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Five things we learned in Bruins overtime win over Panthers 11.04.14 at 9:36 pm ET
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Perhaps the only thing about the Bruins losing Zdeno Chara for 4-6 weeks that wasn’€™t a total negative was that it came at the beginning of a relatively weak part of the Bruins’ schedule. Though banged up, the Bruins are still managing to get those points against lesser teams as they try to recover from their sloppy start to the season.

It wasn’t pretty until the last second, but Tuesday’€™s 2-1 win over the Panthers (box) on Brad Marchand‘€™s sensational overtime winner improved the B’€™s to 4-1-0 without their captain, who is in the second week of his recovery from a torn PCL.

More winnable games await the Chara-less Bruins, as they will face the Oilers, Devils and Maple Leafs before returning to the Bell Centre next week in search of their first win against the Canadiens this season.

Here are four other things we learned Tuesday night:

BERGERON SNAPS GOAL SKID

Entering Tuesday, Bergeron’€™s only goal of the young campaign came against Detroit in the second game of the season. The two-time Selke winner scored for the first time in 12 games Tuesday.

After Reilly Smith won the puck along the wall, Brad Marchand picked up the puck inches from Smith and sent it Bergeron, who knocked down the puck, wheeled around and swept it past Roberto Luongo. The puck might have gone off the stick of a Florida defender to change the trajectory.

The goal gave Bergeron points in two straight games, as he picked up a helper Saturday against the Senators. Bergeron’€™s eight points (two goals, six assists) put him two behind Carl Soderberg, who leads the B’€™s with 10 points (three goals, seven assists).

Marchand, on the other hand, remains red hot with four goals and two assists for six points in his last three games. Reilly Smith had one of his better games of the season.

KREJCI REMAINS OUT

David Krejci missed his second consecutive game with a hip injury that he’€™s battled all season. Claude Julien said prior to the game that Krejci ‘€œshould be back soon.’€

With Krejci out, Chris Kelly centered Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith for the second straight game. The lineup was as follows:

Lucic -€“ Kelly – Griffith
Marchand -€“ Bergeron -€“ Smith
Fraser €-“ Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille -€“ Campbell -€“ Gagne

Seidenberg -“ Hamilton
Morrow -“ McQuaid
Warsofsky – Trotman

Rask

LOUI ERIKSSON IS GETTING HIT IN THE FACE WITH STICKS AGAIN

Loui Eriksson ran into some bad luck prior to the Olympics when he took a stick to the mouth in a game against the Blues. Eriksson required dental work after the incident.

It was something of a familiar sight in the final minutes of regulation Tuesday when Scottie Upshall got Eriksson in the face with his stick. There was no penalty called on the play, but Eriksson stayed in the game.

THORNTON RETURNS TO BOSTON

Tuesday marked Shawn Thornton‘€™s first game at TD Garden since leaving the Bruins this offseason and first game ever as an opponent in Boston.

The veteran enforcer, who spent seven seasons with the B’€™s, was met with a standing ovation when his name was announced in the starting lineup and was again received a strong response when the Bruins played a video tribute during a first-period stoppage in play. The video featured goals, hits, fights, hospital visits and Thornton raising the Stanley Cup in 2011.

Thornton and linemate Derek MacKenzie were stuck on the ice for Bergeron’€™s second-period goal.

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Zdeno Chara noncommittal on lack of surgery 11.04.14 at 12:50 pm ET
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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara spoke to the media Tuesday for the first time since suffering a torn PCL on Oct. 23.

Prior to the team’€™s morning skate, Chara stood in the hall at TD Garden with a brace on his leg as he stickhandled and shot pucks against the wall. He is in the second week of what is expected to be a 4-6 week recovery.

The day after the injury, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said that surgery was not expected to be required for Chara. Asked Tuesday if he was happy to not need surgery, Chara wasn’€™t as definitive.

“Well, we’ll see,” Chara said. “It’s always nice to avoid surgery. We’ll see how it goes, but that was obviously good news.”

It’s worth noting that Aaron Ward, who first reported Chara’s injury, said in his initial report that the Bruins would “evaluate need for surgery or not” at the end of the 4-6 week process.

When asked about a timeline for his recovery, Chara was noncommittal.

Said Chara: “I wish I could tell you guys exactly when I’m going to return but at this point it’s such a slow process, who knows where it’s going?”

The injury was suffered in the first period of the team’€™s loss to the Islanders on a hit to New York captain John Tavares. Following the hit, Chara stayed on the ice during a TV timeout and finished his shift upon the game resuming. He left the bench but said he had not felt anything on his hit on Tavares.

“No, nothing,” Chara said. “Just on the shift after it I felt some discomfort, but no pain or anything like that. I just went into the locker room to just check on things, but obviously I found out there was more to it.”

Since losing the game in which he was injured, the Bruins are 3-1-0 without Chara. The team has also lost Torey Krug to a broken finger in that time, and Kevan Miller was already out with a dislocated shoulder. The team has also pulled Matt Bartkowski from the lineup amidst early season struggles, resulting in Joe Morrow, David Warsofsky and Zach Trotman making up half of Boston’€™s back end.

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David Krejci to miss second straight game with hip injury 11.04.14 at 12:23 pm ET
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David Krejci will miss his second straight game Tuesday when the Bruins host the Panthers at TD Garden.

Per a source, Krejci has been battling a hip injury suffered in the preseason that forced him to miss the first three games of the season. He returned to post nine points (three goals, six assists) in nine games, but the pain became too much to play through. Krejci has not skated since last Thursday’€™s game against the Sabres.

The Bruins termed Krejci day-to-day on Monday, with their hope Tuesday being that the injury doesn’€™t keep him out much longer.

“€œHe’€™s going to be out tonight, but we don’€™t think it’€™s a real major issue,”€ Claude Julien said after the morning skate. “œHe should be back soon.”€

According to Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald, both Torey Krug (broken finger) and Kevan Miller (dislocated shoulder) skated prior to the morning skate. Miller began skating Monday.

Tuukka Rask is expected to start Tuesday, while Matt Bartkowski appears headed for a third consecutive healthy scratch. With Krejci out, the lineup from morning skate was as follows:

Lucic -€“ Kelly – Griffith
Marchand -€“ Bergeron -€“ Smith
Fraser – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille -€“ Campbell -€“ Gagne

Seidenberg – Hamilton
Morrow – McQuaid
Warsofsky – Trotman

Rask

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David Pastrnak named AHL Rookie of Month 11.03.14 at 3:33 pm ET
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David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak’€™s first month of the regular season went as well as it could go without him actually suiting up for Boston. The 2014 first-round pick was named the AHL’€™s Rookie of the Month for the month of October.

Pastrnak’€™s 10 points this season (three goals, seven assists) are tops among AHL rookies. Same goes for his plus-9 rating, which he has compiled over nine games.

Though just 18 years old, Pastrnak could push for a job in Boston at some point this season. The biggest obstacle he faces is his size, as the 5-foot-10 right wing weighs just 165 pounds. That could make it tough for him to handle the board work required of wings in the NHL.

There also isn’€™t a job opening at this point. Seth Griffith has fit in nicely on the right wing of David Krejci‘€™s line with Milan Lucic. Pastrnak projects to eventually be top-six right wing.

For more Bruins news, visit weei.com/bruins.

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Kevan Miller begins skating, David Krejci day-to-day 11.03.14 at 12:50 pm ET
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Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller began skating Monday in his effort to return from a dislocated shoulder suffered on Oct. 18.

Miller skated by himself after Monday’€™s Bruins practice. He was considered out indefinitely following the injury, which happened in a fight against Nicolas Deslauriers.

David Krejci did not practice Monday. Claude Julien said that Krejci is day-to-day with the injury that caused him to miss Saturday’€™s game. According to a source, Krejci is battling the same hip injury that forced him to miss the first three games of the season.

With Krejci out, Chris Kelly centered Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith in Monday’€™s practice, just as he did in Saturday’€™s win over the Senators. The Bruins’€™ forward lines were as follows:

Lucic – Kelly – Griffith
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Fraser – Soderberg – Eriksson
Paille – Campbell – Gagne

For more Bruins news, visit weei.com/bruins.

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Bruins give Claude Julien multi-year extension 11.02.14 at 3:11 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Sunday that they have signed coach Claude Julien to a contract extension. They did not specify the length of the contract, calling it a “multi-year” deal, though Hockey Night in Canada reported Saturday that it was three-year extension.

Julien is in his eighth season with the Bruins, making him the second-longest tenured coach with his current team behind Detroit’s Mike Babcock. He won the Jack Adams Trophy in 2008-09 and led the Bruins to a Stanley Cup championship in the 2010-11 season. The team came two wins from a second championship in 2013.

“Claude is one of the top coaches in the NHL and has consistently shown a passion for winning through his coaching,” Peter Chiarelli said in a press release. “Coaching is a difficult profession at the best of times and what Claude does in implementing structure in his systems, and having a solid defensive foundation while allowing freedom in offensive play is no easy task.

“During his time with the Bruins, he has excelled in maintaining this difficult balance, and his longevity here speaks volumes. He has coached the Bruins to a Stanley Cup and a Cup Final appearance and our goal to win with him at the helm remains the same as we move forward.”

Since taking over for the start of the 2007-08 season, Julien has led the Bruins to a 317-171-65 record in 553 games.

For more Bruins news, visit weei.com/bruins.

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Claude Julien offers no comment on report of contract extension with Bruins 11.01.14 at 10:39 pm ET
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Claude Julien would not comment on a report from Hockey Night in Canada that he had agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Bruins.

The Bruins have said nothing official about the matter, so Julien offered nothing when asked about it after Saturday night’€™s 4-2 win over the Senators.

“I have no comments on that, absolutely not,” Julien said. “Let’€™s talk about the team.”

The Bruins are off on Sunday.

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