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Final: Bruins 2, Senators 1 (OT)

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 28, 2013 06:55 PM

All done in Boston. Video replay confirms good goal. Patrice Bergeron's tip of a Dennis Seidenberg shot trickles past Robin Lehner.

3:10 OT, 1-1: Tuukka Rask stands tall on Kyle Turris. Best save of OT for Rask.

20:00 3d period, 1-1: Bruins with 1:29 left to kill on Milan Lucic’s penalty in overtime.

19:28 3d period, 1-1: Milan Lucic off for closing hand on puck. Tough, tough call.

16:31 3d period, 1-1: Big slapper by Peter Regin. Big save by Tuukka Rask.

14:45 3d period, 1-1: Adam McQuaid point shot nearly squeaks through Robin Lehner. Young goalie has been very good.

13:53 3d period, 1-1: Lots of shots but not many great scoring chances for Bruins. Next goal wins?

1:26 3d period, 1-1: Great chance for Nathan Horton. Wide-open shot after a Dennis Seidenberg rebound. Shoots high over Robin Lehner’s glove.

20:00 2d period, 1-1: Tempers flare at end of second. More engagement from both clubs in second.

14:38 2d period, 1-1: Tuukka Rask stuffs Kaspars Daugivins on breakaway. But Senators crash the net on rebound. Looked like Jim O’Brien had best whack. There goes the Bruins’ PK streak.

8:59 2d period, Bruins 1-0: Sergei Gonchar off for hooking. David Krejci draws the penalty. Just wide right on a net-front bid.

6:59 2d period, Bruins 1-0: Tuukka Rask with a sharp kickout of a Kyle Turris bid. Sharpest save yet for Rask.

5:49 2d period, Bruins 1-0: Give-and-go between Nathan Horton and Dougie Hamilton. The rookie gives back to Horton in the slot. Horton’s changeup goes through Robin Lehner. Excellent play by Milan Lucic to keep the puck inside the zone.

20:00 1st period, 0-0: Snoozer of a first. Not much in the way of scoring chances. If you’re into penalty killing, though, Bruins have submitted four flawless minutes.

10:09 1st period, 0-0: Dave Dziurzynski off for goalie interference. And yes, I will look at roster sheet every time to spell that name correctly.

6:54 1st period, 0-0: Rich Peverley off for tripping. Bruins haven’t allowed PPG since 200 BC.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Aaron Johnson, Lane MacDermid, and Jay Pandolfo are the healthy scratches.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 28, 2013 06:22 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

* Robin Lehner (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 save percentage) will start in goal for the Senators.

Game 17: Senators at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 28, 2013 09:51 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will start a three-game homestand tonight against the Senators. The Bruins have four of their next five games on home ice.

Ottawa is missing its big guns: Erik Karlsson (Achilles), Jason Spezza (back), and Craig Anderson (knee). But the Senators continue to roll amid their injuries. The Senators have won their last five 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: Senators 12-6-2, Bruins 12-2-2

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: Aaron Johnson, Lane MacDermid, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: Tuukka Rask is expected to make his fifth straight start. If that happens, Anton Khudobin is likely to get the nod on Saturday against Tampa Bay. Rask would then start against Montreal on Sunday. Rask said he’s feeling like he’s in a rhythm. But the Bruins will have to manage Rask’s playing time as the schedule becomes tougher… The Bruins have gone six straight games without a fight…The Bruins are 0 for 23 on the power play at home. They have scored seven power-play goals away from the Garden… The Bruins have killed 24 straight penalties… Kevin Pollock and Francis Charron will be the referees. Matt MacPherson and Brian Murphy will be the linesmen.

Bruins back home after successful road trip

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 27, 2013 01:14 PM
WILMINGTON – The Bruins return to TD Garden tomorrow against Ottawa after completing their five-game road swing. The Bruins went 4-1-0 on the trip, including last night’s 4-1 win over the Islanders.

“It went well,” Claude Julien said. “The game we lost in Buffalo was of our own doing. The other ones were good wins. Certainly weren’t easy wins, even if sometimes the score indicated that it was.”

No changes in today’s practice lineup. Expect Tuukka Rask to make his fifth straight start tomorrow against the injury-wracked Senators.

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Final: Bruins 4, Islanders 1

Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff February 26, 2013 07:22 PM

Final: Bruins win their fourth straight game, beating the Islanders 4-1 tonight at Nassau Coliseum. The Bruins ended the scoring with an empty-net goal by Gregory Campbell at 18:55 of the third.

1:00 3d period, 3-1 Bruins: Chara's penalty killed; Islanders 0-for-3 on PP.

End of 2d period, 3-1 Bruins: Dominant 20 minutes by the Bruins there. Had chances for more, even, but probably deserve to head to the locker room with at least a 2-goal lead.

18:35 2d period, 3-1 Bruins: Chara called for hooking Tavares. Islanders again a man up.

17:25 2d period, 3-1 Bruins: Vaunted Islanders' PP again stymied.

15:09 2d period, 3-1 Bruins: Bergeron called for interference, putting Islanders on PP.

13:40 2d period, 3-1 Bruins: As penalty was ending, Islander Andrew MacDonald goes high on Rask, rings the post.

11:40 2d period, 3-1 Bruins: Hamonic sent off for hooking, putting Bruins on another power play.

10:06 2d period, 3-1 Bruins: Bruins look good on PP, but can't convert. Hamilton with an even-strength chance that Nabokov turns away.

6:16 2d period, 3-1 Bruins: Bruins outshooting Islanders this period, 6-1. Pushing the pace, controlling possession.

5:16 2d period, 3-1 Bruins: Sweet goal by Krejci. Tic-tac-toe passing: Horton to Lucic, then Lucic to Krejci, who one-times it high past Nabokov.

4:46 2d period, 2-1 Bruins: My spies are noticing a trend: Islanders repeatedly trying to beat Rask high.

:38 2d period, 2-1 Bruins: Marchand scores after Ference throws a puck on net, comes to Marchand's stick in front. Real play was made by Bergeron, who outmuscled Visnovsky to the puck in the corner and flipped it back to Ference.

End of 1st period, 1-1: Bruins seemed to carry the play early, but sloppy play and careless mistakes (Seidenberg, Bergeron on the Islanders' goal) leave us tied.

19:14 1st period, 1-1: Martin asks if Chara wants to go. Big Z declines.

17:18 1st period, 1-1: Bruins get their first power-play chance after Bourque tripped by Martinek.

15:47 1st period, 1-1: Islanders tie it when Casey Cizikas takes centering pass from Josh Bailey, beats Bergeron to the puck, lifts it past Rask.

15:20 1st period, 1-0 Bruins: First power play of the game for the Islanders. Campbell sent off for tripping.

10:07 1st period, 1-0 Bruins: Rask on his game, stopping Michael Grabner on a breakaway, gloving a hard, high shot by John Tavares.

6:43 1st period, 1-0 Bruins: Adam McQuaid gets his first of the year, slipping a hard slapper under Nabokov's glove. Assisted by Seguin, his 100th career NHL point.

6:00 1st period, 0-0: Great shift by Peverley, Kelly, Bourque, Hamilton, Seidenberg there.

2:50 1st period, 0-0: Goalies up to the task so far, each stopping good, close chances.

1:20 1st period, 0-0: Big hit by Lucic on Andrew McDonald.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: As expected, Jay Pandolfo, Aaron Johnson, and Lane MacDermid are the Bruins' healthy scratches.

Pregame: We're minutes away from real, live ice hockey here at lovely Nassau Coliseum. Bruins trying to push their win streak to four games and finish 4-1 on this road trip. Islanders are playing their second game in what will be a season-high seven-game homestand. Playing at home hasn't meant much; the Islanders are 2-7 on Long Island this season.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff February 26, 2013 07:00 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

* Evgeni Nabokov (8-6-1, 2.91 GAA, .903 save percentage) will start in goal for the Islanders.

Game 16: Bruins at Islanders preview

Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff February 26, 2013 02:08 PM
UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Greetings from the Nassau County Coliseum, where the Bruins will conclude their five-game road trip tonight against the Islanders. Boston is 1-0 against the Islanders this season, beating New York, 4-2, on Jan. 25 at TD Garden.

Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.

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

Records: Bruins 11-2-2, Islanders 8-10-1

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
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Expected healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Lane MacDermid, Jay Pandolfo

Story lines: Starting goaltender matchup is expected to be the two first-stringers, based on who left the ice first at the conclusion of the morning skate. Evgeni Nabokov is 8-6-1 for the Islanders with a 2.91 goals-against average. Bruins will counter with Rask (9-1-2, 1.97) ... Islanders center John Tavares is tied with Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos for the lead league with 13 goals. Tavares is tied for third in the NHL with 25 points, and he and Matt Moulson (10 goals) form the league's top-scoring duo with 23 goals ... Might this one come down to special teams? Islanders have the fifth-best power play in the league, with 19 goals in 78 chances (24.4 percent). Bruins counter with the NHL's best penalty kill; they've allowed just 3 goals in 58 tries (94.8 percent) ... Bruins are 7-0 this season when scoring first; Islanders have either been tied or held a third-period lead in seven of their 11 losses ... Kyle Rehman and Brad Meier will be the referees. Mark Shewchyk and Tim Nowak will be the linesmen.

Final: Bruins 4, Panthers 1

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 24, 2013 02:56 PM

All done in Sunrise. Bruins off to Long Island tomorrow for Tuesday game against Islanders.

18:23 3d period, Bruins 4-1: Daniel Paille with shorthanded ENG.

16:36 3d period, Bruins 3-1: Interference on Zdeno Chara. Critical kill for the Bruins.

7:02 3d period, Bruins 3-1: Bruins tightening up defensively after hairy first period. Not many chances for Panthers.

20:00 2d period, Bruins 3-1: Bruins could be up by three. Rich Peverley with a shorthanded breakaway at end of second. Jacob Markstrom stops Peverley.

18:53 2d period, Bruins 3-1: Referee Chris Lee dismisses Milan Lucic from box. Lucic was giving it to Lee. Lucic off for 10 minutes.

17:42 2d period, Bruins 3-1: Milan Lucic to box for cross-checking and roughing. Didn’t like hit from behind he took from Mike Weaver. Lucic goes back after Weaver and gets nabbed for retaliating. Looked like Lucic had a gripe.

13:40 2d period, Bruins 3-1: Tyler Seguin strikes iron. Good speed by Seguin to open up the chance.

12:46 2d period, Bruins 3-1: Bruins going with Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton, and Dennis Seidenberg and Johnny Boychuk as top two pairs. Been that way for last few shifts.

10:35 2d period, Bruins 3-1: Dmitry Kulikov sends Brad Marchand flying. Second big hit Marchand has taken in the period. Like how Marchand keeps on playing after such hits.

2:30 2d period, Bruins 3-1: With eight seconds remaining on PP, Chris Kelly with the net-front tap-in. First goal of the season for Kelly. First shot of the PP. Nice play by Chris Bourque to gain entry.

20:00 1st period, Bruins 2-1: Bruins fortunate not to be down a man late in first. Replays show Andrew Ference clipped Tomas Kopecky with a high stick. No penalty.

17:23 1st period, Bruins 2-1: Brad Marchand breaks his stick in frustration on bench. Pay up, Brad. Those things are pricey.

15:38 1st period, Bruins 2-1: Net-front scramble leads to Panthers’ first goal. Tomas Kopecky with close-range goal. Adam McQuaid to room after blocking shot.

13:52 1st period, Bruins 2-0: Zdeno Chara gives the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Takes a pass from Brad Marchand, then does spin-o-rama in O-zone. Pulls puck to backhand and beats Jacob Markstrom. Serious skill from the captain.

10:14 1st period, Bruins 1-0: Tyler Seguin takes the puck off the goal line. Very close to a tie game.

7:57 1st period, Bruins 1-0: Textbook faceoff play. David Krejci beats Marcel Goc, pulls puck back to Milan Lucic. The left wing snaps a shot into the net.

6:39 1st period, 0-0: Patrice Bergeron’s backcheck breaks up excellent scoring chance. Florida getting some sniffs.

3:10 1st period, 0-0: Zdeno Chara collars Jonathan Huberdeau. Believed the rookie came in late on Tuukka Rask. Don’t see many monsters like that in the Q.

1:04 1st period, 0-0: Goodness. Peter Mueller sporting some crazy flow. Looks more like Chris Simon.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Aaron Johnson, Lane MacDermid, and Jay Pandolfo are the healthy scratches.

Today's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 24, 2013 02:37 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
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Jacob Markstrom (0-1-0, 3.06 GAA, .925 save percentage) will start in goal for the Panthers.

Game 15: Bruins at Panthers preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 24, 2013 12:17 PM
SUNRISE, Fla. – Good afternoon from the BB&T Center, where the Bruins will close their two-game Florida swing today against the Panthers. No lineup changes are expected for the Bruins.

Puck drop: 3 p.m.

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

Records: Bruins 10-2-2, Panthers 5-8-4

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: Aaron Johnson, Lane MacDermid, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: Rookie Jonathan Huberdeau is in contention for the Calder Trophy. Huberdeau has eight goals and five assists. Huberdeau has played alongside Dougie Hamilton in international competition for Team Canada… The Bruins have scored six power-play goals on the road in 23 opportunities (26.1 percent). That is the fourth-best road mark in the league… Florida has a 74.6 percent efficiency rate on the penalty kill (No. 27)… Today is Alex Kovalev’s 40th birthday. Kovalev made Claude Julien feel about 85 years old at times in Montreal… Mike Hasenfratz and Chris Lee will be the referees. Pierre Racicot and Don Henderson will be the linesmen.

Bruins emphasize wall work in practice

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 23, 2013 02:58 PM
SUNRISE, Fla. – The Bruins have completed their practice prior to tomorrow’s afternoon game against the Panthers. They did not make any lineup changes. Tuukka Rask should get the start against Florida.

In today’s practice, the Bruins emphasized stronger wall work. Upon studying recent video, Claude Julien said the coaches have noticed some slackness in the Bruins’ board play in the defensive zone.

“Too many times, we get rid of the puck instead of making strong plays or eating it,” Julien said. “So we’re addressing that right now.”

Today’s practice lineup:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Rest day for Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 22, 2013 04:00 PM
MIAMI – The Bruins are enjoying a rest today in South Florida. Given current conditions (sunny, low 80s), it is not a bad place to have a day off. They are scheduled to practice tomorrow in preparation for Sunday’s afternoon game against the Panthers.

With no practice and no media availability, here’s the latest version of Plus/Minus:

Plus

+ Penalty kill. Close to flawless execution. Bruins faced 1:36 of shorthanded time in the third period with Zdeno Chara in the box last night. No problem. It starts with the centers winning draws, which can take 15-20 seconds off a power play. Everyone is in synch.

+ Chara rounding into form. Chara was matched mostly against Benoit Pouliot, Vincent Lecavalier, and Martin St. Louis. None of the three had good chances in the third period. Chara didn’t have the best start. But he’s getting close to peak performance.

+ First line. Nathan Horton had a season-high six shots and scored on two. Milan Lucic didn’t start out well against the Lightning, but found his pace in the second period. It’s very hard for opponents to handle the rough-and-tumble wingmen flanking David Krejci.

Minus

- Dougie Hamilton’s defense. The rookie played a career-low 10:00 against the Lightning. Hamilton and partner Dennis Seidenberg were on the ice for both Tampa goals. Tricky to balance Hamilton’s offense (two assists) with his defense. But given Tampa’s firepower and the importance of two points, it was the right call to limit Hamilton’s shifts.

- Lack of power-play time. The Bruins didn’t get any one-up time against Tampa. They have to be better at forcing penalties. The Bruins have a league-low 46 power plays.

- Ice conditions in Tampa. The sheet was not up to NHL standards. Very hard for either team to generate sustained offense and make skilled plays. Hopefully ice will be better in Sunrise.

Final: Bruins 4, Lightning 2

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 21, 2013 07:23 PM

All done in Tampa. Shutdown defense for most of the second and all of the third. Thorough effort.

2:33 3d period, Bruins 4-2: Nathan Horton with his second. Tips a Zdeno Chara slap pass. Good puck movement around the perimeter.

1:57 3d period, Bruins 3-2: Textbook PK by Bruins. All started with Patrice Bergeron winning first draw. Aggressive down the ice.

20:00 2d period, Bruins 3-2: Bruins will have 1:36 remaining on Zdeno Chara’s roughing penalty. Mean old Chara, cuffing cute little Cory Conacher.

13:58 2d period, Bruins 3-2: Brad Marchand whips a shot past Anders Lindback. Earlier in the shift, Tuukka Rask with the big stop on Martin St. Louis’s partial breakaway. Two-goal swing.

9:00 2d period, 2-2: Lightning enter offensive zone with speed. Cory Conacher with good look on goal. Nice snap shot by the rookie, but Tuukka Rask can stop those.

1:00 2d period, Bruins 2-1: Benoit Pouliot gives Patrice Bergeron a jolt up high. Bergeron slow to get to bench.

20:00 1st period, Bruins 2-1: Ice atrocious in Tampa. Play is unpredictable because of weird bounces. Imagine the numbers Steven Stamkos would put up if he had a better sheet.

18:50 1st period, Bruins 2-1: Quick blocker stop by Tuukka Rask on Alex Killorn. Nothing doing, Harvard boy.

12:20 1st period, Bruins 2-1: Inch away from a tie game. Marc-Andre Bergeron ticks a shot off the right post.

10:32 1st period, Bruins 2-1: So far, Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk matched against Vincent Lecavalier’s line. Dennis Seidenberg and Dougie Hamilton against Steven Stamkos.

8:13 1st period, Bruins 2-1: Steven Stamkos gets Tampa on the board. Nice dish by Teddy Purcell in front. Tuukka Rask had to fight through Cory Conacher’s screen.

3:50 1st period, Bruins 2-0: Brad Marchand forces Victor Hedman turnover behind net. Patrice Bergeron with the goal from out front. Another softie given up by Anders Lindback.

1:11 1st period, Bruins 1-0: Dougie Hamilton with slapper on goal. Plump rebound off Anders Lindback’s right pad. Easy slam dunk for Nathan Horton.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Aaron Johnson, Lane MacDermid, and Jay Pandolfo are the healthy scratches.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 21, 2013 06:50 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

* Anders Lindback (7-3-1, 3.03 GAA, .899 save percentage) will start in goal for the Lightning.

Bruins earn praise from Tampa's Guy Boucher

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 21, 2013 12:42 PM

The Bruins will play their first game of the season against the Lightning tonight. The Bruins are 5-2-0 against the Lightning in their last seven games.

“When you play Boston, you don’t just play a team. You play a culture,” Tampa coach Guy Boucher said. “It’s the same culture for a while, same core players. They’ve won. They reproduce the same good things. They have a lot of depth at all positions. There’s no flaws in that lineup. They make mistakes like everybody. But if you look at the lineup, there are no weaknesses there. You can’t expect to attack their weakness and defend against their strengths.”

Anders Lindback will start in goal for the Lightning. Tuukka Rask will get the start for the Bruins.

Game 14: Bruins at Lightning preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 21, 2013 10:09 AM
TAMPA – Good morning from Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the Bruins will begin their two-game Florida trip tonight against the Lightning. The Bruins-Lightning game earlier this month in Boston was postponed because of the storm.

Milan Lucic will be back in tonight’s lineup. Lucic missed Sunday’s win over Winnipeg because of a personal matter.

Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.

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

Records: Bruins 9-2-2, Lightning 8-6-1

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
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Lane MacDermid, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: This will be the Bruins’ first look at former teammate Benoit Pouliot. The one-year Bruin has been skating on Tampa’s second line with Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis. Pouliot has five goals and eight assists… The Bruins have scored power-play goals in three of the last four games… The Bruins will travel to Fort Lauderdale after tonight’s game. They are scheduled to practice on Saturday prior to Sunday’s game against the Panthers… Cory Conacher is a candidate for the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie. The first-line winger has five goals and nine assists. Conacher has been playing alongside Steven Stamkos… Rob Martell and Dan O’Halloran will be the referees. Darren Gibbs and Steve Barton will be the linesmen.

Bruins kick off Florida road trip

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 20, 2013 02:03 PM

TAMPA – The Bruins are practicing at Tampa Bay Times Forum in preparation for Thursday's game against the Lightning. The Bruins will then travel to South Florida and play the Panthers on Sunday.

Every player is practicing. The Bruins were without seven players yesterday because of flu-like symptoms.

“Let’s knock on wood here that nothing else happens,” said Claude Julien. “But the guys that were missing from practice yesterday are all feeling much better.”

Today’s lineup:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Milan Lucic: Personal reason brought me home

Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff February 19, 2013 12:50 PM

WILMINGTON -- Milan Lucic could only watch from afar as his Bruins teammates overcame a deficit to beat the Jets in Winnipeg on Sunday. Lucic, who flew with the team to Winnipeg, flew back to Boston not long after arriving, missing the game to attend to what the team said was a personal matter.

Lucic was back on the ice for Tuesday's practice at Ristuccia Arena, and echoed the team's announcement why he wasn't able to play Sunday, declining to offer details.

He did hint, however, that it was because of a family medical situation.

"Like Coach [Claude Julien] said and everyone said, it was personal reasons, and the good thing is everyone is home and healthy now, and that’s basically it," Lucic said. "It was a long last three couple days, flying to Winnipeg and flying all the way back as soon as I got out there. But like I said, everyone is happy and healthy, and that’s the main thing."

Lucic and his wife, Brittany, recently welcomed their first child. Daughter Valentina was born on Jan. 17.

Milan Lucic back at Bruins practice, but 7 sit out

Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff February 19, 2013 10:34 AM

WILMINGTON -- Milan Lucic has taken the ice for Bruins practice this morning at Ristuccia Arena, but seven of his teammates will miss the workout because of flu-like symptoms.

Lucic immediately flew back to Boston after the team landed in Winnepeg for Sunday's game against the Jets because he needed to attend to a personal matter. The team won at Winnipeg without him, 3-2, and won't play again until Thursday against the Lightning in Tampa.

A few minutes before the start of today's 10:30 practice, the Bruins announced that seven players would sit out: Gregory Campbell, Nathan Horton, Daniel Paille, Patrice Bergeron, Andrew Ference, Adam McQuaid, and Anton Khudobin.

Final: Bruins 3, Jets 2

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 17, 2013 05:47 PM

All done in Winnipeg. Bruins stave off final rush. Game-winner on the power play.

15:05 3d period, Bruins 3-2: Jay Pandolfo taking a PK shift with Rich Peverley in the box.

11:11 3d period, Bruins 3-2: Andrew Ladd goes just wide from in front. Hair away from tying the game.

7:00 3d period, Bruins 3-2: Second straight shift for Chris Bourque on first line. Bourque’s been good tonight.

5:15 3d period, Bruins 3-2: Rich Peverley with Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille. Peverley hasn’t been getting regular shifts on the first line.

2:43 3d period, Bruins 3-2: Nice play by Johnny Boychuk to hit the deck. Blake Wheeler had gotten a step on Zdeno Chara and was looking for help in the middle.

0:36 3d period, Bruins 3-2: Power-play goal for Brad Marchand. Takes a pass in stride, then snaps a backhander over Ondrej Pavelec.

20:00 2d period, 2-2: Exciting end of second. Daniel Paille a good fit on third line.

19:58 2d period, 2-2: Clutch goal by Daniel Paille. Tips Johnny Boychuk’s blast past Ondrej Pavelec. Textbook tip with 1.5 remaining.

19:33 2d period, Jets 2-1: Tuukka Rask kicks out Evander Kane’s point-blank shot. But Kane follows own shot, shrugs off Nathan Horton, and beats Rask in final minute. Killer goal.

17:00 2d period, 1-1: Nathan Horton takes wicked hit from Zach Bogosian in corner. Always worry about those kinds of hits with Horton.

14:00 2d period, 1-1: Nathan Horton snaps a shot off Ondrej Pavelec’s melon. Horton’s had some good looks tonight. Just can’t finish.

10:57 2d period, 1-1: Zdeno Chara floats a puck on goal. Hits something on the way in. Under review to determine whether hit by high stick. Good goal, credited to Tyler Seguin.

10:12 2d period, Jets 1-0: Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg get a shift together. Wonder when that becomes permanent. It’s guaranteed they’ll be together in the playoffs.

1:43 2d period, Jets 1-0: Tuukka Rask stops Zach Bogosian point shot from right. But Rask leaves the rebound in front. Alexander Burmistrov muscles off Dougie Hamilton to poke in rebound.

20:00 1st period, 0-0: Chris Bourque finishes first period. Didn’t miss a shift. Winnipeg with some good looks on Tuukka Rask.

15:30 1st period, 0-0: Chris Bourque in trouble. Takes Mark Stuart shot off right hand. On bench.

13:18 1st period, 0-0: James Wright dumps Zdeno Chara in the corner. Rare to see Chara take a tumble like that.

9:41 1st period, 0-0: Shawn Thornton off for being too strong. Iffy cross-checking call.

6:24 1st period, 0-0: First TV stoppage. Not much around either net. Shawn Thornton had Jay Pandolfo open, but didn’t see his new wingman.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Aaron Johnson is the healthy scratch.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 17, 2013 05:31 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Ondrej Pavelec (3-7-1, 3.15 GAA, .890 save percentage) will start in goal for the Jets.

Game 13: Bruins at Jets preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 17, 2013 03:00 PM

WINNIPEG -- Good afternoon from the MTS Centre, where the Bruins will look to stop a two-game losing streak against the Jets.

Milan Lucic will not play because of a personal reason. Lucic returned to Boston yesterday. Jay Pandolfo will make his season debut.

The Jets will be without Tobias Enstrom. The puck-moving defenseman suffered a shoulder injury against Pittsburgh on Friday.

Puck drop: 6 p.m. ET

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

Records: Bruins 8-2-2, Jets 5-7-1

Projected Bruins lineup:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratch: Aaron Johnson

Storylines: Rich Peverley will most likely skate in Lucic’s spot on the No. 1 line. Daniel Paille will move up to the third line to replace Peverley. Paille was effective in his last stint on the No. 3 line against Buffalo… The Bruins are scheduled to return to Boston after tonight’s game. They will practice in Wilmington on Tuesday before leaving for Tampa the following day… Ondrej Pavelec should start in goal for the Jets. Usual backup Al Montoya is on injured reserve… The Bruins will not play again until Thursday. This will be the longest break for the rest of the season… Wes McCauley and Don VanMassenhoven will be the referees. Matt MacPherson and Bryan Pancich will be the linesmen.

Milan Lucic out against Winnipeg

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 16, 2013 04:44 PM

WINNIPEG – Milan Lucic will not play tomorrow against Winnipeg. Lucic has returned to Boston to address a personal matter. Lucic traveled with the team from Buffalo to Winnipeg this morning. Lucic was at MTS Iceplex, the Jets' practice facility, briefly before leaving for the airport.

Lucic has been one of the team’s most consistent forwards. Lucic has three goals and five assists through 12 games. The No. 1 left wing had a handful of scoring chances in last night’s loss to Buffalo.

With Lucic unavailable, Rich Peverley practiced in his spot on the No. 1 line. Peverley will most likely remain there for tomorrow’s game.

Jay Pandolfo practiced on the fourth line. Pandolfo will make his Bruins debut tomorrow. Pandolfo was a healthy scratch last night. The left wing signed his one-year, $600,000 contract on Tuesday.

Tomorrow's lineup:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Meteor landed 200 miles from Khudobin's home

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff February 15, 2013 07:26 PM
Goalie Anton Khudobin, proud son of Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, grew up some 200 miles from where the meteor caused such havoc on Friday in the Chelyabinsk region. Khudobin said he was thankful that both of his parents were nowhere near where the meteor left a large crater and reports of more than 1,000 injuries.

“It’s only what I saw in the media, ‘’ said Khudobin, chatting after the morning workout. “One friend sent me a message that a meteor just landed. And a picture. And it’s this huge hole [in the ground]. But [initially] I don’t know if it’s true or not.’’

The site, Khudobin said, is some three hours’ drive from his home.

“It’s really close,’’ he said. “I don’t know how scary it is. I heard the sound was really bad. I heard windows blew out in apartment buildings.’’

Upon hearing the news, and seeing pictures over the Internet, Khudobin wasn’t sure what to think.

“A buddy posted a picture and I figured, ‘Oh, he’s probably joking . . . oh, it was just the sky, whatever . . . clouds.’ And after I saw the [posted] comments, you can go the video on YouTube, and after I watched the video. Everybody is safe . . . I hope everything is fine. I hope everybody is safe.’’

Concern over the incident, said Khudobin, reminded him of all the e-mails he received last weekend, friends from across the world inquiring how he was coping in the 2 feet of snow that fell in Boston.

“Everybody was talking to me, asking, ‘Are you safe, is everything OK?’ ’’ he said. “That’s kind of the same. They are in front of the world news right now. But I do my job here. They do their job there. And I hope everybody is going to be fine.’’

Final: Sabres 4, Bruins 2

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff February 15, 2013 07:10 PM
THIRD PERIOD

All over at First Niagara Center. Bruins with second regulation loss of season.

11:45 -- Sabres 4, Bruins 2 -- Hodgson with deflection at left post off Myers feed. Even strength.

9:02 -- Sabres 3, Bruins 2 -- Ehrhoff strikes from open slot, with Seidenberg and Hamilton late to come back from rear wall. Even strength goal.

2:03 -- Sabres 2, Bruins 2 -- Myers cleans up with backhand lift after Khudobin stops a 2-on-1 bid. Even strength. Boychuk lone defenseman back.

Underway

SECOND PERIOD

End 40:00. Boston, 2-1. Bruins with 17-6 shot lead for period. Sabrezzz falling asleep, booed as they head off for intermission.

Dumb play by Ott, caugh for interference, wipes out 1:37 of Sabres power play after Bruins nabbed for too many men on ice.

11:45 -- Miller glove save robs Seguin on rebound attempt.

2:29 -- Bruins 2, Sabres 1 -- Peverley pops home forehander from doorstep after Hamilton blast from right point ricochets to him off rear wall. Even strength. Bruins with 15-10 shot lead.


FIRST PERIOD

First 20:00 in books. Tied, 1-1. Bruins with 12-10 shot advantage.

17:56 -- Bruins 1, Sabres 1 -- Hamilton drills home 30-foot one-timer, high inner edge of RW circle, off dish from Krejci. PPG with Stafford in penalty box. First career goal for Hamilton.


Peverley and Kelly good rush at 10:43, can't cash in on Miller. Sabres still with 1-0 lead.

3:24 -- Sabres 1, Bruins 0 -- Stafford easy forehand stuff at top of crease off feed from behind net by Ennis. Sabres with 4-2 shot lead. Boston never trailed in win here on Sunday.


Underway.

Khudobin in net for Bruins.

Game No. 12, Bruins at Sabres

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff February 15, 2013 12:57 PM

BUFFALO -- Greetings from the First Niagara Center, where the Bruins have just completed their day-of-game workout in preparation of tonight's game against the Sabres.

The Bruins were here Sunday and dropped a 3-1 loss on the hapless Sabres, then followed that up with a 4-3 OT loss to the Rangers on Tuesday night at the Garden. This ends their three-game test against the Evil Empire State.

Anton Khudobin, in net here on Sunday, was the first goalie to leave the ice after the late-morning workout. He is likely to get the call this eve, with Rask more likely to go Sunday vs. the Jets.

Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff this morning said Boston may be the fastest team in the league.

Puck drop: 7:05 p.m. EST

Record: Bruins, 8-1-2; Sabres, 5-8-1.

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
Dan Paille-Greg Campbell-Shawn Thornton

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

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson (D), Jay Pandolfo (F).

Storylines: This is the start of a five-game road trip for the Bruins, with stop No. 2 Sunday in Winnipeg, the only city the Bruins will visit this season that is not in the Eastern time zone... Boston coach Claude Julien did not reveal to the media his choice for starting goalie, saying on that his goalie tonight will be European. Tuukka Rask is Finnish, while Khudobin was born in Ust-Kamenogorsk, USSR...Ex-Devil Jay Pandolfo, who signed a contract with Boston this weeek, is traveling with the team. No telling when he will make his first start... Tonight's guys in stripes: Don VanMassenhoven and Brad Meier are the refs, with Mark Shewchyk and David Brisebois working the lines.

Bruins facing five straight road games

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 14, 2013 01:33 PM
WILMINGTON – The Bruins have concluded practice at Ristuccia Arena. They will depart for Buffalo this afternoon.

Friday’s game against the Sabres marks the first of a five-game stretch away from TD Garden. The Bruins will travel to Winnipeg on Saturday and play the Jets on Sunday. They will return to Boston before leaving for Tampa on Wednesday.

“It’s not going to be an easy road trip for all the obvious reasons,” Claude Julien said of the upcoming two-game segment. “Buffalo’s certainly going to want to bounce back from their loss to us less than a week ago. Winnipeg, our players have yet to win a game in that rink. It’s certainly a good challenge for us.”

The Bruins didn’t change their lineup from Tuesday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Rangers. Here’s how they looked:

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

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

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

Final, Rangers 4, Bruins 3 (shootout)

Posted by Amalie Benjamin February 12, 2013 07:34 PM

End game, Rangers 4-3 To recap: Seguin, no. Gaborik, no. Bergeron, no. Nash, yes. Marchand, yes. Richards, no. Krejci, no. Callahan, yes. Rangers win in the shootout. Lackluster ending to what turned out to be an exciting final period.

End of overtime, 3-3 We're headed to a shootout. No score in overtime. Amazing that the Bruins were able to score twice in the last 91 seconds. Both scores came with the goalie pulled.

0:42 3rd period, 3-3 Apparently they can. The Garden is LOUD after the Bruins improbably came back from a 3-0 deficit in the third period to tie the game with 42 seconds remaining. Marchand got the short-side goal. Time for extra hockey.

1:31 3rd period, Rangers 3-2 Well, the Bruins have 91 more seconds to tie this game up. Can they do it? They got within one on a Horton goal.

11:16 3rd period, Rangers 3-1 Nope, that was not a power play goal. Of course. Just after the power play expired, Krejci puts home a rebound off of Lundqvist to give Boston its first goal of the game. Krejci was assisted by Lucic and Seidenberg.

13:17 3rd period, Rangers 3-0 Nash for hooking.

17:53 3rd period, Rangers 3-0 So much for that. Just 20 seconds after the power play was over, the Rangers' Anton Stralman put the puck on Tuukka Rask in net. It hit Rask and dribbled in behind him. Goal was unassisted. This hasn't exactly been Rask's finest game.

18:13 3rd period, Rangers 2-0 The Bruins managed to kill both penalties to keep them at a two-goal deficit at the start of the third period.

0:14 2nd period, Rangers 2-0 Bergeron just had a good chance on a short handed breakaway, but couldn't put it away. Instead, the Bruins end up with a penalty. Marchand goes off, giving the Rangers a five-on-three. Not what Boston needs right now.

0:57 2nd period, Rangers 2-0 Lucic just sent to the box for high sticking on Ryan McDonagh.

11:29 2nd period, Rangers 2-0 The Bruins do get a chance to get that one back with a penalty to Marc Staal. Two minutes for interference.

11:43 2nd period, Rangers 2-0 The Rangers' Derek Stepan managed to intercept a Bruins pass by Lucic and turn it around, knocking one past Rask for their second goal of the game. It was unassisted.

12:24 2nd period, Rangers 1-0 The Bruins have had some serious chances over the last couple of minutes, including the power play, but they haven't been able to find the back of the net yet.

15:50 2nd period, Rangers 1-0 Here's a chance for the Bruins to get on the board. The Rangers were just called for too many men on the ice. Power play, B's.

End of the 1st, Rangers 1-0 The Bruins still lead in shots with 11 to the Rangers' 8. But the Rangers lead where it counts, having gotten their goal on an excellent decision by Nash to pass when he could have taken the shot. Paid off.

5:13 1st period, Rangers 1-0 McQuaid just got called for the penalty. Two minutes for roughing. Rangers didn't score on their first power play of the game.

9:23 1st period, Rangers 1-0 And now the Rangers have. Rick Nash managed to just push the puck over toward Carl Hagelin as Nash was essentially down on the ice in front of the goal. Hagelin put it home. The second assist went to Dan Girardi.

11:18 1st period, 0-0 The Bruins are leading in shots, 8-2, but neither team has been able to break through as of yet.

Pregame It's almost time to go here at the Garden as the Bruins take on the Rangers. Could be a close one. The B's and Rangers have been separated by one goal in 18 of their last 23 meetings. Six of those have been 1-0 games.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 12, 2013 07:08 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

* Henrik Lundqvist (5-3-0, 2.44 GAA, .911 save percentage) will start in goal for the Rangers.

Jay Pandolfo signs one-year, $600,000 contract

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 12, 2013 02:15 PM

By Fluto Shinzawa
Globe Staff


The Bruins have signed Jay Pandolfo to a one-year, $600,000 contract. It is a two-way deal that will pay Pandolfo $350,000 in Providence.

The Bruins then placed Pandolfo on waivers. Any team can claim him prior to noon tomorrow. However, given that 29 other teams had a chance to sign Pandolfo, it's unlikely the left wing will be claimed. Pandolfo had been signed to a professional tryout agreement since training camp.

The ex-Boston University star will serve as bottom-six and penalty-killing depth for the Bruins. The Burlington native played for Claude Julien in New Jersey in 2006-07.

Game 11: Rangers at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 12, 2013 10:09 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will conclude their season series against the Rangers tonight. Expect Tuukka Rask to make his ninth start in goal.

Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.

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

Records: Rangers 6-5-0, Bruins 8-1-1

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Tyler Seguin
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-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 scratch: Aaron Johnson

Story lines: The Rangers claimed the last meeting in overtime at Madison Square Garden. Marian Gaborik capped his hat trick with the OT winner… This will be the Bruins’ first look at the Rangers this season without Mike Rupp. New York traded the tough guy to Minnesota in a package that brought back Darroll Powe… Tonight will feature two of the worst power plays in the league. The Rangers have the second-worst PP (10 percent). The Bruins are the third-worst (10.3 percent). The Bruins are 0 for 19 at home… Justin St. Pierre and Stephen Walkom will be the referees. Mark Shewchyk and Tim Nowak will be the linesmen.

Bruins-Lightning game rescheduled for April 25

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 11, 2013 06:07 PM

The Bruins-Lightning game, which was postponed on Saturday because of the storm, has been rescheduled for April 25 at TD Garden. The game will take place at 7:30 p.m.

It will be the second-to-last regular-season game for the Bruins. They will conclude the regular season on April 27 in Washington.

The game was originally scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The game was moved to 7 p.m. but the driving ban and the MBTA closure made it impossible for Garden staff to arrive at the rink in time for the 7 p.m. start.

Jamie Tardif assigned, Lane MacDermid on conditioning loan

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 11, 2013 01:52 PM
The Bruins have assigned Jamie Tardif to Providence. Tardif appeared in two games during his recall.

Lane MacDermid has been assigned to Providence on a conditioning loan. Providence plays tonight against Portland at home.

Aaron Johnson reported to Providence in hopes of playing tonight. But Johnson will not be needed. Johnson will be back in Boston and should be the healthy scratch against the Rangers tomorrow.

Tyler Seguin was given a maintenance day.

Today’s lineup:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Final: Bruins 3, Sabres 1

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff February 10, 2013 06:45 PM

THIRD PERIOD

Final Bruins, 3-1. Three wins in a row.

19:11 -- Bruins 3, Sabres 1 -- Lucic pops forehander into empty net.

7:52 -- Bruins 2, Sabres 1 -- Bergeron connects on power play with wrister from inside edge of left wing circle. Bourque initiates with shot up high that bounces into slot off rear boards. First PPG in 5 games for Bruins.

7:24 -- Sabres delay of game. Bruins again on power play.

Underway.

SECOND PERIOD


18:01 -- Sabres 1, Bruins 1 -- Ennis left alone in front, pops in wrister high over Khudobin. Defenseman Seidenberg, Hamilton caught behind goal line.

Weber off, Bruins again on PP at 15:41. Still with 1-0 lead.

Sabres on power play at 10:32, Marchand caught for faceoff violation. What next, dress code?

7:10 -- Bruins 1, Sabres 0 -- Marchand with wrister from left wing faceoff dot after he collects short dish from Ference. Horton in front provides screen. Bruins with 24-14 shot ledad.

Bruins with pressure on PP, but still can't dent Miller. No score with 6:43 gone. Boston power play remains risible.

Lots of Buffalo penalties. Boston with 5-on-3 PP for 1:19 at 3:24. Still no score.

FIRST PERIOD

End 20:00, 0-0.

Period comes to close with Hodgson dumping Kelly into net with slash. Bruins will open second period with PP for 1:57.

Still scoreless with 11:00 gone.

8:59 -- Kaleta smokes Campbell with a few lefthands in tussle along boards. Clear victory for Kaleta. Campbell to room, tagged with 2-5-10 for instigating the fight. Kaleta only gets the 5.

Khudobin turns back Hecht backhand from right wing dot at 8:10. Bruins up on shots, 11-7.

Thornton, Scott each on ice for three shifts without incident.

Bruins with 5-2 shot lead at 5:00 mark.

Underway.


Previously injured Paille, Thornton, Marchand all back in working order.

Khudobin in net for Bruins: confirmed.

Ready to rock 'n' roll here at First Niagara Center. Faceoff 7:05 p.m.

Bruins with 20 skaters on ice for pre-game warmup. Must scratch two.

Based on warmup, looks like Anton Khudobin to make his second start of season in the Boston net.

Game 10: Bruins at Sabres

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff February 10, 2013 12:04 PM

BUFFALO -- Good afternoon from the First Niagara Center, where the Bruins have just completed their day-of-game workout in preparation of tonight's game against the Sabres.

The Bruins finally made it out of Boston late on Saturday, departing Hanscom Field (Bedford) at approximately 10:30 p.m. on their charter flight and landing here approximately 60 minutes later. Their game against the Bolts, which was to be played at 7 p.m. Saturday, was called off at approximately 3 p.m., in large part because the MBTA had yet to resume service following the Friday-Saturday ''Nemo'' blizzard.

Based on the late-morning skate, Tyler Seguin, bumped up to the first line in Wednesday's 2-1 win at Montreal, will remain on right wing with linemates Milan Lucic and David Krejci. Nathan Horton, the displaced right wing, will fly with Patrice Bergeron (C) and Rich Peverley (LW).

It appears Shawn Thornton, concussed in his fight with Buffalo's John Scott on Jan. 31, will be back on the job tonight with fellow checkers Danny Paille and Greg Campbell. Paille's just back, too, after suffering a high stick to the head some 10 days ago.

Puck drop: 7:05 p.m. EST

Record: Bruins, 7-1-1; Sabres, 5-6-1..

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-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Patrice Bergeron-Nathan Horton
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Jamie Tardif
Dan Paille-Greg Campbell-Shawn Thornton

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


Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson (D), Lane MacDermid (F).

Injured:
Brad Marchand (shoulder).


Storylines:
Boston coach Claude Julien did not reveal to the media his choice for starting goalie. However, it's most likley Rask (6-1-1, 1.97 GAA, .922 save percentage)...Provided Boston roads are back to normal, the Bruins return to Causeway St. Tuesday night to face the Rangers...All eyes will be Thornton-Scott, to see if they have a rematch...For the first time this season, ex-Devil Jay Pandolfo is traveling with the team. He remains without a contract, but his presence indicates the Bruins are more serious about signing him...Tonight's guys in stripes: Referees Dave Jackson and Francois St. Laurent; Linesmen Greg Devorski and Darren Gibbs...No official word from the Bruins, but their website notes a schedule change that now has the Lightning visiting the Garden on Friday, April 26, what now stands as the last home game of the regular season. It lists the start time as ''PPD''. According to team spokesperson Matt Chmura, the NHL controls the scheduling portion of all individual teams' websites, making it appear that the league now considers April 26 the official makeup date.

Bruins-Lightning game postponed

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 9, 2013 03:10 PM

The Bruins' game against Tampa Bay at 7 p.m. tonight at TD Garden has been postponed. No makeup date has been announced.

All Bruins players live within walking distance of the Garden. Coaches and staff stayed at a local hotel last night. The Lightning arrived in Boston late Friday night.

However, because of the travel ban (lifting at 4 p.m.) and MBTA shutdown, it was determined that Garden workers would not be able to arrive in time for the game.

The Bruins are scheduled to fly to Buffalo tonight. They play the Sabres tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Bruins-Lightning start moved to 7 p.m.

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff February 8, 2013 02:01 PM

The start time of Saturday's Bruins-Lightning game at TD Garden has been changed to 7 p.m. because of the storm, the NHL and Bruins announced Friday.

The game was originally scheduled for 1 p.m., but state officials have enacted a travel ban as of 4 p.m. Friday. The storm is expected to move out Saturday around midday.

Bruins preparing for Saturday game against Lightning

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 8, 2013 10:31 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins are practicing in preparation for tomorrow’s 1 p.m. game against Tampa Bay. As of now, the game is a go. The Lightning are in Boston.

Brad Marchand skated prior to practice with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides. Marchand missed Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Montreal because of an undisclosed injury. It is unknown whether Marchand will be available this weekend against Tampa Bay or Buffalo.

Today’s lineup:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

The Bruins are practicing their power play. Dougie Hamilton has replaced Zdeno Chara on the No. 1 unit.

PP1: Dougie Hamilton, David Krejci, Tyler Seguin, Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic.

PP2: Zdeno Chara, Chris Bourque, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Rich Peverley.

Tim Thomas traded from Bruins to Islanders

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff February 7, 2013 05:12 PM
The Bruins have traded two-time Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas to the New York Islanders, the team confirmed Thursday.

According to the team, the Bruins will receive a conditional second-round draft pick in 2014 or 2015. GM Peter Chiarelli declined to provide specifics of the condition. Chiarelli acknowledged that the condition centers on whether Thomas resumes his career either this season or next. If Thomas never plays again, the Bruins will not receive the pick.

Thomas told the Bruins last summer that he did not intend to play this season, and it's not known now if he has changed his mind or if the Islanders have acquired him in hopes of his coming out of semi-retirement.

UPDATE: Even after the trade, Thomas does not intend to play this season, according to a source familiar with the situation. The source also confirmed that Thomas's thoughts about resuming his career in 2013-14 have not changed.

Thomas, 38, told Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli last summer, upon making his decision, that he hoped to return to hockey after this season, with an eye on possibly playing again for Team USA in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Thomas, who carries a $5 million salary cap hit, would have been paid a pro-rated $3 million if he had played this season. However, his pro-rated $5 million cap hit has counted against the Bruins' salary cap this season. His trade to the Islanders now would remove that number from the Boston payroll.

The Bruins can now apply Thomas's pro-rated cap hit toward trade acquisitions.

"It doesn't mean we'll go out and get somebody now because we have cap space," Chiarelli said during a conference call. "But if there are good deals that come early, you have to be in the ballgame. We're in the ballgame now. That was the proactive approach that we wanted to take here."

Thomas played in 378 regular-season games for the Bruins and led them to the Stanley Cup championship in 2011. He had a 196-121-45 record in the regular season and was 29-21 in the postseason.


Thornton, Paille practice

Posted by Amalie Benjamin February 7, 2013 01:07 PM

WILMINGTON -- Both Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille were back on the ice for this morning's partial team skate at Ristuccia Arena. Brad Marchand, who didn't play on Wednesday, was being checked out and did not skate.

Thornton said he was cleared for practice and cleared for contact, but hadn't gotten any word on his availability this weekend.

"I feel good. I've felt good all week," said Thornton, who added that the concussion was only the third he's gotten in his career. "I'm happy to be where I'm at now."

Coach Claude Julien said all three were possibilities for Saturday's matinee against the Lightning. On Marchand, he said, "He's definitely not a write-off for Saturday. A lot can happen in two days, and we'll see how all that works out."

In other news, Julien said he'll take the next two days and think about the top line and whether he wants to keep Tyler Seguin with Milan Lucic and David Krejci. Julien made the switch before the third period on Wednesday against Montreal and it paid off immediately with two goals.

"It’s something that I have to think about, for sure," Julien said. "Do I try it a little longer or do I go back to our regular lines? And if the same thing happens, at least I know I can switch again. It’s something that, thank God I’ve got a couple of days to think about and hopefully the decision will be the right one."

Even with a major snowstorm about to hit Boston, there has been no change in the schedule for Saturday. The Bruins are set to play the Lightning at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Tampa Bay plays against the Devils in New Jersey tonight, and is planning on traveling after the game, so both teams should be in town and available for Saturday.

Final: Bruins 2, Canadiens 1

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 6, 2013 07:12 PM

All done at the Bell Centre. New first line comes through. Bruins started poorly, finished strong.

14:30 3d period, Bruins 2-1: David Desharnais with game-tying bid in front. Goes wide left with deflection. Very close.

13:39 3d period, Bruins 2-1: Gregory Campbell in discomfort on the bench. Takes his lumps.

2:05 3d period, Bruins 2-1: Two shifts for new first line. Two goals. This time David Krejci goes to net, tips in Milan Lucic feed. New first line is flying.

0:14 3d period, 1-1: Tyler Seguin replaces Nathan Horton on first line. Pays off immediately. Seguin goes to net, cashes in David Krejci dish.

20:00 2d period, Canadiens 1-0: Better execution by Bruins in second period. Not as many chances for Canadiens. But Bruins still not getting anything resembling decent looks on Carey Price. Easy night for the Montreal goalie.

14:09 2d period, Canadiens 1-0: Habs playing like Rangers. Filling every shooting lane.

10:53 2d period, Canadiens 1-0: Nearing end of PP, P.K. Subban with blast from right point. Looks like it ticked off Rich Peverley’s blade.

8:26 2d period, 0-0: Lane MacDermid to the room.

7:23 2d period, 0-0: Nice backcheck by Gregory Campbell. Busts up cross-ice pass to Brandon Prust. Would have been a scoring chance.

5:49 2d period, 0-0: At least a few decent chances on this PP. Tyler Seguin with a close-range shot off Carey Price’s glove.

3:53 2d period, 0-0: Tomas Plekanec on clear-cut breakaway. Loses puck trying to go forehand. Or he was trying to pass to Scott Gomez.

2:54 2d period, 0-0: Bruins without two important PK forwards in Daniel Paille and Brad Marchand. So far, four forwards taking most PP shifts: Patrice Bergeron, Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley, Gregory Campbell.

0:22 2d period, 0-0: First good chance for Bruins. David Krejci in tight.

20:00 1st period, 0-0: Canadiens with 11-4 shot advantage after 20 minutes. Bruins very tentative on power play. Afraid to make mistakes.

18:53 1st period, 0-0: Two power plays for Bruins. Zero shots total.

16:53 1st period, 0-0: Fourth line draws a hooking penalty. Good work by the grinders. Let’s see if the power play cashes in (snicker).

10:56 1st period, 0-0: Bruins still without a shot.

9:49 1st period, 0-0: Breakaway for Lars Eller. Right pad kickout by Tuukka Rask. Canadiens with four glittering chances so far. Rask dynamite.

3:51 1st period, 0-0: Terrific opportunity for Tomas Plekanec on odd-man rush. Nearly tucks it inside right post.

1:11 1st period, 0-0: Great chance for Colby Armstrong. Adam McQuaid caught up ice on two-on-one. Armstrong goes wide right.

0:38 1st period, 0-0: Bleep You, Boston chant at the Bell Centre.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Brad Marchand out. Ryan Spooner in. Aaron Johnson healthy scratch.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 6, 2013 07:01 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Carey Price (6-1-0, 1.70 GAA, .938 save percentage) will start in goal for the Canadiens.

Brad Marchand out, Ryan Spooner in

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 6, 2013 12:44 PM
Brad Marchand will not play tonight because of an undisclosed injury. Marchand was injured in the second period of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Toronto. Marchand practiced yesterday at the Bell Centre. Marchand is considered day-to-day.

“We’re going to keep our fingers crossed that he’s in next game,” Claude Julien said. “He’s that close. It’s a matter of days here. It’s not as serious as most injuries, except that we’re being extra cautious early on in the season.”

Gregory Campbell will skate in Marchand’s spot on the second line. Ryan Spooner will make his NHL debut. Spooner will center Lane MacDermid and Jamie Tardif.

“I’m a little nervous now,” Spooner said. “But I think it’s mostly just excitement. I’ve been waiting a long time for this. I’m extremely happy I get a chance to play.”

Tonight’s expected lineup:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Game 9: Bruins at Canadiens preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 6, 2013 10:06 AM
MONTREAL – Good morning from the Bell Centre, where the Bruins will face off against the Canadiens for the first time this season.

Montreal is off to a hot start. The Canadiens are 6-2-0 overall and 5-1-0 at home.

Brad Marchand practiced Tuesday after missing practice on Monday. Marchand was injured in the second period of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Toronto. For now, we’ll assume Marchand will play tonight.

Daniel Paille (eye/head) and Shawn Thornton (concussion) will not play. Neither traveled to Montreal.

Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.

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

Records: Bruins 6-1-1, Canadiens 6-2-0

Projected Bruins lineup:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Ryan Spooner

Storylines: Ryan Spooner is with the team on emergency recall. Spooner will play if Marchand is unable to go. Spooner has yet to appear in an NHL game … The Bruins are 14 for 14 on the penalty kill on the road … Brandon Prust could be looking to scrap. The ex-Ranger has 46 penalty minutes. Prust and Milan Lucic tangled last year … Ex-Bruin Petteri Nokelainen is on injured reserve for the Canadiens… Dave Jackson and Kevin Pollock will be the referees. Derek Amell and Tim Nowak will be the linesmen.

Paille, Thornton won't travel

Posted by Amalie Benjamin February 5, 2013 09:35 AM

Claude Julien joked that he was already on his afternoon coffee by the time the Bruins had an early morning availability at the TD Garden. But the more important news was that neither Daniel Paille nor Shawn Thornton (concussion) would make the trip to Montreal today.

The Bruins changed their schedule and instead of skating at Ristuccia Arena before leaving for Montreal will now skate at the Bell Centre this afternoon.

No decision has been made on Brad Marchand yet. Marchand is expected to practice with the team today, with the decision being made before Wednesday night's game against the Canadiens.

Ryan Spooner was called up from Providence on Monday on an emergency basis and could be used if needed in Montreal.

Ryan Spooner recalled from Providence

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 4, 2013 06:12 PM
The Bruins have recalled Ryan Spooner from Providence on an emergency basis. This is the rookie center’s first NHL recall.

The transaction indicates that Brad Marchand might not be available for Wednesday’s game against Montreal. Marchand was injured in the second period of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Toronto when he crashed into the end boards. Marchand didn’t practice today.

In 35 games for Providence, Spooner has nine goals and 21 assists.

Daniel Paille back, Shawn Thornton improving

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 4, 2013 12:41 PM
WILMINGTON – Daniel Paille practiced today at Ristuccia Arena for the first time since being high-sticked by Buffalo's Tyler Myers last Thursday. Paille didn’t play against Toronto on Saturday because of precautionary reasons. The area around Paille’s left eye is swollen and bruised, but the left wing said he’s feeling better.

Paille, however, has not been cleared to play on Wednesday against Montreal. Paille did not participate in battle drills today. Paille practiced on the fourth line.

  • Shawn Thornton took a solo skate before practice this morning. It was the first time Thornton was on the ice since suffering a concussion during his fight with John Scott on Thursday. Thornton rode the stationary bike Sunday, according to coach Claude Julien. Thornton is symptom-free. Thornton remains very doubtful for Wednesday’s game.
  • David Krejci and Brad Marchand didn’t practice. Krejci is expected to practice tomorrow. Julien did not say the same about Marchand.
Today’s lineup:

Milan Lucic-Jay Pandolfo-Nathan Horton
Gregory Campbell-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Jamie Tardif-Lane MacDermid

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Bruins earn day of rest, recovery

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff February 3, 2013 06:13 PM

The Bruins flew directly home after their 1-0 win Saturday night in Toronto and were given Sunday off to get some rest and otherwise enjoy Super Bowl Sunday.

Look for medical updates after Monday's 10:30 a.m. practice in Wilmington, regarding:

Brad Marchand -- The pesky winger banged heavily into the rear boards in the second period at the ACC on Saturday, pressured near the net by defenseman Mike Komisarek and then tripping over Leafs goalie James Reimer near the left post. The Li'l Ball o' Hate was in obvious pain, apparently with a shoulder injury, but he played one more shift on the Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin line before calling it quits for the night. Greg Campbell moved up from fourth-line center to fill the Marchand void in the third period.

Danny Paille -- Grazed with a high stick up around his visor on Thursday night, Paille did not travel to Toronto, his roster spot filled by veteran AHLer Jamie Tardif. Paille is not likely out long-term, but doctors advised keeping him back in Boston to get an extra day or two rest before Monday's re-evaluation.

Shawn Thornton -- The strongman crumpled under the assult of some heavy John Scott punches on Thursday vs. Buffalo and GM Peter Chiarelli announced Friday that the veteran right winger will be out for 7-10 days. Julien's toughest work in the meantime might be forcing Thornton to pipe down, keep his feet up and do what the doctors tell him.

The Bruins get back to business Wednesday night in Montreal, where defenseman PK Subban has rejoined the Habs mix after recently agreeing to a new two-year contract. The Bolts come to town for a Saturday matinee, and then the Bruins face the Sabres in Buffalo on Sunday night.

Final: Bruins 1, Maple Leafs 0

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff February 2, 2013 05:53 PM


THIRD PERIOD

All over. Shutout for Rask, 21 saves. Chris Bourque the lone goal, game-winner.


Kessel to the Leafs dressing room midway through the period. Appears to be in discomfort.

Campbell fills in for Marchand on line with Bergeron, Seguin.

Marchand remains in dressing room after second period. Should likely bothering him after second period fall.
Marchand to Hockey Night in Canada: ''I fell on the boards weird. It gave me a bit of a sting there.''

SECOND PERIOD\

Bruins head to third period with the 1-0 lead.

Fraser vs. MacDermid rematch after MacDermid knocks down Kessel in neutral zone. Shorter bout this time.

Marchand is back, taking his usual turn with Bergeron, Seguin.

6:30 -- Boston goal waved off, presumably because referee saw Marchand during play before puck went in net. Marchand heads to room in pain, possibly with shoulder injury.


6:18 -- Kessel wrister, labeled for top left corner, bangs off crossbar. A frustrating start grows more frustrating.

Underway.


FIRST PERIOD

19:56 - Kelly off for hooking First Toronto power play.


Leafs denied equalizer at 11:32 when Kadri bumps into Rask--with help from Kelly--as Franson shot sails into net. Ref immediately waves off goal.

8:54 -- Bruins 1, Leafs 0 -- Bourque with first goal as Bruin. Closes to left post off rush and pops in Kelley's cross-crease feed.

Quiet opening seven minutes. Hockey Night in Canada crew with detailed chart on all of Kessel's 33 shots that haven't gone in net this season.

Big man bout around the 2:45 mark, with MacDermid and Fraser trading hefty blows.


Underway.

Moments from puck drop here at the ACC.



Game 8: Bruins at Maple Leafs

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff February 2, 2013 01:10 PM

TORONTO -- Hello again from the ACC in Toronto, where the Bruins and Maple Leafs both have wrapped up their morning workouts in preparation of tonight's 7 p.m. faceoff.

With the injury bug catching up with them, the Bruins will give AHL journeyman Jamie Tardif the opportunity to make his NHL debut. The 28-year-old right winger, who grew up here in Ontario, will roll out on a fourth line with Gregory Campbell at center and Paul MacDermid at left wing.

''He can shoot the puck,'' said Boston coach Claude Julien, referring to Tardif's top asset. Originally a Calgary Flames draft pick, No. 112 in 2003, Tardif signed with the Bruins in the summer of 2011 and this season had 21 goals and 30 points in 29 games witih AHL Providence.

Chris Bourque, bumped out of the lineup Thursday night after going without a point in his first six games in Black-and-Gold, is back on the third line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley.

This is the first time this season the Bruins will face the Leafs, with old friend Phil Kessel continuing to struggle to score his first goal of the season (7 games, 0-4-4). He has placed a team-high 33 shots on net but has yet to put one over the line. Look for Kessel to be on the first power-play unit, joined up front by Tyler Bozak and ex-UNH standout James van Riemsdyk.

Puck drop: 7:05 p.m. EST

Record: Bruins, 5-1-1; Maple Leafs, 4-3-0.

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
Lane MacDermid-Gregory Campbell-Jamie Tardif

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson (D).

Injured: Danny Paille (head); Shawn Thornton (concussion).

Storylines: Danny Paille, who took a stick to the head late in Thursday's loss to the Sabres, did not make the trip from Boston. Doctors preached caution, said Julien, who offered few details about Paille's injury ... Shawn Thornton will miss at least another week after suffering a concussion Thursday when decked by Sabres strongman John Scott in a brief skirmish early in the first period ... The Bruins don't play again until Wednesday in Montreal, allowing them to enjoy one of only two three-day breaks this month ... Chris Lee and Ian Walsh will be the referees, while Brad Lazrowich and Mark Shewchyk will call the lines.

Bruins-Leafs tonight at ACC

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff February 2, 2013 11:18 AM


Greetings from the ACC in Toronto, where tonight (7 p.m.), the Bruins will face the Maple Leafs for the first time this season.

Look for Tuukka Rask to be back in net for the Bruins following his 7-4 loss Thursday to the Buffalo Sabres at the Garden. It was Boston's first loss in regulation play this season.

The Leafs right now are wrapping up their morning workout. They spent a little extra time tuning up their power play, with ex-Bruin Phil Kessel (still without a goal this season) up front on the first unit with James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak.

We'll be back here later with a more thorough look at tonight's matchup, following the Bruins' day-of-game workout.

Daniel Paille out against Toronto

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 1, 2013 01:28 PM
Daniel Paille will not travel to Toronto today. Paille was high-sticked in the face by Tyler Myers in last night’s third period. Claude Julien classified Paille as having an upper-body injury. Paille has a concussion history.

“We’re going to deem it an upper-body injury, only for the reason that right now, we don’t have all the details,” Julien said. “We know he got the high stick, right? Once we get more clarification on his injury, we’ll let you know.”

Paille and Shawn Thornton (concussion) will not play against the Maple Leafs. Jamie Tardif will make his NHL debut. Tardif was recalled on an emergency basis.

“Unfortunately, there’s always a risk with that job,” Julien said of Thornton. “He took on a pretty big man as we all know, 6-8 and maybe around 280 pounds. He handled himself as best as he could. But those things are going to happen. At the end of the day, he was still willing to do it for his team. Not only do we lose a guy that does it well, but he’s a good teammate and he’s great in the dressing room. Hopefully we get him back soon.”

* Upon reflection, Julien didn’t blame Lindy Ruff for calling his timeout after the Sabres made it a 7-4 game last night. Ruff switched out Thomas Vanek for John Scott because Lane MacDermid was on the ice. “Maybe the only thing I’m disappointed in is the fact that he thought I sent MacDermid out, if that’s his explanation,” Julien said. “Anybody who knows me knows better than that. I don’t do that in the last seconds. This isn’t my style. Nor is it wise to do those kinds of things. I just sent that line out to finish the game. But he wanted to be cautious. I’m not a coach who’ll send out a guy that can fight against the other team’s top player and beat him up with 20 seconds left. Certainly wasn’t going to happen.”

* Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci were given maintenance days.

Tomorrow’s possible lineup:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Shawn Thornton out 7-10 days with concussion

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 1, 2013 11:28 AM
WILMINGTON – Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton has been diagnosed with a concussion. Thornton will be out 7-10 days, according to the Bruins.

Thornton suffered the head injury during a first-period fight with John Scott last night. Thornton was wobbly after the fight. Thornton served the five-minute major, but went to the dressing room from the penalty box. Thornton did notreturn.

The Bruins have recalled right wing Jamie Tardif from Providence on an emergency basis. Tardif is scheduled to practice with the Bruins this morning at Ristuccia Arena.

Tardif will most likely skate on the fourth line alongside Lane MacDermid and Gregory Campbell.

Jamie Tardif recalled on emergency basis

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 1, 2013 09:34 AM
The Bruins have recalled right wing Jamie Tardif from Providence on an emergency basis. Tardif is scheduled to practice with the Bruins this morning at Ristuccia Arena.

The transaction indicates that Shawn Thornton will not be available to play against Toronto tomorrow. John Scott dropped Thornton in a first-period fight in the Bruins’ 7-4 loss to Buffalo last night. Thornton didn’t return after serving the penalty. Thornton appeared wobbly after the fight.

Tardif will most likely skate on the fourth line alongside Lane MacDermid and Gregory Campbell. Daniel Paille performed well on the third line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. Claude Julien previously said that he does not consider Chris Bourque a fourth-line player. Bourque was a healthy scratch last night.

Watch: Thornton vs. Scott

Posted by Staff February 1, 2013 07:26 AM

Once Buffalo forward John Scott got a hold of Boston's Shawn Thornton, it was all downhill from there Thursday night when the two fought during the Bruins-Sabres game.

Scott issued blow after blow to Thornton's face, and quickly knocked the forward to the ice. It was a mismatch from the start -- Scott is listed at 6-8, 270, Thornton 6-2, 217. Thornton left the game after serving his 5-minute fighting major in the penalty box and did not return.

Watch the bout in the video embedded here.

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