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Final: Sabres 7, Bruins 4

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 31, 2013 07:15 PM

Final: Sabres 7, Bruins 4 The Sabres got a hat trick from Thomas Vanek to hand the Bruins their first home loss of the season Tuesday night before a TD Garden crowd of 17,565. Jason Pominville added a late empty-net goal at 19:47.

18:29, 3d period, Sabres 6, Bruins 4: Thomas Vanek puts the game on ice for the Sabres with his third goal of the game, an impressive finish from the goalmouth on a 2-on-0 rush. It was Vanek's third goal of the game and eighth hat trick of his career.

11:56, 3d period, Bruins, PENALTY: Dennis Seidenberg, 2 minutes, tripping: The man advantage was lost for the Bruins when Seidenberg drew a critical minor.

11:25, 3d period, Sabres, PENALTY: Tyler Myers, 4 minutes, high-sticking: The Bruins gained a huge opportunity on the man advantage when Myers was sent off for a double minor.

6:54, 3d period, Sabres 5, Bruins 4: Sabres wrested the lead away on Cody Hodgson's fourth goal of the season. Thomas Vanek set up go-ahead goal with his hard cross-ice pass, leaving the backdoor wide open on the left post for Hodgson. It gave Vanek four points on the night (2 goals, 2 assists).

2:28, 3rd period, Bruins 4, Sabres 4: Buffalo wasted little time in responding when Alexander Sulzer tallied his first goal of the season to tie it. Sulzer let rip of a shot from the right circle to beat Rask. Mikhail Grigorenko earned the first NHL assist of his career while Jochen Hecht was credited with his first helper of the season.

1:45, 3rd period, Bruins 4, Sabres 3: David Krejci scored his second goal of the season, a pretty one at that, as he came gliding in from the left wing. He stick-handled past a sliding Jordan Leopold and beat Ryan Miller with a wrister from the slot.

End of 2d period, Bruins 3, Sabres 3

18:19, 2d period, Bruins 3, Sabres 3: Tyler Ennis recorded his second goal of the season on a backdoor swat that beat Tuukka Rask. Vanek, who was getting jostled from behind by Andrew Ference, relayed a pass from the left boards by Macus Foligno to Ennis for the tying goal.
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16:46, 2d period, Bruins 3, Sabres 2, PPG:With one-minute left in the two-man advantage after Zdeno Chara (holding) and Milan Lucic (boarding) were sent off at 15:45, Thomas Vanek camped out in front of the Bruins net and tallied a PPG on a re-direct of Christian Ehrhoff's centering pass from the right wing.

10:54, 2d period, Bruins 3, Sabres 1: John Scott may have landed an early haymaker on Shawn Thornton, but Brad Marchand, the Little Ball of Hate, responded in kind by landing yet another body blow on the Sabres and their shell-shocked goaltender, Ryan Miller. Marchand scored his second goal of the period, second of the night, and fifth of the season. when he beat Miller 5-hole after converting Patrice Bergeron's pass to the top of the slot with a hard slapper from the point.Tyler Seguin, who did some nifty work in the dirty area, was credited with a helper as well.

7:43, 2d period, Bruins 2, Sabres 1: Nine seconds after the Bruins killed off a Rich Peverley cross-checking minor, Brad Marchand made the Sabres pay by swooping in off the left wing and zipping past defenseman Tyler Myers and stick-handling past Jordan Leopold to beat Miller with a severe-angle backhander. Credit Patrice Bergeron with his third assist of the season.

5:12, 2d period, Sabres 1, Bruins 1: Rich Peverley tallied the tying goal when he scored his first of the season on a hustling retrieval of a loose puck that hovered in the slot after Daniel Paille's goalmouth whack was turned away by Ryan Miller. Peverley came up with the puck and roofed it past Miller.

1:38, 2d period, Sabres 1, Bruins 0: Jason Pominville's neutral-zone strip of Zdeno Chara led to an outlet to Cody Hodgson, who made a crisp cross-ice pass to Thomas Vanek, who one-timed it from the left circle for his fourth goal of the season.

End of 1st period: Bruins 0, Sabres 0

The Bruins put 14 shots on goal against Buffalo's netminder Ryan Miller, but none seemed to find its mark. Sabres' gargantuan tough guy John Scott (tale of the tape: 6-8, 270 pounds) landed several shots in a savage pummeling of Shawn Thornton at 2:53, which staggered the Bruins' enforcer. Thornton wobbled to the penalty box and did not return to the game after serving the team's first fighting major of the season.

15:36, 1st, PENALTY: Sabres, J. Scott, elbowing: Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power play in the first period after failing to capitalize on a prime opportunity. The Sabres are now 2-for-2 on the penalty kill for the game and 22 for 27 for the season.

8:29, 1st period, PENALTY: Sabres, J. Leopold, slashing: Bruins went on the power play for the first time in the game when Leopold was sent off for slashing. The Bruins had several chances against Ryan Miller, including one by Milan Lucic, whose goalmouth whack was smothered by the Sabres' netminder.

2:53 1st period, 0-0: Shawn Thornton vs. John Scott. As one-sided as you’ll see in a Thornton fight. Scott got the grab right away, used his reach, and dropped Thornton with a flurry of rights.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 31, 2013 06:34 PM

Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Lane MacDermid-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Adam McQuaid-Andrew Ference

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Ryan Miller (2-2-1, 2.37 GAA, .925 save percentage) will start in goal for the Sabres.

No fireworks expected between Bruins and Sabres

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 31, 2013 12:39 PM

From Lindy Ruff’s perspective, the Milan Lucic-Ryan Miller dustup is history. The Sabres coach pointed to last year’s rematch in Buffalo, when ex-Sabre Paul Gaustad challenged Lucic, and Robyn Regehr tangled with Zdeno Chara.

“We’ve answered the physical challenge,” Ruff said. “We’ve been there for each other from Day 1 of this. We play a gritty style. We play a hitting style. We have to win games. We dealt with last year. We had a game where Gaustad fought Lucic and Regehr fought Chara. We played a couple great games against them and came away with points. Hockey’s about winning a game. It’s about winning the physical battle. It’s about winning the mental battle. It’s about winning the territorial battles. If you win those, you give yourselves a chance to win.”

John Scott and Steve Ott are first-year Sabres. They were brought in to elevate the team’s pugnacity. Scott also believes the history has been addressed.

“I think everyone’s familiar with it,” Scott said of the incident. “It was last year. I thought it was dealt with this year. So hopefully none of that stuff rears its head tonight.”

Chris Bourque out, Lane MacDermid in

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 31, 2013 11:49 AM

Chris Bourque will be the healthy scratch tonight. Lane MacDermid will make his season debut.

Bourque, the No. 3 left wing, is scoreless in six games.

“I think he’s putting a lot of pressure on himself right now,” Claude Julien said. “He’s certainly not the Chris that we know. I’ve seen him enough to know he’s a really good skater. He’s a really good playmaker. Right now, he’s putting way too much pressure on himself. Hopefully we can help him through that. Once he takes that extra weight off his shoulders, we can see a player who can certainly be a much more efficient player than he’s shown so far.”

Daniel Paille will skate on the third line. Paille had been getting some shifts with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley to spell Bourque.

Tonight’s expected lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Lane MacDermid-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Adam McQuaid-Andrew Ference

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Game 7: Sabres at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 31, 2013 10:06 AM

Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will close out a two-game homestand tonight against Buffalo.

This will be the Bruins’ first look at the new muscle-bound Sabres, who added Steve Ott and John Scott during the offseason. The Sabres will be without perpetual pest Patrick Kaleta.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Sabres 2-3-1, Bruins 5-0-1

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Johnny Boychuk
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Lane MacDermid, Aaron Johnson

Storylines: Today is Tyler Seguin’s 21st birthday… The Bruins have a decision on the third pairing tonight. Adam McQuaid, out the last two games, could return. Or the Bruins could keep Aaron Johnson together with Andrew Ference. Johnson has performed well during fill-in duty… The Bruins are 0 for 15 on the power play at home… The Bruins are 27 for 28 on the penalty kill… Dan O’Rourke and Rob Martell will be the referees. Steve Barton and Michel Cormier will be the linesmen.

Mystery projectile disrupts Bruins-Devils shootout

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 30, 2013 07:53 AM

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What was that thing tossed on the ice during Tuesday's Bruins-Devils shootout?

That's the question being bandied about Wednesday morning.

The quick recap: A fan at TD Garden threw something -- many are saying some sort of food -- toward Devils goalie Johan Hedberg as the Bruins' Tyler Seguin attempted a penalty shot and scored. A do-over was ordered by the game officials, and Seguin scored again.

Seguin said it may have been a hot dog or a water bottle. Others have speculated it was a sausage, pretzel, or hamburger. Take a look at the photos here (above by Getty Images, below by the Globe's Jim Davis), and vote for what you think it was.

A video posted to YouTube appears to show the fan launching the object and then zooms in on a fan the videomaker believes was the one who threw the thing.

Update, 5:56 p.m.: Globe colleague Fluto Shinzawa reports that as of Wednesday afternoon, TD Garden security has not yet been able to identify the fan who threw the thing.

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Final: Bruins 2, Devils 1 (SO)

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 29, 2013 06:52 PM

All done at Garden. Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin with shootout goals.

5:00 OT, 1-1: Shootout time. Both teams with chances in OT. Tyler Seguin and David Krejci very close.

20:00 3d period, 1-1: Bruins’ first line comes through again late. Bruins will be pleased with a grinding, hard-fought point.

15:55 3d period, 1-1: Textbook breakout leads to game-tying goal. David Krejci sets up Nathan Horton. Horton snaps a shot through Johan Hedberg. Krejci flying through center ice.

12:25 3d period, Devils 1-0: Good stuff from Johan Hedberg. Turns back Patrice Bergeron on PP. Then gets a piece of Chris Bourque’s rebound attempt.

10:04 3d period, Devils 1-0: Rich Peverley getting some chances. Peverley rang post last night against Carolina. He’s on the verge of breaking through.

5:34 3d period, Devils 1-0: Slight uptick in Bruins’ offensive pressure. David Krejci’s line getting some good looks.

20:00 2d period, Devils 1-0: NJ playing textbook Devils hockey. Giving up very few offensive chances. Grinding down Bruins.

14:40 2d period, Devils 1-0: Bruins playing at low temperature. Not much hatred in this game. Need to jack up emotional level.

8:30 2d period, Devils 1-0: NJ with first score of night. Marek Zidlicky brings down hammer on point slapper on power play. David Clarkson gets credit for the goal.

20:00 1st period, 0-0: Shots even at 9-9. Both goalies sharp through 20.

19:08 1st period, 0-0: Johan Hedberg with his best stop so far. Blocker save on Brad Marchand.

18:05 1st period, 0-0: Tuukka Rask turns back Ryan Carter on doorstep. Rask looking fresh.

15:18 1st period, 0-0: Tuukka Rask turns back Ilya Kovalchuk one-timer, then stops Krys Barch on rebound. NJ on PP for first time.

13:30 1st period, 0-0: Zdeno Chara dumps Travis Zajac in front of the Bruins bench.

11:27 1st period, 0-0: Wicked wrist shot by Milan Lucic from in close. Wide right.

8:46 1st period, 0-0: Tuukka Rask’s toughest stop so far. Stands tall on Jacob Josefson’s close-range attempt.

5:39 1st period, 0-0: Shawn Thornton vs. Krys Barch. Looked like the fight was mutual. Thornton from start to finish. Clinical how Thornton fights.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Adam McQuaid is the healthy scratch. Aaron Johnson on the third pairing with Andrew Ference.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 29, 2013 06:37 PM

Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Aaron Johnson-Andrew Ference

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Johan Hedberg (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 save percentage) will start in goal for the Devils.

Game 6: Bruins vs. Devils

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff January 29, 2013 01:01 PM

Greetings from Causeway Street, where the Bruins tonight will take on the Devils. The Bruins are fresh off their 5-3 win Monday night over the Canes in Raleigh, N.C.

Boston coach Claude Julien, pleased with the play of Doug Hamilton (5 games, 0-4-4), in his day-of-game comments drew parallels between the rookie blueliner and Hall-of-Famer Larry Robinson, the ex-Habs icon.

''Off the top of my head, I can't really pinpoint anybody,'' initially mused Julien, after being asked if Hamilton reminded him of another player. ''But the one guy that comes to mind for me a little bit is Larry Robinson. He's tall, he's not going to run anybody through the boards, but he's solid and moves the puck well and sees the play well. I think everybody knows Larry was a pretty good player.''

Adam McQuaid is back with the team after zipping up to the Maritimes to attend his grandmother's funeral on Monday. McQuaid was among the few Bruins to skate this morning at the Garden, and Julien said he will decide later today if the 6-5 backliner will suit up against the Devils.

According to Julien, none of his charges was injured Monday night in Raleigh, leaving the full roster available for this evening.

Puck drop: 7:05 p.m. EST

Record: Bruins, 4-0-1; Devils, 3-0-1

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Projected lineup:Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Aaron Johnson

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Lane MacDermid, Adam McQuaid.

Storylines: Neither club has suffered a loss in 60 minutes of regulation. The Devils fell to the Habs, 4-3, in overtime Sunday. The Bruins were rubbed out, 4-3, in overtime by the Rangers last Wednesday at MSG...Christopher Bourque, son of Bruins icon Ray Bourque, has yet to pick up a point in his five games with the Spoked-B. ''I wouldn't necessarily over-analyze it that way,'' said Julien, asked if he felt Bourque was frustrated or pressing. ''I think he's playing better and better. The numbers aren't there. But...I think he's gaining confidence''...The Bruins are scheduled for six more back-to-back dates. The next one has Tampa at the Garden on Feb. 9, followed by the Bruins' visit to Buffalo on Feb. 10....Julien believes Tyler Seguin, who scored into an empty net Monday for his first tally of the season, is still not on register after playing a couple of months in Switzerland during the lockout. ''I think he is out of synch,'' said Julien. He also believes that Seguin didn't have to battle for pucks along the boards on the bigger ice sheets in Europe, and that in part has influenced his approach to board work here in the NHL's tighter confines...The Bruins on Monday offered their VIP customers 2-for-1 tickets in the lower bowl for tonight. The seats normally retail for $120-$155, but VIP customers can grab a pair for what amounts to a 50 percent discount.

Bruins prep for tonight's date with Devils

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff January 29, 2013 11:35 AM
It's a fairly quiet morning here at TD Garden as the Bruins prepare to face the Devils at 7 p.m.

The Bruins are fresh off their 5-3 win Monday night over the Hurricanes in Raleigh, and this is their first encounter with back-to-back games in the lockout-shortened season.

Look for Tuukka Rask in net for Boston, following Anton Khudobin's debut Monday night. According to coach Claude Julien, none of his charges suffered an injury in the win at Raleigh, meaning all hands are on deck and available for duty against the ever-diligent Devils.

"They always play a heavy game," said Julien, referring to the Devils.

Chris Bourque has yet to collect a point in his five games with the Spoked-B, but Julien believes the Son of Seventy-Seven is getting better each and every game. Julien also thinks the play of Bourque's linemates, Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley, could be sharper, which could help Bourque get his production going.

We'll be back here soon with the regular day-of-game report.

Final: Bruins 5, Hurricanes 3

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 28, 2013 06:52 PM

All done in Raleigh. Goalie Anton Khudobin posts first win of season.

18:08 3d period, Bruins 4-3: David Krejci with the go-ahead goal. Cam Ward gets a piece of Nathan Horton’s first shot. But Krejci there to take a pass from Dougie Hamilton.

12:34 3d period, 3-3: Great look for Nathan Horton in slot. Cam Ward squeezes pads shut.

8:55 3d period, 3-3: Bruins kill Chris Bourque tripping penalty. Not sold on Bourque as No. 3 left wing. Jordan Caron will get opportunity once he gets going.

20:00 2d period, 3-3: Coaching staff not going to be pleased with this one. Carolina dictating pace and play. Bruins giving away puck at every turn.

18:45 2d period, 3-3: Tied up. Eric Staal with the goal. Alexander Semin picks off Chris Kelly pass. Bruins treating puck like it’s radioactive.

17:55 2d period, Bruins 3-2: Jeff Skinner gets past Andrew Ference, sprints to net, goes upstairs on Anton Khudobin. Jordan Staal starts play by picking off Shawn Thornton pass.

15:32 2d period, Bruins 3-1: Nathan Horton takes a long skate through center ice and offensive zone before snapping puck past Cam Ward. Not good positioning by Ward. At other end, Anton Khudobin sharp to kick out Alexander Semin chance.

4:17 2d period, Bruins 2-1: Shorthanded chance for Rich Peverley after picking off Jamie McBain. Cam Ward stacks pads and keeps puck off line.

20:00 1st period, Bruins 2-1: Shots tied at 11-11. Hurricanes looking sharper in second half of first period. Anton Khudobin looking solid. Turned back several good chances.

14:50 1st period, Bruins 2-1: Jamie McBain gets Carolina on board. McBain goes down the middle, taps in Eric Staal feed.

11:06 1st period, Bruins 2-0: Tim Gleason vs. Milan Lucic. Gleason asks for fight, with team down 2-0. Lucic obliges. Good, even scrap. Relatively, Gleason gives Lucic trouble.

6:15 1st period, Bruins 2-0: First a shortie. Now a PPG. Zdeno Chara with a wrister from the right point. Milan Lucic with the screen.

3:16 1st period, Bruins 1-0: SHG for Brad Marchand. Nice cross-ice dish from Zdeno Chara. First shortie of season for Bruins.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Carolina starts first line of Jiri Tlusty, Eric Staal, Alexander Semin. Bruins counter with Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 28, 2013 06:37 PM

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Aaron Johnson-Andrew Ference

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

* Cam Ward (1-2-0, 4.72 GAA, .945 save percentage) will start in goal for the Hurricanes.

Dougie Hamilton officially a full-time Bruin

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 28, 2013 06:35 PM

GM Peter Chiarelli told Dougie Hamilton today that he will not be returning to junior. Tonight will mark Hamilton’s fifth game as an NHLer.

Chiarelli said Hamilton was naturally pleased to hear the news. Hamilton will become roommates with Adam McQuaid. Hamilton had been staying in a Boston hotel.

This season will count as a full year on Hamilton's three-year entry-level contract. Through four games, Hamilton has three assists.

Anton Khudobin to start first game of season

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 28, 2013 12:44 PM

Anton Khudobin will see his first action of the year tonight against Carolina. Khudobin backed up Tuukka Rask for the first four games.

“He showed that last year in the one game he played for us,” Claude Julien said of Khudobin, who beat Ottawa in his only 2011-12 start. “He had a decent year too in Providence. No matter what, you have to use both goaltenders in a short schedule. We have to rely on both of them and have confidence in both of them.”

Assuming no quirks take place, Rask will start tomorrow against New Jersey at TD Garden. Rask could also play on Thursday against Buffalo and Saturday against Toronto.

Game 5: Bruins at Hurricanes preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 28, 2013 10:16 AM
RALEIGH – Good morning from PNC Arena, where the Bruins will play the Hurricanes tonight. It’s possible that Anton Khudobin could make his season debut. Tuukka Rask has started the last four games.

Adam McQuaid will not play tonight. McQuaid has been excused for a personal reason. Aaron Johnson will replace McQuaid. McQuaid is expected to play against New Jersey tomorrow at TD Garden.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Bruins 3-0-1, Hurricanes 2-2-0

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Aaron Johnson-Andrew Ference

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

Healthy scratch: Lane MacDermid

Storylines: This will be Dougie Hamilton’s fifth NHL game. Once Hamilton makes his sixth NHL appearance, it will count as Year 1 on his three-year entry-level contract. Safe to say that will take place, and that Hamilton’s junior career is over… Tyler Seguin is looking for his first goal of the season. Meanwhile, former youth hockey teammate Jeff Skinner has found the back of the net in three straight games… Carolina is averaging a league-high 39.5 shots per game… The Bruins are perfect on the penalty kill through four games… The Bruins will get their first look at former teammate Joe Corvo, better known as the eternal Hurricane… Dan O’Rourke and Frederick L’Ecuyer will be the referees. Bryan Pancich and Pierre Racicot will be the linesmen.

Making 'a mountain out of a power play'

Posted by Amalie Benjamin January 27, 2013 01:28 PM

WILMINGTON – Bruins coach Claude Julien thought he had gotten through a session with the media without a question about the Bruins’ power play. He hadn’t.

“We’re four games in, guys,” Julien said. “I’d say three of the four games we’ve moved the puck well, posts and a goal that was disallowed. A lot of things have happened. I think people have to take a step back here and understand.”

The Bruins are 1-for-17 on the power play, putting them just a step above Los Angeles, which is 0-for-23.

Julien mentioned the Stanley Cup run by Los Angeles without a great power play. He mentioned that Tampa Bay hasn’t been practicing the power play, focusing instead on five-on-five.

“I think people have to take a step back here and maybe breathe a little easier here with this stuff, not make a mountain out of a power play,” Julien said. “Certainly we want it to work well, but it’s not the end of the world.

“We’re still winning some hockey games. We’re still unbeaten in regulation. And our power play has given us some momentum, has given us some chances. So we hope that with time we’ll get more results than we have so far.”

Adam McQuaid out vs. Carolina

Posted by Amalie Benjamin January 27, 2013 01:16 PM

Defenseman Adam McQuaid was not on the ice Sunday morning with the Bruins at Ristuccia Arena. Coach Claude Julien said it was due to personal reasons, not injury. McQuaid will not travel with the team to Carolina and will miss the game against the Hurricanes, but is expected back for the game on Tuesday.

Aaron Johnson is expected to play in his absence. Johnson also saw ice time with Dennis Seidenberg out for two games with a lower body injury.

Final, Bruins 4, Islanders 2

Posted by Amalie Benjamin January 25, 2013 06:49 PM

End of game, Bruins 4-2 That's all from the Garden, with the Bruins beating the Islanders 4-2. Hamilton had the first multi-point game of his career, bringing out a spirited -- if short-lived -- "Dougie! Dougie!" chant from the fans.

6:27 3rd period, Bruins 4-2 Bergeron gets one, from Marchand and Hamilton. All started with Hamilton.

12:53 3rd period, Bruins 3-2 Bruins get one from Chara, assisted by Lucic and Horton. It was his first goal of the season.

19:32 3rd period, 2-2 Krejci out for holding. Power play, Islanders. They are 0-2 so far on the power play tonight.

3:46 2nd period, 2-2 Power play time. Streit for interference.

6:18 2nd period, 2-2 Gregory Campbell just netted his first goal of the season, getting this game back to a tie. He was assisted by Krejci and Kelly. The media assembled by the TV to see the replay all really appreciated when NESN cut out before the goal was actually scored. Whoops.

10:10 2nd period, Islanders 2-1 That's two for Aucoin. Rask lets in an unassisted goal, Aucoin's third of the season. The Islanders are leading with 6 shots in the second period to the Bruins' 1. He has three goals and one assist in the last three games.

15:50 2nd period, 1-1 Chara for interference.

17:36 2nd period, 1-1 There was a scoring change on the Bruins goal. It's now Thornton from Paille and Hamilton.

0:21 1st period, 1-1 Kelly gets called for tripping, giving the Islanders a power play.

2:07 1st period, 1-1 The Bruins are on the first power play of the evening, and get a chance. Seguin, though, has his chance stopped by DiPietro on the line -- or does he? The play goes to review, and is ruled not a goal. The Islanders remain perfect on the penalty kill so far this season.

3:27 1st period, 1-1 There are gloves on the ice. I believe they belong to Paille and Martin. It was a less effective fight than Lucic's efforts, even when Thornton stepped in to help. Penalties are coming. Paille, two minutes unsportsmanlike conduct. Thornton gets a 10-minute misconduct. Martin gets four minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.

8:47 1st period, 1-1 Islanders just tied the score on a goal by center Keith Aucoin, assisted by McDonald and Ullstrom. I'm learning that the Islanders don't travel quite as well as the Knicks did last night. Definitely not as much Isles gear as there was Knicks. Go figure.

10:16 1st period, Bruins 1-0 DiPietro, by the way, doesn't have a win since Dec. 3, 2011. The Bruins are trying their best to put off that next win.

14:06 1st period, Bruins 1-0 And we have our first fight of the evening. Lucic mixed it up with Matt Carkner in the Islanders zone, with Lucic getting in a pretty good shot. Both received major penalties for fighting.

15:08 1st period, Bruins 1-0 Shawn Thornton gave the Bruins the lead with his first goal of the season. He was set up in front of the goal, and knocked in a rebound off a shot by Hamilton. Assists to Hamilton and Campbell.

18:52 1st period, 0-0 After missing the last two games, Dennis Seidenberg is indeed playing tonight.

Pregame Tonight marks the season debut for Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro. Meanwhile, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has started each of the Bruins games so far this season.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 25, 2013 06:26 PM

Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Rick DiPietro (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 save percentage) will start in goal for the Islanders.

Dennis Seidenberg likely to return

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 25, 2013 11:41 AM
Although Dennis Seidenberg will be a game-time decision, Claude Julien said he was more optimistic than pessimistic that the defenseman would play tonight. Seidenberg was unavailable for the last two games because of a lower-body injury.

Seidenberg participated in the morning skate and took line rushes with Dougie Hamilton. The two were paired in Seidenberg’s only game.

* Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice, indicating he will make his fourth straight start tonight.

Game 4: Islanders at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 25, 2013 09:59 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will have their third home game of the season against the Islanders.

Tuukka Rask could get his fourth straight start tonight. Anton Khudobin would then see his first action of the season on Monday against Carolina. Or Claude Julien could give Rask a rest and tab Khudobin.

Dennis Seidenberg (lower body) hasn’t played in the last two games.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Islanders 2-1-0, Bruins 2-0-1

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Andrew Ference-Dougie Hamilton
Aaron Johnson-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratch: Lane MacDermid

Storylines: The Islanders blew seven goals past the Maple Leafs last night. Then again, given Toronto’s goaltending, it’s not exactly breaking news when they give up a seven-spot… Michael Grabner leads the Islanders with three goals and two assists… The Bruins are 14 for 14 on the penalty kill… The Bruins will have a day off on Saturday. They are scheduled to practice on Sunday before leaving for Raleigh… Jack Capuano coached his first game of the season last night. Capuano missed the first two games because of kidney stones… Kyle Rehman and Wes McCauley will be the referees. Brian Murphy and Derek Amell will be the linesmen.

Greetings from Ristuccia Arena

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff January 24, 2013 11:54 AM

WILMINGTON --- Greetings from Ristuccia Arena where the sheet of ice remained in pristine condition after the Bruins opted not to skate following Wednesday night's 4-3 overtime loss against the Rangers in New York.

The Bruins did their work off-ice in preparation for Friday night's game against the visiting New York Islanders.

"There was some negative and some positive,'' Bruins coach Claude Julien said Thursday when asked what was his initial takeaway from Wednesday's night's loss in New York, where his team rallied from a 2-0 first-period deficit to salvage a point,

"Our start was not necessarily the start that we wanted,'' Julien said. ``We didn't execute very well and we didn't handle their desperation the way we should have, but we did a great job of getting ourselves back into it and getting a hard-earned point. I thought through the adversity we faced in the early going that the guys redeemed themselves well.

"It was nice to see that nobody hung their head and we just dug in there.''

Juilen gave the team the day off from skating, but indicated that if the team had practiced defensemen Dennis Seidenberg, who has sat out the last two games with a lower-leg injury, would have likely skated with the team.

"Again, he's been a day-to-day situation and that hasn't changed,'' Julien said. "You know if he's practicing you know he's that close [to returning], but a lot of it at this time of year is about us making the right decision for the long haul vs. the short term.''

Final: Rangers 4, Bruins 3 (OT)

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 23, 2013 07:20 PM

All done in NYC. Marian Gaborik caps hat trick with OT winner.

20:00 3d period, 3-3: Overtime. After that rotten start, Bruins happy to take a point.

19:12 3d period, 3-3: Game-changing stop by Tuukka Rask on Rick Nash. Then lays out to stuff Marian Gaborik. Game should be over.

15:37 3d period, 3-3: Nathan Horton rips a long-distance shot past Henrik Lundqvist. Takes advantage of screen. Chris Kelly seals off wall, Gregory Campbell chases down puck, Horton snaps it through Carl Hagelin.

10:21 3d period, Rangers 3-2: PK clinic by Bruins. Looking to carry that momentum into offense.

5:17 3d period, Rangers 3-2: Adam McQuaid and Aaron Johnson in box. Five-on-three PP for 1:13.

20:00 2d period, Rangers 3-2: Bruins with some late pressure around the net. Going to take a greasy goal to beat Henrik Lundqvist.

16:24 2d period, Rangers 3-2: No goal. Mike Rupp sent to box for rubbing out Chris Bourque along wall. Carl Hagelin had beaten Tuukka Rask with a wrister.

13:10 2d period, Rangers 3-2: This time, Rangers capitalize on rebound. Tuukka Rask stops point shot. But Taylor Pyatt there to bang home backhand.

12:24 2d period, 2-2: Henrik Lundqvist stops Milan Lucic on initial shot. But Lucic stays with puck and swipes in backhand. Lucic a net-front presence tonight.

1:05 2d period, Rangers 2-1: PPG for Bruins. Dougie Hamilton with point shot. Brad Marchand with tip past Henrik Lundqvist. Nice positioning by Marchand.

0:18 2d period, Rangers 2-0: Good scoring chance for Milan Lucic. Marc Staal off for slashing. Third PP for Bruins.

20:00 1st period, Rangers 2-0: Rangers dominant for most of first. Bruins had little puck possession. Nothing from the power play, especially the second one.

17:31 1st period, Rangers 2-0: Adam McQuaid vs. Brian Boyle. Even bout. McQuaid didn’t like Boyle’s shot after the Rangers were offside. McQuaid went looking for that one. Might help him get his game unglued. McQuaid gets extra two for roughing.

12:43 1st period, Rangers 2-0: Bruins 0 for 10 on PP. Not much happening. Bruins out of sync so far. Dougie Hamilton looking like rookie for first time in three games.

6:49 1st period, Rangers 2-0: Tuukka Rask stops initial point shot by Michael Del Zotto. But Marian Gaborik pots the close-range rebound. Two for Gabby. Timeout Bruins. Rangers winning all the battles.

4:26 1st period, Rangers 1-0: Marian Gaborik finishes the two-on-one rush. Slick breakout with nice dish by Rick Nash. Gaborik goes upstairs.

4:10 1st period, 0-0: Marian Gaborik jamming at loose puck in crease. No goal. Replay confirms Tuukka Rask held the line.

2:05 1st period, 0-0: John Tortorella already double-shifting first line. Will be a long night at office.

1st period, 0:00, 0-0: Dennis Seidenberg will miss his second straight game because of a lower-body injury. Aaron Johnson will replace Seidenberg on defense. The Rangers are sending out the big boys on the first line: Brad Richards between Marian Gaborik and Rick Nash.

Bruins' lineup for Wednesday night's game against Rangers

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 23, 2013 06:47 PM

Based on pregame warm-ups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Andrew Ference-Dougie Hamilton
Aaron Johnson-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Henrik Lundqvist (0-2-0, 4.75 GAA, .865 save percentage) will start in goal for the Rangers.

Game 3: Bruins at Rangers preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 23, 2013 10:53 AM

NEW YORK – Good morning from Madison Square Garden, where the Bruins will take on the Rangers tonight.

The Bruins are looking to extend their perfect season. In contrast, the Rangers are winless, having lost to Boston and Pittsburgh. Tonight’s rematch should be spirited.

The Bruins will have an optional morning skate. Dennis Seidenberg (lower body) didn’t play in Monday’s 2-1 shootout win over Winnipeg. Seidenberg practiced yesterday and could be a game-time decision.

Brad Marchand was given a maintenance day yesterday. We’ll assume both Seidenberg and Marchand will be in tonight.

Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio info: NBC Sports Network (Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk, Pierre McGuire),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Bruins 2-0-0, Rangers 0-2-0

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Lane MacDermid, Aaron Johnson

Story lines: The Bruins are perfect on the penalty kill (9 for 9). On the flip side, they haven’t broken through on the power play (0 for 9)… Gregory Campbell and Stu Bickel have fought in each of the last two meetings. They could have their bout tonight. Bickel’s gotten the best of Campbell in both previous scraps… Henrik Lundqvist was pulled in the Rangers’ loss to the Penguins. Lundqvist has been good, not great… Arron Ashman was not eligible to play in the season opener (suspension). Asham gives the Rangers even more grit… Chris Rooney and Brian Pochmara will be the referees. Scott Cherrey and Derek Amell will be the linesmen.

Bruins ready for Rangers

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff January 22, 2013 11:23 AM
WILMINGTON -- Pucks are down here for what portends to be a brief workout for the Bruins prior to their flight to New York, where they'll face the Rangers Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden in their first road game of the 2012-'13 season.

The Bruins rubbed out the Blueshirts Saturday in the season opener at the Garden and followed with Monday's 2-1 shootout victory over the Jets on Causeway St.

Dennis Seidenberg, hobbled with a lower-body injury and unable to suit up vs. Winnipeg, arrives first on the ice this morn. As other Bruins stream out of the dressing room, it appears the veteran German backliner will participate in the full skate.

Coach Claude Julien on Monday sounded as if Seidenberg will not be sidelined very long. Most likely, he'll make the trip to Manhattan and Julien will decide just prior to the game if he'll suit up.

Left winger Brad Marchand is the only Bruin not skating this morning.

Julien says Marchand needed a ''maintenance day'', but offered little in way of detail.

"I think you're going to be seeing a lot of that in the early going," Julien said, referring to the need to rest players with minor injuries. Julien did not have much detail about Seidenberg's injury, but said the fact he practiced today is encouraging.

Ex-Devil Jay Pandolfo is skating in Marchand's spot on the Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin trio.

Watch: Bruins-Jets highlights

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 22, 2013 08:00 AM

Watch a video recap of the Bruins' 2-1 victory over the Jets on Monday at TD Garden.

Bruins 2, Jets 1 in OT shootout

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff January 21, 2013 12:57 PM

All done at TD. Seguin and Bergeron goals in shootout bring Bruins to 2-0-0 on season. Only Wheeler connects against Rask in shootout.


SHOOTOUT

Seguin, good. forehander.

Wheeler, good, backhander.

Bergeron, good, forehand mash.

Jokine, no good, misses forehander.

Bourque, no good, misses forehander.

Little, no good, forehander hits base of right post.


OVERTIME

Tied after 65:00, 1-1. On to shootout.

Puck down

THIRD PERIOD

Regulation ends. Tied, 1-1 on to 5:00 overtime. First of season for Bruins.

High stick lands Boychuk in penalty box at 18:49.

Julien takes timeout with 2:08 to go, prior to faceoff in Boston end.

Peverley blast at 12:38 appeared to go in net. No dice. Plays stops at 14:47, no review.

Kane interference penalty at 12:31 hands Bruins second power play.

Kane heavy hit on Marchand at 9:50 mark. Li'l Ball o' Hate shakes off.

Approaching 50:00 mark. Stil 1-1. Shots even, 22-22.

Show of hands: who wants Jets-B's to fast forward to shootout?

Big Z with big bump on ex-B Wheeler at 2:50. Timberrrrrrrrr!

And...away..we...go.

SECOND PERIOD

Two down. Still 1-1.

Stuart penalty, interference, on Horton with 1:40 left. Boston's first PP.

Seguin fails to pot tap-in after Bergeron wrister on Pavelec goes free.

Lucic with varsity hit on Ladd at 17:30, just inside Winnipeg zone.

Teams have combined for six shots through 16 minutes, period two.

Johnson tees up slapper, rings left post from long range. Still 1-1.

Julien tries to shake funk, moves Bourque to Bergeron-Seguin line. Marchand goes with Kelly-Peverley.

5:14. Ference trip. Jet's second PP of day.

Puck down.


FIRST PERIOD

First 20:00 in books. Tied, 1-1. Bruins improve as period progresses, finish with 12-11 shot advantage.

Bruins 1, Jets 1 -- Marchand ties it with easy tap-in at doorstep off Seguin feed. First of year for L'il Ball o' Hate. ES goal. Shots: Jets, 11-10.

Aaron Johnson, in B's debut, also has played for Blues Jackets, Islanders, Blackhawks, Flames and Oilers. Six teams, 282 career games.

Rask, glovehand save, stones Wellwood on breakaway at 10:14. No. 1 stopper stuff.

Quiet matinee thus far. Bruins with 7-5 shot lead. Still trail, 1-0.

Jets 1, Bruins 0 -- Thorburn pots forehander from right wing faceoff dot after Postma shot from point goes live into slot. ES goal. Shots: Jets, 3-1.

Chara pairs with Hamilton. Johnson pairs with Boychuk. Ference-McQuaid reunited.

Underway.


Good afternoon from TD Garden. Just minutes away from puck drop, Bruins vs. Jets, in Boston's second game of the 2012-'13 season.

Breaking: Veteran Boston backliner Dennis Seidenberg (lower-body injury) will not play today. Aaron Johnson will make his Spoked-B debut and will fill Seidenberg's roster spot.

Look for rookie Dougie Hamilton to pair with Zdeno Chara. In his NHL debut on Saturday, Hamilton paired with Seidenberg.

Former Bruins Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler both suited up for the ex-Thrash.

Today's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 21, 2013 12:38 PM

Based on pregame warmups:

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Aaron Johnson-Johnny Boychuk
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Dennis Seidenberg will not play because of a lower-body injury. Seidenberg is considered day-to-day, according to the Bruins. Seidenberg played on Saturday and practiced yesterday.

* Ondrej Pavelec (0-1-1, 4.00 GAA, .892 save percentage) will start in goal for the Jets.

Game 2: Jets at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 21, 2013 11:42 AM

Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will host the Jets this afternoon. No lineup changes are expected for the Bruins.

Puck drop: 1 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Jets 0-1-0, Bruins 1-0-0

Projected Bruins lineup:

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Lane MacDermid, Aaron Johnson

Storylines: The Bruins are 0 for 7 on the power play after one game. They spent part of their practice yesterday working on their five-on-three PP… Johnny Boychuk will appear in his 200th career game today… Ex-Bruin Blake Wheeler is skating on Winnipeg’s top line with Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little. All three posted a minus-2 in their season-opening loss to Ottawa… Dustin Byfuglien has Winnipeg’s only goal of the season… Kelly Sutherland and Mike Hasenfratz will be the referees. Shane Heyer and Darren Gibbs will be the linesmen.

Aaron Johnson recalled, David Warsofsky assigned

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 20, 2013 11:04 AM

The Bruins have recalled Aaron Johnson from Providence. The ex-Columbus defenseman was in Providence on a conditioning loan. Johnson appeared in two games and recorded one assist.

David Warsofsky has been assigned to Providence. The Marshfield native was a healthy scratch for last night’s season opener.

“What you don’t like doing is keeping those young guys not playing,” Claude Julien said. “They’re so close by that if need be, it’s easier to call them up knowing they’ve played and they have a bigger impact than if they’d been sitting around a few weeks.”

Johnson should be the No. 7 defenseman tomorrow against Winnipeg.

* The Bruins worked on their five-on-three power play during today’s practice. Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg worked the points on the top unit, with David Krejci, Brad Marchand, and Milan Lucic/Nathan Horton down low. On the No. 2 unit, Dougie Hamilton and Rich Peverley worked the blue line. Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron, and Chris Bourque were the forwards.

* No changes in the lineup. Lane MacDermid and Jay Pandolfo were the extra forwards, while Johnson was the spare defenseman.

Bruins reward fans with a victory and more

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 19, 2013 10:21 PM

After Saturday's season opener, a group of fans were chosen to receive the jerseys off the Bruins' backs. Players skated over, took off their jerseys and shared a moment with their assigned fan.

So what did they talk about?

For defenseman Johnny Boychuck, it was a brief meeting without words.

For team captain Zdeno Chara, it was far more.

"I introduced myself, the lady introduced herself, and she told me she would like to dedicate that jersey to her husband that passed away two years ago, but she was very happy and thankful that we got to win the championship before he passed away, so that was very motivational and obviously inspirational," Chara said.

It's likely countless more of the thousands of fans who packed TD Garden had similar stories about how the black and gold runs through the family, and Saturday was their first chance to renew acquaintances with the home team after the NHL's lockout delayed the start of the season by more than three months.

The Bruins gave them a good show.

"We kind of looked like midseason form team there, so it's good to see," goalie Tuukka Rask said.

Rask backstopped the Bruins with 20 saves. Boychuck was impressed.

"He's a great goalie and tonight he stood on his head again and gave us a chance to win, even on that 5-on-3, he did a really good job," Boychuck said.

Coach Claude Julien was also pleased with the way the season opener went.

"I liked our effort tonight. Couldn't be happier because I liked the effort, the guys seemed to be pretty focused, thought we did some real good plays," Julien said. "As bad as we looked on Tuesday [in a preseason scrimmage vs. the Providence Bruins] was as good as we looked tonight."

Final: Bruins 3, Rangers 1

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 19, 2013 06:45 PM

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Hockey returned to TD Garden Saturday night, and the Bruins rewarded fans who endured a long delay to the start of the season because of the NHL's labor dispute with a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers.

In a marquee clash of two of the Eastern Conference's top teams (the first NHL.com power rankings listed the Bruins No. 1, the Rangers No. 2), the Bruins got goals from Milan Lucic, Daniel Paille, and Johnny Boychuk.

The Bruins outshot the Rangers, 34-21, and goalie Tuukka Rask made 20 saves.

Lucic put the Bruins up 1-0 in the first period when he collected a rebound off Lundqvist and zipped it by the Rangers goalie. David Krejci took the initial shot.

Paille gave the Bruins a 2-0 in the second period. His shot from Lundqvist's left side got behind the goalie, hit the post and then hit Lundqvist before trickling over the goal line.

Brad Richards cut the lead to 2-1 for the Rangers when his shot with 7:10 left in the second whistled past Rask.

In the third, Boychuk controlled the puck off the boards and fired on goal, and the puck found its way through traffic, including Patrice Bergeron screening Lundqvist, and into the net for a 3-1 Bruins lead.

After the game, the Bruins gave selected fans the jerseys they wore during the game.

3d period, 5:34, Bruins 3, Rangers 1: Milan Lucic got tossed from the game.

3d period, 5:52, Bruins 3, Rangers 1: The fan of the game has a flying Bobby Orr tattoo across his back. Can't argue with the choice.

3d period, 11:47, Bruins 3, Rangers 1: Johnny Boychuk controlled the puck off the boards and fired on goal, and the puck found its way through traffic, including Patrice Bergeron screening Lundqvist, and into the net.

3d period, 12:53, Bruins 2, Rangers 1: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist caught David Krejci's point-blank shot in his glove, and the play was reviewed because it appeared Lundqvist's glove may have crossed the goal line, but it was ruled no goal.

3d period, 13:36, Bruins 2, Rangers 1: Bruins took care of business on the penalty kill, and got a power play of their own when Rick Nash goes for hooking.

3d period, 15:37, Bruins 2, Rangers 1: Rangers will have 1:30 of 5-on-3 with both Zdeno Chara (hooking) and Milan Lucic (boarding) in the penalty box.

2d intermission, Bruins 2, Rangers 1: The Bruins continue to hold advantages in many stat categories, but most importantly in shots. The Bruins have outshot the Rangers, 25-15, and against a lesser goalie this game might be very different right now. But Lundqvist is the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, and he's shown why.

2d period, 6:25/6:22, Bruins 2, Rangers 1: Bruins Shawn Thornton drops the gloves with Mike Rupp, to the delight of the crowd, followed immediately by a bout between Gregory Campbell and Stu Bickel that ramps the Garden up to an 11 on the amplifier. (Gotta love the Garden music guy, who immediately plays Metallica's Creeping Death while the penalties get sorted out.)

2d period, 7:10, Bruins 2, Rangers 1: Brad Richards got the Rangers on the board with a drive from above the left circle that whistled past Tuukka Rask.

2d period, 11:35, Bruins 2, Rangers 0: Daniel Paille's blast got behind Lundqvist, hit the pipe, bounced off Lundqvist and trickled behind the Rangers' goalie and across the red line to put the Bruins up 2-0.

Start of second period, Bruins 1, Rangers 0: The Bruins were 23-2-0 in 2011-12 when leading after the first period. Just sayin'. (Thanks to the Bruins press box staff for that nugget, BTW)

1st intermission, Bruins 1, Rangers 0: The season is off to a good start for the Bruins, who lead at the first break, but having only 6 days of training camp is evident on both sides. The Rangers have struggled to clear their zone, while the Bruins have had several unforced error-type miscues, with pucks bouncing off sticks despite no apparent threat, and misfires on shots or passes.

Nonetheless, hockey is back and the Garden faithful are into it.

1st period, 5:46, Bruins 1, Rangers 0: Milan Lucic scored the first goal of the season for the Bruins when he collected a rebound of a blast by David Krejci that bounced off Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. It was an inevitable outcome considering the Bruins have been peppering Lundqvist all first period, and lead 12-4 in shots at the time of the goal.

1st period, 10:55: It's 4-on-4 for 51 seconds, and then the Bruins will have about 3 minutes of power play time as Brian Boyle picks up a double-minor. Right after Boyle went to the box, the Bruins narrowly missed as a puck slid through the crease parallel to the goal line, but was swept away by the Rangers just in time.

1st period, 11:56: Bruins D Adam McQuaid goes off for interference.

1st period, 13:03: The Bruins have kept much of the action in the Rangers' zone, and have a 4-1 advantage in shots.

1st period: Less than a minute in and NY's Carl Hagelin picks up an interference penalty. Anyone else expecting a bit of a sloppy game?

Pregame: The Bunker Hill Pipe Band from Charlestown just finished a stirring tune, and now "The Bruins are Back" is blaring through the sound system. Fever pitch as puck-drop approaches.

Welcome to TD Garden, where the atmosphere is electric both inside and outside as the Bruins open their 2013 season. Stay tuned for updates and commentary throughout the game.

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Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 19, 2013 06:33 PM

Based on pregame warmups:

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal for the Rangers.

Jeremy Jacobs on lockout: 'Nobody won'

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 19, 2013 06:21 PM

As chairman of the NHL’s board of governors, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs played a critical role in the lockout. In hindsight, neither the NHL nor the NHLPA should be declared the victor, said Jacobs.

“Nobody won,” Jacobs said. “More importantly, nobody lost. If I won and they lost, then we both lost. If I won and they lost, we both lose. This is a game. We did hurt the game. We didn’t just hurt Boston. We hurt the game of hockey.”

* Jacobs acknowledged the NHL’s framework for the previous collective bargaining agreement was off in terms of numbers. “That was definitely the right direction and the right composition,” Jacobs said of the CBA, which included a salary cap. “The numbers were wrong. We just got the numbers wrong. We believe we’ve got the numbers right. It took a lot and it was very expensive to all of us getting there.”

* In retrospect, the NHL’s initial offer in July set a bad tone for negotiations. The players were at first baffled, then galvanized, by the proposal, in which the NHL claimed 57 percent of hockey-related revenue. Jacobs said he didn’t know what kind of effect the initial proposal had on following talks. “I know that prior to the opening and trying to save the 82-game season, the same offer was pretty much substantially made that was agreed upon last week,” Jacobs said.

* Jacobs cited his team’s situation – recent Stanley Cup winner, playing in a sold-out building, featuring a contending roster – as reasons why, as an owner, he would have been against a lockout. However, as board chairman, Jacobs said he had a greater responsibility. “I’m the last guy that wants to shut this thing down. Absolutely the last ones out there,” Jacobs said. “There’s a couple Canadian teams – I don’t have to name them – that irrespective are going to be very successful. This is a successful franchise. I don’t want this to shut down. Unfortunately, I play in a league with 30 teams. When I step back and look at what’s going on with the broadest sense, I’ve got to play a role productively in that way. My selfish interest definitely was to keep this going within the parameters of the deal that was out there. But it doesn’t make sense for the league long-term. We have a lot of people that were very tired of this. A lot of people that were promised we would right-size this. I had to play a role in it. From a leadership standpoint, I think I had to play a role. To be vilified, I don’t think is right. But what’s my opinion on something like that?”

* Jacobs spoke with his players earlier today. Jacobs said he didn’t get the sense there was any animosity.

Claude Julien: 'Let's go at it'

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 19, 2013 12:28 PM

Tonight at TD Garden, the Bruins will open against the New York Rangers. Both teams project to be among the NHL’s strongest clubs.

The teams will have a rematch next Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

“Let’s go at it,” Claude Julien said. “We go at it again on Wednesday. There’s no issue from my end of it. I’ve always said you control what you can control. The schedule is made, then you go with it.”

Dougie Hamilton will make his NHL debut tonight. Hamilton will wear No. 27, his number from junior. Hamilton had been wearing No. 53 in camp.

“What he’s got to do is gain some experience,” Julien said. “That will only come with time. I think we all know he’s got the size. We all know he can move the puck well. We all know he skates well. We all know he’s got great hockey sense. So where’s his weakness? I don’t think he has a weakness, more than the only weakness that he has is his lack of experience. We’ve got to allow him to get that.”

* Lane MacDermid and David Warsofsky will be the healthy scratches.

Game 1: Rangers at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 19, 2013 09:57 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will kick off the 48-game season tonight against the New York Rangers.

Tuukka Rask will get the start in goal. Dougie Hamilton and Chris Bourque are expected to make their Bruins debuts.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Rangers 0-0-0, Bruins 0-0-0

Projected Bruins lineup:

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Lane MacDermid, David Warsofsky

Projected Rangers lineup:

Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Marian Gaborik-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Chris Kreider
Michael Rupp-Jeff Halpern-Brandon Segal

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Stu Bickel

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

Healthy scratches: Steve Eminger, Matt Gilroy

Story lines: Should be interesting to see how Claude Julien plays his matchups. Usually, Zdeno Chara shadows Marian Gaborik. But with Gaborik and Rick Nash skating on different lines, Julien will have to deploy different matchups … Johnny Boychuk turns 29 today … This will be the first game for Nathan Horton and Adam McQuaid since their respective head injuries. Horton hasn’t played since Jan. 22, 2012. McQuaid’s last game was on April 5, 2012. Horton will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season … Boston College (Chris Kreider and Brian Boyle) and Boston University (Chris Bourque and David Warsofsky) will be well represented… Department of the Obvious: Rene Rancourt will sing the national anthem… Tom Kowal and Chris Lee will be the referees. Shane Heyer and Darren Gibbs will be the linesmen.

Bruins top NHL.com's first power rankings

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 18, 2013 02:33 PM
NHL.com has come out with its first set of Super 16 power rankings for this season, and the Bruins are ranked No. 1.

The Penguins are No. 2 and the Rangers ranked No. 3 to give the Eastern Conference a podium sweep. The Blues check in at No. 4, followed by the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings.

The commentary about the Bruins, by NHL.com staff writer Dave Lozo:

There's a lot to like about the 2011 champions heading into this season. Tyler Seguin, 20, has the potential to blossom into a point-per-game player after jumping from 22 points as a rookie to 67 points last season. Nathan Horton, a lock for 20 goals (pro-rated) when healthy, is back from a concussion. Tuukka Rask has Vezina potential playing behind one of the game's best blue lines.

On a side note, Zdeno Chara was the highest-rated Bruins player on TSN's Top 50 NHL players list. Chara was 12th, Tyler Seguin was 31st, and Patrice Bergeron was 35th.

The Penguins' Sidney Crosby was No. 1 for the third straight season.

Bruins excited for season opener

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 18, 2013 11:57 AM
WILMINGTON – The Bruins opted for off-ice workouts the day before their season opener against the Rangers. Milan Lucic and Jordan Caron were the only players to hit the ice at Ristuccia Arena.

“Really excited about it,” Claude Julien said of launching the 48-game season. “I would have been extremely disappointed had we not gotten to the stage here where we’re at in giving our fans an exciting half-season. It won’t be a long season of 82 games. But an exciting one at 48. It’s going to be basically playoff hockey from the get-go. It’s exciting for the fans. But it’s exciting for us too. If there’s anything I’m going to take from it, it’s going to be fun too.”

* NHL teams must set their rosters by 5 p.m. As of now, David Warsofsky, Lane MacDermid, and Jay Pandolfo are still with the club. Pandolfo is without an NHL contract. Pandolfo is on a professional tryout agreement. To Pandolfo’s understanding, he can stay with the team short-term under his current status.

* Lucic and wife Brittany welcomed daughter Valentina (8 pounds, 1 ounce) on Thursday. She is their first child. Brittany Lucic went through 18 hours of labor, which confirms that her husband isn’t the toughest one in the family.

Bruins’ expected lineup:

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Rangers’ expected lineup:

Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Marian Gaborik-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Chris Kreider
Michael Rupp-Jeff Halpern-Brandon Segal

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Stu Bickel

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

Watch: Bruins season preview

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 17, 2013 06:19 PM

NHL.com's Dan Rosen provides his outlook for the Bruins in 2013.

NHL apologizes to fans via full-page ad

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 17, 2013 07:58 AM
The NHL has issued a formal apology to fans via a full-page ad in today's Boston Globe.

A simple letter on a mostly white page (there's a silhouette of a crowded arena at the bottom) promises the league will make it up to fans.

It reads as follows:

Dear fans:

As your teams prepare for the opening face-off of the 2012-13 season, we thank you for your patience and we apologize to you for the time we missed. From today forward, we will do everything we can to make this season worth the wait.

We are committed to earning back your trust and support the same way it's earned on the ice: with hard work and unwavering dedication. Your cheers drive us forward, and we're committed to making you proud to be a fan - by delivering a game with the action, the skill and the intensity you deserve.

Like you, we've missed NHL hockey. We've missed the clutch goals, the big hits, the electrifying saves. We've missed the flash of red light, the sound of the siren and the way the building shakes when the home team scores.

It's time to focus on the best athletes in the world, on the enduring greatness of the game and - above all - on the connection that binds fans, players and families everywhere. NHL hockey is the best in the world. The future is incredibly bright. So let's drop the puck and marvel at all the remarkable things the players do with it.

With respect and appreciation,
The National Hockey League.

P.S. We hope you'll get in on the action. And again, thank you.

An NHL spokesman said the ad would appear Thursday or Friday in at least one major newspaper in each of the NHL's 30 markets, as well as selected "national" newspapers in the US and Canada.

Bruins back to work after Tuesday scrimmage

Posted by Bob Fedas January 16, 2013 04:14 PM

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell, Globe Staff
WILMINGTON -- After their largely sloppy exhibition game against Providence on Tuesday night at TD Garden, the Bruins got back to work late Wednesday morning at Ristuccia Arena.
The practice was intense and energetic, and coach Claude Julien said it was designed to help players take the next step as the team prepares to open the season Saturday against the New York Rangers.
"It’s part of the plan moving ahead,’’ said Julien. "We ramp it up a little bit, guys are getting in better shape, so a little bit more on the battle side. It’s all part of hopefully preparing for Saturday.’’
One of the issues facing the coaching staff is weighing how hard to push the team in a shortened training camp without risking a plethora of groin pulls, hip flexor strains, and the like.
"When you get to this stage, it is pretty delicate,’’ said Julien. "But there is a risk and reward, and there’s no 100 percenters, I guess. You’ve got to do what you think is right for the team, and that may mean a couple of injuries. You hope it’s not but you have to look at the big picture vs. the small picture. We have six days here to get ready for the first league game and we’ve got to put together as much as we can and we’ve taken the precautions of not having lengthy practices, but at the same time we ramp up the intensity and try to make the most of the time we are out on the ice.’’
When asked about roster cuts, Julien said a timetable has yet to be determined.
"It’s going to be a decision we’ll make here with management and decide how long, whether it’s Friday, whether we do it Saturday morning or tomorrow. We haven’t made that decision yet," he said. "With the intensity and battles and everything else that we have in practice, I don’t mind this kind of number because you get quality and at the same time you also get the rest that you need between reps.’’
One of the objectives going into Tuesday’s scrimmage was for the players to get a gauge of where they were in terms of their individual games.
"Everybody’s in a different boat here,’’ said Julien. "Some guys have been playing, some haven’t. I told the guys, 'Make sure you understand by the end of the game what you felt is needed.’ For some guys, it was their hands. They didn’t quite have their hands. For some other guys, it was certainly a little bit more conditioning. Other guys, it might have been timing, so there was a lot that could be done individually. As a team, it wasn’t a great game but the one thing I know is in the second period, we were better than the first. The third period, we fell back three goals but we got ourselves right back in the game.’’

Watch: Bruins Black and Gold scrimmage

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 16, 2013 07:51 AM

The Bruins held their Black and Gold scrimmage at TD Garden Tuesday night, with the Boston-based varsity taking on the AHL's Providence Bruins. Providence won, 7-5.

See some of the action in Marie Torto's video report, and hear from players Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, Dougie Hamilton, and Chris Bourque, as well as coach Claude Julien.

Bruins lose to Providence in scrimmage, 7-5

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 15, 2013 09:56 PM

The Bruins dropped a 7-5 match to Providence at TD Garden Tuesday night in their one and only scrimmage of training camp.

Tuukka Rask gave up six goals on 24 shots. Max Sauve scored two goals for Providence. Rask was the victim of several unlucky bounces. But he also saw some pucks go through that he should have turned back.

“I think it was sloppy throughout for all of us,” Rask said. “We’d rather take it now than Saturday, right?”

Anton Khudobin stopped 28 of 33 shots for the win. Khudobin didn’t look sharp either.

“A lot of goals scored that we would have liked to have back on both sides,” coach Claude Julien said. “We all know our goaltenders struggled tonight. That doesn’t make them any less good than what we think they’re going to be. We’re going to keep working with those guys. As much as we had some rusty guys up front, goaltenders are always the guys you look at, because that’s the last wall you have before it goes into the nets.”

* Boston’s best line was Chris Bourque, Chris Kelly, and Rich Peverley. Bourque scored a goal and had two assists.

* Adam McQuaid fought Bobby Robins in the third period. McQuaid didn’t appreciate a hit by Lane MacDermid and took several whacks at the left wing. Robins jumped in and tangled with McQuaid. Earlier, Robins drew the ire of Zdeno Chara near the net. Chara gave Robins a whack with his stick.

* Nathan Horton said he felt fine. It was Horton’s first game (albeit a scrimmage) since Jan. 22, 2012. Julien noted Horton’s speed.

Only a scrimmage, but Bruins eager for action

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 15, 2013 11:59 AM
The Bruins will participate in their only scrimmage of training camp tonight at TD Garden. The camp crew will play against Providence players, who will be brought up for the game. The team is anticipating a full house of 17,565. The game will be streamed live on www.bostonbruins.com, with Dave Goucher and Bob Beers calling the action.

“It’s pretty exciting to realize how quickly it got sold out,” coach Claude Julien said. “As I’ve often said, we’ve got some pretty loyal fans here. They missed the game more than anything. They’re looking forward to seeing our team back on the ice. Our job this year is not to disappoint them.”

  • Julien is seeking more from the fourth line of Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell, and Shawn Thornton this year. “I thought that last year, they weren’t as good as the year before,” Julien said. “They need to find that chemistry and that energy that they gave us, that positive energy they gave our team. Maybe last year was tough because all three of those guys were looking for a new contract. Maybe they were pressing too much. But now is a situation where they can get back to doing what they did. They outworked every line they played against. They threw pucks to the net. They crashed the net. That’s how they got offensive results.”
  • The difference between players who played during the lockout and those who didn’t is decreasing, Julien said. “You can see an improvement every day,” Julien said. “I find that it’s starting to level off pretty quickly. What we’re going to have to be careful of is the schedule part of it.”

Bruins tune up for camp scrimmage

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 15, 2013 10:10 AM

The Bruins are on the ice at TD Garden, replicating their standard morning skate. The Bruins will participate in a scrimmage at 7 p.m. at the Garden. All tickets have been claimed.

Rich Peverley is not participating in practice. Jamie Tardif is replacing Peverley on the third line.

UPDATE: Peverley was excused for personal reasons. Peverley will play tonight.

Today’s lineup:

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Jamie Tardif
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Jay Pandolfo-Ryan Spooner-Jay Pandolfo

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Aaron Johnson-Matt Bartkowski
David Warsofsky

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Full house expected for Tuesday's scrimmage

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 14, 2013 01:00 PM
All 17,565 tickets for the Bruins' Black and Gold scrimmage Tuesday at TD Garden have been distributed. The game will take place at 7 p.m.

The Bruins will recall additional players from Providence to participate in the scrimmage. The team has hired referees for the night to replicate a normal game setting.

  • The team has yet to decide whether to sign Jay Pandolfo after camp. Pandolfo, who is attending on a tryout, played for Claude Julien in New Jersey in 2006-07. “I thought he was by far our best penalty killer that year,” Julien said. “The one thing I’ve always said about Jay is that he’s never gotten the credit that he deserved. You’ve got players on teams that are unsung heroes. He’s certainly one of those guys that I’ve always seen as an unsung hero, not just when I was in New Jersey, but even before I got there.”
  • The Bruins officially declared Tim Thomas a suspended player at 10 a.m. today. The Bruins are responsible for carrying Thomas’s $5 million pro-rated cap hit.
  • The Bruins will practice on Tuesday morning at the Garden. The practice is closed to the public.
  • The Bruins will not print tickets for season ticketholders. Tickets will be available online only for printing.

Bruins practice power play to start Day 2

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 14, 2013 10:07 AM

WILMINGTON – The Bruins are practicing their power play to start Day 2 of training camp.

PP1:
Zdeno Chara, Tyler Seguin, David Krejci/Rich Peverley, Milan Lucic/Gregory Campbell, Nathan Horton.

PP2:
Dougie Hamilton, Dennis Seidenberg, Patrice Bergeron, Chris Bourque, Brad Marchand.

In most of the looks, the first unit has been in an umbrella formation, with Chara serving as the primary point man. Seguin is on the left-side half-wall. Lucic and Campbell are rotating as net-front men. Horton is the high-slot shooter.

Krejci and Peverley are rotating on the right point. In Boston, Krejci has always been on the left-side half-boards or goal line. Krejci played the point for Pardubice during the lockout, and also played up top in junior for Gatineau.

On the second unit, Hamilton and Seidenberg are manning the left and right points. Marchand is doing the digging around the net. Bergeron and Bourque have mostly been stationed on the left- and right-side boards, respectively.

The power play has been a regular area of concern for the Bruins.

“I liked our results,” Claude Julien said after practice. “I thought our power play was moving the puck well in practice today and doing a lot of good things. We’ll keep working on that.”

No changes to yesterday’s lineup:

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Lane MacDermid/Jay Pandolfo-Ryan Spooner-Jamie Tardif

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Aaron Johnson-Matt Bartkowski
David Warsofsky

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Bruins thrilled to start 48-game sprint

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 13, 2013 03:30 PM

The Bruins have concluded their first official post-lockout practice. In less than a week, they’ll be back on TD Garden ice to kick off the season against the New York Rangers.

“It’s the best day of 2013 so far,” Milan Lucic said. “I remember last week when the news came that we were going to start with a smile on my face. It’s been there pretty much for the whole week and going on into today.”

The Bruins opted for a one-hour practice. Claude Julien was quick to bark at his players when they didn’t execute a drill to his liking.

“We can’t ease into this,” Julien said. “We’ve got to get on top of our game as soon as possible. You probably heard me chirping a little bit more about certain things. This is not about, ‘Hey, this is the first day, we’ll take it easy.’ We’ve got to get to work here. There’s no time to waste.”

* Chris Bourque will get the first crack at filling Benoit Pouliot’s former spot on the No. 3 line. In previous callups with Washington and Pittsburgh, Bourque saw mostly fourth-line duty. “I would never make excuses for myself. But when I did play for those two teams, I was always stuck on the fourth line,” Bourque said. “Not playing with as offensive guys as I would like to. I consider myself decently offensive. It’s tough when you’re playing 8 minutes tops and not given that great a chance to produce offensively.”

* Adam McQuaid said he felt fine after practice. McQuaid skated with old partner Andrew Ference. McQuaid said if all goes well this week, he expects to play in the season opener.

* Dougie Hamilton was paired with Dennis Seidenberg. Julien cited Hamilton’s poise, skating, and hockey sense as some of his strongest assets.

* The Bruins will practice at Ristuccia Arena on Monday at 10 a.m. They will return to the Garden for a practice and scrimmage on Tuesday. They will practice at Ristuccia Wednesday through Friday.

Bruins start first official practice

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 13, 2013 12:58 PM

The Bruins have kicked off their first official post-lockout practice at TD Garden.

Here is the lineup:

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Jay Pandolfo/Lane MacDermid-Ryan Spooner-Jamie Tardif

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Aaron Johnson-Matt Bartkowski/David Warsofsky

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Chris Bourque is getting the first crack to skate on the third line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. Bourque is attempting to fill the hole left by Benoit Pouliot.

* Based on today’s start, Zdeno Chara will not be paired with Dennis Seidenberg. Chara will skate with Johnny Boychuk. Chara and Boychuk are former partners. Seidenberg’s task will be to ease Dougie Hamilton into NHL pace. Andrew Ference and Adam McQuaid are old partners.

Bruins offer free concessions at January home games

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 13, 2013 11:20 AM
Lockout recovery has begun across the NHL as teams announce plans to make up with fans.

In the Bruins' case, the team announced Sunday morning it will offer free concessions to fans at the five home games in January, discounts at the Bruins ProShop and Fan Zones during home games, and giveaways at the home opener on Saturday.

The free concessions will be doled out in the form of vouchers to each fan that can be redeemed for three food or non-alcoholic beverage concessions. Fans in January will also receive 25 percent discounts at the ProShop and Fan Zones during games, and the home opener giveaways will include game-worn player jerseys and the chance to fly on the team charter to an away game.

Training camp opened on Sunday at TD Garden (1 p.m.), and it is open to the public at no charge. Training camp continues Monday and Wednesday through Friday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington (10 a.m. each day). On Tuesday, the Bruins will hold a Black and Gold intersquad scrimmage at TD Garden (7 p.m.) that is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Tickets for the Black and Gold game will be available Monday at 11 a.m. on the Bruins' web site or by visiting the TD Garden box office.

GM Peter Chiarelli: 'You're going to see a good team'

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 13, 2013 10:48 AM
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli doesn’t have much work to do in training camp before the season starts next Saturday. The majority of the team is returning, and Chiarelli trusts his coaching staff to use that familiarity to the club’s advantage.

“Everyone’s healthy,” Chiarelli said. “Everyone’s excited. We’ve got changes in goal. You’re going to see a good team. I’ve talked about condensing expectations, which magnifies them, I guess. You’re going to see a team that’s highly, highly motivated.”

  • As of 10 a.m. Monday, Tim Thomas will be considered a suspended player. Thomas’s $5 million annual hit will count toward the team’s cap. Via agent Bill Zito, Thomas informed Chiarelli that he still wants to play in 2013-14. The Bruins can toll Thomas’s contract forward one year. It’s doubtful the Bruins will welcome Thomas back.
  • Adam McQuaid should be ready to play in Saturday’s season opener, Chiarelli said. McQuaid underwent surgery in October to remove a blood clot from the area around his right shoulder.
  • Defenseman Dougie Hamilton can appear in six games before this season counts on his entry-level contract. Chiarelli said he expects Hamilton to make the team and stay on the roster the entire season.
  • The $70.2 million cap is not a hard number. For example, Tyler Seguin’s performance bonuses can be included in the cushion.
  • Chiarelli does not expect to make any trades in the short term.
  • Some of the fan benefits following the end of the lockout include three complimentary food or non-alcoholic beverages for all home games in January; 25 percent off merchandise in the pro shop in January; and a raffle on opening night to win tickets to an away game (including chartering with the team and hotel).

Bruins open at home against Rangers

Posted by Globe Staff January 12, 2013 11:26 PM

The Bruins will open the 48-game season on Jan. 19 at TD Garden against the New York Rangers. Their second game will be a home matinee against Winnipeg on Jan. 21. Their first road game will be on Jan. 23 against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

The Bruins’ first divisional game will be on the road against Buffalo on Jan. 31. On Feb. 6 at the Garden, the Bruins will play their first game of the season against archrival Montreal.

Their first rematch against the Capitals, the winners of last year’s first-round playoff series, will be on March 5 at the Garden. The Bruins will conclude the regular season against Washington at the Verizon Center on April 27.

The Bruins will have six sets of back-to-back games. They will not play any Western Conference teams. They will play each Eastern Conference club at least three times. They will play a season-high five games against Buffalo and Ottawa.

Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Garden box office and at www.bostonbruins.com.

Bruins schedule for 2013 season released by NHL

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 12, 2013 10:46 PM

The NHL has released the schedule for the season following the official end to the lockout on Saturday with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the owners and players.

The Bruins play as follows. The complete NHL schedule can be seen on NHL.com:

Sat Jan 19: vs. NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Mon Jan 21: vs Winnipeg, 1 p.m.
Wed Jan 23: at NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
Fri Jan 25: vs. NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Mon Jan 28: at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Tue Jan 29: vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Thu Jan 31: vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sat Feb 2: at Toronto, 7
Wed Feb 6: at Montreal, 7
Sat Feb 9: vs. Tampa Bay, 1
Sun Feb 10: at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tue Feb 12: vs. NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
Fri Feb 15: at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sun Feb 17: at Winnipeg, 3 p.m.
Thu Feb 21: at Tampa Bay, 7:30
Sun Feb 24: at Florida, 3
Tue Feb 26: at NY Islanders, 7:30
Thu Feb 28: vs. Ottawa, 7
Sat Mar 2: vs. Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Sun Mar 3: vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Tue Mar 5: at Washington, 7 p.m.
Thu Mar 7: vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Sat Mar 9: vs. Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Mon Mar 11: at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Tue Mar 12: at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Thu Mar 14: vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
Sat Mar 16: vs. Washington, 1 p.m.
Sun Mar 17: at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m.
Tue Mar 19: at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Thu Mar 21: at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Sat Mar 23: at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Mon Mar 25: vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Wed Mar 27: vs. Montreal, 7 p.m.
Sat Mar 30: at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Sun Mar 31: at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tue Apr 2: vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Thu Apr 4: vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Sat Apr 6: at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Mon Apr 8: vs Carolina, 7 p.m.
Wed Apr 10: at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
Thu Apr 11: vs. NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Sat Apr 13: at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Mon Apr 15: vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Wed Apr 17: vs. Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Fri Apr 19: vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Sun Apr 21: vs. Florida, 3 p.m.
Tue Apr 23: at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Sat Apr 27: at Washington, 7 p.m.

Bruins invite Jay Pandolfo to training camp

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 11, 2013 03:06 PM

Jay Pandolfo has been invited to Bruins training camp, according to two sources familiar with the decision.

The ex-Boston University star played for the Islanders in 2011-12. Pandolfo scored one goal and two assists in 62 games while averaging 10:55 of ice time per appearance.

The Bruins have an opening at left wing on the No. 3 line alongside Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. The Bruins traded Benoit Pouliot to Tampa Bay on June 23. Pandolfo could be in the mix. Other candidates include Chris Bourque and Daniel Paille, if the Bruins opt to bump the speedy No. 4 left wing up a line. If Paille skates on the third line, Pandolfo, Bourque, or Lane MacDermid could skate on the fourth line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton.

Pandolfo has been practicing with the Bruins all week, both at Ristuccia Arena and at BU’s Agganis Arena. On Friday, Pandolfo wore a Bruins practice jersey for the first time. When asked about the uniform, Pandolfo said he was given the Bruins sweater to fit in with the rest of the players.

The Burlington native played for Claude Julien in 2006-07 when the current Bruins coach stood behind the New Jersey bench. The 38-year-old Pandolfo is a defense-first left wing who can kill penalties.

The Bruins considered inviting Pandolfo to camp prior to the 2011-12 season. Instead, the Bruins invited former Washington captain Chris Clark. The Bruins didn’t sign Clark.

David Krejci, Anton Khudobin join practice

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 11, 2013 09:25 AM

WILMINGTON – David Krejci and Anton Khudobin are on the Ristuccia Arena ice. They are participating alongside their teammates in what will most likely be the final informal practice before the start of training camp on Sunday.

“We’ll see. I don’t know,” Krejci said when asked if playing in the Czech Republic will help in NHL re-entry. “The game’s a lot different. There’s not as much hitting. It’s bigger ice. It’s definitely different. We just have to wait and see.”

All players except for Dougie Hamilton and the six Providence callups (Ryan Spooner, Chris Bourque, Jamie Tardif, Lane MacDermid, Matt Bartkowski, and David Warsofsky) have now skated in at least one practice this week.

Also on the ice is unsigned veteran Jay Pandolfo. The ex-Boston University star is looking for a job. Pandolfo has been issued a Bruins practice jersey to fit in with the rest of the players.

* Daniel Paille is the team’s NHLPA representative. Paille credited executive director Donald Fehr for guiding the players through the bargaining process. “He really kept our heads well adjusted in making sure that guys had their questions answered throughout the process,” Paille said.

* The players have until 8 a.m. on Saturday to vote on ratifying the collective bargaining agreement.

* The Bruins are not planning to skate on Saturday. It will be their final rest day before Sunday’s opening of camp.

Tyler Seguin dismisses report about dirty apartment

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 10, 2013 12:00 PM
Tyler Seguin said a story in a Swiss publication about his dirty apartment in Switzerland was not true.

According to the report, a cleaning company hired to service Seguin’s apartment during a midseason break found the space a mess.

“It’s obviously not true,” Seguin said. “I don’t know if it’s because I was one of the only guys on the team to ask for a cleaning service. It’s just something that I’ve always had. I don’t see the big deal of it, from traveling and such. Very disappointed in that. Very unprofessional.”

Report: Seguin was a slob in Switzerland

Nathan Horton: 'I feel great'

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 10, 2013 11:38 AM
Nathan Horton completed his first informal practice alongside his Bruins teammates. Horton hasn’t played since Jan. 22, 2012, when he suffered a season-ending concussion against Philadelphia.

Horton said he has not had any post-concussion syndrome symptoms during the lockout.

“I feel great,” Horton said. “I’ve had a lot of time to work out and get back to normal. Obviously it’s been tough for everyone this year. It’s not the way anybody wanted it to be. But I feel great. Better than I have in a long time.”

Horton tried to make a comeback for the playoffs last year. But the team shut Horton down for the rest of the run.

During the summer and the lockout, Horton skated and worked out near his Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home base. Horton said he would have been ready for the start of 2012-13 had the lockout not taken place.

“It’s a tough thing to go through,” Horton said of his concussion. “But I’m looking forward now. It’s in the past. I’m looking forward to being around the guys and having some fun.”

Bruins return to Wilmington practice rink

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 10, 2013 09:56 AM
WILMINGTON – The Bruins are practicing at Ristuccia Arena for the first time since the lockout’s conclusion. They had previously been skating at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.

Nathan Horton, Rich Peverley, Daniel Paille, and Aaron Johnson are the players participating in practice for the first time this week.

Others present for practice: Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg, Adam McQuaid, Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell, Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, and Chris Kelly.

They are wearing their usual Bruins practice jerseys. They had been wearing NHLPA-issued uniforms during the lockout.

David Krejci and Anton Khudobin are the only Bruins who have yet to participate in a post-lockout practice.

GM Peter Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien are watching the practice. They had not attended the BU sessions.

Bruins to open season Jan. 19 against Rangers

Posted by Bob Fedas January 9, 2013 07:21 PM
The NHL has informed the Bruins that they will open the season Jan. 19 at TD Garden against the New York Rangers, according to a team source. It will likely be a 7 p.m. start, although that time could change.

It’s possible the Bruins could begin the season with a multigame homestand. The Celtics will not play at home until Jan. 24. The Bruins were originally scheduled to play Toronto Jan. 21. That matchup could stay the same in the revised 48-game schedule.

If the NHL doesn’t make any last-minute schedule changes, the season opener will feature two Original Six teams. Last season, the Rangers lost to New Jersey in the Eastern Conference finals. On July 23, 2012, the Rangers pulled off one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters, acquiring power forward Rick Nash from the Blue Jackets, with Brandon Dubinsky and a 2013 first-rounder being the most significant pieces going to Columbus.

Nash will complement an existing core that includes goalie Henrik Lundqvist, defensemen Dan Girardi and Marc Staal, and captain Ryan Callahan.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs' statement on ratification of lockout deal

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 9, 2013 06:03 PM

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is the Chairman of the NHL Board of Governors, and the league distributed the following statement from him after owners ratified the deal to end the lockout.

"On behalf of the National Hockey League's Board of Governors, I am pleased to report that today we unanimously voted to ratify a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the National Hockey League Players' Association. Which means, to our fans all around the globe, hockey is back.

This great game has been gone for far too long, and for that we are truly sorry.

The Board today also expressed its appreciation for the professionalism and commitment, to our clubs and to the sport, that Commissioner Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Daly displayed throughout this difficult period. Gary, Bill and their staff worked tirelessly from long before the lockout began in an effort to reach a constructive conclusion. Gary and Bill have the complete and unconditional support of the Board – and our gratitude.

As our League moves toward what we know will be a period of growth for the sport, and a time of great excitement and entertainment for our fans, I would add the appreciation of the Board for the dedication the players showed during the negotiating process – and for their role in securing an agreement that will move the National Hockey League forward in the years ahead. There’s no doubt we all love this game.

Together our collective future is extremely bright.

Our only interest now is to look ahead and to focus on what this great game can provide to the best sports fans in the world."

Bruins hopefuls en route from Providence

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 9, 2013 05:31 PM

The Bruins will recall four forwards and two defensemen from Providence to participate in a shortened training camp. Chris Bourque, Lane MacDermid, Ryan Spooner, Jamie Tardif, Matt Bartkowski, and David Warsofsky will skate with the varsity, according to the Providence Journal.

It would give the Bruins the five lines and four defense pairings that GM Peter Chiarelli had anticipated prior to the end of the lockout. Adam McQuaid, who is rehabbing from surgery to remove a blood clot, might not be ready at the start of camp.

Here is how the Bruins might look when camp opens:

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Lane MacDermid-Ryan Spooner-Jamie Tardif

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Johnny Boychuk
Andrew Ference-Aaron Johnson
Matt Bartkowski-David Warsofsky

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Phil Kessel trade central to ex-GM Brian Burke's Toronto downfall

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 9, 2013 02:09 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired general manager Brian Burke. Dave Nonis, a University of Maine graduate, will assume the helm. Burke will serve as senior adviser, which is the same title bestowed to former Bruins GM Harry Sinden when Peter Chiarelli replaced interim GM Jeff Gorton in 2006.

Burke and Chiarelli were trading partners twice since 2008. On Sept. 18, 2009, the Bruins traded Phil Kessel to Toronto for draft picks that brought back Tyler Seguin, Dougie Hamilton, and Jared Knight. On Feb. 18, 2011, the Bruins acquired Tomas Kaberle from Toronto for Joe Colborne, a 2011 first-round pick, and a 2012 second-rounder.

Kessel led the Leafs last season with 37 goals and 45 assists in 82 games. However, given the bounty the Bruins received in return, Chiarelli projects to be the winner of the trade. Seguin has the skills to be one of the NHL’s 10 best forwards. Hamilton has the potential to be a top-pairing defenseman. Knight has been sidelined with a hamstring injury as a first-year pro, but could become a second- or third-line NHL wing.

Bruins captains return to practice

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 9, 2013 11:32 AM
The Bruins have concluded their third and final day of informal practices at Boston University’s Agganis Arena. Captain Zdeno Chara and alternates Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly joined today’s session for the first time this week.

Kelly drove to Boston last night by way of Ottawa, where he lives during the offseason.

“Being back at the Garden will be special,” Kelly said. “It’s a great place to play hockey. Driving in last night, seeing the Garden lit up and the bridge there, puts a smile on your face.”

Others participating in the session: Tuukka Rask, Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg, Adam McQuaid, Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic, Shawn Thornton, and Gregory Campbell. Of the regular Bruins, David Krejci, Nathan Horton, Rich Peverley, Daniel Paille, and Anton Khudobin have yet to skate post-lockout alongside their teammates.

The Bruins are scheduled to return to Ristuccia Arena on Thursday.

* Bergeron most recently played in the Spengler Cup. Bergeron and linemate Tyler Seguin helped lead Canada to a tournament win. “You never know until you play in your first game,” Bergeron said of being in game shape. “But I played over there. The tempo of the game and the speed of the game is very fast. I was lucky enough to play in the Spengler Cup as well. The competition was very high. I feel good. I’m just looking forward to getting started.”

* The NHL board of governors will meet in New York this afternoon. The board is expected to ratify the CBA.

Bruins back on the ice

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 7, 2013 12:13 PM
With the NHL and NHLPA having struck a preliminary agreement, players have ramped up their on-ice workouts in preparation for training camp.

Eight Bruins (Tuukka Rask, Andrew Ference, Adam McQuaid, Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand, Gregory Campbell, and Shawn Thornton) participated in an informal practice at Boston University’s Agganis Arena Monday.

Local NHLers Ryan Whitney, Keith Yandle, Brandon Yip, and Jay Pandolfo also participated in the session. Ex-NHLer Mike Grier led the practice.

“Words can’t describe it,” Seguin said of how much he’s missed the NHL. “From hanging out with the guys, seeing everyone, and obviously the game. It’s been a long couple months. I had a lot of fun over in Europe as well.”

The league has yet to announce the schedule for the regular season. The players have not been told when training camp will start. They will continue their practices at BU until they are given the green light to practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. Their most important task is to ramp up to game shape.

“You never know until you’re playing games,” said Lucic, who did not sign in Europe during the lockout. “I tried to keep myself in shape. We still have two more weeks here of skating. I’ve never had a problem with my conditioning at any level. I’ll be ready.”

* Ference participated in the lockout-ending bargaining sessions in New York. “When it was teetering there, I think there were people on both sides that were ready to blow the whole thing up,” Ference said of negotiations. “It was pretty scary there to think of when you think long-term of what that would actually mean to everybody. It was pretty intense.”

* Ference was involved in the ouster of former executive director Paul Kelly. Had Kelly still been in place, Ference believes the lockout would have ended earlier. “We’d be playing. For sure,” Ference said. “I’m sure we wouldn’t have missed as much hockey. I think the league would have been salivating.”

Andrew Ference on the lockout: 'Everybody knows it was awful'

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff January 7, 2013 10:08 AM
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference lamented the length of the NHL lockout while defending the players' negotiating stance during an interview with WEEI's Dennis & Callahan show Monday.

"I'm definitely relieved in many ways," said Ference about the end of the dispute. "I'm relieved because I saw how close it came from both sides to pulling the plug on the season. I can't possibly imagine what another lost year would have done to our sport."

Ference was in the room when a deal got done early Sunday. He said negotiations broke off into smaller groups, and that the final moments of coming to an agreement were not as dramatic as you might expect them to be.

"Everybody kind of looked at each other for a couple seconds and that was it," said Ference.

Much damage has already been done as the lockout dragged on into January, but Ference said as a player he had to defend his rights. He said he was happy with the decision of the union to hire Donald Fehr as its executive director, calling it "the best decision we could have possibly made" despite the final collective bargaining agreement offering several concessions to NHL ownership.

"You can sit there and paint a perfect picture for yourself on what a great CBA looks like," said Ference. "But at the end of the day you have to realize that they're the owners. They're running the sport and they're running their business. They have a lot of leverage."

Ference said the "nuclear option", of blowing up the season, wasn't worth it to most players. He acknowledged that the lockout dragged on too long.

"We hear from fans who say 'Just start playing already.,'" said Ference. "But even up until a couple days ago, if we take the deal we're basically selling out a lot of young guys."

On fan reaction, Ference said, "It'll vary for sure. Everybody gets it, but the process sucks. Everything is negative about your sport. All you hear and read about is the positioning of either side. it just leaves a sour taste in everybody's mouth. I think everybody understands that there's a business side that has to get done, but I don't think there's an appreciation for the details of the agreement.

"Everyone understands that we have to go out there and put a good product out and not pretend this wasn't awful. Everybody knows it was awful."

Ference said he did not think goalie Tim Thomas would be back with the Bruins this season.

"Yeah I don't think anybody expects him to be back at all," he said.

Bruins Andrew Ference, Milan Lucic apologize to fans for lockout

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 6, 2013 10:19 AM
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was among the NHL players present for this morning's announcement that a deal had been reached to end the NHL lockout.

Soon thereafter, he took to Twitter to speak his mind.

"As players we can now do what we do best. Proudly pull on our jerseys and play with complete passion for our cities and fans. I hope that we can replace the intense negativity brought on our sport with a reminder of how great it can be when the action is on the ice," he wrote, adding, "From my grandparents to our B’s fans, I am deeply sorry that we had to miss so much hockey. All we can do now is play our hearts out for you."

While his message to hockey nation seemed pretty sincere, Ference preceded it with something a little more personal and humorous. Ference is known for his concern for environmental issues, as well as his wry wit.

"For every NHL pass, a tree will be planted. Every NHL goal, a solar panel will be installed. Wait… what? Those proposals didn’t get in?!?," he tweeted.

Twitter was a prime source for reaction following the news Sunday morning. Among the notable commentary:

Bruins left wing Milan Lucic:

(Note: The above tweet was later corrected by Lucic to read "Best Serbian Christmas")

Oilers player Ryan Whitney, who attended Boston University, referring to the early December report by Channel 4's Steve Burton that the lockout could be settled soon.

Former NHL player Jeremy Roenick:

ESPN's John Buccigross:

NESN Bruins broadcaster Andy Brickley:

The Los Angeles Kings' official Twitter account:

Watch: Gary Bettman, Don Fehr announce NHL agreement

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 6, 2013 09:54 AM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and players union representative Don Fehr announced a tentative agreement early Sunday morning to end the NHL lockout and end the 113-day labor dispute.

Watch the announcement in the video embedded here.

With lockout over, 10 burning questions for Bruins

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 6, 2013 09:45 AM
With the NHL lockout over, the Bruins, like every other team, will scramble to launch an abbreviated training camp. They will recall their players from their current locations – Austria in Johnny Boychuk’s case, Charlestown for Shawn Thornton – and start camp in several days, most likely in Wilmington.

The NHL has yet to determine the length of the 2012-13 season. If it is a 48-game sprint, the season would most likely start on Jan. 19. The Bruins were originally scheduled to play the Canadiens at the Bell Centre. There’s no reason why that matchup should change.

Here are some of the pressing questions the Bruins will look to answer heading into camp:

1. Will the Bruins be cap-compliant for 2012-13? Yes. Marc Savard will most likely be placed on long-term injured reserve, allowing them to exceed the $70.2 million (prorated) cap by his annual average salary.

2. How long will it take the players who remained in North America to find their game legs? Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, Brad Marchand, Shawn Thornton, and Adam McQuaid were the Bruins expected to make this season’s roster who elected not to play overseas. There is nothing to replicate game play, and these players haven’t had it.”

3. Will Tim Thomas return or sit out the entire season? It’s highly unlikely the Bruins would welcome Thomas back. His announcement in May caught the organization off guard.

4. Can the Bruins find a taker for Thomas’s contract? Probably not. The cap floor, according to TSN, will be $44 million. All teams are currently above that threshold.

5. How will Tuukka Rask perform as the No. 1 starter? Rask has the pedigree and skill set to become a go-to goalie.

6. Can Tyler Seguin continue his development? Seguin is on the verge of becoming a superstar in only his third pro season.

7. How will Dougie Hamilton transition to NHL pace? It’s a big jump from juniors to the varsity. The Bruins will be cautious with the teenager, a defenseman who was the Bruins’ first-round draft pick in 2011.

8. Can Nathan Horton recover from his concussion troubles? The rest may have been beneficial for Horton. The right wing is in a contract year.

9. Will the lack of significant roster turnover help the Bruins? A quick start will be critical. In theory, the Bruins won’t have to spend much of camp becoming familiar with each other or studying systems.

10. Who will be the No. 3 left wing? Chris Bourque and Jordan Caron could be in the running to skate with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. Caron, however, didn’t make the most of his Providence time.

Bergeron, Seguin help Canada win Spengler Cup

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 1, 2013 03:23 PM

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Bruins Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin both played for the Canada team that won the Spengler Cup in Switzerland on Monday.

Bergeron had a goal and three assists in Canada's 7-2 victory over host HC Davos in the final. He scored the first goal just 46 seconds into the game.

Seguin had a goal and an assist in the annual holiday tournament, one of the oldest of its kind.

Both Bruins had been playing for clubs in Switzerland, but are headed back to Boston to await a possible resolution to the NHL lockout, according to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com.

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