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Bruins trail Hurricanes, 2-0, after two

11.26.10 at 1:30 pm ET
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Tuomo Ruutu tipped a power play goal past Tim Thomas, and the Bruins trail the Hurricanes, 2-0, after two periods at TD Garden. The Bruins have now trailed entering the third period 10 times in 21 games this season.

A period after robbing Nathan Horton on a golden opportunity, Cam Ward did the same to Tyler Seguin during a delayed penalty call, lunging to get back in position. The Bruins were rather lethargic with the man advantage on both of their power plays.

Through two periods of play, the Bruins have outshot the Hurricanes, 21-15.

Hurricanes lead Bruins, 1-0, after one

11.26.10 at 12:42 pm ET
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After a botched play in the neutral zone while shorthanded and a Daniel Paille turnover, the Hurricanes had no difficulty regaining possession and setting up Jeff Skinner’s seventh goal of the season, to make it 1-0 after a period of play.

Skinner was chosen seventh overall in June’s draft and leads all rookies in scoring.

Nathan Horton had perhaps the best scoring opportunity of the period, as he gathered a Zdeno Chara shot off the boards, but was unable to put it past Ward, who was caught out of position. The Hurricanes goaltender came up big on a number of other plays, notably a high blast from Andrew Ference through traffic and stops on point-blank wristers from Milan Lucic and Michael Ryder.

Tim Thomas wasn’t quite as busy, as he saw only six shots in the period. The goal came with 15.8 seconds left in the period, and in the midst of a power play caused by a Blake Wheeler holding call. The B’s put 12 on Ward.

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Jordan Caron misses Friday matinee with flu

11.26.10 at 12:04 pm ET
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The Bruins have just informed that Jordan Caron has the flu, which is why he was not on the ice in warmups and why he is not in Friday’s lineup. He is not a healthy scratch.

Daniel Paille is in the linuep in place of Caron. The lines appear to be as follows:

Wheeler – Krejci – Ryder

Lucic – Bergeron – Horton

Marchand – Campbell – Recchi

Paille – Seguin – Thornton

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Claude Julien goes with Tim Thomas, revamped lines vs. Hurricanes

11.26.10 at 11:21 am ET
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In speaking with the media prior to Friday’s noon start, Bruins coach Claude Julien said that Tim Thomas will be between the pipes when the B’s take on the Hurricanes at TD Garden.

Thomas, 36, is 11-1-1 with a 1.46 goals against average in 14 starts. He leads the league with a .955 save percentage and is tied for the league lead with four shutouts. He most recently made 31 saves in the team’s 3-1 victory over the Panthers in Florida on Wednesday.

Julien also said the the lines “will be kind of the same” as they were in the third period of Wednesday’s game. With the team trailing, 1-0, in the third period, Julien reunited the Blake Wheeler - David Krejci - Michael Ryder line of years past, sticking Patrice Bergeron between Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. Gregory Campbell centered Jordan Caron and Mark Recchi, while Tyler Seguin returned to center on a line with Brad Marchand and Shawn Thornton.

In warmups, however, it was Daniel Paille skating with Seguin and Thornton, with Marchand jumping up to Campbell’s line. Caron was not on the ice, an indication he could be a healthy scratch for the first time since the season-opener on Oct. 9 in Prague.

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Bruins defeat Panthers with strong third period

11.24.10 at 10:00 pm ET
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Mark Recchi had a pair of goals and Tim Thomas picked up his 11th win on Wednesday in a 3-1 Bruins win over the Panthers in Florida.

It was yet another game in which the B’s had to fight back in the third period, as they entered the period trailing, 1-0, before they got a shorthanded tally from Brad Marchand and a two goals from Mark Recchi.

The Panthers got their lone goal from Steve Reinprecht in the second period. Aside from that, Thomas was sound once again, stopping the other 31 shots he saw. Tomas Vokoun allowed three goals on 35 shots.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

- Brad Marchand, sheikh of the shorthanded goal. After Vokoun misplayed a puck behind the net and sent it in front of an unoccupied goal, Brad Marchand raced to it and chipped it in, picking up his second shorthanded goal and third goal of his career.

- With Recchi’s second goal, the Bruins are now a — brace yourself — plus-17 in the third period, which is of course tops in the league (the Capitals, at plus-11 are second in the league). Something just happens to this Bruins team in the third period, especially when they’re trailing.

- Recchi reached yet another milestone as his goal was the 1500th point of his career. He’s 13th all-time.

- The third-period shaking up of the lines seemed to work, though Recchi’s first goal came from Krejci. Here’s how they looked after the changes:

Wheeler – Krejci – Ryder

Lucic – Bergeron – Horton

Caron – Campbell – Recchi

Marchand – Seguin – Thornton

- The Bruins were essentially handed the dagger to put in Florida’s heart when Radek Dvorak flipped the puck into the stands from his own end early on in a Michal Repik penalty. The result was a 5-on-3 on which Recchi scored his second goal.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

- Dennis Wideman was instrumental in setting up the Panther’s first goal. The former Bruin faked out Jordan Caron at the point and slid it over to Michal Repek, whose shot’s rebound found its way to Reinprecht.

- Anyone with access to twitter, (or, at times, the Big Bad Blog) can see that Panthers fans are irate that their old dog in Nathan Horton came to Boston and became a star. Luckily for those Panther fans, they didn’t see Horton do much as their opponent on Wednesday night. Horton had two shots on goal, following up a dismal showing against Tampa by disappearing for most of the night at BankAtlantic Center.

Horton, like others, picked it up in the third period, but the Bruins have seen far better from him.

- It was the third consecutive game in which the Bruins were trailing entering the third period. They’re 1-1-1 in that span.

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Bruins trail Panthers after two

11.24.10 at 9:07 pm ET
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Steve Reinprecht has the Panthers leading the Bruins, 1-0, thanks to an even strength goal. The Panthers outshot the B’s. 14-8, in the period and now hold a 26-19 lead in the shots on goal category.

Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic both saw time in the bin for the Bruins’ with Lucic getting call for hooking with less than a minute remaining in the period. The Panthers will begin the third period with a one-minute man advantage.

Through two periods, Tyler Seguin, Michael Ryder, and Jordan Caron are the only Bruins forwards with two shots on goal.

Bruins, Panthers scoreless after one

11.24.10 at 8:13 pm ET
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The Panthers have outshot the Bruins, 12-11, but after a period the two teams are scoreless in Florida.

- Tim Thomas came up big at 12:42, stopping Shawn Matthias on a 2-on-1 created by a Mark Stuart miscue. He later robbed Dennis Wideman on a one-timer from Mike Santorelli with over three minutes remaining.

- You could count the Bruins’ shots on Vokoun in their lone power play on zero hands, even though Nathan Horton seemed destined for his ninth goal of the season until his shot from the top of the circle went wide. The Bruins were on the power play thanks to an iffy tripping call on Wideman.

- Blake Wheeler had the best opportunity of the period, stealing the puck from Dmitry Kulikov by the blue line in the offensive zone and setting up Michael Ryder. He also fed Ryder in the final two minutes, with Vokoun stopping Ryder’s slap shot. The plays didn’t result in any changes to the score, though they were further examples of Wheeler’s solid play of late.

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