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Brad Marchand: Jeff Skinner ‘slew foots all the time’ 01.29.13 at 12:19 pm ET
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Patrice Bergeron was uncharacteristically irate at the end of Monday night’s 5-3 win over the Hurricanes when Carolina forward Jeff Skinner appeared to slew-foot the Selke winner behind the Bruins’ net. Bergeron said Tuesday that he isn’t overly concerned with whether the league punishes Skinner, but one of his linemates was a little more fired up about it.

Brad Marchand, who was fined last season for slew footing Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen, said that Skinner’s behavior was nothing new.

“Skinner slew-foots all the time,” Marchand said Tuesday. “He’s always doing that to guys and I think Bergy just had enough of it. We even spoke about it before the game in the room. The guys were talking about how much he slew foots and you’ve got to watch out for him. You can see it’s very blatant. He kicks his legs out and throws him back.

“I remember I got a fine for that last year. It’s not a good play, it’s frowned upon and if you continue to do that to guys, you’re going to get it. Bergy just had enough, and it was good for Bergy to stand up for himself like that.”

Marchand called the move “a greasy play” and said he regretted doing it himself last season, noting that Skinner should break the habit.

“He’s got to stop doing that,” he said. “If he does it again, I wouldn’t be surprised if a guy got up and took exception. It’s just not a good play.”

[An underrated part of the whole fiasco: Watch Tyler Seguin, who scored an empty-netter after the incident went down, asking, “No goal?” at 0:47]

Bergeron was quite a bit more reserved in addressing the situation, saying that though Skinner had never personally slew-footed him prior to Monday, that was enough to set him off.

“It was the first time he did it [to me], but I thought it was uncalled for,” Bergeron said. “The puck wasn’t even close.”

As for a potential punishment for Skinner, Bergeron said, “I’m not going to get into that.”

“I haven’t looked at the replay,” he said. “I know he did it, but still, at the same time I don’t really care what happens. I don’t think anything’s going to happen out of it.”

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Claude Julien: Tyler Seguin ‘out of sync’ 01.29.13 at 11:24 am ET
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It took an empty-netter on Monday night for Tyler Seguin to break his early season scoring drought, and Seguin’s first goal of the season was followed by his coach saying that the 20-year-old is still making adjustments.

Seguin is in his third year with the B’s, playing right wing after spending the majority of his junior career at center. He’s also getting reacclimated to the smaller ice of the NHL after spending the lockout playing in Switzerland.

“I think he is out of sync,” Claude Julien said Tuesday morning. “I think where the puck battles are along the boards, I think is somewhere where he’s always going to have to work a little harder at to get better because he’s always played center. At center, you’re always a support guy. He didn’t have to battle as much along the boards. He’s been put in a position that he hasn’t really played his whole life until he came here to Boston.

“That’s maybe a little bit of it, but he has been out of sync because of the way they played in Europe with the bigger ice surface. I mentioned how [much] more passive the game is over there, so he’s got more time and more room. Tyler, if you give him time and space he’s going to make something happen, but it’s a little more aggressive, a little tighter here and he’s readjusting. We hope that that goal last night really helped him get himself back on track and get a little bit of that confidence back.”

Seguin led the Bruins with 29 goals last season. In 29 games in the Switzerland during the lockout, Seguin had 25 goals and 15 assists for 40 points.

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Adam McQuaid rejoins Bruins, available vs. Devils 01.29.13 at 11:14 am ET
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Adam McQuaid was on the ice Tuesday morning at TD Garden after missing Monday night’s game against the Hurricanes due to personal reasons. McQuaid was joined by extra forwards Lane MacDermid and Jay Pandolfo, while Jordan Caron skated earlier in the morning as he continued to work his way back from an upper-body injury.

Following the skate, Claude Julien said that McQuaid is available for Tuesday night against the Devils and that the team will “make a decision today before the game.”

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David Krejci breaks late tie to lead Bruins past Hurricanes 01.28.13 at 9:37 pm ET
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Dougie Hamilton celebrated the news that he’ll be staying in the NHL by turning in the biggest play of his young career to break a late tie in a 5-3 Bruins win over the Hurricanes Monday night.

With Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton creating havoc in front in a bid to break the tie, Hamilton gained control, sold the shot and fed David Krejci at the left circle set up the game-winner with 1:40 remaining. Tyler Seguin added an empty netter to steal the win.

The Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a shorthanded goal from Brad Marchand and a power play goal from Zdeno Chara. Jamie McBain then pulled the Hurricanes within one with his first goal of the season.

Nathan Horton scored on an impressive play to make it 3-1, but the Hurricanes took advantage of some sloppy play from the Bruins late in the second to tie it on goals from Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal.

Picking up the win in net for the Bruins was Anton Khudobin, who was making his first start of the season.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

– Horton’s goal was sensational, as he made traffic cones of the Hurricanes in the neutral zone before pulling the puck around Tim Gleason at the blue line and walking in to go top shelf on Cam Ward for his second goal of the season.

It’s easy to look at Horton’s size and forget what a skilled player he is, but the Bruins’ third goal on Monday provided quite the reminder.

– Bruins fans have been conditioned to use the restroom or grab a snack during power plays, so they must have been delighted to return to their televisions to find a change on the scoreboard. With Patrick Dwyer in the box for interference, Chara threw a wrist shot on net from the point. That proved to be enough with Milan Lucic screening in front, as Ward didn’t appear to see it.

– The Bruins weren’t aiming to take six minor penalties in the game, but they did hold the Hurricanes without a power play goal to improve their perfect penalty kill streak to 23-for-23 on the season. They also got the shorthanded tally from Marchand.

Khudobin took the Bruins’ first penalty for playing the puck outside the trapezoid. No better way to get reacclimated to the NHL after spending the lockout playing in the KHL.

– Speaking of the penalty kill, the shorthanded goal was the seventh of Marchand’s career. He had five in the 2010-11 season and one last season.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

– Late turnovers in the second period, for one. After Jeff Skinner took advantage of one in the neutral zone and beat Khudobin to make it a one-goal game, Chris Kelly sent a pass in his own zone right into Alexander Semin’s skates, with Semin feeding Staal to tie the game 1:15 remaining in the second.

Tyler Seguin finally got his first goal of the season, though it was of the empty net variety. Now in his third NHL season, Seguin led the Bruins with 29 goals a season ago. He served the bench minor for too many men on the ice in the second period, while Skinner (a fellow top-10 draft pick in 2010) scored his fifth goal of the season.

Dougie Hamilton to stick with Bruins 01.28.13 at 6:44 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Monday night that defenseman Dougie Hamilton will remain with the Bruins all season and will not be returned to juniors.

Hamilton could have played five games in the NHL without a year being burned off his entry level deal, though Chiarelli had said prior to training camp that the team expected Hamilton to stick with the club all season.

The Bruins chose Hamilton with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft. Through four games in the NHL, Hamilton has three assists (tied for the team lead) and an even rating.

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Anton Khudobin expected in net for Bruins vs. Hurricanes 01.28.13 at 1:51 pm ET
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According to multiple reports out of Carolina, Anton Khudobin was the first goaltender off the ice at Monday’s morning skate at PNC Arena, indicating that he will make his first start of the season Monday night against the Hurricanes.

Tuukka Rask has started all four games for the Bruins thus far, compiling a 3-0-1 record with a 1.96 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. It will be the sixth career NHL start for the 26-year-old Khudobin, who made 44 saves on 45 shots in his only start for the B’s last season, a 3-1 win over the Senators on April 5.

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Anton Khudobin ready for Bruins to call his number 01.27.13 at 9:50 pm ET
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It’s been Tuukka Time all season for the Bruins, but Anton Khudobin‘s turn to man the pipes appears to be right around the corner.

Tuukka Rask has done an admirable job in starting the Bruins’ first four games to the tune of a 3-0-1 record with a 1.96 goals-against average and .925 save percentage, but with the B’s heading into a stretch of four games in six days (including back-to-back games Monday and Tuesday against the Hurricanes and Devils, respectively), the Bruins will call on Khudobin to provide Rask with a breather.

“I’m sure he’ll see some action at some point,” Claude Julien said Sunday, not specifying when the B’s plan to first use Khudobin. “With this amount of games, you’re going to have to utilize both goaltenders. We want him to get some action at some point as well, so it’s important for Tuukka to get some rest, but also to keep Anton sharp as well.”

Khudobin’s next start will be just his second with the Bruins, as he made 44 saves and allowed one goal last April 5 against the Senators in his Bruins debut. Since then, the 26-year-old has played in the KHL during the lockout, putting up subpar numbers (6-14-4 record, 2.96 GAA, .912 save percentage) on a subpar Moscow Oblast Atlant team.

Though he got plenty of work in the KHL, Khudobin’s had to make the most of his time during practice since the NHL season started. He knows that he figures to get into a good number of games for the Bruins this season given the compressed schedule, so he said he has no choice but to buckle down between games.

“Just go there and stop some shots,” Khudobin said of utilizing practice time. “Work on my weaknesses and try to get myself ready for the game.”

Said Julien: “He’s been no different than anybody else. He’s gone in there and worked hard. There’s no difference in my mind as far as his practice compared to anybody else. He’s been working hard and we’ve been pleased with that.”

Unlike the last few years of the Tim Thomas/Rask tandem, this season presents a campaign of having a clearly defined No. 1 goalie with a more traditional backup. The former Wild seventh-round pick has played in seven career NHL games between the Wild and the Bruins, making five starts and going 5-1-0 with a 1.32 GAA and .961 save percentage. He is in the final year of his deal with the Bruins and will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, at which point he may consider a return to the KHL.

Khudobin has insisted that despite expressing an interest in potentially changing leagues at the end of the season, his focus is solely on the Bruins. He feels that rust won’t be a problem when he makes his season debut, and his teammates are confident in what he brings.

“He’s a good goalie,” David Krejci said, adding, “He played well in the KHL this year, so he’s got some games. I don’t know when he’s going to be playing, but it’s not like he’s going to go in for the first in a long time. He’s been playing some games. He’s played well. So far what I’ve seen in practice is he competes hard. Hopefully when he gets the chance he’s going to take it.”

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