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Bruins fall to Kings in shootout

11.20.10 at 9:52 pm ET
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The Bruins came back from a 3-0 deficit on Saturday night before falling, 4-3 in a shootout. Michal Handzus scored the game-winner, while Blake Wheeler had two points for the B’s.

The Kings got goals in the first from Brad Richardson and Handzus in the first period and made it 3-0 when Jarret Stoll scored his 100th career goal at 2:50 of the second period. From there the Bruins turned it on, getting goals from Blake Wheeler, Gregory Campbell, and Patrice Bergeron to tie it up, while Thomas showed the form Bruins fans had been accustomed to seeing throughout the season.

Bergeron’s goal came on the power play in the third period, his third goal of the season. It was the fourth straight game between the two teams to be decided by in overtime or a shootout. The Kings had won the previous three.

Thomas made 38 saves through regulation and overtime, while Quick stopped 23 of the 26 shots he saw. The Bruins will embark on a two-game trip to Florida in which they’ll face the Lightning on Monday and the Panthers on Wednesday.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

– They got David Krejci back, and no matter how the game played out, that makes for a huge positive for the B’s.

Krejci had missed six games after suffering a concussion in overtime of the Nov. 6 game against the Blues, and his absence forced Blake Wheeler to center the second line. With Krejci’s return, it was interesting to see that the B’s kept Wheeler at center, moving him down to the third line and moving Tyler Seguin to the wing. The move proved to have a positive impact when the line got the B’s on the board in the second.

– The Bruins did something they haven’t been doing much lately: they scored on the power play. Thanks to their 1-for-5 showing, the B’s are still just 2 for their last 23, but it was a positive step for the unit. Campbell’s goal also came on a delayed penalty.

– The fine-tuning of the lines with Krejci’s return also meant that the “energy line” is back to its original form, with Gregory Campbell skating between Brad Marchand and Shawn Thornton. Campbell was sharp in putting in a rebound when Jonathan Quick couldn’t hold onto Thornton’s shot on a delayed penalty in the second period.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

– It was a rough start to the night for Tim Thomas. The 36-year-old goaltender entered the night with a league-best .959 save percentage, but allowed goals on the first four shots he faced. He settled down from there, making key saves as the Bruins climbed back, including a big one on Jarret Stoll in the second.

– Jordan Caron has not scored a goal in 10 games, a span in which he has two assists.

– The B’s saw the bad that can come of their knack for blocking shots. After Patrice Bergeron blocked a Davis Drewiske shot with his foot in the first period, Michal Handzus picked up the puck and beat Thomas from the circle to make it a 2-0 game.

Bruins cut into Kings’ lead in second period

11.20.10 at 8:42 pm ET
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The Kings jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to a goal from Jarret Stoll, but it was the Bruins who made the most noise in the second period, getting goals from Blake Wheeler and Gregory Campbell to make it a 3-2 Kings lead after two period.

Tyler Seguin, who moved to wing with Wheeler centering him, as well as Zdeno Chara, picked up assists on Wheeler’s goal, which just snuck past Kings netminder Jonathan Quick.

In the midst of a delayed penalty call, the energy line — back to it’s Marchand – Campbell – Thornton form — produced yet another key goal. Shawn Thornton tossed a shot on quick from the top of the circle, and when Quick could only get a glove on it and not hold onto it, Campbell put the rebound past him for his second goal of the season.

The Bruins, who are 0-for-3 on the power play tonight, will begin the third period with a 40-second man advantage. The Kings are 0-for-4. Through two periods, the B’s have outshot the Kings, 22-17.

Bruins trail Kings after first period

11.20.10 at 7:46 pm ET
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The Bruins entered Saturday night having not allowed a goal in their last two home games, but the Kings put an end to that with goals from Brad Richardson and Michal Handzus. Despite Los Angeles getting just seven shots on B’s netminder Tim Thomas, the Kings lead the Bruins, 2-0, after 20 minutes.

Richardson got the Kings on the board just 57 seconds into the game, beating Thomas with a wrist shot from the circle. Handzus added to the lead at 11:17, putting in a puck that came to him as a result of Patrice Bergeron blocking a Davis Drewiske shot.

The Bruins are 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Kings failed to convert on their lone man advantage, a high sticking call on Zdeno Cahara at 8:08. The B’s have outshot the Kings, 14-7.

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David Krejci returns to Bruins lineup vs. Kings

11.20.10 at 7:01 pm ET
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After warming up with the team and skating with regular linemates Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton, Bruins center David Krejci appears set to make his return to the B’s lineup on Saturday night against the Kings. Krejci has missed the last six games with a concussion suffered on Nov. 6 in overtime against the Blues. In 11 games this season, Krejci has two goals and eight assists, good for 10 points.

The Bruins appeared to keep Blake Wheeler at center in warmups, but on the third line, meaning the move to wing may have finally come for rookie Tyler Seguin. Here’s what the lines looked like:

Lucic – Krejci – Horton

Caron- Bergeron – Recchi

Seguin – Wheeler – Ryder

Marchand – Campbell – Thornton

Chara – Ference

Hunwick – Seidenberg

Stuart – Boychuk

Thomas

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Claude Julien grateful and honored to follow Pat Burns’ career path

11.20.10 at 1:10 pm ET
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Bruins coach Claude Julien took a few minutes to reflect on the late Pat Burns, who died on Friday after a lengthy battle with cancer. The three-time Jack Adams award winner and Stanley Cup Champion in 2003 was 58.

Julien knew Burns while Julien was still playing in the AHL and Burns was coaching, but it wasn’t until the two were both “in the same coaching fraternity” that they got to know one another best.

“The one thing everybody knows about Pat was he was sincere and direct and there was no beating around the bush with him, but the part that people didn’€™t always see was that away from all of that was that he was a really good guy. I know that I was fortunate enough to kind of follow his path. It certainly wasn’€™t done purposely, but I was fortunate enough to follow his path and maybe part of that has helped me become a better coach because I had some big shoes to fill along the way.

“When Pat leaves somewhere, he’€™s obviously left his print. As I said, when I won the Jack Adams I was so honored to receive it from him because I consider him a friend and at the same time, my comment was ‘€˜if I could even accomplish what you’€™ve accomplished, I’€™ll be a really happy coach.’€™ I mean he’€™s got three Jack Adams, he’€™s got a Stanley Cup, you know, he’€™s done so much.”

A former police officer, Burns was a fiery coach whom Julien said had a touch for turning teams into contenders by getting everything out of his players, no matter what the cost.

“He was a guy that didn’€™t always get along with every player, but every player liked him and respected him. Even the guys that he had his little run-ins with, I think eventually they came around to understand where he was coming from and that’€™s what you do as a coach, you do what you think is best for the player, whether it makes you popular or not.

“Sometimes it might take a player five, 10 years to realize what he was trying to do, but eventually they do and as a coach like him, all he could do was ‘€˜I could live with the situation for now, as long as at the end it’€™s understood that what I was trying to do was the best for the players.’€™ That to me is what Pat was all about.”

Many fans who once rooted for Burns later found themselves rooting for Julien. Burns had coached all three teams Julien has coached in his career: the Canadiens, Devils, and Bruins. Julien said that his employment with former Burns’ teams isn’t as much a coincidence as one may think, as Burns esteemed Julien wherever he went.

“At one point, Pat, when he was here [in Boston], I think they were looking for a coach in Providence and Pat asked them to interview me,” Julien said. “I think Pat always had a good word. I went to New Jersey and there’€™s no doubt that Lou [Lamoriello] talked to him at some point, and so I had Pat’€™s support, obviously. He always had a good word to say about me, which certainly helped to make me follow his path, to a certain extent, so that’€™s why I guess, I’€™m grateful to him. I think, at the same time, I’€™m grateful to him also for leaving such big shoes to fill to push me to be the best coach I can be.”

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Video: Marc Savard excited to practice with Bruins

11.20.10 at 1:10 pm ET
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Bruins center Marc Savard spoke about a number of things Saturday, including the rough time he had while dealing with post-concussion syndrome symptoms, one of which was depression.

“I need to understand that is just the way I was feeling, because you think that maybe it’€™s because I didn’€™t want to play, but this is the game I grew up playing, I loved and love. Again, I think that love went away for a bit because I wasn’€™t sure about anything,” Savard said. “Obviously now I’€™ve had time to heal and I can’€™t wait to get back out there with the guys and play some games.”

Here’s some video of Savard talking about how glad he was to return to practice with his teammates. He was cleared on Friday to practice in non-contact situations and will undergo further tests next week.

Here is the complete transcript of Savard’s briefing with the media on Saturday, thanks to the fantastic folks at the Bruins:

On how good it felt to be out with the rest of the boys skating:

It felt unbelievable. You know it’€™s been a long time. You know it’€™s pretty special to be… To make it to this step, and hopefully gradually get better and go from there;

On how he’€™s been feeling over the last couple of weeks:

Fantastic. I would say for about two or three weeks now that I really haven’€™t felt any ill effects and things are heading in the right direction, that’€™s for sure.

On if there was a turning point where he just started feeling better:

Yeah, I mean I think it’€™s been a combination of stuff and working hard and working with the doctors carefully. The whole staff has been excellent you know Dr. Asnis and Dr. McInnis , Dr. Durant, Donny [Don DelNegro], Whitey [John Whitesides] obviously for keeping me in shape and you know the whole training staff back to Keto [Keith Robinson], Matty [Matt Falconer], I’€™d like to mention everybody. I think a big thing too you know the fans, they’€™ve been great. I’€™ve gotten a lot of really nice letters. It really helped me through this time and I appreciate that stuff.

On if he has thought about where he fits in on a team that is playing so well:

I think there’€™s a couple areas I can still help a bit, but no it’€™s great seeing the guys playing well. I think that’€™s been the easiest thing for me, is to have time to get better and then work on my stuff that I need to work on and clearing my head so I am ready to go. The way they’€™ve been playing is fantastic and hopefully I can just fit in quietly and go about what I do best and help the team win in some area.

On if he has talked to any of the players who have gone through the same thing:

I mean every incident is different and you know obviously Patrice [Bergeron] has helped me a bit and stuff. A couple players who don’€™t play anymore have been helping me too and obviously I think the biggest thing has been the doctors. Just listening to what the doctors have to say and you know it’€™s been a whole group effort here. Everyone in my family has been incredible and everybody behind me, it has really help the process. Obviously Peter [Chiarelli]’€™s been one of the best supports for me in helping me out and obviously [Matt Chmura] too. It’€™s just been a long road, but everybody’€™s been patient and that’€™s made me feel a lot better. Read the rest of this entry »

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Marc Savard: Colin Campbell e-mails ‘didn’t faze me’

11.20.10 at 12:18 pm ET
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After skating with the rest of his teammates for the first time this season, Bruins center Marc Savard addressed his state of mind, his recovery from post-concussion syndrome, and the unflattering light in which his name has grabbed headlines of late. NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell, who coached Savard while the two were with the Rangers in 1997-98, had e-mails leaked in which he called Savard a “little fake artist” and the “biggest faker going.”

On Saturday, Savard reminisced on their days in New York and the positive relationship the two had, and noted that it would be unfair to suggest the e-mails conveyed a bias that went into the decision to not suspend Matt Cooke, who gave Savard his concussion last March.

“I have nothing against [Colin Campbell]. I think that stuff was private stuff, and I think that stuff that he was saying got interpreted in a bad way,” Savard, who noted the e-mails “didn’t faze” him. “It had nothing to do with the Cooke incident.

“Me and Colie got along fine,” he added. “He actually joked with me a lot. He made me feel comfortable, and I owe a lot to him. He was my first coach that I broke in with, and he gave me an opportunity. ‘€¦ He was great for me, and I’ve got no hard feelings against him. I think that the media should maybe take it a little bit easier on him.”

As for the idea that he is a “faker,” Savard said that he felt the comments were probably less serious than one would think, given that Campbell himself encouraged that style of play.

“I played for Colie, and I think one of the ways when I first came in the league to stay in the lineup was to draw penalties, and I think he encouraged that at the time if you asked him,” Savard said. “I think that’s what he was referring to, but it had nothing to do with the Cooke situation. ”

The situation was made dicier by the fact that one of the e-mails was about a high-sticking call that Savard drew on Campbell’s son Gregory, now playing for the Bruins, back in 2007.

“I talked to [Gregory Campbell, a.k.a ‘Soupy’] here, and Soupy’s a great kid. We had no hard feelings against each other. I can’t wait to get back and play with him.”

Savard has been cleared to practice with the team, but still cannot take physical contact. He is expected to undergo further testing next week.

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