|04.15.14 at 11:39 am ET|
Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday to talk about the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing and the playoffs. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Last year’s Bruins playoff run served as a positive distraction for those dealing with the impact of the attacks on Boylston Street.
“I think a lot of people around the city did a lot of things to help the healing, and we were happy to be a small part of it,” Thornton said.
“We like hearing that, but we’re also aware that we just play a game, that what happened in the last year is life and a lot of people were affected, so it’s really hard for us to talk about because we’re happy to be a distraction at that time to try to put a good product out there for three hours and take people’s minds away from what was really going on. That was an honor. But at the end of the day, we just play a game, so it’s kind of tough to talk about.”
Thornton, as well as many other professional Boston athletes, visited those who were impacted by the attack in hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
“It put a lot of things in perspective,” Thornton said. “I know we say that all the time, but it’s true.
“I guess the lasting impression, [one of the Norden brothers] didn’t know who I was. I had gone there with Ken Casey from the [Dropkick Murphys], and I think he thought I was part of the band and he walked in and grabbed my ass. Then afterwards he was like, ‘Oh my God, I grabbed Shawn Thornton‘s ass.’ He was a huge hockey fan, he just didn’t recognize me at first. It was pretty funny, actually.”
|04.15.14 at 11:03 am ET|
The Bruins recalled forward Justin Florek on an emergency basis prior to Tuesday’s practice.
Florek played four games for the Bruins this season, scoring a goal and picking up an assist for two points.
|04.15.14 at 10:59 am ET|
Dennis Seidenberg skated for at least the third time and second straight day Tuesday as he took the ice with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides prior to Bruins practice at TD Garden. Fellow defenseman Adam McQuaid was not on the ice.
Seidenberg skated for at least 20-25 minutes and was moving pretty well, going hard for single laps at a time and later doing harder circles in the neutral zone. He also took passes from high in the zone before shooting (video below), but perhaps the most positive sign was that he took passes along the wall and moved laterally along the blue line before taking shots from the point.
Seidenberg wasn’t moving as quickly as he moved laterally, but the fact that he was doing it all should be taken as a good sign.
The Bruins initially ruled Seidenberg out for the season after he suffered the ACL/MCL tear on Dec. 27, but he is ahead in his recovery. Though the team won’t say they expect him back late in the playoffs, they also aren’t ruling him out.
‘We’re not counting on Dennis to be back,’ Peter Chiarelli said Monday. ‘We’re going to be very cautious with his injury. He has been skating and that’s pretty much all I can say on it.’
|04.14.14 at 12:06 pm ET|
Dennis Seidenberg skated Monday at TD Garden as he remains ahead of schedule in his recovery from ACL and MCL surgery, but Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli cautioned against expecting Seidenberg to return at some point during the playoffs.
The B’s have not ruled out a postseason return for Seidenberg, however, after initially declaring him out for the season at the time of his injury in late December.
“We’re not counting on Dennis to be back,” Chiarelli said Monday. “We’re going to be very cautious with his injury. He has been skating and that’s pretty much all I can say on it.”
Adam McQuaid also skated Monday in his comeback from a quad strain that limited to 30 games this season. Multiple setbacks in his recovery led to the team shutting him down for about a month in early March. Chiarelli said there isn’t much clarity on his situation.
“Not really, no,” Chiarelli said. “‘¦ We want to be careful on it. It’s not a major injury; it’s a soft tissue injury. We’ve been doing OK with the D we have, so we want to be cautious with it.”
Given the emergence of Kevan Miller, it’s unlikely a healthy McQuaid would be needed unless a right-shot defenseman struggles or is injured.
Daniel Paille left Saturday’s game with what appeared to be a head injury, but Claude Julien told reporters Sunday that Paille was feeling “much better” and was day-to-day. Chiarelli said following his updates on Seidenberg and McQuaid that he hadn’t intended to give injury updates (common practice in the postseason) and as such did not offer an update on Paille’s status.
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|04.13.14 at 8:12 pm ET|
The NHL released the schedules for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Sunday night. The Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the first-seeded Bruins and eighth-seeded Red Wings will begin on Friday at TD Garden, with games every other day from there.
The schedule is as follows:
Game 1: Friday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. at TD Garden
Game 2: Sunday, April 20, 3 p.m. at TD Garden
Game 3: Tuesday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena
Game 4: Thursday, April 24, 8 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena
*Game 5: Saturday, April 26, 3 p.m. at TD Garden
*Game 6: Monday, April 28, TBD at Joe Louis Arena
*Game 7: Wednesday, April 30, TBD at TD Garden
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|04.13.14 at 5:25 pm ET|
The Bruins concluded their regular season schedule Sunday with a 3-2 loss to the Devils in New Jersey. They finished with an NHL-best 54-19-9 record for 117 points, which earned them the Presidents’ Trophy.
The B’s went with a very different lineup in the game, as Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla did not travel to New Jersey. In the lineup were Alexander Khokhlachev, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek and Matt Lindblad at forward, as well as Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter on defense. Dougie Hamilton and Potter both saw time at forward, as the team dressed seven skaters. Chad Johnson was in goal for the B’s.
Following the game, the Bruins returned Khokhlachev, Cunningham, Florek and Lindblad to Providence.
Paille’s absence was the most notable given that he left Saturday’s game with what appeared to be a head injury, but Claude Julien told reporters that Paille is feeling “much better” and is considered day-to-day.
Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand scored Boston’s goals, with the Devils getting a pair of goals from Marek Zidlicky and one from Travis Zajac. Marchand scored with 16 seconds left, making him perhaps the final player to score against Martin Brodeur in the future Hall of Famer’s Devils career.
Boston’s first-round playoff series is expected to begin Friday at TD Garden, as Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told reporters that the teams will play Friday and Sunday in Boston.
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|04.13.14 at 12:55 pm ET|
The Bruins recalled four forwards from Providence on an emergency basis Sunday morning. Alexander Khokhlachev, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek and Matt Lindblad will all join the team in New Jersey and be available for the team’s regular-season finale against the Devils.
Khokhlachev is the only one of the four who has yet to play an NHL game, and as such, the 2011 second-round pick will in all likelihood make his NHL debut. He has 21 goals and 36 assists for a team-leading 57 points in 63 games for Providence this season.
Florek played very well for the Bruins in a three-game stint with the team in January, scoring a goal and adding an assist for two points while subbing on the team’s fourth line. Cunningham and Lindblad each played one game apiece.
The forwards will be used both due to injuries (Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron both left Saturday’s game, while Chris Kelly has missed the last two and won’t play Sunday) and perhaps for the sake of rest of other players. According to the Boston Globe, Bergeron, Paille, Kelly, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla did not travel to New Jersey.
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