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Grzelcyk called up to Bruins, Beleskey placed on LTIR

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Grzelcyk called up to Bruins, Beleskey placed on LTIR

The Bruins have already set a franchise record with the number of players that have made their NHL debuts this season and they may have yet another one in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.

The Bruins called up 22-year-old Charlestown native Matt Grzelcyk for the first time in his career and will be carrying eight defensemen when they roll into the CONSOL Energy Center on Wednesday. Matt Beleskey (knee) was placed on long term injured reserve to make room for Grzelcyk on the NHL roster. 

According to reports out of Pittsburgh, Grzelcyk was skating with Colin Miller as a third pairing Wednesday morning with both Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid missing.

Grzelcyk has a goal and 12 points, eight penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating in 25 games for Providence this season and has shown the puck-moving skills and offensive creativity the B’s first liked when they drafted him as a third-round pick in 2012.

Grzelcyk served as a captain in each of his last two seasons at BU prior to signing with the Bruins last spring, and over his four-year collegiate career the 5-foot-9, 174-pound blueliner appeared in 124 games, tallying 26 goals and 68 assists for 94 points.

Beleskey suffered a right knee injury in Boston’s Dec. 3 win over the Buffalo Sabres and is expected to miss six weeks. He's sported a pretty healthy brace when he’s been spotted recently at TD Garden. 

Talking Points: Rask's first period doesn't give B's a chance to win

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Talking Points: Rask's first period doesn't give B's a chance to win

The Bruins' Western Canada road trip got off to an uninspiring start Wednesday night in Calgary. Here are my talking points from the Bruins' 5-2 loss to the Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome:

GOLD STAR: It’s got to be Micheal Frolik with two of the first four goals scored for the Flames early in the game when they took full control of the proceedings. Frolik scored the first goal at the end of a beautiful passing play where he was open at the front of the net, and then he connected with Michael Backlund on another score that gave Calgary some breathing room in the second period. In all Frolik finished with the two goals and a plus-3 rating in 16:07 of ice time, and three shots on net, one hit, one takeaway and a perfect 2-for-2 in the face-off circle. It was a nice turnaround for Frolik after he was a recent healthy scratch for the Flames, and exactly the kind of response that a coach is looking for from a player.

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BLACK EYE: Tuukka Rask can ill afford one bad goal in a game, and he had two bad goals allowed in the first period that really sunk the Bruins in this one. The first Calgary goal was a nice piece of passing that ended with an open shot in front, so there wasn’t much blame on that one. But Rask had an awful rebound on a Noah Hanifin tester that turned into a Johnny Gaudreau goal, and then seconds later he completely fumbled away a Juuso Valimaki point shot that he just plain missed with his glove hand. Those two soft goals put the Bruins down 3-0 in the first period, and essentially served as the difference in the game ,as the Bruins were down by two goals in the third period before the late empty netter made the 5-2 final score. Rask allowed four goals on 28 shots in total and was better later in the game, but he didn’t give the team a chance with the way he played in the first.

TURNING POINT: The turning point was the two Calgary goals scored within 48 seconds of each other in the first period when Tuukka Rask had a mini-meltdown in the middle of the game. Johnny Gaudreau scored his 100th career NHL goal after Rask gave up a juicy rebound in front of his own net, and then less than a minute later Rask whiffed on a Juuso Valimaki point shot that turned into that player’s first NHL goal. Once that flurry was over the Bruins were down by a 3-0 score and really didn’t have any chance of winning the game despite scoring a few goals and at least making a competitive game out of it. For all intents and purposes, the game was over after those two goals and the biggest surprise was that Rask didn’t get pulled out of the game at that point.  

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Highlights from Bruins' 5-2 loss to Flames

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Highlights from Bruins' 5-2 loss to Flames

FINAL SCORE: Flames 5, Bruins 2

IN BRIEF: Michael Frolik scored two goals to lead the Calgary Flames, who led 3-0 after 16 minutes and never looked back en route to a 5-2 victory. Patrice Bergeron was brilliant in the second period, having a hand in both of Boston's goals. BOX SCORE 

THREE STARS
1
- Michael Frolik, Calgary (2 goals)
2 - Patrice Bergeron, Boston (1 goal, 1 assist)
3 - Jusso Valimaki, Calgary (1 goal)

HAGGERTY: Rask's first period doesn't give Bruins a chance to win

OUT OF THE BOX, INTO THE SPIN CYCLE

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TIC . . . TAC . . . TOE . . . OH NO

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UP NEXT

THURSDAY: At Edmonton, 9 p.m. ET (NESN)
SATURDAY: At Vancouver, 10 p.m. ET (NESN)
TUESDAY: At Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET (NESN)

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