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Shawn Thornton out 7-10 days with concussion 02.01.13 at 11:46 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Shawn Thornton will miss the next 7-10 days with a concussion, the Bruins announced Friday. Thornton suffered the injury in a first-period fight with Sabres enforcer John Scott on Thursday night, with Thornton leaving the game and not returning.

With Thornton out, Lane MacDermid could see more time for the B’s in the coming days. The 23-year-old had seven fights this season for Providence and played his first NHL game of the season on Thursday.

Thornton wasn’t the only absence from Friday’s practice, as Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Daniel Paille also missed the skate. Paille and Bergeron were banged up in the third period of Thursday’s loss to the Sabres, though Krejci did not appear to suffer an injury in the game.

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Bruins recall Jamie Tardif on emergency basis 02.01.13 at 9:54 am ET
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The Bruins recalled forward Jamie Tardif on an emergency basis Friday. He will be available to practice with the team on Friday and travel with the B’s to Toronto for Saturday’s game against the Maple Leafs.

The move comes a day after a rough Thursday night for the B’s in which both Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille left the game due to various injuries. Updates on both players are expected on Friday.

In 39 games for Providence this season, Tardif leads the team with 21 goals, which is second in the AHL. He also has nine assists for a total of 30 points. The 28 year-old has never played an NHL game.

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Brad Marchand: ‘Big shot’ Lindy Ruff ‘pretty disrespectful’ for calling late timeout 01.31.13 at 10:29 pm ET
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Brad Marchand wasn’t amused when Sabres coach Lindy Ruff called a timeout with 14 seconds remaining in a 7-4 Sabres win over the Bruins. Ruff told reporters after the game that the timeout was called because Bruins’ enforcer Lane MacDermid was on the ice against Buffalo’s skill players, but Marchand said he got the sense that Ruff may have been called it to pour salt on the wound of Boston’s loss.

“He wants to be a big shot, and not the best play to do,” Marchand said after the game. “Pretty disrespectful. If he wants to be like that, that’s fine. We just have to move on.”

Claude Julien was more diplomatic in addressing the timeout, though he insisted that the Bruins didn’t give Ruff any reason to call it.

“I don’t know why he took it,” Julien said. “I really don’t know, but he’s entitled to it, so I just played along with it. He might have though that something was going to happen, which it wasn’t, but that’s probably for him to answer. I don’t know.”

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Sabres hand Bruins first regulation loss of season 01.31.13 at 9:33 pm ET
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The Bruins suffered their first regulation loss of the season Thursday, dropping a 7-4 contest to the Sabres at TD Garden in a game that stopped a four-game skid for Buffalo.

The teams skated to a scoreless first period thats most only notable action came when John Scott pulverized Shawn Thornton in a short-lived fight that knocked Thornton out of the game, but a combined six goals in the second period opened things up quite a bit.

Though the Sabres jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Thomas Vanek‘s first goal of a hat trick performance, the B’s answered back with Rich Peverley‘s first of the year and a pair of goals from Brad Marchand. Vanek and Tyler Ennis then scored to make it 3-3 heading into the third, and though David Krejci gave the B’s the lead 1:45 in, three unanswered goals from Alexander Sulzer, Cody Hodgson and Vanek put the game out of reach in Buffalo’s favor. Jason Pominville added an empty-netter with 13.6 seconds remaining.

The B’s, now 5-1-1 on the season, will return to action Saturday night in Toronto.


– It did not look good for Thornton, who was dropped in such quick fashion that enforcers throughout the league will have to think three or four times before fighting the 6-foot-8, 270-pound Scott.

– Overall it was a defensively sloppy performance for the Bruins once the Sabres mounted their comeback in the second period. Zdeno Chara was on the ice for three of opponent’s goals, which is something you don’t see every day.

– For the third time in seven games, the Bruins’ penalty kill had to deal with a 5-on-3, but Thursday’s was for a full-two minutes, as Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara went off for boarding and holding, respectively, as 15:45 of the second period. The Sabres cashed in, with Vanek scoring his second goal of the game. The goal made it the second straight game in which the Bruins have allowed a power play goal.

– The Bruins negated half of a Tyler Myers double-minor for high sticking with the Bruins trailing by a goal in the third when Dennis Seidenberg took a tripping penalty about a minute into the power play. The B’s failed to capitalize on the two total minutes they did get on the man advantage and went 0-for-4 on the power play for the night.


– Because of everything else he brings to the table between his two-way play and his mouth, Marchand’s actual skill level can go unnoticed. The Sabres noticed it a bit too late on the 24-year-old’s first goal, as he took a pass from Patrice Bergeron at the blue line, went around Tyler Myers and executed a toe drag across the front of the net that took both Jordan Leopold and Ryan Miller across in unison before flipping it into the net. Marchand now has a team-high five goals on the season.

– Though he still has yet to score a real goal this season (he does have an empty-netter to his name), Tyler Seguin had his strongest performance of the early campaign. He had scoring chances on which he failed to capitalize (missing the net in the first period on a feed from Marchand and getting stopped in the second period after batting down a Gregory Campbell shot), but Seguin did more of the little things that have often been missing from his game. Most notably, Seguin battled in front of the net with two bigger defenders in order to create enough havoc for Marchand to fire his second goal of the game past Miller.

– Speaking of skill, David Krejci’s success this season continued, as he showed fantastic patience in delaying to take a sliding Leopold out of the picture to allow him to beat Miller stick-side from the right circle. It was Krejci’s second goal of the season, but he has been a very easy candidate for the team’s best offensive player through seven games. Both Krejci and Nathan Horton now have five-game point streaks.

– Peverley’s goal was long overdue not only for him, but for Chris Kelly‘s line as a whole. The goal, which came as a result of some hard work in front from Daniel Paille before Peverley controlled the puck in the high slot and fired a quick shot past Miller.

Under the Boston microscope, Chris Bourque still seeking results 01.31.13 at 1:52 pm ET
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There haven’t been many changes to the Bruins’ lineup, so Chris Bourque hasn’t exactly been able to slide in under the radar.

Yes, he joined the Bruins this offseason with everyone knowing that he was the son of Bruins legend Ray Bourque, but he also came in with people knowing he wasn’t able to stick on other NHL rosters, so he had something to prove. With that comes pressure. With a slow start to his Boston career came more pressure, and it’s been easy for fans to be down on the 27-year-old.

With Jordan Caron working his way back from a shoulder injury and a mediocre performance in the AHL, Bourque was handed the left wing spot on Chris Kelly‘s line, as well as a job on the Bruins’ second power-play configuration. He’s also been given a shot in each of the Bruins’ shootouts this season, but through six games he has gone pointless with a minus-4 rating and an 0-for-2 showing in shootouts.

Though the team has yet to lose a game in regulation, Bourque has felt the burden of a slow start, and it led to the team making him a healthy scratch in favor of Lane MacDermid for Thursday night’s game against the Sabres.

“I obviously put a lot of pressure on myself, especially to produce,” Bourque said after Thursday’s morning skate. “When you don’t produce, you feel like you’re not helping the team win, but we’ve been winning. We haven’t lost a game yet, so I can’t complain too much. Like I said, obviously I want to contribute and help the team win, so if that’s by getting points or just doing little things, that’s what I’m trying to focus on.”

Kelly himself didn’t score in his first 20 games for the Bruins after being acquired prior to the 2011 trade deadline, totaling just two assists in the process. He gets the sense that a lot of the pressure that Bourque is feeling will go away when he finally buries one.

“I’ve been in his shoes before, where you want to come in, you want to play the perfect game defensively, yet you’ve got to add some offense to kind of get noticed,” Kelly said. “I think Chris has done a great job and helped our line. He’s just a little unlucky here or there, but those bounces will eventually go in.”

In 39 career NHL games, Bourque has one goal and three assists for 13 points. He’s bounced around since playing at Boston University for a season, as he’s played in the Washington and Pittsburgh organizations while also spending time in the KHL and Swiss League. His skill set is apparent, as it wasn’t just his name that made him the 33rd overall pick in the 2004 draft, but the production hasn’t been yet.

“I think he’s putting a lot of pressure on himself right now, and it’s certainly not the Chris we know,” Claude Julien said Thursday. “I’ve seen him enough to know he’s a really skater, he’s a really good playmaker, but I think right now he’s putting way too much pressure on himself. Hopefully we can help him through that. Once he takes that extra weight off his shoulders, you’re going to see a player that can certainly be a much more efficient player than he’s shown so far.”

Time will tell whether Bourque’s stay in the press box is prolonged. The Sabres have more fighters in their lineup than previous seasons thanks to the additions of John Scott and Steve Ott, so perhaps the Bruins simply wanted to add another fighter (MacDermid had seven fights in Providence this season) for Thursday. Either way, the value of Bourque hasn’t been lost on Kelly, who said Bourque has been a good addition to a line that just hasn’t been able to score yet this season.

“He gets in on the forecheck, he makes good plays in the breakout,” Kelly said of Bourque. “He’s in the right spot offensively and defensively. You get one of those bounces and you guys aren’t talking to us, we’re blending in.”

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Chris Bourque a healthy scratch vs. Sabres 01.31.13 at 12:07 pm ET
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After a challenging start to his Bruins career, Chris Bourque will be made a healthy scratch Thursday night against the Sabres, Claude Julien confirmed after the team’s morning skate.

Bourque, who has no points and a minus-4 rating through six games, stayed out later than his teammates in the skate, which is often a sign that a player won’t be in that night’s lineup. Tough guy Lane MacDermid will be inserted into the lineup on the fourth line, while Daniel Paille will move up to take Bourque’s spot on Chris Kelly‘s line.

“Chris spent a little extra time on the ice, and he’s a player that we’re going to sit out tonight,” Julien said Thursday. “I had a good talk with Chris this morning. I think he’s putting a lot of pressure on himself right now, and it’s certainly not the Chris we know. I’ve seen him enough to know he’s a really skater, he’s a really good playmaker, but I think right now he’s putting way too much pressure on himself. Hopefully we can help him through that. Once he takes that extra weight off his shoulders, you’re going to see a player that can certainly be a much more efficient player than he’s shown so far.”

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Tyler Seguin pulls double duty in shootout win 01.29.13 at 11:57 pm ET
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Tyler Seguin wasn’t a happy camper when he had to follow up his shootout goal with another attempt Tuesday night against the Devils.

As Seguin was skating in on Johan Hedberg in the first round of the shootout, a fan threw what has officially been termed an unidentified food object (or UFO) onto the ice. That meant by rule that the play was going to be attempted again regardless of whether a goal was scored or not, but Seguin was miffed with the whole thing.

“I think it probably affected me more than the goalie,” he said. “I don’€™t really understand how it affected him more, but someone looked up the rules, and I guess that it’€™s a do-over.”

Had Hedberg stopped the shot, Seguin would have been given another go at it, so Claude Julien said after the game that the team respected the rule and the call. After beating Hedberg forehand on the first attempt, Seguin said he considered doing the same move again, but eventually decided to deke and go backhand. It worked out for the B’s, as he scored on the second attempt and Brad Marchand eventually delivered the game-winner in the fifth round.

“That’€™s a first,” Seguin said. “I’€™m still not sure what it was, maybe a hot dog. I’€™m hoping that there was a New Jersey Devil logo on the guy’€™s jersey who threw it, unless you’€™re one of the Bruins fans doing that, but I guess I’€™m glad it worked out in the end.”

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