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Shawn Thornton on D&C: ‘I’m back to the way I was before’ suspension

01.22.14 at 3:28 pm ET
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Bruins forward Shawn Thornton talked with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday about Canucks coach John Tortorella and his suspension, his own suspension and more. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Tortorella was suspended 15 days for attempting to enter the Flames locker room after the first period of Saturday’s game, angry that Flames coach Bob Hartley started his fourth line. Tortorella responded with his fourth line, initiating a line brawl right after the opening puck drop.

While the former Rangers coach has come under criticism, Thornton said Tortorella deserves credit for standing up for his team.

“I love the that he always has his players’€™ back,” Thornton said. “€œThis has happened a few times with him, and it’€™s happened a few times in the league. Obviously the instance with him going down to the locker room probably makes it a lot more blown out of proportion, but this stuff happens.”

That said, Thornton said he isn’t sure Hartley’s intent was to have his fourth-line players mix it up.

“I don’€™t think that — and I don’€™t know because I’€™m not in the room — but I’€™m assuming when Hartley started his fourth line he wasn’t planning on a line brawl, he was just trying to start a line to get, maybe create some forecheck and then dump pucks in, get some momentum going for his team,” Thornton said. “We do it sometimes, too.”

Added Thornton: “You can start whoever you want. We [the B's fourth line] used to start all the time, probably two or three years ago. Our line started all the time. It was more to create momentum, not to drop the gloves.”

Thornton, who was suspended on Dec. 14 for 15 games after attacking Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, says the suspension and league crackdown on violence hasn’t forced him to alter his style.

“I’m back to the way I was before. Nothing’€™s changed,”€ Thornton said. “€œIf I need to stick up for a teammate, I’€™ll stick up for a teammate. That hasn’t changed.”

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Bruins chat Wednesday at 1 p.m.

01.22.14 at 12:40 am ET
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With the Bruins off until Saturday, there’s plenty of time to discuss where they stand and what’s ahead. Chat Bruins with DJ Bean at 1 p.m.

 

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Bruins sign Kevan Miller to two-year extension

01.21.14 at 6:09 pm ET
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The Bruins announced a two-year, one-way extension for Kevan Miller worth $1.6 million Tuesday. The 26-year-old defenseman’s deal will begin next season and run through 2015-16 with an annual cap hit of $800,000.

Miller has skated in 16 games for the Bruins, scoring one goal and contributing an assist for two points and seven penalty minutes. A right-shot defenseman, he has been in the lineup with fellow righties Dougie Hamilton and Adam McQuaid out.

The signing is a logical one for the Bruins. Should they see a future in Boston for him, he provides them with an NHL-caliber blueliner who can play on the third pairing or be the seventh defenseman. It also makes him more valuable in a potential trade, as was the case last season when the Bruins signed restricted free agent to be Matt Bartkowski prior to including him in last season’s deal-that-wasn’t with the Flames.

His presence long-term could also provide something of a redundancy with he and McQuaid, the latter of whom is in the second year of a three-year deal with an annual cap hit of $1.566 million.

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Bruins send Zach Trotman to Providence

01.21.14 at 12:01 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Tuesday that they have returned Zach Trotman to Providence.

Trotman was recalled for Monday’s game and played 13:19 in the Bruins’ 3-2 win over the Kings. The B’s had recalled Trotman Sunday evening because of Adam McQuaid’s leg injury.

The Bruins won’t play next until Saturday in Philadelphia, so they have time to see whether they’ll have McQuaid or Dougie Hamilton (concussion) back.

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Adam McQuaid day-to-day with leg injury

01.20.14 at 6:26 pm ET
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Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid has been examined by a doctor and is termed day-to-day with a leg injury, coach Claude Julien said after Monday’s win over the Kings.

Julien said that the team is taking McQuaid’s status as “good news,” as McQuaid has already missed 19 games this season, most of which were due to a lower-body injury McQuaid had and later re-aggravated.

McQuaid missed the last half of the second period Sunday against the Blackhawks and remained out for the rest of the game. The team recalled Zach Trotman Sunday night to play in his place Monday, with Trotman logging 13:19 in Boston’s 3-2 victory over the Kings Monday at TD Garden.

Depending on how long McQuaid will be off the ice, he could be helped by the fact that the Bruins don’t play next until Saturday in Philadelphia.

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Brad Marchand stays hot with two more goals in Bruins’ win over Kings

01.20.14 at 5:34 pm ET
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Brad Marchand scored two goals to propel the Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Kings Monday afternoon at TD Garden.

Marchand, who had scored just five goals in the first 34 games of the season, picked up his 10th and 11th goals of a 15-game span and took over the team lead with 16 goals on the season.

The 25-year-old winger got the B’s on the board first with a shorthanded goal at 12:07 of the first period. He would later break a 2-2 tie in the third period by beating Jonathan Quick from the top of the left circle. Marchand was slow to get up after colliding with Jake Muzzin in the final minute of the game, but eventually skated off.

Following Marchand’s first goal, Torey Krug made it 2-0 thanks to a massive screen by Zdeno Chara on Quick with the Bruins on the power play. Chara, who had played the point on the other power play in recent games, provided enough of an obstacle on the play for Krug’s slap shot from the half wall to sail past Quick without the netminder having much of a look at it.

The B’s took the 2-0 lead into the second period, but the Kings came back to tie it with a second-period goal from Willie Mitchell and a third-period tally from Jeff Carter.

Chad Johnson earned his second win in the Bruins’ last three games. The B’s will have four days off before returning to action Saturday against the Flyers.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

- Marchand has been red-hot of late. He has 11 goals in the last 15 games and is currently on a four-game goal-scoring streak in which he’s picked up six goals. No. 63 has returned to being a scorer ever since his antics against the Canucks and his questionable hit on Calgary’s Sean Monahan last month. Read the rest of this entry »

Bruins don’t believe in measuring-stick games

01.19.14 at 5:27 pm ET
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CHICAGO — Are there still measuring-stick games when a team has been the Stanley Cup finals twice in the last three seasons? If it’s against a team as talented and deep as the Blackhawks, probably.

The Bruins rose to the occasion in their 3-2 shootout loss to the Blackhawks Sunday, coming a Tuukka Rask miscue or one less Gregory Campbell whiff away from wrapping up a two-game road trip with four points. After the game, players agreed that the two teams brought their best in a rematch of the 2013 Stanley Cup finals, but not all of the Bruins felt they needed to learn how they measured up against Chicago.

“No,” David Krejci said. “We know what we can do, so it doesn’t matter who we play against. If we play our best game, then we can beat anybody. We’ve proven that so far in the last few years. As long as all four lines are going and all six D and goalie [play well], then we can beat anybody in the league.”

The Bruins had been treading water of late, as they were 4-5-0 in their previous five games, but their effort at United Center was one that would have likely earned them a win in any of those contests.

Claude Julien said the showing Sunday — which didn’t necessarily look promising early on — was simply a case of the B’s knowing they needed to play better than they had been.

“I think that we just kind of looked at ourselves here and told ourselves that we needed to be better and we knew we could be better,” Julien said. “That’s just about going out there and showing it. We don’t have to prove anything; we just have to show that we’re a good team night-in, night-out. It’s as simple as that.”

The Blackhawks are second in the NHL with 75 points this season, while the B’s lead the Atlantic Division and are second in the Eastern Conference with 62 points. The Bruins will have another game against an elite Western Conference team Monday when they host the Kings at TD Garden.

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