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Shawn Thornton to appeal 15-game suspension

12.16.13 at 4:17 pm ET
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According to a league source, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has decided to appeal the 15-game suspension that he was assessed Saturday for his attack on Brooks Orpik of the Penguins.

In the new collective bargaining agreement, players are allowed to appeal suspensions, first to commissioner Gary Bettman and then with a neutral arbitrator. Thornton is the second player to appeal a suspension, as Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta appealed his 10-game suspension earlier this season and was denied by the commissioner. He did not take it to a neutral arbitrator.

Thornton has not played the last four games and is set to sit out the next 11 before being eligible to return Jan. 11 against the Sharks in San Jose. He practiced with the Bruins Monday.

The Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy was the first to report the appeal, with the NHLPA since announcing the appeal.

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Patrice Bergeron: Bruins stick up for Brad Marchand

12.16.13 at 1:38 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — There was plenty of reaction to Brad Marchand‘s Stanley Cup-themed taunts Saturday night in a game the Bruins lost, and one of them came from the always quotable Kevin Bieksa.

Bieksa, who took perhaps the worst dive of the 2011 playoffs in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals and called the Bruins “stupid” a year later, said after Saturday’s game that the Bruins don’t stick up for Marchand.

“Everyone knows Marchand’s deal,” Bieksa told ESPN.com. “I don’t want to get into a war of words but you know what Marchand is like. I think his teammates know what he’s like, too. There weren’t too many guys sticking up for him in those scrums.”

Patrice Bergeron, who has been a linemate of Marchand’s for the past four seasons, politely disagreed with Bieksa’s assessment.

“I’ve never been the guy that’s going to [talk trash] in the media, [but] I think we all stick up for one another,” Bergeron said Monday. “I think it’s something that we’ve done throughout the time that we’ve been here, so I don’t think that’s really an issue. That particular incident, yeah, maybe Marchy would like to take that one back, but it’s also part of his game. That’s it.”

Claude Julien was critical of Marchand’s actions following the game, saying that his behavior against the Canucks was “definitely not something we will accept in our organization. He declined to say Monday whether he had called the player into his office over the incident.

“If I did, I think it’s for us to keep internally,” Julien said. “I don’t think it’s for anybody else to know about. I was pretty clear in my comments. I think it’s not something that we want, so we deal with it internally in those situations.”

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Adam McQuaid practices, doesn’t want to rush it again

12.16.13 at 1:14 pm ET
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Adam McQuaid

WILMINGTON — Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid returned to practice Monday as he tries to work his way back from a lower-body injury. McQuaid re-aggravated an injury that had previously kept him out eight games, and he has now missed the Bruins’ last six games.

The 27-year-old began skating again on Wednesday, with Monday marking his first time back with teammates on the ice.

“I’m coming along. Today is the first day with the team again,” McQuaid said. “Obviously it’s nice to take that step back out there with the guys and kind of do some line rush stuff and game action stuff. Very similar to last time, it’s just kind of a day-to-day process and see how things react.”

McQuaid said there was “a little bit of limitation” on the ice. He had said prior to initially returning from the injury last month that it was an injury he’d have to play through. This time, said he wants to be extra careful to not rush it and reinjure himself again.

“This time around, I want to make sure that there’s not that reaggravation,” he said. “I don’t want to be missing time again, so it’s really important to make sure that when I’m back I’m fully ready to go and not put myself in the position I did last time.”

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Bruins injuries: Daniel Paille has concussion symptoms, Loui Eriksson not progressing well, Jarome Iginla being evaluated

12.16.13 at 12:53 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Daniel Paille, who missed the Bruins’ last three games with what the team called an upper-body injury, has concussion symptoms, according to Claude Julien.

The Bruins coach said that Paille told the team prior to last Tuesday’s game against the Flames that he wasn’t feeling well, at which point he was sent back to Boston to be evaluated. Paille remains off the ice, as he did not practice Monday.

The news isn’t good for Loui Eriksson, who is also out with a concussion. Julien said that Eriksson has not been progressing well since suffering a concussion on a hit from Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik on Dec. 7.

“He hasn’t even come to the rink,” Julien said. “I guess that’s probably the only thing I can give you right now, which is not a good sign.”

Jarome Iginla, who did not practice Monday, is getting evaluated after suffering a hand injury in a fight against Ryan Kesler Saturday. Iginla had finished the game Saturday, but the team recalled forward Craig Cunningham from Providence Monday with Iginla’s status uncertain.

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Milan Lucic ‘disgusted’ with Vancouver, pursuing legal action after ‘unprovoked attack’

12.16.13 at 12:26 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Milan Lucic said Monday that he is pursuing legal action after being punched twice in the face in downtown Vancouver Saturday night after the Bruins’ loss to the Canucks. (For video of the aftermath of the altercation, click here.)

“I was part of an unprovoked attack on Saturday night where I was punched in the face on two separate occasions, like I said, unprovoked,” Lucic said. “From this point forward, I’m just exploring to pursue this in a legal manner. That’s probably as much as I can say right now. Like I said, I was the victim of the attack. As you can see in the video, I showed restraint by not retaliating in a physical manner. That’s basically it.”

Lucic, who hails from Vancouver, said he was trying to “blow off some steam” and have some fun after the Bruins concluded their four-game road trip, but was punched once inside a nightclub and once outside. Both punches came from the same person, whom Lucic does not know.

The Bruins forward has had a frustrating run with his hometown, as Canucks fans threw popcorn at his grandparents during the 2011 Stanley Cup finals. In 2012, his Serbian Orthodox church was vandalized with such things as “[Expletive] Lucic” and “Go Canucks Go” spray-painted on the church. Lucic said he is “disgusted” with Vancouver.

“That’s one of the worst parts. It’s in my home town,” Lucic said. “Going back to the spray painting of the church and my grandparents and parents and family getting harassed during the Final against the Canucks in 2011. Now it’s escalated to a point where I get attacked for just minding my own business.

“I have no reason left to defend my city and the people in my city. I’m kind of just disgusted and outraged that it had to come to something like that. As far as that goes, other than being in Rogers Arena, nobody will ever see me in downtown Vancouver ever again.”

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Video: Milan Lucic in altercation outside Vancouver bar

12.16.13 at 11:09 am ET
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A video is making its way around the Internet, and it does not show the best side of Bruins forward Milan Lucic. Said to be taken outside a Vancouver bar at 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning — after the Bruins played the Canucks on Saturday night — the video shows Lucic, a Vancouver native, arguing with another man and spewing expletives.

Lucic says, “Do you know who you’re [expletive] with? I’ll [expletive] kill you.” He also tells police that the individual punched him in the face two times, later saying three times.

A police spokesman told Global News that he is not aware of the incident.

Here’s the video (warning: contains swears).

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Shawn Thornton, Adam McQuaid practice with Bruins; Jarome Iginla absent

12.16.13 at 10:57 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins returned to practice Monday after returning from a four-game Canadian road trip. Shawn Thornton, who has until 4 pm Monday to appeal his 15-game suspension, was on the ice.

Also present was forward Craig Cunningham, who appears to have been called up from Providence.

Adam McQuaid, who has not played since Nov. 30 with a lower-body injury, was on the ice for the B’s. Jarome Iginla, who suffered a hand injury Saturday but stayed in the game, did not practice. Injured Bruins Dougie Hamilton (lower-body, Loui Eriksson (concussion), Chris Kelly (lower-body) and Daniel Paille (upper-body) were also absent.

The lines were as follows:

Lucic – Krejci – Fraser
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Soderberg – Spooner – Johnson
Caron – Campbell – Cunningham/Thornton

Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Adam McQuaid, Zdeno Chara, Kevan Miller, Johnny Boychuk, Torey Krug Dennis Seidenberg

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