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Teammates defend Tyler Seguin, but they haven’t missed meetings

12.08.11 at 12:24 pm ET
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Are you ready for Tyler Seguin‘s apology for skipping a team meeting and being scratched as a result?

“I talked about it the other day,” Seguin said Thursday. “I’ve already kind of moved on and am getting ready for tonight’s game.”

That’s all Seguin would say on the matter, as the Bruins would not permit further questions about his actions in Winnipeg and the discipline he’s received. He will be in the lineup Thursday against the Panthers.

While Seguin was not allowed to elaborate on his confusing time zone mixup excuse, teammates did not shed light on the matter.

Jordan Caron, who was rooming with Seguin when the team arrived early Tuesday in Winnipeg, said that he simply thought Seguin was sleeping a few minutes later Tuesday morning.

“It was an accident. I got up real early and didn’t want to wake him up,” Caron said after Thursday’s morning skate. “I went to breakfast, and then the meeting started. We tried calling him a few times. It’s an accident. I don’t think it’s anybody’s fault. It happens.”

Caron noted that Seguin was indeed in the room, and that “he wasn’t out or anything.” The Bruins arrived in Winnipeg early Tuesday morning after playing in Pittsburgh Monday night.

“We came in really late. We went to bed at the same time and I woke up really early and went and got breakfast,” he said. “I didn’t want to wake him up first. It was an accident.”

The Bruins did not permit questions about the incident during Seguin’s media availability, with the second-year forward saying only the following: “I talked about it the other day. I’ve already kind of moved on and am getting ready for tonight’s game.”

Like Seguin, Nathan Horton was once a top-5 pick (third overall in 2003). Has he ever missed a meeting?

“I haven’t,” Horton said. “I’m too afraid to miss them, so I show up real early. Things do happen, and you just can’t let it happen I guess.”

Seguin received a talking to from Shawn Thornton Tuesday, but Horton said that more than one player talked to the youngster about it.

“I think a lot of guys have [spoken to him],” Horton said. “He obviously knows what he did wrong. It’s just, try to forget about it and move on, and try not to let it happen again.”

Dennis Seidenberg also said he has never missed a meeting in his career. He did, however, defend Seguin by echoing the youngster’s claim that he missed the meeting because he still had his phone on Boston time.

“He missed adapting to a time change, or changing the time on his cell phone,” Seidenberg said. “The wakeup call just didn’t go off, so that’s why he missed.”

It was then pointed out that, if the phone story is to believed, Seguin would have woken up an hour early.

“Oh yeah, that’s true,” Seidenberg said with a laugh.

Asked then whether he bought Seguin’s excuse, Seidenberg laughed and remarked, “I have no idea. I’ve got nothing.”

All kidding aside, Nathan Horton has never missed a meeting in his career. Dennis Seidenberg has never missed a meeting. Combined, that’s 17 seasons without a single meeting missed. Tyler Seguin has missed “more than a few” in one season and two months. Pun very intended:

That’s alarming.

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Tyler Seguin did not have attendance issues in OHL

12.07.11 at 3:22 pm ET
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As the people of Boston exchange one another’s definitions of “more than a few,” you have to wonder just how big a problem showing up on time is for Tyler Seguin, and how long it’s been a problem.

Seguin has a history of attendance issues, but according to his former coach, those issues don’t date back to his days of playing junior hockey.

Plymouth Whalers coach Mike Vellucci, who drafted Seguin and coached him for the majority the youngster’s two seasons in the OHL, told Wednesday that Seguin never had any problems with attendance in Plymouth.

The Bruins scratched Seguin Tuesday night in Winnipeg for skipping a team breakfast and meeting, with the 19-year-old saying he had an issue with his alarm clock. Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli both said that Seguin has had multiple such incidents since coming to the NHL.

This may simply be a case of a kid learning how to handle being a professional athlete, or it may be a case of a kid who’s still learning how to set an alarm clock on a cell phone. Whatever it is, Seguin should know by now that the team isn’t willing to let it slide anymore.

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Weary Bruins stumble in Winnipeg, suffer first regulation loss in 16 games

12.06.11 at 11:16 pm ET
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No hockey team can win every game, and the Bruins proved that Tuesday night when their 15-game point streak came to an end in Winnipeg via a 2-1 loss to the Jets at the MTS Centre. The game was a tough task for the Bruins, who put up a valiant effort despite playing their third game in four days, but fell victim to a hot goaltender in the Jets’ Ondrej Pavelec.

Winnipeg got on the board first when Andrew Ladd fired a wrister over Tuukka Rask‘€™s right shoulder 18:21 into the first period to give the Jets a 1-0 lead. In the second period, both teams went on the man-advantage twice, but neither team could find the back of the net.

Shawn Thornton tied the game in the third period on a redirect of a Daniel Paille shot after Greg Campbell stripped Jason Jaffray of the puck at the top of the Winnipeg zone. The Jets reclaimed the lead 4:50 into the third when the Bruins gave up a 2-on-1 off a faceoff and Bryan Little cashed in, beating Rask five-hole for the game-winner.

The Bruins will get a day off Wednesday before hosting the Panthers at the TD Garden Thursday night.

What went wrong for the Bruins

– Pavelec was simply phenomenal for the Jets Tuesday night as he tied a season-high record for saves with 39. While the Bruins had plenty of scoring chances, they simply could not find a way to beat the Czech goaltender. In the last five minutes of the third period, the Bruins peppered Pavelec with shots, but he was perfectly positioned for all of them. He made a particularly impressive save on a Milan Lucic shot with 37.8 seconds left, when he slid across the crease just in time to cover Lucic’s attempt.

Boston experienced the same frustration on the power play, when, despite putting up 11 shots on three power plays, could net find the back of the net with the man-advantage.

– It seemed like nothing was going right for David Krejci Tuesday night. The forward had a flurry of offensive chances early in the game, including a rebounder fired from the top of the crease off a Zdeno Chara shot early in the second, but Pavelec frustrated Krejci’€™s chances all night. Krejci then took two minor penalties, one of which ended the second period and another at the beginning of the third period.

– The Bruins were without Tyler Seguin, who leads the team with 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 25 games. Seguin was a healthy scratch because he missed team breakfast Tuesday morning. It was not the first time Seguin missed a team activity, and Peter Chiarelli decided to use the episode as a learning experience for the young forward. Rich Peverley took over Seguin’€™s second-line duties. Jordan Caron filled out the lineup.

What went right for the Bruins

– Rask kept the game close in the third period when he dove forward to rob Evander Kane from just in front of the net seven minutes into the third period. The stop was an important one for Boston, who was losing momentum fast following a Winnipeg goal to make it 2-1 Jets. Rask made a flashy glove save midway through the period with the Jets on a power play due to a tripping call against Benoit Pouliot.

Those two saves were especially welcome from Rask since the first goal he gave up, a high wrister off Ladd’€™s stick, was one he may have wanted back.

– Fourth lines are not supposed to be scoring lines, so it is always an added bonus for a team when its fourth line can put up some points. Thornton did just that Tuesday night, when a Paille shot bounced off his hand to beat the otherwise unbeatable Pavelec.

Johnny Boychuk returned to the game after taking a booming Zach Bogosian shot to the leg. Immediately after blocking the shot, Boychuck writhed in pain on the ice before hobbling to the bench. Boychuk recovered well enough between periods to play the third, which was especially fortuitous since it was Boychuk who slowed up Kane on what could have been a breakaway to put the game away late in the third.

What realignment, new schedule format means for the Bruins

12.05.11 at 10:12 pm ET
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The NHL’s Board of Governors approved a new, four-conference format for the league Monday, with the new conferences to be implemented at the start of next season.

Realignment was deemed necessary when the Atlanta Thrashers, who played in the Southeast division, moved to Winnipeg. As a result, the Jets will play in the Central division with more mid-western teams.

The four conferences (which have yet-to-be-named) will look like this:

Conference 1 (seven teams): Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Toronto.

Conference 2 (seven teams): Carolina, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington.

Conference 3 (eight teams): Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, Winnipeg.

Conference 4 (eight teams): Anaheim, Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose, Vancouver.

One major change that accompanies the realignment is that every team will play one another twice, with each time team facing out-of-conference clubs both at home and on the road. Teams will play opponents in their conference six times.

For the Bruins, this essentially means the B’s will be seeing Guy Boucher and the Lightning, as well as the Panthers, twice more each season, and will host each team at TD Garden and play them on the road.

Also, with the four conferences champions playing one another beginning in the third round of playoffs, it means the B’s could not face a team like the Canadiens in the round prior to the Stanley Cup Finals (the third round), as they could have before. With that being said, they could play a team like the Flyers for the Cup. Again, it’s radical.

Tim Thomas shines as Bruins beat Penguins in Pittsburgh

12.05.11 at 9:43 pm ET
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If anyone was wondering how the Bruins measured up to the first-place Penguins, a convincing answer was given Monday night when the B’s beat the Penguins, 3-1, at CONSOL Energy Center.

Gregory Campbell got the B’s on the board in the second period with his second goal of the season, with Benoit Pouliot taking a feed from Rich Peverley and beating Marc-Andre Fleury to make it 2-0. Tyler Seguin scored 1:07 into the third period before Bruins nemesis Matt Cooke broke up Tim Thomas‘ shutout bid at 10:54 of the final period.

The game featured two fights, with Brad Marchand taking on Matt Niskanen after the pesky B’s forward slew-footed the Penguins defenseman in the second period. Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves with former Northeastern forward Joe Vitale in the third period after Vitale ran into Tim Thomas.

The B’s now have points in 15 straight games (14-0-1), and have 35 points. A win Tuesday in Winnipeg will put them in first place in the Eastern Conference for the first time this season.


– Benoit Pouliot had his best game as a Bruin. He drew a slashing penalty on Depres in the first period when the Pittsburgh defenseman knocked the stick out of his hands following a strong scoring opportunity from the third-line winger, and Pouliot was the only Bruins forward with more than one shot on goal (three) in the first period. Rich Peverley intercepted a pass from Brooks Orpik in the neutral zone in the second period to set up Pouliot’s fourth goal of the season, an absolutely sizzling wrester over Fleury’s right shoulder. Pouliot finished the night with four shots on goal, the most he’s had as a Bruin.

– The Bruins had to kill off two 5-on-3’s, one of which was an entire two minutes, and they silenced the Penguins both times. Because Chara was in the box, Bergeron, Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference and Chris Kelly handled PK duties on the first 5-on-3, with Thomas making four saves. He stopped all three shots on the second two-man advantage.

– Seguin’s goal was just his second in his last 10 games, and if he gets going again, there’s no telling when this tear the Bruins are on will stop. Patrice Bergeron was masterful in maneuvering past Pittsburgh skaters and feeding Seguin, who sent the puck just inside the right post, past the right leg of Fleury.


– Blaming the refs is generally weak, but the B’s certainly found themselves getting the short end of the stick with the officiating. The call on Zdeno Chara that gave the Penguins their first two-man advantage of the night seemed a bit extreme, as it seemed Chara was simply clearing out traffic in front of Thomas’ net. James Neal also appeared to hold Peverley’s stick in the second period when the Bruins forward was sent off for hooking.

– The Penguins showed why they entered the night with the second-best penalty kill in the league right off the bat, though the B’s eventually broke through with Seguin’s power play goal in the third period. The B’s failed to get a single shot on goal in the two minutes that followed Pascal Dupuis’ holding penalty. The B’s were quiet on their next two power plays as well, but finished the night 1-for-5 on the man advantage.

– Paille learned that wearing a cage inconveniences more people than just him. The fourth line forward went to hit Evgeni Malkin, but his cage collided with Malkin’s face. A scrum ensued, but no penalties were assessed.

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Bruins-Penguins Live Blog: Matt Cooke makes it 3-1

12.05.11 at 6:59 pm ET
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Bruins-Penguins Live Blog

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Bruins can’t wait for their next test: Sidney Crosby and the East-leading Penguins

12.05.11 at 10:42 am ET
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It’s the perfect test at the perfect time.

The Bruins have rebounded from a 3-7-0 start and are the hottest team in the NHL. They have 13 of 14 and are unbeaten in regulation since Oct. 29 in Montreal.

The Penguins are the top team in the East and have been the best team in the conference since the start of the season.

Now the top two teams in the conference meet in tonight in Pittsburgh.

“It’€™s going to be a great challenge for us,” said Chris Kelly, who scored the game-winner on Saturday night. “They are playing extremely well. They have their best player back and he seems like he hasn’€™t missed a beat. It will be an exciting game for us.”

Of course, the “best player” to whom Kelly refers is Sidney Crosby. He returned from his post-concussion symptoms on Nov. 21 with two goals in a 5-0 win over the Islanders. He hasn’t scored since but he does have 10 assists and the Pens are 5-1-1 in the seven games with him back in the lineup.

“It’€™s going to be a big game,” Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said. “We haven’€™t faced them this season yet. Obviously they’ve got a healthy team now. I’€™m sure it’€™s going to be a good game.”

Tonight marks the first of four games between the last two Eastern Conference teams who have won the Stanley Cup. The Penguins won on Detroit’s home ice in Game 7 in 2009 while the Bruins accomplished the same feat back on June 15 in Vancouver.

Is this is a “measuring stick” game for the defending champion B’s?

“I think we’re approaching- we’ve got the right mind set going into every game right now,” new pugilist Joe Corvo said. “I feel like we’re playing the same way every game and we’re being super consistent and if we don’t at some point in the game, it gets corrected. I think it’s obviously a good test, they’re in first place so it’ll be an exciting game.”

With a regulation win, the Bruins will be just one point out of the top spot in the East, 15 games after being in the cellar.

“We want to get up there in the standings and this is a game for first place so it’€™s going to be a big one,” David Krejci said.

There will be no rest after the game, either. The Bruins hop on a plane and go halfway across the continent for a Tuesday night game in Winnipeg.

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