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Nathan Horton back for practice

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 30, 2013 10:58 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins are going through their first practice prior to tomorrow’s Game 1 against Toronto.

Nathan Horton, out for five games because of an upper-body injury, is practicing for the first time. Horton is in his usual spot with Milan Lucic and David Krejci.

“I’m doing good,” Horton said after practice. “It’s nice to be back out there again. I’ve been working hard. I’m feeling good.”

Carl Soderberg should be the healthy scratch if Horton is available tomorrow. Soderberg is on a spare line with Jay Pandolfo with Rich Peverley. Kaspars Daugavins is on the third line with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr.

“I’m really excited,” Daugavins said. “If I play tomorrow, I have to keep going the same way I played the last two games. Make sure the legs are going, get pucks deep, win my battles, and take pucks to the net. I’m playing with two great players. So hopefully we’ll get some offense going and be good on defense. It’s a good chance to prove myself again.”

Today’s lineup:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

PP1: Zdeno Chara, Jaromir Jagr, Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic.
PP2: Dennis Seidenberg, Wade Redden, David Krejci, Nathan Horton, Brad Marchand.

Bruins-Maple Leafs playoff schedule

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff April 28, 2013 11:08 PM

The NHL announced the playoff schedule on NHL Network Sunday night. The Bruins-Maple Leafs first-round series goes as follows:

Game 1: Wednesday at Boston, 7 p.m.
Game 2: Saturday at Boston, 7 p.m.
Game 3: May 6 at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Game 4: May 8 at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Game 5: May 10 at Boston, 7 p.m.-x
Game 6: May 12 at Toronto, TBA-x
Game 7: May 13 at Boston, TBA-x
All games on NESN. Games 1-2 also on CNBC, Games 3-4 also on NHL Network.
x-if necessary

The rest of the NHL playoff schedule can be found on the league's website.

Bruins to face Maple Leafs in playoffs

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff April 28, 2013 09:46 PM
The Bruins will face the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

The Bruins, following a 4-2 loss in their regular-season finale vs. the Ottawa Senators Sunday night at TD Garden, are the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Montreal won the Northeast Division and is the No. 2 seed.

The Senators ended up as the seventh seed and will face the Canadiens in the first round.

The Eastern Conference playoff matchups are:


  • No. 1 Pittsburgh vs. No. 8 New York Islanders

  • No 2. Montreal vs. No. 7 Ottawa

  • No. 3 Washington vs. No. 6 New York Rangers

  • No. 4 Boston vs. No. 5 Toronto

The Bruins faced Toronto four times in the regular season and won three of those matchups.

Bruins playoff schedule
Game 1: Wednesday at Boston, 7 p.m.
Game 2: Saturday at Boston, 7 p.m.
Game 3: May 6 at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Game 4: May 8 at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Game 5: May 10 at Boston, 7 p.m.-x
Game 6: May 12 at Toronto, TBA-x
Game 7: May 13 at Boston, TBA-x
x-if necessary

The rest of the NHL playoff schedule can be found on the league's website.

Bruins name season award winners

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 28, 2013 07:24 PM
The Bruins announced their 2013 season awards before Sunday's game vs. Ottawa.

Patrice Bergeron won the Eddie Shore Award for exceptional hustle and determination. Bergeron also won the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy for outstanding performance during home games.

Gregory Campbell was named the receipt of the John P. Bucyk Award for best charitable contributions.

The Three Stars were Tuukka Rask (first), Bergeron (second), and Tyler Seguin (third).

Final: Senators 4, Bruins 2

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 28, 2013 06:56 PM

All done at the Garden. Kyle Turris closes out with empty-netter with 36.5 seconds remaining. Bruins finish in fourth place in Eastern Conference. Will play Toronto in first round.

16:26 3d period, Senators 3-2: Ottawa pulls ahead. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scores on rebound of Marc Methot shot. Bruins on track for meeting with Leafs.

14:02 3d period, 2-2: Jakob Silfverberg had an open net. But couldn’t corral puck and fire promptly. Bruins catch a break. Breathless stuff.

7:21 3d period, 2-2: Money save by Tuukka Rask. Kicks out Erik Condra on partial break.

1:39 3d period, 2-2: Delay. Linesman Derek Amell off for equipment repair.

0:14 3d period, 2-2: All tied up. Dennis Seidenberg with off-wing slapper. Gets through Robin Lehner somehow. Lehner not inspiring confidence.

20:00 2d period, Senators 2-1: Huge power-play goal by Rich Peverley. Momentum going into third. Robin Lehner looking human.

19:56 2d period, Senators 2-1: Life for Bruins. Wade Redden takes huge wallop on boards from Marc Methot before dishing to Rich Peverley. Sharp-angle shot beats Robin Lehner. Has to stop that.

18:00 2d period, Senators 2-0: Holding on Cory Conacher. Critical PP coming up for Bruins.

16:30 2d period, Senators 2-0: Money save by Robin Lehner on Milan Lucic. Odd-man rush for Lucic and Kaspars Daugavins.

14:30 2d period, Senators 2-0: Bruins losing steam. Jean-Gabriel Pageau with a good chance in front.

10:33 2d period, Senators 2-0: Jared Cowen with point one-timer past Tuukka Rask. Kaspars Daugavins without stick. Looked like stoppable shot. Meanwhile, Tyler Seguin misses net with slapper before goal at other end.

7:36 2d period, Senators 1-0: Bruins applying hardest push so far. Getting some good looks on goal. Have to keep pressing.

5:31 2d period, Senators 1-0: Robin Lehner gloves Johnny Boychuk slapper. Carl Soderberg in position for rebound.

2:59 2d period, Senators 1-0: Chance for Bruins. Robin Lehner kicks out Patrice Bergeron one-timer. Tyler Seguin in neighborhood for rebound, but can’t tuck it in.

20:00 1st period, Senators 1-0: Brad Marchand with hit on Erik Karlsson after whistle. That’s been bubbling all game. Ottawa will start second on power play after Marchand tagged for slashing. Very selfish penalty.

18:36 1st period, Senators 1-0: Varsity bout. Milan Lucic vs. Chris Neil. Looked like Neil wanted payback for Lucic hit on Turris. Wicked swings and connections by both bruisers.

16:59 1st period, Senators 1-0: Erik Condra brushes off Johnny Boychuk hit. Goes to net and follows up a Jean-Gabriel Pageau shot.

15:27 1st period, 0-0: Temper, temper. Kyle Turris doesn’t like a Milan Lucic hit. Gives Lucic a slash. Lucic whacks back.

14:46 1st period, 0-0: One of better scoring chances for Bruins. Brad Marchand jamming in front of net. Robin Lehner stuffs Tyler Seguin’s slot slapper.

9:55 1st period, 0-0: Kaspars Daugavins with some tricky business around the net. Almost tucks one past his former team. Lots of skill with the puck.

2:53 1st period, 0-0: Nice play by Brad Marchand. Draws hooking penalty on Patrick Wiercioch by driving with puck.

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

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 28, 2013 06:38 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Kaspars Daugavins
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Robin Lehner (4-3-4, 2.22 GAA, .936 save percentage) will start in goal for the Senators.

Game 48: Senators at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 28, 2013 01:54 PM
The Bruins will close out the regular season tonight against the Senators at TD Garden. Tonight is the rescheduled game that was postponed on April 15 following the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Bruins can win the Northeast Division title and the second seed of the Eastern Conference with a regulation victory. They would play the Islanders in the first round.

If the Bruins win in overtime or the shootout, they would finish in second in the East and play Ottawa in the first round.

If the Bruins lose in any fashion (regulation, overtime, shootout), they will finish in fourth place and play Toronto.

Both teams will be looking to win. If the Senators lose in regulation, they will be the No. 8 seed and play Pittsburgh, the hands-down best team in the conference.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

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

Records: Senators 24-17-6, Bruins 28-13-6

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Kaspars Daugavins
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Dougie Hamilton, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: It’s possible that Jaromir Jagr, out against Washington last night because of flu-like symptoms, could return to the lineup tonight. If so, Kaspars Daugavins would be the healthy scratch… The Bruins are 4-0-0 against Ottawa this season. But the games have been tight. It would not be an easy first-round match for the Bruins… The Bruins are 13-1-0 against the Senators in their last 14 games… Gregory Campbell, Andrew Ference, Tyler Seguin, and Zdeno Chara should play in their 48th games. They would be the only four Bruins not to miss a game… Chris Rooney and Steve Kozari will be the referees. Derek Amell and Tim Nowak will be the linesmen.

Three playoff scenarios await Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 27, 2013 10:44 PM
With a regulation win over Ottawa at TD Garden, the Bruins will finish with 64 points and clinch the No. 2 seed. That would set up a postseason meeting between the Bruins and the Islanders, arguably the most desired of the three possible opponents. The Islanders last appeared in the playoffs in 2006-07.

If the Bruins win in overtime or a shootout, the Bruins would claim the second seed and play Ottawa in the first round. The Bruins are 4-0-0 against the Senators this season.

If the Bruins lose in any fashion (regulation, overtime, shootout), they will finish in fourth place and play the Maple Leafs. A fourth-place finish would set up a second-round showdown against Pittsburgh, assuming no upsets take place. Like all teams, the Bruins want no part of the Penguins.

Final: Capitals 3, Bruins 2 (OT)

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 27, 2013 06:45 PM

All done in DC. Eric Fehr with PPG to close it out.

1:40 OT, 2-2: Hooking call on Zdeno Chara. Caps seeking third PPG.

20:00 3d period, 2-2: Overtime. Bruins get one point. Regardless of Montreal outcome tonight, Bruins can still lock up second place in East tomorrow.

18:21 3d period, 2-2: Power play for Bruins. Mike Green off for hooking.

17:28 3d period, 2-2: Delay. Zdeno Chara hit on Nicklas Backstrom takes out pane of glass. Meanwhile, Brad Marchand trading shots with Alex Ovechkin. Marchand and Ovechkin off.

8:13 3d period, 2-2: Another Bruins penalty. Adam McQuaid off for interference. Legit call.

7:21 3d period, 2-2: All tied up. Mike Green with his second PPG. Untimely penalty by Rich Peverley puts Bruins down a man. Green goes with one-timer.

5:26 3d period, Bruins 2-1: Mike Green with PP snapper from right point. Tuukka Rask hot after giving up that one. Looked like Rask lost sight of release. Green’s shot beats Rask far side.

20:00 2d period, Bruins 2-0: Tuukka Rask continues to sparkle. Kicked out Mike Green during second-period power play to give Rich Peverley scoring chance at other end.

7:49 2d period, Bruins 2-0: Andrew Ference joins rush and snaps wrister past Braden Holtby. Good speed through neutral zone by Milan Lucic with puck. Lucic drives to net, takes John Carlson with him, opens up shooting lane for Ference.

5:23 2d period, Bruins 1-0: Braden Holtby quick to kick out Daniel Paille’s shot. Good work by fourth line. That line should stick for Game 1.

20:00 1st period, Bruins 1-0: Good pace to first period from both clubs. Both teams playing game the right way. Tuukka Rask quick and sharp.

17:43 1st period, Bruins 1-0: John Erskine nearly takes off David Krejci’s leg with open-ice hit. Clean check. Krejci OK.

9:59 1st period, Bruins 1-0: Off the draw, Milan Lucic snaps shot off Karl Alzner’s skate and past Braden Holtby. David Krejci beat Mike Ribeiro on faceoff.

8:00 1st period, 0-0: Tuukka Rask stops Marcus Johansson on breakaway. Yard sale after Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg collide.

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

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 27, 2013 06:33 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Kaspars Daugavins
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Braden Holtby (22-12-1, 2.61 GAA, .919 save percentage) will start in goal for the Capitals.

Bruins can claim Northeast Division title tonight

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 27, 2013 12:21 PM
The Bruins can claim the Northeast Division crown and the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference tonight. The Bruins would have to beat Washington and Toronto would have to win over Montreal.

The other Northeast-clinching scenario would be if the Bruins gain one point against Washington and Toronto beats Montreal in regulation.

The Canadiens could claim the second seed if they beat the Maple Leafs and the Bruins lose to Washington in regulation.

Jaromir Jagr out tonight

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 27, 2013 11:05 AM
Jaromir Jagr will not play tonight when the Bruins face the Capitals. Jagr didn’t practice Friday and remained in Boston because of flu-like symptoms.

With Jagr unavailable, Kaspars Daugavins will most likely be in uniform. Daugavins hasn’t played since April 13 against Carolina.

The Daugavins-for-Jagr switch should be the only lineup change. The Bruins are still fighting for the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference, so they will not rest any of their varsity players.

Tonight’s expected lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Kaspars Daugavins
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Game 47: Bruins at Capitals preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 27, 2013 09:19 AM
WASHINGTON – Good morning from Washington, where the Bruins will play their final regular-season road game tonight against the Capitals.

The Bruins brought their full squad to Washington yesterday, minus Jaromir Jagr (flu-like symptoms) and Nathan Horton (upper-body injury). The Bruins are still fighting for second place in the Eastern Conference, so they will presumably dress their playoff roster against the Capitals.

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 28-13-5, Capitals 26-18-3

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Kaspars Daugavins
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Dougie Hamilton, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: Montreal plays at Toronto tonight. The Bruins and Canadiens are tied with 61 points. But Montreal currently owns the tiebreaker, which is regulation plus overtime wins… Washington has the top power play in the NHL (25.8 percent). It revolves around Alex Ovechkin, who is making his case for the Hart Trophy as the league MVP… John Erskine, unavailable for the last meeting between the two clubs, might come calling on Adam McQuaid. McQuaid and Shawn Thornton tried to goad Matt Hendricks into a fight during their last game. Hendricks chose McQuaid… It’s possible Jagr could travel to Washington today and be in the lineup tonight… Brian Pochmara and Eric Furlatt will be the referees. Jean Morin and Pierre Racicot will be the linesmen.

Dougie Hamilton wins NESN's Seventh Player Award

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 25, 2013 08:07 PM
Rookie Dougie Hamilton won NESN’s Seventh Player Award, which was presented before Thursday night's Bruins-Lightning game. The 19-year-old defenseman has 5 goals and 11 assists in 42 games and has been one of the league’s sharper rookies.

Hamilton, who was the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft, received a Kia Sorento as his prize.

Hamilton was a healthy scratch for the game. He has been in suit and tie for four of the last seven games. Assuming no injuries happen in the final two games, Hamilton could be the No. 7 defenseman for the start of the playoffs.

The five previous Seventh Player winners were Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, David Krejci, and Milan Lucic.


Final: Bruins 2, Lightning 0

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 25, 2013 07:12 PM

All done at Garden. Bruins with much-needed shutout. Will feel better about their game after this one.

13:15 3d period, Bruins 2-0: David Krejci with a good chance in front after Milan Lucic feed. Anders Lindback with pad stop.

9:40 3d period, Bruins 2-0: Tuukka Rask with 25 saves so far. As sharp as he’s been this season.

20:00 2d period, Bruins 2-0: One of better all-around efforts from Bruins of late. Need to close with good habits in third.

17:22 2d period, Bruins 2-0: Milan Lucic vs. Keith Aulie. Jolts lead to punches. Lucic with convincing win. Best game Lucic’s had this month.

14:39 2d period, Bruins 2-0: Consecutive Tuukka Rask kickouts on Alex Killorn. Rask very sharp.

13:31 2d period, Bruins 2-0: Daniel Paille one-times puck past Anders Lindback. Good cross-ice pass from Gregory Campbell. Bruins grinding out Lightning. One more should do it.

12:20 2d period, Bruins 1-0: Best save of the night for Tuukka Rask. Pushes to left and gloves Steven Stamkos’s close-range snap shot.

4:22 2d period, Bruins 1-0: Dennis Seidenberg’s slapper from right point slips through Anders Lindback. Steady, crisp breakout by Bruins leads to scoring chance. Patrice Bergeron helps with screen in front.

0:00 2d period, 0-0: Don DelNegro back on bench. Hockey trainer. Duh.

20:00 1st period, 0-0: Flickers of life for Bruins in first. Should wear down Lightning in Periods 2 and 3. Tampa Bay coming off game last night.

18:30 1st period, 0-0: Milan Lucic wallops Richard Panik. Some life in Lucic’s legs tonight.

14:00 1st period, 0-0: After whistle, Andrew Ference vs. Benoit Pouliot. Ference gets upper hand early on ex-Bruin. Pouliot rallies at end. First scrap of season for Ference.

9:10 1st period, 0-0: Milan Lucic connects with big hit. These days, that’s big news.

3:20 1st period, 0-0: Trainer Don DelNegro hit by puck on bench. Right side of head. To the room. Tough job.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Dougie Hamilton wins NESN’s Seventh Player Award. Cripes. NESN viewers must not have heard of Anton Khudobin.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski, Aaron Johnson, Jay Pandolfo, and Kaspars Daugavins are the healthy scratches.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 25, 2013 07:06 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Anders Lindback (10-8-1, 2.88 GAA, .903 save percentage) will start in goal for the Lightning.

Bruins seeking stability in stretch run

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 25, 2013 11:53 AM
The Bruins are in second place in the Northeast Division. They will most likely have home ice. But they’d prefer to enter the playoffs with positive feelings instead of limping into next week.

“I’d rather go into the playoffs feeling good about ourselves than not,” coach Claude Julien said. “You’ve seen teams that have struggled, then when they start the playoffs, it’s a whole different story. I’d rather not go there. I’d rather be the confident team.”

To that end, the Bruins appear to be sending out a lineup that could resemble their Game 1 formation.

Tonight’s expected lineup, based on the morning skate:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Nathan Horton (upper body) skated on his own this morning. Horton is day-to-day.

* Chris Kelly will return to center. Carl Soderberg will go back to left wing. The two had switched positions the last two games.

Game 46: Lightning at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 25, 2013 10:22 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will start a three-games-in-four-nights run against Tampa Bay tonight. This is one of the two rescheduled games the Bruins will play to close out the regular season.

Tuukka Rask, who saw relief work against Philadelphia on Tuesday, should get the start tonight.

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: Lightning 18-24-4, Bruins 27-13-5

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Dougie Hamilton, Wade Redden, Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: The Lightning are coming off a 5-2 win over Toronto last night. None of the top three teams in the Northeast (Boston, Montreal, Toronto) is playing well heading into the playoffs… No word yet on whether Nathan Horton (upper body) will be ready to play tonight. Horton hasn’t played the last two games since suffering an injury in a fight with Jarome Iginla last Saturday… The Bruins are scheduled to practice tomorrow. It will be their final practice of the regular season. They’ve desperately missed regular practices, just like every other team in the league… Chris Rooney and Marc Joannette will be the referees. Jay Sharrers and Brian Murphy will be the linesmen.

Final: Flyers 5, Bruins 2

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 23, 2013 07:26 PM

All done in Philly. Misfit performance.

15:02 3d period, Flyers 5-2: Anton Khudobin back in. White flag.

15:02 3d period, Flyers 5-2: Sweet Caroline at the rink.

8:33 3d period, Flyers 5-2: What life? Turnover in neutral zone gives Flyers two-on-one rush. Simon Gagne finishes chance. Train-wreck hockey.

8:20 3d period, Flyers 4-2: Some life. David Krejci goes upstairs on Steve Mason. Good forecheck by Tyler Seguin to cause Brandon Manning to cough up puck.

5:33 3d period, Flyers 4-1: Jakub Voracek gets behind Zdeno Chara, goes five-hole on Tuukka Rask with backhand. Chara can’t get puck deep at other end, which leads to rush. Chara really fighting it.

1:05 3d period, Flyers 3-1: Jaromir Jagr gets shift with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Tyler Seguin with Milan Lucic and David Krejci.

20:00 2d period, Flyers 3-1: Train wreck of a second period. Should be a paint-peeler from Claude Julien. Anton Khudobin never came out of room after being yanked.

11:31 2d period, Flyers 3-1: All kinds of ugly. Zdeno Chara with errant clear out of corner. Goes off Anton Khudobin’s stick and into net. Tuukka Rask in. Oliver Lauridsen credited with goal.

11:24 2d period, Flyers 2-1: Anton Khudobin boots out Wayne Simmonds shot. But Matt Read finds open net on rebound. Bruins could never recover after allowing odd-man rush.

9:40 2d period, 1-1: Shawn Thornton vs. Jay Rosehill. Looked like mutual agreement. Rosehill goes for knockout blow with first swing. Misses and leads to in-tight punches. Fight ends with Thornton losing balance.

20:00 1st period, 1-1: Solid period for Bruins. Tight defensively other than David Krejci turnover.

17:50 1st period, 1-1: Yikes. See Montreal down 3-0 to NJ. Habs struggling at wrong time.

11:31 1st period, 1-1: Chance for Chris Kelly in tight after Carl Soderberg slapper. Some more good puck movement from Wade Redden.

10:51 1st period, 1-1: Claude Giroux in tight, goes upstairs. Anton Khudobin gets piece, goes off post, and covers.

8:44 1st period, 1-1: Kurtis Foster cranks slapper off Gregory Campbell’s left leg on PP. Campbell hurting. Tough as they come.

4:54 1st period, 1-1: Steve Mason stops Jaromir Jagr’s shot. Wade Redden follows up with rebound. First goal for Redden as Bruin.

3:24 1st period, Flyers 1-0: Patrice Bergeron raps shot from in tight. Steve Mason with quick stop.

1:40 1st period, Flyers 1-0: Giveaway by David Krejci down low. Right to Scott Hartnell’s stick. Hartnell goes high glove on Khudobin.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Adam McQuaid back in. Johnny Boychuk, Matt Bartkowski, Aaron Johnson, Kaspars Daugavins, and Jay Pandolfo are healthy scratches.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 23, 2013 07:04 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Wade Redden-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

* Steve Mason (5-8-1, 2.72 GAA, .908 save percentage) will start in goal for the Flyers.

Adam McQuaid ready to play

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 23, 2013 12:22 PM
Defenseman Adam McQuaid has been cleared to play. McQuaid will most likely return to the lineup tonight vs. the Flyers.

McQuaid didn’t play against Florida on Sunday because of a lower-body injury he suffered after taking a hit from Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke the day before.

With McQuaid back in, Dougie Hamilton should be the healthy scratch.

Tonight’s expected lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

Game 45: Bruins at Flyers preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 23, 2013 10:40 AM
PHILADELPHIA – Good morning from the Wells Fargo Center, where the Bruins will start a four-game stretch over six days against the Flyers tonight.

Nathan Horton (upper body) will not play. Horton is back in Boston. Horton was injured during a fight with Jarome Iginla last Saturday.

For now, we’ll assume Anton Khudobin will start in goal. Khudobin backed up Tuukka Rask the last two games.

Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.

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

Records: Bruins 27-12-5, Flyers 20-22-3

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Dougie Hamilton

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask


Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Adam McQuaid, Matt Bartkowski, Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: This could be the final road game for some of the veterans. Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron will most likely stay home instead of traveling to Washington on Saturday. The Bruins have enough depth to rest their key players before the playoffs begin … The Flyers will pay tribute to the Boston Marathon victims tonight. Proceeds from tonight’s 50-50 raffle will go to the One Fund Boston. The Flyers’ jerseys will be auctioned off to benefit the One Fund… Chris Lee and Tim Peel will be the referees. Michel Cormier and Derek Nansen will be the linesmen.

Bruins give law enforcement officers their game jerseys

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff April 21, 2013 08:20 PM

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If ever a photo was worth a thousand words, well, here's one.

On a weekend filled with emotional tributes, the Bruins joined right in. On Sunday, they gave their game jerseys to law enforcement officers who were involved in the manhunt for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Normally, the Bruins' "Shirts off their backs" promotion is for fans, but the team said season ticket holders requested that the event, scheduled for Sunday, instead be for first responders.

Here's a closer look:

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Final: Bruins 3, Panthers 0

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff April 21, 2013 12:41 PM

Final: Bruins 3, Panthers 0

The Bruins finally did their part to help Boston heal its wounds from last Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, defeating the Florida Panthers, 3-0, in a Sunday afternoon matinee before a TD Garden crowd of 17,565.
Jaromir Jagr gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 3:03 of the first period and Dougie Hamilton, a healthy scratch in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Penquins, tallied at 13:33 of the second and Brad Marchand added an empty-netter at 18:38 of the third as Tuukka Rask (18-9-4) made 28 saves to record his fourth shutout of the season and 15th of his career.

Third period
Bruins 3, Panthers 0, 18:38: Brad Marchand hustled for a loose puck and fished it off the sideboards for a back-handed empty-netter that gave the Bruins a three-goal lead. Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron were credited with assists.

PENALTY, Bruins, 14:45: Zdeno Chara was sent off for interference. He seemed to get the worst of it, though, when he was slow to get up from the ice, taking inventory of his right ankle and leg before skating off to the box.

Bruins 2, Panthers 0, 1:20: Dmitry Kulikov was helped off the ice, clutching his right arm and shoulder after he appeared to injure both in a mid-ice takedown of Jaromir Jagr. Kulikov went down hard on the ice, dragging down Jagr, who rolled over on Kulikov's shoulder. Kulikov's injury looked to be eeriely reminiscent of the type of shoulder subluxation Jacoby Ellsbury suffered last year in the Sox' home opener against Tampa Bay.

Second intermission: Bruins 2, Panthers 0: The Bruins outshot Florida, 21-11 in the period, getting a huge goal from Dougie Hamilton at 13:33. It gave the Bruins, who entered with a 14-2-2 record in games with at least a two-goal lead (10-1-1 when it's been a 2-0 lead), a much-needed buffer as they took a two-goal lead into the room after two periods.

Second period

PENALTY, Panthers, 16:32: Bruins went on the power play for the second time in the game when Filip Kuba was called for tripping Jaromir Jagr on a breakway rush. Bruins failed to capitalize and wound up going 0-for-2 on the man advantage.

Bruins 2, Panthers 0, 13:33: Dougie Hamilton, a healthy scratch Saturday against the Penguins, let rip of a blue-line blast that threaded its way through heavy traffic in front and beat Markstrom top shelf over the Panther goaltender's right shoulder. It was Hamilton's fifth goal of the season. Shawn Thornton was credited with his fourth assist of the season. Through the first 13:33, the Bruins have outshot the Panthers, 17-8.

PENALTY, Panthers, 5:18 Jonathan Huberdeau put the Bruins on the man advantage when he was sent off for hooking. Panthers killed off penalty, but Bruins peppered Markstrom with several chances. Bruins have outshot Florida, 10-1, through the first 7:35 of period.

First intermission: Bruins 1, Panthers 0 Jaromir Jagr gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 3:03 of the first period, giving him 16 goals on the season. The Panthers outshot the Bruins, 9-7, in the period.

First period

PENALTY: Bruins, 18:47: Rich Peverley was sent off for slashing, giving the Panthers their first power play of the game. It also assured Florida of extending the man advantage to the first 47 seconds of the second period.

Bruins 1, Panthers 0, 14:08: Tuukka Rask, who was not about to take this one sitting down, was back in goal for the Bruins, and it was a good thing, too. Especially after Rask made a brilliant kick save with his left leg, shutting the door on Drew Shore's point-blank bid as the puck hovered perilously in the crease.

Bruins 1, Panthers 0, 3:03: Jaromir Jagr tallied his 16th goal of the season when he snapped off a wrister from the right circle, beating Panthers goaltender Jacob Markstrom top shelf in the right corner to give the Bruins an early one-goal lead. Chris Kelly was credited with his sixth assist of the season while Carl Soderberg scored his first NHL point since joining the Bruins last week when he was credited with a helper.

Pregame: The Bruins will take another crack at delivering Boston a redemptive victory in light of the Boston Marathon bombings. After taking two whacks at it, the Bruins hope the third time will be the charm, but they'll have to do so without Adam McQuaid (lower body) and Nathan Horton (upper body), both of whom were scratched because of injuries suffered in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Penquins.

Game 44: Bruins vs. Panthers

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff April 21, 2013 11:45 AM
Good morning from the TD Bank Garden, where at 12:30 the Bruins will face the Panthers in the final regular-season matinee of the season on Causeway Street.

Milan Lucic and Doug Hamilton, both scratched from Saturday's 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh, will be back in the lineup today for the Bruins.

Nathan Horton and Adam McQuaid, both of whom were dinged up in the loss to Pittsburgh, are on the sidelines today. Coach Claude Julien said both suffered upper-body injuries and their availability will be assessed on a day-to-day basis.

It looks like Waden Redden also makes it back into the lineup today against what is a Florida JV club. He likely pairs with Dennis Seidenberg.

During warmups, all Panthers wear ballcaps, with logo that a Bruins spokesperson says is that of the Boston Police Dept.


Puck drop: 12:30 p.m. EST

Record: Bruins, 26-12-5; Panthers, 13-25-6.

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-Rich Peverley.
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr.
Danny Paille-Greg Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Wade Redden-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk.


Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin


Storylines: With only five games to go in regular season, the Bruins desperately need to get back on their game. They are a season-worst 0-3-1 in their last four games....Lucic has scored only twice since Feb. 24. We'll see if a day on the sidelines perks his productivity...Julien would not be more specific about the injuries to Horton and McQauid. Horton had a first-period fight Saturday with Jarome Iginla and did not return after that short scuffle. McQuaid was hindered after an open-ice hit by Matt Cooke...Despite their recent woes, the Bruins have the third best goal differential in the league with a plus-23 (120-97)...The Pens scored twice on the power play Saturday. The Bruins have scored four times on the power play since March 16...Today's guys in stripes: Refs Marc Joannette and Ghislain Hebert; Linesmen Derek Nansen and Steve Barton.

No word on Nathan Horton's injury

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 20, 2013 04:05 PM
Claude Julien did not provide any information on Nathan Horton’s first-period injury. Horton was hurt during a brief fight with Jarome Iginla. Horton did not return after the fight. Video replay showed Horton favoring his left wrist as he skated off the ice.

Horton skated eight shifts for 5:18 of ice time.

Horton has 13 goals and nine assists for 22 points. Horton hasn't missed a game this season.

Final: Penguins 3, Bruins 2

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 20, 2013 12:41 PM

All done at Garden. Tyler Seguin with late goal with 2.6 seconds remaining. Even without two best players, Penguins better than Bruins.

8:29 3d period, Penguins 3-1: Kris Letang scores on power play. Penguins win puck battle in corner to give Letang the chance. Matt Bartkowski was off for high-sticking Pascal Dupuis.

4:43 3d period, Penguins 2-1: On the power play, Jarome Iginla cranks a long-distance slapper through Tuukka Rask. Good screen by Chris Kunitz. In hindsight, not the smartest play by Brad Marchand to go after Jussi Jokinen.

3:25 3d period, 1-1: Brad Marchand gets gloves off and tries to engage Jussi Jokinen. Marchand off for roughing. No penalty on Jokinen.

20:00 2d period, 1-1: Intense 40 minutes. Playoff hockey. Lots of ice bags needed after this game.

17:10 2d period, 1-1: Adam McQuaid back on bench.

16:15 2d period, 1-1: Adam McQuaid in tough shape. Took hit from Matt Cooke. Zdeno Chara goes after Cooke on wall. McQuaid to room.

12:51 2d period, 1-1: Patrice Bergeron pokes puck in. Goal called off. Whistle had blown after Brad Marchand’s first shot. Best push by Bruins so far.

10:00 2d period, 1-1: Big save by Tomas Vokoun on Rich Peverley. Had lots of speed with David Krejci.

5:10 2d period, 1-1: All tied up. Jussi Jokinen hops on loose puck. Tuukka Rask dives but can’t stop Jokinen’s shot.

3:34 2d period, Bruins 1-0: If Nathan Horton can’t play tomorrow against Florida, Rich Peverley will most likely move up with David Krejci and Daniel Paille. Milan Lucic, a healthy scratch today, would skate on fourth line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton.

0:00 2d period, Bruins 1-0: Nathan Horton will not return today. No word about nature of his injury. Replay shows Horton favoring left wrist after fight with Jarome Iginla.

20:00 1st period, Bruins 1-0: Bruins won’t have many complaints about the first period. Bruins with 13-5 shot advantage through 20 minutes. Bruins-like period – rolling four lines, strong forecheck, physical play.

17:56 1st period, Bruins 1-0: Nathan Horton vs. Jarome Iginla. Not many punches thrown. Both tumble to the ice. Looked like Iginla asked for the fight and Horton accepted after contact in front of the benches. Horton takes off hat, Iginla does same.

11:07 1st period, Bruins 1-0: Johnny Boychuk slams Brandon Sutter into glass. Divider pops out. Repairs needed.

10:18 1st period, Bruins 1-0: Brad Marchand with power-play goal. Takes pass from Zdeno Chara, carries puck into offensive zone, slips puck through Tomas Vokoun. Dangles right around Kris Letang en route to net. Tons of speed from Marchand in center ice.

8:11 1st period, 0-0: Adam McQuaid vs. Tanner Glass. Big swings from big boys. Glass with late flurry to close out fight.

8:01 1st period, 0-0: Brad Marchand takes tumble into boards. Gets up slowly. Looks OK but having words with refs.

4:04 1st period, 0-0: One of better shifts lately. Heavy pressure from Patrice Bergeron’s line. Good puck possession in offensive zone.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Milan Lucic, Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo, Dougie Hamilton, Wade Redden, and Aaron Johnson are the healthy scratches.

Bruins wear law enforcement hats in warmups

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 20, 2013 12:11 PM

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Prior to pregame warmups, the Bruins left their helmets in the dressing room. They wore Massachusetts State Police, Boston Police, and Watertown Police hats to recognize the work of law enforcement in the wake of Monday’s Boston Marathon attacks.

Prior to this season, Bruins management had made helmet wear mandatory during warmups.

Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin wore their masks for protective purposes.

Today's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 20, 2013 12:05 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Daniel Paille-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Gregory Campbell-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Tomas Vokoun (11-4-0, 2.58 GAA, .912 save percentage) will start in goal for the Penguins.

* Milan Lucic was not on the ice for warmups, indicating he will be a healthy scratch.

Game 43: Penguins at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 20, 2013 10:56 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will play the Penguins this afternoon. The teams were originally scheduled to play last night at the Garden, but the game was postponed.

Both teams are expected to play an emotional game given Friday’s events as a manhunt ensued for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. The Bruins played with heavy hearts on Wednesday, the first sports game in Boston following Monday’s Boston Marathon attacks.

“Everybody’s still in remembrance of the people that were hurt,” Andrew Ference said. “I think it will be a little less heavy feeling with the fact that so many people got to witness live heroism last night. I think everybody’s pretty proud of the authorities. I expect it to be not as heavy but a little more celebratory pride.”

Puck drop: 12:30 p.m.

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

Records: Penguins 33-10-0, Bruins 26-11-5

Projected Bruins lineup:

Daniel Paille-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Gregory Campbell-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Dougie Hamilton

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Adam McQuaid, Matt Bartkowski, Kaspars Daugavins, Milan Lucic, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: Carl Soderberg is expected to make his Bruins debut. Soderberg had his first practice with the Bruins on Thursday. Soderberg arrived in Boston on Tuesday. Soderberg will wear No. 34… Milan Lucic should be a healthy scratch. Lucic played on the fourth line against Buffalo on Wednesday. With Soderberg’s addition, the Bruins have four left wings playing better than Lucic… Both teams will auction off their jerseys from today’s game. Benefits will go to the One Fund Boston… This will be the Bruins' first look at Jarome Iginla as a Penguin. The Bruins had traded for Iginla, but the deal fell apart and the Calgary captain opted for Pittsburgh... The Bruins have had three games postponed this season: two related to the Marathon attacks, and one because of a snowstorm in February. The Bruins will play again Sunday afternoon against Florida… Tomas Vokoun will start in goal for the Penguins… Tom Kowal and Wes McCauley will be the referees. Steve Barton and Scott Cherrey will be the linesmen.

Bruins-Penguins game postponed

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff April 19, 2013 03:12 PM
The Bruins' game Friday vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins was postponed because a massive manhunt for one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects had the city and surrounding regions on lockdown for most of the day.

Update, 10:05 p.m.: The NHL confirmed late Friday the game would be played Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Penguins' originally scheduled Saturday game, vs. the Sabres at night in Pittsburgh, was moved to Tuesday.

The Bruins' game on Monday, when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon at 2:50 p.m., was also postponed. That game was rescheduled for April 28.

Two-team stick salute to Boston fans was Vanek's idea

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff April 19, 2013 01:31 PM

The lasting image from the Bruins-Sabres game Wednesday night at TD Garden is not only the shared singing of the national anthem by fans and Rene Rancourt, but also the two-team stick salute when the game ended.

We now know who broached the idea: Sabres captain Thomas Vanek.

The Buffalo News runs it down:

Vanek, along with alternate captains Steve Ott and Drew Stafford, broached the idea at the morning skate with team trainers, who took it to the Boston side. Vanek and Boston captain Zdeno Chara then met on the ice at the start of pregame warmup to finalize the plans.

As the News noted, home teams usually acknowledge their fans with a stick salute after victories. So it was unusual -- though welcome -- after the Sabres won, 3-2, in a shootout.

"Even though they play in that city, it doesn't matter where you're from," Vanek told the News. "Buffalo, my case Europe or whatever. Everyone gets affected by it.

"We didn't think about the publicity it's getting. For us, it was just to appreciate the people who came.

"The atmosphere was unbelievable. It's a few hours away from something you have to not think about. It was good for everyone, a good few hours."

Bruins cancel morning skate, postpone playoff tickets sale

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff April 19, 2013 10:35 AM

The Bruins and Penguins canceled their morning skate ahead of Friday night's game at TD Garden because of the widespread manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

The Bruins also postponed their sale of playoff tickets, which was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Friday.

Fans who want to purchase playoff tickets will be able to do so 11 a.m. Monday April 22 now.

Rene Rancourt: I needed fans' help with anthem

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff April 18, 2013 09:39 AM






Boston Bruins national anthem singer Rene Rancourt said Wednesday night's stirring rendition of the national anthem at Boston's first major sports event since the Marathon bombing was his most memorable ever.

He also said he worried about being able to get through it. He began the anthem, then put down his microphone and let the TD Garden crowd take it from there.

“I’m sure that the people didn’t even realize how much help I actually did need. It was wonderful. The sound was carrying me, lifting me up in the room. It was just something indescribable," Rancourt said in an interview on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan program Thursday morning. "I’m afraid I would have probably broken up a few times during the anthem. I’m not ashamed to admit that.”

Rancourt said the Bruins approached him with the idea of letting the fans sing the anthem.

“I was very nervous ... what if you stop singing and nothing happens? It went more than well. I’m just so proud for having been part of it," he said.

Bruins' Boston Strong logos available

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff April 18, 2013 09:33 AM

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The Bruins have made their versions of the Boston Strong logos available on their web site, along with the blue and yellow ribbon version that was projected onto the TD Garden ice and worn by team staff at Wednesday night's game.

Four options to choose from can be found here.

Bruins, Garden honor victims of Boston Marathon attacks

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 17, 2013 07:47 PM






The Bruins paid tribute to the victims of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings prior to Wednesday night's game against the Buffalo Sabres. After the players emerged from the dressing rooms, there was a moment of silence while the scoreboard showed a blue- and-yellow "Boston Strong" ribbon.

After the moment of silence, images from Monday’s events were shown on the scoreboard.

National anthem singer Rene Rancourt, without his usual accompaniment from organist Ron Poster, started to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" into his microphone. Rancourt then lowered the mike to allow the crowd to finish the anthem.

Players from both teams wore "Boston Strong" decals on the backs of their helmets.

Final: Sabres 3, Bruins 2 (SO)

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 17, 2013 07:32 PM

All done in Boston. Drew Stafford with the only shootout goal.

5:00 OT, 2-2: Shootout time. Bruins even had a late power play with 3.7 seconds left.

20:00 3d period, 2-2: Overtime. Bruins gain one point. Bruins qualify for playoffs.

19:23 3d period, 2-2: All tied up. With Andrew Ference in the box, Cody Hodgson redirects a Thomas Vanek pass past Anton Khudobin.

14:48 3d period, Bruins 2-1: Andrew Ference with save of night on Drew Stafford. Anton Khudobin way out of his net to challenge point shot. Couldn’t get back in time. Ference gets his leg in front of Stafford’s shot.

11:31 3d period, Bruins 2-1: Ryan Miller gloves Tyler Seguin’s slot snapper. Set up by Brad Marchand. Left wing looks just fine in his first game back from concussion.

2:02 3d period, Bruins 2-1: Daniel Paille nearly scores on shorthanded break. Ryan Miller dives to help bust up the bid. Paille having a heck of a night.

20:00 2d period, Bruins 2-1: One of better periods for Bruins in latest stretch. Grinding, physical play in offensive zone. Bruins outshot Sabres, 10-7.

14:48 2d period, Bruins 2-1: Chris Kelly foiled on first attempt. But lifts second shot over Ryan Miller’s left pad and into net. Daniel Paille with the feed. Second goal for No. 3 line.

14:29 2d period, 1-1: Ovation to honor first responders during TV timeout.

14:01 2d period, 1-1: Tempers flare. John Scott cuffs Jaromir Jagr in front of Bruins bench. Dennis Seidenberg gives Scott a jolt. Bruins don’t have right personnel on ice to handle Scott.

12:35 2d period, 1-1: Open net for Milan Lucic. Can’t handle puck. Tyler Seguin had created chance by using outside speed and feeding in front. Puck glances off Lucic’s skate.

12:19 2d period, 1-1: Flareup between Brad Marchand and Nathan Gerbe. Those two used to go at it in AHL. Not best of friends.

9:35 2d period, 1-1: Partial break for Brad Marchand. Adam Pardy busts up chance by diving at last moment. Nice pass by Jaromir Jagr to spring Marchand.

3:27 2d period, 1-1: Ten-bell save for Anton Khudobin. Kevin Porter wide open in slot for one-timer. Khudobin gloves Porter’s shot.

20:00 1st period, 1-1: Both teams work through sky-high emotions of first period. Should be back to normal hockey for Periods 2 and 3.

18:20 1st period, 1-1: Buffalo ties it up on power play. Christian Ehrhoff with point shot. Thomas Vanek tips puck past Anton Khudobin. No chance for Khudobin. Vanek might be best in tipping business.

12:53 1st period, Bruins 1-0: Tough tripping call on Brad Marchand. Video replay shows Mark Pysyk already losing edge when Marchand taps him with stick.

5:45 1st period, Bruins 1-0: Third line comes through. Chris Kelly fights through Christian Ehrhoff check down low. Finds Daniel Paille in front. Paille gives Bruins 1-0 lead.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo, Carl Soderberg, Matt Bartkowski, Aaron Johnson, and Adam McQuaid are the healthy scratches. Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Wade Redden in.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 17, 2013 07:01 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

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

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Dougie Hamilton

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

* Ryan Miller (14-17-5, 2.84 GAA, .913 save percentage) will start in goal for the Sabres.

Bruins announce support for bombing victims, tributes planned at tonight's game

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff April 17, 2013 02:21 PM
The Bruins have announced several ways they'll support and recognize the victims of Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs will donate $100,000 on behalf of the team to The One Fund, and the team announced additional donations of $50,000 each from TD Garden, the NHL, and the NHL Players Association. The Bruins have donated 80 tickets to Wednesday's game vs. the Sabres to be given to first-response emergency personnel involved in the aftermath Monday.

There will be other observances at Wednesday night's game, which begins at 7:35 p.m.:


  • TD Garden will be lit in yellow and blue, the colors of the Boston Marathon, and two dasher boards will have The One Fund logo.

  • Both Bruins and Sabres players will wear "Boston Strong" decals on their helmets, and team staff will wear yellow and blue ribbons.

  • A Boston Strong video will be shown and a moment of silence will be observed.

  • The national anthem will be sung by Rene Rancourt and the Boston Fire Department Honor Guard. Fans are encouraged to sing along.

  • A special "B-Spoked Salute" will take place during the second intermission to honor first responders.

  • Bruins forward Brad Marchand will raffle his suite for the Bruins' first home playoff game, with all proceeds to benefit the family of Martin Richard, 8, of Dorchester, who was killed in the bombings. The raffle web site is live now.

Game 42: Bruins vs. Sabres; Marchand and Bergeron return

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff April 17, 2013 10:08 AM

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Hello from TD Bank Garden, where both Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand will return to the Boston lineup this evening when the Bruins face the Sabres on Causeway Street.

Defenseman Wade Redden, obtained at the trade deadline from St. Louis, also will play in his first game as a Bruin.

Bergeron was sidelined two weeks ago with his fourth career concussion when hit by Ottawa's Colin Greening in what appeared to be a routine, fairly harmless goal-mouth collision.

Marchand suffered his first career concussion last Wednesday when elbowed in the head by New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov. He only began skating on Sunday.

Redden, relegated to the AHL by the Rangers the last couple of years, began the season in St. Louis after being bought out by the Blueshirts. The Bruins desperately need some help moving the puck out of their own zone and Redden was once one of the game's best puck-moving defensemen.

Tonight's crowd, expected to be a sellout 17,565, will be the first major gathering in the Hub since Monday's bombing at the Marathon finish line, a couple of miles across town from TD Garden. Extra security is already in place in the Garden area and North Station, including many Homeland Security vehicles outside the adjacent Federal building.

All vehicles entering the North Station garage this morning were checked by security staff, with drivers asked to step out of their cars. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli politely obliged security staff, stepping out of his Honda pickup just before 10 a.m. for an inspection that lasted less than two minutes.

The Bruins had top Swedish prospect Carl Soderberg (at left in photo) skating with them for the first time Tuesday morning. He has been appointed a No. 34 sweater, but will not play this evening. During the workout, he subbed in a line comprised of Gregory Campbell, David Krejci and Jaromir Jagr.

Andrew Ference was expected to get the night off on Monday. Doug Hamilton, given the last two games to rest, moved into Ference's blueline spot for the Monday morning skate. Ference probably plays tonight, with Adam McQuaid and Matt Bartkowski the likely scratches with Hamilton and Redden getting the green light.

Look for Tuukka Rask to get tonight's start in goal. Rask took the loss Saturday night in Raleigh and is now 17-8-4.

Puck drop: 7:35 p.m.

Record: Bruins, 26-11-4; Sabres, 18-19-6.

TV/radio info: NBC Sports Network (Doc Emerick on play-by-play). 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Projected lineup:
Gregoy Campbell-David Krejci-Jaromir Jagr
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Danny Paille-Chris Kelly-Nathan Horton
Milan Lucic-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Wade Redden

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson (D); Matt Bartkowski (D), Adam McQuaid (D); Jay Pandolfo (F); Carl Soderberg(F).

Storylines: The Bruins are trying to re-establish their game after back-to-back losses to the Islanders and Canes, only the second time this season they have lost two straight in regulation ... One point or more tonight will clinch a sixth straight trip to the playoffs for the Bruins ... Boston is a measly 3-for-30 on the power play over the last 15 games. The PK unit is 29-for-36 (80.5 percent) over the same 15 games ... The Bruins have been outshot in each of the last six games, for a combined 213-168 deficit ... Referees: Dan O'Rourke and Francis Charron.; Linesmen: Scott Cherrey and Brad Kovachik.

Bruins back at practice; game rescheduled for April 28

Posted by Staff April 16, 2013 04:05 PM
WILMINGTON -- The Bruins returned to practice at Ristuccia Arena Tuesday, and although the players and coaches tried to keep their minds on hockey, it wasn't easy. All were affected by the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday afternoon.

"What do you do? You feel helpless,'' said defenseman Andrew Ference. "It's an empty feeling. You're proud that so many people are helping out and you start to hear back from people that you know, they're OK, so you're happy.

"Obviously, you know there are a lot of people who are getting different news and you feel pretty heartbroken for them.''

None of the players or coaches were surprised that Monday's game against Ottawa was postponed. On Tuesday, the Bruins announced that the game has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 28, at 7 p.m.

The decision to postpone was seen by all as proper, a no-brainer.

When the Bruins do get back to work -- they will play as scheduled Wednesday night at TD Garden against Buffalo -- they will do their best to lift the city, for at least a little while, from its collective mourning.

"Especially in this town, sports are obviously woven into the fabric of this city,'' said Ference. "The fact that it's at the Marathon and affected so many people in a personal way, it's not just about it happening in our city. It happened to people we know, it happened to places that we go.

"You support any way you can and try to represent the city as best you can and help in whatever way you can. It's a bit of a helpless feeling right now. I know it was a pretty heavy room today with a lot of guys just feeling awful.

"In some sense, you feel a bit helpless as far as what you can do after the fact as far as action. We'll do our job and make sure we're there when people need us and think of anything possible we can do to help.''

In one piece of hockey business, the Bruins announced that Jordan Caron had been assigned to Providence.

Tonight's Bruins game canceled

Posted by Robert Burgess April 15, 2013 05:05 PM

The National Hockey League has postponed tonight’s Boston Bruins game against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden. The game was scheduled to take place at 7 p.m.

The game will be rescheduled, according to the league. The Bruins have seven regular-season games remaining before the playoffs. Their next game is scheduled for Wednesday at home against the Buffalo Sabres.

Here is the notice from the Bruins front office:


The game between the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins scheduled for tonight at TD Garden has been postponed, the National Hockey League announced today.

The game will be rescheduled. The date and time will be announced at a later date.

The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place in Boston earlier this afternoon.

Here is the statement from Bruins President Cam Neely:


After consultation with City, State and NHL officials we collectively made the decision to postpone tonight's game. Public safety personnel from the City and State are still gathering information regarding today's events and it is vital they have all resources available for their investigation. The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the Bruins organization are with the city of Boston and all those affected by today's tragedy.

Game No. 43: Bruins vs. Senators

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff April 15, 2013 12:28 PM

Hello from TD Bank Garden, where it appears Patrice Bergeron will return to the Boston lineup this evening when the Bruins face the Senators on Causeway Street.

Bergeron was sidelined two weeks ago with his fourth career concussion when hit by Ottawa's Colin Greening in what appeared to be a routine goal-mouth collision.

''The final decision's not mine,'' Bergeron said after skating this morning on a line that he centered with Milan Lucic on his left and Tyler Seguin on his right. ''But I feel I can play tonight.''

Coach Claude Julien said the decision, as always, will be made in concert with Bergeron, club management, coaches, trainers and doctors. In other words: game time decision. The bet here: 90 percent chance he suits up.

''When you have been through what Patrice has been through,'' noted Julien, ''you always make sure you are extra safe with him.''

Andrew Ference gets the night off. Doug Hamilton, given the last two games to rest, moves into Ference's blue line spot.

Brad Marchand, concussed Wednesday night in Newark, skated for a second day in a row and reported that he felt well after the morning skate. He has yet to be cleared for contact.

Look for Tuukka Rask to get tonight's start. Rask took the loss Saturday night in Raleigh and is now 17-8-4.

Puck drop: 7:05 p.m. EST

Record: Bruins, 26-11-4; Senators, 21-14-6.

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

Projected lineup:

Gregoy Campbell-David Krejci-Jaromir Jagr
Milan Lucic-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Danny Paille-Chris Kelly-Nathan Horton
Kaspars Daugavins-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Adam McQuaid-Matt Bartkowski


Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson (D); Wade Redden (D); Andrew Ference (D); Jay Pandolfo (F); Carl Soderberg(F), Jordan Caron (F)

Injured: Brad Marchand (concussion).

Story lines: The Bruins are trying to reestablish their game after back-to-back losses to the Islanders and Canes, only the second time this season they have lost two straight in regulation....One point tonight will clinch a sixth straight trip to the playoffs for the Bruins...Boston is a measley 3-for-30 on the power play over the last 15 games. The PK unit is 29-for-36 (80.5 percent) over the same 15 games....The Bruins have been outshot in each of the last six games, for a combined 213-168 deficit....Ference is out (coach's decision) for the first time this season. He logged over 20 minutes of time on ice in each of the last five games....Referees: Brad Meier and Chris Rooney; Linesemen: Michael Cormier and Brad Kovachik.

Rest day for Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 14, 2013 10:53 AM
The Bruins have been given today off. They will kick off a four-game homestand Monday against Ottawa.

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

Plus

+ Patrice Bergeron’s good health. Bergeron skated hard Saturday morning in Raleigh. Bergeron should return during the homestand, perhaps as early as Monday. But the best sign was a smiling Bergeron, proclaiming himself fit and feeling good. Bergeron is as good a person as you’ll find in pro sports.

+ Gregory Campbell’s performance in elevated role. With Bergeron unavailable for the last six games, Campbell had to assume greater responsibilities. Campbell hit all his marks. Campbell’s scoring streak ended last night, but he helped to set up the first goal with his forechecking and wall work. The Bruins will be stronger when Campbell returns to his normal position, butthe gritty center did an excellent job in a top-six role.

+ The impending arrival of Carl Soderberg. The forward will travel to Boston on Tuesday. It’s an event that’s been anticipated for more than five years.

Minus

- Milan Lucic’s quiet game. Lucic snapped his nine-game goal-scoring drought Saturday night. But Lucic is still chasing the game and fighting himself. Lucic can’t find his rhythm and seems mystified by how his game has gone missing. Don’t see a lack of effort, but simply a player who’s lost his confidence and doesn’t have many things to feel good about. Lucic has to work himself through this slump. He’s too important to his team.

- Shift-to-shift inconsistency. This has been a problem for several weeks. The Bruins can’t gain any rhythm because they don’t know what they’re going to get from each line. They’re at their best when four lines are rolling smoothly. Instead, they’re sputtering.

- Too much thinking. Mentally, the Bruins are tired. They play like they’re overprocessing each sequence. When that happens, they hesitate and make mistakes. Players are successful when they play instinctively.

Watch: Bruins-Hurricanes highlights

Posted by David Pierce, Boston.com Staff April 14, 2013 04:04 AM

Final: Hurricanes 4, Bruins 2

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 13, 2013 06:54 PM

All done in Carolina. Jiri Tlusty scores ENG to finish out Bruins.

13:26 3d period, Hurricanes 3-2: Tuukka Rask at top of crease to cut down Jiri Tlusty angle. Bruins looking very fragile. One more Carolina goal and could be curtains.

9:36 3d period, Hurricanes 3-2: Ex-Bruin Joe Corvo with the PP strike. Takes pass from Marc-Andre Bergeron and goes high blocker on Tuukka Rask.

6:49 3d period, 2-2: Tuukka Rask comes way out to boot away Chad LaRose attempt.

20:00 2d period, 2-2: Expect a three-line attack for Bruins in third period. Tyler Seguin got a late shift with Nathan Horton and David Krejci.

17:57 2d period, 2-2: Horrid line change by Hurricanes. Tyler Seguin takes advantage. Goes high glove on Justin Peters. Timely goal.

14:04 2d period, Hurricanes 2-1: Jiri Tlusty with the net-front strike. Quick passing down low by Eric Staal. Whips blind backhand pass out from behind net.

10:14 2d period, 1-1: Terrific glove save by Justin Peters on Jaromir Jagr. Sprawls out at last moment. Bruins can’t score on five-on-three.

20:00 1st period, 1-1: Tuukka Rask still hot. Slams stick into boards as he makes a quick exit. Probably some naughty Finnish words flying around.

19:38 1st period, 1-1: Gregory Campbell vs. Nicolas Blanchard. Off the draw. Looked like Blanchard and Adam McQuaid were having words too.

19:26 1st period, 1-1: Jeff Skinner takes PP shot from below goal line. Puck bounces off Tuukka Rask and into net.

18:41 1st period, Bruins 1-0: Zdeno Chara vs. Jay Harrison. Harrison gets things going by popping Chara after whistle. Chara responds. Harrison does job, gets captain off for five minutes.

14:14 1st period, Bruins 1-0: Shawn Thornton vs. Kevin Westgarth off the draw. Westgarth starts with left. Thornton gets Westgarth’s helmet off. Both on feet when fight ends.

8:16 1st period, Bruins 1-0: Giveaway by Adam McQuaid. Jordan Staal has good look in front, but Tuukka Rask gloves shot.

6:07 1st period, Bruins 1-0: Milan Lucic tips Matt Bartkowski’s point shot past Justin Peters. Had gained net-front position on Justin Faulk. Lucic’s first goal since March 25.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Jay Pandolfo, Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, and Wade Redden are healthy scratches.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 13, 2013 06:35 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Daniel Paille-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Milan Lucic-Gregory Campbell-Jaromir Jagr
Jordan Caron-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Kaspars Daugavins-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Justin Peters (3-8-0, 3.02 GAA, .902 save percentage) will start in goal for the Hurricanes.

NHL approves Carl Soderberg's transfer to Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 13, 2013 05:33 PM

The NHL has stamped Carl Soderberg’s NHL transfer card, which frees the Swedish forward to report to the Bruins. Soderberg’s NHL arrival had been delayed because the Swedish federation had vetoed his transfer.

The Swedes had argued that Soderberg had a second contract with the federation as well as with Linkoping, his Swedish club. But the NHL did not agree. The Bruins had negotiated Soderberg’s release with Linkoping and signed the forward to a three-year contract.

“The NHL rejected Swedish argument that a second contract existed with the federation,” J.P. Barry, Soderberg’s agent, wrote in an email. “They ruled our release from Linkoping extinguished all obligations and allowed Carl to sign with the Bruins.”

Soderberg plans to travel to Boston on Tuesday.

Patrice Bergeron feeling better, close to return

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

Patrice Bergeron will miss his sixth straight game tonight. But given the pace of Bergeron’s recovery, it’s a good bet the center will be back in uniform next week, perhaps as early as Monday against Ottawa.

Bergeron participated in the morning skate. During power-play drills, Bergeron served as a penalty killer.

“There’s no limitations anymore,” Bergeron said. “I can initiate contact and take contact and practice, obviously. Teammates always take it easy on you. But I feel fine. It’s good news that I’m cleared for that.”

Bergeron suffered his concussion on April 2 when he took an elbow from Ottawa’s Colin Greening. Doctors told Bergeron that Greening’s elbow struck him squarely enough – the impact was behind his left ear – to cause the concussion.

Bergeron had headaches initially. But his symptoms cleared more quickly than when he suffered his previous concussion in the 2010-11 playoffs.

“I felt better quicker,” Bergeron said. “The symptoms went away quicker this time. I had some headaches the first day. The next day, I was fine. It was very encouraging. I’ve been asymptomatic for quite a while now since the injury. It’s really good news – working out, skating, pushing and shoving with guys, I feel fine. I’m feeling good and it’s positive.”

* Dougie Hamilton will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game. Hamilton will be back in the lineup on Monday, Claude Julien said. “Two games in a row almost allows him five days to get some good rest – close to a week,” Julien said. “I think that will make a big difference. We value him. He’s a good player. He’ll be back in our lineup next game. Rest is the only reason he’s been sitting out. It’s certainly not because of his play.”

* Milan Lucic was not part of either unit during power-play drills. Lucic was not on the power play on Thursday against the Islanders. Gregory Campbell and Jordan Caron served as the net-front men this morning.

Tonight’s expected lineup:

Daniel Paille-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Milan Lucic-Gregory Campbell-Jaromir Jagr
Jordan Caron-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Kaspars Daugavins-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Game 41: Bruins at Hurricanes preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 13, 2013 10:12 AM
RALEIGH – Good morning from PNC Arena, where the Bruins will play the Hurricanes for the second time this week. The Bruins claimed the first meeting on Monday at TD Garden, 6-2.

Patrice Bergeron (concussion) is with the team and is expected to participate in the morning skate. Bergeron will not play tonight.

The Bruins didn’t have a full practice Friday, so they did not reveal any lineup changes. For now, we’ll go with Thursday’s lineup against the Islanders and update after the skate.

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 26-10-4, Hurricanes 16-22-2

Projected Bruins lineup:

Daniel Paille-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Milan Lucic-Gregory Campbell-Jaromir Jagr
Jordan Caron-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Kaspars Daugavins-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Jay Pandolfo, Wade Redden

Storylines: Carl Soderberg remains in limbo. The Bruins have signed Soderberg to a three-year contract and bought out his deal with Linkoping, his Swedish club. But the Swedish federation vetoed Soderberg’s transfer earlier this week. It will be up to the NHL to determine whether to stamp Soderberg’s transfer card or comply with the Swedes’ wishes… The Bruins can clinch a playoff spot by recording one point… Carolina has lost its last seven games. It is the franchise’s longest losing streak since relocating from Hartford… Ian Walsh and Dan O’Halloran will be the referees. Jonny Murray and Andy McElman will be the linesmen.

Patrice Bergeron travels with team to Carolina, but not likely to play

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff April 12, 2013 12:36 PM

WILMINGTON --- Patrice Bergeron, who suffered a "mild'' concussion in a 2-0 victory at Buffalo March 31, participated in an optional skate Friday morning at Ristuccia Arena and engaged in several net-front battle drills, and looked nimble and strong in his second time back on the ice in as many days.

"He just did some regular drills, just like he was going to be in the game,'' said back-up goaltender Anton Khudobin, who worked in net against Bergeron. "He stayed in front of me and we tried to do some excercises like he was going to be in the game. I tried to do what I'm going to do and he tried to do what he's going to do. It was normal.''

Asked if Bergeron looked better, Khudobin replied, "Oh, of course, of course. Hopefully, he's getting better, but all the questions are still on the doctors.''

Although Bergeron was expected to travel with the team to Raleigh, N.C., for Saturday night's game against the Hurricanes, Bruins coach Claude Julien said Bergeron was not expected to play.

"Bergy will travel with us,'' Julien said. "He's skating now and he's skating with us and he's better off to work out with us than to stay behind.''

Asked if Bergeron would be available to play, Julien replied, "I don't think so. I don't think so. We're certainly going to be cautious with him. He's had a history of [concussions] and we're not going to take a gamble with it.''

Weary Bruins try to regroup following 2-1 loss to Islanders

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff April 12, 2013 10:48 AM

WILMINGTON --- Greetings from Ristuccia Arena where the weary Bruins, who capped a tough stretch of three games in four nights with a 2-1 loss against the Islanders Thursday night at TD Garden, attempted to regroup with a limited workout before traveling to Raleigh, N.C., for Saturday night's game against the Hurricanes.

The guess here is that the healthy scratches from Thursday night's game -- defensemen Wade Redden, Dougie Hamilton, and Aaron Johnson, and forwards Jay Pandolfo and Patrice Bergeron --- will take part in the optional skate. It will be interesting to see if Bergeron, who skated for the first time Thursday morning since suffering a mild concussion in a 2-0 victory at Buffalo March 31, will continue his progress by getting back out on the ice.

We'll check in to see if there are any updates on Brad Marchand, who suffered a mild concussion Wednesday night in a 5-4 victory at New Jersey that resulted in a four-game NHL suspension of Anton Volchenkov.

Final: Islanders 2, Bruins 1

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff April 11, 2013 07:19 PM

Final: Islanders 2, Bruins 1: The Bruins stay atop the Northeast Division standings was a short one after dropping a 2-1 loss to the Islanders before a TD Garden crowd of 17,565. The B's managed just two attempted shots, with none finding the net, in the last 1:23 after pulling Tuukka Rask (34 saves) in lieu of an extra skater. Little good it did the Bruins, though.

Third period

Islanders 2, Bruins 1, 18;37: Bruins pull Rask from goal for the extra attacker.

Islanders 2, Bruins 1, 8:08: Scoring change on Bailey's second goal. Credit Frans Nielsen (20) and Mark Streit (18) with assists.

Second intermission: Islanders 2, Bruins 1 The Islanders took the play to the Bruins in the second outshooting Boston, 18-8, in the period. Through two periods, the Islanders outshot the Bs, 28-24. Bailey picked up his second goal of the night (and ninth of the season) on a softie that got past Rask whent he puck trickled off his left skate and across the goal line. It was that kind of period for the Bruins.

Second period

Islanders 2, Bruins 1, 13:12: Josh Bailey scored his second goal of the game and ninth of the season he broke into the attacking zone unassisted after turning over Adam McQuaid in the neutral zone and winning a puck race. Bailey's shot on net trickled off Rask's left skate and across the goal line.

Islanders 1, Bruins 1, 10:02: Splayed on his stomach in front of the net, Rask makes a brilliant save, stopping Matt Moulson, who missed on his goal-mouth whack, hitting Rask on his facemask. Since the start of the second period, the Islanders have outshot the Bruins, 14-4.

Islanders 1, Bruins 1, PPG, 3:41: With 34 seconds left on the man advantage, Tyler Seguin struck on a beautiful, harsh angle power-play tally from the left wing.Seguin converted a cross-ice pass goal-mouth pass from Gregory Campbell, who had relayed a neutral zone pass from Jaromir Jagr. It was Seguin's 14th goal of the season.

PENALTY: Islanders, 2:15: Brad Boyes put the Bruins on the man advantage for the first time in the game when he was sent off to serve a delay-of-game minor.

First intermission: Islanders 1, Bruins 0 Game 40 of the Bruins' lockout-shortened season did not get off to a good start after the B's surrendered a late Josh Bailey goal at 19:40 to allow the Islanders to take a 1-0 lead into the room after the first period. The Bruins outshot the Islanders, 16-9, in the first.

First period

Islanders 1, Bruins 0, 19:40: Rask almost made it out of period unscathed until, that is, he was beaten top shelf by Josh Bailey's sniper shot from the left wing. Mark Streit carried the puck with speed from the neutral zone and teed it up for Bailey, who tallied his eighth goal of the season.

Bruins 0, Islanders 0, 18:55: Tuukka Rask made a brilliant stop on John Tavares's wraparound bid, which left the Islander assistant captain crestfallen.

PENALTY: Bruins, 12:26: David Krejci puts the Islanders on the man advantage for the first time of the night when he is sent off for tripping Travis Hamonic, who had to be helped off the ice. Bruins' PK erased the penalty.

Bruins 0, Islanders 0, 9:26: Jordan Caron had an apparent goal waved off after he appeared to knock home juicy rebound of Chris Kelly's goal-mouth whack against Evgeni Nabokov. The puck hit the right post, but did not cross the goal line. No goal.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 11, 2013 06:35 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Daniel Paille-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Milan Lucic-Gregory Campbell-Jaromir Jagr
Jordan Caron-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Kaspars Daugavins-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Evgeni Nabokov (19-11-4, 2.59 GAA, .908 save percentage) will start in goal for the Islanders.

Brad Marchand diagnosed with mild concussion

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 11, 2013 05:55 PM
Brad Marchand has been diagnosed with a mild concussion. Marchand was injured in last night’s second period when he was elbowed by New Jersey’s Anton Volchenkov. The Devils defenseman was suspended for four games for the hit.

The Bruins are already without Patrice Bergeron, Marchand’s usual center, because of a concussion. Neither will play tonight against New Jersey.

Marchand is the team’s leading scorer with 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points. Marchand is averaging 17:10 of ice time per game, including 1:55 on the power play and 1:11 on the penalty kill. Marchand is one of the team’s most important all-around forwards.

Swedish federation vetoes Carl Soderberg's transfer

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 11, 2013 05:47 PM
Carl Soderberg’s arrival in Boston has been delayed. As TSN first reported, the Swedish federation has declined to issue Soderberg his transfer card, thereby preventing him from reporting to the NHL.

The Bruins have already signed Soderberg to a three-year contract. Soderberg has also negotiated his exit deal with Linkoping, his Swedish club.

The NHL is entering a five-day period to determine its next move, according to a source familiar with the situation. The NHL could go against the Swedes and stamp Soderberg’s transfer card. If that happens and the Swedish federation balks, the issue might have to be settled in an arbitration court.

Soderberg still wants to play for the Bruins.

Anton Volchenkov suspended four games for hit on Brad Marchand

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 11, 2013 02:00 PM
The NHL has tagged New Jersey's Anton Volchenkov with a four-game suspension. Volchenkov delivered an illegal hit to the head of Brad Marchand in the second period of last night's 5-4 Bruins win.

A woozy Marchand needed help getting off the ice. Marchand did not return to the game. Marchand is being evaluated today for a possible concussion.

NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan noted in his video explanation that Volchenkov made reckless elbow contact. Volchenkov has a history, Shanahan said, although he is not considered a repeat offender.

Marchand is the team's leading scorer with 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points. The Bruins are already without Patrice Bergeron because of a concussion. Bergeron, however, skated this morning alongside six skaters.

Patrice Bergeron skating at TD Garden

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 11, 2013 10:58 AM
Patrice Bergeron is skating at TD Garden this morning. Bergeron is one of seven players on the ice. The others are Tuukka Rask, Adam McQuaid, Wade Redden, Aaron Johnson, Kaspars Daugavins, and Jay Pandolfo.

Bergeron continues to progress from the concussion he suffered on April 2 against Ottawa. Bergeron’s next step would be to join the team for practice.

* Brad Marchand is being re-evaluated today after leaving Wednesday night's game in the second period with an apparent head injury.

* Adam McQuaid is likely to play tonight, coach Claude Julien said. McQuaid hasn’t played since March 19, when he suffered a strained left shoulder against Winnipeg. If McQuaid dresses, Matt Bartkowski would be the likely healthy scratch.

Game 40: Islanders at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 11, 2013 10:04 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will look to hold on to first place in the Northeast Division tonight against the Islanders. The Bruins are now a point ahead of Montreal after their 5-4 win over New Jersey last night.

Brad Marchand may not be available tonight. Marchand exited in last night’s second period after taking an Anton Volchenkov elbow to the side of the head. According to TSN, Volchenkov will have a phone hearing with league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan today. The call indicates that Volchenkov is subject to possible supplemental discipline. Such punishment usually involves an injury on the other side.

If Marchand can’t play, Daniel Paille could move up to skate with Gregory Campbell and Jaromir Jagr. Jay Pandolfo, a healthy scratch in the last two games, could dress against his former club.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

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

Records: Bruins 26-9-4, Islanders 20-16-4

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Jaromir Jagr
Jay Pandolfo-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Jordan Caron-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Kaspars Daugavins, Wade Redden

Storylines: Still no word on Carl Soderberg’s expected arrival date. The Bruins could use a left wing depending on Marchand’s status. Soderberg has agreed to a contract with the Bruins… The Bruins are 8-0-1 in their last nine home games… Tonight will mark the final two-games-in-two-nights set for the Bruins… The Islanders are coming off a pair of wins over Philadelphia and Tampa Bay. They have points in five straight games during their late push for the playoffs… Greg Kimmerly and Paul Devorski will be the referees. Greg Devorski and Tony Sericolo will be the linesmen.

Final: Bruins 5, Devils 4

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff April 10, 2013 06:50 PM

THIRD PERIOD

Done here at The Rock. Bruins hold on, win for fifth time in last six games.

19:23 -- Bruins 5, Devils 4 -- D'Agostini pops in forehander at top of crease with Brodeur out of NJ net.

5:00 to go. Bruins still with a two-goal lead.


7:33 -- Bruins 5, Devils 3 -- Seguin with No. 13, provides a bit of breathing room. Paille, Seidenberg helpers.

5:58 -- Bruins 4, Devils 3 -- Greene nails in wrister from left wing faceoff dot. Bruins have gone from swimming, to treading water, to sinking. Fast.

Caron skating in Marchand's spot on Campbell-Jagr line.

Underway.

strong>SECOND PERIOD

Period ends with Boston lead down to 4-2. Devils with 18;12 shot lead. Boston with troubles generating flow to attack.

18:12 -- Bruins 4, Devils 2 -- Zajac shorty, unassisted. Slowy the Devils creeping back.

Volchenkov tossed for the night after hit to head sends Marchand to room. Marchand wobbly. Not likely to return.

11:07 -- Bruins 4, Devils 1 -- Elias finally gets Devs on board. Help from Sullivan.

Midway through second, Bruins still with 4-0 lead. Devs nearly get first at 8:40 when Loktionov backhand goes crossbar.

3:06 -- Bruins 4, Devils 0 -- Chara to top of crease with Bruins holding 4-on-3 power play. Nudges shot by Brodeur after Jagr centers in for Krejci. Eastern Euro special PP. Only second PPG in 13 games for Bruins.


FIRST PERIOD

Period ends with Rock crowd booing Devils. Bruins, 3-0. Devs post 12-8 shot lead. Wide margin in shooting self in foot.

Three years ago tonight, Bruins scored three shorties (Paille, Wheeler, Begin) in span of 1:04 vs Canes.

Bruins beat Brodeur with 3 of first 7 shots. Once upon a time, he didn't allow them three goals in a playoff series.

8:12 -- Bruins 3, Devils 0 -- Ference connects with wrister from blue line with Horton in penatly box. Second shorty in just over three minutes.

Bruins with 2-0 lead in first period for second game in a row.

4:51 -- Bruins 2, Devils 0 -- Paille tucks in shorty with help from Peverley, who paces 2-on-1 break after picking off Sullivan pass.

3:58 -- Boychuk stoned by Brodeur on penalty shot. Stacked pads, right post.

2:21 -- Devils with 5-on-3 PP for 1:27.

1:10 -- Bruins 1, Devils 0 -- Campbell pots rebound at doorstep after strong work by Jagr in slot, maintaining possession, then shooting.

Underway.

Bruins scratches: Wade Redden, Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo and Aaron Johnson. As expected.

A little more than a half-hour to go before puck down between the Bruins and Devils here at the Rock.

The two clubs are just about to hit the ice for the pre-game warmup. Anton Khudobin in net for the Bruins. Otherwise, coach Claude Julien to go with the same lineup that pasted the Canes, 6-2, Monday night at the Garden.

''If it stops working,'' said Julien, ''we'll make changes.''

Chiarelli: Bergeron 'on road to recovery'

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff April 10, 2013 01:25 PM

NEWARK -- Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said during a Boston radio appearance Wednesday morning that star center Patrice Bergeron, concussed last Tuesday night, is practicing and is ''on the road to recovery.''

''So it looks good,'' added Chiarelli, appearing on the Toucher & Rich show on 98.5 The Sports Hub. ''He's working out and things are looking good.''

Bergeron suffered the fourth concussion of his career when he was bumped midway through the second period last Tuesday by Ottawa's Colin Greening. It appeared to be a light hit, but a pal of Bergeron's said over the weekend that 27-year-old center was left with a considerable bruise under his left ear and on his neck.

Bergeron was examined Friday by Dr. Robert Cantu, the well-known concussion expert based in Concord. Bergeron's friend said the Selke winner was very encouraged after meeting with Cantu and was optimistic about returning to the Boston lineup.

Bergeron did not make the trip to New Jersey with the Bruins and his practice sessions presumably have been in Boston. Chiarelli did not specify the place or nature of the workouts during his radio appearance.

Here at The Rock following the morning workout, where his charges prepped to face the Devils, coach Claude Julien sounded encouraged by the news on Bergeron.

''Any time a guy starts to do something,'' he said, ''it's a step in the right direction.''

But Julien remained somewhat guarded, noting that players can be ''encouraged one day, then discouraged the next'' when returning from concussions.

''We keep our fingers crossed,'' added Julien, ''and hope he keeps getting better.''

Game 39: Bruins at Devils

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff April 10, 2013 10:58 AM
NEWARK – Good morning from the Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils, where tonight the Bruins will face the ever-hard-working Devils.

In a slight surprise, coach Claude Julien said after the morning practice that Anton Khudobin will be in net for the Bruins. Conventional wisdom had Tuukka Rask making the start here, with Khudobin (8-3-0) then facing the Islanders Thursday night at the Garden. Chalk up another loss for conventional wisdom.

Tuukka Rask, the club's No. 1 starter, was hit off the collarbone by a Greg Campbell in practice, which left the goalie hunkered over and groaning in pain for a while during the workout. After the practice, Rask had a bright red mark on the point of impact.

''Slapshot, direct, no deflection,'' said a smiling Rask after the workout. He kiddingly added, ''Bad ice...always blame the ice.''

This is the start of Boston's final 10-game stretch leading to the playoffs, and the Bruins get back at work after pasting the sad sack Canes, 6-2, Monday night at TD Garden. Brad Marchand had two goals and Dennis Seidenberg chipped in with a career-high three assists.

The Bruins were off all day Tuesday, so it's most likely that coach Claude Julien will return with the same lineup he rolled out vs. Carolina. He knows he has a very tired bunch on his hands right now.

''You have to look at what the schedule has been the last two months,'' noted Julien, ''or the last month plus this one and understand that has an effect on our game – there's no ifs and buts about it.''

The power play, which has struggled this season, has delivered but one goal over the last 12 games. Of equal concern, if not more, has been the small number of chances they have had to go on the attack. They have been awarded but one power play in each of their last three games, and only 22 over the last dozen.

Puck drop: 7:35 p.m.

Record: Bruins, 25-9-4; Devils 15-14-10

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

Projected Bruins lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Gregory Campbell-Jaromir Jagr
Danny Paille-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Jordan Caron-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Matt Bartkowski

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson (D); Wade Redden (D); Kaspars Daugavins (F); Jay Pandolfo (F).

Injured: Patrice Bergeron (concussion).

Story lines: Marchand, the L'il Ball o' Hate, now has a team-leading 16 goals. Jarmoir Jagr has 15 goals, but 14 of those came while he was with the Stars ... No official word from the corner office on how soon, or if, Swedish standout Carl Soderberg will be joining the Bruins. Rumors have run rampant for days that he has agreed to a contract with GM Peter Chiarelli, be it for two or three years. Prior to joining the club, however, he must have a signed (negotiated) release from his Swedish team, Linkoping, and the Swedish National Team also must agree to let him leave prior to the upcoming World Championships. A TSN report today has Soderberg all signed and headed to Boston, possibly to arrive as early as this weekend... Ilya Kovalchuk, sidelined by a nagging shoulder problem, will not play for the Devils. He worked out with the club today, the first time he has skated since his injury ... Patrice Bergeron, who suffered a concussion last Tuesday night, remains home in Boston and the Bruins have not offered a possible return date. NHL protocol calls for concussed players to remain out of action for a minimum one week. One of Bergeron's long-time pals noted on Monday that the veteran pivot was encouraged by an examination he had on Friday with noted concussion expert Dr. Robert Cantu. Bergeron skated for a few minutes on his own today back in Boston, the first time he has done that since getting dinged midway through last Tuesday's game vs. Ottawa....

Bruins prospect Seth Griffith signs entry-level contract

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 9, 2013 05:20 PM


By Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff


Bruins draft pick Seth Griffith has signed a three-year entry-level contract. The forward was a fifth-round selection in 2012.

This season, Griffith has 33 goals and 48 assists in 54 games for London of the Ontario Hockey League.

The 20-year-old will most likely begin his pro career in Providence in 2013-14.

Final: Bruins 6, Hurricanes 2

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 8, 2013 06:59 PM

All done at TD Garden. Bruins with season-high six goals. Rare layup.

16:56 3d period, Bruins 6-2: Lovely play. Nathan Horton shifts spots in front of the net and opens up blade for tip. Dougie Hamilton reads the setup and hits Horton with a slap pass. Easy redirect for Horton.

13:30 3d period, Bruins 5-2: Varsity stop by Tuukka Rask. Riley Nash gets a good look on the backhand. Rask sprawls out to keep puck out of net.

10:48 3d period, Bruins 5-2: Drayson Bowman on second attempt knocks puck past Tuukka Rask. Carolina still pushing.

10:03 3d period, Bruins 5-1: Carolina finally beats Tuukka Rask. Patrick Dwyer with backhand through wickets.

9:49 3d period, Bruins 5-0: Video review concludes Eric Staal kicked puck into net. No goal.

20:00 2d period, Bruins 5-0: Lots of folks filling out after 40 minutes. No reason to return. Bruins should have this one in bag.

10:29 2d period, Bruins 5-0: Dan Ellis stops Rich Peverley’s first shot. But Shawn Thornton and Jordan Caron go to the net. Caron sweeps in backhand. Leaky goaltending all night for Hurricanes.

3:57 2d period, Bruins 4-0: Dennis Seidenberg with snap shot from left point. Andrew Ference in front setting screen. Looked like it went off Ference’s hand.

20:00 1st period, Bruins 3-0: Bruins outshot 18-9, yet lead by three. Tuukka Rask perfect. Justin Peters and Dan Ellis are not.

17:20 1st period, Bruins 3-0: Brad Marchand with second of night. Jaromir Jagr whips around net and is stuffed on wraparound. But Marchand finds rebound and hits back of net.

7:58 1st period, Bruins 2-0: Gregory Campbell stopped on initial backhand attempt. Brad Marchand crashes net and scores on rebound. Marchand hunting for puck. Justin Peters out, Dan Ellis in.

3:51 1st period, Bruins 1-0: Rich Peverley stuffed on first shot. Peverley wheels around the net and pokes in own rebound.

3:10 1st period, 0-0: Great chance for Drayson Bowman in front. Tuukka Rask quick to get pad out. Bruins getting blitzed.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Jay Pandolfo, Kaspars Daugavins, Wade Redden, and Aaron Johnson are the healthy scratches.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 8, 2013 06:36 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Gregory Campbell-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Jordan Caron-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Justin Peters (3-6-0, 2.83 GAA, .908 save percentage) will start in goal for the Hurricanes.

Tyler Seguin, short-term center, back to right wing

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 8, 2013 11:37 AM
Tyler Seguin will return to right wing Monday night against Carolina. Seguin started the last two games at center. Claude Julien shifted Seguin back to wing halfway through Saturday’s first period.

“I didn’t play center there for too long, but I don’t think it was working out, I guess,” Seguin said. “In the first game, a few mistakes there. Obviously the first couple shifts in Montreal, it just wasn’t working.”

Seguin will be on the No. 3 line. Chris Kelly, out since March 11, is expected to play tonight. The third-line left wing will be Daniel Paille.

Julien acknowledged that Seguin would require time to become comfortable at center. But Julien made the switch promptly.

“It wasn’t working,” Seguin said. “We were out there for the first goal. It just wasn’t good work in our own zone. We were kind of running around a bit. I can’t say I was shocked that it got changed.”

* Jordan Caron is expected to play tonight. Jay Pandolfo, Kaspars Daugavins, Aaron Johnson, and Wade Redden should be the healthy scratches.

Tonight’s expected lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Gregory Campbell-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Jordan Caron-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Game 38: Hurricanes at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 8, 2013 10:00 AM

Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will play the Hurricanes tonight in the first of two meetings this week.

The Bruins will have a different lineup than the one they featured at the start of Saturday’s game against Montreal. The only line that didn’t change during the 2-1 loss to the Canadiens was the power line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Nathan Horton. Krejci and Co. should be together again tonight.

It’s possible that Chris Kelly could return tonight. Kelly hasn’t played since March 11.

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: Hurricanes 16-19-2, Bruins 24-9-4

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Gregory Campbell-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Kaspars Daugavins-Rich Peverley-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Jay Pandolfo, Jordan Caron, Wade Redden

Storylines: Tyler Seguin should start on the third line. Seguin practiced with Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly yesterday. The line should be able to use its speed to generate chances… For now, Jaromir Jagr will not play with countryman David Krejci. The Bruins do not want to break up Lucic-Krejci-Horton just yet… The Bruins have three games in four nights. They are scheduled to travel to New Jersey tomorrow… Carolina’s special teams are struggling: third-worst power play and third-worst penalty kill in the league. The Hurricanes are doubtful to qualify for the postseason… Dave Jackson and Ian Walsh will be the referees. Mark Shewchyk and Steve Miller will be the linesmen.

Tyler Seguin demoted to third line in Bruins' practice Sunday

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff April 7, 2013 11:11 AM

WILMINGTON – Tyler Seguin, who was moved back to wing from center midway through the first period of Saturday night's 2-1 loss at Montreal, found himself wearing a grey sweater and skating on the third line along with Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly and Jay Pandolfo.

With Patrice Bergeron out indefinitely with a concussion, Bruins coach Claude Julien has had to shuffle his lines to stoke production out of his players, including Seguin, who declined to discuss his demotion following Sunday's practice at Ristuccia Arena.

"We move players around a little bit, maybe to balance things for the time being,'' Julien said. "But right now it’s about playing your game as an individual; you shouldn’t care where you are, you should care what you bring.

"He’s been fine like that. There’s no issues. I don’t feel like I have to explain myself to every player for every move that I make. They understand that we’re trying to win here and that’s all that should matter.''

Asked how he viewed Seguin's play the last two games, Julien replied, "I'm not into making assessments. I’m not into throwing players under the bus. I’m into making them better players, so if there’s some issues, I’ll talk to them individually.''

Seguin, who had been switched from wing to center Brad Marchand and Jaromir Jagr when Patrice Bergeron was injured, was dropped down to the third line with Paille, and Gregory Campbell was promoted to center Marchand and Jagr on the second line in Sunday's practice at Ristuccia Arena in preparation for Monday night's home game against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden.

In other news:
• Adam McQuaid, who was expected to miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a shoulder strain, was back on the ice and skated with the team for the first time since suffering his injury.

• Chris Kelly (broken left tibia), who traveled with the team to Montreal and sat out for the 14th straight game Saturday, was also back on the ice, skating with the team. On Friday, when Kelly skated for the first time with the team, coach Claude Julien indicated his status was "day to day."

Watch: Bruins-Canadiens highlights

Posted by David Pierce, Boston.com Staff April 7, 2013 05:30 AM

Final: Canadiens 2, Bruins 1

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 6, 2013 06:53 PM

All done in Montreal. Bruins can't take advantage of late PP.

19:03 3d period, Canadiens 2-1: Lars Eller off for offensive-zone holding penalty on Zdeno Chara. Once last crack at tying it.

9:58 3d period, Canadiens 2-1: Great chance for Ryan White. Odd-man rush with Max Pacioretty. Net-front tip goes over the cage.

7:11 3d period, Canadiens 2-1: Bruins stronger team in third so far. Canadiens look weary.

20:00 2d period, Canadiens 2-1: Bruins defensemen still shaky with the puck. Lots of missed connections. Line changes seem to have stabilized team in second. Montreal not getting as many quality looks.

15:18 2d period, Canadiens 2-1: Money save by Tuukka Rask. Lars Eller with great look in front. Kick save.

14:07 2d period, Canadiens 2-1: Nathan Horton with a net-front chance after a Milan Lucic rush. Goes over the net. Horton seems to have at least one legit look per game. Has to bury those.

11:27 2d period, Canadiens 2-1: Good push by Bruins. Zdeno Chara with point blast. Carey Price stops shot, then gloves Nathan Horton rebound. Excellent pressure by David Krejci line.

7:10 2d period, Canadiens 2-1: Off the draw, Johnny Boychuk fires shot from right point. Daniel Paille beats David Desharnais on faceoff. Looked like puck changed direction.

2:28 2d period, Canadiens 2-0: Tyler Seguin still at right wing. Looks like that center thing is over.

0:57 2d period, Canadiens 2-0: P.K. Subban shot from right point. Michael Ryder with the tip. Might have even deflected off Dennis Seidenberg too.

20:00 1st period, Canadiens 1-0: Very little presence for Bruins in first period. Only power line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Nathan Horton intact. Tyler Seguin back to right wing, Rich Peverley in middle, Brad Marchand on left. Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Jaromir Jagr. Jay Pandolfo-Kaspars Daugavins-Shawn Thornton.

19:21 1st period, Canadiens 1-0: Milan Lucic off for cross-checking Tomas Plekanec. Silly. No need for that to finish hit.

13:25 1st period, Canadiens 1-0: Kaspars Daugavins with Shawn Thornton and Jay Pandolfo.

12:21 1st period, Canadiens 1-0: Now Rich Peverley with Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand.

11:27 1st period, Canadiens 1-0: Jaromir Jagr takes shift in Shawn Thornton’s spot.

10:54 1st period, Canadiens 1-0: Alexei Emelin in rough shape. Tried to throw big hit on Milan Lucic. Lucic saw Emelin coming and sent him flying. Emelin to room.

10:15 1st period, Canadiens 1-0: Tough first few shifts for Matt Bartkowski. Canadiens swarming the young rookie. Has had to bail out several times by slamming puck off glass.

6:49 1st period, Canadiens 1-0: Bad bounce for Bruins. Puck off Matt Bartkowski’s leg and across the line. Alex Galchenyuk credited with goal. Not a good shift for Bartkowski. Gave up puck to P.K. Subban before goal.

1:56 1st period, 0-0: David Krejci clobbers Brendan Gallagher. Francis Bouillon takes exception and has a chat with Krejci. Andrew Ference intercepts and tangles with Bouillon. Both drop mitts, but no punches thrown.

0:00 1st period, 0-0: Aaron Johnson, Wade Redden, and Jordan Caron are the healthy scratches.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 6, 2013 06:37 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Tyler Seguin-Jaromir Jagr
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Kaspars Daugavins
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Carey Price (18-7-4, 2.30 GAA, .914 save percentage) will start in goal for the Canadiens.

Chris Kelly will not play against Canadiens

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 6, 2013 12:36 PM
Chris Kelly will not play tonight. Kelly remained on the ice with Wade Redden and Anton Khudobin after the morning skate. Kelly continues to improve and could be back in the lineup next week. The Bruins host Carolina on Monday.

“It’s a fine line between pushing and being reckless,” Kelly said. “It’s feeling better every day. I’ll skate again tomorrow and see how it feels on Monday.”

Tuukka Rask will make his second straight start.

Game 37: Bruins at Canadiens preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 6, 2013 10:28 AM
MONTREAL – Good morning from the Bell Centre, where the Bruins could overtake the Canadiens tonight for first place in the Northeast Division. Montreal has 53 points. The Bruins have 52.

Chris Kelly is with the team. Kelly, who hasn’t played since March 11, is considered day-to-day. Kelly has not been activated from injured reserve.

Wade Redden is also with the club. For now, we’ll assume no changes in the lineup.

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 24-8-4, Canadiens 24-8-5

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Tyler Seguin-Jaromir Jagr
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Kaspars Daugavins
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Jordan Caron, Wade Redden

Storylines: The Bruins could be adding more forward depth. Carl Soderberg’s playoff run with Linkoping in the Swedish League ended Friday. Linkoping lost to Skelleftea and is out of the playoffs. Soderberg had expressed interest in joining the Bruins once his team’s run concluded… Patrice Bergeron will miss his second straight game because of a concussion… Tomas Plekanec is questionable because of a groin injury. Plekanec didn’t play in Montreal’s last game against Philadelphia… Tim Peel and Kelly Sutherland will be the referees. Steve Miller and Jonny Murray will be the linesmen.

Bruins coach Claude Julien lists Chris Kelly as 'day to day'

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff April 5, 2013 01:40 PM

WILMINGTON --- The sight of Chris Kelly skating with the grey line along with Rich Peverley, Jay Pandolfo and Kaspars Daugavins, came as yet another encouraging sign for the Bruins who welcomed Kelly's return to his first full practice with the team Friday at Ristuccia Arena where the team conducted a spirited workout in advance of Saturday night's important Northeast Division showdown at Montreal.

"Yeah, he's moving in the right direction,'' said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "It's nice to see him back with us.''

Julien said Kelly, who suffered a broken left tibia March 11 in a nasty knee-to-knee collision with Chris Neil, was not likely to be a game-time decision against the Canadiens, who lead Boston by one point (53-52) in the division.

"No, I'm going to leave it as day-to-day right now,'' Julien said. "He's progressing and I don't know what his status is going to be here moving forward, whether it's going to be tomorrow or the beginning of the next week.''

Kelly, who participated in a morning skate with the team before Thursday night's 1-0 shutout over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden, was encourgaged by Julien's prognosis. He was with the team for the trip to Montreal.

"At least he's talking about it being a matter of days and not weeks,'' Kelly joked in the locker room after Friday's practice. "It felt good today and it was nice to practice with the guys and get out there not just for a morning skate but for practice and throw my weight around.''

Asked about a comedic pratfall he suffered on the ice during a drill, Kelly replied, "Yeah, that was me throwing my weight around. But it feels good, which is a good thing.''

* Julien addressed the matter of the 85 shots the Bruins had allowed the opposition in the last two games. "I mean, some of those were bad line changes but a lot of those things, too, were the result of New Jersey shooting from everywhere last night,'' he said, referring to the 40 shots the Devils put on net against Tuukka Rask. "So we’ve been through some of that stuff in the past where the shots were coming through from the outside, certainly not a dangerous area, but when you have two games with that amount [of shots], there’s some concern there, and I think we can be a little bit better in that department.
"So we worked on that, as you saw today, on doing a little bit better job on our backcheck and maybe not being so easy to get through our forecheck.''

Bruins turn attention to first-place battle with Canadiens

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff April 5, 2013 11:14 AM

WILMINGTON, Mass. – Greetings from Ristuccia Arena, where the Bruins will be taking a fresh sheet of ice to prepare for Saturday night's game at Montreal, which will be for first-place in the Northeast Division standings.

The Bruins rank fourth in the Eastern Conference standings behind Pittsburgh, Montreal and Washington with 52 points, but trail the Canadiens (53 points) by one in the Northeast Division.

A win in Montreal could help the Bruins leapfrog ahead of not only the Canadiens but also the Capitals (38 points) for second place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Adam McQuaid (shoulder), who had been expected to miss the remainder of the regular season when he was placed on the shelf for 4-6 weeks, was first on the ice at Ristuccia and engaged in a spirited workout with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides.

The Bruins have slowly begun to filter out for today's 11:30 a.m. practice. Jaromir Jagir, who had the game-winning goal in Thursday's 1-0 shutout over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden, was on the ice attired in a gold sweater, meaning he'll likely remain with Brad Marchand on a line centered by Tyler Seguin.

Chris Kelly was skating with the the team for the second time in as many days, joining the gray line with Rich Peverley, Jay Pandolfo and Kaspars Daugavins, who is wearing No. 16.

Wade Redden, picked up from St. Louis on Wednesday, was also on the ice with the Bruins, wearing No. 6.

Final: Bruins 1, Devils 0

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 4, 2013 06:58 PM

All done in Boston. Tuukka Rask's best game of the season. Stopped 40 pucks.

16:36 3d period, Bruins 1-0: Two great chances for Bruins. Nathan Horton and David Krejci come up short in close.

16:25 3d period, Bruins 1-0: Bruins sending out third line of Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley, Gregory Campbell.

12:20 3d period, Bruins 1-0: Best NJ flurry of third. Andy Greene dangles around Johnny Boychuk. Strikes side of net with shot.

11:18 3d period, Bruins 1-0: Bruins improving as game goes on. Tuukka Rask not having to stand on his head in third.

20:00 2d period, Bruins 1-0: Tighter defense from Bruins in second period. Tuukka Rask No. 1 star through 40 minutes.

19:07 2d period, Bruins 1-0: Johnny Boychuk back to room. Looks like his period is over.

15:28 2d period, Bruins 1-0: Johnny Boychuk back on ice.

12:03 2d period, Bruins 1-0: Johnny Boychuk to the room. Puck in face. Not a big blast.

9:38 2d period, Bruins 1-0: Dainius Zubrus pings post with puck. Devils getting very close.

6:59 2d period, Bruins 1-0: Tuukka Rask kicks out Mark Fayne point shot. Then covers puck. Rask has varsity stuff so far.

1:20 2d period, Bruins 1-0: First Boston goal for Jaromir Jagr. Brad Marchand’s feed goes off Jagr’s skate and caroms through Martin Brodeur. Jagr will take it.

20:00 1st period, 0-0: Rough period for Bruins. New Jersey with 17-6 shot advantage. Half a dozen legit scoring chances for Devils. Tuukka Rask carrying Bruins.

16:25 1st period, 0-0: Holding on David Krejci. Another poor start for Bruins. Looks like it will take time for the Tyler Seguin line to find its rhythm.

7:34 1st period, 0-0: Milan Lucic short-range shot turned back by Martin Brodeur. Best chance for Bruins so far. Good cycling, passing by Lucic’s line.

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

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 4, 2013 06:36 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Tyler Seguin-Jaromir Jagr
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Kaspars Daugavins
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Martin Brodeur (10-3-6, 2.27 GAA, .905 save percentage) will start in goal for the Devils.

* David Krejci is serving as the second alternate captain, replacing Patrice Bergeron.

Jaromir Jagr on joining the Bruins: 'I know it's going to be good'

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff April 4, 2013 01:33 PM
The best is yet to come for the Bruins, according to newly acquired 41-year-old winger Jaromir Jagr.

Jagr skated with his new team for the first time this morning, and addressed the media in the locker room after the session. He spoke about the type of hockey player he is now, in his 19th year in the league.

Jagr, who recently recorded his 1,000th assist (to go with 679 goals), said he's not the same player he was in his heyday.

"I'm not the guy who wanted to score the most goals in the league or score the most points in the league," Jagr said. "Don't take it wrong, I like to score, but there's more important things for me, the whole picture, as a team, and to win as a team. [In] that kind of way, I changed a lot."

Jagr, on his sixth NHL team, is happy to be with a Bruins team poised to contend for the Stanley Cup.

“I [don't have] a no-trade clause so I guess wherever Dallas got the best opportunity, they took it," Jagr said. "But I’m happy about it. You don’t ask questions, you just go to play. Through my whole hockey career ... wherever I played, it was good for me, so I have to knock [on wood]. I know it's going to be good. Maybe not from the start, but at the end, it's going to be great."

Jagr said he's healthy and sees no reason to give up the game he loves any time soon.

“I love to play," Jagr said. "If I feel healthy and I feel like I can play on some kind of good level, I want to keep playing, if I can get an opportunity to play. I’m not going to say anything [like] I’m retiring because I’m not ready for it. I love the game too much, so if I’m not good for [the] NHL, I’m going to go and play in the Czech League or somewhere else but I still love the game and like everybody else, if you love something, you just don’t want to let it go. You hold it till you can."

The nine-time NHL All-Star compared the move to Boston to joining the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011 after playing three years in the Kontinental Hockey League. And he cherishes the role of teacher at this point in his storied career.

"I was in the same situation in Philadelphia last year," Jagr said. "I was so happy when I see the other guys play with me or my teammates, doing so good. When they did interviews [in Philadelphia], they said, ‘Jagr helped us.’ So, that’s what makes me also happy, not just scoring goals but you can help. I know I can help. There’s a lot of young guys.

"I’ve learned a lot of stuff through my hockey career. I played for 23 years already professional and I’ve played with so many great players and I’ve learned so much stuff and you can always learn. No matter how old you are, you can always learn. If someone thinks he knows everything when he’s 25, he’s lying to himself or he’s dumb. So, you can always learn and I’m here to teach the guys and tell them what I have to go through and make their hockey life easier.”

We'll see if things get easier for the Bruins with Jagr in the lineup, starting tonight against the New Jersey Devils. Jagr will debut on a line with center Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand.

Tyler Seguin moving to center

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 4, 2013 11:58 AM
Tyler Seguin will center Brad Marchand and Jaromir Jagr tonight against New Jersey. Seguin played center for his entire career before entering the NHL.

Seguin subs in for Patrice Bergeron, who is out indefinitely because of a concussion suffered on Tuesday against Ottawa.

“It’s going to be a little different for him,” said Claude Julien, referring to Seguin’s defensive responsibilities. “He’s not going to be on the wall. He’ll be low in support. He’s going to have to cover a little more territory. It’s something we all know Bergy does extremely well. He’s got some big shoes to fill. We don’t expect him to fill them. But we expect him to go out there and do a decent job like everybody else.”

Based on the morning skate, Seguin will also share power-play time with Jagr on the No. 1 unit. Zdeno Chara was at the point, Seguin (left) and Jagr (right) manned their respective half-walls, Nathan Horton was the slot shooter, and Brad Marchand was the net-front presence.

* Kaspars Daugavins will make his Bruins debut alongside Jay Pandolfo and Rich Peverley. Daugavins might not see penalty-killing time tonight, Julien said.

* Chris Kelly participated in his first morning skate since suffering his broken left tibia on March 11. Kelly will practice with the team tomorrow and travel with the club to Montreal for Saturday’s game. While Julien didn’t commit to Kelly’s return against the Canadiens, he made it sound like the third-line center will return within the week.

* David Krejci will assume some of Bergeron’s shorthanded minutes. Krejci was a regular penalty killer through 2008-09.

Tonight’s expected lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Tyler Seguin-Jaromir Jagr
Jay Pandolfo-Rich Peverley-Kaspars Daugavins
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Game 36: Devils at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 4, 2013 10:09 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will host the Devils tonight.

Patrice Bergeron (concussion) will not play. It is undetermined when Bergeron will be able to return to the lineup. Rich Peverley will most likely center Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin. Peverley assumed most of Bergeron’s shifts after his departure on Tuesday against Ottawa.

Jaromir Jagr and Kaspars Daugavins are expected to make their Bruins debuts tonight. Wade Redden is scheduled to travel to Boston today. Redden is unlikely to play.

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: Devils 15-12-9, Bruins 23-8-4

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Rich Peverley-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Kaspars Daugavins-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Jordan Caron

Storylines: Adam McQuaid (shoulder) skated on his own this morning. McQuaid is aiming for a return before the end of the regular season… Daugavins should assume some of Bergeron’s penalty-killing shifts. Daugavins was a regular penalty killer in Ottawa… The Devils acquired Steve Sullivan from Phoenix yesterday. New Jersey sent a 2014 seventh-round pick to the Coyotes… Ilya Kovalchuk will not play tonight. Kovalchuk is on injured reserve with a shoulder injury… Kyle Rehman and Brad Watson will be the referees. Scott Driscoll and Brian Murphy will be the linesmen.

Wade Redden to travel to Boston Thursday, doubtful for game

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 3, 2013 05:35 PM
Wade Redden, acquired from the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, is planning to travel to Boston on Thursday, but Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli didn’t think Redden would play against New Jersey.

The Bruins will not recall a center from Providence for Thursday’s game to replace Patrice Bergeron (concussion). Kaspars Daugavins has played center, and he and Jaromir Jagr will make their Bruins debuts against the Devils.

Thursday’s possible lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Rich Peverley-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Kaspars Daugavins-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* Chiarelli said Chris Kelly (broken left tibia) will be playing soon. Chiarelli didn’t disclose a specific timetable for the center’s return. Kelly skated Wednesday for the third straight day.

Patrice Bergeron diagnosed with moderate concussion

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 3, 2013 05:22 PM
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has confirmed that Patrice Bergeron suffered a moderate concussion Tuesday night. Bergeron was injured when he collided with Ottawa’s Colin Greening during a second-period puck race. Greening’s right elbow hit Bergeron behind the left ear. Bergeron’s neck is sore, Chiarelli said.

Chiarelli spoke with Bergeron on Wednesday.

“He was in very good spirits,” Chiarelli said. “He was out walking today. He was annoyed at it. He was emotional [Tuesday] night.”

Bergeron will not play Thursday night against New Jersey, and it is unknown how much time he will miss.

This is Bergeron’s fourth concussion as an NHLer. He suffered his last concussion on May 6, 2011.

* Rich Peverley will most likely replace Bergeron between Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin against the Devils. Kaspars Daugavins is projected to be the third-line center. Both Daugavins and Jaromir Jagr are expected to play Thursday.

* New addition Wade Redden is not expected to play Thursday. The Bruins acquired the left-shot Redden for depth, trading a 2014 seventh-round pick to St. Louis. It will become a sixth-rounder if Redden appears in at least one playoff game.

Bruins acquire Wade Redden from St. Louis

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 3, 2013 03:32 PM
The Bruins have added to their defense by acquiring Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues for a draft pick. Redden is the veteran left-shot defenseman the Bruins needed heading into the stretch run. Comcast SportsNet New England first reported the deal.

Redden has two goals and three assists in 23 games this season, averaging 14:59 of ice time. He projects to be a depth defenseman who could assume some power-play shifts. Redden is averaging 0:50 of power-play ice time.

The 35-year-old Redden was teammates in Ottawa with Zdeno Chara and Chris Kelly.

Bruins trade Max Sauve to Chicago for Rob Flick

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 3, 2013 01:29 PM

The Bruins have traded 2008 second-round pick Max Sauve to Chicago for forward Rob Flick.

Flick was selected by Chicago in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. The 22-year-old has three goals and two assists in 51 games for Rockford, Chicago’s AHL affiliate. Flick has 97 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 208-pound Flick will be a size upgrade over the perpetually injured Sauve.

Sauve scored 10 goals and 13 assists for Providence this season. Sauve is a fast and skilled wing, but has never been able to stay healthy.

Patrice Bergeron leaves game in second period with undisclosed injury

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 2, 2013 10:15 PM
Patrice Bergeron did not return to Tuesday night's game after leaving halfway through the second period. Coach Claude Julien declined to disclose the nature of Bergeron’s injury. Bergeron was not in the dressing room after the 3-2 win over the Senators at TD Garden.

Bergeron was injured during a race for the puck with Colin Greening. When reaching for the puck, Greening clipped the left side of Bergeron’s head with his elbow. Bergeron dropped his stick, paused, then skated toward the bench.

Bergeron played only 9:06. He is the Bruins' best all-around forward and one of the three most important players on the team.

Final: Bruins 3, Senators 2

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 2, 2013 06:57 PM

All done in Boston. Anton Khudobin with second straight win.

19:27 3d period, Bruins 3-2: Johnny Boychuk off for interference. One last chance for Senators.

14:18 3d period, Bruins 3-2: Dougie Hamilton back on bench.

14:18 3d period, Bruins 3-2: Still no sign of Dougie Hamilton. His night might be over.

10:21 3d period, Bruins 3-2: Robin Lehner stops Milan Lucic’s slap shot. But Nathan Horton scores on rebound. Dougie Hamilton shaken up before the goal. Had thrown heavy hit on Erik Condra.

6:35 3d period, 2-2: Tyler Seguin with a great chance down low. Loses handle at last moment, otherwise would have gotten stronger shot on goal. That said, excellent pad stop by Robin Lehner.

1:55 3d period, 2-2: Andre Benoit hits the post with point shot. Anton Khudobin scrambling to get back in net. UPDATE: Video review shows puck hit the back crossbar. All tied up.

0:35 3d period, Bruins 2-1: Robin Lehner closes the door on David Krejci and Milan Lucic. Two sharp stops.

0:00 3d period, Bruins 2-1: Patrice Bergeron will not return tonight.

20:00 2d period, Bruins 2-1: Patrice Bergeron never returned after getting tied up with Colin Greening down low. Looked like Bergeron took Greening elbow to side of head.

14:06 2d period, Bruins 2-1: Rich Peverley takes shift between Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin. Patrice Bergeron not on bench.

3:34 2d period, Bruins 2-1: Jakob Silfverberg hits the post on the PK. Bad turnover by Tyler Seguin leads to odd-man rush.

20:00 1st period, Bruins 2-1: Active first period for Bruins. Strongest legs they’ve shown in the first recently.

16:26 1st period, Bruins 2-1: Nathan Horton taking a few shifts on the No. 3 line with Jay Pandolfo and Rich Peverley.

12:11 1st period, Bruins 2-1: Referee Brad Watson quickly waves off Zdeno Chara goal. Patrice Bergeron ruled in crease.

4:29 1st period, Bruins 2-1: Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand play give-and-go. Seguin tucks in return pass. Nice play by Seguin to strip puck from Chris Phillips in offensive zone.

3:28 1st period, 1-1: Zdeno Chara snaps long-distance shot. Looks like David Krejci might have gotten piece of puck. Definitely changed direction en route to net.

2:48 1st period, Senators 1-0: Nathan Horton coughs up puck in defensive zone. Before Andrew Ference can get to loose puck, Zack Smith pushes it forward to Colin Greening. Greening scores on backhand.

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

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 2, 2013 06:39 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
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

* Robin Lehner (3-1-4, 2.05 GAA, .940 save percentage) will start in goal for the Senators.

Jaromir Jagr's career 'speaks for itself'

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 2, 2013 06:35 PM
Earlier today, Peter Chiarelli strengthened his team’s top-nine attack by adding a future Hall of Famer to the mix.

“His career speaks for itself,” the Bruins GM said of 41-year-old right wing Jaromir Jagr. “He’s a strong player, protects the puck well. It’s consistent with our style in the sense that there’s a cycle element to his game. He’s good on the half-wall, really good release, shot. He’s just a real good player.”

Chiarelli hinted that Jagr will most likely start his Bruins career on the third line alongside Rich Peverley. Jagr could make his debut on Thursday at TD Garden against New Jersey. Jagr is scheduled to arrive in Boston tomorrow.

“He gives us an element of offense,” Chiarelli said. “He gives us an element of size. In this day and age, you have to have the strength, fortitude, body, whatever you want to call it, to get to the front of the net.”

Chiarelli compared the acquisition to landing Mark Recchi in 2010 – a veteran forward toward the end of his career. Jagr will be more of a complementary piece than a go-to attacker.

* Chiarelli noted that Jagr, Kaspars Daugavins, and possibly Carl Soderberg could be on the roster. With that area addressed, the Bruins will most likely look to acquire a defenseman tomorrow, if possible.

* Dallas will land Boston’s 2013 first-round pick if the Bruins advance to the Eastern Conference Final. Chiarelli explained, however, that they could still put their first-rounder in play tomorrow with conditions attached. For example, if the condition with Dallas vests, the Bruins could make their 2013 first-rounder a 2014 first-round pick.

Kaspars Daugavins to participate in warmups

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 2, 2013 05:37 PM
Kaspars Daugavins will participate in pregame warmups tonight against his former team. Daugavins will not play.

Daugavins was claimed on waivers from Ottawa last Wednesday. Daugavins could make his Bruins debut on Thursday against New Jersey. The left wing will wear No. 16.

Daugavins has one goal and two assists in 19 games. Daugavins scored his only goal of the season against the Bruins.

Lane MacDermid checks out of Boston

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 2, 2013 03:42 PM
Lane MacDermid has left TD Garden with his bag and sticks. MacDermid will either travel to Anaheim to join his new club today or to Dallas.

The Bruins traded MacDermid, prospect Cody Payne, and a conditional 2013 second-round pick to Dallas for Jaromir Jagr.

“It’s kind of cool,” MacDermid said of being dealt for Jagr. “I grew up watching Jaromir play. He’s an amazing player. To be part of that deal is pretty cool.”

MacDermid appeared in only three games for the Bruins this season. The Bruins kept MacDermid on the varsity roster because they feared losing him on waivers upon assignment to Providence.

The fourth-line left wing has been slowed by a sore groin. It was one reason why MacDermid didn’t participate in today’s morning skate.

Jaromir Jagr traded to Bruins

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff April 2, 2013 01:08 PM

The Bruins have acquired veteran forward Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars.

The Bruins sent forwards Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne to Dallas along with a conditional second-round draft pick in this year's NHL Draft. If the Bruins reach the Eastern Conference finals in this season's playoffs, the pick becomes a first-rounder.

In 34 games, Jagr, 41, has scored 14 goals and 12 assists to lead the Stars in scoring. Jagr is averaging 18:17 of ice time per game.

The move strengthens the Bruins’ attack. The right wing could play alongside David Krejci, which would shuffle Nathan Horton down to the No. 3 line. Or Horton could stay with Krejci and Milan Lucic, with Jagr playing on the third line alongside Rich Peverley.

Jagr became the Bruins’ secondary option after missing out on Jarome Iginla last week. The 41-year-old Jagr is still one of the stronger players on the puck in the league.

The left-shot Jagr will also give the Bruins some balance on the power play. Tyler Seguin, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, and Rich Peverley, all right-shot forwards, have shuffled through the left-side half-wall position on the power play.

Jagr will be an unrestricted free agent at year’s end. Jagr signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with Dallas.

More: Jaromir Jagr's career stats

Lane MacDermid sidelined with 'minor injury'

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 2, 2013 12:08 PM
Lane MacDermid did not participate in today’s morning skate because of a minor undisclosed injury, said Claude Julien. MacDermid was projected to be a healthy scratch tonight against the Senators.

“It’s been going on for probably about five days now,” Julien said.

* The Bruins are still expecting Kaspars Daugavins to acquire his work visa today. If that happens, Daugavins would be available to play against his former club. If not, Daugavins would have to wait until Thursday against New Jersey.

* Anton Khudobin will make his second straight start. Khudobin was pulled in the second game of his last back-to-back situation after allowing three goals to Toronto.

Game 35: Senators at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff April 2, 2013 10:07 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will face off against the Senators tonight. Ottawa is four points behind the Bruins for second place in the Northeast Division.

Anton Khudobin is coming off a 2-0 shutout over Buffalo. For now, we’ll assume Khudobin will make his second straight start.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

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

Records: Senators 19-10-6, Bruins 22-8-4

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
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Lane MacDermid

Storylines: Chris Kelly (leg) and Adam McQuaid (shoulder) skated this morning under the watch of strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides. Kelly is probably closer than McQuaid to returning. The Bruins’ third line needs serious help… The trade deadline is at 4 p.m. tomorrow. Had the Senators been out of the hunt, Daniel Alfredsson would have been atop the Bruins’ wish list. But Ottawa will be buying instead of selling… This will be a matchup of the No. 1 and No. 2 penalty kills in the league… Brad Watson and Gord Dwyer will be the referees. Brad Kovachik and Tim Nowak will be the linesmen.

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