Archive for September, 2011

Bruins plan to let Tim Thomas play entire game Friday

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

After giving Tuukka Rask the entire game on Wednesday, Bruins coach Claude Julien said his plan for Friday is to let reigning Vezina winner Tim Thomas play the entire 60 minutes Friday against the Islanders.

“I think the goal is to do that, but I said the same thing to Tuukka, that we can talk between periods and if you feel good, you keep going,” Julien said. “I think it gives them an opportunity to get their game shape back, but at the same time, if they happen to feel a little bit of fatigue and stuff like that, you certainly don’t want to get those guys injured.”

Rask made 34 saves on 36 shots in Wednesday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Senators.

Claude Julien expects Bruins to make more cuts after Islanders game

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Bruins coach Claude Julien indicated after Friday’s practices that a second round of cuts may come after Friday’s preseason game against the Islanders.

“I think we’re going to be minimizing our roster I guess starting probably after tonight’s game,” Julien said Friday. “There’s a possibility there. A lot of that depends on the game tonight and who shows well, and etc., etc. The number we anticipate may be changed, but I think there might be some changes made after tonight’s game and leading into that trip to Halifax we’ll minimize our group a little bit.”

The Bruins made six cuts on Wednesday, sending Tyler Randell, Yannick Riendeau, Stefan Chaput, Calle Ridderwall and Kyle MacKinnon to Providence and Anthony Camara back to Saginaw of the OHL.

When will Nathan Horton play?

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Bruins forward Nathan Horton will be one of two Bruins regulars to have not played either of the Bruins’ first two preseason games. While defenseman Joe Corvo is coming off a tight groin that kept him out of Wednesday’s practice, Horton has not missed a practice since training camp opened.

It would appear, then, that the B’s are easing Horton back into game action a step slower than they are with his teammates. Horton is coming off a concussion and separated shoulder, the latter of which plagued him in the postseason and the former of which ended his postseason.

“I mean, I’m fine right now,” Horton said after skating with non-game players on Friday. “I’m just trying to get used to things. We haven’t had a lot of hitting and stuff. I’m definitely going to get back into action sooner or later, but we’ve still got [4 games after Friday].”

More to come on Horton.

B’s set to play on Garden ice for first time since Game 6

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

It won’t be as hectic an environment on Oct. 6′s season-opener, but on Friday the Bruins will play in front of their home crowd for the first time since June 13. That was the day of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, a day B’s fans will forever remember, and a day Roberto Luongo would love to forget.

Over three months and one Cup later, there’s no doubt that those on hand will greet the defending champs with cheers of both support and gratitude. Even if the game doesn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things, the B’s hope their energy can match that of the fans.

“It’s always nice to be playing at home, in front of our fans,” captain Zdeno Chara said after Friday’s practice. “I’m sure they’re very excited, so we just need to have a good performance.”

Added defenseman Johnny Boychuk: “We’ve had a lot of support throughout the summer since we won, and I don’t expect it to die down at all.”

It will be interesting to see how one of the newcomers in Benoit Pouliot is received. The former Canadien in the lineup for Friday and will play in front of the Garden crowd for the first time as a Bruin.

Zdeno Chara ready to leg it out vs. Islanders

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will be among the B’s making their preseason debuts Friday night at TD Garden when the defending Stanley Cup champions hope the Islanders. After an injury scare earlier in the week, he’s happy he won’t have to watch it from the press box.

Chara was hit in the inside of the left leg in Monday’s practice and left the skate with a contusion. He was among those to skip Tuesday’s black and white scrimmage and was left off Wednesday night’s roster for the preseason opener, though he returned to practice that same day.

“I’m very glad that it wasn’t [serious]. Obviously, it’s something that you’ll worry about when it does happen, but I was pleased in a good way that it wasn’t as bad as it looked,” Chara said Friday. “It took all the necessary steps to make sure it was nothing major. It isn’t, so we’ll have to still treat it. Nothing really major.”

Chara said that as he continues to play and practice, he’ll monitor the leg and treat where necessary.

“You have to do different things,” he said. “Obviously, icing is one of them. Doing a little bit of other things that make the swelling go down and away. Obviously, the pain is just a factor that I can handle. As far as the swelling and being able to have the full range of motion, that’s the key.”

Jody Shelley’s latest suspension keeps him out as Bruins raise banner

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

When the Bruins raise their Stanley Cup champions banner against the Flyers on Oct. 6, one Philadelphia villain will be watching from the press box.

Jody Shelley was suspended 10 total games (the remaining five preseason games as well as the first five games of the regular season for his hit on Darryl Boyce in Wednesday’s preseason game between the Flyers and Leafs.

Bruins fans should know Shelley’s name well, as the Flyers forward’s dangerous hit on Adam McQuaid last season earned him an early exit from the two teams’ Dec. 11 meeting as well as a two-game suspension.

Shelley got another two games for sucker-punching Vancouver (and former BC and Bruins) defenseman Andrew Alberts on Dec. 28. This season, he didn’t wait until December to be suspended, and new disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan hasn’t waited long to hand out suspensions.

Shanahan also suspended Flames forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond for the rest of the preseason and one regular season game for hitting Canucks forward Matt Clackson from behind.

The league sent out a couple of released regarding the suspensions late Thursday night, and Shanahan noted that Shelley’s status as a repeat offender played a role in his suspension.

‘€œShelley hit Boyce squarely from behind into the glass,’€ Shanahan said in a release sent out by the NHL. ‘€œBoyce’€™s back was turned toward Shelley well before the contact, requiring that Shelley avoid or minimize the check. He did neither.

‘€œShelley’€™s two suspensions last season weighed heavily in this decision.’€

Bruins announce Friday’s roster

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

The B’s have announced which players they’ll dress Friday at TD Garden against the Islanders. The roster is as follows:

Forwards: Jamie Arniel, Patrice Bergeron, Zach Hamill, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Lane MacDermid, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley, Benoit Pouliot

Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, Zdeno Chara, Steve Kampfer, Zach McKelvie, Dennis Seidenberg

Goaltenders: Anton Khudobin, Tim Thomas

This indicates the tight groin that caused Krejci to leave Wednesday’s practice was a non-factor. Through two games, Joe Corvo and Nathan Horton will be the only two Bruins regulars to not play. Corvo is also dealing with a tight groin, while Horton has not missed a practice since the beginning of training camp.