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A Great Trip for Nathan Horton 10.10.10 at 1:57 pm ET
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PRAGUE – Eastern Europe was good to Nathan Horton.

The Bruins right winger, who was acquired in a June 22 trade with the Florida Panthers, scored the only two goals in Boston’s Saturday loss to Phoenix, and struck again on Sunday with his third goal of the short-lived season and an assist to Milan Lucic.

Horton will certainly return to Boston as the center of attention after his spectacular performance overseas, but he doesn’t seem to care much. He’s just excited about heading back and returning to the fans at home.

“It’s a hockey city, Boston,” Horton said. “It’s hockey and it’s sports, and it’s fun to play there and be a Boston Bruin.”

More remarks from the locker room:

On playing on the first line with Lucic and David Krejci, Horton said:

“Every day is getting better. We try not to be too fancy sometimes. I think that’s where we get into trouble, and getting some pucks to the net. I think if you try to work little plays, give and gos, and just have fun out there. Just relax and try to work to gather. They’re great players, so it’s just get them the puck and things happen.”

On first round-pick Tyler Seguin’s first NHL goal (Horton himself was the third overall pick in the 2003 draft):

“Good for him. He’s such a skilled player. He’s confident, and he knows he’s good and he’s going to score. It’s great for him to score and get it out of the way. There’s going to be a lot more in the NHL for him to come. “

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In Prague, A Fresh Start For Tim Thomas 10.10.10 at 1:37 pm ET
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PRAGUE – In the Czech Republic’s capital city, Tim Thomas got a fresh start to the young season.

Coming off a lackluster 2009-2010 campaign, not to mention off-season hip surgery, the 36-year-old Bruins goalie put on an impressive show against Phoenix on Sunday as he stopped every puck that came his way and earned his first victory of the year.

Amid the howls of Coyotes fans and the growls of the Bruins faithful clad in black and gold, Thomas made the job look seemingly effortless – and for nearly the entire game, it was. The Bruins defense, led by Captain Zdeno Chara, kept the pressure off Thomas and redeemed itself after allowing five goals the night before. For their part, Phoenix had just 29 shots on Thomas the entire game and worse, no goals to show for it.

Thomas could be seen lounging in the crease for much of the first two periods while most of the action was taking place across the ice. He almost looked bored, his arm resting up against the goal as his teammates took shots at Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. Thomas said it wasn’t a symptom of boredom, but rather a symptom of his age.

“I’m 36,” Thomas said after the game. “That’s going to happen all the time.”

In May, the Bruins goalie underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. That, after a season in which he went 17-18 and 23-year-old hotshot Tuukka Rask seemed to garner all the praise in Boston.

It explains why Thomas was so nervous before Sunday’s game in Prague. But all things considered, it also explains why the victory felt so good.

“It’s been a long road, but it feels great to get a shutout right off the bat,” he said.

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NHL Draft Wrap-Up 06.28.09 at 11:00 pm ET
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In case you missed our NHL draft coverage this past weekend, here’s a wrap-up including in-depth player profiles, analysis, and live blogging from Montreal by our Bruins expert – Joe Haggerty:

- Live Blogs

- Coverage of first-round pick Jordan Caron

- Coverage of third-round pick Ryan Button

- Coverage of fourth-round pick Lane MacDermid

- Coverage of sixth-round pick Tyler Randell

- Coverage of seventh-round pick Ben Sexton

- Overall wrap-up

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Last but not least… 06.27.09 at 1:55 pm ET
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With their final pick, 206th overall in the seventh round, the Bruins selected center Ben Sexton. The 18-year-old played in the Central Junior “A” Hockey League for the Nepean Raiders in 2008-09, where he scored 14 goals with 21 assists in 38 games.

Hailing from Ottawa, Sexton is the son of former Senators GM Randy Sexton (currently assistant GM for the Florida Panthers).

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In sixth round, Bruins take Tyler Randell 06.27.09 at 1:20 pm ET
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After skipping the fifth round, the Bruin’s next pick came at the 176th overall slot.

Enter Tyler Randell.

While he only just turned 18 two weeks ago, the 6-foot-1, 191-pound right-winger is plenty experienced. Randell won a gold medal as a member of the under-17 Team Ontario club in 2007, and played in 19 playoff games as a member of the OHL’s Belleville Bulls. In 73 games for both the Bulls and the Kitchener Rangers (who traded for Randell midway through last season), Randell scored 24 goals with 13 assists for a total of 37 points in 2008-09.

Randell was the 13th ranked OHL player in 2009, according the NHL scouting report.

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B’s take tough guy MacDermid with fourth-round pick 06.27.09 at 12:22 pm ET
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With the 112th overall pick in the fourth round, the B’s selected Lane MacDermid from the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires. The 20-year-old left-winger scored seven goals with 14 assists in 38 regular season games played during 2008-09. Most notable, however, was the success MacDermid enjoyed during the Spitfires’ playoff run that culminated with them winning the OHL’s championship. In 20 playoff games, MacDermid scored four goals with five assists.

MacDermid is also known for his feisty play on the ice. He is especially notorious for his intense fighting and passion, logging 17 fights and 112 penalty minutes in the OHL. A standard Google search proves this as most of the results are YouTube videos of his numerous fights. At 6-foot-3 and 204-pounds, MacDermid is an imposing figure.

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Bruins select defenseman Ryan Button with third-round pick 06.27.09 at 11:45 am ET
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The Bruins seem to have made up for their lack of a second-round pick with their selection of Ryan Button in the third round. With the 86th overall pick, the Bruins took the 18-year-old defenseman from Edmonton.

Many expected Button to go in the second round, but of course anything can happen in the draft. The 6-foot, 185-pound lefty enjoyed a successful 2008-09 season for the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders. In 70 games, Button recorded five goals and 32 assists, leading the team’s defensemen in the latter.

Button has excellent mobility and skating skills. Scouts and coaches say they like Button’s leadership qualities and the effort he consistently exerts. According to one scouting blogger, Button only threw down his gloves three times last year, but in each instance he was defending a teammate.

The NHL scouting report said the following about Button:

“Button skates and plays the game with so much composure for a young player. His passes and movement around the rink are excellent. He uses his defensive partner well and he’s a team player that can buy time and space with his smarts for the game.”

Here’s a few personality tidbits on Caron’s likes, dislikes and favorite things courtesy of his prospect page at NHL.com:

NHL Team: Edmonton Oilers

NHL Player: Scott Niedermayer 

Shootout move: “Spin-O-Rama”

Goal celebration: Jumping into the boards

Video Game: NHL ‘09

Movie: Superbad

Reality Show: The Apprentice

Actor/Actress: Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie

Cartoon: Family Guy

Website: NHL.com

Book: Night by Elie Wiesel

Pump-up song: “Kick Start My Heart” by Motley Crue

Restaurant: Moxies

Sport (other than hockey): Football

Place to visit: Dominican Republic

Snack: Apples

Superhero: Spider Man 

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