Seidenberg had left after just one shift at Madison Square Garden, and did not return with a lower body injury.
"They came at us hard and Tuukka stood tall for us early," said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, who gave Rask the back-to-back nod, his second of the season.
While the Bruins grinded out most of the night in their own zone, Rask made his brink job look effortless.
"We were able to hang on but a lot of credit goes to Tuukka," said Julien.
"He just felt it tonight. I thought he was poised, he was square to all the pucks. I don’t know that he made a lot of things look real complicated, but there was a lot of pucks thrown at the net, deflections and pucks going everywhere."
NEW YORK, NY - No player likes to sit out. Ever. Whether a veteran, or a young player trying to carve himself a full-time role.
It happens on every team. We've seen it throughout the start to the Bruins' season, first with the defensemen rotating, then with Matt Bartkowski as a healthy scratch before stepping in with Adam McQuaid's lower-body injury.
Jordan Caron has been the 13th forward for the B's for most of 2013-14, sitting out eight straight games from October 13 to November 15, before getting into game action on Monday in Raleigh.
"He’s been working hard in practice and, and I think it was important to get him back in our lineup," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien had said, on the decision to play the winger.
NEW YORK, NY - The Bruins are back at it Tuesday night in New York City, following their 4-1 win in Carolina on Monday.
The team convened at Madison Square Garden for off-ice work and and optional pregame skate, prepping to end their three-game road swing on a high note.
So, is there any consideration for him to get the call tonight?
"That’s asking which goalie’s in so, there’s some consideration," remarked Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien (with a slight smirk), who doesn't always confirm his starter, especially on a back-to-back. "Whether it happens or not, I’m not sure."
RALEIGH, NC - For the second straight game, the Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on the road against Carolina on Monday night.
This time, they closed it out.
Goals from Reilly Smith, Carl Soderberg started the early scoring, before Johnny Boychuk and Milan Lucic capped off the 4-1 win with a pair of third period tallies. The victory sends them into New York City having won five of their past six games.
"The third period was about putting the final nail in the coffin," said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien following the win. "We had to come out and play a real strong third period that we hadn’t done in a long time, and I thought our guys did that."
The Black & Gold now have a 100-6-6 record since the 2010-11 season in games which they have held a two-goal lead.
"Right to the end. We didn’t want to give them some life. No matter what, they’re a good team that can come back and they’re pretty explosive when you give them that opportunity so we didn’t want to do that."