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An NHL coach texted Claude Julien ‘WTF’ after bad video review 03.24.16 at 10:22 pm ET
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Claude Julien said he was just as baffled as everybody else when a video review led officials to say there was no conclusive evidence of the puck crossing the goal line on what would have been a Patrice Bergeron goal Thursday night.

Furthermore, Julien said a coach from another team texted him about the play.

Said Julien: “I got another coach that texted me, and [it] was ‘WTF. How can that not be a goal?’ That’s coming from somebody who’s neutral.”

“I think you need to call the league because I can’t explain it either. I’m as baffled as you are right now, and I looked at it many times here before coming out here,” Julien said. “It looks like it’s in. It looks very conclusive.”

The goal would have tied the game at two goals apiece, but the Panthers ended up building on their lead with two more goals in an eventual 4-1 win.

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5 things we learned as Bruins fall to Panthers for 5th straight loss 03.24.16 at 10:01 pm ET
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That was a disaster.

Playing in a game they probably needed to win if they wanted to push for the top spot in the Atlantic Division, the Bruins lost a defenseman to injury, struggled on the power play and fell victim to perhaps the worst video review flub yet. The end result was a 4-1 Panthers win at TD Garden, marking the only time in the team’s four meetings this season that Florida was victorious. The game also extended the Bruins’ season-worst losing streak to five games (0-5-0) and could have made Boston’s next seven games more about just making the playoffs than securing desired matchups.

The Bruins dominated the first period Thursday, holding a 15-5 edge in shots on goal, but the teams were scoreless through the first period. After Ryan Spooner scored his 13th goal of the season, the Panthers scored twice in the final seven minutes of the second.

While it seemed that Patrice Bergeron had tied the game at 8:03 of the third period, a lengthy review led to a surprising ruling that conclusive evidence was lacking.

The Panthers added to their shortly after on Jussi Jokinen’s 16th goal of the season, while Jonathan Huberdeau scored an empty-netter to put the game out of reach.

The Bruins did have Tuukka Rask in the lineup, as Boston’s starter returned after being pulled after a period Wednesday night due to illness.

The Panthers now lead the Bruins by five points and have eight games remaining to the Bruins’ seven. The Bruins will next play Saturday in Toronto. Boston sits third in the Atlantic Divison, but the Red Wings’ win over the Canadiens Thursday brought Detroit within one point of the B’s with a game in hand.

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Bill Belichick, David Ortiz, other Boston and national sports figures pay tribute to Claude Julien in video 03.24.16 at 7:30 pm ET
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Prior to Thursday’s game against the Panthers, the Bruins held a ceremony honoring Claude Julien for becoming the all-time winningest coach in franchise history.

In addition to being given a watch and a trip to Disney World, Julien received a video tribute featuring several local and national sports figures, including Bill Belichick, Doc Rivers, Brad Stevens, Terry Francona, Mike Babcock and David Ortiz.

Here is the video, courtesy of the Bruins:

Bruins are early losers of Reilly Smith trade 03.24.16 at 12:58 pm ET
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Reilly Smith has 23 goals this season. (Jean-Yves Ahern/USA Today Sports)

When the Bruins traded Reilly Smith (along with Marc Savard’s contract) for the rights to Jimmy Hayes this summer, fans locally were probably happier to see Smith go than they were to see Hayes arrive.

A whipping boy for his lack of offensive consistency in his first two seasons with the Bruins, a potentially bad contract and, let’s face it, just being part of the Tyler Seguin trade, Smith’s time in Boston turned ugly before it mercifully ended on the opening day of free agency.

Well, Smith — who is still just 24 — is better than Hayes, and the move has worked out just fine for him.

“It’s a business. I didn’t really feel hurt when I got traded,” Smith said Thursday. “I think it’s just part of what happens in this league. You want to have a good season every year. I’ve been given a lot of opportunity here and it’s nice that I’ve been able to produce and help the team.”

Statistically, there really isn’t even a debate. In a nutshell: Smith does a lot more than Hayes despite having a much harder job.

The quick numbers: Smith has a career-best 23 goals, marking his second time in the last three seasons that he’s hit the 20-goal mark, while Hayes has 13. Much like Smith endured horrid slumps in Boston, Hayes has gone 12 games without a point and has just one goal in his last 19 games. Given that many of his goals are scored in front of the net, where more is left up to bounces, it should have been expected that Hayes’ goal output could have been in the low teens just as easily as it could have been in the low-20s.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Brandon Carlo to join Providence Bruins 03.24.16 at 11:34 am ET
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Defenseman Brandon Carlo will begin practicing with the Providence Bruins on Thursday, as the 2016 second-round pick’s season with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League has concluded.

The Bruins drafted the 6-foot-5 defenseman with the 37th overall pick of last June’s draft and signed him to his entry level contract in September. Carlo, a stay at home defenseman, had five goals and 22 assists for 27 points in 52 games with Tri-City this season, his third in the WHL.

Because the 19-year-0ld Carlo has a November birthday, he will be eligible to play next season in the AHL because he will turn 20 before Dec. 31.

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Bruins return Jeremy Smith to Providence 03.23.16 at 5:41 pm ET
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The Bruins sent Jeremy Smith to Providence on Wednesday, one day after recalling the goaltender from the AHL.

Smith was recalled for Tuesday’s practice and the team’s trip to New York because the team wasn’t sure of the status of Tuukka Rask. Boston’s starter missed Tuesday’s practice due to illness but made the trip. He is expected to start Wednesday night against the Rangers.

Bruins bring up Frank Vatrano, recall Jeremy Smith on emergency basis 03.22.16 at 10:54 am ET
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Frank Vatrano

WILMINGTON — The Bruins recalled forward Frank Vatrano from Providence. They also brought up goaltender Jeremy Smith on an emergency basis.

Vatrano, who had six goals in 30 games for Boston earlier this season, has scored 32 goals in 32 AHL games this season, making the first-year pro the AHL’s leading goal-scorer this season.

In bringing up Vatrano, the Bruins have now used two of the four callups allotted to teams following the trade deadline. The B’s recalled Noel Acciari the day after the deadline.

While Vatrano’s eventual return to Boston was expected, Smith’s recall might be the more intriguing of the two. Tuukka Rask was not on the ice for Tuesday’s practice, leaving Smith and Jonas Gustavsson as the only goalies practicing. Claude Julien said after the practice that Rask is sick, but will travel to New York with the team for Wednesday night’s game against the Rangers. Julien noted that all three goalies will make the trip.

Smith spent most of the season with the Iowa Wild after the B’s loaned him to Minnesota’s organization given their surplus of goaltenders in Providence. He has played in Providence of late, however, given the absence of Malcolm Subban. The 26-year-old had a .911 save percentage in 23 games for Iowa before posting a .932 save percentage for Providence over 11 games.

Speaking of Subban, the young goaltender, who remains out after larynx surgery that followed a puck to the throat during warmups on Feb. 6 for Providence, reportedly skated at the end of Providence’s practice Tuesday.

Vatrano practiced on the fourth line Tuesday, giving the B’s the following lineup in practice:



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