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Fan suffers cardiac episode at Bruins practice 01.17.13 at 1:31 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — It was a very scary scene at Ristuccia Arena Thursday as one fan had a cardiac episode in the stands, stopping the Bruins’ practice and providing Terry Gardner to be an unlikely hero.

Gardner, an EMT, was watching practice from the stands when he heard somebody scream to call 911. He rushed over to the fan and recognized agonal breathing (gasping). He began performing chest compressions on him as uniformed paramedics showed up and used the defibrillator machine to determine that it was a cardiac episode before eventually reviving him and taking him to the hospital.

“It was a cardiac episode,” Gardner explained. “The [defibrillator] picked up a shockable rhythm on him, which means that it was a cardiac issue. It obviously wasn’t a seizure, but it appeared to be at first because at that point he was still moving, he had rapid breathing at first. That’s what it appeared to be at first. It only took a couple seconds before that subsided, and it became apparent that he needed CPR.”

Gardner said that the presence of the defibrillator machine, which was on hand at Ristuccia, was critical in saving the fan.

“They had the defibrillator here on scene, which probably made a world of difference for him,” he said. “If this happened at home, it may not have had such a good outcome.”

The Bruins, meanwhile, all took a knee as fans scattered to make room. Claude Julien then pulled them off the ice until everything was resolved.

“Obviously we knew something was going on in the stands and that it was an emergency,” Julien said. “I don’t know the details of what happened, but all I saw was a bunch of people there on the spot obviously helping. As far as I’m concerned, I thought when we stepped on the ice and found out what was happening, I think the last thing they needed was to hear pucks banging off the glass. I think out of respect we just let them do their job.”

The players were both relieved and thankful to see a fan step up in such a critical situation.

“That’s incredible,” Gregory Campbell said of Gardner’s work. “Obviously that gentleman was lucky to have that. For somebody to have that knowledge is an important thing. You never know when that’s going to come in handy, and that’s very special.”

Gardner showed up to Ristuccia on Thursday planning to watch the B’s practice, but as an EMT, he is always ready to be called to action. The circumstances were certainly different this time around, but he was glad to help.

“Having the spotlight on you is definitely a little weird,” he said. “I don’t normally work with this kind of crowd when we do it coming with the ambulance and stuff like that. It’s definitely a little weird having the Bruins watch you, as opposed to you watching the Bruins. It was a little role reversal.”

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Jordan Caron skates, Milan Lucic absent from Bruins practice 01.17.13 at 11:04 am ET
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WILMINGTON — A familiar face made an appearance as injured forward Jordan Caron skated with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides prior to Thursday’s Bruins practice at Ristuccia Arena.

Caron, who had been playing at Providence this season but is out with an upper-body injury, did not stay on the ice for practice.

Absent from Thursday’s session was Milan Lucic (personal reasons), with Jay Pandolfo filling in for him on the first line in practice and Gregory Campbell replacing him on the first power-play unit during special teams work. The power play units were as follows:

PP1: Zdeno Chara, David Krejci/Rich Peverley, Campbell, Nathan Horton, Tyler Seguin
PP2: Dennis Seidenberg, Dougie Hamilton, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Chris Bourque

Practice was delayed for a number of minutes due to a fan in the stands needing medical attention. The fan was placed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.

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Claude Julien: Dougie Hamilton-Dennis Seidenberg pairing not ‘carved in stone’ 01.16.13 at 1:46 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton has been paired with Dennis Seidenberg from the start of training camp, and with little time to mix and match in a shortened camp, it would appear that the two will be partners as the season opens this weekend.

Claude Julien did his best to pump the brakes on the buzz the pairing has created, saying Wednesday that while the two are partners for now, there’s still the possibility that Hamilton will play with another B’s blueliner in the coming days or weeks.

“You put those guys with the guys you know you can trust, but this is just a start,” Julien said. “I don’t want anybody thinking that it’s carved in stone that that’s his partner. You’re probably going to see throughout the year pairs moved around a little bit, but certainly he can benefit from the wisdom of those veteran players around him.”

Julien did say that he’s liked the job that Seidenberg, 31, has done helping the 19-year-old along.

“Any time a young player plays with a veteran you can gain a lot, especially if the veteran is a good veteran that will share his experience, his expertise with the player and help calm him down when maybe he gets running around a little bit or he gets uptight, whether it’s on the bench or on the ice. Coaches do a lot, but a teammate with some experience can do a lot as well.”

Though Hamilton and Seidenberg seem to be the pairing for now, it wouldn’t be crazy for the B’s to try to get some games out of the usually reserved-for-playoffs pairing of Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara early on. That would certainly be an easy way to prevent getting off to a slow start in the 48-game season.

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Lines unchanged as Bruins return to practice 01.16.13 at 1:35 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins returned to practice Wednesday after holding a scrimmage at TD Garden Tuesday in an effort to simulate a game-day. The P-Bruins bested Boston, 7-5, but Claude Julien likes what he got out of the game.

“I think it’s part of the plan moving ahead that we ramp it up a little bit, guys are getting in better shape, a little bit more on the battle side,” Julien said. “It’s all part of preparing for Saturday.”

The lines for the B’s remained the same, with Chris Bourque remaining on the left wing of Chris Kelly‘s line.

“I thought he played well last night,” Kelly said of Bourque. “It’s still new, but he skates well, he’s got a great shot, thinks the game well. There’s times that in the D zone when we had to change and things like that, and it wasn’t a problem. He’s fit in quite nice.”

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Tuukka Rask thinks Tim Thomas got a bad rap 01.15.13 at 12:39 pm ET
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Tuukka Rask tried to call Tim Thomas recently, only to find that the embattled netminder had changed his phone number. That’s not a huge surprise for Thomas, who lost much of the good faith he had built up in Boston as he made his political beliefs increasingly public over the course of last season before eventually deciding to take this year off.

Rask, who is taking over for Thomas as the Bruins’ No. 1 goaltender, finally got to catch up with his former teammate when Milan Lucic got a hold of the Thomas’ new phone number and shared it with teammates interested in getting in touch with him. The two spoke over the last few days in what Rask called more of a “‘hey, how ya doing’ type of thing’ than anything else, but consider that Rask, who shared the Bruins’ net with Thomas over the last three seasons was probably closer to him than anyone else on the Bruins, was just happy to catch up.

“He’s enjoying his life right now with the family and the time off,” Rask said. “I was glad to hear that.”

Thomas is now living in Colorado with his family. The move was planned during last season, but when asked in December about his intentions, Thomas was guarded and said he wasn’t ready to address his plans past the season. Things went south from there when Thomas skipped the team’s visit to the White House and began using his Facebook page to express his thoughts about such topics as the government, birth control and Dan Cathy after the Chick-fil-A president made anti-gay remarks.

The less-candid Thomas caught a ton of flak from the media (present company included) and fans, but as a teammate, he wasn’t any different. Rask and Thomas got along well, and Rask said Tuesday that he felt Thomas may have gotten a bad rap.

“The things you read in the media, I don’t read that stuff because we didn’t talk about political things or anything like that,” Rask said. “We just talk about hockey and stupid stuff like guys usually do. Everybody believes in what they believe in. You’ve got to respect that.

“It’s all about the choices you make,” he added. “Knowing him, he doesn’t really care about what anybody thinks. He stands behind his opinions, and I really respect that. It didn’t affect our relationship at all.”

Thomas was very much his own man. He made it about himself often, but Rask didn’t see the harm in that considering the position they play.

“I think as a goalie, you have to be kind of like that,” he said. “Some guys might take it to an extreme. You’re part of the team, but you’re still an individual. You’re by yourself out there, so you kind of have to have that mentality to be kind of selfish in a certain way to be able to become a successful goalie.”

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Rich Peverley (personal reasons) absent from morning skate 01.15.13 at 11:50 am ET
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The Bruins held a morning skate at TD Garden Tuesday in an effort to simulate a game day. The B’s will hold an intra-squad scrimmage in front of fans Tuesday night.

Only Rich Peverley was missing from the morning skate, with coach Claude Julien saying he was absent for personal reasons.

The Bruins are going stream the scrimmage on their website, but they’ll also be recording it for the purpose of watching game video as they would with any other game.

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Bruins get to work on power play 01.14.13 at 10:23 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The second day of training camp meant addressing a common source of frustration for the Bruins, as they worked on the power play in anticipation of the upcoming season.

The B’s, who finished 20th in power play efficiency (scoring 16.2 percent of the time) in 2010-11 and 15th (17 percent) last season, used the following units, with Rich Peverley and Gregory Campbell mixing into the first unit:

PP1: Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Nathan Horton, Tyler Seguin, Milan Lucic

PP2: Dennis Seidenberg, Dougie Hamilton, Chris Bourque, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand

Campbell rotated in for Lucic as a net-front presence, while Peverley would replace Krejci on the point. Krejci said that he played some point on the power play in the Czech Extraliga during the lockout.

After the practice, Bergeron spoke about the power play work, noting that the B’s will have to put Claude Julien and Geoff Ward‘s planning during the lockout to good use, and quickly.

“It’s a short season. We don’t have that much time, and we need to be prepared right away,” Bergeron said. “Special teams on both sides are going to be very important. The power play is no different. We don’t have that much time to work on it, so today was the perfect day to do that.”

The Bruins have been pretty forthcoming with their intentions to have Hamilton on the team this year, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that he’s already being used on the power play. After all, the season is five days away, so cushiony period of easing him into scenarios doesn’t really exist. Bergeron thinks he’ll handle the challenge well.

“He looks good,” Bergeron said of Hamilton. “He seems to be pretty poised with the puck and making the right plays. It’s only his second practice ‘€¦ but today I got the chance to work with him a little more and he seems to be a very good player, very smart. He doesn’t look like he’s 19 out there.”

Hamilton is an obvious choice on the power play, as the 6-foot-5 blueliner had 17 goals and 55 assists for 72 points in 50 games last season as the OHL’s most outstanding defenseman.

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