Julien: 'It's nice to get some of those controversial calls'


Julien: 'It's nice to get some of those controversial calls'

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Bruins have been on the receiving end of questionable calls this season, and - at times - it's been difficult for them to remain quiet about it.

But the Black and Gold were the unquestioned beneficiaries of a judgment call by the refs in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center, and they were glowing about it afterward.

"It's nice to get some of those controversial calls going your way," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "It was the right call."It appeared the Ducks had tied things up at 2-2 midway through the third period when Matt Beleskey snapped a shot past Marty Turco with Andrew Cogliano screening the 36-year-old netminder. But Turco immediately and demonstratively waved his arms at the refs, and the goal was overturned by the War Room in Toronto after Cogliano was found to be interfering with the B's goaltender in the crease.

"He's right in the middle of the crease impeding our goaltender from seeing that shot," said Julien. Within the goaltender interference rules it becomes a judgment call by game officials as to whether a player is inhibiting the goaltender's ability to square up and play the puck in the crease. Cogliano had fully entered the crease well before the shot, and didn't make any efforts to move himself once he was lodged in front of Turco's eyesight.

"They didn't have to tell me anything," said Turco. "It's the right call. Certainly there wasn't any contact, but they've also got to allow me to do my job."
While the Bruins were satisfied that NHL justice had prevailed, Bruce Boudreau flipped out on the Anaheim bench while coming to realization that the game had likely just been lost. "It doesn't matter what they say about it. . . those are the rules," said Julien."Then we scored that goal and got a little bit of a cushion."

Brian Rolston beat Jonas Hiller for a one-timer and made it 3-1.

But the game-winning play was undoubtedly the no-goal on Beleskey when the Ducks were swarming in the third.

Miller, Krejci game-time decisions tonight; O'Gara called up

Miller, Krejci game-time decisions tonight; O'Gara called up

BRIGHTON, Mass – It wouldn’t be a Bruins game this season if there weren’t some health question marks entering a game night, so the B’s will once again have a few players up in the air for the lineup tonight against the Buffalo Sabres.


David Krejci (back) and Kevan Miller (upper body) were both on the ice prior to morning skate and Krejci participated in the optional practice, along with Patrice Bergeron and a handful of others on Saturday morning at Warrior Ice Arena. Krejci and Miller were termed game-time decisions based on the way things went this morning and Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy could have more lineup juggling in front of him based on those players.

Krejci said he was taking things “day-by-day”, but didn’t think it was going to be a long-term injury even if he misses the game.

“We’ll kind of take it day-by-day and we’ll see. I feel better than two days ago, so I guess we’ll be taking it day-by-day,” said Krejci. “I got hit in the last game and that forced me to leave the game. It’s a brand new injury and it just happened the other day. So that’s what it is.

“I don’t think it’s an injury that would be long term. It’s just one of these things that happens [during the games]. I wouldn’t lie to you if it was something that was a week or two weeks. We’ll just see how I feel later tonight. Injuries happen to every team. Hopefully, this is it for us here early in the season, and down the stretch, we’ll be healthy pushing for the playoffs.”

First the definite situations for the Black and Gold: Bergeron will play for the second game in a row and Paul Postma will be in the lineup, with Adam McQuaid shelved for the next couple of months with a broken leg. Beyond that, the Bruins could swing Miller from the left side to the right side if he plays, Charlie McAvoy could be added to the penalty kill and David Backes could end up playing some center if Matt Beleskey draws back into the lineup.

“We’ll probably move people around. [David] Backes, [Tim] Schaller has played some center over the years and obviously [Patrice] Bergeron looks like he’s going to play,” said Cassidy. “I think we’ll be okay. We sat out a forward the [Thursday vs. the Canucks], so we’ll move people around.

“Kevan will be a game-time decision, so we had a discussion about that and we’ll look into that as well. [Krejci] got hit in the lower back the other night, tried to finish and it’s one of those ones where at puck drop we’ll know.”

Robbie O’Gara popped on the Bruins roster on their team website early on Saturday afternoon, so the Yale alum will get the call if Miller can’t answer the bell on Saturday night. Another piece of good news: Noel Acciari skated with the injured players ahead of the morning skate and appears to be progressing slowly from his broken finger.  

Anything, it seems, is possible for these banged-up B’s as another body drops with each passing game or practice. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings vs. the Sabres based on an optional morning skate: