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Bear Essentials: February 12th

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
3:05 p.m.

Claude Julien touched on a number of topics during his post practice report. First up on the agenda was the B's power play and things that could return the Bruins to their previous success.

"Well, I think confidence is certainly one of those things," said Julien. "But at the same I think it's just our work ethic as far as outworking [the other team's] PK and it's about making good decisions and it's about creating [opportunities].

"Right now we're just a little bit off, which happens over the course of a season and it's up to us to try and put it back on track.

"And that's what we tried to do today, so hopefully it pays off tomorrow and we'll see how it goes," he said.

Along the same line, Patrice Bergeron will find himself in a different spot on the power play -- much nearer to the net.

"I think the bottom line is that with all the injuries we are trying to plug in where guys can help," said Julien. "And that's where, right now, we need Patrice.

"We are missing a lot of key players so, and obviously our power play is suffering from that, so we think we can move that around and he'll help our power play get better.

"Anytime you lose a lot of players, it's a challenge...we're going through a little bit of adversity. And I've said it before -- we didn't expect this whole season to go without any glitches and right now it's [about] how we are going to handle those glitches."

One reporter commented on the visible uptick in enthusiasm during the session.

"It's normal," said Julien. "These guys get tired of not producing the way that they think they should when our power play has been succussful for most of the's a crack in the road on the way to better things."

Vladimir Sobotka and Martins Karsums may find themselves in the thick of things tomorrow night. Both men will have to hit the ground running in order for the Black & Gold to maintain their hold on first place in the NHL.

"Call ups are call ups," said Julien. "They come in and certainly want to prove themselves.

"They come to replace players that are injured and right now that's where we are at. We have a lot of guys who are here for those reasons.

"Bitz has been here for quite a while, now, and you have two more in Sobotka and Karsums. Those guys who have come up this year have always done a good job, so I expect the same thing to continue to happen," he said.

12:13 p.m.
Injury update...
Nokelainen is day-to-day with a facial injury. Kobasew is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Neither player will be in New Jersey for Friday night's game.

11:08 a.m.
We had a penalty shot contest and now are watching some line work.

10:57 a.m.
Lots of special teams work...

10:48 a.m.
Sobotka and Karsums are on the ice. Kobasew is not. Ryder is (obviously) not. Everyone else is here.

10:27 a.m.
In case you missed it...

Boston Bruins' Vladimir Sobotka (60) of the Czech Republic checks Carolina Hurricanes' Dennis Seidenberg of Germany into the boards during the first period of a NHL hockey game in Boston on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled forwards Martins Karsums and Vladimir Sobotka from Providence (American Hockey League) on an emergency basis. Both players will join Boston for practice on Thursday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington and accompany the team on their upcoming two-game road trip to New Jersey and Nashville.

Karsums skated in three games for Boston this year and earned his first career NHL point with an assist on Saturday, January 10 against Carolina. In 43 games for Providence this season, Karsums has tallied 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points.

The 5'10", 198-pound Riga, Latvia native was originally drafted by the Bruins in the 2nd round (64th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Sobotka has played in 19 games for Boston during the 2008-2009 season and recorded 1-2-3 totals. In 25 games with the P-Bruins this year, Sobotka tallied 12 goals and 15 assists. He split the 2007-2008 season between Boston and Providence. With Boston, he saw action in 48 regular season games and contributed one goal and six assists and added two goals in six postseason games. With Providence last year, he had 10-10=20 totals in 18 regular season games and added four assists over six postseason games.

Sobotka was originally drafted by the Bruins in the 4th round (106th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

10:22 a.m.

Edmonton Oilers' Liam Reddox, left, celebrates his goal on the Montreal Canadiens with teammates Zack Stortini, right, and Kyle Brodziak, center, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Ulan)
If you need a little cheering up, take note, True Believers, that despite losing to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night, the Bruins are 6-1-3 in their last 10.

On the flip side, the Montreal Canadiens are 2-8-0 in their last 10 and have lost by scores of 6-2 and 7-2 to the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers, respectively, this week.

I am listening to Team990 out of Montreal this morning, and you would think that the sky was falling in le belle province. But perhaps the fact that the Sabres are about to pass the Canadiens on the outside (Montreal has 64 points, Buffalo has 62) is just too much for the denizens of le Centre Bell to believe.

Now that you have a smile on your face, let’s regroup here at home.

  • Boston leaves for New Jersey this afternoon, following a 10:30 a.m. practice at Ristuccia.
  • Peter Chiarelli is expected to update the press on Petteri Nokelainen’s status this morning.
  • It makes sense that we might learn about any call-ups before the B’s board Bear Force One.
  • Another burning question: How is Chuck Kobasew?

As far as the state of the team, the B’s seem poised to bounce back from what was a very disappointing loss for the Black & Gold and Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien said that he addressed certain issues with his club on Wednesday morning.

“If you look back at the game, there were two good periods played,” explained Julien. “The third period we just kind of collapsed and you can look at it [several] different ways.

“We’re not going to make excuses for our, but besides the empty-net goal, it was a 4-2 hockey game with a power play goal that ricocheted off two of our players. So, you know, sometimes you have to make your [own] breaks…and I think [Tuesday] night they got some good breaks and that certainly helped them along.”

The B’s coach took a pragmatic approach.

“We’re a team that is in first place,” said Julien. “Every night we’re facing teams that are giving us their best.

“San Jose has been a first place [caliber] team for a long time and they probably handle that situation better because they’ve been there for a few years.

“Right now it’s a learning process for us...realizing that every night we have to be consistent. It takes a lot, so we are learning through this process and we’re going to be fine,” he said.

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