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Claude Julien optimistic Adam McQuaid will play against Canadiens 10.24.11 at 12:56 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — One bit of good news for the Bruins as their schedule sees a break in game action until Thursday is that it gives injured defenseman Adam McQuaid more time to recover from his neck injury.

McQuaid has been considered day-to-day for some time since his injury, which was suffered when he crashed into the boards Oct. 12 in Carolina. He was considered a game-time decision last Tuesday against the Hurricanes, but after taking part in the team’s morning skate was not on the ice for warmups that night. He went on to miss Thursday’s game against the Maple Leafs, and after returning to practice on Friday did not play Saturday against the Sharks.

“He’s feeling good, so it’s just a question of time here. I guess I’m optimistic, and that’s what I’m allowed to be as far as him being ready for Thursday,” coach Claude Julien said. “I’ve kind of made some comments in the past, and it’s kind of come back to bite me, but he’s been fine now for a few days, so I’m very confident that things are going to keep going in that direction.”

McQuaid, who missed the last four Bruins’ contests and five total games (he was sick for the season-opener), has two assists and a plus-2 rating in three games this season.

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Bruins begin practice-heavy week 10.24.11 at 11:02 am ET
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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 MarchandPatrice BergeronNathan Horton
Milan LucicChris KellyTyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot – David KrejciRich Peverley – Jordan Caron
Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn 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.

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Jordan Caron back up, practicing with Bruins 10.24.11 at 10:50 am ET
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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.

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Local boy Benn Ferriero scores game-winner 10.23.11 at 12:41 am ET
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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.”

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Bruins’ comeback falls short as Sharks win 10.22.11 at 9:33 pm ET
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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
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Adam McQuaid returns to practice 10.21.11 at 2:20 pm ET
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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.

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