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Bruins acquire AHL defenseman Blake Parlett from Columbus for Carter Camper

02.07.14 at 3:47 pm ET
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The Bruins made a minor move Friday afternoon, sending forward Carter Camper to the Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Blake Parlett.

Parlett has four goals and 14 assists this season for AHL Springfield. The Rangers signed the undrafted blue-liner to a minor league contract out of the Ontario Hockey League in 2010, then traded him to Columbus last April as part of the blockbuster deal that sent Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets. Parlett has yet to appear in an NHL game.

Camper was the Providence Bruins’ third-leading scorer this season, posting eight goals and 23 assists in 41 games. The Miami of Ohio product totaled 36 goals and 90 assists over three full seasons in Providence. He appeared in three games for the parent club during the 2011-12 season.

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Loui Eriksson (teeth) misses practice, Adam McQuaid can’t work with Bruins during break

02.07.14 at 2:51 pm ET
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Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson

WILMINGTON — The Bruins held a very brief practice Friday afternoon, skating for a little over 20 minutes in their last practice before the Olympic break. The B’s will host the Senators Saturday and then return to practice on Feb. 20.

Loui Eriksson and Adam McQuaid were both missing from practice, as Eriksson was getting dental work done following a high stick to the mouth in the first period of Thursday’s game and McQuaid remains out with a leg injury. Zdeno Chara also remains out as he is already in Sochi for the Olympics. With Eriksson out, Jordan Caron skated in his place on the third line, though Claude Julien said he expects Eriksson to play Saturday.

“Loui’s doing OK. The only reason he missed is he’s obviously getting some dental work done and making sure he’s all fixed up before tomorrow and before he leaves for the Olympics,” Julien said. “He should be in the lineup tomorrow; there’s no reason why he shouldn’t, but I think it’s going to be a long day for him, getting his mouth fixed.”

As for McQuaid, he will not play Saturday, though the team hopes he will be able to play after the break. He has not played since Jan. 19.

Because teams have to break for the Olympics, McQuaid will not be able to see team doctors and trainers regularly, though he was able to rehab his blood clot condition during the lockout without the help of the team staff.

“With the CBA and stuff like that, he’s basically on his own, but he will continue to get the treatments and all that stuff that he needs,” Julien said. “Hopefully, by the time we get back, he’ll be ready to jump in with us. If not then, very soon.”

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Matt Bartkowski on M&M: ‘Trying not to change too much’ with increased ice time

02.07.14 at 1:39 pm ET
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Matt Bartkowski

Matt Bartkowski

Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to discuss being a young defenseman, the Olympics and other hockey-related news. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

With Zdeno Chara out of the B’s lineup due to the Olympics, Bartkowski and the rest of the team’s younger defenseman are getting more ice time.

“We’€™re just trying to focus on playing our games,” Bartkowski said. “We’€™re not trying to change too much of what we do. We try and do too much then it ends up hurting the team or being detrimental, so as long as we play our games, we’€™re just getting some more minutes.”

Bartkowski, who played in 20 regular-season games and skated to a minus-3 in the previous three seasons, has registered 10 points in 41 games this season.

“I think it’€™s more just your comfort level and your confidence level,” Bartkowski said. “The more and more you play, and the more you understand that you, yourself, you should be there and you’€™re good enough, and you should be there for a reason — once you understand that, I think your instincts just kind of take over and you just play the game like you know you can.”

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Photo: Sochi accommodations a bit small for Zdeno Chara

02.07.14 at 11:59 am ET
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The shortcomings of Sochi’€™s accommodations for the Olympics have been well documented over the past few days. From yellow water to broken door handles, the media has lit up Twitter with the pictures to prove it.

So if media and averaged-sized athletes are having problems with their rooms, how will the NHL‘€™s tallest player and the flag-bearer for Slovakia handle the conditions?

“I’€™ve been in Russia many times, and yeah, there are many different levels of hotels from one-star, two-star to really luxury ones,” Bruins captain Zdeno Chara told WEEI’€™s DJ Bean earlier this week. “I’€™m sure it’€™s not going to be a five-star accommodation, but I don’€™t think it’€™s going to be anything bad. Really as an athlete, we’€™re more looking for getting enough rest and a good night’€™s sleep and obviously good food. That’€™s all you should really care about ‘€“ not what kind of pillows.”


The 6-foot-9, 255-pound Chara won’€™t need to worry about the pillows, but after a picture surfaced of his bed in Sochi, he will need to deal with sheets that may not cover his entire body. While Olympic organizers had an extension to add onto Chara’€™s bed, they don’€™t appear to have the necessary extension to add to his sheets.

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Bruins come back vs. Blues, but fall in overtime

02.06.14 at 10:47 pm ET
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The Bruins came back to steal a point Thursday in St. Louis, but suffered a 3-2 overtime loss without Zdeno Chara.

T.J. Oshie jammed a puck that had deflected off the boards past Tuukka Rask during the extra session, leaving the B’s with their first overtime loss of the season.

Alexander Steen got the Blues on the board at 15:48 of the first period with a slapshot that beat Tuukka Rask stick side, with Jaden Schwartz scoring on a wrist shot from the left circle at 3:32 to make it a two-goal game.

The Bruins appeared to be headed for a loss against one of the tougher teams in the league until goals from David Krejci and Brad Marchand 2:08 apart from one another tied the game in the third period. The game was the second straight in which the Blues had blown a third-period lead.

The Bruins will host the Senators Saturday in their final game before the Olympic break.


- Jarome Iginla came an Alex Pietrangelo stick away from ending it earlier in overtime, as he had the puck on his stick at the post with half the net empty, but Pietrangelo was able to get his stick on the puck to deflect when Iginla tried putting it in.

- The Bruins were already missing their best two defenseman, so they didn’t need their own seasoned veteran missing four minutes for reacting to a clean hit. That’s what happened late in the second period when Boychuk went after T.J. Oshie after the Blues forward crushed Torey Krug with a clean hit. Boychuk was given a double-minor for roughing, while Oshie got a minor, which left the B’s shorthanded for the last two minutes of the period.

Krug would end up going after Oshie in the third period, with both players going off for roughing.

- The officials missed a high stick from Maxim Lapierre to the face of Loui Eriksson in the first period, and there wasn’t a stoppage of play until Steen’s goal. Eriksson was bleeding pretty heavily from the mouth, so the B’s were cost both a four-minute power play and a goal.

That wasn’t the only flub by the officials Thursday night, as a premature whistle on a puck that Halak hadn’t tied up yielded a rebound that easily could have been buried for a goal in the second period.


- Marchand’s goal was the Patrice Bergeron line’s first goal in five games. The line had been on a statistical tear in January but had cooled off over the Bruins’ four-game home stand from Jan. 28 to Tuesday.

- Though it didn’t bring the B’s any goals as he took Chara’s spot in front on the power play, Milan Lucic provided a good net-front presence to tie up Barrett Jackman and screen Jaroslav Halak on Krejci’s goal. Lucic also had a scoring chance in the final seconds of regulation but was denied by Halak with a kick save.

- With an assist on Krejci’s goal, Iginla now has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) over his last seven games.

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Shawn Thornton on D&C: Bruins want to ‘ride into this two-week break on a high’

02.05.14 at 1:44 pm ET
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Bruins forward Shawn Thornton talked with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday about Tuesday night’€™s game against the Canucks, coaching in the NHL and more. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Thornton was pleased with winning on Tuesday, but he said that the usual intensity for the rivalry wasn’t there.

“€œIt’€™s been a couple of years,” Thornton said, referring to the Bruins’ win in the Stanley Cup finals in 2011. “€œThey’€™re coming off back-to-back games, too. [The Canucks] just played in Detroit, so maybe not as much of an energy level for them, and I think they had lost three or four in a row, too. Think they have their own stuff going on internally.”

Despite the Canucks’ off night, Thornton said the Bruins did what they do best.

“We’€™re more focused on what we do, but it might have taken from it a little bit,”€ Thornton said. “€œWhen you’€™re up by a couple goals to start, I guess really running around and creating the emotion, you could be playing with fire. … You’€™re in control of the game, you just want to keep control of the game the way it is.”

With the win against the Canucks, the Bruins have gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. Thornton credits focus as a big reason for their success.

“Yeah, things are going well,”€ Thornton said. “We kind of broke it down about 10 games before the Olympic break that we wanted to ride into this two-week break on a high, and I think we’ve done a good job of that for the last seven, eight games. That’€™s still our goal, we’€™re pretty good at not looking at the long-term board, just taking it game to game and sometimes segment to segment.”

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Roberto Luongo on loss to Bruins: ‘This one’s 100 percent on me’

02.04.14 at 11:38 pm ET
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Roberto Luongo said the Canucks' loss to the Bruins Tuesday was his fault. (AP)

Roberto Luongo said the Canucks’ loss to the Bruins Tuesday was his fault. (AP)

Milan Lucic said Monday that “people point the finger too much” at Roberto Luongo, but on Tuesday it was Luongo who pointed the finger at himself.

The Vancouver netminder played at TD Garden Tuesday for the first time since Game 6 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, and just like in that game, he lost.

Luongo made 29 saves on 32 shots, allowing three goals in a 3-1 Bruins win. Even though one of the Bruins goals came on a breakaway, Luongo said the loss was his fault after the game.

“I think this one’€™s 100 percent on me,” Luongo told reporters. “I wasn’t too good out there tonight. Wasn’t tracking well, my reads were off. … I didn’t skate this morning and I just didn’t feel like myself out there, so disappointing performance for me here. I thought the guys deserved better.”

Canucks coach John Tortorella disagreed that Luongo lost the team the game, though he did see him as part of a sequence that lost the team the game.

With the B’s holding a 1-0 lead in the second period, Daniel Sedin had a shorthanded breakaway on which he was stopped by Tuukka Rask. The B’s took it the other way and Jarome Iginla scored to make it a two-goal game. As Tortorella saw it, the Canucks needed either Sedin or Luongo to step up in that instance, and they didn’t.

“To me, the game changes. We need another big offensive play,” Tortorella said. “Danny has a chance to make that. I think we need another save from Louie. I don’t think one person determines winning or losing a game, but that to me is the game tonight. I think both teams are pretty much even in chances, we don’€™t get one or two more big offensive plays and we don’t get one of two saves, they do and that’s where were that. So I appreciate Louie saying that, but this is a team thing here that we’€™re going through and we’ll go through it together.”

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