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Eriksson Battling Stiff Neck, Subban Still with Boston, Bruins Show Pats Pride

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

WILMINGTON, Mass. - When the Bruins hit the ice for practice on Monday at Ristuccia Arena, Loui Eriksson, Chris Kelly and Dennis Seidenberg were all absent.

"Maintenance days, for all three of them," said Head Coach Claude Julien. "I would expect them, all three, to be at practice [on Tuesday]."

Eriksson left Saturday night's win over Los Angeles late in the third period after taking a hit from Robyn Regehr into the boards.

"He’s doing OK," Julien said on Monday. "He’s stiff from that neck thing. He’s expected to be OK for the next game, but it wasn’t as, I guess, as severe as it could have been. But it was a neck injury."

Given Eriksson's two concussions last season that kept him out for nearly half of the 2013-14 campaign, the forward's exit from the game didn't look optimistic. But Julien confirmed that there is no worry in that regard.

"No. It was not concussion-related," said Julien. "It was neck-related."

The Bruins are set to practice on Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena before flying to New York to face the Rangers on Wednesday night. Given Julien's comments, Eriksson is expected to be making the trip.

Subban Still with Boston

Goaltender Malcolm Subban remains up with Boston, while Niklas Svedberg continues his conditioning stint in Providence.

Julien originally said that Subban might only be staying for the weekend, while Svedberg shakes the rust off.

"Right now, he’s still here, and we’ll work out this week how things are going to go, and that’s probably going to be up to upper management to handle that," said Julien.

Svedberg hasn't started for Boston since Jan. 7. After the Bruins face the Rangers in New York on Wednesday night, they come back to Boston to host the New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens in a back-to-back on Saturday and Sunday.

In the meantime, Subban continues to take advantage of the situation, practicing hard with the group, soaking in the atmosphere and learning as much as he can by being around Tuukka Rask.

Bruins Show Pats Pride

The Bruins were all smiles on Monday afternoon talking about the New England Patriots' Super Bowl win on Sunday night.

The brotherhood of Boston sports teams is always strong, with the teams showing support for each other, but the Super Bowl takes it a step further. The B's enjoyed watching the game together -- as huge fans.

"It was a really exciting game, and obviously an exciting finish. The right team won, too, so honestly, it was perfect," Adam McQuaid smiled.

"Teams come together and you notice the accumulation of a lot of hard work and a long season," said McQuaid. "A lot of blood, sweat and tears for both sides. It was a great game and it’s exciting to see another championship coming back to Boston."

"It was a thrill to the end, and I don’t think anyone can question how exciting that game was — especially with the Pats coming out on top," smiled Daniel Paille. "Everyone was excited, so definitely a bigger smile on our faces, seeing another championship coming to Boston."

"Talk about a shift in emotions," Julien laughed. "I know for them, that’s expected, but for even us watching — I really, at one point, even felt like that Seattle team seemed like a team of destiny. From how they played at Green Bay, and then that catch at the end — you shake your head. Great play there by [Malcolm] Butler. So. fun to watch, no doubt."

Rask Named NHL's Third Star

On Monday, the NHL announced that Rask has been named Third Star of the Month for the month of January.

The goalie only had one regulation loss in the month of January, going 7-1-3, including a shutout performance against the New York Rangers on Jan. 15 in which he made 30 saves.

Rask appeared in 11 games in January, allowing 18 goals, giving him a 1.64 goals against average. He made 336 saves on 354 shots last month for a .949 save percentage. He held opponents to two goals or less in nine of 11 games played during the course of the month.

"He’s been excellent for us. He’s making timely saves, huge saves," said McQuaid. "There’s been some breakdowns and he’s been there for us, and that’s what you like to see from your goaltender. That’s what makes him one of the best, is he’s able to do that for us and he’s giving us a chance every night."

"So, you can play with confidence when you have a goaltender like that."

Practice Lineup Feb. 2

White Jerseys: Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Reilly Smith

Gold: Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Jordan Caron

Gray: Carl Soderberg - David Pastrnak

Burgundy: Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Craig Cunningham

Defense: Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton, Adam McQuaid, Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, Matt Bartkowski

Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Malcolm Subban

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