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Final, Bruins 2, Sabres 0

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 31, 2013 06:48 PM

End of game, Bruins 2-0 That's all from Buffalo, where the Bruins came to life in the third period and got a much-needed win.

Third period, 4:16, Bruins 2-0 Horton put the Bruins up by two goals, with a nifty knock in off a pass from Krejci. The top line is acting like it over the last three or four minutes.

Third period, 7:06, Bruins 1-0 Finally. It took nearly 53 minutes, but someone finally scored in this one, with Krejci getting the goal on Ryan Miller.

Third period, 13:05, 0-0 It took nearly seven minutes for the B's to get their first shot of the period on the Buffalo goal. Seriously.

End of second period, 0-0 Two periods done, no scoring. Some nice penalty killing by the B's in that second period, but there was little else.

Second period, 3:53, 0-0That's another penalty killed by the Bruins. Some pretty good shorthanded chances on that one.

Second period, 10:31, 0-0I guess that answered that question. The one thing the Bruins are doing right at the moment is the penalty kill. B's managed to kill back-to-back penalties, with some impressive work from Khudobin.

Second period, 12:33, 0-0 Horton called for hooking. Back on the PK for the Bruins.

Second period, 15:00, 0-0 Boston called for too many men on the ice. Is there anything this team is doing right at the moment?

End of first period, 0-0 There was yet another near miss right on goal, this one for the B's. With 37 seconds left, Lucic got his stick on the puck with an open spot on the left side of the goal mouth, but he couldn't put it home. We're going to the first break scoreless.

First period, 3:08, 0-0 And the refs get the B's for embellishment this time. Seguin goes off. Ehrhoff goes off for interference.

First period, 8:37, 0-0 We've got two penalties -- to Chara for crosschecking and to Ott for unsportsmanlike conduct (embellishing). That second one drew quite the boo from the crowd here. So it's four-on-four hockey now.

First period, 9:05, 0-0 That looked like a sure goal by the Sabres. Except Khudobin robbed Tyler Ennis with an impressive kick save. It was a two-on-one chance for Buffalo, and Khudobin just managed to keep it out of the net. Really nice save.

First period, 12:50, 0-0 The B's managed to kill off that penalty without a lot of chances for the Sabres. That's more that can be said for the first few minutes where there were a couple of close calls on Khudobin.

First period, 14:52, 0-0 Matt Bartkowski called for crosschecking. He's out on the penalty.

Pregame -- It's Anton Khudobin in goal for the Bruins tonight.

Pregame -- We're here in Buffalo, where both teams could really use a win in this game. The Bruins, as you probably know, have lost five-of-seven, including a terrible one to Philadelphia yesterday. The Sabres, meanwhile, are three points out of the eighth playoff spot and are already selling off some parts, with a trade yesterday. Both teams are in the second game of a back-to-back, so it should be interesting to see how this one goes.

Vanek out for Sabres vs. Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 31, 2013 12:45 PM

BUFFALO -- As the Bruins try to right all their current wrongs, they'll have some help for tonight's game against the Sabres. No Thomas Vanek.

He'll miss his third straight game with a muscle strain. It's good news for the struggling Bruins, against whom Vanek has played well this season. He had three goals and five points against Boston in a 7-4 Sabres win on Jan. 31.

Vanek, the leading scorer for the Sabres this season, did skate this morning, but deemed himself not quite ready for a return. That was confirmed by Buffalo interim coach Ron Rolston, who said that Vanek would not play tonight.

Meanwhile, the Bruins are busy trying to figure out what has gone wrong for a team that looked so good at the start of the season. Right now, the team has lost five-of-seven games with just 15 to go until the playoffs.

"I think right now, whatever should be simple is very hard," coach Claude Julien said. "Even in our skate, very complicated. Guys squeezing their sticks right now. We're trying to do our best here to give them some easy solutions and regain that confidence that we once had that makes you a better team.

"No doubt it's the biggest challenge we have right now."

Final: Flyers 3, Bruins 1

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 30, 2013 12:53 PM

All done in Philly. One of Bruins' most disappointing performances of season.

19:01 3d period, Flyers 3-1: Ruslan Fedotenko with long-distance empty-net goal.

10:35 3d period, Flyers 2-1: Timely save by Ilya Bryzgalov. David Krejci open in front. Puts it in Bryz’s chest.

5:00 3d period, Flyers 2-1: Nathan Horton on the rebound. Dennis Seidenberg point shot doesn’t get through. But Horton crashes net and puts puck in. Good screen by Milan Lucic.

20:00 2d period, Flyers 2-0: Bruins fortunate not to be down more than two goals. Feeble work in all three zones in the second.

15:45 2d period, Flyers 2-0: TV timeout. Pause to one of most careless stretches of play for Bruins in a while.

12:22 2d period, Flyers 2-0: Matt Read strikes iron. Gets behind Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton for long pass.

11:38 2d period, Flyers 2-0: Patrice Bergeron with wraparound. Best scoring chance so far.

7:02 2d period, Flyers 2-0: Couple good looks for Bruins on power play. No finish. David Krejci’s line continues to be best threesome. Patrice Bergeron’s line quiet.

3:18 2d period, Flyers 2-0: Matt Read cans off-wing half-slapper from Jakub Voracek. Bruins caught scrambling in own end. Very loose coverage.

20:00 1st period, Flyers 1-0: Power-play goal is difference so far. Looks like David Krejci and Co. have their good legs. Getting some decent sniffs in close.

19:16 1st period, Flyers 1-0: Patrice Bergeron tussles with Claude Giroux. Rare to see Bergeron get that hot. Zdeno Chara and Luke Schenn get their gloves off, but no punches thrown. Roughing all around.

19:01 1st period, Flyers 1-0: Big slapper by Nathan Horton. Ilya Bryzgalov takes a look back, but puck in his equipment.

16:35 1st period, Flyers 1-0: Zdeno Chara almost scores own goal. Fends off Claude Giroux rush, but swipes a shot on Tuukka Rask by mistake. Rask extends right pad to keep net clear.

15:19 1st period, Flyers 1-0: Mike Knuble on power play. Ex-Bruin set up in front of the net. Gains separation from Aaron Johnson and beats Tuukka Rask over the glove.

11:30 1st period, 0-0: Not much resembling a scoring chance for either club. Bruins with 7-3 shot advantage.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Johnny Boychuk back in after missing last three games. Matt Bartkowski and Lane MacDermid healthy scratches.

Today's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 30, 2013 12:38 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Ilya Bryzgalov (13-14-3, 2.83 GAA, .899 save percentage) will start in goal for the Flyers.

Game 33: Bruins at Flyers preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 30, 2013 10:29 AM
PHILADELPHIA – Good morning from the Wells Fargo Center, where the Bruins will play the Flyers this afternoon in the first of two back-to-back games. The Bruins are coming off their last two-day break of the season.

Johnny Boychuk (right leg) will be a game-time decision. For now, we’ll assume Boychuk will miss his fourth straight game.

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: Bruins 21-7-4, Flyers 13-7-3

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Aaron Johnson-Andrew Ference

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratch: Lane MacDermid

Storylines: Kaspars Daugavins is on the active roster. Daugavins will wear No. 16. The Bruins claimed Daugavins on waivers from Ottawa… This will be a matchup of the league’s best power play against the NHL’s top penalty kill… The Flyers have even more injuries. Andrej Meszaros (rotator cuff) and Braydon Coburn (shoulder) are out today… Philadelphia has some players that interest the Bruins. Ruslan Fedotenko would be a good depth addition for the third line. The Bruins have always liked Matt Read, but the youngster would command a bigger package in return… The Flyers are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games. Their playoff chances are slim… Stephen Walkom and Justin St. Pierre will be the referees. Tim Nowak and Shane Heyer will be the linesmen.

No ill will toward Iginla from Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 29, 2013 01:30 PM

WILMINGTON -- All the talk in the Bruins clubhouse this afternoon was about the trade-that-wasn't, Jarome Iginla's non-deal to Boston. The overriding reaction was that it was Iginla's choice and, well, he made it. Shrug.

"It's his one chance to really make a decision for what's best for him in his eyes," Andrew Ference said. "How can you fault somebody for doing what they want to do, in a situation where they have that kind of control? That's part of his contract, part of his deal that he gets that option. Of course he's going to make that decision for himself."

And the decision wasn't to come to Boston.

Still, the Bruins are saying all the right things. That they don't have a problem with the choice. That there won't be extra motivation when the Bruins play Pittsburgh on April 19. That there is "no deflation," as coach Claude Julien put it.

"We have what we have," Ference said. "If something gets added, then it gets added.

"It's not sore feelings or insulting or anything like that. It's our sport. We have a great team. Like I said, it's fully in his right to make that choice of where he wants to go. That's what he's earned through his career with the type of contract he had. So be it. It's no more motivating to go win a Stanley Cup. I don't think anybody's feelings in this room have changed about that."

And there was an understanding that even if the Bruins had emerged victorious in the race for Iginla, that wouldn't have solved all of the team's problems. As Julien said, "Would he have made our team better? Sure. We know what he brings. But we're still a good team. ... One guy is not going to be a savior. No matter who we get, we're not going to sit back and watch this guy go. We've still got to do the job."

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In other news, Johnny Boychuk practiced with the Bruins this morning. He'll travel to Philadelphia and be a game-time decision.

Chiarelli: Bruins informed they had acquired Jarome Iginla

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 28, 2013 02:37 PM
According to general manager Peter Chiarelli, the Bruins were informed at approximately noon on Wednesday that they had acquired Jarome Iginla from Calgary. The Bruins’ offer was Matt Bartkowski, Alexander Khokhlachev, and a first-round pick.

But before midnight, the Flames told the Bruins that Iginla was going to Pittsburgh. The Penguins traded a first-round pick and prospects Ken Agostino and Ben Hanowski.

Sometime in between, when Chiarelli’s calls to Calgary met radio silence, the trade went off the rails.

“We relied on the fact that we had a deal,” said Chiarelli of scratching Bartkowski and Khokhlachev and promoting Torey Krug. “Now, these things happen all the time, more than you know, about deals going south for whatever reason. We believed we had a deal. We operated on the premise that we had a deal. When things were silent, in my experience, when things go silent, things are usually going screwy from your end. And it was.”

After telling Chiarelli the initial news, Calgary GM Jay Feaster said he wanted to give Iginla some time to consider the trade. Chiarelli agreed.

“I assume it’s because of the magnitude of the player Jarome was for the organization, they wanted to give him some space on this,” Chiarelli said.

When Feaster told Chiarelli the news that Iginla was going to Pittsburgh, the Calgary GM acknowledged something had happened to scotch the Boston deal. Chiarelli declined to share the nature of the event. Chiarelli said in trades of this significance, there are many moving parts, such as speaking with ownership.

Ultimately, Chiarelli believes Pittsburgh’s 13-game winning streak, combined with the Bruins’ recent peaks and valleys, played a part in Iginla’s decision. During his press conference in Calgary today, Iginla acknowledged that getting an opportunity to play with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were significant factors in his decision.

* Talk between the two clubs began several weeks ago, Chiarelli said. The Bruins were on a short list of teams Iginla would consider. Iginla had a no-movement clause.

* Chiarelli hasn’t spoken with Bartkowski or Khokhlachev. He plans to speak with Bartkowski tomorrow.

* Chiarelli said he asked the Flames for permission to speak with Iginla to make his pitch. Calgary didn’t give Chiarelli that permission. Chiarelli also said there was never an opportunity to speak with Iginla about a contract extension.

* The Bruins must now look at secondary moves to acquire a forward and a defenseman.

For Jarome Iginla, Pittsburgh opportunity too good to decline

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 28, 2013 10:00 AM
The Penguins have won 13 straight games. They have Sidney Crosby, the NHL’s best player. GM Ray Shero had already acquired Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray.

They were attributes that Jarome Iginla could not pass up. Iginla waived his no-movement clause to join the Penguins. Calgary netted a first-round pick and college prospects Ken Agostino and Ben Hanowski.

“We had multiple teams we were dealing with and multiple offers,” Calgary GM Jay Feaster said during a press conference following the trade. “At the end of the day, it’s a process of working with the player as well. Certainly the player has a role to play when the player has a no-trade, no-move. In this instance, with the deal that we consummated, this is where the player was prepared to waive for.”

The Bruins’ package would have included Matt Bartkowski and Alexander Khokhlachev, who were both healthy scratches last night for Boston and Providence, and a first-round pick.

The Bruins must look elsewhere for an up-front upgrade. San Jose power forward Ryane Clowe, an unrestricted free agent, could be a candidate.

Jarome Iginla traded to Pittsburgh

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 28, 2013 01:41 AM
Pittsburgh has acquired Jarome Iginla from Calgary. The Penguins traded their 2013 first-round pick along with prospects Ben Hanowski and Kenny Agostino for the Calgary captain.

TSN reported that the Bruins had completed the deal for Iginla. But Calgary preferred Pittsburgh's offer.

The Bruins must now look to secondary targets, such as San Jose's Ryane Clowe.

Report: Jarome Iginla trade completed

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 28, 2013 12:43 AM

The Bruins have completed the deal to acquire Jarome Iginla from Providence, according to TSN.

UPDATE: Iginla has been traded to Pittsburgh. Penguins trump Bruins' offer. Flames acquire first-round pick, Ben Hanowski, and Kenny Agostino.

Iginla was a healthy scratch in Calgary's home game against Colorado on Wednesday. Iginla had a no-trade clause.

The Calgary captain would give the Bruins the forward depth they need heading into the playoffs. Iginla has nine goals and 13 assists this season.

Matt Bartkowski was a healthy scratch for the Bruins' 6-5 shootout loss to Montreal. Prospect Alexander Khokhlachev was also a healthy scratch for Providence against Portland. Both Bartkowski and Khokhlachev could be included in the trade along with a first-round pick.

The trade is expected to be made official on Thursday, which is an off day for the Bruins.

Final: Canadiens 6, Bruins 5 (SO)

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 27, 2013 07:19 PM

All done in Boston. Brendan Gallagher with the only shootout goal. Big-time rally for Canadiens.

5:00 OT, 5-5: Shootout time. Bruins can’t punch through on OT power play.

20:00 3d period, 5-5: Gutsy rally by Canadiens. Big point. Another multi-goal third-period lead goes poof.

19:51 3d period, 5-5: Deflection in front. Looked like Brendan Gallagher tips Andrei Markov shot past Tuukka Rask.

12:52 3d period, Bruins 5-4: Great chance for Nathan Horton in front. Peter Budaj slams door with left pad.

12:18 3d period, Bruins 5-4: Brendan Gallagher’s first shot off Dennis Seidenberg’s face. Second shot goes past Tuukka Rask. No quit in these Canadiens.

11:50 3d period, Bruins 5-3: Tyler Seguin pulls backhand, goes up high on Peter Budaj. Crisp pass from Brad Marchand. That might be enough of a cushion against tired Habs.

9:16 3d period, Bruins 4-3: Shorthanded chance for Gregory Campbell. Peter Budaj with his biggest save yet.

3:58 3d period, Bruins 4-3: Michael Ryder with his second of the night. Money on two-on-one rush. Nice dish by Tomas Plekanec.

0:00 3d period, Bruins 4-2: Peter Budaj in. Carey Price out.

20:00 2d period, Bruins 4-2: Dominant four-goal period for the Bruins. Complete control of neutral zone after first goal. Held 17-5 shot advantage in second. Bruins should expect one last push from Canadiens in third.

17:36 2d period, Bruins 4-2: Canadiens cough up puck in neutral zone. Leads to odd-man rush for David Krejci and Nathan Horton. Krejci sends cross-ice dish. Horton finds back of net. Top six rolling for Bruins.

17:01 2d period, Bruins 3-2: Bruins break through on PP. Long cycle for Bruins, with Josh Gorges breaking stick and taking Jeff Halpern’s twig. Torey Krug’s shot doesn’t get through, but Patrice Bergeron buries rebound.

13:55 2d period, 2-2: Brad Marchand on breakaway. Touch pass from Patrice Bergeron. Carey Price gets a piece of his glove on shot.

13:24 2d period, 2-2: Bruins pushing hard. Montreal looking like team playing second road game in two nights.

7:23 2d period, 2-2: Brad Marchand lifts first backhander over net. Gets own rebound and tucks in second chance.

3:32 2d period, Canadiens 2-1: Dougie Hamilton with a timely goal. Tyler Seguin hits post on first rush. Finds own rebound and hits Hamilton in front. Hamilton buries his followup attempt.

2:53 2d period, Canadiens 2-0: P.K. Subban cans long-distance one-timer. Nice screen by Colby Armstrong. Torey Krug on ice for both Montreal goals.

0:44 2d period, Canadiens 1-0: Daniel Paille back down to fourth line. Brad Marchand with usual linemates.

20:00 1st period, Canadiens 1-0: Bruins tightened up defensively after giving up some very good looks early. Not many quality scoring chances at other end, though.

12:07 1st period, Canadiens 1-0: Money save by Carey Price. Blocker save on Brad Marchand to turn back two-on-one.

11:38 1st period, Canadiens 1-0: Gregory Campbell vs. Travis Moen. Even scrap. Came after an extended chat between David Krejci and Andrei Markov.

10:03 1st period, Canadiens 1-0: So far, not much in Bruins’ legs. Canadiens far livelier.

7:36 1st period, Canadiens 1-0: Bruins yet to put puck on goal.

4:15 1st period, Canadiens 1-0: Michael Ryder with plenty of time to lock and load in front. Makes no mistake.

1:10 1st period, 0-0: Tuukka Rask under siege early. Turns back two-on-one. Had to stop Michael Ryder in opening minute.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Torey Krug in. Matt Bartkowski out. Johnny Boychuk (right leg) to injured reserve. Out for third straight game.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 27, 2013 07:02 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Daniel Paille-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Brad Marchand-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
Jay Pandolfo-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Aaron Johnson-Dennis Seidenberg
Torey Krug-Andrew Ference

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Carey Price (16-6-4, 2.28 GAA, .913 save percentage) will start in goal for the Canadiens.

Bruins recall Torey Krug from Providence

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 27, 2013 05:08 PM
The Bruins have promoted Torey Krug from Providence. The defenseman will be available tonight against the Canadiens. This is Krug's first recall of the season.

Krug is one of the prospects available on the trade market. Matt Bartkowski could also be a trade chip. Both could be in tonight's lineup for rival scouts to evaluate prior to a deal.

Krug is the more offensively dynamic of the two young defensemen. Krug, formerly of Michigan State, has 10 goals and 24 assists in 55 games for Providence.

If the Bruins keep Krug, he projects to be a replacement next season for Andrew Ference, who will become an unrestricted free agent after this year.

Bruins claim Kaspars Daugavins on waivers

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 27, 2013 12:16 PM

The Bruins have claimed Kaspars Daugavins on waivers from the Senators, according to the Ottawa Sun. The 24-year-old forward scored one goal and two assists in 19 games for the Senators while averaging 11:25 of ice time per appearance.

The 6-foot, 213-pound Daugavins opened eyes around the league against the Bruins on March 11. In the shootout against Tuukka Rask, Daugavins pushed the puck forward with the toe of his blade, then tried a spin-o-rama. Rask kicked out Daugavins’s bid with his left pad.

Daugavins scored his only goal of the season against the Bruins. The left-shot Daugavins snapped a long-distance shot past Anton Khudobin during the Bruins’ 2-1 win on March 21.

Daugavins was practicing with the Senators today. Daugavins will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

Johnny Boychuk's availability uncertain

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 27, 2013 11:58 AM

Johnny Boychuk has yet to be cleared for game play. Claude Julien said Boychuk will be re-evaluated later today.

Boychuk missed the last two games because of an injured right leg. He was hurt last Friday during practice when he was hit by an Aaron Johnson shot.

Boychuk made it through the morning skate without limitations and took regular shifts alongside Zdeno Chara. If Boychuk plays tonight, either Aaron Johnson or Matt Bartkowski will be the healthy scratch.

* Milan Lucic took line rushes with usual partners David Krejci and Nathan Horton. Lucic started Monday’s game against Toronto with Rich Peverley and Jordan Caron.

* Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice, indicating he will start against the Canadiens.

Tonight’s possible lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Daniel Paille-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Brad Marchand-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
Jay Pandolfo-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Game 32: Canadiens at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 27, 2013 10:22 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will close out their two-game homestand tonight against the Canadiens.

Tuukka Rask, in goal for Monday’s 3-2 shootout win over Toronto, should be back in goal 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: Canadiens 20-7-5, Bruins 21-7-3

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
Jay Pandolfo-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Aaron Johnson-Andrew Ference

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratch: Lane MacDermid

Storylines: The Bruins could take over first place in the Northeast Division. Both clubs have 45 points … The Bruins went back to their usual lines late in Monday’s game. For now, we’ll assume Milan Lucic is back with David Krejci and Nathan Horton … The Bruins should have fresher legs. The Canadiens are coming off a 1-0 road loss to Pittsburgh last night … Carey Price was in goal against the Penguins. The Bruins could see Peter Budaj for the second time this season tonight … Brandon Prust (shoulder) will not play … Greg Kimmerly and Chris Rooney will be the referees. Tony Sericolo and Peter Morin will be the linesmen.

Final: Bruins 3, Maple Leafs 2 (shootout)

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff March 25, 2013 06:49 PM

Final: Bruins 3, Maple Leafs 2 (shootout): The Bruins scored a 3-2 shootout victory over the Maple Leafs Monday night before a sellout TD Garden crowd of 17,565, avenging a 3-2 loss at Toronto Saturday night. Patrice Bergeron, who tallied the tying goal at 10:36 of the third period, followed a shootout goal by Tyler Seguin with one of his own and Tuukka Rask stopped a last-gasp shootout bid by Nikolai Kulemin to seal the victory.,

End of overtime: Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 2Rask continued to stand on his head for the Bruins during the 5-minute overtime period, stopping a a pair of blistering shots on net. Shootout time.

End of regulation: Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 2 After Patrice Bergeron tallied the tying goal at 10:36, Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask helped send it into overtime after making a pair of sparkling glove saves on Nazem Kadri (17:42) and Joffrey Lupul (18:55) from the left circle.

Penalty, Boston-Toronto, 13:08: Andrew Ference and Dion Phaneuf were sent off for matching roughing penalties, creating a 4-on-4 situation.

Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 2, 10:36: Patrice Bergeron potted his ninth goal of the season, scoring the tying goal when Doug Hamilton dug the puck from the boards behind the net and found Bergeron on the doorstep. Bergeron one-timed it with a backhanded shovel that beat Reimer and Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf.

Penalty, Boston: 0:30 Patrice Bergeron was sent off for hooking 30 seconds into the third, giving Toronto its third power play opportunity of the night.

Second intermission: Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 1: The Bruins ramped up the puck pressure on Toronto netminder James Reimer who faced 12 shots in the period and turned away all except for Milan Lucic's nifty point-blank wrister that enabled Boston to pull within 2-1 at 9:49. The Bruins entered the game with a 2-2-2 record when trailing after the second period.

Second period

Penalty, Boston, 16:37: Dennis Seidenberg was sent off for slashing after he was caught whacking Phil Kessel. After the Bruins killed off the penalty, Seidenberg came open in the neutral zone when he came out of the box, but Jay Pandolfo was unable to connect when his clearing pass was deflected high into the air.

Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 1, 9:49: Milan Lucic put the Bruins on the board when he tallied his fifth goal of the season after taking a clearing pass from Rich Peverley, who retrieved a loose puck on the right sideboards. Lucic came sweeping into the zone with size and speed from the right wing and beat James Reimer when he snaped a nifty point-blank wrister on the short side.

Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 0, 8:01: Nikolai Kulemin converted on a solo breakaway rush after he was sprung by Nazem Kadri's pin-point pass through the neutral zone and the heart of Boston's defense. Kulemin broke in on Rask, faking right and then going left for a wrister that beat Rask top shelf.

Maple Leafs 1, Bruins 0, PPG, 2:04: Toronto capitalized on its first man-advantage opportunity when Joffrey Lupul potted Jake Gardiner's crisp diagonal pass to the left post, where Lupul beat Tuukka Rask on the far side.

Penalty, Boston, 0:27: Aaron Johnson put Toronto on the power play for the first time in the game when he was sent off for interference for his neutral-zone flattening of Nazem Kadri.

First period

End of first period: Bruins 0, Maple Leafs 0: The Bruins outshot Toronto, 9-6, in the first period and failed to capitalize on a power-play opportunity when Colton Orr went off for boarding at 17:19. Milan Lucic, demoted to the third line, was animated and slammed the gate open and shut in frustration after being shut out on his power-play shift. The scoreless stalemate in the first marked the 13th time this season the B's had been held without a goal after the first period, entering with a 7-3-2 record in those games.

Penalty: Toronto, 17:19: Colton Orr was sent off to serve a boarding infraction, giving the Bruins the man advantage for the first time in the game.

Bruins 0, Maple Leafs 0, 8:24: The Bruins missed a couple of prime goal-mouth opportunities when Jay Pandolfo, camped out on the post, was unable to tuck the puck past Toronto goaltender James Reimer at 2:57 and when Rich Peverley fished the puck from the boards and missed connecting with Milan Lucic who was sitting on the doorstep at 8:24.

PregameGreetings from TD Garden, where the Bruins (20-7-3) will attempt to rebound from a 3-2 loss to the Maple Leafs (17-12-3) Saturday in Toronto by hosting the Leafs: Here are what the lines will look like for the Bruins:

Marchand-Krejci-Horton
Paille-Bergeron-Seguin
Lucic-Peverley-Caron
Pandolfo-Campbell-Thornton

The defensive pairings might be a little muddled with Adam McQuaid (shoulder) out for 4-6 weeks and Johnny Boychuk (leg) out for the game.

Actually, here ARE the defensive pairings for Monday night's game:

Seidenberg-Bartkowski
Chara-Hamilton
Ference-Johnson


Game 31: Bruins vs. Maple Leafs

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff March 25, 2013 08:39 AM
Up 'n' at it here at TD Garden for tonight's Bruins-Maple Leafs tilt on what is yet another very busy week for the goal-starved Bruins (six goals in their recent 1-3-0 roadie).

Coach Claude Julien gave his charges the morning off, then addressed the media for about 10 minutes late this morning. Players will not be available for comment until they arrive at the arena usually just after 4 p.m.

Julien offhandedly noted that Adam McQuaid, who suffered a strained shoulder during the recent road trip, will be sidelined some 4-6 weeks, somewhat longer than the original diagnosis. This could step up GM Peter Chiarelli's efforts to secure a defenseman via a trade before the league's April 3 trade deadline.

Julien also said that Johnny Boychuk, who missed Saturday's game in Toronto with an undisclosed injury, also will not be able to play this evening.

Julien, when asked if felt his team should take an ''angry'' approach to tonight's game: ''I think we need to be angry at ourselves, not at the Toronto Maple Leafs...

''...What is disappointing right now is that we are not playing the type of game that we should. Tonight if we are mad, we've got to be mad at ourselves. for not playing our game and going out there and being a bit more hungry. Hopefully our work ethic and the talent we feel we have will take over.''

The coach scrambled his sagging trios in Sunday's late-morning workout at the Garden, with the key move being the promotion of Brad Marchand to first-line left wing. It looks as if he'll start there tonight in place of Milan Lucic, who has gone 0-8–8 in his last 15 games, the longest goal-scoring drought of his career. The L'il Ball o' Hate moves in for the Big Ball of Confusion.

None of Lucic's four goals this season has been against a club that currently holds a playoff berth.

It appears Lucic will begin the evening on a trio with Rich Peverley and Jordan Caron. Peverley is by far the fastest in that combination and will have to calibrate his speed accordingly.

In their four stops on the road (Pittsburgh, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Toronto), the Bruins worked with a lead for only 32:40 of the 240 minutes played (13.6 percent of the time). They trailed slightly more than half the time (121:08). Only once, in Winnipeg, did they carry a lead (1-0) into the third period, and they ultimately lost to the Jets (3-1).

Despite chiseling out only one win in the four games away from Causeway, the Bruins outshot the opposition in each game and finished with a 122-84 shot edge. Holding the opposition to an average of just over 20 shots a night should translate to something better than .250 hockey.

Julien, following Sunday's practice, on why he shook up his lines: ''Because I can. Because I'm the coach.''

Puck drop: 7:05 p.m.

Record: Bruins, 20-7-3; Leafs, 17-12-3

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

Projected lineup:

Brad Marchand-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Daniel Paille-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
Jay Pandolfo-Greg Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Aaron Johnson
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Matt Bartkowski

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Scratches: Adam McQuaid; Chris Kelly, Johnny Boychuk, Lane MacDermid

Storylines: Lucic's last goal was Feb. 24 vs. Florida. He has gone 1-8–9 over the last 18 games ... Horton has been almost as abysmal on right wing, connecting for only one goal since Feb. 28. He has gone a meager 2-5–7 in the 16 games since Feb. 21. Both big wingers have been on a March to nowhere ... Bergeron continues to ride the top of the Boston scoring chart with his 8-18–26 ... Nazim Kadri (34 points) and ex-Bruin Phil Kessel (30 points) pace the Toronto offense ... If the playoffs started today, the Bruins, in fourth place in the East, would face Ottawa. The Leafs, in sixth, would take on Winnipeg ... Paille has the speed to succeed as a top-six winger, but his past promotions to top scoring units have typically resulted in lack of production. Rarely, though, has he had the opportunity to fly with partners as skilled as Bergeron and Seguin ... Seguin and Marchand were the only top-six wingers to score on the four-game trip. Paille had the only other goal scored by a Boston forward. Blueliners Dennis Seidenberg (2) and Andrew Ference combined for Boston's other three goals ... The erratic Leafs lost five straight before going 2-0-1 last week, including Saturday's 3-2 edging of the Bruins ... The Leafs have played two more games than the Bruins, and have outscored the Black-and-Gold, 97-86.

Reports: Bruins miss on offer to add Morrow

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff March 24, 2013 05:21 PM

According to multiple news sources on Twitter this afternoon, the Bruins today made an offer to acquire veteran Dallas winger Brenden Morrow, only to see him agree to waive his no-trade clause with the Stars in order to join the Penguins.

TSN reporters Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie first broke word on Twitter that the Penguins had an offer in for Morrow, 34, and were awaiting word on his decision regarding his NTC.

Soon after Dreger and McKenzie reported the Penguins offer, the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch then posted word via Twitter that the Bruins likewise had an offer in on Morrow.

But at approximately 5:15 p.m., a number of sources, all reporting on Twitter, stated that Morrow in fact waived his no-trade clause and accepted a swap to the Penguins. However, neither the Penguins nor the Stars immediately released word of the alleged deal.

Morrow, a hardnosed winger, might have helped the Bruins rebuild some of their dwindling scoring confidence. At age 34, he is no longer considered a top six winger by most GMs but with Boston's recent struggles to score (total six goals in the last four games), he could have become an essential piece of the club's overall attack.

The Bruins now possibly will turn their attention to acquiring veteran winger Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames. Reports earlier today stated that Iginla informed the Flames that he would accept a deal to only four clubs--the Bruins, Penguins, Blackhawks and Kings.

Shortly before 6 p.m., Pierre LeBrun of espn.com reported that the Stars sent Morrow and a third-round draft pick this year to the Penguins for defenseman Joe Morrow and a fifth-round draft pick this year.

Morrow, 20, is a first-year pro who has spent the season with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound blueliner was Pittsburgh's first-round pick, No. 23 overall, in the 2011 draft.

Marchand replaces Lucic as Bruins shake up lines

Posted by Staff March 24, 2013 01:14 PM

Brad Marchand and Daniel Paille were promoted, a struggling Milan Lucic was essentially demoted, and the Bruins skated with four completely new lines during a Sunday morning practice at the TD Garden.

The shake-up:

Brad Marchand - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Daniel Paille - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic - Rich Peverley - Jordan Caron
Jay Pandolfo - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Asked what went into the change, coach Claude Julien said, "Because I can. Because I’m the coach. And every once in a while you have to do those things. It’s as simple as that."

Julien kept repeating the team's scoring output during a four game road trip in which the Bruins found the net just six times, going 1-3 during the stretch.

The crafty Marchand, who leads the Bruins with 13 goals, joins another creative player in Krejci as the two will try to spark Horton, who has scored just once in 13 games during the month of March.

"Obviously, we lost three out of four games, so we’ll change it up a little bit and hopefully that’s going to help," said Krejci, who had previously voiced confidence in Lucic and Horton skating along side him. "I think we looked good out there this morning. Obviously we don’t have much chemistry, particularly with March or Looch with the other line, or Paille with Bergy’s line. But I thought we looked pretty good this morning so hopefully it’s going to work tomorrow."

Lucic, who has scored four goals in 29 games this season, may fit in nicely with Peverley and Caron, another big body who likes to cause havoc in the crease.

Paille, who has six goals and five assists while primarily skating with Campbell and Thornton, gets the promotion to the second line that could be one of the fastest in the NHL.

"Speed, a lot of speed," Bergeron said of Paille. "And he’s a great player. I think a lot of times he’s underestimated. People think he’s a fourth-line player, but he’s not.

"He has a nose for the net as well. He’s a smart guy with the puck and defensively he’s very sound. Those are a lot of things that can help our line, we just need to find some chemistry together."

Johnny Boychuk, who missed Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Maple Leafs with a right foot injury, was again held out of practice. Julien said the defenseman is still day-to-day.

Also missing Adam McQuaid, Julien said he was pleased with the efforts of fill-in blue-liners Aaron Johnson and Matt Bartkowski.

Ryan Spooner, the 21-year-old center who was called up to the Bruins when Krejci got hurt and registered 15:29 of ice time in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Winnipeg, was returned to Providence. Julien said Spooner played well between Lucic and Horton, but didn't quite fit in when slotted back on the third line with Peverley and Pandolfo.

The new-look Bruins host the Maple Leafs on Monday at 7 p.m. Tukka Rask is expected to be in net.

Final: Maple Leafs 3, Bruins 2

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 23, 2013 07:00 PM

All done in Toronto. Leafs hold off final six-on-five push. Bruins 1-3-0 on road trip.

18:44 3d period, Leafs 3-2: Bruins within one. Andrew Ference’s point shot appears to deflect off Mark Fraser.

16:52 3d period, Leafs 3-1: Bruins down to three lines. Rich Peverley moves up with Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille.

7:04 3d period, Leafs 3-1: Carl Gunnarson off for tripping. First PP for Bruins. Much better energy in last five minutes.

2:30 3d period, Leafs 3-1: Patrice Bergeron sets a screen on James Reimer. Dennis Seidenberg takes advantage with a snapper through screen. Anton Khudobin out, Tuukka Rask in.

1:34 3d period, Leafs 3-0: Fourth line punches through for Toronto. Colton Orr starts it with big bump on Dennis Seidenberg. Frazer McLaren all alone in front. Close-range shot off Anton Khudobin’s left pad and in. Tough goal for Bruins to give up. Not their night.

20:00 2d period, Leafs 2-0: Bruins with misleading 20-9 shot advantage. Not getting any sustained pressure on James Reimer. One and done.

10:26 2d period, Leafs 2-0: Milan Lucic turnover. Nikolai Kulemin rings the post at other end. Lucic not giving much.

2:52 2d period, Leafs 2-0: Mikhail Grabovski slips snap shot through Matt Bartkowski screen and past Anton Khudobin. Unless Khudobin missed the release because of the screen, he should stop that shot.

20:00 1st period, Leafs 1-0: Nathan Horton gets a decent chance in final minute. Not a bad first for Bruins, who hold 10-4 shot advantage. Neutral-zone play still a concern.

18:17 1st period, Leafs 1-0: Daniel Paille with net-front chance. Nice dish by Gregory Campbell. James Reimer closes the door.

15:36 1st period, Leafs 1-0: Nice work by David Krejci. Muscles puck off Jake Gardiner. Gets close-range backhand shot on goal. Bruins need more jam like that from his wingmen.

14:41 1st period, Leafs 1-0: Couple good chances for Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille. James Reimer down and out, but couldn’t get clean shot on goal.

8:00 1st period, Leafs 1-0: Anton Khudobin flashes glove to rob Matt Frattin. Dougie Hamilton helps out by clearing puck off line.

5:00 1st period, Leafs 1-0: Off the draw, Shawn Thornton vs. Colton Orr. Two very tough dudes. Orr delivers bunch of rights early. Looked like Thornton got in a left late.

4:58 1st period, Leafs 1-0: Nazem Kadri gets behind Dennis Seidenberg. Weak play in neutral zone.

4:13 1st period, 0-0: Ice in front of benches already turning to snow. Both teams changing personnel constantly.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Rich Peverley back in. Should be No. 3 right wing alongside Ryan Spooner. Jordan Caron healthy scratch. Lane MacDermid also out.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 23, 2013 06:31 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Ryan Spooner-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Aaron Johnson-Andrew Ference

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

* Ryan Spooner took the first shift between Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron. However, Claude Julien said Rich Peverley would play tonight.

* James Reimer (10-4-3, 2.73 GAA, .916 save percentage) will start in goal for the Leafs.

Johnny Boychuk out, Rich Peverley back in

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 23, 2013 12:21 PM
Johnny Boychuk will not play tonight. Boychuk was hit by an Aaron Johnson shot on the right leg during practice yesterday. Boychuk is day-to-day, according to Claude Julien. Matt Bartkowski will make his season debut.

Rich Peverley, a healthy scratch against Ottawa, will return to the lineup tonight. Peverley will replace either Ryan Spooner or Jordan Caron on the No. 3 line. The guess here is that Caron will be the healthy scratch.

Tonight’s possible lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Ryan Spooner-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Andrew Ference
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Aaron Johnson-Matt Bartkowski

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

Game 30: Bruins at Maple Leafs preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 23, 2013 10:32 AM
TORONTO – Good morning from the Air Canada Centre, where the Bruins will wrap up their four-game road swing tonight against the Maple Leafs.

The Bruins recalled Matt Bartkowski on an emergency basis yesterday. Johnny Boychuk, who hurt his right leg in practice yesterday, is in question. Boychuk was walking normally this morning. It’s unknown whether Boychuk will participate in the morning skate.

The Bruins must also decide on whether Rich Peverley will return to the lineup. Peverley was a healthy scratch for Thursday’s 2-1 win over Ottawa.

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 20-6-3, Leafs 16-12-3

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Ryan Spooner-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Jordan Caron, Lane MacDermid

Storylines: The Leafs will honor Mats Sundin prior to the game. The former Toronto captain was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame… Milan Lucic won’t have Mike Komisarek in his way. Komisarek was assigned to the Marlies, Toronto’s AHL affiliate, earlier this season. Komisarek’s time in Toronto is most likely over… Joffrey Lupul will not play for the second straight game. Lupul was suspended for two games for hitting Victor Hedman in the head earlier this week… Mike Leggo and Francois St. Laurent will be the referees. Steve Miller and Mark Shewchyk will be the linesmen.

Johnny Boychuk injured, Matt Bartkowski recalled on emergency basis

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 22, 2013 06:25 PM
TORONTO – Johnny Boychuk’s availability for tomorrow’s game against the Maple Leafs is in question. During practice today at Carleton University, Boychuk was hit by a puck in the right leg. The Bruins have not been able to determine the severity of Boychuk’s injury because of swelling.

The Bruins have recalled Matt Bartkowski from Providence on an emergency basis. The left-shot defenseman has three goals and 21 assists in 56 games. This is Bartkowski’s first recall of the season.

The Bruins are already without Adam McQuaid for up to a month because of a strained left shoulder.

Bruins prepare for finale of road trip

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 22, 2013 01:10 PM
OTTAWA – The Bruins have finished their practice at Carleton University. They are traveling to Toronto this afternoon. They will conclude their four-game road trip on Saturday against the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

Rich Peverley centered the third line. Peverley was a healthy scratch last night for the first time as a Bruin.

“Obviously you never want to be a healthy scratch,” Peverley said. “But it was a coach’s decision. I know I need to be a lot better. Hopefully from here on out, it will go a lot better and I can use it as motivation.”

* Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand were given the day off. They went through off-ice workouts.

* Johnny Boychuk left practice early. Boychuk appeared to take a shot off the right leg. Boychuk needed help hobbling to the dressing room. The defenseman did not return to practice.

* Ryan Spooner needed some work on his left cheek. A deflected puck caught Spooner in the face. Spooner didn't mind. "Makes me look tough," Spooner said.

Today’s practice lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Lane MacDermid-Ryan Spooner-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Aaron Johnson-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Watch: Bruins-Senators highlights

Posted by David Pierce, Boston.com Staff March 22, 2013 01:47 AM

Watch highlights of last night's thrilling 2-1 Bruins win over the Senators in Ottawa.

Final: Bruins 2, Senators 1

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 21, 2013 07:29 PM

All done in Ottawa. Dennis Seidenberg with GWG. Anton Khudobin might need second straight start after that gem.

18:56 3d period, Bruins 2-1: Dennis Seidenberg with go-ahead goal. Patrice Bergeron wins O-zone draw. Robin Lehner literally hopping mad.

18:03 3d period, 1-1: Anton Khudobin shuts door on Guillaume Latendresse. Gloves backhander.

17:19 3d period, 1-1: Money save by Robin Lehner on David Krejci. Far better third period for Bruins than first 40 minutes.

15:22 3d period, 1-1: Zero heat on power play. Bruins 4:38 away from a point.

13:03 3d period, 1-1: Kaspars Daugavins off for roughing. Ottawa upset with no matching.

7:58 3d period, 1-1: Milan Lucic and Chris Neil exchanging jolts, bad language.

5:58 3d period, 1-1: Johnny Boychuk to the room.

3:44 3d period, 1-1: Anton Khudobin square to Kaspars Daugavins. More good goaltending work.

3:01 3d period, 1-1: Chris Neil to the room. Cut in a collision in front of the benches.

20:00 2d period, 1-1: Bruins fortunate to enter third tied up. Anton Khudobin with a very good blocker save on Jakob Silfverberg in final seconds.

18:38 2d period, 1-1: Bruins get a gift. Daniel Paille snaps off-wing shot through Robin Lehner. Tough goal if that went in clean.

15:24 2d period, Senators 1-0: Anton Khudobin keeping this a one-goal game. Stops Jakob Silfverberg. Then turns back Sergei Gonchar.

10:39 2d period, Senators 1-0: Anton Khudobin with excellent stop on Mika Zibanejad. Again, too clean of an entry. Zibanejad goes right through Dennis Seidenberg.

6:42 2d period, Senators 1-0: Colin Greening strips Dougie Hamilton in defensive zone. Senators making stronger plays than Bruins.

5:45 2d period, Senators 1-0: Bruins blow three-on-one rush. Milan Lucic’s pass too far ahead for Nathan Horton. Mike Lundin only D back after bad line change.

4:55 2d period, Senators 1-0: Kaspars Daugavins snaps a long-distance shot on goal. Looks like it might have skimmed off Andrew Ference’s stick. Or maybe off Mika Zibanejad's blade. Under review. Goal credited to Daugavins.

2:08 2d period, 0-0: Gregory Campbell tips Aaron Johnson pass. Good reaction stop by Robin Lehner.

20:00 1st period, 0-0: Ottawa should be up 1-0. Late flurry by Senators. Anton Khudobin with a couple of beauties at end of first.

15:13 1st period, 0-0: Bruins slack in neutral zone. Ottawa generating good speed into offensive zone. Senators with better chances so far.

7:45 1st period, 0-0: Tyler Seguin snaps puck off Brad Marchand. Marchand to bench.

6:33 1st period, 0-0: Matt Kassian trying to get Shawn Thornton to go. Nothing doing. Yet.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: David Krejci and Ryan Spooner in. Rich Peverley is healthy scratch. Peverley was pulled from PP2 against Winnipeg. First time being healthy scratch as a Bruin.

Thursday's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 21, 2013 07:09 PM
Based on pregame warm-ups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

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

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

* Robin Lehner (2-0-4, 1.90 GAA, .946 save percentage) will start in goal for the Senators.

David Krejci feeling better, game-time decision tonight

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 21, 2013 12:24 PM
David Krejci, cracked on the right leg by a Johnny Boychuk slap shot on Sunday, will be a game-time decision tonight against the Senators. Krejci said he’s feeling better than he did initially after the injury. Krejci plans to participate in warmups.

Krejci skated today for the first time since he was hurt. Krejci participated in the morning skate, alternating with Ryan Spooner in line rushes between Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. Krejci did not participate in power-play drills.

If Krejci plays, Spooner would most likely be the healthy scratch.

Tonight’s possible lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

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

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

Game 29: Bruins at Senators preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 21, 2013 10:12 AM
OTTAWA – Good morning from Scotiabank Place, where the Bruins will look to halt a two-game losing streak tonight against the Senators.

Adam McQuaid (left shoulder strain) will not play tonight. McQuaid is out for 3-4 weeks. Aaron Johnson will replace McQuaid. The Bruins have not recalled a defenseman from Providence.

David Krejci (right leg) is day-to-day. For now, we’ll assume Ryan Spooner will play in his second straight game. This is Spooner’s hometown rink. He is from Kanata.

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 19-6-3, Senators 16-8-6

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-Ryan Spooner-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratch: Lane MacDermid

Storylines: The Senators lost yet another player on Tuesday. This time, it was defenseman Marc Methot (leg). No word on whether Methot will be available tonight. Ottawa is already without Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza, Craig Anderson, Milan Michalek, and Jared Cowen… The Bruins have won 10 straight games at Scotiabank Place… The Bruins have blown four third-period leads this month… Robin Lehner will start in goal for Ottawa. Lehner was in goal for the two previous games against the Bruins… Paul Devorski and Dennis LaRue will be the referees. Michel Cormier and Mike Cvik will be the linesmen.

Adam McQuaid out 3-4 weeks with strained left shoulder

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 20, 2013 05:24 PM
Adam McQuaid has been diagnosed with a strained left shoulder and could miss 3-4 weeks. He is returning to Boston for evaluation.

McQuaid was injured in the first period of Tuesday night’s 3-1 loss to Winnipeg. Eric Tangradi checked McQuaid into the end boards, and McQuaid used his left arm to brace his fall.

McQuaid’s injury underscores the need to acquire defensive depth via the trade market prior to the April 3 deadline.

Aaron Johnson will replace McQuaid against Ottawa Thursday night.

Bobby Orr memoir cover revealed on Bruins great's 65th birthday

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff March 20, 2013 07:22 AM

Orr jacket.jpeg


It's Bobby Orr's 65th birthday today, and to help celebrate, the publisher of his upcoming memoir has given Boston.com and Globe readers an exclusive look at the cover of the Bruins legend's autobiography.

Could any other photograph than Orr's famous "flying goal" in the 1970 Stanley Cup finals be the one used to front "Orr: My Story"? Orr's goal in overtime of Game 4 of the finals vs. the Blues gave the Bruins a 4-3 victory and their first Stanley Cup in 29 years, and the photo of Orr sailing through the air after scoring is one of the most memorable images in Boston sports history.

The memoir is due out in October, and according to publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons, it will include Orr's reflections on his hockey career as well as "the candid thoughts of a man who once lost nearly everything to the treachery of his best friend, then reinvented himself and found renewed success."

Said Orr: "I'm like most people in that over time I've wanted to write down my thoughts, make sense of many things I've seen, and share some things I've learned. Having played in the National Hockey League doesn't make me a better person than anyone else but it does mean that I've met some interesting people and been through some experiences I think are worth putting on paper. This moment in my life seems the right time to do just that."

Final: Jets 3, Bruins 1

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 19, 2013 07:54 PM

All done in Winnipeg. Bruins lose two straight in regulation for first time in over a calendar year.

12:41 3d period, Jets 2-1: Tuukka Rask can’t squeeze Grant Clitsome’s long-distance shot. Alexander Burmistrov jumps on loose puck and hammers it home.

11:44 3d period, 1-1: Blake Wheeler tips Zach Bogosian’s point shot past Tuukka Rask. No chance for Rask.

8:03 3d period, Bruins 1-0: Ondrej Pavelec keeps it a one-goal game. Kick save on Zdeno Chara.

20:00 2d period, Bruins 1-0: Jets fading in second. Bruins getting stronger as game progresses. Still need to finish on their chances and get some breathing room.

14:20 2d period, Bruins 1-0: Evander Kane crunches Daniel Paille. Wicked hit.

11:22 2d period, Bruins 1-0: Patrice Bergeron backhands the puck off the left post. Bruins starting their biggest push.

0:07 2d period, Bruins 1-0: That was fast. Zach Bogosian tries to back pass off end boards. Brad Marchand picks off carom and tucks puck behind Ondrej Pavelec.

0:00 2d period, 0-0: Adam McQuaid done for night.

20:00 1st period, 0-0: Bruins not doing much on either power play in first period. Adam McQuaid never returned.

12:40 1st period, 0-0: No sign of Adam McQuaid. Been gone for over seven minutes.

6:04 1st period, 0-0: Good chance for Nik Antropov after Rich Peverley D-zone turnover. Tries to outwait Tuukka Rask. Nothing doing.

5:04 1st period, 0-0: Big glove save by Ondrej Pavelec on Patrice Bergeron. Adam McQuaid off to room.

4:36 1st period, 0-0: Blake Wheeler turns on turbos, rockets past Dennis Seidenberg. Wheeler hits post.

4:22 1st period, 0-0: Rich Peverley takes shift with Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton.

2:41 1st period, 0-0: Adam McQuaid roughed up. Takes tumble into end boards after Eric Tangradi hit. Favoring left arm, which he used to brace himself. McQuaid on bench instead of in room.

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

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 19, 2013 07:25 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-Ryan Spooner-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Ondrej Pavelec (12-12-2, 2.80 GAA, .904 save percentage) will start in goal for the Jets.

Ryan Spooner to center top line

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 19, 2013 01:38 PM

Ryan Spooner, recalled from Providence yesterday, will center Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton on the team’s power line. During the morning skate, Spooner took line rushes in David Krejci’s usual spot between the two hulking wingmen.

Claude Julien said he could change his lineup during the game depending on the situation. But to start, Spooner will be in a top-six role. During his other recall, Spooner centered the fourth line between Lane MacDermid and Jamie Tardif.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for Spoons to take,” Julien said. “We’ll see where he goes with that. If it doesn’t work out, we can always make some changes. We’ve seen him play enough that we know he can probably be a good fit there.”

* Krejci has yet to skate since suffering his right leg injury on Sunday. Krejci has been riding the stationary bike, Julien said. Krejci left the skate with a slight limp.

Tonight’s expected lineup:

Milan Lucic-Ryan Spooner-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Game 28: Bruins at Jets preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 19, 2013 11:27 AM
WINNIPEG – Good morning from the MTS Centre, where the Bruins will kick off their second game of their four-stop road trip tonight against the Jets.

David Krejci (right leg) is day-to-day. The Bruins recalled Ryan Spooner yesterday on an emergency basis. For now, we’ll assume that Krejci is out tonight. If so, Spooner could center Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron. Rich Peverley could move up to center Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton.

Puck drop: 7 p.m. ET

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

Records: Bruins 19-5-3, Jets 15-12-2

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-Rich Peverley-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Jay Pandolfo-Ryan Spooner-Jordan Caron

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Lane MacDermid

Story lines: If Spooner centers Pandolfo and Caron, that would become the fourth line. Gregory Campbell’s threesome would have to assume more minutes… If Krejci is out, the Bruins will need a replacement on the No. 1 power-play unit. Krejci has been playing the right-side elbow next to Dougie Hamilton. Patrice Bergeron, the net-front man on the second unit, could be a candidate… Edward Pasquale will be Ondrej Pavelec’s backup. Al Montoya (lower body) was placed on injured reserve earlier this week… Tonight will be Brad Marchand’s 200th career game… Tim Peel and Greg Kimmerly will be the referees. Mike Cvik and Mark Wheler will be the linesmen.

Ryan Spooner recalled on emergency basis

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 18, 2013 05:03 PM
The Bruins have recalled Ryan Spooner from Providence on an emergency basis. Spooner will play Tuesday against Winnipeg if David Krejci (right leg) is unavailable.

This is Spooner’s second NHL recall. Spooner centered the fourth line against Montreal on Feb. 6. Spooner leads Providence in scoring with 12 goals and 33 assists.

If Krejci can’t play, Rich Peverley could move up to center Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. Spooner would center the third line between Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron.

A possible lineup:

Milan Lucic-Rich Peverley-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Ryan Spooner-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

David Krejci day-to-day, questionable for Tuesday vs. Jets

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 18, 2013 03:27 PM
WINNIPEG – David Krejci, dropped by a Johnny Boychuk blast in Sunday’s third period, is day-to-day, according to coach Claude Julien. Krejci did not suffer a fracture when Boychuk’s shot cracked him in the right leg.

However, it is unknown whether Krejci will play Tuesday against the Jets. Krejci was one of nine players not to practice. Krejci received treatment at MTS Iceplex, the Jets’ practice rink.

If Krejci can’t play against Winnipeg, the Bruins could recall Ryan Spooner from Providence. The center leads Providence in scoring (12-33—45). They would have to make the recall promptly to guarantee Spooner arrives in time for the game. There are no direct flights from Providence/Boston to Winnipeg.

If Krejci can’t play and the Bruins don’t bring up a forward, Lane MacDermid would dress against the Jets. MacDermid is the team’s spare forward. Tyler Seguin would most likely move to center, which would bust up the Bruins’ best line.

* Krejci, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk, Dennis Seidenberg, and Andrew Ference didn’t practice today.

* Ex-Bruin Shane Hnidy visited the dressing room after practice. Shawn Thornton, one of Hnidy’s closest friends, sounded skeptical when his former teammate suggested a sushi restaurant for dinner. Winnipeg is not exactly close to the ocean.

There's a new rooster in the Bruins locker room

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff March 18, 2013 02:42 PM

Nathan Horton wears the Rooster

Nathan Horton wears the Rooster. (Photo courtesy of the Boston Bruins)

In 2011, it was the too-small jacket. In 2012, it was the 20-link chain. Now get ready for the Rooster.

For the past couple of years, the Bruins player of the game was awarded with a jacket or chain – given by the other Bruins players – to wear in the locker room for postgame interviews.

This year, the Bruins player of the game will be sporting a bright red rooster tee-shirt, as modeled by Nathan Horton after Saturday's win over the Capitals.

According to WEEI, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference chose the rooster tee shirt because "a rooster in the kitchen brings good luck."

The rooster shirt in question comes from The Mountain, a New Hampshire-based company that has been selling playful tee shirts for the past 40 years. The rooster shirt comes from their Big Face Animal shirts.

The Big Face Animal shirts have also been popular in the NBA, with the exclusive "Red Mamba" shirt made for Matt Bonner and worn by his teammates during the three-point shootout at the 2013 All-Star Game.

Bruins fans can pick up a Rooster tee for $20 at The Mountain's website.

Penguins hold on for 2-1 win over Bruins

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff March 17, 2013 03:00 PM

PITTSBURGH -- If the road to the Stanley Cup leads through the Penguins, then there may be potholes ahead for the Bruins.
Sparked by a pair of first-period goals, including one in the final minute by Northeastern's Joe Vitale, the Penguins on Sunday rattled off their ninth straight win, a 2-1 edging of the Bruins here at CONSOL Energy Center.
It was Boston's second loss here in less than a week, following a 3-2 defeat here on March 12.
Adding to Boston's woes, top center David Krejci exited the lineup with 5:14 to go in regulation when he was felled by a Johnny Boychuk slapper. It appeared to hit Krejci on the right knee. Krejci had to be helped off the ice by Boychuk and Milan Lucic. He was unable to place weight on his right legs as he made his way off the ice and to the dressing room.
Sidney Crosby, the league's leading scorer, started the Pens on their way at 12:06 of the first when he sniped in a short-range wrister from the slot. The play began with Pascal Dupuis filching the puck from Zdeno Chara behind the net and then Dupuis feeding to Chris Kunitz (league's No. 2 scorer) in the left wing circle. Milan Lucic failed to cut off a Kunitz cross-slot feed and the sharp-eyed Crosby rifled home his 13th of the season.
The Bruins were back with the equalizer at 16:38 with their own sharpshooter, Tyler Seguin, potting his 10th. Boychuk tore off a shot from above the right wing cirlce and it ricocheted into the left circle, where the well-positioned Seguin (four goals in his previous six games), smacked it directly to the top left corner.
But with only 32 seconds left in the period, ex-NU Huskie Joe Vitale broke the deadlock, popping the puck to the top right corner on Tuukka Rask as he fell down near the right faceoff dot. Rask first failed to glove a Craig Adams shot, leaving the loose puck for Vitale to gobble up and knock home for his first goal this season.

Final: Penguins 2, Bruins 1

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff March 17, 2013 11:14 AM


Wrapped in Pittsburgh. Penguins hold on with two first-period goals. Outshot by Bruins, 32-18. Nine wins in a row for Penguins.


THIRD PERIOD.

Krejic exits with apparent knee injury with 5:14 to go. Suffers shot to knee on Johnny Boychuk slapshot. Needs assistance to get off ice, get to dressing room.


Midway through third. Status quo. Bruins with 29-17 shot lead.

Letang exits lineup in previous period. Pens now report he has lower-body injury, will not return.

Near 3-1 strike by Pens when Kennedy shovels at doorstep off Sutter pass. Strong save by Rask. Bruins porous.

Underway.

SECOND PERIOD

Done through 40:00. Pens still with 2-1 lead, but with only 15 shots on net (to Boston's 20). Pens on target to match low of year (22). Also on target for 9th win in a row.

6:50 to go, score status quo. Pens with only 12 shots all afternoon, but hold 2-1 lead.

Closing in on midway mark. Pens late goal in first making for uphill climb for Bruins.

No change here after 25:00. Pens with 2-1 lead.

FIRST PERIOD

First 20:00 in the books. Pens with 2-1 edge.

19:28. Penguins, 2-1 -- Northeastern's Joe Vitale, falling down, wrists shot to top right corner after Rask muffs long shot by Craig Adams. Pilot error by usually surehanded 'tender.

16:38 -- Bruins, 1-1. Seguin quick snap to open left side after Boychuk's shot from above RW circle deflects out of crowd in slot. Nice snipe by Seguin. No. 10 of season. Boston's 10th shot.


12:06 -- Penguins, 1-0. Crosby nails in 15-foot slot wrister. Chara gives up puck behind net to Dupuis. Lucic fails to cut down Kunitz feed. All within seconds after faceoff in Boston end.

Pens have gone six minutes without a shot on net. Bruins lead shots, 4-2. Both sides pushing the puck. Good pace. Few scoring opportunities.

Good pace to start. Bruins in their own end for first minute of play.

Proud Canadian lads Crosby, Bergeron on opening drop.

Today's 'tenders: Vokoun for Pens; Rask for Bruins.

On-ice officials out and ready. Puck drop soon to follow.

Closing in on the Bruins' 27th puck drop of the season. NBC-TV has the call at 12:30 p.m. Ch. 7 in the Hub of Hockey.

Boston's power play is operating somewhat more efficiently of late, 4-for-17 (23.5 pct) in the last eight games.

For the season, the Bruins are much better at the PP when on the road (third overall at 25.7 pct). However, in their 13 games at the Garden, they have connected only 9.8 pct. of th time, better than only Carolina (7.8 pct.). Overall, 17 of the league's 30 have had better success on the man-advantage.

The Bruins have the best penalty-kill mark (93 pct.) in the league, burned only once all year on the road, where they have killed an eyepopping 46 of 47 shorthanded situations.

Game 27: Bruins at Penguins

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff March 17, 2013 07:42 AM
PITTSBURGH – Greetings from a city awash in St. Patrick's Day Green. The Bruins are back for a second time in less than a week to face the red-hot (eight wins in a row) Penguins, led by the league's top scorer, Sidney Crosby (12-35–47).

The Bruins easily rubbed out the Caps, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at the Garden for their second straight win, and fifth in their last six starts. The Penguin spent the day tuning up here with a matinee win, 3-0, over the freefalling Rangers.

This is the start of an up-tempo four-game roadie for the Bruins, with stops ahead in Winnipeg (Tuesday), Ottawa (Thursday) and Toronto (Saturday). The Jets edged the Leafs in Toronto on Saturday, but it took until Round 10 of a shootout.

Boston's top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton finally scraped off a thick layer of rust Saturday and finished with a work line of 2-7–9 on a total of six shots. Krejci and Horton had the goals, while Lucic delivered a season-high three helpers.

Puck drop: 12:30 p.m.

Record: Bruins, 19-4-3; Penguins, 21-8-0.

TV/radio info: NBC-TV, Ch. 7; 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers).

Projected lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
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.

Storylines: The Bruins still need some production from a the newly-formed third line with Peverley moved to the middle now that Chris Kelly is sidelined with a fractured tibia. Of course, third-line production only becomes critical when the top two lines aren't popping. The No. 1 line's big day Saturday vs. the Caps took off some of the heat ... Rask (14 wins, .930 save pct) is back in net, and without much fanfare he has shimmied his way into the Vezina discussion ... Always fun to see Team Canada pals (gold in Vancouver in 2010) Bergeron and Crosby on the ice together. Two of the most complete, diligent pivots in the game. Crosby is a more robust offensive force, Bergeron slightly better at the defensive and faceoff game ... Crosby and teammate Chris Kunitz are 1-2 in league scoring with 47 and 39 points, respectively. Fellow Pens James Neal (29) and Kris Letang (28) also are among the league's top 20 scorers. Bergeron and Krejci each lead the Bruins with 24 points, tied at 33d overall in the league ... California-born Beau Bennett led off the scoring for the Pens Saturday vs. the Rangers. Bennett, the 20th pick overall in the 2010 draft, played two seasons at the University of Denver before turning pro over the summer ... Northeastern's Joe Vitale has struggled (0-2–2 and minus-8) in 24 games with the Pens this season ... Look for Chara to be on the ice every time Crosby's out there, too. Big Z after Saturday ranked 21st overall in ice time with a 24:36 average. Sid the Kid has been logging 21:39. Bergeron is Boston's leading forward at 19:06.

Watch: Bruins-Capitals highlights

Posted by David Pierce, Boston.com Staff March 17, 2013 03:29 AM
tags Bruins, nhl

Live updates: Bruins 4, Capitals 1

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff March 16, 2013 12:50 PM

Final: Bruins 4, Captials 1: The Bruins won for the fifth time in their last six games and for the second consecutive time at TD Garden to improve to 19-4-3 (10-2-1 at home) after Saturday afternoon's impressive 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals (11-15-1). Anton Khudobin (37 saves) picked up the victory in net to improve to 5-2-0 this season.

Third period

Bruins 4, Capitals 1, 10:32: Saw this one coming from a mile away, especially when Nathan Horton was in the box at the beginning of the period jawing away at Matt Hendricks. Horton pointed at the Bruins bench, no doubt informing Hendricks that Shawn Thornton was requesting his presence on the ice for a fight. Problem was, Thornton had to get in line behind Adam McQuaid, who took apart Hendricks after a face off midway through the third period. Both were sent off for 5-minute fighting majors. Thornton jumped in and was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Bruins 4, Capitals 1, 2:41, PPG: Eight seconds after Jack Hillen was sent off for slashing, Rich Peverley made the Capitals pay when he chipped home a dirty rebound of Milan Lucic's bid to give the B's a three-goal lead. Lucic was credited with his third assist of the game, a career-high, while Krejci also received a helper, marking his 300th NHL point.

Second period

End of period: Bruins 3, Capitals 1: Brad Marchand picked up his first figthting major of the season when he took on Mike Ribeiro at 19:41. Marchand, who recorded two fighting majors in 76 games last season, won his bout with Ribeiro, landing several uppercuts and overhand rights. But it served as the undercard to a violent dust-up that erupted nine seconds later between Matt Hendricks, who had been spoiling for a fight, and Nathan Horton, who wound up pinning Hendricks. Both were sent off for fighting majors. All in all, an entertaining period for the Bs.'

Bruins 3, Capitals 1, 8:02: Krejci giveth, he taketh away, then he giveth again when he set up Andrew Ference's first goal of the season. Krejci carried the puck deep into the zone before sending a centering pass to Nathan Horton, who made a nifty no-look reverse pass to Ference, who beat Neuvirth top shelf. It was Horton's third point of the game (1 goal, 2 assists) and Krejci's second point of game (1 goal, 1 assist). So far, the Horton-Krejci-Lucic line, much-maligned for their lack off offensive production, has tallied eight out of a possible nine points.

Bruins 2, Capitals 1, 1:24; Penalty: Adam McQuaid and Matt Hendricks were sent off after the Capitals center went after Nathan Horton, which drew a swift response from Andrew Ference. McQuaid, who jousted with Hendricks earlier in the first period, took over and stood up to Hendricks. Both were sent off for matching roughing penalties.

Bruins 2, Capitals 1, 1:24: Bruins suffered self-inflicted wound when David Krejci, who was just nine seconds into his shift after serving out an interference penalty, ricocheted a loose puck in front of the Bruins net off the left skate of Johnny Boychuk past B's netminder Anton Khudobin. Marcus Johansson was credited with the unassisted goal that pulled the Caps within 1.

First period

Bruins 2, Capitals 0, 19:45: Krejci was sent off for interference, leaving the Bruins to play a man short for the last 15 seconds of the first period, and putting the Captials on the man advantage for the first 1:15 of the second.

Bruins 2, Capitals 0, 17:15: Lucic came up with another huge assist, fishing the puck from behind the net to set up David Krejci, who came swopping in from left point to put a one-timer past Neuvirth on the far side post. It was Krejci's seventh goal of the season and Lucic's second assist of the game and 12th on the season. Nathan Horton was also credited with an assist, giving him and Lucic multiple-point nights.

Bruins 1, Capitals 0, 14:12: Nathan Horton potted his eighth goal of the season when he beat Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth from the slot, one-timing Milan Lucic's crisp centering pass from behind the Capitals net. Lucic was credited with his 11th assist of the season while Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was also credited with a helper, giving him a four-game point streak.

Bruins 0, Capitals 0, 5:41: Bruins get away with one there when Brad Marchand avoids a boarding call after he flattened Joey Crabb from behind into the sideboards. A mini-scrum broke out with Matt Hendricks and Adam McQuaid engaging in some extracurricular face washing. No harm. No foul.

Pregame: Greetings from TD Garden where the Bruins, attired in green game sweaters during pregame warmups in honor of St. Patrick's Day, will host the Washington Capitals. The B's planned to auction off the green warmups during the game. We're about five minutes away from the dropping of the puck. We'll be here to bring you live updates from the game.

Game 26: Capitals at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 16, 2013 11:43 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will close out their two-game homestand this afternoon against the Capitals.

Washington turned a 3-0 deficit into a 4-3 overtime victory earlier this month. It was one of the three third-period leads the Bruins have blown.

Adam McQuaid (undisclosed) didn’t play against Florida on Thursday. We’ll assume McQuaid is back in today.

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: Capitals 11-14-1, Bruins 18-4-3

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
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

Storylines: Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin split the earlier back-to-back games. Claude Julien said, however, that Rask could have started both game if he didn’t have flu-like symptoms. We’ll assume Rask gets the nod today… The Bruins will kick off a four-game road swing tomorrow in Pittsburgh. It is the longest remaining trip of the season… Rob Martell and Paul Devorski will be the referees. Derek Nansen and Brian Murphy will be the linesmen.

McQuaid returns to Bruins practice, Kelly optimistic about leg

Posted by Staff March 15, 2013 11:42 AM

WILMINGTON -- Defenseman Adam McQuaid, who missed Thursday's 4-1 victory over the Panthers with a minor injury, returned to Bruins practice on Friday morning.

McQuaid appeared to be a full participant, though coach Claude Julien said he was still day-to-day with an "upper body" injury.

"He practiced today so it’s looking optimistic," Julien said.

Aaron Johnson replaced McQuaid on Thursday, pairing up with Johnny Boychuk on the Bruins' third set of blueliners.

"We have different looks all the time," Julien said. "It depends on the teams, the situations. We had four lefties. We’re used to moving guys around. That’s certainly not an issue for our hockey club."

Chris Kelly talked to reporters for the first time since breaking his left tibia in a collision with Senators forward Chris Neil on Monday.

Kelly was surprisingly upbeat, noting that it could have been much worse. He was walking around freely without a cast or crutches. He does not plan on having surgery and said he's hopeful to return by the end of the regular season.

"It’s one of those things you have to let heal and hope for the best," he said.

Kelly didn't blame Neil, calling it a "hockey play." The two exchanged text messages and are on good terms.

"Both guys turned there and we didn’t really have any place to go," Kelly said. "Things happen quickly there, that’s all it was."

While the Bruins' top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton haven't produced to Julien's standards, the coach said he would consider switching the lines around, but he hasn't made any decisions yet.

"We have good chemistry," Krejci said. "It doesn’t just go away forever. I think it’s going to come back and we’re going to be putting the puck in the net. I’m pretty sure about it."

Final, Bruins 4, Panthers 1

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 14, 2013 06:57 PM

End of game, Bruins 4-1 That's all. B's take an ugly one at the Garden.

Third period, :57.2, Bruins 4-1 Bergeron gets an empty-netter. The final score isn't exactly going to reflect the way this one was played. Not a great game for the home team.

Third period, 4:36, Bruins 3-1 Bench minor, too many men on the ice for the Panthers. Bruins get another PP chance.

Third period, 7:17, Bruins 3-1 There's the third goal of the season for Shawn Thornton, who came around the back of the net and stuffed in the puck. He was assisted by Paille and Campbell. Nice work on a night that hasn't seen a lot of good moments for the Bruins.

End of the second period, Bruins 2-1 The Bruins made it out of the second period without giving up another goal, though it was mighty close in the final seconds. The Bruins need to try to turn things around in the third, even with the lead, after a subpar second period.

Second period, 4:12, Bruins 2-1 Too many men on the ice. Bruins have been a bit sloppy here in the second period, though they still have a lead over the Panthers. Let's see if they can kill their 22nd straight penalty.

Second period, 7:38, Bruins 2-1 Horton goes off for high sticking. First power play for Florida.

Second period, 13:51, Bruins 2-1 That shorthanded goal was the first the Bruins have allowed this season.

Second period, 16:50, Bruins 2-1 Shorthanded goal for Shawn Matthias, unassisted. Not exactly how the B's wanted their first power play of the evening to go.

Second period, 18:22, Bruins 2-0 Bruins go on the power play against the Panthers who are 30th in the NHL in the penalty kill. It was Erik Gudbranson for interference.

End of the first period, Bruins 2-0 Not exactly surprising that the Bruins are up by a couple of goals here at the first break. Florida is one of the worst teams in the NHL at 7-14-6. The Bruins are, of course, among the best.

First period, 5:04, Bruins 2-0 Patrice Bergeron gets the Bruins' second goal of the evening, from Marchand and Seguin.

First period, 10:44, Bruins 1-0 Tuukka Rask has been impressive so far in this one, with a couple of big-time saves keeping the Bruins on top about halfway through the first period.

First period, 16:05, Bruins 1-0 The Bruins are already on the board in this one, with Zdeno Chara getting the first goal, assisted by Krejci and Horton. He scored on a one-timer from the left faceoff circle.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 14, 2013 06:38 PM

Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Scott Clemmensen (2-3-2, 4.28 GAA, .852 save percentage) will start in goal for the Panthers.

Adam McQuaid out against Panthers

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 14, 2013 11:50 AM
Adam McQuaid will not play tonight against Florida. McQuaid is day-to-day with a minor injury, according to coach Claude Julien.

McQuaid missed some time in Tuesday’s game. McQuaid took a puck off the right arm in the first period. McQuaid played 14:19 against the Penguins.

Aaron Johnson will replace McQuaid. Johnson hasn’t played since Jan. 29.

* The Bruins have signed prospect Anthony Camara to a three-year entry-level contract. Camara was the team’s third-round pick in 2011. The forward will most likely start in Providence in 2013-14.

Game 25: Panthers at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 14, 2013 09:57 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will start a two-game homestand tonight against the Panthers.

This will be the Bruins’ second game without Chris Kelly. The No. 3 center was diagnosed with a broken left tibia Wednesday. The Bruins have not recalled a center from Providence.

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: Panthers 7-14-6, Bruins 17-4-3

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
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

Storylines: Rich Peverley is projected to play his second straight game at center… The Bruins have not lost consecutive games in regulation since March of 2012, when they dropped four straight … The Bruins won the first meeting with the Panthers, 4-1 … The Bruins will look to spark Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. The power wingers were on the ice for two of Pittsburgh’s three third-period goals on Tuesday … Francois St. Laurent and Eric Furlatt will be the referees. Steve Miller and Tony Sericolo will be the linesmen.

Chris Kelly diagnosed with broken left tibia

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 13, 2013 04:49 PM
Chris Kelly is out indefinitely because of a broken left tibia. Kelly suffered the injury in the second period of Monday’s 3-2 shootout win over Ottawa.

The injury took place when Kelly collided with former Ottawa teammate Chris Neil. Kelly needed help getting off the ice, placing little weight on his left leg.

Team doctors had to wait until swelling subsided to diagnose Kelly with the injury.

The Bruins have yet to recall a center to replace Kelly. Rich Peverley centered the third line in last night’s 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh. The Bruins are carrying one extra forward.

Kelly has two goals and four assists in 23 games. This is the most significant injury of Kelly’s career. The Bruins have not said whether Kelly will require surgery.

Final: Penguins 3, Bruins 2

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 12, 2013 07:17 PM

All done in Pittsburgh. Penguins complete rally with three-goal third. Very tough loss for Bruins.

17:57 3d period, Penguins 3-2: Brandon Sutter with his second of the third. Sutter picks off a long-distance Dennis Seidenberg pass. Snaps the puck past Anton Khudobin.

14:33 3d period, 2-2: All tied up. Turnovers in neutral zone give Pittsburgh an odd-man rush. Brandon Sutter beats Anton Khudobin with off-wing wrister. Not much from David Krejci’s line tonight.

13:42 3d period, Bruins 2-1: Kris Letang sends cross-ice pass to Chris Kunitz. Right in Kunitz’s wheelhouse for a one-timer. Heck of a shot.

7:53 3d period, Bruins 2-0: Not much gas in Bruins’ tank. But Anton Khudobin standing tall. Freshest guy in Black and Gold will have to be big.

5:48 3d period, Bruins 2-0: There goes the Pittsburgh power play. Another perfect kill for Bruins.

1:14 3d period, Bruins 2-0: Adam McQuaid back on ice.

20:00 2d period, Bruins 2-0: Bruins not getting many offensive chances. Penguins controlling offensive zone play late. Anton Khudobin excellent through 40. Adam McQuaid went to room early.

15:45 2d period, Bruins 2-0: Adam McQuaid in pain on the bench. Took a puck off the right arm.

3:53 2d period, Bruins 2-0: Sidney Crosby sets up Tyler Kennedy for a good chance. Anton Khudobin slides over to stuff Kennedy. Dan Bylsma double-shifting Crosby to get him away from Zdeno Chara.

20:00 1st period, Bruins 2-0: Bruins with much better legs in tonight’s first period than last night’s. Anton Khudobin sharp. Bruins giving up too many chances in second half of first.

17:24 1st period, Bruins 2-0: Dougie Hamilton coughs up puck under heavy forechecking heat. Anton Khudobin gloves James Neal’s shot.

16:26 1st period, Bruins 2-0: Bruins catch a break. Puck into net. Fourth line and third pairing were out against Sidney Crosby’s line.

14:31 1st period, Bruins 2-0: Dennis Seidenberg gets a piece of a diving James Neal shot. Might have gone wide.

13:30 1st period, Bruins 2-0: Great work by Patrice Bergeron’s line. Brad Marchand goes down wall for Bergeron. Tyler Seguin goes to front of net. Bergeron connects with Seguin, who snaps the puck high glove on Marc-Andre Fleury.

9:54 1st period, Bruins 1-0: Great chance for Brad Marchand. Patrice Bergeron muscles Sidney Crosby off puck and dishes to Marchand. Marc-Andre Fleury turns back Marchand.

4:45 1st period, Bruins 1-0: Zdeno Chara one-times puck from right point. Looked like Patrice Bergeron got a piece.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Aaron Johnson and Lane MacDermid are the healthy scratches. Chris Kelly is the unhealthy scratch.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 12, 2013 07:08 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

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

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

* Marc-Andre Fleury (12-5-0, 2.71 GAA, .902 save percentage) will start in goal for the Penguins.

No prognosis on Chris Kelly

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 12, 2013 06:28 PM
Chris Kelly is still experiencing swelling around his left knee, according to Bruins coach Claude Julien. Because of the swelling, the Bruins have not determined the extent of Kelly’s injury. Kelly is with the team in Pittsburgh.

Rich Peverley will replace Kelly as the third-line center. Jay Pandolfo will be the left wing. Jordan Caron will move to the right side.

Anton Khudobin will be in goal.

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

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

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

Game 24: Bruins at Penguins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 12, 2013 12:42 PM
PITTSBURGH – The Bruins did not hold a morning skate today at the Consol Energy Center. They arrived in Pittsburgh early this morning following their 3-2 shootout win over Ottawa Monday night.

Chris Kelly injured his left knee in Monday night’s second period after colliding with ex-teammate Chris Neil. Kelly didn’t return. Kelly traveled to Pittsburgh with the team.

The Bruins have not called up a center from Providence. Assuming Kelly is out against the Penguins, Rich Peverley could move to center from right wing. Either Jay Pandolfo or Lane MacDermid, both healthy scratches last night, would dress.

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 17-3-3, Penguins 18-8-0

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

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

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Lane MacDermid

Storylines: Kelly is one of the team’s go-to penalty killers. Pandolfo could assume some of Kelly’s shorthanded shifts… Kris Letang has 11 assists in his last five games. Letang is arguably the East’s sharpest puck-moving defenseman… Sidney Crosby has 20 points in his last eight games. There is no argument about Crosby being the game’s best player… The Penguins have the league’s third-best power play (25.7 percent)… Chris Rooney and Frederick L’Ecuyer will be the referees. Brian Murphy and Tony Sericolo will be the linesmen.

Watch: Kaspars Daugavins' unusual shootout attempt stopped by Tuukka Rask

Posted by Staff March 12, 2013 07:34 AM


The unusual shootout attempt made by Ottawa Senators winger Kaspars Daugavins is getting a lot of attention this morning after the Bruins beat the Senators 3-2 in a sudden death shootout Monday night in Ottawa.

Watch the video above and see how Daugavins' risky move ended up costing his team the game.

In response to why he tried the move, Daugavins said, "I've done before in the American League once, so it was unlucky ... It sucks to not score that."

Want proof he can do it? Check out this video clip:

Chris Kelly traveling to Pittsburgh

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 11, 2013 10:46 PM

Claude Julien did not issue an update on Chris Kelly’s condition. Kelly appeared to injure his left knee at 0:42 of the second period after colliding with Chris Neil.

Kelly will travel to Pittsburgh instead of returning to Boston. Kelly will be re-evaluated upon the team’s arrival in Pittsburgh.

Julien said Neil’s hit was an accident. Shawn Thornton asked Neil about the hit. The Senator said he didn’t mean to hit Kelly. Thornton accepted Neil’s answer.

Final: Bruins 3, Senators 2 (SO)

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 11, 2013 07:19 PM

All done in Ottawa. David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron score in shootout. Tuukka Rask stops Kaspars Daugavins circus act.

5:00 OT, 2-2: Shootout time. Lots of credit to undermanned Senators fighting so hard against Bruins.

20:00 3d period, 2-2: Overtime. Bruins will take the point, considering how poorly they started.

8:50 3d period, 2-2: Chris Kelly officially done for night.

8:42 3d period, 2-2: Not many PP sniffs for Ottawa. Bruins tightening up defensively.

6:27 3d period, 2-2: Dougie Hamilton off for hitting from behind. Ottawa PP.

0:00 3d period, 2-2: Chris Kelly not available for start of third period.

20:00 2d period, 2-2: Some tempers flare at end. Kyle Turris and Brad Marchand have words. Chris Kelly never returned after going off at 0:42.

15:12 2d period, 2-2: Big save by Robin Lehner on Patrice Bergeron. Bruins going on PP.

13:24 2d period, 2-2: Bruins better defensively in second. Not as much room for Senators to work in O-zone.

8:52 2d period, 2-2: Daniel Paille on the breakaway. David Krejci long-distance pass up the gut. Paille snaps the puck low blocker on Robin Lehner.

6:32 2d period, Senators 2-1: Rich Peverley and Patrice Bergeron on two-on-one PK rush. Robin Lehner turns back Peverley.

0:42 2d period, Senators 2-1: Chris Kelly down. Takes knee-on-knee hit from Chris Neil in center ice. Needs help off ice. No weight on left leg.

20:00 1st period, Senators 2-1: Bruins lucky to be down just one goal. Big strike by fourth line. Should be 3-0 if not for excellent blocker save by Tuukka Rask on Colin Greening. Bruins sluggish on defense.

19:16 1st period, Senators 2-1: Heck of shift by fourth line. Daniel Paille comes up empty first time. But Shawn Thornton wobbler bounces through Robin Lehner.

16:40 1st period, Senators 2-0: Tuukka Rask’s best save. Gets over to right to stuff Colin Greening.

11:41 1st period, Senators 2-0: Adam McQuaid drills Chris Neil from behind into boards. Neil slow to get up. Patrick Wiercioch jumps in and takes on McQuaid. Bruins on PP, as Wiercioch tagged with instigator. Rubbish.

9:59 1st period, Senators 2-0: Good look for Nathan Horton on PP. Shoots wide. Robin Lehner covers up to stop action.

7:18 1st period, Senators 2-0: Kyle Turris goes upstairs high glove on Tuukka Rask. Turnover by Nathan Horton off the boards gives puck to Turris. Good pinch by Chris Phillips to pressure Horton, but he’s got to be stronger on that play. Timeout Bruins.

6:42 1st period, Senators 1-0: Couple good looks for Senators so far. Not the best start for No. 3 pairing of Andrew Ference and Adam McQuaid. Loose gaps.

0:55 1st period, Senators 1-0: Welcome back Guillaume Latendresse. Ex-Hab gets behind Adam McQuaid for a breakaway. Tucks backhander past Tuukka Rask.

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

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 11, 2013 07:06 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jordan Caron-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 (1-0-2, 1.91 GAA, .948 save percentage) will start in goal for the Senators.

Ottawa coach Paul MacLean dubs Bruins best in East

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 11, 2013 12:36 PM
The Bruins are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. But they are the best in the Eastern Conference, according to Paul MacLean.

“They just do everything right,” said the Ottawa coach. “They’re the best team, probably, in the league. From top to bottom, depthwise, from the goaltender on out, they’re very good. They’re very hard to play against. They play the game and wear you out. They just keep coming over and over and over again. As far as I’m concerned, they’re the best team in the East.”

Robin Lehner, in goal for Ottawa’s 2-1 loss to the Bruins on Feb. 28, will get the start. Lehner will face Tuukka Rask.

* Ex-Canadien Guillaume Latendresse will play tonight. Latendresse has not played since Jan. 30 because of whiplash symptoms.

* No changes expected in the Bruins’ lineup. Jordan Caron will appear in his second straight game on the third line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley.

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jordan Caron-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

Game 23: Bruins at Senators preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 11, 2013 09:49 AM

OTTAWA – Good morning from Scotiabank Place, where the Bruins will kick off a two-game road swing against the Senators.

Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin should split the games tonight and tomorrow. For now, we’ll assume that Rask will get tonight’s nod. Rask is coming off a 3-0 shutout over Philadelphia.

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 16-3-3, Senators 13-8-4

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jordan Caron-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, Jay Pandolfo, Lane MacDermid

Storylines: The Senators are only four points behind the Bruins for second place in the Northeast Division. The longer Ottawa holds on, the less likely it becomes that Daniel Alfredsson is placed on the trade market. The Bruins would be interested in the Ottawa captain… The Bruins have the second-best road power play in the league (26.7 percent). The Senators have the second-best penalty kill overall (89.1 percent) behind the Bruins… Ottawa will be without Dave Dziurzynski, who was KO’ed by Frazer McLaren last week… David Krejci will appear in his 400th NHL game tonight… Eric Furlatt and Justin St. Pierre will be the referees. Steve Barton and Derek Nansen will be the linesmen.

Bruins return to practice, tune up power play

Posted by Staff March 10, 2013 12:34 PM

WILMINGTON -- Clocks turned ahead, the Bruins hit the ice at Ristuccia Arena Sunday morning for practice following an impressive 3-0 shutout over the Flyers that coach Claude Julien called "one of our most solid games in a long time."

Julien was sarcastically thrilled to get his second chance in three days to hold a "full practice," saying, "I never realized these 30-minute things are full practices."

But they have allowed the Bruins to work out some kinks, particularly with two straight losses earlier this week. Following a 4-3 overtime loss to Washington on Tuesday, Julien wanted to see a better transition. After some practice, the transition offense against the Flyers in Saturday's 3-0 win was much-improved.

"You should never underestimate a good practice," Julien said. "And we’ve had a couple of those."

Sunday morning, the Bruins worked more on neutral zone transition, but added some power play into the mix. While they've only scored 11 goals with the extra man this season, tied for second-to-last in the NHL, they've only had 68 opportunities, less than every team in the league except the Ducks, who have had 65. Still, a 16.8 conversion percentage isn't something coaches like to see. Twenty percent is a common benchmark for a successful power play.

"It's not an easy climb up," Julien said.

Dennis Seidenberg continued to work the point, but Julien said that wouldn't always be the case. For one, Julien thinks Seidenberg's shooting has been inconsistent. Secondly, opposing teams often send their top lines to the ice immediately following a power play, and if Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara have been skating for two minutes with the extra man, they'll have no legs to defend their opponents' top scoring threats.

A few other notes and quotes:

  • Jordan Caron spoke to reporters a day after posting an assist in his season debut and said he felt no pressure taking Chris Bourque's spot on the third line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverly. Caron received more positive reviews around the locker room. "I thought Jordy played extremely well," Kelly said Sunday. "He got in the forecheck. He moved the puck well. He skated well. He was good in his own end. He made a nice pass on the goal. But he also did a lot of little things that helped us throughout the course of the night."
  • Julien was asked if this Bruins team is an easy one to coach. "I’m going to tell you I don’t think there are any easy teams to coach."
  • A week after Julien called out the Montreal Canadians for embellishing, Canadians forward David Desharnais was whistled for a diving penalty during a 4-3 win over the Lightning Saturday night. Martin St. Louis got his stick tied up with Desharnais and was about to be called for hooking. Then Desharnais took it further, skating a few strides before falling backward on his own. Julien said last week, “This is embarrassing for our game, the embellishing. Right now, [the Canadians] got over 100 power plays so far. It’s pretty obvious why. We’re trying to clean that out of our game. It’s got to be done soon."
  • The Bruins hit the road for a game against Ottawa (13-8-4) on Monday night before taking on the Penguins (17-8-0) in Pittsburgh Tuesday. "Pittsburgh - it seems every line they put out is a great line," Kelly said. "But you have to look at Ottawa first. If you start looking at Pittsburgh and forget about Ottawa, it’ll be a long night in that arena."

Watch: Bruins-Flyers highlights

Posted by David Pierce, Boston.com Staff March 10, 2013 12:56 AM
tags Bruins, Flyers, NHL

Bruins all over Flyers in 3-0 win

Posted by Staff March 9, 2013 12:40 PM

Final, Bruins win, 3-0: The Bruins were out-hit but not out-hustled in a physical battle on Saturday afternoon, avoiding too many visits to the penalty box against the Flyers' potent power play.

Three notes:


  • Tuukka Rask played a solid game in net, making 23 saves for his second shutout of the season, but the Bruins didn't need him to do too much in this one as three first-period goals, scored within 150 seconds of each other, made the difference.

  • Jordan Caron played well in his debut on the third line for the demoted Chris Bourque. Caron dished out an assist and created frequent scoring chances, often while matched up against the Flyers' top line.

  • Shawn Thornton made fist-imprints in Zac Rinaldo's face during a second-period fight. Thornton said Rinaldo was doing a little too much hitting, even though "it was all clean," and Thornton was hoping to change the momentum.

Three quotes:


  • Thornton, casually (as always), on his fight with Rinaldo: "As far as getting the gloves off or whatever? It’s just reacting to the hit. I thought they were running around a little bit and I thought maybe I’d address it."

  • Coach Claude Julien on keeping the Flyers' power play unit off the ice: "It was important but at the same time I thought the referees did a good job tonight of letting the game be played. Certainly there were some calls on both sides that could have been called but they chose to let the game be played. And I thought it gave the game a good pace."

  • Flyers forward Danny Briere on the Flyers losing record (11-14-1): "I really feel we have the team to be competitive for the long run. We just have to find a way to get out of this mess."

The Bruins improve to 16-3-3, including a 8-2-1 record at home.

18:00 in 3rd, Bruins 3-0: The Bruins were on the power play here late when a Flyers clearance almost led to a breakaway chance. Rask left his net and met the puck above the left circle. He attempted to whack it away but the puck never left the zone and the Flyers regained possession with Rask away from the net. Seguin appeared from the right side to cover, making a diving save with his legs.

15:45 in 3rd period, Bruins 3-0: The Flyers kept the puck in the offensive zone for all but five seconds on the power play, but Rask survived his first true test of the day. The Finn will earn his second shutout of the season if the Bruins can put the lid on this one.

12:00 in 3rd period, Bruins 3-0: I was just saying how the Bruins did a great job of staying out of the box against one of the league's best power-play units. Then Caron takes a slashing penalty. Bruins kill this, then smooth sailing for six minutes?

6:59 in 3rd period, Bruins 3-0: Horton continues to create offense, setting Lucic up with a chance at one-timer. But Lucic couldn't corral the puck in time and his shot sailed wide.

2:47 in 3rd period, Bruins 3-0: Horton with a fancy dangle through the slot that creates an open look for Zdeno Chara, whose wrister is snatched by Bryzgalov's glove. An incredible save for sure. Two periods too late?

end of 2nd, Bruins 3-0: The Bruins picked up the intensity in the later portions of the period, with scoring chances a plenty, though none set off the sirens. Horton has been getting beat up this game, and it seems like he's had enough of it. Horton retaliated a little after getting cross-checked in the back coming through the crease, but no penalties were given. It seems like the Bruins are in control here, but Rask hasn't been tested yet and if one goes by him you never know what could happen.

14:51 in 2nd period, Bruins 3-0: For all the talk of getting Seguin to the dirty areas, the silky playmaker just took a beating for skating through heavy traffic in the slot, but nearly put away a one-timer in the process. His shot ringed off the post and he skated slowly off the ice.

11:05 in 2nd period, Bruins 3-0: UFC should get Shawn Thornton involved when he retires. In an R-rated scene, Thornton hammered Zac Rinadlo with upper-cuts and haymakers after Rinaldo trucked over Boychuk in the Bruins end. To the sin bin they go.

5:58 in 2nd period, Bruins 3-0: Another slow start to a period here. The Flyers have carried much of the possession but haven't yet recorded a shot on goal. Nathan Horton, who was sidelined most of last season after suffering a mild concussion in a January game against the Flyers, was punished by Nicklas Grossman during a head-on collision. He bounced right back up.

end of 1st, Bruins 3-0: The Bruins have six shots on net. They also have three goals. There's something to be said for the ability to finish your chances. It looked like Bryzgalov might get the Jacob Markstrom treatment (the Florida Panthers goalie was pulled after two shots on Thursday night), but Laviolette stuck with his starter Backup Brian Boucher has a 2.50 goals-against average and .891 save percentage in four games this year.

14:11 in 1st period, Bruins 3-0: Wow that happened fast. A textbook stick-lift from Gregory Campbell at the Flyers' blue line led to a breakaway chance for Daniel Paille. Paille went backhand through Bryzgalov's five-hole. The look on Peter Laviolette's face immediately afterward was worth a second look.

13:28 in 1st period, Bruins 2-0: Welcome back, Jordan Caron. Instant chemistry with Kelly and Peverly. Caron swings around the corner to find Kelly skating free through the slot and he buried the chance.

11:53 in 1st period, Bruins 1-0: The Bruins' power play did what the Flyers' couldn't: Put one away with the extra man. Tyler Seguin picked up his eighth goal of the season when a Milan Lucic pass bounced off Bryzgalov's leg-pad and left Seguin with an open look.

11:20 in 1st period, 0-0: The Bruins first real chance comes from a Boychuk pass from the point that left Nathan Horton with a wide-open look at the net, but he couldn't quite swing his body around as the pass sailed behind him.

9:03 in 1st period, 0-0: Jordan Caron's first NHL game of the 2013 season has started well. There have been just two shots on net thus far and one of them was off the stick of Caron, who fired a wrister from the slot that was knocked away by Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

4:00 in 1st period, 0-0: The Bruins killed the penalty without a shot on net. Scott Hartnell slammed Johnny Boychuk into boards from behind as Boychuk tried fishing out a loose puck. The Bruins defenseman fell flat on the ice but got back up seconds later.

1:04 in 1st period, 0-0: David Krejci sent to the box just 1:04 in and already we’ll get a chance to see the Flyers potent power play at work. Their extra-man advantage has cashed in 23.3 percent of the time this year, fifth best in the NHL. The Bruins penalty kill is first in the NHL with a 91.9 percent success rate.

Welcome to TD Garden where blood is almost certain to be shed between the Flyers (third in the league with 19 fighting majors) and the Bruins (sixth in the league with 16). Both teams have had trouble holding leads in the third period lately.

Jordan Caron is making his season debut for the Bruins, taking the place of Chris Bourque on the third line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. Caron initially struggled with Providence, but coach Claude Julien said he's received glowing reports on Caron's play over the last six games or so.

Tuukka Rask is between the pipes for the Bruins, facing the Flyers for the first time since conceding a 3-0 series lead only to get bounced in the 2010 playoffs. It's hard to think Rask wouldn't have played the Flyers at some point over the past three years, but Tim Thomas has been in net each time these two teams have squared off.

Today's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 9, 2013 12:38 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-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

* Ilya Bryzgalov (11-10-1, 2.79 GAA, .899 save percentage) will start in goal for the Flyers.

Game 22: Flyers at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 9, 2013 11:43 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will conclude their two-game homestand with a matinee against Philadelphia. This will be the Bruins’ first game against the Flyers this season.

Tuukka Rask should be in goal. Rask backed up Anton Khudobin for Thursday’s 4-2 win over Toronto.

Jordan Caron could make his season debut. Caron was recalled from Providence yesterday. If Caron plays, he would most likely skate on the third line.

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: Flyers 11-13-1, Bruins 15-3-3

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jordan Caron-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, Jay Pandolfo, Lane MacDermid

Storylines: Jakub Voracek has five goals in his last four games. Voracek has been skating on Philly’s top line with Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux… The Flyers haven’t scored a shorthanded goal. They are usually among the league’s most aggressive penalty killers… Patrice Bergeron’s line has scored five of the last seven game-winning goals… Mike Hasenfratz and Mike Leggo will be the referees. Derek Nansen and Derek Amell will be the linesmen.

Jordan Caron recalled from Providence

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 8, 2013 12:13 PM

WILMINGTON – Jordan Caron has been recalled from Providence. The third-year pro is practicing on the third line at Ristuccia Arena with Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley, and Jay Pandolfo.

After Chris Bourque was placed on waivers, Caron was in line to audition for the No. 3 left wing job. Caron scored a goal in each of Providence’s last two games. When playing at his best, Caron is a big, two-way winger.

“From what I’ve been told, he’s been really good the last 5-6 games,” Claude Julien said. “He’s a player that’s been here and has got some experience.”

Caron has 10 goals and five assists in 44 AHL games. Caron has most recently playing with Christian Hanson and Bobby Robins. Lane MacDermid held that position during the lockout.

* Chris Bourque was not claimed on waivers. Bourque will report to Providence.

Final: Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 2

Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff March 7, 2013 06:54 PM

19:45 of 3rd, Bruins, 4-2: Tyler Seguin ices it, potting the empty-netter for his second goal of the game. It's a final.

14:52 of 3rd, Bruins, 3-2: Mikhail Grabovski makes it a one-goal game, spinning around a Bruins defender and sending the puck past Khudobin, who had a lot of traffic in front of the net.

11:00 of 3rd, Bruins, 3-1: Krejci driven hard into the boards by Holzer, but gets right up and finishes his shift.

3:28 of 3rd, Bruins, 3-1: McQuaid vs. Colton Orr, but the referees step in before it escalates. Orr still sent to the box, 2 minutes for roughing. Bruins on the PP once again.

:32 of 3rd, Bruins, 3-1: Bruins get an early PP after Phaneuf sent off for cross checking Marchand.

End of 2nd, Bruins, 3-1: Leafs outshooting the Bruins, 22-15, but Boston has made the most of its scoring chances.

18:03 of 2nd, Bruins, 3-1: Apologies, blog fans. Connection issues here at the Garden prompted a time-consuming computer restart. Bruins go up, 3-1, on a goal from David Krejci, who nonchalantly backhands the puck past Scrivens. Pinpoint centering pass from Milan Lucic to Andrew Ference, who shoots on net. Scrivens stops that one, but puck bounces right to Krejci, who easily knocks in his sixth goal of the season.

12:00 of 2nd, Bruins, 2-1: Boychuck flattens van Riemsdyk with a solid, legal check. In football, that's called a de-cleater. What's the hockey term?

11:06 of 2nd, Bruins, 2-1: Bruins still being outshot (17-13), but the Marchand-Seguin-Bergeron line has carried them to the lead.

7:11 of 2nd, Bruins, 2-1: Seguin puts the Bruins back in front, after receiving a centering pass from Marchand. Unmarked (but MacArthur trying to distract him with a diving lunge from behind), Seguin beats Scrivens stick side. Seguin, Marchand, Bergeron all with multiple points tonight.

3:16 of 2nd, 1-1: Bruins on PP for first time tonight.

2:32 of 2nd period, 1-1: Leafs tie it during 4-on-4 play on a goal from Nazem Kadri. Clarke MacArthur got the puck in Boston's zone, busted out on a 2-on-1 with Kadri, and Seidenberg between them.

1:22 of 2nd period, Bruins, 1-0: Marchand, Phaneuf each sent to the box for roughing.

End of 1st period, Bruins, 1-0: Leafs outshoot the Bruins, 10-9, but Boston gets the last-minute goal from Bergeron to push ahead. Bruins killed two penalties, including a brief 5-on-3. Khudobin has made some solid saves, including one against Phil Kessel, who continues to get booed every time he touches the puck.

19:07 of 1st, Bruins, 1-0: Patrice Bergeron puts the Bruins up 1-0 by knocking in a rebound of Tyler Seguin's initial shot. Seguin split a pair of defenders after getting a pass from Brad Marchand, and went straight at Scrivens, who stopped the initial shot. But Bergeron was there for clean-up duty.

17:40 of 1st, 0-0: Pandolfo's bid turned away by Scrivens, with Kelly unable to knock home the rebound, his shot bouncing off the post. Peverly also with a chance.

14:00 of 1st, 0-0: Bruins kill short-lived 5-on-3 (great save by Khudobin on Tyler Bozak at the doorstep), then kill Paille's penalty. Kelly, after leaving the penalty box, created a 2-on-1, but Scrivens gloves a high shot.

12:03 of 1st, 0-0: Now it's a 5-on-3., Paille caught high-sticking, and joins Kelly in the box for 23 seconds. Leafs call timeout.

10:25 of 1st, 0-0: Kelly sent off for slashing. Leafs go on the PP first.

8:35 of 1st, 0-0: Khudobin kicks away low shot from former Bruin Phil Kessel. Great save with his right leg, then he pounces on the rebound try.

7:30 of 1st period, 0-0: Nice sliding block by Toronto's Korbinian Holzer foils in-close look from Chris Kelly.

6:42 of 1st period, 0-0: Pretty evenly-played period so far. Each team with three shots. A couple of sloppy passes -- one from Chara, another from Ference -- haven't cost the Bruins.

3:23 of 1st period, 0-0: McQuaid squares off against Mark Fraser after Fraser drilled Jay Pandolfo from behind along the boards. Pretty good fight, both landing solid blows.

Pregame: Former Bruin and hockey Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt, who turned 95 on Tuesday, handles the ceremonial puck drop ... We're minutes away from the Bruins taking on Toronto from TD Garden. Anton Khudobin (3-1, 2.52 GAA) will get the start in goal for Boston, opposed by Ben Scrivens (6-6, 2.41). Leafs have played better of late, winning three straight and four of their last five.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff March 7, 2013 06:32 PM
Based on pregame warm-ups:

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

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

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

* Ben Scrivens (6-6-0, 2.41 GAA, .923 save percentage) will start in goal for the Maple Leafs.

Chris Bourque placed on waivers

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 7, 2013 12:22 PM
The Bruins have placed Chris Bourque on waivers. Teams can claim Bourque before noon tomorrow. If Bourque clears waivers, it’s likely that the Bruins will assign the forward to Providence.

Bourque, the son of Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, has struggled to find consistency for most of the season. In 18 games, Bourque has one goal and three assists while averaging 12:04 of ice time per appearance. Bourque had been playing mostly on the third line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. Bourque had also seen time at the point on the No. 2 power-play unit.

Bourque was a healthy scratch against Montreal on Sunday.

Lineup changes likely for Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 7, 2013 11:46 AM
With only one point in their last two games, the Bruins are in line for some tweaks tonight against Toronto. Anton Khudobin was the first goalie off the ice following the morning skate, indicating he will start against the Maple Leafs. Tuukka Rask dropped his last two starts.

Claude Julien praised the fourth line of Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell, and Shawn Thornton. Julien said against Washington, they played one of their best games in the last year and a half.

Julien hasn’t been as happy with the No. 3 line, primarily Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. Neither of the forwards has played well at both ends of the ice. Based on this morning’s line rushes, Jay Pandolfo will skate alongside Kelly and Peverley. Chris Bourque will be the healthy scratch.

A possible lineup for tonight:

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

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

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

Game 21: Maple Leafs at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 7, 2013 09:52 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will host the Maple Leafs tonight. The Bruins are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to Washington in which they gagged up a three-goal lead.

The Bruins will have to address the play of their No. 3 line. They have been neither scoring nor playing stout defense. We’ll have to wait until warmups to determine who will be on the line. For now, we’ll assume Chris Bourque will stay alongside Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. Daniel Paille could also get a crack on the line.

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: Leafs 15-9-0, Bruins 14-3-3

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, Jay Pandolfo, Lane MacDermid

Storylines: The Bruins are 0-1-2 in games when they’ve held a lead entering the third-period this season. The Bruins were 62-2-2 in such situations during the previous two seasons… Phil Kessel scored a goal and two assists in Toronto’s 5-4 win over Ottawa last night… This will mark the first match of a two-game homestand. The Bruins host Philadelphia on Saturday. They will then depart for a two-game road trip against Ottawa and Pittsburgh… Nazem Kadri is on a hot streak. Kadri has scored five goals in the last three games… Tonight will be Daniel Paille’s 400th career game… Stephen Walkom and Gord Dwyer will be the referees. Derek Amell and Tim Nowak will be the linesmen.

OT Final: Caps 4, Bruins 3

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff March 5, 2013 06:41 PM

OVERTIME

0:37 -- Final: Caps 4, Bruins 3 -- Fehr snaps short forehander to top right corner after splitting Hamilton, Seidenberg.

THIRD PERIOD

Going to OT. Tied, 3-3.

17:33 -- Bruins go on power play, chance to win it.

3:30 to go. Remains knotted.

13:55 -- Caps 3, Bruins 3 -- Wolski knots it with backhand sweep low in slot, after slipping behind Seidenberg-Hamilton backline.

9:01 -- Krejci stopped on backhander at right post at end of 3-on-1 break. Still Boston, 3-2.

Off and running.

SECOND PERIOD \

Second set in books. Bruins holding one-goal lead.

11:32 -- Bruins 3, Caps 2 -- Kundratek wrists home shot from top of right wing circle, seconds after faceoff. Bruins game in a sort of ice cream freeze.


Thornton back on ice, hauls down Chimera, hands Caps power play at 8:05.

5:46 -- Bruins 3, Caps 1 -- Ribeiro connects from low slot, toward left wing circle, after Ovechkin shuttles across slot. Ovie first knocks Olesky shot out of air, then makes relay.

5:00 gone, Bruins still with the 3-0 lead.

Thornton, Erskine in respective sin bins as period begins.

FIRST PERIOD

First period in books. Bruins, 3-0. Autopilot.

18:30 -- Bruins 3, Caps 0 -- Hamilton drills in half-slapper from slot point. Two nice backhand relasy, Krejci to Horton, then Horton to Hamilton, set up the strike.

17:09 -- Thornton fights Erskine. Both go to room with little time left in period. Erskine opens bout with two heavy rights to Thornton's squash. Not good for a guy recovering from concussion.

17:07 -- Bruins 2, Caps 1 -- Chara snaps off wrister at top of right wing faceoff circle. Shot nails Krejci at front of net. Chara follows up, pots own loose puck under Holtby's left pad.

11:00 gone here in first. Boston up, 1-0. Caps with 4-3 shot lead.

6:29 -- Bruins 1, Caps 0 -- Marchand scores on penalty shot for 12th goal of season. Was hooked on breakaway by Ovechkin while killing penalty. LIttle Ball o' Hate stuffs forehander through Holtby's five-hole.

Puck down. Underway.

Chris Bourque makes his way back into Boston's lineup tonight. Was a scratch Sunday night vs. Habs. Jay Pandolfo gets night off here.

About ready to start here at the Verizon Center in downtown DC.

Game 20: Bruins at Capitals

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff March 5, 2013 09:58 AM
WASHINGTON – Good morning from the Verizon Center, where tonight the Bruins take on the slow-to-warm Washington Capitals, directed by star ex-Bruin center Adam Oates, a rookie NHL bench boss and the latest man to try to figure a way to get the most out of superstar Alex Ovechkin.

The Bruins are back at work after suffering a rare defeat this season, a 4-3 loss to the Canadiens on Sunday highlighted by a few old-time scraps between the two heated rivals. The Bruins will want to tighten up in their own end tonight after being uncharacteristically sloppy with the puck vs. the Habs.

The Caps, 6-4-0 in their last 10 games, are ranked 14th in the 15-team Eastern Conference. They have been a much more respectable 7-6-0 since their 1-5-1 start in January. In a short (48-game) season, a slow-out-of-the-gate start may have sunk their postseason chances.

Ex-Canadiens pivot Mike Ribeiro leads the offense for the Caps, connecting for 7-17–24 in their first 20 games.

''Not too many guys are as skilled as he is,'' noted Boston coach Claude Julien, Ribeiro's coach in Montreal for a time years ago. ''He can make a highlight-film play almost every night, he's got such skill with the puck.''

Patrice Bergeron, like Ribeiro a Quebec kid, leads the Boston scoring chart with 5-10–15 in 19 games, tied with Tyler Seguin, who is an identical 5-10–15 in 19. The two forwards also scored at identical rates during their lockout tuneup in Switzerland. Seguin is an Ontario kid.

It's a busy week for the Bruins. They'll face the resurgent Leafs on Causeway Street Thursday night, then take on the Flyers there in a Saturday matinee.

Puck drop: 7:05 p.m.

Record: Bruins 14-3-2; Caps 8-11-1.

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
Danny Paille-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Jay Pandolfo-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), Chris Bourque; Lane MacDermid

Storylines: Bourque was scratched Sunday night, but could get the call against the Caps, the franchise that gave him his pro start. If he dresses, Pandolfo likely sits, although Pandolfo played well against the Canadiens. ... Rask, first goalie off the ice at the end of practice, is the likely starter in the Boston net. He was not at his sharpest against the Canadiens, and Julien likely will want him to get right back in there. ... Paille's speed gave a slight boost to the Kelly-Peverley line, which previously had Bourque working at left wing. ... At some point, Julien will work Johnson into the blue-line mix. The No. 3 pairing of Ference-McQuaid struggled vs. the Habs. ... Ovechkin enters with a paltry line of 8-8–15 and minus-5 through 20 games. He needs to be a goal-scoring force for the Caps to chisel their way into the playoff running. He is currently tied for 30th in the league goal-scoring race. Brad Marchand (11 goals) is tied for 11th. ... At least Ovechkin is shooting. His 85 shots on net rank him T3 in the league, behind only John Tavares and Zach Parise, each with 86. ... Among the 20 players with more than 200 faceoff victories this season, Patrice Bergeron holds the highest win percentage at 62.4, a few drops ahead of Phoenix's Antoine Vermette (61.3). ... Huge snowstorm headed here, expected to start approximately an hour before puck drop. Bruins are slated to charter back to Hanscom immediately after the game.,,,The refs: Francis Charron and Kevin Pollock. The linesmen: Brad Kovachik and Michel Cormier.

Claude Julien supports Zdeno Chara's actions '100 percent'

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 4, 2013 12:24 PM

WILMINGTON – After today’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, Claude Julien noted that Zdeno Chara was on the ice for two of Montreal’s four goals last night.

In that way, the Bruins didn’t lose the game because Chara was off for 17 minutes after taking on Alexei Emelin.

“What Zdeno Chara did yesterday, I support 100 percent,” said Julien. “Besides that 17 minutes of penalties he got, what he did is going to go a long way for our hockey club. Especially for Tyler Seguin. Tyler’s a good player. He needs to know everybody’s got his back. Zdeno showed that yesterday. That will allow Tyler to become a better player. When you know people have your back, you can play at ease. That thing that Zdeno did yesterday is certainly going to help Tyler be comfortable.”

Julien reiterated that he doesn’t care for embellishment, either from his club or opposing players.

* Anton Khudobin and 14 skaters practiced today. Seguin, David Krejci, Nathan Horton, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, and Tuukka Rask didn’t practice.

* No word on whether Julien will change his lineup against Washington. Chris Bourque could be a healthy scratch for the second straight game.

Claude Julien calls Montreal's embellishment 'embarrassing'

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 3, 2013 11:01 PM

After the 4-3 loss to Montreal, Claude Julien didn’t care for what he believed was acting by the Canadiens.

“Tonight, as everybody saw, there was a lot of embellishment,” said the Bruins coach.
“This is embarrassing for our game, the embellishing. Right now, they’ve got over 100 power plays so far. It’s pretty obvious why. We’re trying to clean that out of our game. It’s got to be done soon. Because it’s not about tonight. It’s about the game. The embellishment embarrasses our game. We’ve got to be better about that. It’s pretty obvious when P.K. [Subban] gets hit, he throws himself into the glass and holds his head. You know what? We start calling those things for embellishment, maybe teams stop doing it. Until we take charge that, it’s going to be an issue.”

Julien said he didn’t mind Zdeno Chara going after Alexei Emelin after the defenseman’s hit on Tyler Seguin.

Final: Canadiens 4, Bruins 3

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 3, 2013 07:16 PM
All done in Boston. Gutsy win for Canadiens. Bruins needed more than Patrice Bergeron's line to push offensively.

9:17 3d period, Canadiens 4-3: David Desharnais doing dirty work again. Goes to net and jams in Max Pacioretty feed. Fearless.

5:31 3d period, 3-3: Max Pacioretty snaps long-distance shot past Tuukka Rask. Solid screen by David Desharnais. Even little guys are brave enough to make life tough on goalies.

20:00 2d period, Bruins 3-2: Tough third coming up for Bruins. Still lots of time for Zdeno Chara (instigating, fighting, 10-minute misconduct) to spend in box.

18:08 2d period, Bruins 3-2: Tyler Seguin back on ice. Looks OK.

17:39 2d period, Bruins 3-2: Left pad save by Tuukka Rask on Brendan Gallagher. Big kill for Bruins.

15:45 2d period, Bruins 3-2: Alexei Emelin tags Tyler Seguin with an open-ice hit. Seguin staggers to room, favoring left arm. At the same time, Zdeno Chara chases down Emelin and delivers a few pops.

15:01 2d period, Bruins 3-2: Milan Lucic vs. Mike Komisarek Brandon Prust. Couple thundering rights from Lucic. All starts with Adam McQuaid jousting with Lars Eller.

14:05 2d period, Bruins 3-2: Serious quickness from Tuukka Rask. Bouncing all over the place. Slams glove over puck to stop action.

9:20 2d period, Bruins 3-2: Dougie Hamilton’s bad-angle shot beats Peter Budaj. Brad Marchand with another assist.

8:16 2d period, 2-2: Chris Kelly hits iron again. This time during four-on-four play.

7:20 2d period, 2-2: P.K. Subban throws hip check on Brad Marchand. Then takes time to chirp Marchand.

5:47 2d period, 2-2: Tuukka Rask bails out Andrew Ference. Defenseman had coughed up puck to Travis Moen. Ference off with his game.

5:08 2d period, 2-2: David Desharnais rings the left post. Zdeno Chara caught up the ice.

4:06 2d period, 2-2: Two-on-one for Bruins. Peter Budaj stops Patrice Bergeron. But looks like Andrei Markov, trying to get back, kicks in puck with left skate. Terrific outlet pass off the wall by Brad Marchand.

20:00 1st period, Canadiens 2-1: Bruins will have 50 seconds remaining on power play. Brendan Gallagher in box for charging on Brad Marchand.

17:35 1st period, Canadiens 2-1: Both teams rolling four lines. Looked like Shawn Thornton asked Ryan White to go. Nothing doing.

11:03 1st period, Canadiens 2-1: Goals in bunches. David Krejci and Johnny Boychuk fumble puck in defensive zone. David Desharnais sets up a driving Max Pacioretty. Replay confirms no kicking motion.

10:47 1st period, 1-1: Off the draw, Bruins tie it up. Montreal wins draw, but Brad Marchand strips Josh Gorges. Marchand to Patrice Bergeron, quick pass to Tyler Seguin in front. Tie game.

9:57 1st period, Canadiens 1-0: Tomas Plekanec open in the slot. Takes Michael Ryder’s dish and connects with an offspeed shot five-hole. Zdeno Chara out of position after throwing big hit on Brian Gionta on wall. That’s the risk of going for big check.

8:45 1st period, 0-0: Another ping. Patrice Bergeron’s long-distance shot off the left post.

7:44 1st period, 0-0: Chris Kelly goes postal. Snapper off right pipe.

5:05 1st period, 0-0: Best chances for Bruins. Zdeno Chara unloads slapper wide left. Nathan Horton close on the rebound.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Chris Bourque officially healthy scratch. Shawn Thornton back in on fourth line with Gregory Campbell and Jay Pandolfo. Daniel Paille on third line.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 3, 2013 07:04 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Peter Budaj (2-1-1, 2.45 GAA, .905 save percentage) will start in goal for the Canadiens.

Bruins anticipating exciting Montreal showdown

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 3, 2013 11:55 AM
Montreal’s 7-6 overtime loss to Pittsburgh Saturday night stands as the exception. Otherwise, the Canadiens have been playing tight, efficient, and lively hockey en route to a 13-4-4 record. They are tied with the Bruins with 30 points.

“I think they’re playing with a lot of energy,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “They seem really motivated this year. They seem excited. They seem committed – all the things a successful team has to have. Whether it’s the change of upper management, whether it’s the acquisitions they made, they’re a good team. I know for a fact if you take yesterday’s game out, where it was a bit of a run-and-gun type of game with a lot of goals scored, they’ve been really solid. They’ve played really good hockey.”

Julien said he’ll make his final lineup decision tonight before the game. Expect Tuukka Rask to be in goal, to be opposed by Carey Price.

* Shawn Thornton was a healthy scratch Saturday. Thornton was one of 12 players, including both goalies, to participate in an optional morning skate. If Thornton goes back in, either Jay Pandolfo or Chris Bourque would come out.

Game 19: Canadiens at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 3, 2013 10:22 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will look for their seventh straight win tonight against the Canadiens.

The Bruins are coming off a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Tampa Bay yesterday. The Canadiens and Penguins engaged in an all-out goalfest at the Bell Centre last night. Pittsburgh won in overtime, 7-6.

The Bruins have some lineup options tonight. Jay Pandolfo replaced Shawn Thornton on the fourth line Saturday. Because Montreal rolls four lines, Thornton could be back in tonight. The Bruins could also swap out Daniel Paille with Chris Bourque on the third line. Bourque played a season-low 7:17 Saturday.

For now, we’ll assume Thornton is back in and Bourque is out. We’ll update if there are any changes.

Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio info: NBC Sports Network (Dave Strader, Brian Engblom), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Canadiens 13-4-4, Bruins 14-2-2

Projected Bruins lineup:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Chris Bourque, Lane MacDermid

Storylines: The Bruins beat the Canadiens in Montreal on Feb. 6, 2-1… This will be the Bruins’ first look at ex-Bruin Michael Ryder since he was traded back to Montreal. Ryder has been playing alongside Tomas Plekanec… The Bruins also shuffled their defensive pairings for part of Saturday’s game. Zdeno Chara had some shifts alongside Adam McQuaid and Dougie Hamilton. Dennis Seidenberg had some shifts with Johnny Boychuk… The Canadiens are averaging 15.3 penalty minutes per game, third-most in the league. Brandon Prust leads the way with 76 PIMs… Steve Kozari and Dean Morton will be the referees. Tony Sericolo and Greg Devorski will be the linesmen.

Final: Bruins 3, Lightning 2

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 2, 2013 12:58 PM

All done in Boston. Two power-play goals for Bruins, first two at home this season. Montreal up next.

17:44 3d period, Bruins 3-2: Bruins score on two-on-one. Patrice Bergeron to Brad Marchand. The left wing snipes his 11th goal.

14:21 3d period, 2-2: Brendan Mikkelson off for high-sticking Milan Lucic. Four minutes.

10:46 3d period, 2-2: Holding the stick on Dougie Hamilton. Critical kill coming up.

20:00 2d period, 2-2: Bruins end second with four-minute kill of Andrew Ference high-sticking double minor. Ference had a good scoring chance after serving the penalty, but goes wide right.

10:13 2d period, 2-2: Best sequence for Anton Khudobin. Glove stop on Martin St. Louis. Then gets down into butterfly to stop followup bid.

4:44 2d period, 2-2: Gregory Campbell vs. B.J. Crombeen. Campbell hangs in against the bigger Crombeen.

4:39 2d period, 2-2: Rich Peverley goes up high on Mathieu Garon. Crisp cross-ice pass by Adam McQuaid to spot Peverley at the left circle. Peverley buries the shot.

4:09 2d period, Lightning 2-1: Tampa down a forward. Ex-Bruin Benoit Pouliot out for the game because of upper-body injury.

3:22 2d period, Lightning 2-1: Tyler Seguin scores on the power play. From the left circle, Seguin finds a hole glove side on Mathieu Garon upstairs. Good resilience by Seguin after having several shots blocked.

2:04 2d period, Lightning 2-0: Eric Brewer off for interference. Definition of makeup call.

20:00 1st period, Lightning 2-0: Uncharacteristic defense by Bruins in first period. Tightened up in second half of period. Looks like referees are keeping close eyes and ears on Milan Lucic.

19:51 1st period, Lightning 2-0: Milan Lucic off for boarding Victor Hedman. Looks like Lucic has an argument. Has to zip it, though.

10:45 1st period, Lightning 2-0: Dennis Seidenberg off for boarding Benoit Pouliot. Nasty looking hit, but Pouliot OK.

9:33 1st period, Lightning 2-0: Puck gets behind Mathieu Garon, nearly crossed line. Eric Brewer keeps puck off the line.

8:57 1st period, Lightning 2-0: Adam McQuaid vs. Pierre-Cedric Labrie. McQuaid shoves Keith Aulie, Labrie jumps in. Even fight, ends with both tiring out. First fight for Bruins in last eight games.

8:38 1st period, Lightning 2-0: Alex Killorn fights off Johnny Boychuk stick check and backhands puck past Anton Khudobin. Second PPG in two opportunities.

5:32 1st period, Lightning 1-0: Steven Stamkos with the bad-angle PPG. Not many guys in league who can score from that angle. Stamkos had his left skate on the goal line.

2:21 1st period, 0-0: Chris Bourque with Gregory Campbell and Jay Pandolfo.

0:22 1st period, 0-0: Daniel Paille lines up with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley to start. We’ll see if that line sticks.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Shawn Thornton out. Jay Pandolfo in. Thornton is healthy scratch.

Today's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 2, 2013 12:37 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

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

* Mathieu Garon (2-6-0, 2.83 GAA, .914 save percentage) will start in goal for the Lightning.

Game 18: Lightning at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 2, 2013 11:27 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will host Tampa Bay this afternoon. This is the Lightning’s second visit to Boston. They were snowed out last month and had to bus to New York for their next game.

Anton Khudobin will start in goal. Tuukka Rask had started the last five games.

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: Lightning 9-10-1, Bruins 13-2-2

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

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Lane MacDermid, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: The Bruins beat the Lightning in their early matchup in Tampa, 4-2. In the win, Claude Julien matched Zdeno Chara against Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis instead of Steven Stamoks… The Bruins have yet to score a power-play goal at home (0 for 26)… This is the first game in a back-to-back set. The Bruins host the Canadiens tomorrow night. This will be Montreal’s first visit to Boston. Tuukka Rask should start against the Canadiens… Ghislain Hebert and Eric Furlatt will be the referees. Matt MacPherson and Greg Devorski will be the linesmen.

Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin looks to start vs. Lightning

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff March 1, 2013 12:49 PM

WILMINGTON, Mass. --- Following their 2-1 overtime victory over the Senators Thursday, the Bruins, winners of their last five consecutive games, held a short optional skate at Ristuccia Arena Friday morning with only nine players -- four from the Merlot line, two from the Gray and two defensemen -- taking part in a practice for a group of season-ticket holders.

The sight of goaltender Anton Khudobin on the ice was also a sure sign that Tuukka Rask will likely get some well-deserved rest in Saturday's 1 p.m. matinee vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden.

"As I said, we were going to utilize both goaltenders at some point,'' said Bruins coach Claude Julien, who deflected questions about his starting goalie, even though Khudobin confirmed he would start in place of Rask as the Bruins embarked on a grueling stretch of 17 games in 30 days, beginning with the first of four back-to-back games this month.

"Tuukka right now is playing extremely well and we’re really pleased by that,'' Julien said. "But we know that it’s impossible to ride Tuukka through this whole thing, so we’re going to need both of them.''

Khudobin, who has gone 2-1 in the three games he has played this season (a stretch of 178 minutes and 19 seconds), will be making his first start of the season at the Garden.

"Yeah, I'm going to get to play tomorrow, so it's pretty good,'' Khudobin said. "Pretty excited. I didn't play for a while, so it's going to be good. Tampa plays the forecheck hard and creates a lot of scoring chances. So I'll get ready for the game, go out there and play and try to get the 'W,'" he said.

Said Julien, "As far as what I've seen from Khudobin, he's been good as well. We don’t have a concern there as far as utilizing both goaltenders. It’s just that you got a No. 1 who’s doing very well and you don’t want him to lose that groove, so you make decisions based on that and try to keep him fresh and keep him sharp and you want to do the same with the other guy.''

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