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Andrew Ference will be healthy scratch Monday vs. Senators as Dougie Hamilton returns 04.15.13 at 12:49 pm ET
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As the Bruins take turns resting their players leading up to the postseason, Andrew Ference will be a healthy scratch Monday.

“We’re going to rotate some players in and out here from here on in,” Claude Julien said. “We decide to make that decision no matter what, so Ference will be the one sitting out tonight.”

With Ference out, Dougie Hamilton will make his return to the lineup after sitting out the last two games. In addition to playing the entire NHL season leading up to Thursday’s loss to the Islanders, Hamilton had played in the Canada-Russia Junior Challenge series in August before playing in the OHL throughout the lockout.

“I give him a lot of credit for for how well he’s played through all of that. For a young player, to handle all of those minutes and games [is] unbelievable.”

Hamilton, 19, has four goals and 11 assists for 15 point in NHL games this season. Though he’s had some ups and downs, his rookie campaign has been largely impressive as he has been a top-four blueliner for the B’s from the get-go.

Hamilton had told Julien earlier in the season that if he wasn’t playing well enough and Julien wanted to scratch him, he’d understand. He said Monday that while he’d rather be playing, he thinks the rest could be good for him.

“Just playing so much, it feels like the end of the year, which it is, but I think just to get a rest I guess, mentally, and most of all just to get away from playing and to be able to come back, it kind of feels like junior a little bit when you get the week off and then you go back to playing the weekend,” he said. “Hopefully I didn’t get too rusty over that couple days, but I think I feel good.”

Added Hamilton: “Obviously it’s a lot more fun playing and being in the room and I guess being part of the team, but I thought it was good.”

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Patrice Bergeron feels ‘ready’ to return, could play Monday vs. Senators 04.15.13 at 11:58 am ET
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Both Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand (both coming off concussions) participated in the Bruins’ morning skate Monday, and Bergeron could make his return to the Boston lineup Monday night after missing the last six games.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said the team is being “extra safe” with Bergeron’s situation, given that this is his fourth career concussion. The medical staff will give final clearance as to whether the reigning Selke winner plays Monday night against the Senators. Bergeron said he only felt symptoms for a day following the play in which he was concussed, and that he’s had time to recover, get back on the ice and prepare for the final couple weeks of the regular season.

“I feel like I’m ready,” Bergeron said, “but we’ll see.”

“I feel good,” he said. “I feel confident and I don’t feel cautious either. We’ve taken the time and there’s a reason for that, so I’m not hesitant.”

Bergeron said that this concussion was less significant than his previous three. Though he missed only two games due to his previous concussion, it was actually 13 days because the Bruins had swept the Flyers and had some time before starting the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning, with Bergeron making his return in Game 3 of that series. If he plays Monday, he will have missed just as much time as he did last time, though he’ll have obviously missed more game. Either way, Bergeron feels this concussion wasn’t as bad as any of the ones before it.

“I healed a lot quicker and felt better a lot quicker,” he said. “It was good news.”

As for Marchand, who suffered a concussion on an elbow to the head from Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov last week, the pesky forward skated Monday for the second consecutive day. He has not yet taken contact, which figures to be the next step in his recovery.

Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice, suggesting he will get the start Monday night against the Senators.

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Bruins fall flat vs. Islanders 04.11.13 at 9:24 pm ET
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The Bruins continued their borderline stumble to the finish line of the regular season Thursday night with a 2-1 loss to the Islanders at TD Garden.

Josh Bailey had a two-goal performance in the win for the Islanders. He got New York on the board with 21 seconds left in the first period and gave them the lead again later in the second after Tyler Seguin had tied with a power-play goal. Tuukka Rask stopped 34 of 36 shots.

The Bruins will next play Saturday in Carolina.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

– Another bad game for Milan Lucic. One night after turning the puck over on the power play that led to a shorthanded goal, Lucic had multiple unforced turnovers, including one in the first period that led to sustained pressure from the Islanders. After getting the puck off a rebound from Rask, Lucic could have sent the puck out up the left side, but instead backhanded it across in front of Rask’s net and right to Kyle Okposo. The Islanders kept the puck in the zone for another 20 seconds or so but didn’t score. Lucic had just one shot on goal in the game.

– It wasn’t pretty for Nathan Horton either. Skating on a line with Daniel Paille and David Krejci, Horton was a minus-2 with one shot on goal.

– Rask made some tremendous saves, but he should have stopped both Islanders goals. Bailey’s shot on his first goal was a top-corner bullet that Rask could have nabbed, but the second goal was the real softy. Rask stopped Bailey on a 2-on-1, only to let the puck trickle into the net ever so slowly.

The numbers suggest that Rask should be a Vezina candidate, but he’s allowed some bad goals this season.

– Dougie Hamilton was a healthy scratch Thursday night, marking the first time that he hasn’t played in his rookie season.

– The primary assist on Bailey’s first-period goal came from none other than Mark Streit, and he picked up the secondary helper on Bailey’s second goal. The Islanders captain seemed like a logical fit for the B’s at the trade deadline, but the Islanders elected to hang onto the puck-moving defenseman and try to contend. Streit is a free agent at the end of the season.

– A good point from Mike Salk, who noted that it’s been quite a while since a Bruin has dropped the gloves. The last time was on Marchn 27, when Gregory Campbell fought Travis Moen. Shawn Thornton last fought on March 23, which was 10 games ago.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

Gregory Campbell and Jaromir extended their point streaks to three games by picking up assists on Seguin’s goal. Campbell now has two goals and three assists for five points over the last three contests, while Jagr has five assists in the span. Campbell was on the Bruins’ second power play unit in place of Milan Lucic.

– Adam McQuaid made his return to the Bruins’ lineup after missing the last 11 games with a shoulder strain. It wasn’t the prettiest return for McQuaid, as he was on the ice for both of Bailey’s goals and had a minus-2 rating on the game.

– For just the second time this season, the Bruins have had power play goals in consecutive games. Zdeno Chara had a power-play tally on Wednesday against the Devils, with Seguin’s goal Thursday coming on the man advantage.

Brad Marchand has concussion 04.11.13 at 6:20 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Thursday evening that left wing Brad Marchand suffered a “mild concussion” on the hit he took from Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov.

Volchenkov was given a four-game suspension for the play in which he elbowed Marchand in the head, forcing Marchand to leave the game. The Bruins’ announcement did not include how long they expect to be without their leading scorer, with general manager Peter Chiarelli saying in the two-sentence release that the B’s will “provide an update on his status when appropriate.”

Marchand leads the Bruins with 16 goals this season.

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Swedish Ice Hockey Federation reportedly trying to block Carl Soderberg from coming to Bruins 04.11.13 at 4:58 pm ET
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The Carl Soderberg situation apparently took a turn for the worse Thursday, as reports out of Sweden suggested that the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation was trying to block the 27-year-old forward from going to the Bruins. Soderberg agreed to a three-year deal with the Bruins on Tuesday, but TSN’s Bob McKenzie followed up Swedish reports with the following Thursday:

Soderberg, who was acquired from the Blues in 2007 but has played his entire professional career in Sweden, scored 31 goals this season. More on this as information becomes available.

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No update on Brad Marchand as Patrice Bergeron skates and Adam McQuaid nears return 04.11.13 at 11:39 am ET
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Patrice Bergeron took part in a limited morning skate Thursday at TD Garden, marking the first time he’s been spotted on the ice since leaving last Tuesday’s game against the Senators with a concussion. Bergeron skated with Adam McQuaid, Wade Redden, Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo and Aaron Johnson.

As for Brad Marchand, Claude Julien told reporters that the left winger still was being evaluated after taking an elbow to the head from Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov. Marchand left Wednesday’s game following the elbow and did not return.

Julien did say that he feels McQuaid is “ready” to return to Boston’s lineup, and that he will likely do so Thursday against the Islanders. McQuaid has missed the last 11 games with a shoulder strain.

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Brad Marchand hurt as Bruins hang on vs. Devils 04.10.13 at 10:15 pm ET
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Gregory Campbell had his first two-goal game of the season as the Bruins took over first place in the Northeast Division with a 5-4 win over the Devils Wednesday in New Jersey.

The Bruins had a 4-0 lead that was nearly blown when the Devils came within a goal with less than a minute to play, but Anton Khudobin and the B’s were able to fend off the comeback attempt.

Prior to Brad Marchand leaving the game following a dirty hit (see below), the story of the game was Boston’s penalty kill. The Devils were unable to get a shot on goal during a 1:27 5-on-3, and Johnny Boychuk jumped out of the box to get a breakaway on which he was hooked to set up a penalty shot. Boychuk was stopped by Martin Brodeur, but Daniel Paille scored a shorthanded goal with Zdeno Chara still in the box.

Later in the period, Campbell picked up his second of the game with a shorthanded tally, giving Boston a 3-0 lead after one. Zdeno Chara increased the Bruins’ lead with a power-play goal at 3:06 of the second period, but goals from Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac (the latter of which was shorthanded) made it 4-2. Andy Greene brought the Devils within one before Tyler Seguin picked up his first point in four games by beating Brodeur in front off a pass from Daniel Paille. Matt D’Agostini made it 5-4 with 37 seconds remaining.

The Bruins will return to Boston to host the Islanders on Thursday.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

– It turns out that the Campbell-Jagr combination was more than a flash in the pan. Jagr did all the work by simply toying with the Devils and firing a shot in front that yielded the rebound on which Campbell scored. The line of Campbell between Marchand and Jagr produced two goals Monday, and the second line kept up the goo work leading up to Marchand’s injury.

– Playing in his second game back after missing the previous 14 with a broken leg, Chris Kelly looked like he hadn’t lost a step. Kelly played a key role in killing off eight penalties (his 6:32 of shorthanded time led Bruins forwards)
– Seguin had to deal with very limited ice time because the Bruins were playing shorthanded for so much of the contest (the B’s took eight minor penalties in the game, including two from Seguin in the third period), but it was good to see some production from him given the circumstances. Seguin, who does not kill penalties and was skating on the third line for the second straight game, played just 2:46 in the first period and had 8:17 of ice time through two periods.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

Brad Marchand left the game in the second period after taking an elbow to the head from Anton Volchenkov along the boards. Volchenkov will certainly hear from Brendan Shanahan about the hit (he was suspended in 2011 for three games after elbowing Zach Boychuk), but the big concern should be on Boston’s end. Patrice Bergeron is already out with a concussion, and losing the team’s top goal-scorer in Marchand would be a really tough break for the Bruins.

– The Bruins obviously have a history of blowing leads this season, and they scored the first goals of the game before letting the Devils back in with three straight goals. Seguin’s third-period tally provided some much-needed space.

– A dreadful giveaway in the neutral zone allowed Zajac to take the puck, enter the Bruins’ zone and beat Anton Khudobin to make it 4-2 late in the second period. The play occurred with Boston on the power play, making it one of the ugliest moments of the season in an area that’s obviously had major issues for the Bruins.

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