UNIONDALE, NY - It was a welcome sight Saturday morning, when Loui Eriksson joined the Bruins on the ice for their pregame skate at Nassau Coliseum before facing the New York Islanders.
After traveling with the B's to Long Island, it marked the first time that Eriksson skated with his teammates since suffering a concussion in the game against Buffalo on October 23, in which he left the third period after an illegal check to the head by Sabres forward John Scott.
On Friday, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien had said that Eriksson had passed his exertion test, which cleared him to begin working out.
The winger did not take contact during the morning skate in New York. When the B's began battling drills, he worked on stickhandling between the bluelines, before Julien called him over to join in for a few circuits, though with a strict "don't hit Loui" rule.
WILMINGTON, MA - Johnny Boychuk left the second period of Thursday night's eventual 3-2 shootout win over Anaheim at TD Garden, and did not return to the game.
"He got hurt when he crashed into the boards and I think everybody saw that, so right now he wasn’t able to come back and from what my trainers have told me," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said following the game.
It's good news, though, that when the Bruins reported to Ristuccia Arena on Friday morning before jetting off to Long Island, that the Bruins' blueliner was at the rink.
According to Julien, the defenseman was "feeling better" and deemed "day-to-day." He was "more than likely" going to make the trip to Long Island on Friday afternoon, as the Bruins get set to face the New York Islanders in their third game in four nights.
The exact injury is unknown but Boychuk's final shift of the game ended 5:21 into the second period. He played just 2:01 in that frame before leaving the bench.
PITTSBURGH, PA - The Bruins knew the Penguins would have extra motivation when the puck dropped at CONSOL Energy Center on Wednesday night, with the teams meeting for the first time since Boston's sweep in the Eastern Conference Final.
The game was never out of reach, even in the dying seconds, but the Black & Gold were uncharacteristically outmuscled and outbattled, en route to a 3-2 loss to mark the first time they have lost two straight this season. The B's record falls to 7-4-0.
"This is where as players and as a team you have to take responsibility," said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, who didn't think his team's compete level was up to par for the full 60.
"You build your team around a certain identity and one of them is being big and strong on the boards and winning battles, but that wasn’t the case tonight."
"Give them credit, they were a determined team. For at least two periods, they were the better team when it came to that."
BostonBruins.com - Jarome Iginla has been around the league for a while.
Since 1996, the winger has been making his way through NHL cities, scoring 532 goals and 1,114 points in the process.
After 16 seasons, Iginla is known for his lethal shot that propelled him to 12 straight seasons of 30 or more goals. But he's also predominantly remembered for something that would be concerned an "intangible" amidst hockey conversation.
With Iginla and the Bruins in Pittsburgh to face off against the Penguins for the first time since the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday night, his former teammates and coach - albeit for only a brief stint - gave their thoughts on what it was like to have the future Hall of Famer around.
"That would be it, being a consummate professional and all-around pro," said Penguins Head Coach Dan Bylsma, on what he took away from the experience.
"There's that, and his shot, were the two things that left a mark on me."
PITTSBURGH, PA - In what is being touted as "Rivalry Night" on NBC Sports Network, the Bruins and Penguins get set to face off on Wednesday night at the CONSOL Energy Center for the first time since the Eastern Conference Final.
As you well know, the Bruins swept the Pens in that series, outscoring them 9-1 in the first two games in Pittsburgh.
"I think it’s pretty obvious that this would be pegged as more of a rivalry based on last year’s situation," said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, following the team's pregame skate. "I know for a fact that if you’re Pittsburgh right now with what happened last year, you certainly want to come back and make sure you play well and hopefully get some sort of revenge even if it doesn’t change the results from last year."
"So you have to look at this game here tonight – this is an important game standing-wise and I think for us, we lost our last game, didn’t like the way we played, we have again another three in four nights and it’s not going to get any easier."
PITTSBURGH, PA - On Tuesday morning, the Bruins jetted off to Pittsburgh, in advance of their matchup against the Penguins on Wednesday night.
With a practice in the confines of CONSOL Energy Center, the B's went through their usual paces with rushes, high intensity battling drills and special teams work among the mix, as they get set for what is being pegged as a "rematch" of the Eastern Conference Final.
We all know how that what went for both sides. So, with the Penguins going up against the team that swept them decisively in the Conference Final less than five months ago, the Bruins are knowingly expecting a team with jump.
"They're going to be very motivated to play us extremely hard and that's just the way it goes, you know?" said Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara, following the team's skate in Pittsburgh. "Usually we play each other hard anyways but with the history of playoff series, it usually means teams get extra jump for the other teams."
BOSTON, MA - Every year, the Bruins make a visit to Boston Children's Hospital, with players decked out in Halloween costumes.
The goal each October? Choose the get-ups that will make the kids laugh the most.
On Monday afternoon, with the B's getting a free afternoon following practice before hitting the road for Pittsburgh, Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton and Reilly Smith honored the tradition - and did not disappoint.
With Bartkowski dressed up as a pirate, Hamilton as a 6-foot-5 baby, and Smith as Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story (complete with the stance), the trio made their rounds at Boston Children's, visiting patients and most importantly, making them laugh.
The annual visit has become a fan favorite, and not just for the kids who get a bright spot in their days. We've seen an array of costumes in years past, including Zdeno Chara's infamous bunny costume.
WILMINGTON, MA - The Bruins hit the ice Monday morning at Ristuccia Arena, with all healthy members of the Black & Gold on the ice.
There was one familiar face around the locker room, however. Loui Eriksson, who has been out indefinitely with a concussion since October 23, was at the rink while the B's skated.
"The one good news is that he did show up this morning. He came by and that’s usually good news when a guy can leave his home and come to the rink," Head Coach Claude Julien told gathered reporters after practice.
"So we’re taking it day-by-day with him. I think right now, you’re probably not going to see him in the next week and I don’t think he’s going to skate in the next week so I guess we can put it at that stage for now."
Julien prefaced the bit of good news, though.
"He’s doing better I guess. ‘I guess’ is because you never know."
BOSTON, MA - With the Bruins up 3-1 over New Jersey after the first period on Saturday night, the Black & Gold saw their lead slip away thanks to four power-play goals from the Devils, including two in the final 1:08.
The 4-3 loss snapped their four game winning streak and marked the first time the Bruins had allowed four goals on the man advantage since January 7, 2012, in a 4-3 loss to Vancouver.
A somber B's locker room following the game was diplomatic and swift with their postgame interviews, clearly wanting to put the toughest defeat of the season quickly in the past.
But not before holding themselves accountable.
"It’s been definitely a while, and definitely something that can’t happen," said Patrice Bergeron, on the power-play goals allowed by one of the league's top penalty kills, which was killing at a rate of 87.5 percent and had only allowed three scores through the first nine games.
BOSTON, MA - With Loui Eriksson out indefinitely with a concussion after being diagnosed on October 24, the updates on his status will continue to filter in as the Bruins monitor his progress.
One such update came our way following the Bruins' pregame skate on Saturday morning prior to the matchup with the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden.
"Loui's doing okay, I guess, for a guy who suffered a concussion," said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien. "It’s the same thing – you have a good day, you have less of a good day – and it’s early on but we’re just, like always, you keep your fingers crossed that it’s going to get better sooner than later for his sake."
Eriksson’s scratch from the lineup for the game against the Sharks on Thursday night snapped a 148 consecutive games played streak with his last game missed on March 19, 2011 as a Dallas Star. Eriksson had missed just three of a possible 436 games over the past 5-plus seasons.