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Bruins look for bounce back from Montreal

Posted by Amalie Benjamin January 31, 2014 01:15 PM


WILMINGTON -- The Bruins went through practice this morning at Ristuccia Arena after a clunker of a game against the Canadiens Thursday night at the TD Garden. All healthy members of the team were on the ice, meaning that Adam McQuaid (leg) and Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL) were the only ones missing.

The Bruins don't have much time to stew on the loss, with a 1 p.m. game against Andrew Ference and the Oilers Saturday, but there was a sense in the locker room that they need to get back on the track they were on before the Canadiens game.

"You come back the next day, today, you put your skates on and you go out and work hard," Chris Kelly said. "That’s how you can get over losses like that, is with hard work. I thought we had a good practice day today.

"It’s good that we play tomorrow afternoon to redeem ourselves because a lot of that game you want to forget, you want to put it behind you, but you want to take something from that game as well, the bad things you did."

While the Oilers have the fewest points in the Western Conference, they have won their last three games.

As Boston's Kevan Miller said, "We just need to get back to what we were doing and we’ll be fine.

"They've been playing well lately. We just need to be sharp like we were before Montreal, and get back to our game."

Power goes out on Bruins' surge in 4-1 loss

Posted by Staff January 30, 2014 11:24 PM

After enjoying a three-game streak in which they scored six goals in each contest, someone pulled the plug on the Bruins' offensive surge Thursday night, and the result was a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

The Bruins outscored their opponents 18-6 in three wins against the Flyers, Islanders, and Panthers, but the team could not get much going against their rivals from the north, failing to earn at least a point for the first time since Jan. 14 against Toronto.

“There’s not much to really say; it was pretty clear how things went by watching the game,” said Milan Lucic. “We weren’t sharp in our decision-making and they were first on pucks, they won more battles than we did from the drop of the puck to the end; it’s unfortunate that we come out with that kind of effort against this team once again.

“It’s one of those ones you have to suck it up and call a spade a spade; it wasn’t good enough from, I guess, an emotional standpoint and from a determination standpoint and you just have to get better from games like this.”

The Bruins came out slow and played questionable defense for most of the game, allowing Montreal to seize all of the momentum, none of which the Bruins could manage to get back.

“Our heads weren’t into it, and they deserved the win,” said Patrice Bergeron. “We didn’t play anywhere near where we needed to play to have success in this league… From what I remember it was our worst game of the year, and you can’t have success when you play like that.”

The Bruins trailed for all but the first 2:16 of the game, the first time they fell behind in a game since Jan. 19 against the Blackhawks. The Bruins had been 5-0-1 in their last six games.

“There were three things for me [that went wrong], said coach Claude Julien. “We didn’t skate well tonight; we didn’t make good decisions; and we didn’t execute well. When you’ve got none of those three things you’re not going to win too many hockey games. So, that was absent in our game tonight and we certainly didn’t pick a good night to play that kind of game, but the results are from a lack of those three things.”

One question that was on everyone’s minds after the game was why Claude Julien had pulled Tuukka Rask halfway through the second period with the team down by just two goals.

“It [was] a lot of everything. That’s a decision that I make and I don’t feel I have to explain every time,” Julien said.

“I don’t know, I felt OK,” Rask said. “I play as long as they tell me to play, I just try to battle out there as hard as I can and I stay out there as long as I can, and today it lasted just over a period, and that’s too bad.”

“It didn’t [help] tonight,” said Lucic on whether the Bruins would get a spark from Rask being pulled. “Usually you get somewhat of a response; you know something happens [after a pull]. In no way was [it] Tuukka’s fault on any of those goals, it just wasn’t there from all of us.”

The Bruins have now not been able to come up with a win against the Canadiens in five straight games dating back to last season, a trend that has the team shaking their heads.

“Usually we have found a way to rise to the occasion against these guys, but for some reason [we haven’t] the last four times we’ve played them,” Lucic said. “Maybe we get too caught up in the rivalry, or maybe our emotions get the better of us where we’re stuck in the headlights like we were tonight, but we need to find a way to turn this around against these guys, and hopefully it can be sooner than later.”

“It’s disappointing; it’s a big game, a rivalry [game]; you want to come out and compete hard, and we just didn’t have it tonight,” said Chad Johnson. “That emotion that you need in these types of games, that energy and that focus just wasn’t what we had tonight.”

Even in defeat, captain Zdeno Chara believed that there could be some silver lining in the Bruins re-learning how to play from behind after relatively cruising through the last three games.

“For the future we are not always going to play with a lead,” he said. “It’s not always going to be easy that we score four, five, [or] six goals, so we got to be ready to fight back from being behind.”

The Bruins will have the chance to regain their offense and get back on track Saturday when they host the Edmonton Oilers. Despite the loss to Montreal, the Bruins maintained their four-point lead in the Atlantic Division after Tampa Bay lost to Ottawa.

“You hope it’s just a one-game thing and hopefully the answer will come on Saturday,” Julien said. “When you score six goals [in] three consecutive games and then you meet a team like Montreal [they’re] going to be pretty stingy and played us tight, you realize that those goals don’t come that easily. So, again, I’m just looking at seeing our team bounce back on Saturday and move on.”

“I think it’s about obviously shaking [this] one off, learning from what we haven’t done, and just going out there tomorrow, work on things, and be back at it on Saturday,” Bergeron said. “It’s adversity, and we’ve been through it before, and it’s about looking forward.”

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Game 53 preview: Canadiens at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin January 30, 2014 11:51 AM


Welcome to TD Garden, where the Bruins will host the Canadiens for the first time this season. The rivals have faced each other once so far this season, back on Dec. 5, when the Bruins lost a 2-1 game. In fact, the Bruins have not fared well against Montreal of late, going 0-3-1 in the last four meetings.

This is the Bruins' 28th home game of the season -- the latest ever for the Canadiens' first visit. The Canadiens did not visit until Feb. 1 in 2000-01, but that came in the Bruins' 26th home game.

Game time: 7 p.m.

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

Records: Bruins 34-15-3, Canadiens 28-20-5

Projected Bruins lineup:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Bruins have scored 18 goals in their last three games, six in each. They are 5-0-1 in their last six games ... The Canadiens had lost four straight before beating Carolina Tuesday ... Reilly Smith has a seven-game point streak, with 8 points in the streak ... The referees for tonight's game are Frederick L'Ecuyer and Dan O'Halloran. The linesmen are Brad Kovachik and Tony Sericolo.

Watch: Zdeno Chara & Tuukka Rask discuss win over Panthers

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 29, 2014 08:54 AM






The Bruins recorded their third straight six-goal game Tuesday vs. the Panthers. Afterward, captain Zdeno Chara and goalie Tuukka Rask discussed the 6-2 victory.

Watch: Tim Thomas high-sticks Carl Soderberg

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 29, 2014 08:43 AM






Panthers goalie Tim Thomas played his first game on TD Garden ice since leaving the Bruins in 2012, and things didn't go well for him – the Bruins won, 6-2.

One play will linger. Late in the third period, Thomas swung his stick at Carl Soderberg, who had run into Thomas as he attacked the crease. Thomas was called for high-sticking, although it happened with four seconds left.

“The play before that he did quite a hard jab and then all of a sudden the puck is up in the air, you’re catching it, and his stick is in my throat,” Thomas said. “With less than a minute left in a game and they’re up by four goals, 6-2, I took exception to that.”

Many speculated the incident could be reviewed by the NHL Department of Player Safety.


Tim Thomas plays in first game back at TD Garden

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 28, 2014 07:08 PM

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During the Florida Panthers' first visit to TD Garden this season, Nov. 7, Tim Thomas was unavailable because of a groin injury.

This time, Thomas was healthy enough to be in the net.

On Tuesday night, the ex-Bruin made his first start at the Garden since his departure from Boston following the 2011-12 season.

Thomas (14-14-3, 2.65 GAA, .915 save percentage), wearing No. 34 instead of the No. 30 he made famous as a Bruin, greeted former teammate Tuukka Rask at the red line during pregame warmups. During pregame introductions, Thomas received a good hand when his name was announced.

Thomas made his first save on Loui Eriksson at 0:37 of the first period.

Aside from his injuries, the former Bruin has been very good for the down-and-out Panthers. Thomas, 39, whose presence on the team has allowed prospect Jacob Markstrom to develop in the AHL, was coming off a 26-save performance in a 5-4 shootout win over Detroit Sunday.

“He gives our young guys a lot of confidence,” Florida coach Peter Horachek told the Miami Herald. “When there’s breakdowns, he makes big plays. He scrambles and is competitive. He has a smile on his face when he makes those big saves. It allows guys to settle down.”

Thomas also has a no-trade clause in his contract, which he may exercise prior to the NHL trading deadline. Thomas will be an unrestricted free agent at year’s end and has not declared his future plans.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 28, 2014 06:39 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

* Tim Thomas (14-14-3, 2.65 GAA, .915 save percentage) will start in goal for the Panthers.

Chris Kelly activated, Ryan Spooner assigned to Providence

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 28, 2014 04:21 PM


Bruins center Chris Kelly has been activated from injured reserve after missing 22 games because of a broken fibula. Kelly will center the third line Tuesday night against Florida at TD Garden.

Ryan Spooner, who had been the third-line center, was assigned to Providence. Spooner didn't play in the last two games; he was sick against Philadelphia Saturday and a healthy scratch against the Islanders Monday.

Kelly will be a better defensive player and faceoff man than Spooner.

The Bruins also returned Zach Trotman to Providence. They are carrying one extra healthy player now in Jordan Caron.

Game 52 preview: Panthers at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 28, 2014 12:36 PM

Good afternoon from TD Garden, where the Bruins will host Tim Thomas and the Panthers tonight.

Thomas will be in goal against Tuukka Rask. Thomas was injured for Florida’s previous visit Nov. 7. Since then, the Panthers overhauled their coaching staff, replacing Kevin Dineen with Peter Horachek.

The Bruins will be playing their third game in four days. They beat the Islanders last night, 6-3. They have scored six goals in each of their last two games.

It’s possible that Chris Kelly could return tonight. Kelly has missed the last 21 games because of a broken fibula.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV, radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Jamie Erdahl), WBZ-FM, 98.5 (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Panthers 21-24-7, Bruins 33-15-3

Projected Bruins lineup:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratches: Jordan Caron, Ryan Spooner, Zach Trotman

Story lines: Spooner didn’t play against Philadelphia Saturday because he was sick. But he practiced Sunday on Long Island and was scratched against the Islanders Monday night. Upon Kelly’s return, Spooner’s short-term future appears to be in Providence … The No. 2 line brings a six-game scoring streak into tonight’s game. Brad Marchand has seven goals and five assists during the streak … Florida's Brad Boyes is likely to be moved before the trade deadline. The ex-Bruin leads the Panthers with 13 goals. Boyes will be unrestricted at year’s end. His offensive touch would help a team looking for second- or third-line help on the wing … Florida has the worst power play in the NHL (8.8 percent) … Tonight will be the first of six games remaining on the Bruins’ schedule before the Olympic break. Five of the six will be at home … Ghislain Hebert and Chris Rooney will be the referees. Derek Amell and Brad Kovachik will be the linesmen.

Watch: Brad Marchand, Reilly Smith discuss win over Islanders

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 28, 2014 07:17 AM






Bruins forwards Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith played key roles in a 6-3 victory over the Islanders on Monday, and both spoke about the game afterward.

Game 51 preview: Bruins at Islanders

Posted by Amalie Benjamin January 27, 2014 11:18 AM

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Welcome to the Nassau Coliseum on lovely Long Island, where the Bruins will be doing their best to pick up their play against the Islanders this evening.

The Bruins have lost both games they've played against the Islanders this season, and played poorly in both games. In fact, the last time they were in this building, on Nov. 2, they played one of their worst games of the season.

Boston, though, is in a different place right now in terms of its play, coming off a 6-1 dismantling of the Flyers. They are 3-0-1 in their last four games.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 32-15-3, Islanders 21-25-8

Projected lineups:

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

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

Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask

Notes: Chris Kelly will not play tonight against the Islanders, but it is a "good possibility" that he'll be in the lineup tomorrow vs. the Panthers at TD Garden. Kelly has missed more than seven weeks since fracturing his fibula on Dec. 7 ... Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky returns tonight for the Islanders. ... New York will face the Rangers on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. Islanders coach Jack Capuano chatted with Claude Julien about coaching in an outdoor game on Sunday. Julien has done it twice. ... The referees tonight are Frederick L'Ecuyer and Kevin Pollock. The linesmen are Derek Amell and Steve Barton.

Today's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 25, 2014 12:38 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

* Steve Mason (19-12-5, 2.57 GAA, .915 save percentage) will start in goal for the Flyers.

Game 50 preview: Bruins at Flyers

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 25, 2014 10:50 AM

PHILADELPHIA – Good morning from the Wells Fargo Center, where the Bruins will start a two-game road trip this afternoon against the Flyers.

The Bruins could have reinforcements returning either today or on Monday against the Islanders. Chris Kelly and Dougie Hamilton are with the team. Kelly has missed 19 games with a broken fibula. Hamilton has missed the last four games because of a concussion. For now, we’ll assume the same lineup from Monday’s win over the Kings will be in against the Flyers.

Puck drop: 1 p.m.

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

Records: Bruins 31-15-3, Flyers 25-21-6

Projected Bruins lineup:

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

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller
Torey Krug-Zach Trotman

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratch: Jordan Caron

Storylines: Brad Marchand will look to extend his goal-scoring streak to five games. Marchand has six goals in his last four games. Marchand is now the team’s leading goal scorer, with one more strike than Reilly Smith (15)… This will be the first of the Bruins’ three games against the Flyers. It is their first look at Philly with Craig Berube behind the bench instead of Peter Laviolette… Andrej Meszaros would have been an acquisition target for the Bruins. But the Flyers are chasing a playoff spot. They are likely to be buyers instead of sellers… Mike Hasenfratz and Dean Morton will be the referees. Derek Amell and Scott Cherrey will be the linesmen.

Dougie Hamilton cleared for contact

Posted by Amalie Benjamin January 24, 2014 01:14 PM


WILMINGTON – There was good news today for the Bruins, especially on defense, where they have been stretched thin of late. Dougie Hamilton (concussion) has been cleared for contact and participated fully in today’s practice.

Center Chris Kelly, who is recovering from a broken fibula, has also been cleared for contact.

It’s not yet known when either player will make his return to the lineup, but it could come as soon as tomorrow afternoon against the Flyers in Philadelphia. It appears that Hamilton is ahead of Kelly, given that he has been out for a shorter time.

Hamilton has missed the last four games with a concussion that he said he sustained in a game at Los Angeles Jan. 9. He played in a game after that, against San Jose two days later.

“It was pretty tough,” Hamilton said. “First couple days I guess were the toughest, frustrating with the headaches and everything. I kind of started to feel better, but still had my neck and headaches, and then when you don’t really do anything for a week, once you start skating again, it’s pretty hard to get back into shape and your legs aren’t feeling too good.

“I think now I feel pretty good and I feel a lot better about myself. Kind of relieved.”

Hamilton believes it was the first concussion of his career.

“I wasn’t sure,” he said. “I’d never really had anything like that. I didn’t really know and I played the rest of that game and the next game, so I could still play, but I just didn’t feel right.

"And after the game in San Jose, I didn’t feel good at all, so I kind of knew after that game that there was something more than the usual thing. So that’s kind of when I really realized it.”

Kelly, Hamilton back on ice today

Posted by Amalie Benjamin January 23, 2014 03:00 PM


WILMINGTON – The Bruins welcomed three players back to the ice at Ristuccia Arena Thursday morning, with Chris Kelly and Dougie Hamilton returning to practice and Zach Trotman coming back on an emergency recall from Providence. (Trotman had been returned after Monday’s game against the Kings.)

For Kelly, it was his first time back on the ice in a full practice since he fractured a fibula Dec. 7 in a game against Pittsburgh. He has missed 19 games so far. He had initially had a four-to-six-week timetable but has already passed that.

“I was excited to come today,” Kelly said. “It's been a little bit longer than I would have liked, but it's all part of the process of getting better, and today was a good step in the right direction.”

It is possible that Kelly is back “within the week,” coach Claude Julien said.

Hamilton has been out since the Jan. 11 game in San Jose, Calif., after suffering a concussion. He has missed four games.

This is the second absence for Hamilton this season. He suffered an MCL sprain that cost him 10 games before coming back for five games, then getting injured. The defenseman took light contact but has not been cleared for full contact.

Both players have been skating of late, but this was the first time that either had participated in a practice with the team since their injuries.

Adam McQuaid (leg) was the only Bruin not on the ice as they prepared for Saturday’s game at Philadelphia.

Kevan Miller signs two-year, $1.6 million extension

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 21, 2014 06:48 PM

Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller has signed a two-year, one-way, $1.6 million extension. The rookie had been scheduled to become a restricted free agent at year’s end.

Miller has been efficient as a stay-at-home right-shot defenseman. He has one goal and one assist in 16 games while averaging 16:52 of ice time per appearance. Miller has played on all three pairings and on the penalty kill. In Monday's 3-2 win over Los Angeles, Miller threw the hit of the game on Kings captain Dustin Brown.

The 26-year-old Miller gives the Bruins depth on the right side, as Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid will be unrestricted free agents after 2014-15.

Bruins return Zach Trotman to Providence

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 21, 2014 09:56 AM
The Bruins have returned Zach Trotman to Providence. Trotman was brought up on emergency recall on Sunday and played in Monday’s 3-2 win over Los Angeles.

Trotman’s assignment indicates that either Dougie Hamilton (concussion) and/or Adam McQuaid (leg) will be ready when the Bruins return to practice Wednesday. The Bruins have a day off today. Their next game is on Saturday against Philadelphia.

Hamilton missed his fourth straight game Monday. McQuaid, injured in the second period against Chicago, is day-to-day.

Watch: Claude Julien says Brad Marchand is 'at the top of his game'

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 21, 2014 07:36 AM






Bruins coach Claude Julien was pretty satisfied with his team's effort Monday in a 3-2 victory over the Kings, especially the play of wing Brad Marchand, who scored two goals for the second straight game. Watch his postgame interview with NESN's Jamie Erdahl above.

Watch: Brad Marchand's 1-on-4 goal vs. Kings

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 21, 2014 07:32 AM






Brad Marchand turned in a highlight-reel goal vs. the Kings on Monday – it was No. 2 on SportsCenter's Top 10 plays for Monday. Watch the replay above.

Today's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 20, 2014 02:38 PM

Based on pregame warmups:

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

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller
Torey Krug-Zach Trotman

Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask

* Jonathan Quick (14-6-2, 2.05 GAA, .918 save percentage) will start in goal for the Kings.

Adam McQuaid out with leg injury

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 20, 2014 02:03 PM

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid will not play in today's game against the Kings because of a leg injury. McQuaid missed all of yesterday’s third period against Chicago because of the injury. The length of his absence is unknown.

Zach Trotman will replace McQuaid for today's game at TD Garden.

After today, the Bruins don’t play again until Saturday in Philadelphia. Given the layoff, it’s possible that Dougie Hamilton (concussion) could return by then. Hamilton has resumed skating and could practice with the team this week. Hamilton will miss his fourth straight game today.

Game 49 preview: Kings at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 20, 2014 01:03 PM
Good afternoon from TD Garden, where the Bruins will host the Kings. It will be a rematch of their meeting earlier this month. Los Angeles beat the Bruins, 4-2.

The Bruins are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago yesterday at the United Center. The Bruins were satisfied with everything save for the outcome. They have points in their last two games, including a 4-2 road win over Dallas on Thursday.

Adam McQuaid, who missed all of the third period with an undisclosed injury, will not play today. Zach Trotman, recalled on an emergency basis yesterday, will play in his second career NHL game. Trotman had to travel from Glens Falls, N.Y., to Ottawa for his NHL debut.

Puck drop: 3 p.m.

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

Records: Kings 29-14-6, Bruins 30-15-3

Projected Bruins lineup:

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

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller
Torey Krug-Zach Trotman

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratch: Jordan Caron

Storylines: The Kings have changed backup goalies since their last meeting with the Bruins. LA traded Ben Scrivens to Edmonton for a 2014 third-round pick. Martin Jones, who excelled during Quick’s absence because of a groin injury, is now the full-time backup. Jones is yet another ex-Monarch to develop the right way in Manchester… Dougie Hamilton will miss his fourth straight game because of a concussion… This will be the eighth time in the last nine games the Bruins play a Western Conference opponent. The Bruins are 4-2-1 against the Western teams during this stretch… Brad Marchand brings a three-game goal-scoring streak into this afternoon. Marchand scored twice yesterday and added a shootout goal… Chris Lee and Greg Kimmerly will be the referees. Brian Murphy and Derek Nansen will be the linesmen.

Game 48 preview: Bruins at Blackhawks

Posted by Amalie Benjamin January 19, 2014 11:48 AM

CHICAGO -- Welcome to the United Center, where the Bruins and Blackhawks will meet up for the first time since ... well, you know.

It's an unusual 11:30 a.m. start here in the Central time zone, which is something most of the players haven't experienced in years. In fact, Milan Lucic estimated he was 14 the last time he played a game this early in the day.

There was a lot of talk of the "hurt" that still exists for the Bruins from that Stanley Cup Final, with Lucic discussing the fact that he has replaced the final 1:15 of Game 6 probably 100 times in his head.

The Bruins can't erase that, but getting two points today would certainly help this year's team after Boston went through a dip against some of the tough Western Conference opponents in the last two weeks.

Game time: 12:30 p.m.

TV/Radio: NBC/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 30-15-2, Blackhawks 31-8-11

Projected lineups:

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

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Blackhawks are first in the NHL in goals per game, with 3.54. ... Chicago is 4-5-1 in its last 10 games. ... The Bruins are still without Dougie Hamilton (concussion), who did not make the trip to Dallas and Chicago. ... Tuukka Rask is back in goal after Chad Johnson got the win on Thursday against the Stars. ... The Bruins will travel home immediately after the game, with the Kings scheduled to face them at TD Garden at 3 p.m. on Monday in a tough back-to-back. ... The referees are Brad Meier and Don VanMassenhoven. The linesmen are Ryan Galloway and Andy McElman.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 16, 2014 08:07 PM

Based on pregame warmups:

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

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller

Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask

* Kari Lehtonen (17-12-7, 2.63 GAA, .916 save percentage) will start in goal for the Stars.

Zdeno Chara to carry Slovakian flag in Olympics

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 16, 2014 01:15 PM
Zdeno Chara will carry the Slovakian flag during the opening ceremonies for the upcoming Winter Olympics. The Bruins will allow Chara to miss at least one game, and perhaps two, to participate in the event.

The opening ceremonies will take place on Feb. 7. The Bruins play at St. Louis on Feb. 6. Their final game before the Olympic break is on Feb. 8 at home against Ottawa.

“When you look at what Z has done for this club, I think it’s an easy decision to make,” Claude Julien said. “You’re carrying your country’s flag at the Olympics. Even if he misses a game and maybe two, I think that’s the least we can do for a guy who’s given us so much since he’s been here.”

With Chara away, the Bruins will be without their two best defensemen for at least one game. Dennis Seidenberg is out for the season.

Game 47 preview: Bruins at Stars

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff January 16, 2014 10:54 AM
DALLAS – Good morning from the American Airlines Center, where the Bruins will start a two-game road swing tonight against the Stars.

The Bruins are coming off a 4-3 home loss to Toronto. Things will not get easier after tonight. The Bruins play the Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday. They need results against the Stars, who are six points out of a playoff spot.

Puck drop: 8:30 p.m. ET

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

Records: Bruins 29-15-2, Stars 21-18-7

Projected Bruins lineup:

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

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratch: Jordan Caron

Storylines: This will be the first game in Dallas for ex-Stars Reilly Smith and Loui Eriksson. Smith, initially projected to be the third-line right wing, has replaced Eriksson on the second line. Smith is the team’s second-leading scorer (33 points) after David Krejci (36). Tonight will be Eriksson’s third game back following his second concussion of the year… Chris Kelly (leg) and Dougie Hamilton (concussion) will not play tonight. Neither will play against Chicago on Sunday either… Assuming Tuukka Rask and Kari Lehtonen start tonight, it will be a showdown of two of Finland’s Olympic goalies. Antti Niemi of the Sharks is the third. Rask was in the lead for the No. 1 job, but his recent slide may have given Lehtonen and Niemi some late life… Steve Kozari and Mark Lemelin will be the referees. Brian Murphy and Pierre Racicot will be the linesmen.

Watch: Claude Julien postgame comments

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 15, 2014 09:09 AM






Here's what Bruins coach Claude Julien had to say after Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.

Watch: Bruins honor Sam Berns

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 15, 2014 09:06 AM






The Bruins paid tribute to Sam Berns, the 17-year-old Foxborough High student who passed away last week after a battle with the fatal condition progeria, before their game vs. Toronto Tuesday. Watch the pregame event in the NESN video here.

Game 46 preview: Maple Leafs at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin January 14, 2014 12:42 PM
The Bruins return to TD Garden Tuesday for a brief home stint – all of one game against the Maple Leafs – before heading back out on the road to face Dallas and Chicago.

They'll take on a Toronto team that has been hit with a flu-like bug that left David Clarkson vomiting all night and questionable for tonight's game.

But the Bruins have their own injury concerns, yet again. Claude Julien announced this morning that Dougie Hamilton is suffering from a "mild concussion," though he indicated that he didn't believe the absence would be extended.

"He’ll be out for a little bit," Julien said. "I don’t anticipate it being too, too long."

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 29-14-2, Maple Leafs 22-20-5

Projected lineups:

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

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: There is no real timeline on Chris Kelly's return from his fractured fibula, he said on Tuesday morning. He began skating last week while the team was on the West Coast. ... Tuukka Rask's next win will give him a season-high for his career. He has 22, which he also had in 2009-2010. ... The Bruins have won the first two games of the season series against Toronto, one win in Boston, one in Toronto. ... The referees are Tim Peel and Justin St. Pierre. The linesmen are Greg Devorski and Derek Nansen.

Game 45: Bruins at Sharks

Posted by Amalie Benjamin January 11, 2014 04:12 PM

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Welcome to the SAP Center where the Bruins are set to play the Sharks tonight. It's a big night for the team, which gets back both Loui Eriksson and Shawn Thornton tonight. Both have missed 15 games, Eriksson with a concussion, Thornton with a suspension.

“I’m excited to be back, obviously,” Thornton said this morning. “It was a tough night to sleep for other reasons this time, which is good. I was a little excited. It’s been a long time.”

He's not alone. Eriksson echoed that same feeling.

"For sure," he said. "It's been a long time, it feels like. So it's going to be nice to be back."

Game time: 10:30 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 28-14-2, Sharks 28-11-6

Projected lineups:

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

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Bruins have lost the first two games of their West Coast road trip, falling to the Ducks and Kings and allowing nine goals in the process. ... The Bruins won the other matchup between these two teams in a game that Tuukka Rask stole for them. Rask was pulled 1:45 into the second period against Los Angeles on Thursday. ... Johnny Boychuk remains back in Boston for personal reasons, with Kevan Miller slotting into his spot in the lineup. ... Zdeno Chara said he was fine after taking a slash in a bad spot on Friday at practice.

Game 43 preview: Bruins at Ducks

Posted by Amalie Benjamin January 7, 2014 10:32 AM


ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Welcome to the Honda Center, where the Bruins will take on the Ducks this evening, an extremely difficult task. Anaheim is the only team in the NHL that is unbeaten in regulation at home. The Bruins, meanwhile, are a pedestrian 10-8-0 on the road.

The Bruins would do well to start this road trip on a good note, because it doesn't get much easier from here, with games coming up in Los Angeles and San Jose this week, a test that Claude Julien called "needed" for his team.

But Anaheim also knows it has a challenge with the Bruins.

"A tremendous challenge," said coach Bruce Boudreau. "A team that goes to the Stanley Cup finals every year, or wins it. To me, right now, they're the best club in the East and it's going to be a real challenge for us to match their size and strength. Just when it comes to big games, Boston's always there."

Game time: 10 p.m.

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

Records: Bruins 28-12-2, Ducks 31-8-5

Projected lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg-Ryan Spooner-Matt Fraser
Justin Florek-Gregory Campbell-Daniel Paille

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: Jordan Caron skated with the team in morning skate, but he will not play tonight. Florek, as expected, will take his place on the fourth line ... The Bruins beat the Ducks in their only other meeting this season, 3-2, in a shootout ... Anaheim is the fifth team in 40 NHL seasons to record points in each of its first 19 home games. The Bruins did it (19-0-2) in 1973-74. The other teams were Philadelphia (19-0-7 in 1979-80), the Islanders (19-0-4 in 1978-79), and San Jose (20-0-2 in 2008-09) ... The referees are Don VanMassenhoven and Tim Peel. The linesmen are Brian Mach and Steve Miller.

Bruins players named to Olympics teams

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 7, 2014 08:17 AM

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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will play for Slovakia in the Olympics. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe)


Several Bruins players have been chosen for the Olympic hockey teams of their home countries.

Center Patrice Bergeron was named to Canada's Olympic team for the second time. Bergeron was a member of Canada's gold medal-winning team at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.

“Obviously really excited,” Bergeron said. “It’s a huge honor just to be named to that team and to be part of that 25. To have a chance to represent your country is always something very special and something I take a lot of pride in. Looking forward to it.”

Goalie Tuukka Rask will play for Finland, and center David Krejci is on the Czech Republic team. Bruins defenseman and captain Zdeno Chara will be the captain of Slovakia in his third Olympics.

"You’re carrying the whole nation on your back as a team, kind of," Rask said. "For us as Finnish players, expectations are always high. Our roster might not be the best out there, but people still expect us to succeed out there.

"It’s a little different expectations than your club teams but then again you’re playing with your countrymen and for your country. It’s a special experience."

Left wing Loui Eriksson, acquired in the trade that sent Tyler Seguin to the Stars in the summer, was named to Sweden's Olympics team.

Tuesday was the deadline for nations to declare their rosters for the Olympics, which begin Feb. 7 in Sochi, Russia. The Olympic hockey tournament begins Feb. 12, and the NHL will take a break for the Olympics after its games of Feb. 8 and resume play on Feb. 26.

Bruins coach Claude Julien is an assistant coach for Team Canada, and general manager Peter Chiarelli is part of Canada's management team.

There are no Bruins players on Team USA, which announced its roster on Jan. 1.

“I actually knew it before, a couple weeks before the coach called me and told me he wanted me to be on the team,” Krejci said Monday. “But nothing was official until today. Obviously my friends and my family started texting me. It’s pretty cool and it’s obviously an honor to play for my country.”

Krejci also played for the Czech Republic in the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.

“I like [the team’s] chances,” Krejci said. “Obviously everybody’s talking about Canada, US, Sweden, Russia, but we still have some good players. In a tournament like that, it’s only a matter of one game."

Forward Milan Lucic was considered for Team Canada and invited to its orientation camp, but was not among the 25 players chosen for the final roster.

Globe reporter Amalie Benjamin contributed to this report.

Game 42 preview: Jets at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin January 4, 2014 11:32 AM

We're back at the TD Garden for today's matinee between the Bruins and the Jets. It's another important game for Boston, as they try to get another two points before heading out on a tough road trip through Anaheim, Los Angeles, and San Jose.

The Bruins have yet another recall this morning, with Justin Florek coming up on an emergency basis. Florek will replace Jordan Caron, who came in this morning with a stiff back. Caron had participated fully in practice on Friday.

This will be Florek's NHL debut.

Game time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 27-12-2, Jets 19-19-5

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg-Ryan Spooner-Matt Fraser
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Justin Florek

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: Torey Krug will participate in warmups and will be a game-time decision for the Bruins after sitting out practice on a "maintenance day," as Claude Julien termed it. ... Julien is coaching his 500th game with the Bruins today. ... The combination of David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla is riding a six-game point streak. ... Florek is the sixth player to make his NHL debut for the team this season. ... The referees are Paul Devorski and Mike Leggo. The linesmen are Mark Wheler and Lonnie Cameron.

'Maintenance day' for Krug

Posted by Amalie Benjamin January 3, 2014 01:17 PM

WILMINGTON -- The Bruins practiced at Ristuccia Arena this afternoon after beating the Predators in overtime yesterday.

There was one notable absence from practice with Torey Krug not on the ice. Krug did not play the final four minutes of Thursday night's game with an undisclosed ailment. He played 14:02 in the game against Nashville.

"Maintenance day," Claude Julien said. "We'll see how he is tomorrow. If he's good to go, he'll go."

Loui Eriksson has not yet been cleared for contact, but he did take part in 3-on-3 drills in practice. He continues to wear a green jersey when the team skates.

Watch: Brad Marchand scores game-winning goal vs. Predators

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 3, 2014 08:29 AM

Brad Marchand turned in a pretty nifty game-winning goal in overtime of Thursday's Bruins game. Click full entry to watch the video.

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Game 41 preview: Predators at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin January 2, 2014 11:55 AM
It might be snowy outside, but the Bruins are doing their best to get ready for Thursday's game against the Nashville Predators at the TD Garden, which is on target to be played.

They'll have some new/old faces on the ice tonight, with Dougie Hamilton and Carl Soderberg slated to make their returns from injuries. They'll also have Niklas Svedberg -- who was called up this morning -- in net, making his NHL debut.

Svedberg was supposed to get the start on Saturday in Ottawa, but that was wiped out after too many injuries resulted in not enough space on the roster for the goalie. But he's back in Boston, as the Bruins are eager to get a look at him with some struggles of late for Chad Johnson.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 26-12-2, Predators 18-18-4

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg-Ryan Spooner-Matt Fraser
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Jordan Caron

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Niklas Svedberg
Tuukka Rask

Notes: Kevan Miller will be the healthy scratch defenseman tonight, according to coach Claude Julien. ... The Bruins have lost their last two consecutive games, to Ottawa and the Islanders. They have not lost three consecutive games yet this season. ... Starting with the Nashville game tonight, the Bruins will play their next five games – and eight of their next nine – against the Western Conference, including a three-game trip to California. ... The referees are Jean Hebert and Dan O'Rourke. The linesmen are Lonnie Cameron and Mark Wheler.

Hamilton, Soderberg cleared to play vs. Predators

Posted by Amalie Benjamin January 1, 2014 12:51 PM


The Bruins, who have spent the last month losing player after player, might start getting a few back in the near future. Coach Claude Julien said that both Dougie Hamilton and Carl Soderberg have been cleared to play Thursday against the Predators.

On Hamilton, the coach said, "He's been given the full go by our medical staff here. I'm hoping that if he's good tomorrow that I get a chance to use him. So he's certainly a possibility for tomorrow.

"Carl has been cleared as well. Carl, again, same situation, should be in the lineup tomorrow, and I always say that because you never know. You come in the next day and things have changed."

The Bruins did send Nick Johnson back down to Providence, so they have just 12 healthy forwards including Soderberg.

Loui Eriksson, meanwhile, skated in a green jersey today and did not take contact. He did participate in some net-front drills, but his return is not nearly as close as that of some of his teammates.

"He's just skating, so he’s a ways away still," Julien said. "He’s not supposed to do any contact and we’re just putting him in our practices so he can be around players."

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