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Kevan Miller reflects on not being able to help Bruins win Stanley Cup

Kevan Miller reflects on not being able to help Bruins win Stanley Cup

The Boston Bruins 2019 Stanley Cup run turned out to be better than expected, but still a massive disappointment. And one defenseman wishes he could change that. 

Kevan Miller played in just 39 games for the Bruins last season, and for him, the campaign is one he wishes he could forget. Losing the Stanley Cup Final is one thing, but when you can't help your team win the ultimate prize, it takes a toll on you mentally. 

"I think that was probably the hardest thing to swallow," said Miller, according to BostonBruins.com's Eric Russo. "Especially come the playoffs, not being able to help the guys or be in that [Final]. That's something you dream about playing for, and that's something I'll think about for a long time."

The 31-year-old veteran is hoping for a change this coming season and is looking to come back healthier and stronger.

"It's the nature of it, it's a physical sport. Things happen and sometimes they just happen in droves and unfortunately that was the case last year. I'm hoping this year will be a lot different."

Although there's no timetable for his return to the ice, Miller said he's feeling good and is taking things one day at a time.

"The first couple of months there was a lot of the stuff over and over and over," said Miller. "I was on crutches and things like that, but now that I'm up and able to move around and workout and move some weight and do some stuff, it's encouraging and I'm feeling a lot better."

The big-bodied defenseman missed a majority of the 2018-19 campaign after suffering a slew of injuries, including a broken hand, fractured larynx, torn oblique and a broken knee cap. Miller is entering the last year of his four-year, $10 million deal and will become an unrestricted free agent following the close of the season.

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Talking Points from the Bruins 4-2 win over the Leafs

Talking Points from the Bruins 4-2 win over the Leafs

Here are Joe Haggerty's Talking Points from the Bruins' 4-3 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs Saturday night in Boston.

GOLD STAR: Brett Ritchie was pretty quiet for much of the first few weeks of the season after scoring in the season opener, but the Bruins power forward is getting hot at the right time for the Black and Gold. Ritchie scored the game-winning goal in the third period to break open a tie hockey game and played the kind of solid, strong game that the Bruins had in mind when they signed him as a free agent in the first place. Ritchie’s goal was simply good things happening to somebody that was hanging around the net as Jake DeBrusk’s shot bounced off a Leafs defender, and then landed right on the stick of Ritchie powering to the net. He flicked the shot past Michael Hutchinson for his second goal of the season, and added four shot attempts, four hits and a takeaway in his 13:26 of effective ice time.

BLACK EYE: Mitch Marner has routinely been a guy that kills the Bruins, but he was not very noticeable at all for the Maple Leafs against Boston. Instead he was on the ice for a couple of goals against in his 21:26 of ice time, was shut off the scoreboard and had three shots on net while doing very little else while Alex Kerfoot, Kasperi Kapanen and William Nylander accounted for the goals for the Leafs. Marner did his damage in the overtime win for Toronto last weekend when Boston traveled up to Canada, but he couldn’t summon that kind of speed and energy for the home-and-home rematch in Boston. Both Marner and Auston Matthews were average at best on Tuesday night and that’s why they ended up losing.

TURNING POINT: The game was tied 2-2 and the Bruins were playing a team that was going on the second night of back-to-back games with travel, so one would expect that the third period was going to be a good one for the Black and Gold. And it was. The B’s outshot the Leafs by a 14-8 margin in the final 20 minutes as it was pretty clear that Toronto was lacking in the skating legs department, and they poured on the two goals that ended up being the difference in the game. Certainly the Brett Ritchie goal six minutes into the period gave the Bruins confidence as front-runners on the scoreboard, and then killing the late penalty that turned into Par Lindholm’s goal was the coup de grace in the final period.

HONORABLE MENTION: David Pastrnak continues to dazzle with his offensive skill, his game-breaking ability and the way he has carried the team in the first month of the season. He had a goal taken away in the first period when an offside was successfully challenged by the Leafs, but then he came back with a between-the-legs score that will make highlight reels for the rest of his career. It was Pastrnak’s NHL-leading 10th goal of the season, the 300th point of his NHL career and exactly what the Bruins were looking for to take the momentum headed into the first intermission. Pastrnak added five shots on net, seven shot attempts and he threw a nifty centering pass to Brad Marchand for his own goal in the second period.

BY THE NUMBERS: 500 – the number of career NHL games for Tuukka Rask, who also won his 269th career game in another milestone event against the Maple Leafs team that drafted him.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “Everything catches my eye with him right now. He’s just on it.” –Bruce Cassidy on David Pastrnak, who has 10 goals and 17 points in nine games this season.

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Don Sweeney issues update on Karson Kuhlman: Out at least four weeks

Don Sweeney issues update on Karson Kuhlman: Out at least four weeks

The Boston Bruins will be without another player for an extended period of time. 

Winger Karson Kuhlman sustained a hairline nondisplaced fracture to his right tibia in Boston's 4-3 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, Oct. 19 and will be reevaluated in four weeks.

Kuhlman, 24, earned the spot on David Krejci's right wing out of training camp. And although he hasn't recorded a point through eight contests, he's played an integral role in Boston's offense.The Minnesota-Duluth product has played 19 NHL games with Boston, tallying five points (three goals, two assists). 

In this case, it looks like recently-recalled Anders Bjork will remain with Boston for some time -- at least until Krejci and/or Joakim Nordstrom return.

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