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Bergeron puts Bruins up by one after one

04.09.09 at 6:49 pm ET
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2:02: After a first period that should have you jacked and pumped for the Stanley Cup playoffs unless you’re heart has stopped beating, the B’s draw first blood with a Patrice Bergeron goal right in front. The Bergeron score was the end of some tic-tac passing with Mark Recchi flipping it cross-ice to Matt Hunwick bombing down the right side. Hunwick picked his head up and found Bergeorn all alone at the right post, and fed a sweet tape-to-tape pass for the tap-in. Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges cross-checked Bergeron from behind after the puck was in the net, and set off an extended pushing and shoving scrum.

0:00: All heck broke loose at the end of the first period as Mike Komisarek, who has been active all period, went in after David Krejci in the corner. The two pushed and shoved, and then Zdeno Chara arrived and started throwing elbows and jobs at Komisarek. The entanglement started a team-wide donnybrook in the corner, and both Chara and Komisarek were whistled off for penalties. Komisarek was hit with a two-minute penalty (roughing) and Chara got four minutes (double minor for roughing) after coming in late to stand up for Krejci.

The Bruins are leading the Canadiens by a 1-o score after one full period at the TD Banknorth Garden.

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Jacobs: Winter Classic at Fenway is “close” but not “finalized”

04.09.09 at 2:30 pm ET
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Responding to a report out of the Boston Herald that the Boston Bruins will play the 2010 Winter Classic outdoors at Fenway Park on New Year’s Day, Boston Bruins and Delaware North Companies Principal Charlie Jacobs stated in an email to WEEI.com this afternoon that nothing has yet been finalized to make the Jan. 1 hockey game a reality. Jacobs said that the classic is “close” to coming to Boston, but that nothing has been finalized by the parties involved. 

“Contrary to published reports, at this time we have not finalized plans for a Bruins game at Fenway Park on New Year’s Day,” wrote Jacobs in an email to WEEI.com. “It is no secret that I would love to bring The Winter Classic to the City of Boston – and I have been working with the NHL to consider a number of venues in the area.  We believe that we are close to accomplishing this.  Bruins fans deserve to have an outdoor game, and we hope to deliver one to them in the near future.”

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Bruins will host 2010 NHL Winter Classic at Fenway

04.09.09 at 11:47 am ET
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A hockey source familair with the proceedings has confirmed to WEEI.com that the 2010 NHL Winter Classic will take place at Fenway Park on Jan. 1 with the Boston Bruins taking on an as-yet-undetermined opponent. The two most speculated opponents for the Fenway game have been the New York Rangers and the rival Montreal Canadiens, with the Habs the more likely of the two teams.

After the last two NHL Winter Classics have gone without a Canadian hockey team, it’s expected there will be pressure exerted by the powers that be North of the Border to get the Canadiens involved in the Boston game. Bet on B’s and hope for the Habs Jan. 1 at Fenway Park, and expect a banged out ballpark with mittens, hot cocoa and earmuffs as far as the eye can see. Should be a once-in-a-lifetime type event.

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Sobotka called up to Bruins on emergency basis

04.09.09 at 11:27 am ET
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Young Czech forward Vladimir Sobotka was called up to Boston this morning on an emergency basis for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens at the TD Banknorth Garden. The 21-year-0ld Sobotka has a goal and three assists in 23 games for the Bruins this season, and has 20 goals and 24 assists and a +11 in 44 games for the Providence Bruins this season.

Chuck Kobasew, Dennis Wideman and P.J. Axelsson were all question marks heading into a game with playoff implications against the Montreal Canadiens after not practicing at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday afternoon. Sobotka’s recall is a pretty indication that either Axelsson or Kobasew won’t be healthy enough to go against the hated Habs tonight.

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B’s morning skate scrubbed by Julien

04.09.09 at 7:42 am ET
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For one of the first times this season Bruins head coach Claude Julien has completely scrubbed the pre-game morning skate at the TD Banknorth Garden prior to tonight’s grudge match against the Montreal Canadiens. Though the Black and Gold have clinched the top spot in the Eastern Conference, the game still has playoff ramifications for a Habs squad that’s currently situated as the seventh seed — but hasn’t yet clinched a playoff berth. A Bruins’ win could drop the Canadiens to the eighth spot and set up a potentially explosive Bruins vs. Canadiens match in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs tentatively set to begin next Thursday.

Three injured Bruins – Dennis Wideman, P.J. Axelsson and Chuck Kobasew – are being considered day-to-day, and would have had their playing fates for tonight answered during the morning skating session. Now that will have to wait until game time. The Bruins media relations staff called with the news around 8:15 a.m.,  and gave advanced notice that there would be no “players or coaches” reporting to the Garden until just hours before game time. The playoffs may be starting a week early with tonight’s showdown against Montreal.

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Report: Bruins will host 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway

04.09.09 at 12:29 am ET
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A report out of the Boston Herald says it’s a done deal that the Bruins will host next season’s NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park against an unnamed opponent. Boston apparently beat out bids by the hockey teams in New York and Philadelphia for the 2010 game, which will be played on New Year’s Day. Earlier reports had both the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers as the likely opponents set to play against the Bruins outdoors at the Fens.

Kobasew is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury

04.08.09 at 7:09 pm ET
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This is what Kobasew did to the last guy that called him Undisclosed...

This is what Kobasew did to the last guy that called him Undisclosed...

WILMINGTON — Rugged Chuck Kobasew, he should have his name officially changed given the reckless abandon that he routinely displays on the ice, has been one of Boston’s hottest forwards during the second half of the season, but Kobasew wasn’t a participant in today’s practice — along with P.J. Axelsson, Andrew Ference and Dennis Wideman — and saw his name listed with the rest of the walking wounded following Tuesday night’s loss to the Ottawa Senators.

It could be that Kobasew is in the same “maintenance” rest realm that Axelsson and Wideman reside in with three games remaining before the long, cold, merciless road through the Stanley Cup playoffs.  B’s coach Claude Julien seemed to hedge at simply labeling Kobasew’s undisclosed malady as a simple maintenance issue, however, which begs the question “How serious is Kobasew’s undisclosed issue?”.

”Yeah, it’s a maintenance day,” said Julien in agreement with the maintenance query, ”But having said that, he’s like the other two guys [Axelsson and Wideman]….he’s day-to-day.”

If all three players remain on the maintenance shelf following tomorrow’s morning skate, then Julien could potentially call up a forward or a defenseman to fit his club’s needs. Providence defenseman Johnny Boychuk was up for a cup of coffee earlier this season when injuries hit and Vladimir Sobotka played in 23 games for the Black and Gold this season — so they would likely represent the P-Bruins front-runners if an injury necessitates a Thursday call-up. Matt Hunwick and Steve Montador’s matching abilities to play both forward and defense potentially give Julien the freedom to tap either a forward or D-man for the vacant roster spot.

Stay tuned, as the B’s should know by tomorrow morning if a healthy body from Providence is needed for a sure-to-be statement game against a Montreal Canadiens team — a team that the Bruins have a palpable dislike for and a team that still may just find themselves in Boston for the first round of the Cup playoffs.

”We could find that out later today,” said Julien when asked about potential Providence call-ups. ”Or it could be tomorrow morning….if it’s the same as today, if we’re only 19 [roster players], we will need someone to come up.”

Julien, for one, is putting plenty of import on the final regular season game against a Habs team still licking their wounds after dropping two straight against the Senators and Rangers. On top of that the Canadiens have lost top defenseman Andrei Markov and Mathieu Schneider for at least the first round of the playoffs due to injury, and appear to be sliding back after a decent spurt over the last few weeks. The Habs are still hanging on to the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, but Sean Avery and the Rangers lurk only one point behind with two games remaining for each hockey club.

“Is it a rivalry, or (are the Canadiens) possible playoff opponents?” asked Julien rhetorically. “Whatever they may be, it’s all of the above and we need to be honest and realistic that we don’t know what’s going to happen with the few spots that are available. We approached the Rangers game (like a playoff game), and there’s no reason to approach it any other way.”

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