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02.11.12 at 1:13 pm ET
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Claude Julien says Nathan Horton ‘back to square one’ in recovery from concussion

02.10.12 at 12:21 pm ET
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When Bruins coach Claude Julien frustratingly declared Tuesday that he was “done talking about” Nathan Horton‘s progress after he was supposed to have skated Sunday, something seemed fishy. As it turns out, Horton has indeed had a setback.

Julien said after Friday’s practice that Horton did not react well to skating earlier this week, and is “back to square one” in his recovery from his latest concussion.

“He’s been pulled back,” Julien said. “He’s got some symptoms, so we pulled him back. That’s why I said as far as for me to come out every and [say there’s a] step forward, a step backward. He’s back to square one and we’re giving him some time here. Those symptoms, once he got back on the ice, came back.”

Horton rode the stationary bike late last week and took to the ice on Sunday, but when symptoms returned, the team pulled the first-line winger back.

Horton suffered his second concussion since June on a hit from Philadelphia’s Tom Sestito on Jan. 22. His concussion has kept him out of the last six games.

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Andrew Ference on D&C: Tim Thomas ‘trying not to be a distraction’

02.10.12 at 11:18 am ET
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Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and spent some time addressing the issue of whether Tim Thomas‘ political statements have become a distraction to the team.

The Bruins have struggled to a 5-6-1 record since Thomas ignited the controversy by skipping the team’s trip to the White House on Jan. 23. Thomas on Thursday told the media that he would not answer questions about politics any more.

“I think when he doesn’€™t want to talk about it in the locker room, I think he’€™s trying to not be a distraction,” Ference said. “Like I said, in this city you definitely have to be aware of the fact that whether you like it or not, your comments and your actions are going to be scrutinized. And to a certain extent, rightfully so. We’re compensated very well to be sports figures in this town, which also comes with a certain responsibility socially.”

Added Ference: “He makes the views pretty clear. I don’t think he leaves too many blank spaces for people to guess where he stands. So, it’s his choice whether to answer or not. I think he makes it more difficult on himself not to just talk about it if he’s going to put it out there. But for us as teammates, it’s really not that difficult. Like I said, we know him. We can kind of just keep our mouths shut about it because nobody really wants to wade into that. I don’t know, it’s a mixed bag, I guess.”

Ference insisted that it doesn’t really matter what Thomas or anyone says, that it comes down to how the Bruins perform on the ice.

“We do have a tight team,” Ference said. “One of the things that makes us pretty strong is we’re very understanding of each other’s differences. … You’re never going to have the same opinions whatsoever. But the thing that makes teams good is their ability to look beyond that and respect each other even if you don’t agree with each other. Our job first and foremost isn’t to be buddies. It’s to be good teammates and play hard for each other and do whatever you can to win hockey games. That’s the most important thing. Good teams and good players realize that, and they can separate the fact that they agree with somebody or not about politics. It really doesn’t matter once you hit the ice.”

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Tim Thomas: Political comments ‘personal’

02.08.12 at 11:30 pm ET
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BUFFALO — Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was asked two questions about his Facebook comments about the Catholic church Wednesday. The first question wasn’t finished before he responded.

“That’s my personal life,” he said. “I won’t be talking about that. It has absolutely nothing to do with the game of hockey.”

Thomas was then asked whether he worried about the attention that his comments on Facebook attract.

“That’s my personal life,” he said. “I won’t be commenting on that. It has nothing to do with the game of hockey or my job as a Boston Bruin.”

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Bruins allow season-worst six goals, get crushed by Sabres

02.08.12 at 10:16 pm ET
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BUFFALO — Amid weeks of up-and-down hockey, the Bruins suffered perhaps their ugliest loss of the season, getting blanked by the Sabres, 6-0, Wednesday at First Niagara Center.

Tuukka Rask was chased after allowing three goals on the first 10 shots he faced, and the Sabres got a two-goal performance from captain Jason Pominville. Goalie Ryan Miller‘s shutout marked the second time in the last four games that the B’s have been kept scoreless.

The Sabres got on the board 6:23 into the first period, when a wrist shot fired by Christian Ehrhoff from the point went off Gregory Campbell‘s stick and past Rask. After a Milan Lucic goal was disallowed on a controversial call from referee Rob Martell, the Sabres took a 2-0 lead on Pominville’s first of the night.

Tyler Ennis made it 3-0, 1:52 into the second period, which ended Rask’s night early. While Tim Thomas stopped the bleeding for a bit, Patrick Kaleta made it 4-0 late in the period. Pominville added his second of the night 1:18 into the third period. Drew Stafford made it 6-0 with just over a minute to play.

The Bruins will return to Boston, where they will face the Predators on Saturday.


– It appeared that Lucic had tied the game nearly halfway through the first period when he tipped a shot from the point past Miller, but the goal was not allowed because Rich Peverley, made contact with Miller while he was tangled up with a Sabre in front. Replays showed that Miller was out of the crease and that the contact made by Peverley was minimal. The Bruins obviously have a history of contact with Miller (see: Lucic), but that was just a horrid call that cost the B’s.

– You don’t see Zdeno Chara with a bad rating too often, but his pairing with Johnny Boychuk was on the ice for three of the Sabres’ goals. Charas minus-3 rating makes for his worst rating since Nov. 5, 2010, when he was a minus-4 against the Capitals. Boychuk was given the traffic cone treatment by Ville Leino on Pominville’s goal in the first period.

– It was obviously not Rask’s night, as he faced only 10 shots and allowed three goals. It was the fourth straight loss for Rask, who has now allowed at least three goals in five of his last six games. Prior to that stretch, he allowed just one goal over five games. It wasn’t long ago that Rask was leading the NHL in both save percentage and goals-against average, but he hasn’t been his elite self of late.

– Miller had to put in minimal work to pick up the shutout Wednesday night. The Bruins got very little going offensively, and managed just seven shots on goal in the second period.


– It isn’t saying much, but at least the Bruins won their fights. Shawn Thornton got the takedown in a short-lived, high-energy bout with Cody McCormick in the first period, and later in the period Lucic dropped the gloves with Kaleta. While Lucic won the fight in convincing fashion, Kaleta celebrated and attempted to pump up the crowd as though the fight played out differently.

Thornton beat up on Mike Weber in the second period after he didn’t like Weber’s hit on Benoit Pouliot, but Thornton was given an instigator penalty on the play. Adam McQuaid also tussled with Kaleta in the third.

– Speaking of fights, Thornton’s first-period fight with McCormick was the 100th of his career. Unfortunately for Thornton, he had to double-up his workload in attempts to swing momentum because of how poorly the team was playing.

Bruins-Sabres Live Blog: Sabres leading, 5-0, in third

02.08.12 at 7:17 pm ET
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Tim Thomas posted another thing on Facebook

02.08.12 at 3:30 pm ET
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BUFFALO — Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas took to Facebook again Wednesday to express his political views.

Thomas posted the following on Wednesday:

I Stand with the Catholics in the fight for Religious Freedom.

‘In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.’
— by Martin Niemöller, prominent German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor, best known as the author of the poem First they came….

Thomas famously posted his reasoning for not visiting the White House on his Facebook page last month, and has used Facebook to post messages and quotes.

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