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Bruins call up Andrew Bodnarchuk, Josh Hennessy 02.13.12 at 5:57 pm ET
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The Bruins made a pair of callups Monday, recalling defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk in the morning and forward Josh Hennessy in the afternoon. Bodnarchuk practiced with the B’s Monday, while Hennessy is expected to be with the team for Tuesday’s morning skate.

In the case of the Bodnarchuk move, the team recalled the former fifth-round pick two days after sending Steven Kampfer to Providence. Kampfer has been up with the Bruins for the majority of the season but had played in only 10 NHL contests prior to his demotion. Experience is the biggest thing the B’s see as missing from the 23-year-old’s game, so they hope an extended stay in the AHL serves him well.

“We sent Kampfer down so he could play,” coach Claude Julien said after Monday’s practice at TD Garden. “It’s been a long year for him, and we’ve been fortunate enough to not have any real injuries back there. When you sit around that long, you lose a lot of your game, so we’ve got to get him back playing, just like we did with Jordan Caron. … Having done that, we’re heading on a big road trip and we needed a defenseman back up. I think Bodnarchuk’s done a pretty good job with us the few times he’s been up.”

Selected in the 2006 draft, Bodnarchuk has four goals and seven assists for 11 points in 47 AHL games this season. He played five games for the B’s in the 2009-10 season

For Hennessy, the callup marks the first time in his career that he’s been summoned to the NHL level. He has 15 goals and 15 assists in 49 AHL games this season.

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Bruins assign Steven Kampfer to Providence 02.11.12 at 5:30 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced after Saturday’s game that the team has sent defenseman Steven Kampfer to Providence.

Kampfer, 23, has played 10 games for the Bruins this season, registering no goals, two assists and a plus-6 rating. He was last in the lineup on Jan. 31, but has served as the team’s seventh defenseman.

The assignment will give Kampfer a chance to play for the P-Bruins against Albany on Sunday, giving him some playing time to prevent rust as he remains out of the Bruins’ lineup.

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Bruins beat Predators in shootout 02.11.12 at 3:42 pm ET
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Goals from Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron delivered the Bruins a 4-3 shootout victory over the Predators Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Tim Thomas stopped both shots he saw in the shootout and improved to 4-0 in shootouts this season.

Bergeron got the Bruins on the board at 16:00 of the first period with a shorthanded goal. The B’s held their lead until Shea Weber beat Thomas with a slap shot from the point for a power play goal at 7:32 of the second period. Daniel Paille gave the Bruins the lead back when he slid a backhander past Pekka Rinne 2:55 into the third period, but Patric Hornqvist tied the game minutes later. The Predators took the lead on a Mike Fisher backhander with less than four minutes to go in regulation, but a power play goal from Milan Lucic with 67 seconds to play tied the game.

The B’s will host the Eastern conference-leading Rangers Tuesday at TD Garden before embarking upon a six-game road trip.

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Bruins-Predators Live Blog: Headed to overtime 02.11.12 at 1:13 pm ET
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Claude Julien says Nathan Horton ‘back to square one’ in recovery from concussion 02.10.12 at 12:21 pm ET
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When Bruins coach Claude Julien frustratingly declared Tuesday that he was “done talking about” Nathan Horton‘s progress after he was supposed to have skated Sunday, something seemed fishy. As it turns out, Horton has indeed had a setback.

Julien said after Friday’s practice that Horton did not react well to skating earlier this week, and is “back to square one” in his recovery from his latest concussion.

“He’s been pulled back,” Julien said. “He’s got some symptoms, so we pulled him back. That’s why I said as far as for me to come out every and [say there’s a] step forward, a step backward. He’s back to square one and we’re giving him some time here. Those symptoms, once he got back on the ice, came back.”

Horton rode the stationary bike late last week and took to the ice on Sunday, but when symptoms returned, the team pulled the first-line winger back.

Horton suffered his second concussion since June on a hit from Philadelphia’s Tom Sestito on Jan. 22. His concussion has kept him out of the last six games.

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Tim Thomas: Political comments ‘personal’ 02.08.12 at 11:30 pm ET
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BUFFALO — Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was asked two questions about his Facebook comments about the Catholic church Wednesday. The first question wasn’t finished before he responded.

“That’s my personal life,” he said. “I won’t be talking about that. It has absolutely nothing to do with the game of hockey.”

Thomas was then asked whether he worried about the attention that his comments on Facebook attract.

“That’s my personal life,” he said. “I won’t be commenting on that. It has nothing to do with the game of hockey or my job as a Boston Bruin.”

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Bruins allow season-worst six goals, get crushed by Sabres 02.08.12 at 10:16 pm ET
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BUFFALO — Amid weeks of up-and-down hockey, the Bruins suffered perhaps their ugliest loss of the season, getting blanked by the Sabres, 6-0, Wednesday at First Niagara Center.

Tuukka Rask was chased after allowing three goals on the first 10 shots he faced, and the Sabres got a two-goal performance from captain Jason Pominville. Goalie Ryan Miller‘s shutout marked the second time in the last four games that the B’s have been kept scoreless.

The Sabres got on the board 6:23 into the first period, when a wrist shot fired by Christian Ehrhoff from the point went off Gregory Campbell‘s stick and past Rask. After a Milan Lucic goal was disallowed on a controversial call from referee Rob Martell, the Sabres took a 2-0 lead on Pominville’s first of the night.

Tyler Ennis made it 3-0, 1:52 into the second period, which ended Rask’s night early. While Tim Thomas stopped the bleeding for a bit, Patrick Kaleta made it 4-0 late in the period. Pominville added his second of the night 1:18 into the third period. Drew Stafford made it 6-0 with just over a minute to play.

The Bruins will return to Boston, where they will face the Predators on Saturday.


– It appeared that Lucic had tied the game nearly halfway through the first period when he tipped a shot from the point past Miller, but the goal was not allowed because Rich Peverley, made contact with Miller while he was tangled up with a Sabre in front. Replays showed that Miller was out of the crease and that the contact made by Peverley was minimal. The Bruins obviously have a history of contact with Miller (see: Lucic), but that was just a horrid call that cost the B’s.

– You don’t see Zdeno Chara with a bad rating too often, but his pairing with Johnny Boychuk was on the ice for three of the Sabres’ goals. Charas minus-3 rating makes for his worst rating since Nov. 5, 2010, when he was a minus-4 against the Capitals. Boychuk was given the traffic cone treatment by Ville Leino on Pominville’s goal in the first period.

– It was obviously not Rask’s night, as he faced only 10 shots and allowed three goals. It was the fourth straight loss for Rask, who has now allowed at least three goals in five of his last six games. Prior to that stretch, he allowed just one goal over five games. It wasn’t long ago that Rask was leading the NHL in both save percentage and goals-against average, but he hasn’t been his elite self of late.

– Miller had to put in minimal work to pick up the shutout Wednesday night. The Bruins got very little going offensively, and managed just seven shots on goal in the second period.


– It isn’t saying much, but at least the Bruins won their fights. Shawn Thornton got the takedown in a short-lived, high-energy bout with Cody McCormick in the first period, and later in the period Lucic dropped the gloves with Kaleta. While Lucic won the fight in convincing fashion, Kaleta celebrated and attempted to pump up the crowd as though the fight played out differently.

Thornton beat up on Mike Weber in the second period after he didn’t like Weber’s hit on Benoit Pouliot, but Thornton was given an instigator penalty on the play. Adam McQuaid also tussled with Kaleta in the third.

– Speaking of fights, Thornton’s first-period fight with McCormick was the 100th of his career. Unfortunately for Thornton, he had to double-up his workload in attempts to swing momentum because of how poorly the team was playing.

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