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Bruins trade Tim Thomas to Islanders 02.07.13 at 5:35 pm ET
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The Bruins have traded goaltender Tim Thomas to the Islanders in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in 2014 or 2015.

Thomas, 38, is in the final year of his contract but is not playing this season. His contract calls for a $3 million salary but his cap hit is $5 million (Thomas had salaries of $6 million in each of the first two years of the four-year, $20 million deal). Thomas reportedly still does not intend to play this season, as the move was made by the Islanders in order to get over the salary cap floor by Friday and thus be compliant with the salary cap.

The pick sent to the Bruins is conditional on Thomas playing one game for the Islanders, meaning they will not receive it if Thomas sticks to his plan of sitting out the season.

Thomas, a ninth round pick of the Nordiques in 1994, signed with the Bruins prior to the 2002-03 season and eventually established himself as one of the greatest goaltenders in league history. He won the Vezina Trophy in both 2008-09 and 2010-11 and led the B’s to a Stanley Cup championship in 2011 as the Conn Smythe winner.

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Shawn Thornton doesn’t want Zdeno Chara to fight his battles vs. John Scott 02.07.13 at 1:19 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Shawn Thornton skated with a group of teammates Thursday at Ristuccia Arena as he continued working his way back from a concussion suffered a week earlier in a fight with Sabres enforcer John Scott. Daniel Paille (upper-body) also took the ice, while Brad Marchand (shoulder) did not practice as he was examined by team doctors. Claude Julien would not rule out any of the three players for Saturday’s game against the Lightning.

Thornton, who has missed the last two games, said that he is “cleared for practice, cleared for contact,” and hasn’t been told whether he’ll play this weekend against Tampa Bay or Buffalo (Sunday).

Much has been made of the aftermath of the short-lived bout between Thornton and Scott. Thornton failed to get a punch in as the 6-foot-8, 270-pound Scott beat him convincingly, leading to some speculation from talk radio callers and select media members that Bruins captain Zdeno Chara should fight Scott on Sunday.

Thornton emphasized that he didn’t think there is anything for the B’s to avenge, as it was simply a fight that didn’t go in his favor. He especially stressed that he is against the idea of Chara fighting Scott as a result of it.

“I don’t even know where that [expletive] comes from,” Thornton said. “Listen, Zee’s our best player and arguably the best defenseman in the league. There’s no reason for him to have to fight my battles. I’ve done this for a long time and it’s on me.

“Listen, if I knocked him out I wasn’t expecting somebody to come grab me the next shift. It’s part of it. We’re both men and it happens.”

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Bruins come back in third period to beat Canadiens 02.06.13 at 10:10 pm ET
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The Bruins got back on top of the Eastern Conference and gained some much-needed breathing room in the Northeast Division with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Canadiens Wednesday night.

With the B’s trailing 1-0 after 40 minutes of play, Claude Julien switched Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin on the top two lines and saw immediate results. David Krejci‘s line produced goals from Seguin and Krejci in their first two shifts of the third period, giving the B’s a lead from which they wouldn’t look back.

The Habs took a 1-0 lead in the second period thanks to a power-play goal from P.K. Subban. The 23-year-old fired a snap shot from the point that went off Rich Peverley‘s stick and sailed past Tuukka Rask.

The win improved the B’s to 7-1-1 with a conference-best 15 points. The Canadiens fell to 6-3-0 with 12 points.

The Bruins will take Thursday and Friday to prepare for an upcoming back-to-back as they’ll host the Lightning Saturday afternoon at TD Garden before traveling to Buffalo to face the Sabres.


‘€¢ Rask was sensational, as the Habs could have easily had three or four goals over the first two periods. Rask stoned Lars Eller on a breakaway in the first period and came up with a number of other key stops early on.

The Habs also failed to capitalize on plenty of chances. Colby Armstrong missed an easy-tip-in just over a minute into the game, while Tomas Plekanec lost the puck while trying to deke on a breakaway. The veteran center tried to go forehand-to-backhand, but instead lost the puck on what essentially looked a pass into the corner.

‘€¢ Good on Julien for shaking up his top six forwards in the third period. Julien switched Horton and Seguin on the top two lines, and it paid off 14 seconds into the period when Krejci hit Seguin in front to produce the game-tying goal. Krejci gave the B’s the lead on the line’s next shift.

‘€¢ Seguin found a good time to score his first real goal of the season. Entering the game, Seguin, who led the Bruins with 29 goals a season ago, had only scored one empty-net goal through eight games. He was also quiet in the first two periods periods, failing to register a shot on goal.

‘€¢ Speaking of lines, Julien wasn’t afraid to use the “Providence” line of Ryan Spooner between Lane MacDermid and Jamie Tardif. Spooner, who was making his NHL debut, was given significant time on the power play, and Julien trusted the line out there in the third period of a one-goal game.

‘€¢ Playing on Patrice Bergeron‘s line in place of the injured Brad Marchand, Gregory Campbell had a strong showing. In addition to his two shots on goal and special teams contributions (he even played on the power play), Campbell came up with a critical pass breakup when he got a stick on a pass intended for Brandon Prust down low with all sorts of open net in the second period.


‘€¢ Milan Lucic took a pair of penalties in the second period, one of which yielded Subban’s power-play goal. Both penalties were drawn by Andrei Markov, with Lucic high-sticking the Montreal blueliner at 8:56 and going off for an unnecessary slash in the offensive zone at 14:09.

Lucic wasn’t the only culprit of a bad offensive zone stick penalty. Chris Kelly went off in the third period for hooking Francis Bouillon in the Habs’ zone with the B’s clinging to a 2-1 lead. The Canadiens would have been able to tie the game on the power play had Max Pacioretty not fanned on a feed from Erik Cole right in front.

‘€¢ The ice seemed pretty tilted in the Habs’ favor in the first period. Though the teams went into the first intermission, Montreal outshot Boston 11-4, with the Bruins not getting a shot on goal until Campbell fired a slap shot on Price with 8:35 remaining in the opening period.

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Shawn Thornton, Daniel Paille out, Brad Marchand could play vs. Canadiens 02.05.13 at 10:06 am ET
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Both Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille will stay in Boston as the Bruins travel to Montreal to face the Canadiens on Wednesday, Claude Julien said Tuesday morning at TD Garden. Thornton remains out as he recovers from a concussion while Paille is dealing with an upper-body injury. Both injuries were suffered last Thursday against the Sabres.

Brad Marchand will travel with the team and will practice with the B’s on Wednesday. Marchand appeared to injure his shoulder after crashing into the end boards Saturday against the Maple Leafs in the second period. He did not play another shift the rest of the game and missed Monday’s practice.

Julien said that the Bruins are “very optimistic” that Thornton and Paille will “be OK moving forward,” and that Marchand could be a game-time decision vs. the Habs.

“He might be [a game-time decision],” Julien said of Marchand. “He’s going to practice with us today and then we’ll make a decision probably tomorrow on his situation.”

Should Marchand be unable to go, Ryan Spooner will make his NHL debut against the Canadiens.

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Bruins recall Ryan Spooner on emergency basis 02.04.13 at 6:12 pm ET
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The Bruins recalled forward Ryan Spooner from Providence Monday on an emergency basis. The 2010 second-round pick will join the B’s Tuesday and travel with them to Montreal for Wednesday’s game against the Canadiens.

Spooner, 21, is in his first full professional season and has yet to play an NHL game. In 35 games for Providence this season, Spooner has nine goals and 21 assists for 30 points and a plus-12 rating.

The call-up comes amongst some injury concerns for the Bruins, as forward Brad Marchand did not practice with the team on Monday, as missed the second half of Saturday’s game after crashing into the endboards. Daniel Paille missed Saturday’s game with an upper-body injury but participated in Monday’s practice. Claude Julien would not rule either player out for Wednesday’s contest.

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Shawn Thornton skates, Brad Marchand, David Krejci missing from practice 02.04.13 at 10:53 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Shawn Thornton took the ice Monday for the first time since suffering a concussion last Thursday against the Sabres. Thornton did not participate in the team’s practice, but skated prior to his teammates hitting the ice.

Daniel Paille was present at practice after missing Saturday’s game with an upper-body injury, while Brad Marchand and David Krejci both missed the skate. Following the practice, Claude Julien gave an update on all players.

“[Paille]’s doing fine. Again, the doctors haven’t cleared him yet but you saw him skating today,” Julien said. “Shawn Thornton skated earlier this morning, so he’s doing really well also. No issues there.

David Krejci is maintenance and he should be on the ice tomorrow. Brad Marchand is also progressing very well. Right now, there’s nobody that’s a definite no moving forward here for the next game, but obviously we’ll make those decisions tomorrow. Before we leave we should know who can and who can’t play on Wednesday.”

Asked to clarify whether Thornton was part of the group of players potentially eligible to play Wednesday, Julien indicated that Thornton will in all likelihood be held out.

“Probably very doubtful for him, but he’s feeling very good,” Julien said. “He’s been great. He’s symptom-free for a few days now. He biked yesterday, he skated today, so things are going well but obviously there’s a protocol to follow. We’re certainly going to follow that to the letter.”

Marchand missed the second half of Saturday’s win over the Maple Leafs after crashing into the end boards in the second period and appearing to injure his shoulder. Monday marks Krejci’s second missed practice in four days, as he did not practice Friday and played Saturday. The Bruins were off on Sunday.

Paille suffered his injury in the third period of Thursday’s loss to the Sabres. With Krejci not practicing, Jay Pandolfo took his place on the top line, while Gregory Campbell replaced Marchand.

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Claude Julien: Bruins took precaution with Brad Marchand 02.02.13 at 11:21 pm ET
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Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters after Saturday’s game in Toronto that forward Brad Marchand was kept out of the third period of the Bruins’ 1-0 win over the Maple Leafs as a precaution. Marchand crashed into the boards and appeared to injure his shoulder midway through the second period and did not skate another shift for the B’s.

Tweeted NESN’s Naoko Funayama following the game:

Per Julien: Cautionary move on Bruins part to take Marchand out of game. Marchand wanted to keep going but Bruins thinking more long-term.

The 24-year-old leads the Bruins with five goals this season. With Marchand out of the game, the Bruins played Gregory Campbell and Chris Bourque on Patrice Bergeron‘s line in his place.

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