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Bruins call up Zach Senyshyn, place Par Lindholm on IR

Bruins call up Zach Senyshyn, place Par Lindholm on IR

The Bruins are digging a little deeper into their forward depth now with Zach Senyshyn getting called up from Providence for the game Tuesday night in Montreal.

The B’s placed Par Lindholm (upper body) on injured reserve as he’s been out for 10 days with his current injury and remains out along with Karson Kuhlman (leg), Joakim Nordstrom (infection) and David Backes (upper body). 

Senyshyn, 22, has two goals and three points in 12 games for the P-Bruins after scoring a goal in two NHL games with the Black and Gold last season. He'll undoubtedly bring a little more skill, speed and finish should there be a need for that up front.

The Bruins already have Anders Bjork and Cameron Hughes up as AHL reinforcements, so it remains to be seen how Senyshyn will be utilized in the lineup. Senyshyn was part of the infamous 2015 draft class for the Bruins where they selected Jakub Zboril, Jake DeBrusk and Senyshyn with three consecutive selections in the first round. 

They've seen both Zboril and Senyshyn experience fits and starts in their development. Senyshyn has averaged 13 goals and 25 points in each of his first two seasons in Providence and was a fairly early cut from NHL training camp after not pushing very hard this fall for a job in Boston on an admittedly packed NHL roster.
 

 

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Rask knows he 'can't be too satisfied' with the way his game his taken a slide

Rask knows he 'can't be too satisfied' with the way his game his taken a slide

BOSTON – There’s no denying the single biggest common thread through the Bruins' four-game losing streak.

The same Tuukka Rask that was brilliant in the first month of the season has hit a rough patch in November and that tough stretch continued as he coughed up four goals in the third period of a 5-4 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Rask is 1-2-1 with a 3.45 goals-against average and .886 save percentage in four November starts and played a starring role as a liability in losses to Montreal and Florida the past week. It was Rask who was beaten in the first minute of the third period on a long-distance Aaron Ekblad shot where the goaltender admitted he was too deep in the net and it was Rask who didn’t shut off the post on Florida’s third goal scored by Mike Hoffman as Florida was storming back in the final 20 minutes.

“I should have been sharper in that third period,” lamented Rask. “There were a couple of soft goals and I let [the Panthers] kind of get some momentum. It’s a 60-minute game and we’ve been on the other side of it.”

It wasn’t quite as bad as the three soft goals he gave up that all clanged off his glove hand last week in Montreal, but it was far from vintage Rask at a time when a few different things are going wrong for the Bruins. Rask is still top five with a 2.16 GAA and eighth in the league with a .926 save percentage, but it’s a far cry from the .951 save percentage he racked up in 10 games in a red-hot October.

Clearly, Rask is going through the same kind of tough stretch that used to greet him the first month of the season, but this time, it’s hitting him after a brief, dominant stretch out of the starting gate. Perhaps the Bruins coaching staff will get a quicker hook with Rask the next time he shows signs of trouble as in the losses against Montreal and Florida, or Jaroslav Halak will be used with a little more frequency until Rask works out the kinks in his game.

At least the B’s No. 1 goaltender isn’t under any illusions about the way he’s played the past few games.

“In Montreal, I sucked. In Detroit, I felt okay. Today, in the last period there were a couple of soft goals, so I can’t be too satisfied,” said Rask. “But, hey, there’s a lot of hockey left.”

While it’s refreshing to hear the kind of accountability  Rask is putting out there, the Bruins aren’t going to go very far if Rask is talking too much about sucking and giving up soft goals. The B’s better hope that their top goalie gets locked back in pretty quickly so both the team and Rask can leave their early-season mini-slumps behind in the rear-view mirror.

 

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NHL Power Rankings: Big shakeup in the Top 10 this week

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NHL Power Rankings: Big shakeup in the Top 10 this week

Sure, the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs are months away, but it's never too soon to look ahead, right?

The competition for playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference could be tight, as several teams have surged forward recently, including the Flyers, Panthers and Canadiens — all of which missed the playoffs a season ago.

The picture is also crowded out West, where not many teams have started to separate from the pack as of yet.

How are the Bruins stacking up after a four-game losing streak? And which teams are making leaps forward?

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