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Rich Peverley skates again, hopes to return to Bruins before playoffs

03.16.12 at 4:47 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Rich Peverley skated for the third straight day Friday at Ristuccia Arena. The veteran winger then spoke to the media for the first time since suffering his knee injury last month.

Peverley has been out since Feb. 15, when a knee-on-knee hit from then-Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill left him with a sprained MCL in his right knee.

“I feel pretty good,” he said. “I’ve been skating for a couple of days, and it’s getting better every day.”

Added Peverley: “The first couple of days were kind of just getting back into it, and then today was a little bit harder, a little longer. I felt pretty good on the ice. It’s just about taking gradual steps.”

Peverley has yet to practice with teammates and said that there is currently no timetable for when that will happen. At the time of his injury, the Bruins estimated that he would miss 4-6 weeks. He hopes to make a return to the lineup before the end of the regular season.

“I think it would be tough to just go right into the playoffs,” he said. “I’d like to get in [before then], but I’m taking it day-by-day right now and [will] see where it goes.”

The 29-year-old had also been dealing with a nagging injury prior to suffering his knee injury. The team had given him practices and games off in December and January to accommodate the injury, and Peverley estimated in January that the injury might pester him throughout the season. He said Friday that the injury had gone away prior to his knee injury, and that it is no longer bothering him.

“It went away when I was still playing, so I dealt with it in different areas, and it was a lot better,” he said. “It wasn’t bothering me at all.”

Peverley added that it’s been difficult to watch the Bruins, who have lost four straight.

“It’s tough,” he said. “You want to win games even if you’re not playing — you’re part of a team. Every team has its ups and downs during the year. It’s no different. Hopefully we can get out of this slump soon.”

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Bruins hold afternoon practice

03.16.12 at 2:58 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins flew in from Florida Friday morning after a disappointing road trip that saw them drop games to the Penguins, Lightning and Panthers. Having now lost four in a row, the Bruins are set to fall into seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a Senators win over the last-place Canadiens Friday night.

Despite their busy schedule, the B’s still held practice Friday. They took the ice at around 2:35 p.m. at Ristuccia Arena, with all players present. Rich Peverley skated by himself prior to the practice but did not join his teammates. Peverley has been skating since Wednesday.

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Bruins lose fourth straight, fall to Panthers

03.15.12 at 10:10 pm ET
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The Bruins set the table for the Senators to knock them into seventh place, falling to the Panthers, 6-2, Thursday in Sunrise, Fla.

The B’s have lost four straight games, which makes for their longest losing streak of the season. Their lead in the Northeast Division is down to one point, and the Senators will have a chance to leapfrog the Bruins when they host the last-place Canadiens Friday.

The Senators jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Mickael Samuelsson and Marcel Goc in the first two periods. Joe Corvo brought the B’s within one with his fourth goal of the year, but second-period tallies from Stephen Weiss and John Madden gave the Panthers a three-goal lead entering the third period. Brian Rolston scored his first goal since coming back to the Bruins when he beat Jose Theodore at 1:44 of the third period with a power-play goal. Later in the period, a Chris Kelly pass that went off Zdeno Chara‘s foot bounced right onto the stick of Tomas Kopecky, with the Panthers forward slamming it home to make it a 5-2 game. Wojtek Wolski made it a half-dozen for Florida.

Tim Thomas played in his 11th straight game, allowing all six Panthers goals and taking the loss. He has allowed at least three goals in five of his last six starts.

The B’s return to action Saturday at TD Garden, hosting the Flyers.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

Brad Marchand has remained whisper quiet for the B’s, as the second-line winger has just a goal and an assist over his last 10 games. The Bruins need to get a lot of their guys going, and Marchand’s right at the top of that list. Between the injuries and the fact that the B’s are in a race for the division, now isn’t the time for Marchand to cool off.

— Thursday marked the seventh consecutive game in which the Bruins allowed the first goal, and 10th time in their last 12 games. They have also allowed the first two goals in four straight games. If the Bruins want to start winning games, playing from behind isn’t exactly the key.

— Along those same lines, the first period has been rough for the Bruins of late. The second period seemed to be the team’s Achilles’ heel for a stretch, but the B’s have been outscored 14-3 in the first period over their last seven games.

— While Jordan Caron played well skating on the first line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, the other two did not. Krejci and Lucic failed to register a shot on goal on the night, while Caron put two pucks on net and saw his hard work along the boards result in Rolston’s goal. Caron certainly has been strong for the Bruins of late, but the problem is that few have joined him.

— This losing streak has been bad enough for the B’s, but you’d have to go back over two years to January of 2010 to find the last time the Bruins went four straight games without a single point.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

The months of November and December.

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B’s sign Vancouver Giants goalie Adam Morrison

03.15.12 at 5:38 pm ET
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The Bruins signed a goaltender Thursday, but not one who will help them this season.

General manager Peter Chiarelli announced Thursday that the team has inked Adam Morrison of the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants. The 21-year-old Morrison will stay in the WHL through the regular season and playoffs.

A third-round pick of the Flyers in the 2009 draft, Morrison is 35-17-3 with a 2.80 goals-against average and .900 save percentage with one shutout this season.

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Rich Peverley skates for first time since injury, Tim Thomas gets start vs. Panthers

03.15.12 at 12:06 pm ET
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Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters in Florida Thursday that forward Rich Peverley, who has been out since Feb. 15 with an MCL sprain, returned to the ice Wednesday in Boston for the first time since suffering his injury.

Peverley was expected to miss 4-6 weeks at the time of the injury. In 49 games this season, he has nine goals and 29 assists for 38 points.

Julien also said that Tim Thomas will be the starting goaltender Thursday vs. the Panthers. Thomas has played in 10 consecutive games, but has played 20 minutes or less in each of the last two Bruins contests.

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Stamtoast: Bruins lose third straight, get crushed by Lightning

03.13.12 at 10:05 pm ET
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The Bruins came one step closer to surrendering their lead in the Northeast Division, getting shelled by the Lightning, 6-1, Tuesday night in Tampa.

With the loss, the Bruins’ third in a row, the B’s remain at 83 points — just two points ahead of the Senators, who will face the last-place Canadiens Wednesday night.

With Tim Thomas having played in the last nine games for the Bruins, backup Marty Turco was given his first start as a member of the team, but three quick Lightning goals from Tom Pyatt, Nate Thompson and Ryan Shannon in a matter of 4:31 led to the B’s yanking Turco in favor of Thomas. Turco returned to the game 3:06 into the second period after Steven Stamkos made it 5-0. Thomas also allowed an unassisted goal to Victor Hedman late in the first period.

The Bruins finally got on the board 1:55 into the third period, when a Johnny Boychuk shot went off Jordan Caron in front and past Lightning goaltender Dustin Tokarski. Stamkos made it 6-1 in the first with his NHL-leading 50th goal of the season.

The current Bruins’ three-game losing streak is their longest since October, when they lost to the Sharks before dropping back-to-back games against the Canadiens. The B’s will look to stop their skid Thursday in Florida.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

Where to begin’€¦

– Tuesday was the latest bit of evidence that people shouldn’t be getting too carried away with David Krejci’s offensive production. The first-line center was on the ice for all four of the Lightning’s first-period goals, making it 13 goals against he’s been on the ice for over the last eight games.

Patrice Bergeron left the game again with lower body pain, blocking a shot early in the third period — on the very shift that Caron scored — though he did return minutes later. The Bruins need points, but they also need to be cautious with their best players. Bergeron is without question their best forward, so if they need to sit him for a few games to ensure he’s OK for the postseason, they should.

– The B’s wanted to get Thomas rest, so it was a no-brainer to give Turco the start. What didn’t make too much sense was yanking Turco after the first three goals. The logic behind the move is obvious, as the B’s actually need the points, and Claude Julien wanted to see if the B’s could make a game of it with Thomas between the pipes. Still, the game appeared to be lost at the time Thomas went in, so the B’s were better off giving Thomas the whole night off.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

– While the Bruins have struggled, Caron has kept up his pace of late. Caron’s goal made for his eighth point over his last six games (four goals, four assists).

– After managing only two shots on goal in the first period, the B’s outshot the Lightning, 20-7, the rest of the way. Shots on goal can be a deceiving stat, of course, and that was most definitely the case Tuesday.

Brendan Shanahan on D&C: Brad Marchand ‘didn’t get it’ after five-game suspension

03.13.12 at 11:37 am ET
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NHL head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan joined Dennis and Callahan Tuesday morning, discussing all things NHL and the job he has done in his first season on the job. Shanahan took over for Colin Campbell (father of Bruins forward Gregory Campbell) on June 1.

Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin was not suspended or fined for his hit from behind on Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk Sunday. Shanahan explained the ruling on the hit, which was called boarding on ice.

“Boychuk’s shoulder is exposed, so it’s a green light, good time to hit, and just as the contact is about to be made Boychuk reverses the puck and turns his back,” he said. “It’s the same with [David] Krejci and Mark Stuart back in December. It was the same a while back when Zach Bogasian of Winnipeg hit Pierre Marc Bouchard of Minnesota, broke his nose and unfortunately there was a concussion, but we felt this was something we have to be consistent on.”

Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been punished multiple times by Shanahan this season, as he was fined $2,500 for his Dec. 5 slew foot on Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen and suspended five-games for his low bridge hit on Canucks blueliner Sami Salo on Jan. 5. Shanahan, who had talked to Marchand over the offseason at Marchand’s request over what he could and couldn’t do, said he had a “forceful” talk with him following his clip on Habs defenseman Alexei Emelin on Feb. 15.

“We had a conversation with Peter Chiarelli on the phone after the low hit on Emelin, which I didn’t think was as low as Salo. I didn’t think deserved a suspension,” he said. “There was just stuff about that hit that just sort of stunk. It wasn’t smart to be tempting fate almost as low. There was 1.6 seconds left in the period, it was in the offensive zone.

“It’s not illegal to hit a guy with 1.6 seconds left. It’s not. You can hit a guy whenever you want. But there were things about that hit ‘€¦ it was low again. It seemed from his remarks after the first suspension that he sort of didn’t get it. So we had a really good forceful conversation that didn’t result in a fine or a suspension, but I hope we got to him.”

As for the Bruins in general, Shanahan responded to the idea that he has a bias against the B’s when it comes to suspensions. Marchand, Milan Lucic and Andrew Ference have all been suspended this season for various infractions.

“It’s funny, people in Boston might think I have something against the Bruins, which is so absurd and crazy,” he said. “It makes you feel any better I can promise you all I have to do is flip on my Twitter page, or if I ever wanted to venture onto the internet, almost every team in the league thinks there a specific reason I hate their market and hate their city as well.

“I have to defend why I don’t hate Pittsburgh, or why I don’t hate Montreal, or why I don’t hate Buffalo, or why I don’t hate Minnesota. For Boston, it’s even more absurd, quite honestly. Talk about a team I grew up admiring. Cam Neely is probably the one player I tried to model my game after more than anybody. It doesn’t matter if it’s a team you grew up admiring, or a team you played for, there’s so much scrutiny in this job, you can do this job and you can’t sleep at night, if you don’t do it with as much integrity as possible. That doesn’t mean you’re perfect. You would love to have a perfect season in sports. You can objectively look at this hit and disagree with the assessment, and that’s fair. That’s always going to be fair. But it’s absurd to suggest in any market that we have a grudge or have it in against anybody.”

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