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Game 27 preview: Blue Jackets at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin November 30, 2013 10:23 AM
We're right back at the TD Garden for a back-to-back featuring the Bruins and the Blue Jackets, the third time these two teams have matched up this season. The Bruins have won both games, and each of their last five games overall against Columbus.

Boston bounced back on Friday against the Rangers after an abysmal showing on Wednesday at Detroit, so they'll be trying to continue that momentum today.

"I can’t say enough about parity," coach Claude Julien said. "You look at the standings and you see where teams are but when you see teams on the ice, there isn’t that big of a difference. I don’t think you’ve seen in our league a lot of teams totally toy around with another team – except for our team in Detroit. But other than that, you don’t see that too often.

"It’s parity. Again, I thought we played [the Blue Jackets] well last game. I thought our finish wasn’t there and because of that they hung around. I think we had enough chances earlier in the game or during the game that if we would have scored on those, it might have been a bit of a different game; it probably wouldn’t have had to go into extra time."

Fortunately for the Bruins, they're at home, where they are 8-0-2 in their last 10 games, making it the team's longest home stretch without a loss since a 14-game streak from Oct. 25, 2008 to Jan. 1, 2009.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 17-7-2, Blue Jackets 10-13-3

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask

Notes: Former Bruin Nathan Horton did not make the trip with the Blue Jackets to Boston, though he has been skating with the team since last week. ... Chris McElhinney will start in goal for the Blue Jackets. He's 1-2-1 with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. ... The Bruins have 17 back-to-back games this season, with today's game marking the end of their fifth back-to-back. So far, the Bruins are 4-1-0 in the first game of a back-to-back and 3-1-0 in the second. ... The referees are Tom Kowal and Chris Lee. The linesmen are Derek Nansen and Brian Mach.

Dennis Seidenberg likely back in for Bruins vs. Rangers

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 29, 2013 11:58 AM

Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will most likely play for the Bruins Friday against the Rangers. Seidenberg will participate in pregame warmups. A final decision will take place after warmups.

Seidenberg has missed the last four games because of a lower-body injury. Seidenberg was hurt on his first shift against the Rangers on Nov. 18.

Game 26 preview: Rangers at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 29, 2013 11:07 AM

Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will play the Rangers in their annual Black Friday matinee. The Bruins are looking to bounce back from their 6-1 thumping in Detroit on Wednesday.

It’s possible that defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (lower body) could return today. Seidenberg traveled to Detroit for Wednesday's game but didn’t practice. Seidenberg has missed the last four games.

Tuukka Rask should be in goal for the Bruins. Chad Johnson could start Saturday against Columbus.

Puck drop: 1 p.m.

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

Records: Rangers 13-12-0, Bruins 16-7-2

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratches: Jordan Caron, Matt Bartkowski

Storylines: The Bruins practiced on Thanksgiving at the Garden. Claude Julien has given them the holiday off in past years, but there was no skipping practice after Wednesday’s hammering, a 6-1 loss in Detroit … The Bruins were fortunate to score a win at Madison Square Garden in their last meeting against the Rangers. Tuukka Rask stopped a season-high 43 shots to give the Bruins a 2-1 win… The Bruins mixed their lines in the third period against Detroit. But they returned to their normal lines in practice Thursday … Michael Del Zotto will be a healthy scratch for the Rangers. Del Zotto didn’t play against the Bruins in their first meeting. Justin Falk will play instead of Del Zotto.

Game 25 preview: Bruins at Red Wings

Posted by Amalie Benjamin November 27, 2013 10:16 AM

DETROIT -- This isn't exactly the Red Wings team the Bruins expected to be welcoming into the Eastern Conference this season. Detroit has been struggling of late, and now will face the Bruins Wednesday night without Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi.

Detroit comes into the matchup having gone 2-3-5 in its last 10 games.

But that doesn't mean the Bruins expect an easy game, especially not in Joe Louis Arena. Though in a strange twist, the Red Wings have actually been worse at home than on the road this season, with a 4-4-6 record in Detroit and a 7-3-1 record on the road.

"I don’t think you ever take those guys lightly," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "They’ve always been a good, competitive team. It’s just a matter of time before they start winning their fair share of games. They always play us well.

"I don’t think there’s been any reason before and still to this day to take a team lightly. There never is in this league, but they’ve got enough of a reputation that we know better than to go out there and assume that because they are wounded, they’ve got some injuries, that it’s going to be an easy night for us."

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

TV, radio: NBC Sports Network, NESN, WBZ-FM (98.5)

Records: Bruins 16-6-2, Red Wings 11-7-7

Projected lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Bruins will be without defenseman Dennis Seidenberg again; Julien declared him out for the game. But Adam McQuaid will be a game-time decision. Both defensemen participated with the team in the morning skate. Miller will get another game if McQuaid is out. ... This is already the third time (of four) the Bruins and Red Wings will face off this season, with each team winning once so far ... The referees for the game are Dan O'Halloran and Frederick L'Ecuyer. The linesmen are Steve Barton and Steve Miller.

Game 24 preview: Penguins at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin November 25, 2013 12:49 PM


Sidney Crosby and the Penguins are back in town for the first time since getting swept out of the Eastern Conference finals. While that issue seemed to be put to bed after the Bruins made their trip to Pittsburgh at the end of October, it's still a rivalry, with the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the East facing each other.

The Bruins lost to the Penguins in that first meeting, and coach Claude Julien was not pleased with his team's effort.

"To be honest with you, all I remember is I didn't think we were as good as we should have been," Julien said. "I looked at our team, and after two periods, I just felt like there wasn't enough emotion. There wasn't enough in our game and for us to be a team that had a chance to win."

The Bruins seem unlikely to get back Adam McQuaid tonight, though Julien left it open, and McQuaid said he's to the level where he'd be playing if it were the postseason. Dennis Seidenberg skated before and during morning skate, leaving the ice halfway through the team skate because he'd already been out for 45 minutes.

Game time: 1 p.m.

TV, radio: NESN, WBZ-FM (98.5)

Records: Bruins 15-6-2, Penguins 15-9-0

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Bruins have points in their last four games (3-0-1) and are 7-1-2 in their last 10. They've been excellent at home this month, with a 6-0-2 mark in their last eight games at TD Garden ... The Bruins have lost their last seven games against the Penguins in the regular season (but won their last four playoff games against them). The Bruins' last home win against Pittsburgh came on Nov. 10, 2009 ... The Penguins have scored power-play goals in each of their last three games ... The referees tonight are Rob Martell and Kelly Sutherland. The linesmen are Michel Cormier and Mark Shewchyk.

Game 23 preview: Hurricanes at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin November 23, 2013 11:05 AM

Good morning. We're at TD Garden, where the Bruins will be taking on the Hurricanes in a Saturday matinee game that doesn't quite have the cachet of the Bruins-Blues game from Thursday.

These two teams met on Monday in Carolina, with the Bruins taking a 4-1 win over the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes come to Boston on a three-game losing streak.

Adam McQuaid remains out of the lineup, which means that Kevan Miller will be in for another game. The Bruins were impressed with Miller's play on Thursday, and he is a good replacement as a stay-at-home defenseman in place of McQuaid.

Game time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: NHL Network/NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 14-6-2, Hurricanes 8-10-4

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask

Notes: Dennis Seidenberg is still not skating. He's likely to be out both today and for Monday's game. ... The Bruins are 6-1-2 in their last nine games, and 5-0-2 in their last seven games at the TD Garden. ... Carolina leads the NHL with a 57.5 faceoff win percentage in November. They have won the faceoff battle in each of their last 10 games, all of them coming since Manny Malhotra debuted with the club. ... Marc Joannette and Mike Leggo will be the referees. The linesmen are Tony Sericolo and Mark Shewchyk.

Watch: How Carl Soderberg scored game-tying goal vs. Blues

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff November 22, 2013 07:43 AM






NESN's Andy Brickley broke down Carl Soderberg's game-tying goal in the Bruins' loss to the Blues Thursday. Soderberg scored in the third period to tie the score, 2-2, and force overtime.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 21, 2013 06:32 PM

Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

* Jaroslav Halak (11-3-2, 2.38 GAA, .903 save percentage) will start in goal for the Blues.

Game 22 preview: Blues at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 21, 2013 11:49 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will start a three-game homestand tonight against the Blues.

Kevan Miller, recalled from Providence Wednesday on an emergency basis, will make his NHL debut tonight. Dennis Seidenberg (lower body) and Adam McQuaid (undisclosed) will not play.

Seidenberg is day-to-day. Seidenberg appeared to injure his left leg during a net-front collision with Derek Dorsett on Tuesday in New York. Coach Claude Julien said Seidenberg might be back within a week from the time of the injury.

McQuaid participated in his first morning skate today since the injury. It’s possible McQuaid could return on Saturday against Carolina, especially if he engages in battle drills during practice tomorrow.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

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

Records: Blues 14-3-3, Bruins 14-6-1

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratch: Jordan Caron

Storylines: The Bruins had their penalty-killing streak snapped on Tuesday by the Rangers. They had killed 32 straight penalties before Derick Brassard scored a second-period power-play goal… St. Louis has the league’s best power play (25.7 percent)… The Blues like to mix it up. Ryan Reaves (60 penalty minutes) is their strongman. Reaves and Shawn Thornton could tangle tonight… Kevin Pollock and Don Van Massenhoven will be the referees. Brian Murphy and Tim Nowak will be the linesmen.

Kevan Miller recalled from Providence on emergency basis

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 20, 2013 05:42 PM

The Bruins have recalled defenseman Kevan Miller from Providence on an emergency basis. Miller should make his NHL debut tomorrow against St. Louis at TD Garden.

Miller is needed because of injuries to Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid. Seidenberg played just one shift in yesterday’s 2-1 win over the Rangers. Seidenberg left in the first period because of a lower-body injury. It is unknown how much time Seidenberg will miss.

McQuaid is likely to miss his sixth straight game tomorrow. McQuaid could return for Saturday’s game against Carolina.

This is Miller’s first NHL recall. Miller was the last player cut from training camp. The right-shot Miller is a stay-at-home defenseman. In 12 AHL games this season, the former University of Vermont defenseman has one goal and two assists. The Bruins signed Miller as a free agent on Oct. 21, 2011.

Dennis Seidenberg knocked out with undisclosed injury

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 19, 2013 08:22 PM

NEW YORK -- Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will not return to tonight’s game against the Rangers because of an undisclosed injury. Seidenberg skated just one shift for 1:01 of ice time in the first period before retreating to the dressing room.

This is the third time this season the Bruins have lost a defenseman. Johnny Boychuk hurt his back in the second period of the Bruins’ 3-2 shootout win over Anaheim Oct. 31, and Adam McQuaid was hurt in the first period of a 3-1 win over Toronto Nov. 9 when turning and pursuing a puck.

If neither Seidenberg nor McQuaid is available Thursday against St. Louis, Kevan Miller could be recalled from Providence.

UPDATE: Seidenberg has a lower-body injury, according to Claude Julien. Seidenberg got tangled up with Derek Dorsett on his first shift. Seidenberg's availability for Thursday is unknown. McQuaid, who resumed skating on Monday, is doubtful for Thursday.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 19, 2013 07:09 PM

Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

* Henrik Lundqvist (6-8-0, 2.41 GAA, .919 save percentage) will start in goal for the Rangers.

Bruins give Buffalo permission to interview Jim Benning

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 19, 2013 05:55 PM

The Bruins have officially given the Buffalo Sabres permission to interview assistant general manager Jim Benning as a candidate to replace fired Sabres GM Darcy Regier.

Benning, who is on a short list in Buffalo, was one of Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli’s first hires. Before arriving in Boston in 2006, Benning was Buffalo’s director of amateur scouting. He worked in the Buffalo organization for 12 seasons.

The other known candidates are Pittsburgh’s Jason Botterill and Montreal’s Rick Dudley.

Regier and coach Ron Rolston were fired last week. Pat LaFontaine is Buffalo’s new president of hockey operations. Ted Nolan is the interim coach.

Game 21 preview: Bruins at Rangers

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 19, 2013 01:30 PM

NEW YORK – Good afternoon from New York, where the Bruins will close out a three-game road swing tonight against the Rangers.

The Bruins are coming off a 4-1 win over Carolina Monday night. Shawn Thornton was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. Jordan Caron, out for the previous eight games, replaced Thornton on the fourth line. Thornton is expected to return to the lineup tonight.

Rangers left wing Rick Nash will play for the first time in over a month. Nash suffered a concussion in the third regular-season game when he was elbowed by ex-Bruin Brad Stuart.

Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.

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

Records: Bruins 13-6-1, Rangers 10-10-0

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratch: Jordan Caron

Story lines: Former Boston College standout Chris Kreider is playing better under Alain Vigneault than he did last season for John Tortorella. Through 13 games, Kreider has two goals and eight assists. Kreider is skating well and finishing his checks, which is opening up space for scoring chances … Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid will miss his fifth straight game … The Bruins have killed off 32 straight penalties. They killed a 63-second five-on-three Carolina power play Monday night … The Bruins will return to Boston after tonight’s game. They will have three straight home games, starting with Thursday’s showdown against St. Louis … Brad Watson and Brian Pochmara will be the referees. Michel Cormier and Kiel Murchison will be the linesmen.

Watch: Johnny Boychuk on Bruins' win over Hurricanes

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff November 19, 2013 08:36 AM






Here's what Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk had to say after scoring his first goal of the season in a victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Shawn Thornton late scratch vs. Carolina

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 18, 2013 07:01 PM

Shawn Thornton is a healthy scratch for tonight’s game against Carolina. Jordan Caron, a healthy scratch for the last eight games, will replace Thornton.

This is the first game Thornton will miss this season. Thornton has two goals and no assists in 19 games.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 18, 2013 06:32 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

* Cam Ward (2-2-3, 2.81 GAA, .912 save percentage) will start in goal for the Hurricanes.

Game 20: Bruins at Hurricanes

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff November 18, 2013 01:37 PM
RALEIGH – Good afternoon from PNC Arena, where the Bruins will play their middle leg of a three-game road swing tonight against Carolina.

Tuukka Rask, who allowed four goals against Ottawa on Friday, will be back in the net tonight. Rask will be opposed by Cam Ward. Ward hasn’t played since Oct. 24, when he suffered a lower-body injury against Minnesota.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

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

Records: Bruins 12-6-1, Hurricanes 8-8-4

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratch: Jordan Caron

Storylines: Ex-Bruin Anton Khudobin will not be in uniform. Khudobin remains sidelined with a lower-body injury. Khudobin spent most of the Bruins’ morning skate on the Carolina bench, talking with his former teammates. Khudobin was well liked in the Boston room and was a good fit as Rask’s No. 2… The Bruins enter tonight having killed off 28 straight penalties. Carolina has the 25th-ranked power play in the NHL (13.2 percent)… Alexander Semin (upper body) will not play. Semin has just three goals in 20 games… The Bruins will travel to New York after tonight’s game… Greg Kimmerly and Paul Devorski will be the referees. Darren Gibbs and Brad Lazarowich will be the linesmen.

Game 20 preview: Bruins at Hurricanes

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 18, 2013 12:31 PM
RALEIGH – Good afternoon from PNC Arena, where the Bruins will play their middle leg of a three-game road swing tonight against Carolina.

Tuukka Rask, who allowed four goals against Ottawa on Friday, will be back in the net tonight. Rask will be opposed by Cam Ward. Ward hasn’t played since Oct. 24, when he suffered a lower-body injury against Minnesota.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

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

Records: Bruins 12-6-1, Hurricanes 8-8-4

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratch: Jordan Caron

Storylines: Ex-Bruin Anton Khudobin will not be in uniform. Khudobin remains sidelined with a lower-body injury. Khudobin spent most of the Bruins’ morning skate on the Carolina bench, talking with his former teammates. Khudobin was well liked in the Boston room and was a good fit as Rask’s No. 2… The Bruins enter tonight having killed off 28 straight penalties. Carolina has the 25th-ranked power play in the NHL (13.2 percent)… Alexander Semin (upper body) will not play. Semin has just three goals in 20 games… The Bruins will travel to New York after tonight’s game… Greg Kimmerly and Paul Devorski will be the referees. Darren Gibbs and Brad Lazarowich will be the linesmen.


No lineup changes as Bruins prepare for Hurricanes

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 17, 2013 03:47 PM

RALEIGH – The Bruins did not alter their lineup in practice today in advance of Monday's game against Carolina. The Bruins are coming off a 4-2 loss to Ottawa in which they allowed four straight goals.

Tomorrow’s match is the middle leg of a three-game road swing that concludes at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

“I thought we had a good start this year on the road,” Claude Julien said. “We won our first four. We’ve slipped since then. We’ve got to pick up our game here on the road. It’s not going to get any easier. It’s only going to get tougher. So we need some quality play from our hockey club.”

Tuukka Rask is coming off his first mediocre start of 2013-14. After yesterday’s rest day in Ottawa and today’s practice in Raleigh, Rask will be ready for a rebound performance if Julien tabs his ace against the Hurricanes.

Today’s lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson/Jordan Caron
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Game 19: Bruins at Senators

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff November 15, 2013 09:23 AM

OTTAWA - Greetings from the capital of Hockey Nation, where Friday night the Bruins will take on the Senators with the first quarter of the 2013-'14 NHL season rapidly approaching its end.

This is the first look the Bruins will have this season of the ''After-Alfie'' (Daniel Alfredsson) Sens. With their former captain now in Detroit, the Sens are led on offense by ex-Duck Bobby Ryan (18 game/19 points), ex-Coyote Kyle Turris (18 games/18 points) and defensive phenom Erik Karlsson (18 game/18 points), who missed much of last season after needing surgery for a torn achilles.

The Senators have been off much of this week, following a 5-0 thumping Tuesday at the hands of the struggling Flyers. The loss ended a three-game winning streak, which had the Senators outscoring opponents, 11-4.

The Bruins arrived in Ottawa after midnight, following their 3-2 overtime victory vs. Columbus at the Garden. Milan Lucic, on a breakaway, ripped home his team-high eighth goal of the season, bringing the Bruins their fourth win in a row.

Lucic, with a career-high 30 goals, is on a pace for about 35 strikes.

Puck drop: 7: 30 p.m.

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

Records: Senators, 7-7-4, Bruins, 12-5-1.

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratch: Jordan Caron

Storylines: No telling whether the Senators will go with Robin Lehner (3-2-2, 2.13 GAA) or Craig Anderson (4-5-2, 3.30 GAA) in net... Chad Johnson picked up the win over the Blue Jackets, paving the way for Tuukka Rask (10-4-1, 1.52 GAA) to get the start vs. the Sens...Adam McQuaid (undisclosed injury) did not suit up Thursday night and will not be in uniform here. It's possible he won't be with the Bruins on this trip, which includes stops Monday at Carolina and Tuesday at the NY Rangers... Sens tough guy Chris Neil has a team-high 39 penalty minutes... The win over Columbus brought the Bruins their ninth point on a five-game homestand. It likely also earned Johnson the start in Carolina...The Bruins went 4-0-1 (.900) in their homestand... As expected, the Bruins did not work out here Friday morning, opting to sleep in in light of their work-and-travel schedule on Thursday.

Bruins executive Jim Benning under consideration in Buffalo

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 14, 2013 06:57 PM

The Sabres are considering Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning to replace ousted GM Darcy Regier, according to a league source.

Pat LaFontaine, Buffalo’s new president of hockey operations, has yet to ask the Bruins for permission to interview Benning, but he is expected to inquire.

Benning worked in Buffalo’s front office for 12 seasons. He was Buffalo’s director of amateur scouting before the Bruins hired him in 2006.

Benning is GM Peter Chiarelli’s right-hand man. His strength is as a player evaluator at all levels – NHL, AHL, European professional leagues, and amateur hockey.

Buffalo’s new GM would be free to hire a coach, too. Ted Nolan is serving as interim coach after Ron Rolston was fired along with Regier. The Sabres will play Toronto Friday in Nolan's first game behind the bench.

The Bruins have two assistant GMs; Don Sweeney is the other, focusing primarily on player development.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 14, 2013 06:33 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask

* Sergei Bobrovsky (5-8-1, 2.84 GAA, .909 save percentage) will start in goal for the Jackets.

Chad Johnson to start in goal against Columbus

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 14, 2013 11:32 AM

Chad Johnson will make his third start of the season tonight against Columbus. Johnson hasn’t played since Nov. 2 against the Islanders. This will be Johnson’s first appearance at TD Garden.

Tuukka Rask is expected to start tomorrow against the Senators in Ottawa.

Game 18 preview: Blue Jackets at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 14, 2013 10:05 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will close out a five-game homestand tonight against Columbus.

Adam McQuaid (undisclosed) is unlikely to play. McQuaid hasn’t skated since hurting himself last Saturday against Toronto. If McQuaid is unavailable, Matt Bartkowski will dress for the second straight game.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

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

Records: Jackets 6-10-1, Bruins 11-5-1

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratch: Jordan Caron

Storylines: The Bruins have points in their last four home games. With a win tonight, they could claim nine out of 10 points during the homestand… The Bruins play their next three games on the road: in Ottawa tomorrow, in Carolina on Monday, and at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday… The Bruins have killed 22 straight penalties. They have the ninth-ranked PK in the NHL (85.2 percent)… The Jackets are 1-5-1 in their last seven games. Sergei Bobrovsky is off his Vezina pace from last season. Bobrovsky is 5-8-1 with a 2.84 GAA and a .909 save percentage… Ex-Bruin Nathan Horton is still at least a month away from playing… Jean Hebert and Dennis LaRue will be the referees. Jonny Murray and Vaughan Rody will be the linesmen.

Adam McQuaid misses practice

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 13, 2013 12:27 PM
Bruins defender Adam McQuaid missed practice Wednesday.
(John Tlumacki / Globe Staff)

WILMINGTON – Adam McQuaid was the only player not to participate in today’s practice at Ristuccia Arena. McQuaid missed Monday’s 3-0 win over Tampa Bay. McQuaid was hurt in the first period of last Saturday’s game against Toronto while pivoting behind the net.

Claude Julien said McQuaid is day-to-day. Assuming McQuaid is unavailable tomorrow against Columbus, Matt Bartkowski will be in uniform for the second straight game. Torey Krug will play on the right side.

The Bruins will close out a five-game homestand against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The following night, they will play in Ottawa. Because of the back-to-back games and the travel involved, backup goalie Chad Johnson could see action on one of the two nights.

“If we can finish on a good note here, it will certainly send us on the road with some confidence,” Julien said. “We know there’s going to be some tough games coming up. Another back-to-back in Carolina and New York. We need to take advantage of what we thought was important for us. That home stretch was one of those things. If we can win tomorrow, nine out of 10 possible points is a pretty successful home stand.”

Today’s practice lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson/Jordan Caron
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos breaks right leg

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 11, 2013 02:48 PM


Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos was diagnosed with a broken right tibia after the Bruins' 3-0 win on Monday at TD Garden. Stamkos was injured at 12:49 of the second period when he was backchecking during a 0-0 game.

The Lightning center got tangled up with Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton and fell to the ice. As Stamkos went down, his right leg slammed into the goalpost.

Stamkos tried to skate off but fell, then slammed his right fist on the ice. Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher with his right leg elevated. Replays showed his right ankle snapping back after the collision.


“It’s obviously tough to see him go down, not only for our team,” said Tampa coach Jon Cooper. “He’s one of the best players in the world. People come and cheer the Boston Bruins here. But they also come to see guys like Steven Stamkos play hockey. It’s a loss for everybody.”

Stamkos is Tampa’s best player and leading scorer. He has 14 goals and 9 assists as the Lightning’s No. 1 center and was projected to be a top-six forward for Team Canada in the Sochi Olympics.

Game 17: Lightning at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin November 11, 2013 08:36 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning stand first in the Eastern Conference with 24 points and a 12-4-0 record. Notable, though, is the fact that two of those four losses have come at the hands of the Bruins -- and they haven't been close.

The Bruins have beaten the Lighting by a combined score of 8-1 in games in Boston and Tampa, the latter of which was their best all-around game to date.

"We know their strengths," Dennis Seidenberg said. "They're really explosive and really skilled. They know how to score. So for us it's always about staying close to our net where most of their goals are being scored, and just know what they do, which is play the puck really well and find the scoring areas."

Tampa Bay, though, is on a good run, having won four straight coming into the afternoon matchup with the Bruins. The Lightning have been riding the scoring of Steven Stamkos (14-9--23) and the goaltending of Ben Bishop (2.12 GAA, .927 save percentage) to their lofty perch at the top of the conference.

Game time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: NHL Network/NESN

Records: Bruins 10-5-1, Lightning 12-4-0

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Torey Krug
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: Adam McQuaid is likely to be out for today's game, replaced in the lineup with Matt Bartkowski. Bartkowski has played just four games this season, and only once since Oct. 17. ... The Bruins have killed 18 consecutive penalties after allowing goals on five straight power plays. ... Tuukka Rask's one shutout this season came against the Lightning on Oct. 19. ... The Bruins will wear camouflage jerseys in warmups for Veterans' Day.

McQuaid 'doubtful' vs. Lightning

Posted by Amalie Benjamin November 10, 2013 11:26 AM

WILMINGTON -- The Bruins had a short practice today at Ristuccia Arena. Everyone was present and accounted for, with the exception of Adam McQuaid.

The defenseman went down on Saturday night at 7:52 of the first period, and appeared to be grabbing his right hip/groin area as he fell to the ice. He had to be helped off the ice and didn't return to the game.

"He's still getting better, but still hurting today," coach Claude Julien said. "If McQuaid isn't ready, which he's probably doubtful, [Matt] Bartkowski] will go in there."

Bartkowski has played in only four games this season, most often being the healthy scratch among the seven defensemen.

"No matter how you look at it, it’s always tough for a guy who hasn’t played much to come into the lineup," Julien said. "We’ve said that about [Chad] Johnson too. Tuukka [Rask’s] playing a lot of game. For Chad to get on a roll is hard, and we realize that.

"Same thing with Bart. You realize that you’ve seen him at his best and you see how good he can be, maybe he doesn’t give you that right off the bat, but hopefully with some games under his belt, he’ll get more comfortable and more confident."

Bruins lose Adam McQuaid for game

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 9, 2013 08:50 PM

Adam McQuaid was knocked out of tonight’s game against Toronto at 7:52 of the first period.

McQuaid appeared to suffer a groin or hip injury. McQuaid had pivoted behind the Boston net when he suffered the injury. McQuaid reached for the area, fell to the ice, and couldn’t get back on his skates. Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton helped McQuaid off the ice. McQuaid did not put any weight on his right leg.

McQuaid played just two shifts for 0:44 of ice time. McQuaid fought Frazer McLaren on his first shift.

If McQuaid is unavailable for Monday’s game against Tampa Bay, Matt Bartkowski will return to the lineup.

Game 16: Maple Leafs at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin November 9, 2013 11:37 AM

It's all about revenge here tonight at the Garden.

The last time the Maple Leafs were in Boston, as you might recall, they were on the losing end of a miraculous comeback for the Bruins. Boston was down 4-1 in Game 7 of their playoff series when, with 11 minutes to go, they started a comeback that finished with Patrice Bergeron's overtime goal that sent them on in the postseason.

The Bruins have been doing their best to downplay that angle for this game, insisting that it's more important because it's a divisional rival ahead of them in the standings. But that doesn't mean that the Leafs feel the same way.

James Reimer is expected to get the start for Toronto. He, of course, was in net against the Bruins on May 13 for the collapse.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: CBC/NHL Network/NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 9-5-1, Maple Leafs 11-5-0

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Bruins are 9-1-1 in their last 11 games against the Leafs, and 20-4-3 in their last 27 against Toronto in the regular season. ... The last year when the Bruins had a sub-.500 record against the Leafs in the regular season was 2001-2002. ... After allowing goals on five straight power plays, the Bruins have killed the last 15 penalties against them. ... Both Reilly Smith and Dougie Hamilton have three-game point streaks.

Bruins prepare for return of Maple Leafs

Posted by Amalie Benjamin November 8, 2013 02:42 PM


WILMINGTON -- The Bruins practiced this morning in Wilmington -- using the same line combinations as in Thursday's game against the Panthers -- and much of the talk was about the Maple Leafs coming to town.

Toronto, as you might remember, was dismissed from the playoffs last season in stunning fashion by the Bruins, who scored three goals in the final 11 minutes of Game 7 plus another in overtime to come back from a 4-1 deficit and move on to the Eastern Conference finals.

"At the end of the day, we won [the Cup] just as much as they did," Chris Kelly said. "The only team that won was the Blackhawks so obviously it was a great job by us to come back, but it’s in the past. That’s last year. They’re ahead of us in the standings now. This game is our focus."

At the moment, Toronto is 1 point ahead of the Bruins, in third place.

In other news, Florida's Jesse Winchester will have a phone hearing this afternoon with the league after his elbow caught Kelly in the chin early in Thursday's game. Kelly went down, came up slowly, and skated off the ice, heading into the dressing room.

But Kelly was back quickly, and seemed to show no aftereffects of the hit.

"I haven't seen the replay," Kelly said this morning. "I saw that he is getting getting a hearing. The league will make the proper decisions. I don’t want to comment on it either way. I’ll let them handle it."

Patrice Bergeron's right eye was red and swollen this morning after he took a puck to the face Thursday. He said that while he experienced blurriness for 10-15 minutes after the incident, that has gone away. He does have a small blind spot left from the swelling.

Bruins honor Tim Thomas in video

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 7, 2013 09:21 PM

During a TV timeout at 10:39 of the third period Thursday night, the Bruins paid tribute to their former goalie Tim Thomas with a video presentation. It showed some of Thomas’s best stops – his stick save on Tampa Bay’s Steve Downie was a highlight – and a glimpse of the goalie lifting the Stanley Cup.

After the video, the scoreboard showed Thomas, now a member of the Panthers, sitting in the press box. The TD Garden crowd cheered, along with Thomas’s former teammates and coaching staff. Thomas stood to acknowledge the ovation.

Thomas did not dress for the game. He is rehabbing a groin injury.

Tim Thomas not the only reason Bruins won Cup, Claude Julien says

Posted by Amalie Benjamin November 7, 2013 12:19 PM
Former Boston Bruins goalie, and current Florida Panthers goalie,
Tim Thomas prepared to play against his former team in October.
His former coach says he's not the only reason the
Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011. (Alan Diaz / AP photo)

Tim Thomas won't start against the Bruins tonight at TD Garden, but that didn't mean that there wasn't talk about the former Boston goalie.

While Bruins coach Claude Julien at first dismissed talk about fans' reception to Thomas's return -- "I've got a lot more important things to think about right now," Julien said -- he went more in depth when asked about Thomas's contributions to the team during the 2011 Stanley Cup run.

"They're right," Julien said, about the team not winning without Thomas. "But Tim Thomas doesn't win the Stanley Cup if our team doesn't play as well as it did in front of him. This is an honest statement.

"Tim played well, but I think our team played just as well in front of him. You don't win the Stanley Cup just with a goaltender. He won the Conn Smythe because he was very good, but at the same time I would like to hope that the statistics of your goaltenders can also reflect the team in front of you. We did a pretty good job in front of him for years minimizing the goal scoring chances and the quality of it.

"So let's make sure we don't take away credit from the rest of the team too. He was a big part of it, and so was a lot of other guys. But at the same time we won the Stanley Cup because we were a good team. That's what I'd like to think anyway."

Thomas, who is still on IR with an injured groin, did not speak with the media after his team's morning skate, in which he did participate.

The goalie played against the Bruins on Oct. 17, in the first meeting between the two teams, allowing three goals in a 3-2, last-minute Bruins win.

Game 15: Panthers at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin November 7, 2013 10:27 AM

It's official: Tim Thomas will not be in goal tonight.

Thomas is on the trip with the Panthers, but will not expected play in his return to the TD Garden as he recovers from a groin he re-injured not long after starting against the Bruins on Oct. 17.

Meanwhile, the Bruins are far more concerned with their own play, which hasn't been good of late. The team is 1-3-1 in its last five games, and is struggling to find a rhythm for all 60 minutes.

The Bruins are searching for answers and this morning did off-ice activities instead of their usual morning skate.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5

Records: Bruins 8-5-1, Panthers 3-8-4

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Bruins beat the Panthers on a last-minute goal on Oct. 17 with Reilly Smith providing the difference in the 3-2 win. ... The Bruins are 5-1-0 against Atlantic Division opponents while the Panthers are 0-3-1 against the same. ... The Bruins have won their last four straight against the Panthers. ... The B's have allowed the first goal of the game to their opponents in each of the last four games, going 1-2-1 in that span. ... Boston has also been outshot or even in shots in each of its last six games.

Tim Thomas won't play vs. Bruins

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff November 7, 2013 08:10 AM

Florida Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas will travel to Boston for Thursday night's game vs. the Bruins but will not face his former team, Panthers coach Kevin Dineen told the Florida Sun Sentinel Wednesday.

"We'll be bringing Tim on the road trip but right now, he's still on injured reserve," said Dineen.

Thomas injured his right leg in an Oct. 22 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks and has not played since. He practiced Wednesday, but was apparently not ready to play in a game.

The trip to Boston will be Thomas's first since leaving the Bruins in 2012. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said on the Sports Hub's "Toucher and Rich" show Wednesday that the Bruins were planning a video tribute to Thomas, who led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup title in 2011.

Bruins' struggle for consistency shows in shootout loss to Stars

Posted by Staff November 5, 2013 11:29 PM




For the first 57 and a half minutes of the night, it looked like the Bruins were going to send everyone home happy and fans could relish in defeating Tyler Seguin in his first trip back to Boston.

And then the wheels fell off just before the checkered flag.

A bad line change by the Bruins let Vernon Fiddler get a breakaway to the net and Dennis Seidenberg was forced to pull him down from behind, resulting in a penalty shot for Dallas. A nifty backhand shot by Fiddler over Tuukka Rask’s shoulder silenced the TD Garden crowd and tied the game 2-2 with just over 2:30 left to play.

“Bad [line] change on the tying goal; real bad change,” said coach Claude Julien. “It’s not just young guys [making mistakes]: it’s good players, it’s everybody right now... We’re not playing well right now and we’re finding ways to lose vs. finding ways to win.”

The teams remained tied through overtime, and after Patrice Bergeron put the Bruins up, 1-0, in the first round of the shootout, it was his former teammates who sealed the 3-2 loss for Boston, as Seguin tied the shootout in the second round and Rich Peverley scored the game winner in the fourth.

“It came down to a shootout because we played at the level of the other team,” Julien said. “Not to take anything away from them, but I like to think we’re a better team than what we showed tonight. [The] first 10 minutes were good, and then we got back to some of our old habits and eventually, when you play that way, you find ways to lose hockey games and that’s what we’re doing right now: we’re finding ways to lose.”

Julien did not want to talk about who scored the shootout goals to send the Bruins to their fourth loss in five games.

“I don’t care about that,” he said. “Give it a break; I’m mad because we lost.”

The shootout loss overshadowed Torey Krug’s fifth goal of the year and Milan Lucic’s seventh; the latter's equaling the total he scored through all of last year’s 46-game regular season.

Early in the contest, despite the game being tied, 1-1, the Bruins controlled all of the action, outshooting the Stars, 15-1, halfway through the first period, but were sluggish in the final minutes of that period and almost all of the second period.

“It’s great that we had a good start, but unfortunately we had a pretty big lull for the next 30 minutes,” Lucic said. “Right now that’s the biggest problem with our group right now: we’re not playing as a team for the full 60 minutes; we’re making costly turnovers in areas in which we usually don’t, [areas] that [have] made us a successful team over the past couple of years.

“[We have to] stop worrying about the big picture; just worry about the basics and the little things: chipping pucks in; good breakouts; good transition; [getting] good, clean, hard passes; and it’s just not there right now.”

The Bruins weren’t fazed by facing two former teammates who were important in helping the team reach the Stanley Cup Final twice in the past three seasons, winning it all in 2011.

“It was different, but we’re used to that,” said Brad Marchand. “Every year you have guys leave that you play against at one point or another; we’re obviously friends, but on the ice that’s all off the table, anything goes out there. It was different seeing them on the other side, but again, it’s a game and a business and we have to make sure we do our job.”

The Bruins are 1-3-1 over their last five outings and are having trouble finding consistency in closing out games. Tuesday night’s loss was reminiscent of the 4-3 loss to New Jersey Oct. 26, when the Bruins held a 3-2 lead with less than three minutes to play, but two costly penalties in the final minutes let the Devils score twice.

“One of the biggest things that [the veterans] press [during slumps] is just staying positive,” said Reilly Smith, who assisted on Krug’s goal. “If you start being negative and getting down on your teammates and yourself, you just kind of put yourself into a bigger slump… These lulls will happen in a season, but it’s just how you get out of them.”

The Bruins’ only win in the last week and a half came Oct. 31 against the Ducks in a game in which they had to come back from a deficit of their own in the final three minutes to tie the game and later win in a shootout.

“It just seems like everything is out of sync right now,” Lucic said. “Right now we got to do whatever we can to try and get ourselves out of this jam, out of this funk. Frustration is not going to help us get through it; we [have] got to dig deep and start doing things the right way if we want to start playing better.”

Tyler Seguin booed in his return to Boston

Posted by Staff November 5, 2013 07:13 PM






Monday marked exactly four months since the Bruins made a franchise-altering trade, sending former No. 2 overall draft pick Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars in an Independence Day deal that set off fireworks long before towns across the nation followed suit.

Although, on Tuesday, it felt as if the trade had just gone down.

Seguin, who had 56 goals and 65 assists in 203 games with the Bruins, was playing his first game at TD Garden since the trade, with his Stars facing a Boston team coming off a tough 3-1 loss to the Islanders Saturday.

During his pregame press conference, Bruins coach Claude Julien said he wasn’t looking at this game any differently because Seguin was playing.

“I think it’s more important that we do the scouting on their whole team and how they play,” he said. “For us it’s turning the page and we’ve got some players here that are coming back in our lineup and hopefully will help us be a little bit better than we were the last game.”

Around TD Garden, there were still many fans showing their support for the former Bruins forward, with plenty of “Seguin” jerseys seen among the sweaters of Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, and Milan Lucic.

There also were boo-birds out in full force as Seguin, wearing No. 91, and the Stars took the ice for their pregame skate. Seguin kept to the Dallas side of the ice during warmups and didn’t make any noticeable gestures toward any former teammates.

When the lineups were announced, Seguin’s name was widely booed as “The Imperial March” from "Star Wars" was played over the sound system.

Seguin, playing center, took the opening faceoff against his old linemate Bergeron. Seguin was loudly booed as he skated up the ice with the puck 10 seconds into the game.

Another player the Bruins sent to Dallas in the trade was Rich Peverley, a staple of the third line that was exceptional in Boston. Peverley, in particular, was strong on faceoffs.

“I’m not going to hide the fact that we miss Rich for that reason,” Julien said. “He was a good faceoff guy, and on the right side, he certainly gave [Chris Kelly] the opportunity to take his faceoffs on the strong side and him on the other; so we were always good with that line on draws.

"And at the same time, if [Bergeron] was tired, [Peverley] was pretty close to [Bergeron] in stats as far as faceoffs were concerned, so I could send him out on the right side at times.”

The principal player the Bruins received in the deal, Loui Eriksson, returned to action for the first time since sustaining a concussion Oct. 23 on a blind-side hit by Buffalo’s John Scott. Eriksson missed five games but began practicing again late last week and was back on the second line with Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

Game 14: Stars at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin November 5, 2013 11:54 AM


This game sets up as the return of Tyler Seguin to Boston. But it's going to mark another return as well. Loui Eriksson will be returning to the Bruins lineup to play against his former team, the Dallas Stars, after sitting out the last five games as the result of an illegal check to the head from the Sabres' John Scott Oct. 23.

It should also mark the return of Johnny Boychuk, who missed Saturday's game against the Islanders after injuring his back last Thursday.

"Their status is good," coach Claude Julien said. "Loui will definitely be in and more than likely Johnny as well."

Oh, and there's still that Seguin return to whip the Garden crowd into a frenzy, as the Bruins try to reverse their sagging fortunes of late. The Bruins have lost three of their last four games, including a lackluster effort against the Islanders Saturday.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: NESN, WBZ-FM (98.5)

Records: Bruins 8-5-0, Stars 6-6-2

Bruins projected lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Tory Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Bruins have lost three of their last four ... The Bruins are 2-1-0 against teams from the Western Conference ... Tonight's game marks the first of a five-game homestand, as the Bruins host Dallas, Florida, Toronto, Tampa Bay, and Columbus. It's the longest homestand of the season for Boston ... This is the first season the Bruins will play the Stars more than once since 2003-04.

Loui Eriksson to play vs. Stars

Posted by Amalie Benjamin November 5, 2013 11:43 AM
Forward Loui Eriksson, out since Oct. 23 with a concussion, will play Tuesday against his former team, the Dallas Stars, after passing his final tests on Monday.

Defenseman Johnny Boychuk is also expected to play. He missed Saturday night's game against the Islanders after crashing into the boards on Thursday against the Ducks.

"Their status is good," coach Claude Julien said. "Loui will definitely be in. More than likely, Johnny as well."

Eriksson has missed five games since being the victim of an illegal check to the head that resulted in a seven-game suspension for John Scott of the Sabres. He has skated for the last five days, including in Tuesday's morning skate.

"I don't think I will think that much about it," Eriksson said. "If I'm going to play tonight I'm just going to do the things I'm good at, and not think about what happened last game I played. Those things happen. It's not fun, but it happens. I'm just happy that I'm feeling good right now, and that it's been a good recovery."

Eriksson was partnered with Patrice Bergeron and a rotation of Brad Marchand and Jordan Caron in the skate this morning. Boychuk played alongside his usual partner in Zdeno Chara.

Boychuk said his issue was a back injury, but he's better after missing the one game.

Watch: Tyler Seguin returns to Boston

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff November 5, 2013 09:30 AM






In this video segment by our colleagues at NESN, Tyler Seguin discusses his return Tuesday night to face the Bruins, who traded him to Dallas during the summer.

Positive signs for recuperating Bruin Eriksson

Posted by Robert Burgess November 4, 2013 12:51 PM

All the signs were positive on Monday during Bruins practice at TD Garden when forward Loui Eriksson suited up in a gold jersey alongside Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Jordan Caron and took part in his first contact since sustaining a concussion during a game against Buffalo on Oct. 23.

There is a possibility that Eriksson could suit up Tuesday night for Boston’s home game against Eriksson’s former team – the Dallas Stars.

He was traded to the Bruins on July 4 in a deal that sent Tyler Seguin to the Lone Star State.

"I’m feeling better,’’ said Eriksson. "I’ve been skating for a couple of days now and the head is getting better. I’m feeling pretty good right now. We’ll see about tomorrow. I still have some testing to do.’’

Tyler Seguin struggles on faceoffs in 4-3 shootout win

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff November 3, 2013 04:46 PM
OTTAWA – Tyler Seguin is a full-time center for the first time in the NHL. In Dallas’s 4-3 shootout win over the Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday, Seguin proved he has much to learn.

Seguin went 1 for 14 on faceoffs. Seguin struggled so much that coach Lindy Ruff pulled the ex-Bruin off draw duties in the third period and overtime.

“It’s tough to go 0 and 13,” said the Dallas coach. “The compete on that has to be a lot stronger. Scratch your nose on the ice if you have to.”

Seguin assisted on Ray Whitney’s game-opening goal. Seguin shot wide in the shootout. Seguin, Dallas’s No. 1 center, had zero shots in 20:22 of ice time. Seguin played mostly against Erik Karlsson and Jared Cowen.

“It just wasn’t good,” Seguin said of his faceoff work. “It’s going to come with time. This is my first year at this position in the NHL. It can only get better.”

On Tuesday at TD Garden, Seguin will play against his former team for the first time since the July 4 trade.

Loui Eriksson skates, no contact

Posted by Amalie Benjamin November 2, 2013 12:40 PM
UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Loui Eriksson returned to the ice this morning, taking part in the morning skate with the Bruins for the first time since suffering a concussion against the Sabres on Oct. 23 when he was hit by John Scott.

Eriksson will not play tonight against the Islanders, marking the fifth straight game he has missed, and did not speak to the media today.

"He's just skating with the team for the first time there, no contact," coach Claude Julien said. "Just kind of going step by step. That's basically where he is right now. You keep your fingers crossed that there's no setbacks and he keeps moving forward."

Scott was penalized for the hit with a seven-game suspension, which was announced on Thursday afternoon.

There's no timetable for Eriksson at the moment, as he continues to go day-by-day.

"It's always encouraging [to see Eriksson on the ice] because you never know with concussions how long they can last," Julien said. "We've seen different types, some last for a long time, some they never come back. To see him out there and continuing to progress is encouraging for us, but again we're not out of the woods yet until he's cleared to play."

Game 13: Bruins at Islanders

Posted by Amalie Benjamin November 2, 2013 11:14 AM
UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Welcome to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where the Bruins will take on the Islanders tonight.

The plan for the Bruins is to get off to a better start than they have of late. That will be helped by the fact that they aren't the ones coming off back-to-back games. That would be the Islanders, who played in Ottawa last night and landed back in New York at 1 a.m.

Johnny Boychuk didn't make the trip to New York, which means that Matt Bartkowski will be back in the lineup. He hasn't played since Oct. 17 when the Bruins took on the Panthers and Boychuk was injured.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 8-4-0, Islanders 5-5-3

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Reilly Smith-Patrice Bergeron-Brad Marchand
Chris Kelly-Ryan Spooner-Carl Soderberg
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask

Notes: Tonight's game marks the first time the Bruins will see the Islanders with new acquisition Thomas Vanek. The Islanders acquired Vanek from Buffalo for Matt Moulson and draft picks on Oct. 26. ... New York played in Ottawa last night. Only a few players skated this morning at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. ... The Bruins have a three-game winning streak on Long Island, though the Islanders beat the B's the last time the teams met. ... All but two of the Islanders' 13 games this season have been decided by one goal.

Boychuk is day to day, Eriksson improving

Posted by John Carney November 1, 2013 02:54 PM


WILMINGTON -- The Bruins traveled to Long Island Friday in advance of Saturday night’s game against the Islanders, who play in Ottawa Friday night.

Defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who was injured crashing into the boards in the second period of Thursday’s victory over the Anaheim Ducks, was at the practice rink Friday but did not skate. His status is day to day, according to coach Claude Julien.

“He’s feeling better, so we’re going day to day,” Julien said. “More than likely he’s on this trip.”

The concussed Loui Eriksson continues to make progress toward full health.

“He’s still going OK,’’ Julien said. “As predicted, he’s taken some steps in the right direction. He did the exertion test so that he can start working out. It’s still a day-to-day process; whether he’s moving forward or whether we’ve got to hold him back, we’ll only know one day at a time.’’

Eriksson was injured when the Sabres' John Scott blindsided him to the head in a game at Buffalo Oct. 23. Scott received a match penalty for the hit and subsequently a seven-game suspension.

Friday’s on-ice practice was limited to two lines: Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton- Daniel Paille, and Carl Soderberg-Ryan Spooner-Jordan Caron, plus defenseman Matt Bartkowski and goalie Chad Johnson.

Watch: David Krejci comments on Bruins' shootout win over Ducks

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff November 1, 2013 08:10 AM






Watch David Krejci's postgame interview with NESN's Jamie Erdahl Thursday at TD Garden after the Bruins beat the Ducks, 3-2, in a shootout.

Watch: World Series trophy makes appearance at Bruins game

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff November 1, 2013 07:51 AM






Red Sox president Larry Lucchino brought the newly won World Series trophy to TD Garden Thursday night.

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