|Bruins begin practice-heavy week||10.24.11 at 11:02 am ET|
WILMINGTON – After taking the day off Sunday and with no games on tap until the start of a home-and-home with the Canadiens on Thursday, the Bruins have returned to Wilmington for what promises to be a practice-heavy week.
Jordan Caron is back up with the team, making his assignment to Providence Sunday nothing more than an opportunity to give the youngster some playing time after being the healthy scratch in the Bruins’ last two games.
Defenseman Adam McQuaid also practiced with the team. He has missed the team’s last four games with a neck injury that the team is treating as a concussion to be safe.
The lines looked the same, with the fourth line once again wearing the white jerseys, which traditionally signify first-liners.
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Nathan Horton
Milan Lucic – Chris Kelly – Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot – David Krejci – Rich Peverley – Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton
The Bruins made heavy use of the foam blocks for the first half hour of practice, stacking them for target-practice and using one in front of nets to work on rebounds.
|Jordan Caron back up, practicing with Bruins||10.24.11 at 10:50 am ET|
The Bruins recalled forward Jordan Caron from Providence on Monday, one day after sending him to the AHL. Caron, who had been a healthy scratch in the Bruins’ last two games since the return of David Krejci, registered an assist in Sunday against Albany.
Krejci was with the B’s as they took the ice for practice Monday, skating as the fourth member of Krejci’s line with Benoit Pouliot and Rich Peverley.
|Local boy Benn Ferriero scores game-winner||10.23.11 at 12:41 am ET|
Local product Benn Ferriero has been up and down between the NHL and AHL these last few seasons, but on Saturday, he was right where he wanted to be.
Ferriero, who hails from Essex and played his college hockey at Boston College, was called up Thursday, and on Saturday scored the game-winning goal against the team he grew up cheering for. With the game tied in the third period thanks to goals from Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin 29 seconds apart, Ferriero took a rebound from a Jim Vandermeer shot and maneuvered around Tim Thomas to make it a 3-2 game. It was his first goal of the season and eighth career goal.
Playing at BC gave him plenty of experience of skating on the Garden ice in the Beanpot and other tournaments, and he also faced the Bruins last February. Still, this Garden experience was different.
“I played here about four times a year through college and I guess I’m used to it. It’s obviously a big difference playing against the Bruins then playing against BU or one of the other teams,” he said after the game.
After the game, Ferriero recalled his time as a youngster rooting on the Bruins, and how he now gets to skate for the same team as a Bruin he long admired.
“I grew up in Boston. I was a Joe Thornton fan growing up when I was younger and through college NESN is the big sports network around here,” Ferriero said. “We see them every night they play at home, every night they play on the road. So I’ve seen a lot, but I’m just happy to get out here and play.”
|Bruins’ comeback falls short as Sharks win||10.22.11 at 9:33 pm ET|
What had the makings of a great comeback win proved to be nothing more than the Bruins’ latest loss, as they fell to the Sharks, 4-2, at TD Garden on Saturday.
The B’s seemed destined for a quiet night as they trailed, 2-0, in the third perio before goals from Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin just 29 seconds apart tied the game at two. Lucic took advantage of a puck bouncing around Antti Niemi’s crease to get the B’s on the board and later fed Seguin, who tied it with a wrist shot. The Sharks would end up taking the lead for good when former Boston College Eagle Benn Ferriero beat Tim Thomas to make it 3-2. Patrick Marleau sealed it with an empty-netter.
The Sharks took their initial lead with goals in the first and second period from Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture, respectively.
With the loss, the Bruins have fallen to 3-5-0 on the season. They will have plenty of time to regroup for their next contest, as they next play Thursday against the Canadiens at TD Garden.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Another game against the Bruins, another reminder from Couture of what could have been. The B’s had the eighth overall pick in 2007 with Couture on the board and selected Everett (WHL) center Zach Hamill instead. While Hamill has widely been considered a bust and has played only four games in the NHL, Couture has become a star player, scoring 32 goals last season.
– David Krejci was the only player on the ice for the Sharks’ first two goals. He has yet to have a positive rating this season and is a minus-5 on the 2011-12 campaign.
– Make that one more game in which the Bruins failed to get on the board first. The B’s have allowed the first goal of the games in the last six straight games, a span in which they’ve gone 2-4-0. Pavelski made it 1-0 Sharks 72 seconds into Saturday’s game.
– Amidst the Bruins’ up-and-down play of late, Brad Marchand has now gone without a point in the last four games. He last factored into the scoring on Oct. 12 with his third-period goal against the Hurricanes. Marchand had begun the season with four points (two goals, two assists) in the first four games.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Thornton got in a fight for the second consecutive game after going the first six contests of the season without dropping the gloves. Thornton fought Jim Vandermeer in the second period in a pretty balanced bout that saw the Bruins’ enforcer make solid contact. Thornton’s fight did not give the B’s the ultimate spark they needed for the period, as they sleepwalked for much of the second.
– Seguin had a game-high four giveaways through two periods but saw to it that those wouldn’t be his most noteworthy stats on the night. His chemsritry with Lucic is very apparent, and though he was at quiet at points in the game’s first 40 minutes, there’s no denying he’s been huge for Boston this year. He could have had two goals on the night, as he came awfully close to getting on the board in the first period when he beat Niemi glove side but hit the post with a wrister.
– Much like Seguin has had success on his new line, so too has Kelly. The 30-year-old center has four points in his last two games since being put on the line with Lucic and Seguin.
|Bruins-Sharks Live Blog: Sharks take lead again||10.22.11 at 6:39 pm ET|
|Adam McQuaid returns to practice||10.21.11 at 2:20 pm ET|
Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid, who has been out since last Wednesday with a neck injury, returned to practice Friday, with coach Claude Julien telling reporters that he is still considered day-to-day.
McQuaid suffered his injury when he crashed into the boards in last Wednesday’s loss to the Hurricanes, and after being considered a game-time decision Tuesday against the Hurricanes, was held out warmups that night and missed Wednesday’s practice and Thursday’s game.
Julien also told reporters that Milan Lucic was kept off the ice Friday for a maintenance day.
|Tyler Seguin has another big night vs. Maple Leafs as Bruins win||10.20.11 at 9:35 pm ET|
While Seguin, the team’s leader in points, was one of the night’s stars with a goal and two assists, the Bruins were able to go from trailing, 1-0, to leading thanks to a strong first period from defenseman Andrew Ference. The Bruins’ alternate captain assisted the Bruins’ three goals in the first period, tying a career high in both assists and points. The Bruins received goals from Nathan Horton, Zdeno Chara, Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and Seguin.
Tim Thomas picked up the victory for the Bruins. The reigning Vezina winner has been between the pipes for all three of the Bruins’ victories this season. Jonas Gustavsson allowed all six goals for Tortonto, who suffered their first regulation loss of the season (4-1-1).
With the win, the Bruins improved to 3-4-0 on the season. The B’s will next play Saturday, when they host Joe Thornton and the Sharks at TD Garden.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Shawn Thornton got in his first regular-season fight in a long time, as his bout with Colton Orr marked the first time since February 5 that he dropped the gloves in the regular season. Thornton and Orr’s fight lasted a while and was evenly matched before eventually being broken up.
Thornton’s lack of fighting this season hasn’t been for lack of trying. The Bruins’ fourth-line forward has tried to engage players all season to no avail.
– The Bruins had their best night on the man advantage with a pair of power play goals. Chara took a feed from Ference after a Bruins’ face-off win and put a slapshot on net, yielding an easy rebound for Horton to capitalize on. The Bruins’ captain then sniped one of own from the top of the circle on the power play.
The Bruins’ power play has now scored in consecutive games for the first time this season. It’s the first time they’ve gotten power play goals in two straight games since Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Flyers last May.
– A couple of Bruins who needed to have bounce back nights did. Horton’s goal and assists will help fans forget the fact that his roughing double-minor cost the Bruins the game Tuesday night. Lucic scored, had the primary helper on Kelly’s goal and assisted Seguin’s tally. The two still have a way to go before they’ve returned to their 2010-11 forms, but any production from the Bruins’ power forwards has to be taken as a sign of progress at this point.
– Another big night for Seguin, who skated through a Dion Phaneuf hook to complete his rush with Lucic and set up the Bruins’ left wing for the team’s fourth goal. With two assists on the night, Seguin now has two multi-point games this season. He had three in the regular season as a rookie.
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