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Adam McQuaid day-to-day, out vs. Panthers 03.14.13 at 11:55 am ET
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Adam McQuaid will not play Thursday night against the Panthers due to an undisclosed injury. McQuaid was hit in the hand with a puck Tuesday against the Penguins and did not participate in Thursday’s morning skate, though he did take the ice by himself following the skate.

Claude Julien gave a minimal update on McQuaid’s status following the session Thursday morning.

“Day-to-day, just a minor injury,” Julien said. “He’s not going to play tonight. He should be hopefully good to go tomorrow.”

Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice, indicating he’ll be in net for the B’s Thursday night. With McQuaid out and Aaron Johnson in, the lines and defensive pairings looked like the following:

Milan LucicDavid KrejciMilan Lucic
Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronTyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo – Rich Peverley – Jordan Caron
Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Zdeno CharaJohnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg – Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference – Aaron Johnson

Tuukka Rask

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Chris Kelly out indefinitely with broken left tibia 03.13.13 at 4:54 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Wednesday that center Chris Kelly is out indefinitely with a broken left tibia. Kelly suffered the injury on a collision with Ottawa forward Chris Neil Monday night and missed Tuesday’s game.

With Kelly out Tuesday, the Bruins moved Rich Peverley to center with Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron on the wings for the third line.

Through 23 games this season, Kelly has two goals and four assists for six points and a minus-6 rating.

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Bruins blow two-goal lead in third, lose to Penguins 03.12.13 at 10:07 pm ET
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Anton Khudobin was 6:18 away from shutting out the Penguins. Fifty-one seconds later, the game was tied at two. Not long after that, Brandon Sutter was celebrating the second of two goals on the night to give the Penguins a 3-2 come-from-behind lead.

With the B’s holding a two-goal lead acquired in the first period, Chris Kunitz beat Khudobin from the right circle on a one-time fed by Kris Letang to make it 2-1. Sutter then finished off a 3-on-2 with his seventh goal of the season to tie the game and gave the Penguins the lead with less than two minutes to play.

The Penguins’ scoring was a long time coming, as they dominated the play late in the second period onward, but the B’s weathered the storm until Kunitz finally got Pittsburgh on the board. Boston had a season-low 16 shots on goal, while the Penguins put 34 pucks on Khudobin.

Zdeno Chara got the Bruins on the board in the first period with a power-play goal on a slap shot from the point, with Tyler Seguin making it 2-0 at 13:30 of the first with his ninth goal of the season.

The Bruins will return to the Garden Thursday night to host the Panthers.


– It was the third loss this season for the Bruins when leading entering the third period, as the Sabres, Canadiens and Penguins have all come back to beat Boston in the third.

Chris Kelly missed the game with what appeared to be a knee injury suffered Monday night against the Senators. With Kelly out of the lineup, Rich Peverley was moved to center on the third line, with Jay Pandolfo jumping into the lineup on left wing and Jordan Caron moving to right wing.

Nathan Horton could have made it 3-0 early in the second period but missed the net, sending the puck wide right. Horton has now gone seven consecutive games without a goal.

– The Penguins really turned it on in the second period, with the B’s spending the vast majority of the period’s final 10 minutes in their own zone. Boston was able to survive the onslaught, but Pittsburgh was clearly in control later in the period. Once the floodgates opened with Kunitz’ goal, however, there was no stopping the Penguins.


– The B’s came through with a huge 5-on-3 penalty kill against a Penguins team that entered the game with the third-best power play in the league. With one of their top penalty killers in Patrice Bergeron already in the box, Anton Khudobin was whistled for high-sticking, giving Pittsburgh a 1:05 5-on-3. Trios of Rich Peverley, Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk and Peverley with Chara and Seidenberg killed it off, with Peverley winning two big face-offs. Pittsburgh’s second power play ended early when Chris Kunitz went off for tripping Johnny Boychuk with 16 seconds left in Khudobin’s penalty.

– The Penguins had not been shut out this season, but give Khudobin credit for coming close as long as he did. Khudobin was strong for the B’s until the floodgates opened, getting plenty of work as the Penguins turned up the heat with sustained pressure from the Penguins in the second half of the game.

Bruins come from behind to beat Senators in shootout, lose Chris Kelly to injury 03.11.13 at 10:30 pm ET
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David Krejci beat Robin Lehner in the fourth round of a shootout to give Boston a 3-2 come-from-behind win in a game in which they trailed, 2-0. It wasn’t all positive for the B’s, as they lost Chris Kelly for the game on an apparent knee injury suffered in the second period.

The Bruins came out sluggish, and the Senators benefited in the first minute of the game, when a long pass up the ice from Sergei Gonchar bounced off Adam McQuaid’s stick as he tried to intercept it. Guillaume Latendresse gained control entering the zone and raced past Zdeno Chara before dekeing Tuukka Rask to get Ottawa on the board. Kyle Turris made it 2-0 on a wrist shot, causing Claude Julien to call a timeout. It paid off, as Rask came up with a huge save in the final minutes of the period before Shawn Thornton brought Boston within one in the final minute of the first. Daniel Paille tied it with a breakaway goal in the second period.

The game was the first of a back-to-back, as Boston will face the Penguins Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.


– The Senators could have made it 3-0 with just over three minutes to go in the third period when Sergei Gonchar fed Colin Greening on a 2-on-2, but Rask made it across his net in time to rob Greening. Thornton scored less than two minutes later, making the last few minutes of the first period crucial for the B’s.

That wasn’t the only big save Rask made, as he stopped Zack Smith with less than 30 seconds to go in regulation.

– Speaking of the Thornton goal, it’s not too shabby when a team can get a pair of goals from its fourth liners. Paille’s game-tying goal came in the midst of a line change, as he stayed in the neutral zone after getting on the ice as David Krejci controlled the puck in front of Rask’s net. Krejci sent a long pass through the neutral zone to Paille, who made the most of the breakaway by beating Lehner with a snapshot.

– Just over a week after the instigator penalty hurt the Bruins on a play in which Zdeno Chara stood up for his teammate, the Bruins found themselves on the beneficial end of such a scenario. After Adam McQuaid shoved Chris Neil into the endboards from behind, Patrick Wiercioch went after and fought McQuaid. Though McQuaid got a minor for boarding, Wiercrioch got a total of 19 minutes, four of which were for instigating while wearing a shield. That gave the B’s a two-minute power play after all was said and done.


– The Bruins lost Chris Kelly for the game after a knee-on-knee collision with Neil in the second period. Kelly stayed down on the ice after the collision and was tended to by trainer Don DelNegro before being helped off the ice. As he left the ice, Kelly kept his left leg elevated. Though he’s had a down year offensively, losing Kelly would be very difficult for the Bruins, who rely on him to center their third line and kill penalties.

– The B’s got to Ottawa on Sunday night, but it appeared they didn’t get to Scotiabank Place until the first two goals of the game were allowed. Ottawa had the first nine shots on net before Boston eventually picked it up and impressively outshot the Sens, 16-15, in the first.

Bruins prepare for another back-to-back 03.10.13 at 11:44 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins returned to practice Sunday at Ristuccia Arena in preparation for a back-to-back in Ottawa Monday and Pittsburgh Tuesday. This week’s will be the Bruins’ second of three back-to-backs in the month of March.

The lines appeared to be the same as they have been since the team called up Jordan Caron, with the 22-year-old splitting duties with Jay Pandolfo on Chris Kelly‘s line.

The 16-3-3 B’s woke up Sunday with the second most points in the Eastern Conference, trailing the 16-5-4 Canadiens by one point. The Habs, who have 36 points to Boston’s 35, have played three more games (25) than the Bruins (22).

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Tuukka Rask shuts out Flyers as Bruins cruise 03.09.13 at 3:36 pm ET
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Tuukka Rask snapped his first losing streak of the season with a shutout and the third line finally produced some offense as the Bruins beat the Flyers, 3-0, Saturday at TD Garden.

Though the Bruins only had six shots on Ilya Bryzgalov in the first period, they were able to jump out to a 3-0 lead thanks to a power-play goal from Tyler Seguin and even-strength goals from Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille. Kelly’s goal was just his second of the season.

Rask made 23 saves and Seguin made one (see below) in the shutout, Rask’s second of the season. The win improved Boston to 16-3-3 on the season. Boston will hit the road to face the Senators Monday and the Penguins Tuesday.


– Boston got scoring from its bottom-six forwards, and if there’s a monkey the B’s needed to get off their back, that was it.

Kelly’s goal marked his first-even strength tally of the season and gave the Caron-Kelly-Peverley line as many goals in one game as the Bourque-Kelly-Peverley line had over 16 games. Caron picked up his first assist of the season by feeding Kelly at the hashmarks to set up the goal. It was also nice to see Paille get his fourth of the year, with a deke on Bryzgalov in front after being hit in stride with a pass from Gregory Campbell. Shawn Thornton also dropped the gloves for the second time in three games, fighting Zac Rinaldo in the second period. Prior to Tuesday, Thornton hadn’t fought in nine games since returning from the concussion he suffered against Buffalo’s John Scott.

Speaking of the bottom-six forwards, here’s a fun stat that only the great Michael Berger could have uncovered: Since the start of the 2011 playoffs, the Bruins are 26-0-0 (including playoffs) when Kelly scores. That’s pretty wacky no matter how you slice it.

Tyler Seguin continued to show that he’s gotten back on track, picking up his 13th point over the last 11 games. His power-play tally was the product of some nice puck movement from the B’s, as David Krejci sent it low to Milan Lucic, who fed Seguin at the bottom the left circle with a backhand pass. Seguin quickly fired it past Bryzgalov to five the B’s the 1-0 lead.

Seguin now has six goals and seven assists over the last 11 contests.

– Seguin also made a hell of a play to keep the shutout alive with the Bruins on the power play. Rask came far out of the net to get a puck, but when it led to a turnover, Seguin was back to lay out and keep the bid from going in. It wasn’t Michael Ryder circa 2011, but it was another sign that Seguin is becoming a smarter, better player.


David Krejci was kind of on and off between over the last two periods after taking a hit from Brayden Schenn in the second. Krejci left the ice and went down the tunnel following the hit and was checked out in the runway before returning to the bench. He then missed the start of the third period, but came back.

– While the Bergeron line has been hot for the B’s, Boston could stand to get some more scoring out of its first-line power forwards. Milan Lucic has now gone seven games without a goal, while Nathan Horton’s goal-less stretch has reached five games. Horton did have four shots on goal Saturday, which is a good sign for slumping scorers.

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Tuukka Rask to face Flyers for first time since 2010 playoffs 03.09.13 at 12:16 pm ET
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Tuukka Rask will start for the Bruins Saturday against the Flyers, Claude Julien said prior to the game. Rask is looking to snap his first losing streak of the season, as he was between the pipes for Boston’s last two losses against the Canadiens and Capitals.

The start will mark the first time Rask has faced the Flyers since Game 7 of the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals, when Philadelphia overcame a 3-0 Bruins lead by scoring four unanswered goals to eliminate the Bruins from a series that they had led, 3-0.

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