|Andrew Ference returns to Bruins practice||11.16.11 at 11:53 am ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins a returned to practice in anticipation of Thursday night’s tilt with the Blue Jackets.
Andrew Ference, who suffered a lower-body injury last Thursday against the Oilers, skated with the team, marking the second straight day he’s skated and his first practice since the injury. He is considered day-to-day.
All other players were present as well, with Daniel Paille the guy to watch for a potential return to the lineup Thursday. The guess here is that they might wait another game, especially with Benoit Pouliot coming off a big night Tuesday.
|Benoit Pouliot the hero as Bruins win sixth straight||11.15.11 at 9:35 pm ET|
The Bruins needed someone to play hero late in the third period Tuesday. If you thought that would be Benoit Pouliot, you’re a liar. Pouliot, who was a healthy scratch Saturday, banged home a rebound from a Joe Corvo shot, beating Devils netminder Johan Hedberg and giving the B’s a 4-3 victory at TD Garden, their six straight.
David Clarkson got the Devils on the board with a 5-on-3 goal in the second period, with Chris Kelly responding late in the period. Brad Marchand, who had an up-and-down night thanks to a bad penalty he took in the second period (see below) scored six seconds into the third period to give the B’s a 2-1 lead, but Nick Palmieri scored the first of his two on the night to tie it when he tipped a shot from Andy Greene past Tim Thomas. Shawn Thornton then scored his first of the season to give the B’s another lead, but Palmieri answered back yet again.
The Bruins will host the Blue Jackets Thursday, the final game of their five-game home-stand.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– It was a big night for Gregory Campbell, who contributed assists on goals by Kelly and Thornton. Campbell entered the game with a goal and an assist on the season, so Tuesday’s effort saw him double his points total for the year. Campbell got some shifts with Kelly and Rich Peverley in both the second and third periods.
– Marchand increased his points streak to six games and did it emphatically. After being benched for much of the second half of the second period, he started the third period and scored just six seconds in to give the B’s a 2-1 lead. He had additional chances, like when he couldn’t handle a nice feed in front from Seguin in the second period, but Marchand made sure that his contributions on the score sheet outweighed any of the low points.
– Patrice Bergeron has always been good on face-offs, and he was outstanding at the dot on Tuesday. He won 21 of his first 26 draws and finished the night 24 of 33.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– There was good and bad with Marchand on Tuesday, so here’s the bad: he wound up in Claude Julien‘s doghouse in the second period. Marchand, who took a goaltender interference penalty in the first period, wanted a piece of Adam Henrique punched the center, landing him in the bin for roughing at 9:07 of the second.
Clarkson’s goal came when he was in the box, a Johnny Boychuk delay of game penalty gave the Devils a 39-second 5-on-3. Marchand played just two more shifts in the period, with Pouliot playing left wing on the top line in his place. He was also sat during the Bruins’ power play after Zach Parise tripped Corvo with Kelly took his spot.
– The Bruins blew two leads in the third period. While they outshot the Devils by a large margin in the period and carried much of the offensive play, letting leads slip is not a habit the B’s want to develop.
– They came pretty close, but for the first time in six games, the Bruins did not score at least five goals. One probably could have guessed that entering the game given the fact that they were playing the Devils, but the face that the Bruins were still able to produce offensively against a team that has allowed five goals just twice the season shows that the hot-scoring B’s haven’t lost their touch.
|Bruins-Devils Live Blog: Nick Palmieri ties it at 3||11.15.11 at 6:38 pm ET|
|Ryan Miller: ‘I didn’t know [Bruins] were all doctors’||11.15.11 at 3:06 pm ET|
Miller suffered a concussion Saturday night when Lucic hit him in the Sabres’ zone after the two were racing for the puck.
“I’m not as well as I’d like to be, but considering, I feel alright,” Miller said. “My neck is pretty sore. I’m trying to figure out if that’s more of a source of headaches or if what I’m really feeling was my head really started hurting.
“You always are concerned. Last year I thought I had a very simple ‘get your bell rung,’ and I missed five games. This, I don’t know how to put a timeline on it, but I am encouraged that my neck feels better. Once that really feels good, I can start to make my way back.”
Lucic said Monday that he was “surprised” to hear that Miller had a concussion because contact was never made with the head on the play. He added that Miller could have perhaps suffered the injury later in the period when Tyler Seguin crashed into the net. Miller isn’t the biggest Lucic fan out there, so he was rubbed the wrong way the remarks.
“The one thing I was disappointed with the assessment or what came out of Boston and some of what came out of the league was it wasn’t a head shot, so that was their conclusion to why the concussion maybe didn’t come from that,” he said. “I didn’t know they were all doctors. Concussions are caused by many things, one of them including a whiplash motion that sends your brain moving laterally or however you’re hit. It doesn’t need to be a direct impact. That fact alone, I’m rolling my eyes.”
The two teams will meet again a week from Wednesday.
|Daniel Paille feels he’s inching closer to a return||11.15.11 at 1:58 pm ET|
The swelling has gone down, and now Daniel Paille feels he’s closer to returning to game action. Nevermind the fact that he’s just eight days removed from getting hit in the face with a slapshot.
“It’s improving a lot. I’m able to breathe through my nostrils now, so it’s a lot easier to skate,” Paille said after taking part in Tuesday’s morning skate. Tomorrow it should be completely clear and hopefully I get a quick recovery after that.”
Paille said that he could potentially play Thursday against the Blue Jackets.
“I think it’s a possibility,” he said. It also depends on the coaches, too. I know I’m able to play, but not quite 100 percent yet. Hopefully in a couple of days I am.”
The fourth-line winger has been wearing a full cage, something he said last week he would have to wear for a month. He’s taken a page out of Chris Kelly‘s book by wearing a cage that has the inside painted white so it doesn’t obstruct his vision as much.
As for how he feels, Paille, who is still bruised badly bud got the packing out of his nose this week, hasn’t had much difficulty physically.
“I haven’t really been bumped too hard, but I had a couple of bumps in practice the other day, and it felt good. My helmet went back a couple times, and it didn’t bother me at all,” he said. “I feel like it’s a positive thing right now, but we’ll see a little more tomorrow morning after practice when everything’s out.”
|Claude Julien: If Milan Lucic wanted to hit Ryan Miller, ‘he would have never got up’||11.15.11 at 11:59 am ET|
Claude Julien said after Tuesday’s morning skate that the team was “convinced” Lucic’s hit on Miller “wasn’t deliberate” and were therefore pleased with Brendan Shanahan‘s decision to not suspend the forward.
Julien said that he doesn’t believe goalies should be hit, but noted the difference between a hit and a collision. He believed Saturday’s incident was a collision.
“I know for a fact that if Milan had intended on hitting [Miller], he would have never got up,” Julien said of Lucic. “We all know how hard he hits. It speaks for itself.”
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|Andrew Ference takes the ice||11.15.11 at 11:50 am ET|
Andrew Ference did not participate in the Bruins’ morning skate Tuesday, but the injured defenseman did return to the ice prior to the skate. Ference left Thursday’s game against the Oilers with a lower-body injury and did not play Saturday night. Claude Julien had said the defenseman was close to skating again Monday, and was glad to see him progress on Tuesday.
“He skated, and it’s his first game of skating,” Julien said. “‘¦ He’s come along, so he started saint again today. Hopefully he’ll progress. ‘¦ He becomes day-to-day the minute he steps on the ice.”
Julien hadn’t yet spoken to trainers about Ference on Tuesday, but said he might know by Tuesday night whether Ference might practice with the team on Wednesday.