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Bruins beat Jets, snap losing streak 02.17.13 at 8:35 pm ET
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The Bruins snapped their two-game losing streak Sunday night, coming from behind to beat the Jets, 3-2, in Winnipeg.

The Jets opened the scoring in the second period with Alex Burmistrov’s second of the season, with Tyler Seguin redirecting a Zdeno Chara wrist shot past Ondrej Pavalec to tie it at one. Evander Kane made it 2-1 in the final minute of the second, but Daniel Paille redirected a Johnny Boychuk past Pavelec with 1.5 seconds remaining in the period.

With Ron Hainsey in the box for tripping, Brad Marchand broke the tie in the third period’s opening minute for his team-leading eighth goal of the season. The Jets made a last-second push as a Zach Redmond bid slid along the goal line but did not go in.

Tuukka Rask made 21 saves on 23 shots in the win, as the B’s improved to 9-2-2 on the season. They’ll next play Thursday night against the Lightning in Tampa Bay.

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Bruins surrender third-period lead, fall to Sabres in Buffalo 02.15.13 at 9:32 pm ET
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The Sabres scored three consecutive third-period goals to come from behind and beat the Bruins, 4-2, Friday night at First Niagara Center.

The loss dropped the Bruins to 8-2-2 on the season, with the Sabres having delivered both regulation defeats. Buffalo held the B’s to  just three shots in the final period, outshooting them, 10-3, over the final 20 minutes.

The Bruins held a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play thanks to goals from Dougie Hamilton and Rich Peverley. Hamilton’s tally, a power-play strike in the first period, was the first goal of his NHL career.

Buffalo opened the game’s scoring on Drew Stafford’s first goal of the year. They overcame the third-period defect with goals from Tyler Myers and Christian Ehrhoff, with a Cody Hodgson making it 4-2.

Making his third start of the season, Anton Khudobin made 22 saves on 26 shots. The loss left his record at 2-1-0 this season.

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Bruins to visit Newtown, Conn., Monday 02.15.13 at 5:12 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Friday that players and Claude Julien will visit Newtown, Conn., on Monday for a number of events.

Chris Bourque, Andrew Ference, Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Adam McQuaid, Daniel Paille and Rich Peverley will join Julien as the group signs autographs, takes pictures and spends time with families in attendance. The B’s will also conduct street hockey clinics, which will be led by Bob Sweeney and Tommy Songin.

The B’s will honor Sandy Hook Elementary School vice principal Natalie Green Hammond during their game against the Canadiens on March 3.

Claude Julien: ‘More that’s expected’ from Tyler Seguin 02.14.13 at 1:40 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Thursday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena that the B’s expect more out of Tyler Seguin, who has two goals (one of which is an empty-netter) in 11 games this season.

Last season, Seguin led the Bruins with 29 goals. His production has slowed in the early going of the shortened season, with Julien saying the team is eager to see him break out of his slump.

“We know we can get more out of him, and it’s a matter of pushing him, it’s a matter of him pushing himself,” Julien said. “He’s not a poor player, but I think there’s more that’s expected of him and there’s more that I think he’ll be able to give us. He’s still a young player, and you can squish him and make it worse or you can try and help him through it and push the right buttons and certainly help him get his game back to where it should be.”

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Bruins come back in third, but fall to Rangers in shootout 02.12.13 at 10:24 pm ET
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The Bruins rallied in the third period to earn a hard point against the Rangers on Tuesday night, but fell, 4-3, in a shootout.

The B’s completed an improbably comeback as they rallied from a 3-0 defect in the third period, with Brad Marchand tying the game with 42.3 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Nathan Horton had scored less than a minute earlier, with David Krejci getting the B’s on the board at 8:44 of the third. Ryan Callahan scored the game-winner for the Rangers in the shootout.

The Rangers opened the scoring in the first period with an impressive play from Rick Nash to set up a Carl Hagelin goal. Nash went around Andrew Ference on a 2-on-2 and despite losing his balance, Tuukka Rask still had to commit to him. He then knocked a backhand pass over to Hagelin, who had a clean look with plenty of net and put it in for his fourth goal of the season. The Rangers added to the lead in the second period with Derek Stepan capitalizing on a Milan Lucic turnover and beating Rask on a 2-on-1.

Rask allowed a goal he’d really like to have back when he let an easy wrist shot from defenseman Anton Stralman slowly tricked past him and into the net after he thought he’d made the save.

After the expiration of a penalty to Nash, Krejci got the B’s on the board by burying a rebound past Henrik Lundqvist. (The goal broke up what would have been Lundqvist’s seventh career shutout against the Bruins.) Though it came just after the expiration of a power play and Nash was not yet back on the ice, the B’s still went 0-for-4 on the man advantage Tuesday night.

The Bruins will return to action Friday in Buffalo as they play their first of five straight road games. They will next play at TD Garden on Feb. 28 against the Sabres.

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Bruins give Jay Pandolfo one-year deal 02.12.13 at 2:02 pm ET
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The Bruins and veteran forward Jay Pandolfo have agreed to a one-year deal, according to a source. The agreement was first reported by TSN’s Bob McKenzie, with Pandolfo receiving a prorated $600,000 deal.

Pandolfo, who has been with the Bruins on a tryout since training camp, must clear waivers before he can play with the team. The B’s placed him on waivers on Tuesday and he is scheduled to clear waivers Wednesday at noon.

A native of Burlington, the 38-year-old Pandolfo has played 881 games in the NHL with 100 goals and 126 assists for 226 points.

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Claude Julien keeping his options open with top-six forwards 02.12.13 at 12:06 pm ET
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Tyler Seguin was back on the ice in Tuesday’s morning skate, and with his return from a maintenance day came the return of the Bruins’ regular top-six forwards as the B’s prepare for the Rangers.

After flip-flopping Seguin and Nathan Horton on the top two lines over the last four periods, Claude Julien put Seguin back with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, while Nathan Horton is back with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice, so he should be in net for the Bruins’ last home game until Feb. 28.

The lines were the following in the morning skate:

Milan LucicDavid Krejci – Nathan Horton
Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronTyler Seguin
Chris Bourque – Chris KellyRich Peverley
Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Following the morning skate, Seguin said that nothing in particular in the Bruins’ 3-1 win over the Sabres prompted his maintenance day and that he is “all good” physically.

As for the lines being reverted to what they were for the season’s first nine games, Julien said that the experiment of switching the right wings on the top two lines — something he did for the third period last week against the Canadiens to kick-start Seguin and the offense in general — is something he plans to keep in his repertoire going forward.

The Krejci line scored goals in its first two shifts in the third period against the Habs, and though Julien took a risk by breaking up a line that was flourishing with Horton, the power forward continued his strong season with a sensational performance against the Sabres while skating with Bergeron and Marchand.

“Interchangeable,” Julien said of Horton and Seguin. “I said it before — even after they came out and did a great job in Montreal, I said, ‘Listen, this could be temporary, and it could be for a while. It depends.’ There are some players there that are very interchangeable and it gives us some different options.”

Obviously, Horton and Seguin differ greatly as players. They’re both immensely skilled player (both top-three picks in their respective draft years), but Horton is a far more physical player, while Seguin’s offensive skillset is superior.

It’s those differences that allow Julien to get much different looks with a flick of the switch. Putting Seguin on Krejci’s line makes them faster, and as long as Lucic is his normal self, the line still isn’t soft. It may be more of a liability defensively, but thus far the line was a plus-3 over the last two games. Horton, meanwhile, adds more grit to an already hard-working line with Bergeron and Marchand.

At the end of the day, the B’s are still wiser to keep Seguin with Bergeron and Horton with Krejci. Any defensive shortcomings on Seguin’s end go unnoticed thanks to Bergeron, while the combination of Horton and Lucic gives Krejci’s line a bruising edge that makes them extremely difficult for opposing teams.

Either way, Julien has said that he’ll be quicker to tinker with his lineup this year than in seasons past due to the shortened schedule. It’s still early in the season, but the B’s are fortunate to know they have options that have proven to work.

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