Player News - Bruins

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The Boston Bruins ruled Matt Bartkowski out of the lineup for Game 2 against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

He's not particularly fantasy-relevant right now so JFYI.
Apr 20 - 1:56 PM

Milan Lucic didn't offer an explanation for why he speared Danny DeKeyser in Game 1.

"I don't want to say it was too much frustration. It was kind of a heat of the moment thing where you're not thinking when you do something like that," Lucic said. "I've been in the years seven years now, and I think I've only done that three times. I don't know why I did that." Lucic did something similar against Alexi Emelin just last month. He was fined $5,000 for his actions against DeKeyser.
Apr 20 - 9:31 AM

Detroit was very effective at shutting down Boston's top line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Jarome Iginla in Game 1.

"We believe in ourselves and each other. One game isn't going to change that," said Iginla. "We have to find ways to create more, and get more zone time. We have to find ways to battle through it a little more." The Bruins ended up suffering a 1-0 defeat in the playoff opener, but Detroit will have a very tough time pulling off a similar feat in Game 2 on Sunday.
Apr 20 - 9:26 AM

Milan Lucic has received a $5,000 fine for spearing Detroit defenseman Dan DeKeyser below the belt.

He won't be suspended for the play. The incident occurred late in the second period of Game 1 on Friday night and it went unpenalized because it was missed by the officiating staff.
Apr 19 - 1:51 PM

Corey Potter made his NHL playoff debut on Friday night.

He logged nearly 17 minutes of ice time in the match, which included 1:37 of playing time on the penalty kill. Potter recorded four blocked shots and one shot of his own in Boston's 1-0 loss to Detroit. The 30-year-old rearguard has 123 regular season games of NHL experience under his belt and he was "thankful" that a chance to play in the playoffs finally came.
Apr 19 - 10:10 AM

Tuukka Rask feels he should've had Pavel Datsyuk's game-winning goal in Game 1's loss to Detroit.

"He was by himself there, so I'm just thinking (it's going to be) a shot," said Rask. "He drags it across and releases from our D's legs. You just try to get the puck in your eyes. I couldn't and it squeaked by me. Usually he tries to make a pass there, but I thought he was by himself there, so I was ready for that shot. I just couldn't see it. But it still went through me, so I should have it." Rask made 23 stops, but the one shot that beat him gave the Red Wings a 1-0 victory.
Apr 19 - 10:05 AM

Jordan Caron suited up in Boston's playoff opener versus Detroit on Friday night.

He skated on the fourth line because Daniel Paille was unable to play with an upper-body injury, which could be a possible concussion. Caron registered three points in 35 appearances during the regular season.
Apr 19 - 9:39 AM

Kevan Miller didn't play in Game 1 Friday night because of the flu.

The Bruins were also missing blueliner Matt Bartkowski due to the flu bug. As a result of absences, Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter suited up for Boston against Detroit.
Apr 19 - 9:32 AM

Tukka Rask made just one mistake on 24 shots during Game 1, but it proved costly as the Bruins lost 1-0 to Detroit on Friday night.

Rask made several tremendous saves during a back-and-forth series opener that was decided with just 3:01 to go in the third period. The young netminder, who led the NHL in save percentage this season, will look to rebound on Sunday in Game 2.
Apr 18 - 10:29 PM

Tuukka Rask is a key to the Bruins' playoff fortunes.

He will of course start in goal Friday against the Red Wings and he has been selected by many Las Vegas oddsmakers as the favourite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the NHL playoffs. If you are looking to draft a goalie in your playoff pool, we can't think of a better one than Rask.
Apr 18 - 9:23 AM

Reilly Smith will play in his first NHL playoff game Friday against Detroit.

Smith was a nice surprise this season. As the player added into the Tyler Seguin-Loui Eriksson deal, Smith exceeded all expectations with 50 points. Boston coach Claude Julien is a big fan of Smith and believes he will have no trouble adapting to NHL playoff hockey. "I don’t think that he gets overly excited to a point where it effects him", Julien said. "He's pretty even keeled. Like I said before, if there's anything, he has a tendency to get hard on himself and he demands and expects a lot, but I don’t think this is going to be an issue for him". Smith may make a nice late round selection in playoff pools this post-season as he plays on a line with playoff wizard Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Smith will also be motivated by the fact that he will be facing off against his brother, Detroit defenseman Brendan, for the first time in the post-season.
Apr 18 - 9:11 AM

Kevan Miller should be able to suit up for Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs on Friday against Detroit.

He missed two games of practice this week due to the flu but was able to participate in the team's workouts on Thursday and looks good to go. Although the Bruins are epxected to go deep into the playoffs, we do not anticipate Miller being a key offensive contributor.
Apr 18 - 9:04 AM

Matt Bartkowski is listed as questionable for Friday's opening game of the playoffs against the Red Wings.

He is battling the flu and did not practice this week. If Bartkowski can't go, Andrej Meszaros will dress in his place.
Apr 18 - 9:01 AM

Daniel Paille did not practice this week and is unlikely to play Friday in Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs against Detroit.

He is still experiencing concussion-like symptoms. Jordan Caron skated in Paille's place on the Bruins' fourth line during scrimmages Thursday and will likely take his place in Friday's contest against the Red Wings. Consider Paille day-to-day until further notice.
Apr 18 - 8:58 AM

Chris Kelly will likely be out of the Boston lineup for Friday's opening game of the playoffs.

He is still nursing a back injury that prevented him from practicing Thursday. Justin Florek skated for Kelly on the Bruins' third line during practice on Thursday and may suit up in his place Friday against Detroit. Consider Kelly day-to-day for now.
Apr 18 - 8:53 AM


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