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Andrew Ference only player missing at Bruins practice 11.14.11 at 11:04 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Andrew Ference was the only player missing at Bruins’ practice Monday, as the defenseman has been out with a lower-body injury.

After taking part in Saturday’s morning skate, forward Daniel Paille was back on the ice donning a full cage. Paille was hit in the face by a Steve Staios slapshot last Monday.

Milan Lucic, who has a phone hearing with Brendan Shanahan at 1 pm., was on the ice. Shanahan will determine whether the left wing will be suspended for Saturday’s hit on Sabres goalie Ryan Miller.

Milan Lucic – David KrejciNathan Horton
Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronTyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot – Chris KellyRich Peverley
Daniel Paille/Jordan Caron – Gregory CampbellShawn Thornton

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Ryan Miller (concussion) out indefinitely, Milan Lucic has hearing with Brendan Shanahan 11.13.11 at 9:08 pm ET
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Bruins forward Milan Lucic has a hearing scheduled with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan for Monday at 1 pm, according to a tweet from TSN’s Bob McKenzie. The hearing will determine whether Lucic is suspended for Saturday’s first-period play in which he hit Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller.

While Lucic may miss time due to the play, Miller definitely will. The Sabres announced Sunday that the goaltender, who called Lucic “gutless” after the game, suffered a concussion from the hit and will be out indefinitely.

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Bruins return Zach Hamill to Providence 11.13.11 at 1:35 pm ET
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The Bruins have returned forward Zach Hamill to Providence after a two-game stint with the NHL club.

Hamill was called up Wednesday on an emergency basis to fill in for the injured Rich Peverley, and upon Peverley’s return, he surprisngly stayed in the lineup Saturday in place of Benoit Pouliot. Hamill had an assist in Thursday’s game.

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Ryan Miller thinks Milan Lucic is a ‘piece of [expletive]’ and Tim Thomas can see why he was surprised by hit 11.12.11 at 11:14 pm ET
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Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller was asked following Saturday night’s 6-2 loss to the Bruins whether he was injured when B’s left wing Milan Lucic charged him in the first period, but he wasn’t interested in talking about himself. He was interested in expressing his thoughts on Lucic and the dirty hit.

“I’€™m not going to really get into that,” Miller said of his physical condition. “I just stuck around because I just want to say what a piece of [expletive] I think Lucic is. Fifty pounds on me, and he runs me like that. It’€™s unbelievable. Everyone in this city sees him as a big, tough, solid player. I respected him for how hard he played. That was gutless. Gutless, piece of [expletive].”

Lucic blocked a shot and was chasing a puck into the Sabres’ zone when Miller darted out of his net to clear the puck. Upon Miller getting there first and sending the puck aside, Lucic didn’t stop in time, barreling over the netminder and sending his helmet off. Lucic was given a charging minor for the play.

“Well I blocked a shot, and it’€™s a race for a puck, and I mean I just put my head down and tried to get to it first,” Lucic said. “And next thing I looked up he was out of his net and it was a collision. So I mean obviously going into a situation like that I’€™m going to brace myself. And I was going full speed so it was pretty hard for me to put on the brakes. So that’€™s basically it.”

While he didn’t seem nearly as upset with the play as Miller, Tim Thomas did seem to understand Miller’s unhappiness with the play.

“I will say that as a goalie, you’re not really prepared for people to hit you in a situation like that,” Thomas said. “You’ve been trained over the course of your whole career [to believe] you’re not going to get hit in situations like that. It must have taken him by surprise.”

There was no retaliation on Lucic, so Thomas was prepared for the possibility of the Sabres going after him.

“Basically, from my perspective, after that happened, [I was] just trying to make sure I was on my toes,” Thomas said. “I didn’t know if there would be kind of a retribution hit. That’s kind of the old school way.”

If there were to be a hit on Thomas, Lucic said he and the Bruins would have reacted much more than the Sabres did.

“Definitely. You know, we wouldn’€™t accept anything like that,” Lucic said. “We would have [taken] care of business. But we’€™re a different team than they are.”

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Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand lead B’s to fifth straight win 11.12.11 at 9:41 pm ET
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The Bruins are finally over .500, and they have a lot of scoring and a couple of youngsters to thank for it.

The B’s defeated the Sabres, 6-2, at TD Garden Saturday to improve to 8-7-0 on the season behind three-point nights from Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand. Seguin had a two-goal showing, matching his rookie-year total of 11 goals. Marchand had a goal and two assists.

Thomas Vanek got the Sabres on the board at 5:38 of the first period when he banked a shot off the back of Tim Thomas‘ leg. It was Vanek’s 11th goal of the season. Rich Peverley, who was making his return to the lineup after missing the last two games, tied it at one at 7:40 of the second before Seguin and Nathan Horton scored 16 seconds apart to give the B’s a 3-1 lead.

Buffalo starter Ryan Miller was replaced by Jhonas Enroth to begin the third period, but it did the Sabres no good. Peverley set up Chris Kelly in front of the net for Kelly’s fourth goal of the season to give the B’s some insurance, with Seguin and Marchand also scoring in the third. Both Kelly and Peverley ended the night with a goal and an assist. Marc-Andre Gragnani scored a power-play goal for the Sabres in the third period.

The Bruins will host the Devils Tuesday at TD Garden.


– Seguin has scored in four straight games and has nine points (7 G, 2 A) over the last six games. Everyone knew he was the most talented player on the Bruins, but his more assertive play this season has helped him prove that he’s a legitimate goal-scorer worth fearing in the NHL. Marchand and Bergeron did most of the work on his two goals, so Seguin returned the favor on Marchand’s tally by threading the needle to his linemate in the slot.

– It wasn’t long ago that Marchand appeared to be stuck in a sophomore slump, but his helper on Seguin’s goal gave him a career-best five-game point steak. Marchand stole the puck in the neutral zone to set up his 2-on-1 with Seguin, and waited just long enough for Miller to commit to him before sliding the puck to the 19-year-old for the easy score.

– You learn in youth hockey that goals come in waves, but the Bruins have illustrated that to anyone who didn’t already know. The quick goals they received from Seguin and Horton marked the ninth time this season the B’s have scored two goals in less than a minute.

– Some good work from WEEI’s Michael Berger, who notes the Bruins have now scored five or more goals in five straight games.


– Not the wisest of moves from Milan Lucic in the first period. After blocking a shot, Lucic appeared to have a breakaway if he could catch up to the puck. The puck bounced far ahead of him, making it a race between he and Miller, who had left his crease to chase it in the Sabres’ zone. Miller was there a stride or two ahead of Lucic and cleared the puck, but Lucic barreled into the netminder, knocking his helmet off and landing Lucic in the box for charging. Lucic has not fought in 20 games, and surprisingly wasn’t challenged after hitting Miller.

– Not as good a night for Zach Hamill, who was surprisingly in the lineup despite Peverley returning. Hamill played in place of Benoit Pouliot, with Jordan Caron starting the night on the fourth line. Hamill was swapped at points with Gregory Campbell, and the former eighth overall pick took a high-sticking penalty that led to the Sabres’ power-play goal in the third period.

Bruins-Sabres Live Blog: Marc-Andre Gragnani makes it 6-2 11.12.11 at 6:56 pm ET
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Daniel Paille ready for the cage … plus, remember Chris Kelly’s cage? 11.12.11 at 1:18 pm ET
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Let the cage commentary begin.

An incredibly bruised, swollen and stitched-up Daniel Paille took the ice for Saturday’s morning skate, donning a cage and skating for the first time since he was hit in the face with a slap shot from Steve Staios in the third period of Monday’s victory over the Islanders. He won’t play Saturday, but he is actually day-to-day despite not being able to breathe out of his nose and, (Shawn Thornton‘s words, not ours) looking like “a raccoon.”

“I woke up this morning and felt a lot better than yesterday. I just decided to go out there,” Paille, who will not play Saturday, said after the morning skate. As I pushed a little bit, I felt a little bit of blood flow through the head, but nothing to print me or stop me from going. I was pretty happy with the result today.”

Paille, 27, last wore a cage when he was 15 years old. He figures to be stuck with this one for about a month while his face heals.

“At first when I put it on, I had to look through the holes, but after a while I kind of got used to it,” the winger said. “You kind of ignore it. It’s a certain adjustment, but I think after a couple of skates you get used to it.”

If Paille needs any pointers on how to deal with life with a cage, he doesn’t have to go far. To his right in the Bruins’ dressing room sits Chris Kelly, who had six points over an eight-game stretch in the playoffs when a shove into the post from Scott Gomez left him wearing a cage from Game 4 against the Canadiens until the end of the Philadelphia series. Kelly had to deal with a lot of extra attention with the magical cage, but it undoubtedly took the Bruins a long way in the first two rounds.

“He just says that with time, you won’t even notice it anymore,” Paille said of the advice Kelly gave him. “I’m just waiting for that moment.”

Thornton’s raccoon comparison isn’t the only wise-crack Paille has heard since getting surgery Wednesday. He said that, among other things, teammates have told him that he looks no worse now than he did before getting hit in the face. It actually hurts for Paille to smile, so while he can’t laugh at the jokes being made, he certainly takes them in stride.

“Guys are getting a laugh out of it, so I’ve got to make the best of the situation,” Paille said. “The main thing is to be positive about it.”

Paille hopes to get the packing in his nose out early next week. He obviously isn’t 100 percent, but said that he could play despite not being able to breathe out of either nostril.

“I think eventually yeah, if need be, but it’s just a matter of adjusting,” Paille said of potentially getting in an upcoming game. “I skated out there, and the couple of strides where I felt like I was pushing a little bit, I felt pretty good about it.”


To remember all of the fun we had with Kelly’s cage during the playoffs, click here, here, here and here.

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