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Julien: Satan one week away

01.03.10 at 1:14 pm ET
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WILMINGTON – It should be about a week before new Bruins forward Miroslav Satan is able to jump into the lineup. Satan, who had not been playing this season, skated with the Bruins for the first time Sunday after signing a one-year free agent deal with the team.

“He’s in pretty good shape actually, ” Bruins coach Claude Julien said after practice. “We’ve seen that through testing and everything else. He’s really taken good care of himself for a guy who hasn’t played yet. But that’s one thing. It’s another thing to come up to NHL speed. We’ll go, when I say day to day, it’s more closer to a week. We’ll go from here. He needs some time to practice at this pace.”

Julien added that Milan Lucic is progressing toward a return, but the team is being cautious not to rush him back. Lucic is in the final stages of recovering from a high ankle sprain suffered in late November.

“It was my first full practice with the team, I think it went real well,” said Lucic, who has been skating but had not been involved in any prior contact. “It was definitely a confidence builder that I’m getting close to getting back”

The 35-year-old  Satan won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins last season. He chipped in one goal in five assists in 17 playoff games during the run to the Cup. In 1,012 regular season games he has 354 goals and 367 assists. The fact that through over 1,000 NHL games Satan’s career goal and assists marks are almost equally balanced shows  he is an overall offensive catalyst, and not simply a goal scorer.

“He’s a skill guy, he’s obviously been in the league a long time,” said Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. “We just felt we needed to increase out depth at forward and our skill. He can make plays and he can shoot.”

Satan, who will wear No.  81, is excited about the new opportunity with the Bruins.

“I think it makes sense for the team and it makes sense for me also, it’s a good situation,” said Satan who had been skating in Long Island while waiting for playing options to sort out. “This is a team that will have a chance to go deep in the playoffs.”

Bruins ink Miroslav Satan

01.02.10 at 6:25 pm ET
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Bruins head coach Claude Julien told reporters at his team’s practice Saturday that Boston has signed free-agent forward Mirolsav Satan, who is expected to be at the team’s Sunday workout. The 35-year-old is expected to help a Bruins team that is 27th in the league in scoring, having scored 354 goals in his career. According to TSN the deal is for one-year, $700,000.

Turn up the volume: A ‘skate-off’ win for B’s

01.01.10 at 11:06 pm ET
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It was like a huge holiday feast: almost too much to digest.

From the pageantry of the pregame ceremony to the singing of Sweet Caroline with eight minutes remaining to the game-tying goal by Mark Recchi on the power play to the game winner by Marco Sturm on a great feed from Patrice Bergeron, the 2-1 overtime win over the Flyers at Fenway Park gave Bruins fans something they will remember for the rest of their lives.

And when Sturm scored, the Bruins felt the exact thrill the Red Sox do when they win a game on a dramatic walk-off homer.

Afterward, the key players spoke about their emotions and what it was like to play in the first-ever Fenway Park hockey game.

Claude Julien gave it to his team in between the second and third periods, with his team losing 1-0.

Julien said his team showed the kind of character on Friday they have showed all season.

Julien said it was great to give the fans a treat.

Julien on the comparisons between this game and Game 6 of the Canadiens series in 2008.

Marco Sturm talked about his game-winner.

Mark Recchi, who scored the game-tying goal, spoke about the importance of the win.

Patrice Bergeron talked about a skate-off win at Fenway.

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Bruins nearing Satan signing

01.01.10 at 10:07 pm ET
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A Slovakian newspaper is reporting the Bruins are on the verge of signing free agent winger Miroslav Satan to a contract. the paper reports the deal could be completed within the next week.

Satan, 35, last played in the NHL last season with Pittsburgh, scoring 17 goals in 65 games. Satan has 354 goals over his NHL career that began in 1995 and has included stints with Edmonton, Buffalo, the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh. The Bruins are looking to bolster an offense that ranks near the bottom of the NHL in scoring.

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Thomas explains the ‘Hartnell incident’

01.01.10 at 9:57 pm ET
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He wasn’t particularly proud of it but Tim Thomas attempted to explain himself after his Bruins teammates took the goat horns off his head.

Before Mark Recchi tied the game with just over two minutes left in regulation, the moment a lot of fans were going to take from the game was Thomas taking his frustrations out on Philadelphia’s Scott Hartnell while Danny Syvret was taking a slap shot into the space Thomas just vacated.

Five minutes into the second period, Thomas had seen enough from Hartnell. He had taken a shot on him while he was on the ice and vulnerable just moments earlier and Hartnell was camped out in front of the net to Thomas’s right.

Thomas explained himself after the game.

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Big Z: The fans ‘deserved to have the ‘W’ ‘

01.01.10 at 6:52 pm ET
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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara spoke for the entire organization when he expressed his gratitude toward the Boston fans who exploded in the final five minutes of their 2-1 overtime win at Fenway Park.

“I pointed right to them,” Chara said. “They were great. They deserve it. They probably bought their tickets a long time ago. It costs a lot of money for a lot of families. I know it’s not easy to spend the money but they did and they deserved to have the ‘W’. For sure, we owe them a lot tonight.”

Chara was asked about the thrill of playing at Fenway Park, where it’s the Red Sox who usually get fired up after the playing of Sweet Caroline.

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Breaking Down the Bruins’ Classic Win

01.01.10 at 4:23 pm ET
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Here is a recap of the Bruins’ 2-1 win over the Flyers in Friday’s Winter Classic at Fenway Park (for game story, click here):

Three stars:

1. Bruins ‘€“ Marco Sturm nets the game-winner 1:57 into overtime.

2. Bruins ‘€“ Mark Recchi ‘€“ The 41-year-old skated like a kid, keeping the puck alive and creating chances before crashing the net for a rebound goal to draw the Bruins even with 2:18 to play. He also played a stretch in the third with only one glove without lessening his resolve for the puck. That’€™s Winter Classic spirit.

3. Flyers – Danny Syvret ‘€“ Recalled from the AHL earlier in the week, he scores his first NHL goal, giving the Flyers a second-period lead.

Turning Point ‘€“ Trailing 1-0, the Bruins go on the power play late in the third period. Recchi scores a rebound goal tying the game and setting up the overtime heroics by Sturm.

Key stretch – With the Flyers already holding a 1-0 lead, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was whistled from tripping 10:16 into the second period. Philadelphia picked up its pressure against Tim Thomas, but the Bruins also started creating more chances. The game became more wide open, with several odd-man rushes for both teams.

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