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Patrice Bergeron named Second Star of the Week

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 31, 2014 12:25 PM
Patrice Bergeron has been named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week.

Bergeron scored five goals in four games last week. Bergeron scored twice against Chicago last Thursday, including the game-winning goal.

Bergeron has a seven-game goal-scoring streak in progress. Bergeron extended his streak in Sunday’s 4-3 shootout win over the Flyers with a second-period goal. Bergeron also scored one of the Bruins’ two shootout goals.

Game 75 preview: Bruins at Flyers

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 30, 2014 10:55 AM
PHILADELPHIA – Good morning from the Wells Fargo Center, where the Bruins will look to set a team record this afternoon against the Flyers. The Bruins have won eight straight games on the road, including Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Washington. They have never won nine straight.

Tuukka Rask should be in goal today after backing up Chad Johnson Saturday. For now, we’ll assume there are no other lineup changes.

Puck drop: 12:30 p.m.

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

Records: Bruins 51-17-6, Flyers 39-27-7

Projected Bruins lineup:

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

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Andrej Meszaros-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Healthy scratches: Jordan Caron, Matt Bartkowski, Corey Potter

Storylines: If he plays, this will be Andrej Meszaros’s first game against his old team. The Bruins acquired Meszaros from the Flyers at the trade deadline for a conditional third-round pick. Meszaros displaced Matt Bartkowski on the second pairing Saturday. Meszaros also manned the point on the No. 2 power-play unit instead of Reilly Smith… The Flyers will be seeking revenge for their 6-1 loss to the Bruins earlier this season. The Flyers, however, are a different team than the one the Bruins played earlier. Philadelphia could have home-ice advantage in the first round, which is a significant feat given their wretched start under former coach Peter Laviolette… Tim Peel and Dennis LaRue will be the referees. Pierre Racicot and Greg Devorski will be the linesmen.

Game 74 preview: Bruins at Capitals

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 29, 2014 10:14 AM
WASHINGTON – Good morning from the Verizon Center, where the Bruins will start a four-game road trip this afternoon against the Capitals.

This could be a possible first-round meeting. Washington is in ninth place. The Capitals are one of four teams with 80 points. Columbus, Detroit, and Toronto are the others.

The Capitals gave the Bruins their last regulation loss. Washington beat the Bruins on March 1, 4-2. The Bruins have gained points in the 14 games since that loss.

Puck drop: 12:30 p.m.

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

Records: Bruins 50-17-6, Capitals 34-27-12

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-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, Andrej Meszaros, Corey Potter

Storylines: The Bruins will be pushing for their eighth straight road win. This is their second-longest road winning streak since 2008-09. They haven’t lost on regulation on the road since Jan. 9, when they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Kings… Assuming Tuukka Rask starts today, he will be aiming for his 100th career win… The Capitals have the best power play in the league (24 percent). They’ve also gone on the power play a league-leading 262 times. In comparison, the Bruins only have 203 PP chances… Tim Peel and Frederick L’Ecuyer will be the referees. Tim Nowak and Pierre Racicot will be the linesmen.

Game 73 preview: Blackhawks at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 27, 2014 12:41 PM
The last time the Blackhawks were in the visitor's dressing room at the TD Garden, the floors were sticky with Champagne and there was a Stanley Cup to celebrate. The stakes aren't quite so high this time – nor is the room quite so dirty – but there were definitely a few memories floating around the Chicago side this morning.

"It was fun," Corey Crawford said. "It was a little surreal after it happened, but looking back on it now, it was just an amazing time. It was awesome."

He wasn't the only one who felt that way.

"It certainly is a great memory, was a great night," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "Unpredictable. Amazing ending. A lot of good memories, for sure."

Not so for the Bruins, though they seem to be doing their best not to think about that night back in June that cost them a chance at a second Cup in three years.

"Obviously we would love to win, that's our goal," David Krejci said.

Still, he also acknowledged the reality. As he put it, "If we win tonight, we're not going to get the Cup back."

Game time: 7 p.m.

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

Records: Bruins 49-17-6, Blackhawks 42-16-15

Bruins welcome Maddie Santosuosso for Make-A-Wish

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 26, 2014 12:23 PM

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WILMINGTON – After Bruins practice had ended this morning, an extra goaltender took the ice. Maddie Santosuosso, 9, from Topsfield, spent some time with Tuukka Rask this morning, taking shots from the forwards and getting some pointers on her butterfly as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Rask had met Santosuosso about a week ago to pick up some hockey gear at a store in Norwood, and she got a chance to use it for the first time for about 15 minutes after the team practice was over at Ristuccia Arena.

“I was pretty impressed,” Rask said. “That was her first time wearing that, and she was skating around stopping pucks, so I was pretty impressed with her. It’s always fun to brighten up a kid’s day.”

Rask helped pick out the same type of gear that he wears. He said he was just disappointed they ended up having to get her a mask in the Canadian colors.

“It’s good for us that she likes goalies and I had a chance to help her out,” Rask said. “It means a lot. You always try to be a role model for the kids, and to do something like that, it’s great.

“We just talked about hockey stuff, how does it feel to be a goalie, and what do we do in the locker room. She’s not scared of the puck, which is a great start. I just told her to stand tall and try to catch as many pucks as she can. She was loving it.”

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It’s a full day of charity work for the Bruins, who have their annual “Cuts for a Cause” this afternoon at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, with 21 of the Bruins having their heads shaved by auction winners to benefit the Shawn Thornton Foundation, the Boston Bruins Foundation and the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.

Thornton said they have raised more than $105,000 already, which would set a new record for the event.

Asked if it was a tough sell to get his teammates to shave, Thornton quipped, “Just bad guys. Like Loui [Eriksson] and [Brad Marchand]. They’re bad people. Everyone else is great.”

Bruins playoff tickets to go on sale April 4

Posted by Jeff Pini, Boston.com Correspondent March 26, 2014 09:30 AM

Get your Black and Gold towels rally ready: the Bruins have announced that tickets for the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs will go on sale Friday, April 4.

Sales will begin at 11:00 a.m. for individual tickets and single game suite rentals. They can be purchased at the TD Garden Box Office, on bostonbruins.com, on the Bruins mobile app, or by phone.

The schedule, dates, and times for the Bruins’ home games will be determined by the NHL after the seedings for the playoffs are set. If any game scheduled at the TD Garden is not played due to the conclusion of the playoff round, ticket holders can receive a full refund of face value and service fees paid at the point of purchase.

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Playoff weakness for the Bruins? Taking bad penalties

Posted by Jeff Pini, Boston.com Correspondent March 25, 2014 09:51 AM

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Johnny Boychuk takes down Montreal's P.K. Subban in the second period; Boychuk received a roughing penalty on the play. (Jared Wickerham/ Getty Images)


The Bruins’ 12-game win streak ended in a shootout loss to the Canadiens on Monday night. The team has admitted that shootouts are one of their biggest weaknesses, but, as Claude Julien said after the game, “I don’t care about that because that doesn’t happen in the playoffs.”

A weakness that the Bruins did show in their loss to Montreal, and one they may need to address before the playoffs begin, is taking penalties and giving other teams the man-advantage.

The Bruins penalty kill is strong, but is surely not what it used to be; since top defenseman Dennis Seidenberg suffered a torn ACL, his presence in all aspects of the game has been missed, including on the penalty kill. Last season, the B’s finished with the fourth best penalty kill in the league at 87.1 percent; this season, they are just .2 percent away from being out of the top 10.

Some penalties you can’t get around, such as when you’re fighting for the puck and your stick gets lifted into an opponent’s head area, or jostling for position and a referee believes that you held someone.

But others, like Brad Marchand’s high stick on P.K. Subban and Johnny Boychuk’s collar grab of Subban from behind, can – and should – be avoided come playoff time. Boychuk admitted after the game that it was a bad penalty to take at that point in the game.

Sometimes it just depends on who you are playing; it’s no secret that the Canadiens' penalty-drawing tactics have come into question, most notably by Claude Julien last March, when he called out the Habs for embellishing after a 4-3 loss, calling it an “embarrassment for our game.”

The Bruins were able to kill off all but one of the Canadiens’ power plays, and the only one that resulted in a score was on an Alexi Emelin shot that took a bad bounce off Chris Kelly’s stick and into the net.

There’s no doubt that the Bruins would be better off staying out of the box, as was shown on Monday night, when the B’s outshot the Canadiens 22-9 when playing 5-on-5. They allowed 10 shots on Montreal’s six power plays, while also allowing three short handed shots.

The referees were whistle-happy for both sides in the game, with each team getting six power play chances. That won’t happen come the playoffs, as most refs tend to err on the side of “let the boys play,” rather than having a questionable penalty decide a tight postseason contest.

Any seven-game series, whether it’s against the Canadiens, Penguins, or anyone else, will get heated after a few hard-fought games, so the Bruins will need to keep up the intensity, but still hold their composure and keep the games 5-on-5 if they want to make a deep playoff run in 2014.

Game 71 preview: Bruins at Coyotes

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 22, 2014 05:21 PM

PHOENIX -- The Bruins are set to finish off the second game of a Western Conference back-to-back, taking on the Coyotes at the Jobing.com Arena at 6 p.m. local time.

They have already done their part, clinching the first playoff spot in the NHL on Friday night with a 2-0 win over the Avalanche in Colorado for their 11th straight win. They'll try to make it 12 tonight, further extending their lead in the East.

Boston has already beaten the Coyotes once during the streak, taking a 2-1 win on March 13 at the TD Garden.

Game time: 9 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 47-17-5, Coyotes 34-25-11

Projected lineups:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The 11-game winning streak for the Bruins is their longest since a 13-game streak in 1970-1971. ... The team has earned a point in each of its last 13 road games, going 10-0-3. That's their longest such streak since a 14-gamer in 1975-1976. ... They are now tied with the Blues for the league lead with 101 points. Both teams have played 70 games, with St. Louis losing earlier today. ... The Bruins have outscored their opponents 43-15 during the streak, and have allowed two or fewer goals nine times. ... Boston has also killed 29-of-31 power-play chances in that time. ... The referees are Gord Dwyer and Mike Leggo. The linesmen are Jonny Murray and David Brisebois.

Game 70: Bruins at Avalanche

Posted by Matt Pepin, BostonGlobe.com Staff March 21, 2014 04:36 PM
DENVER – Welcome to the Pepsi Center, where the Bruins will take on the Avs tonight in the first game of a back-to-back against Western Conference opponents. The Bruins head to Phoenix to play the Coyotoes Saturday to conclude their three-game road trip.

The big question for the Bruins tonight is whether they will be the first team in the NHL to clinch a spot in the playoffs. They can clinch if they beat the Avalanche tonight, or if they get one point against Colorado and the Rangers lose to the Blue Jackets in regulation.

Boston, of course, also comes into this game looking to extend its 10-game winning streak.

Game time: 9 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 47-17-5, Avalanche 44-20-6

Projected lineups:

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

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

Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask

Notes: Johnny Boychuk will take part in warmups before the game tonight, and will be a game-time decision for coach Claude Julien. ... The Avalanche boast teenage phenom Nathan MacKinnon, who has played in all 70 games for the Avs and has 23 goals and 31 assists for 54 points. ... The Bruins' last streak of at least 11 consecutive wins came on a 13-game stretch in 1970-1971. ... The Bruins are still on a streak of getting at least a point in each of their last 12 road games, at 9-0-3, their longest such streak since 1975-1976. ... The referees are Francis Charron and Dave Jackson. The linesmen are Scott Driscoll and Derek Nansen.

Johnny Boychuk practices with Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 20, 2014 04:39 PM


DENVER -- Johnny Boychuk was on the ice Thursday afternoon for an optional skate with the Bruins. Boychuk has missed the last two games after going hard into the boards and suffering a leg injury in Saturday's game against Carolina.

Coach Claude Julien said he had not yet made a determination on whether Boychuk would play Friday against the Avalanche.

"This is his first time on the ice," Julien said. "We'll have to chat after he gets off, and tomorrow is another skate. We’ll evaluate him day-by-day like we talked about, but again, if he’s not 100 percent, there’s no reason why he should play.

"And certainly, again, the situation we’re in, our guys who have played on D have been pretty good overall and we’ve had a good group of guys -- guys in, out, they come in, do a job -- and so again no need to rush things here."

Julien also provided a small update on Adam McQuaid, who is back with the team. It was announced March 5 that McQuaid would be shut down for 2-3 weeks to see if that might help the quadriceps strain that has plagued him since he reinjured it Jan. 19.

"We're obviously going to have to make a decision at some point," Julien said. "The reason we shut him down was to try and get him back on course, and I know he’s been working off ice longer and longer every day.

"As far as I know, he’s going in the right direction, but whether we make a decision with him or not, I’ll probably know more once I get back home because he stayed back with our trainers there and is working out that way."

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 18, 2014 06:38 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

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

Zdeno Chara-Corey Potter
Andrej Meszaros-Kevan Miller
Torey Krug-Dougie Hamilton

Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask

* Martin Brodeur (17-12-4, 2.50 GAA, .901 save percentage) will start in goal for the Devils.

Game 69 preview: Bruins at Devils

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 18, 2014 05:07 PM
NEWARK – Good afternoon from the Prudential Center, where the Bruins will look to stretch their winning streak to 10 games tonight against the Devils.

It is unknown whether Johnny Boychuk will be available tonight. Boychuk traveled with the team and is at the arena. Boychuk did not play in last night’s 4-1 win over Minnesota because of lingering soreness from his collision with the end boards on Saturday.

Chad Johnson, who backed up Tuukka Rask last night, should get tonight’s start.

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 46-17-5, Devils 29-26-13

Projected Bruins lineup:

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

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Andrej Meszaros
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask

Healthy scratches: Jordan Caron, Corey Potter

Storylines: The Bruins remain in last place in power-play opportunities (190). New Jersey has the second-fewest PP chances (203). Puck possession is not an issue for either team. The low number of opportunities could reflect an overall lack of team speed for both clubs… Jarome Iginla (555 career goals) could tie Hall of Famer Johnny Bucyk for 25th place on the all-time list tonight. Iginla is one off Bucyk’s pace... Zdeno Chara turned 37 today… The Bruins will travel to Denver after tonight’s game. They will have a day off tomorrow and practice on Thursday in preparation for Friday’s game against the Avalanche… Dean Morton and Eric Furlatt will be the referees. Greg Devorski and Tim Nowak will be the linesmen.

Game 68 preview: Wild at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 17, 2014 12:29 PM
The Bruins will attempt to do something tonight they've never done before: Beat the Wild at the TD Garden. The Wild have won all six games against the Bruins in Boston. In fact, the Bruins are just 2-10-0 lifetime against Minnesota.

But the Bruins are also on an eight-game winning streak, and they are trying their best not to get complacent.

"You know, this isn't our best," coach Claude Julien said earlier. "Trust me, it's not our best. When you look at the scoring chances you give, when you look at some of the breakdowns, it's nice to win some games, but you have to remember sometimes your goaltender does a pretty nice job of bailing you out.

"To us, we're good right now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying we're playing bad, we're playing well. But I think there is still a lot of room for improvement here if we expect to go a long way in the playoffs, we're going to have to be better than what we are right now. So to me, that's not peaking."

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

TV/Radio: NBC Sports Network/TSN2/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 45-17-5, Wild 35-22-10

Projected lineups:

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

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Andrej Meszaros
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Wild are battling for a playoff spot in the West. They are at 80 points, and holding down the first wild-card spot. ... The Bruins' eight-game winning streak is their longest since November of 2011. ... The Bruins head out on the road after the game and play at New Jersey Tuesday. ... Jarome Iginla is playing in his 1,300th game tonight, making him the fifth active player to reach that milestone, along with Jaromir Jagr, Teemu Selanne, Ray Whitney, and Shane Doan, who got there on Thursday vs. Boston. ... The referees are Ghislain Hebert and Francois St. Laurent. The linesmen are Shane Heyer and Tony Sericolo.

Johnny Boychuk out vs. Wild

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 17, 2014 12:23 PM

Johnny Boychuk, who went into the boards awkwardly in the third period of Saturday's game against the Hurricanes, will not play Monday against Minnesota. The defenseman was not on the ice for morning skate, and was confirmed out by coach Claude Julien.

"He didn't skate this morning because he can't. Right now it's too sore, so he's day-to-day," Julien said. "It's from obviously the incident the other night. So he couldn't skate this morning, came in early, we tried to see if he could and he couldn't. Just go day-to-day with him."

Boychuk said he received X-rays after the game on Saturday, but did not yet know the results. Julien confirmed that they were negative.

"If he tried to skate this morning, it would have been negative, but there's some damage in there obviously when you go in feet first," Julien said. "We looked at both his skates and he kind of crashed in there and twisted, so a little sore for him to skate on."

The Bruins had already been rotating defensemen into the lineup, with eight of them currently on the roster.

Game 67 preview: Hurricanes at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 15, 2014 11:02 AM

The Bruins come into their game against the Hurricanes riding a seven-game winning streak as they head into the last month of the season. They've gone 10-1-2 in their last 13 games and 15-2-3 in their last 20 games.

It's safe to say they've been playing well.

Now they can work on evaluating potential extra forwards, on solidifying their defensive pairings, on giving players extra rest. They'll continue that today by giving Matt Lindblad, who was called up from Providence, his first NHL start.

Game time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 44-17-5, Hurricanes 29-28-9

Projected lineups:

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

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

Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask

Notes: Matt Lindblad will wear No. 52 in his NHL debut today. ... The Bruins begin a stretch of three games in four days today, with games on Monday against Minnesota and Tuesday in New Jersey. They also are ending a stretch of three-in-four, after playing Wednesday in Montreal and Thursday at home vs. Phoenix. ... Shawn Thornton, Jordan Caron, and Andrej Meszaros are expected to be the healthy scratches. ... The referees are Brad Meier and Chris Rooney. The linesmen are Darren Gibbs and Jonny Murray.

Matt Lindblad ready to make NHL debut

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 14, 2014 01:49 PM


WILMINGTON – Matt Lindblad is projected to make his NHL debut Saturday against Carolina at TD Garden. The Bruins recalled the forward from Providence Friday, and he was one of seven Bruins to participate in an on-ice session at Ristuccia Arena.

The first-year pro projects to be a bottom-six NHL forward. The Bruins, just about locked in to a top-two seed in the Eastern Conference, will use the next month to evaluate players like Lindblad. The three-year Dartmouth forward has 7 goals and 15 assists for Providence this season.

Claude Julien did not specify which player would sit in Lindblad’s place against the Hurricanes.

* Daniel Paille should join Lindblad in the lineup. Paille missed the last two games because of a concussion sustained last Sunday against Florida. Paille skated Friday and said he felt no symptoms.

* Chad Johnson was the lone goalie to skate Friday and should be in goal Saturday.

Dougie Hamilton out, Andrej Meszaros in

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 12, 2014 12:22 PM
MONTREAL – Bruins coach Claude Julien said on Tuesday that he would have some tough decisions to make regarding his defense.

He has made his decision, and that means Dougie Hamilton will get a second consecutive healthy scratch, with newly acquired Andrej Meszaros taking his place in the lineup.

"Dougie is going to be out again," Julien said. "I'm going with the same D corps as I had the other night."

Hamilton spent extra time skating at morning skate with Corey Potter, another healthy scratch, and Daniel Paille, who returned to the ice after getting a concussion on Sunday in Florida.

Game 65 preview: Bruins at Canadiens

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 12, 2014 12:01 PM
MONTREAL – It's Bruins-Habs at the Bell Centre tonight. What else, really, do you need to know as far as the rivalry goes?

As for the Bruins, coach Claude Julien confirmed he'll go with the same defensive lineup he had Sunday in Florida. That means Andrej Meszaros is in and Dougie Hamilton is out. Hamilton skated extra this morning along with Corey Potter and Daniel Paille.

Paille sustained a "real minor" concussion on Sunday, as Julien called it. He participated in the optional morning skate.

"Right now he's just going through the stages and going very well. Hopefully we move on to the next level by tomorrow," Julien said.

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

TV/Radio: NBC Sports Network/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 42-17-5, Canadiens 35-24-7

Projected lineups:

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

Zdeno Chara-Andrej Meszaros
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: Tuukka Rask, Carl Soderberg, Loui Eriksson, Jarome Iginla, and David Krejci all opted not to skate this morning. ... The referees are Ghislain Hebert and Marc Joannette. The linesmen are Steve Barton and Michel Cormier.

Bruins players react to Rich Peverley health scare

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 11, 2014 04:28 PM
MONTREAL – The Bruins were at a team dinner for Tuukka Rask's birthday at Sardelli in Hollywood, Fla., when they found out that former teammate Rich Peverley had collapsed at a game between the Stars and Blue Jackets on Monday night.

"I felt sick to my stomach," Patrice Bergeron said.

"The whole room was pretty shaken," Chris Kelly said.

"Right away you just want to make sure he's OK," Shawn Thornton said. "That's the initial reaction. You have a terrible feeling in your gut and just hope that he's OK."

The Bruins sent scores of text messages to Peverley and Tyler Seguin, just hoping to get some news on the situation, which they had found about on Twitter.

"I shot a bunch of texts to everybody," Thornton said. "Actually Segs called me right back and gave us the 411.

"You never want to see that obviously, but he's one of our good friends on this team. He's one of the great guys. We were pretty worried. The room went pretty quiet, but he texted me back today though and I think he seems to be doing OK. That's a positive."

Peverley spent today undergoing tests to determine the reasons for the collapse, according to reports out of Dallas. Stars general manager Jim Nill said that Peverley was in stable condition after the incident.

"It was good to hear at least that he was feeling OK and he was stable," Bergeron said. "But with that being said, thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. And I'll send lots of positive energy, also."

Watch: Bruins top Panthers for fifth straight win

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff March 10, 2014 09:40 AM

Torey Krug scored the go-ahead goal in the third period as the Bruins won a season-high fifth straight game on Sunday, beating the Florida Panthers, 5-2. Chad Johnson made 20 saves for Boston.

Daniel Paille out for game

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 9, 2014 06:07 PM

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Daniel Paille, who took a big hit from Ed Jovanovski at 3:06 of the first period, will not return to the game, the Bruins announced.

The forward played just one shift, with 1:20 of ice time before sustaining the hit and leaving the ice to go down the tunnel.

The Bruins have not announced the nature of the injury.

Paille did miss some time in December with concussion symptoms, and has dealt with concussion issues in the past.

Game 63 preview: Bruins at Lightning

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 8, 2014 12:44 PM

TAMPA, Fla. -- Good afternoon from the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the Bruins are set to take on the Lightning this evening. It's a big game for Tampa Bay, which has struggled since returning from the break. The Lightning have lost their last three games and are 3-7-0 in their last 10.

The Lightning did get back star Steven Stamkos for their game against Buffalo on Thursday. The newly named captain of the Lightning had been out for 45 games, since he broke his shin in a game against the Bruins on Nov. 11.

It's an interesting matchup, given that these two could possibly face each other in the playoffs. In fact, if the playoffs started today, they would be a first-round matchup.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 40-17-5, Lightning 34-24-5

Projected lineups:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Bruins will go with the same six defensemen as they used against the Capitals on Thursday. That means that new Bruins Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter will get another game up in the press box. There is no set time for either player to see his first action with Boston. ... The Bruins had an optional skate this morning, with Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Jordan Caron, and Shawn Thornton the only forwards to skate. Most of the defensemen skated, with the exception of Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk. Tuukka Rask also took the morning off. ... The Bruins play back-to-back games in Florida, with a 5 p.m. start on Sunday against Roberto Luongo and the Panthers in Sunrise, Fla.

Bruins defense shines in shutout of Caps

Posted by Staff March 7, 2014 09:26 AM
In their first game since the trade deadline, the Bruins defense looked rock-solid Thursday night against the usually potent offense of the Washington Capitals that features Alex Ovechkin, the league-leader in goals.

The Bruins allowed just four shots on goal in the first period, and duplicated that effort in the second period. The Capitals made a push in the third period, doubling their shot total from the previous two periods, but it was to no avail, as the Bruins defense shut down any chance the Capitals had at getting back in the game.

“Our guys did a great job of pinning them in; I think our forecheck was really good again,” coach Claude Julien said after the game. “We wanted our guys to be a little bit more physical on the forecheck and finish their checks on these guys. They played last night; they’re a little young back there, so it was important for us to get on them physically and make them throw pucks away, and guys did a great job.

“I think our D’s were reading those plays well also and pinching at the right time, but we got some better support from our forwards when our D pinched tonight than we did in the past games.”

“Today [the defense] was the best in a long time; to keep them to 15 shots and not too many scoring chances,” said goaltender Tuukka Rask. “We had layers all over the ice, and defended the middle really good, and backchecked hard, and had all the elements we want. So it was great to see that.”

The Bruins were able to answer any rush that the Capitals’ offense threw their way, turning it back into momentum for the Bruins’ own forwards, who put the Bruins up by two goals in the second period on scores by Gregory Campbell and Loui Eriksson.

“[Giving them momentum], it’s something that you have to be very careful of, especially when it’s a 2-0 game,” said Zdeno Chara. “That one goal can put them on, feed them and give them energy and we didn’t want to do that. It’s just kind of a fine line that you have to still play a strong game defensively and at the same time, know that they’re kind of one goal away from being back in the game.

“It was a good effort and we battled hard. We stayed disciplined.”

What also contributed to the Bruins success was their ability to stay out of the penalty box all night, helping to silence the Capitals’ power play that scored two goals in Washington’s 4-2 win at the TD Garden last Saturday.

“It helps [to keep it 5-on-5]; you’re kind of afraid of those guys when they get a power play because they’ve got so much firepower and they are so disciplined,” Rask said. “But we didn’t give them any and it’s great to see that.”

“The last time we played them they got two power play goals,” Chara said. “I don’t think it was just their speed; basically we were behind right away. But them scoring those quick power-play goals, it was a different game. Like I said, tonight, without power plays, we played strong five-on-five hockey.”

The Bruins defense was a major question heading into the trade deadline after losing Dennis Seidenberg for the year with a torn ACL and finding out that Adam McQuaid suffered a setback in his rehab from a leg injury.

GM Peter Chiarelli made one big move at the deadline, sending a conditional third round draft pick to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Andrej Meszaros. Meszaros was in Boston for Thursday’s game, but didn’t suit up for the B’s.

The Bruins also claimed defenseman Corey Potter on waivers from the Edmonton Oilers.

Meszaros is supposed to help fortify the back of the Bruins defense, adding a left-handed shot that can play both sides on the blue line. He had five goals and 12 assists in 38 games with the Flyers, with a plus/minus of +1.

“He’s an experienced player, I think he’s proved over the years,” said Julien about Meszaros before Thursday’s game. “He’s a big body as well. Offensively he supports the attack well; he’s been known to be a pretty good offensive-type defenseman. So with that big body and the way we play I’m sure he will defend well also. Again, I think it will be a matter of time to see how well he fits with us.”

The Bruins hope that their defensive stifling of the Capitals can carry on moving forward, as the team will have a busy schedule over the next week, playing four games in a six day stretch in four different cities.

“You always want to play good defensively, right?” Rask said. “We’ve kind of slipped from that a little bit, but I think guys were sharp mentally today – that’s all it is, it’s just mental errors and not doing the things you’re supposed to do. So today we fixed that and everybody feels good about it.”

Eriksson heel infection from cut in Russia

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 6, 2014 12:34 PM
Loui Eriksson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight for the Bruins after sitting out Tuesday's game with a heel infection.

The forward revealed today the infection was a result of a cut he sustained while in Sochi, Russia for the Olympics. It began to plague him the last couple of days.

"I got a cut in Russia, when I actually went into the cold tub," Eriksson said. "I got a cut on my heel. So it started to get infected here the last couple of days. I’m on antibiotics right now, so I think it will be healing pretty good."

Eriksson said the heel was especially painful in Sunday's game against the Rangers, though the pain dissipated after about 10 minutes of skating.

Game 62 preview: Capitals at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 6, 2014 09:50 AM
It's only been five days since the Bruins last played the Capitals – a 4-2 Bruins loss – but they'll see them again tonight at the TD Garden, and both teams will look slightly different.

The Caps brought in goalie Jaroslav Halak to join Braden Holtby. Meanwhile, the Bruins added two defensemen, Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter. Meszaros took part in morning skate, while Potter is expected to arrive this afternoon.

After this game, the Bruins head out on the road for three games, playing Tampa Bay, Florida, and Montreal.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 39-17-5, Capitals 29-24-10

Projected lineups:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: Loui Eriksson returns from a heel infection that sidelined him for Tuesday's game. ... Andrej Meszaros will wear No. 41. Corey Potter will wear No. 6. ... Bruins coach Claude Julien said that Meszaros will not play tonight. The team will work on getting him acquainted with the system that the Bruins play. ... The trio of Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Jarome Iginla has a combined 32 points over the last eight games. ... The referees are Greg Kimmerly and Mike Leggo. The linesmen are Michel Cormier and Brian Murphy.

Adam McQuaid shut down 2-3 weeks

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 5, 2014 05:23 PM


Defenseman Adam McQuaid won't be playing any time soon, a victim of a quad strain that he aggravated Jan. 19 against the Blackhawks. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said McQuaid will be shut down two to three weeks, with the Bruins waiting to see how the injury reacts.

"I'm not sure what's going to happen with Adam," Chiarelli said. "We're going to shut him down for two to three weeks. His injury, while it keeps healing, he has setbacks. We're going to just give him rest, two to three weeks, and see where it is after that."

That made it more important to get not just a left-shot defenseman to potentially challenge Matt Bartkowski for playing time, but also to get another option for depth. That was where Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter came in.

"He's got a quad strain, and he was really close -- you've heard Claude [Julien] say about him being like ready to go and stuff, and he had good sessions over the Olympic break -- he just re-aggravated it," Chiarelli said.

"We had something similar with Jared Knight last year. We just basically shut the player down for a couple weeks, and just rest, and he came around. That's what I would expect would happen."

Bruins acquire Andrej Meszaros

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 5, 2014 02:09 PM
While it might not be a big splash of a deal, the Bruins have made a second move before the trade deadline, picking up Philadelphia defenseman Andrej Meszaros for a third-round pick, the team confirmed.

The 28-year-old does fit the Bruins' biggest need, a left-shot defender with an expiring contract. He can play both sides, like Dennis Seidenberg, but is not nearly the same player as the injured Bruin. It is not certain that Meszaros would unseat Matt Bartkowski for playing time on the left side of the second pairing.


Meszaros is 6-foot-2, 223 pounds, and has played in 38 games for the Flyers this season, averaging 17:22 of ice time, though he has been a healthy scratch at times for the Flyers. He has five goals and 12 assists this season. He carries a $4 million cap hit.

Meszaros joins Corey Potter as the Bruins' trade deadline pickups. Potter is a right-shot depth pickup, while Meszaros is a better player whom general manager Peter Chiarelli has familiarity with from his days in Ottawa.

He has also been a defensive partner of Zdeno Chara's, both back in Ottawa and at the Olympics with Slovakia.

Bruins claim D Corey Potter

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 5, 2014 01:32 PM


In their first move of the trade deadline period, the Bruins claimed defenseman Corey Potter off waivers. The 6-foot-3-inch, 206-pounder has played in 16 games for Edmonton this season, with five assists, averaging 14:47 of ice time.

Potter, 30, doesn't fill the Bruins' biggest need, but he fits as a depth signing for a team that has little NHL defensive depth in the wake of injuries to Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid. (McQuaid, for the record, has been off ice since Jan. 19, though his status for the rest of the season is unclear.)

Backup goaltender Chad Johnson played with Potter in Hartford of the AHL back in 2009-10, and offered his scouting report.

"He was just a real steady D man," Johnson said. "He just had a presence back there. At least in the minors, he was just calm, made really simple plays. He isn’t a guy who’s going to make bad decisions. He’s just real steady. He’ll fit in perfect with the D corps here."

Loui Eriksson misses practice

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 5, 2014 01:29 PM


WILMINGTON -- Loui Eriksson was absent from Bruins practice Wednesday afternoon, a day after he missed the game against the Panthers.

Coach Claude Julien said the forward's absence was simply related to the "minor issue" that kept Eriksson out Tuesday, and it would not keep him out on Thursday, when the Bruins play the Capitals. A team source called it a "minor ailment."

Eriksson was at Ristuccia Arena, though he did not take the ice.

The only other player missing from practice was Adam McQuaid. The status of his groin injury is still unclear at this point.

Bruins honor New England Olympians

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 4, 2014 06:49 PM

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Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff


The Bruins honored 10 New England Olympians before Tuesday night's game against the Panthers: Alex Deibold (bronze, snowboard cross), Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir (bronze, team figuring skating), Steve Langton (double bronze, bobsled), and Kacey Bellamy, Alex Carpenter, Meghan Duggan, Michelle Picard, Molly Schaus, and Kelli Stack (silver, women’s hockey).

The biggest ovation was reserved for Duggan, who came out last.

The Olympians participated in the ceremonial puck drop before the game.

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Game 61 preview: Panthers at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 4, 2014 11:49 AM

With just one day remaining until the trade deadline, the Bruins take on the Florida Panthers tonight at the TD Garden.

The Bruins will be without Loui Eriksson tonight, with Jordan Caron taking his place on the third line with Carl Soderberg and Chris Kelly. Eriksson's absence is due to a "minor issue," and he is expected to return on Thursday against the Capitals. The issue is not related to the trade deadline.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 38-17-5, Panthers 23-31-7

Projected lineups:

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

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

Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask

Notes: The game represents a great chance for the Bruins to pick up two points. Florida has the second-fewest points in the Eastern Conference, and the Bruins have beaten the Panthers in each of their last six games. They are 7-1-0 in their last eight games against the Panthers at TD Garden. ... Jordan Caron has played just twice since Jan. 2, with his last game coming on Jan. 27. ... The referees are Dean Morton and Brad Watson. The linesmen are Michel Cormier and Tony Sericolo.

Loui Eriksson out vs. Panthers

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 4, 2014 11:37 AM

Loui Eriksson will not play against Florida tonight at the TD Garden. The forward was not present at morning skate and coach Claude Julien said a "minor issue" will prevent him from playing.

"Loui was in the back room," Julien said. "He's got a minor issue that will keep him out tonight, but should be back Thursday."

Julien declined to be more specific, repeating that Eriksson will be out with an "issue." A team source said that the issue has nothing to do with the trade deadline, which is tomorrow at 3 p.m.

Jordan Caron, who has not played since Jan. 27 and who has played only twice since Jan. 2, will take Eriksson's place, skating on the third line with Carl Soderberg and Chris Kelly.

The Bruins do not yet have an answer on Adam McQuaid, whose injury status remains up in the air, Julien said. They are expected to know more by the end of the week about whether or not McQuaid will be shut down with the groin injury that has plagued him since he reinjured it on Jan. 19.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 2, 2014 06:34 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

* Henrik Lundqvist (22-19-3, 2.47 GAA, .917 save percentage) will start in goal for the Rangers.

Game 60 preview: Bruins at Rangers

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff March 2, 2014 04:22 PM
NEW YORK – Good afternoon from Madison Square Garden, where the Bruins will look to break a two-game losing streak tonight against the Rangers.

The Bruins lost to Washington Saturday, 4-2. The Rangers are coming off a loss to Philadelphia.

Chad Johnson could be in net tonight against his old team. The Bruins will be careful about using Tuukka Rask during this month’s 17-game sprint.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

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

Records: Bruins 37-17-5, Rangers 33-25-3

Projected Bruins lineup:

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

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

Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask

Healthy scratch: Jordan Caron

Storylines: The Bruins are still in the hunt for a defenseman prior to Wednesday’s deadline. Buffalo is selling, so the Bruins will be in on Henrik Tallinder. But with Buffalo identified as a clear seller, there will be multiple bidders in the mix for Tallinder. It will be the same case for Andrew MacDonald, who will draw even more interest, thereby driving up the price… Adam McQuaid did not travel to New York. It’s unknown when McQuaid will return to uniform… This could be Ryan Callahan’s final home game. The Rangers' captain will be unrestricted after this season. The sides have not progressed on an extension. The Rangers next play at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night after the deadline… Derrick Brassard has nine points in his last seven games… Mike Leggo and Dennis LaRue will be the referees. Mark Shewchyk and Matt MacPherson will be the linesmen.

Bruins make girl's wish come true

Posted by Matt Pepin, BostonGlobe.com Staff March 2, 2014 03:43 PM
The Bruins made a dream come true last week for fan Maria Splaine, a 16-year-old student at Presentation of Mary Academy in Methuen and a patient at the Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana Farber.

Through the Make-A-Wish program, Splaine traveled with the team for its game in Buffalo for a behind-the-scenes look at a road trip. She flew on the team plane, had dinner with Torey Krug and Shawn Thornton, and met other team personnel before attending the game vs. the Sabres.

She provided all the details in her own words in a "Make-A-Wish Diary" posted on the team website, which tells the story far better than we can, so we'll just point you in the right direction rather than try.

Game 59 preview: Capitals at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin March 1, 2014 12:06 PM

The Bruins return to the TD Garden ice for the first time since Feb. 8, facing a team they haven't yet faced this season.

But if the Bruins aren't familiar with the Capitals now, they will be by the end of March. The two teams play three times this month, including a return trip for Washington on Thursday. The Bruins head to Washington for the first time at the end of the month.

This game also kicks off a month in which the Bruins play 17 times, the same amount of games that they had last season during March.

Game time: 1 p.m.

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

Records: Bruins 37-16-5, Capitals 28-23-9

Projected lineups:

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

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

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Bruins will again be without Adam McQuaid, who was ruled out for this weekend's games by Claude Julien. ... The Bruins will travel after the game to New York, where they play the Rangers tomorrow. Washington will provide a tough test for the Bruins penalty killing unit. The Capitals are second in the NHL at 22.4 percent on the power play. The Bruins penalty kill is ranked 11th in the league, at 82.9 percent. ... The referees are Rob Martell and Francois St. Laurent. The linesmen are Brad Kovachik and Kiel Murchison.

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