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Cross Kris Versteeg off the list of Bruins’ trade targets, and hey, the Leafs have a first-rounder 02.14.11 at 6:47 pm ET
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Less than a week after the Predators’ trade for Mike Fisher ruled out one trade possibility for the Bruins, the Flyers have taken yet another name off fans’ wish lists. According to a tweet from TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Flyers have shipped first-and-third-round draft picks to the Maple Leafs for the 24-year-old winger, who has 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points in 53 games this season.

What does this mean for the Bruins? Well, for starters, it means that the guy they once traded along with a draft pick for Brandon Bochenski is now worth first-and-third-round picks. Secondly, and more importantly, it means that the Maple Leafs’ first-rounder, which the Bruins own, is looking better and better the more they sell off pieces of that roster. Heading into Tuesday’s game against the Bruins, Toronto has 52 points, good for the fifth-worst in the NHL. Edmonton (40 points) is currently in line for its second consecutive first overall pick.

For both the Bruins and prospective trade partners, that’s a good thing. The Leafs clearly aren’t doing much to prevent the B’s from having yet another high pick as a result of the Phil Kessel trade, and anyone willing to do a blockbuster move with the Bruins has to like the idea of selecting in the top five or higher.

From an on-ice standpoint, the top team in the Eastern Conference just got tougher. Peter Chiarelli all but guaranteed the team would make a deal before the Feb. 28 trade deadline in talking to Dale & Holley last week, and now it’s looking like it will have to be a big one.

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Bruins assign Jordan Caron to Providence 02.14.11 at 11:37 am ET
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The Bruins announced Monday that they have assigned rookie forward Jordan Caron to Providence. Caron played in three games since being called up last week, registering a combined zero points and a minus-1 rating against the Canadiens and two contests vs. the Red Wings.

Caron, 20, has seven points (3 G, 4 A) in 23 games for the Bruins this season. He spent the last three contests playing on a line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton. Winger Daniel Paille‘s four-game suspension is up, allowing for him to return to the Bruins lineup Tuesday against the Maple Leafs.

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Bruins assign Zach Hamill to Providence 02.13.11 at 3:49 pm ET
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The Bruins announced following Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Red Wings that they have assigned center Zach Hamill to Providence. Hamill played in three games since being recalled last week, picking up an assist on a Michael Ryder goal in Wednesday’s 8-6 victory over the Canadiens.

Hamill did not play for the B’s on Sunday. He was a healthy scratch in favor of rookie center Tyler Seguin. The eighth overall pick in the 2007 NHL draft, Hamill has 28 points (3 G, 25 A) in 44 games for the team’s AHL affiliate this season.

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Bruins drop second straight to Red Wings 02.13.11 at 2:58 pm ET
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The Bruins dropped a 4-2 decision to the Red Wings on Sunday and have now lost back-to-back games in regulation for the first time since Dec. 15 and 16, when they dropped contests to the Sabres and Canadiens in succession.

Todd Bertuzzi had two goals for the second straight game against the Bruins, with Pavel Datsyuk and Kris Draper also beating Tim Thomas. Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand provided the scoring for the B’s.

Jimmy Howard, who played his college puck at Maine, improved his record to 28-10-3, giving him the most wins in the NHL. He made 23 saves on 25 shots.

Thomas on the other hand, saw his record fall to 26-7-6. Steven Kampfer, who grew up in Ann Arbor and played his college hockey at the University of Michigan, was a healthy scratch for the game.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

- The top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Nathan Horton had minimal impact on the game. That can’t happen down the stretch, and it certainly can’t happen in the playoffs. Krejci and Lucic had two shots apiece, which was more than could be said for Horton’s one. With Horton having no shots on goal Friday, he has just one over the last two games.

- Brad Marchand was second in the NHL with a plus-25 rating entering Friday’s game, but he’s been a minus-5 over the two contests since. After a minus-3 rating on Friday, he was on the ice for two of the four Detroit goals Sunday.

Marchand had a particularly costly turnover in the first period, as he sent a blind pass right to Bertuzzi in front of the net in the first period. Bertuzzi turned the play into his third goal against the B’s in two games, and second gift goal. He capitalized on blunder made by Tuukka Rask while playing the puck on Friday night.

- Tyler Seguin turned a very encouraging first game back from back-to-back healthy scratch into further proof as to why Claude Julien has been taking it easy with the rookie. After scoring the Bruins’ first goal by staring involved in the play in front and sending a rebound off a Blake Wheeler wraparound past Howard in the first period, he played a large role in the game-winning goal for the Red Wings. The second overall pick didn’t stick with Kris Draper, and the right winger scored the go-ahead goal in the second period off a saucer pass from Patrick Eaves.

- Tim Thomas has allowed 11 goals over his last seven periods. That might be a Hart-breaker for the Vezina shoo-in.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

- Lucic was fine after getting hit square on the front of his right skate with a shot from the point. Trainer Don DelNegro came to the ice to tend to him, and the 22-year-old winger left the ice slowly, but under his own power. He returned to the bench moments later.

- After going five straight games without a power play goal, the B’s have been able to convert with a man advantage in each of the last two games. Krejci had the Bruins’ lone power play tally on Friday, a night in which the B’s went 1-for-3, and Marchand scored on the first of three Bruins’ power plays on Sunday.

- Michael Ryder had his second multi-point performance in the last three contests. After scoring twice against the Canadiens on Wednesday, he had a pair of assists Sunday. The original scoring of Seguin’s goal gave Wheeler credit for the goal, with Seguin getting the lone assist, but upon correction, Wheeler and Ryder were each credited with a helper. Ryder made a beautiful pass to set up Marchand’s goal on the power play.

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Red Wings take lead in second period 02.13.11 at 2:06 pm ET
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The Bruuins relinquished the lead in the second period on Sunday, and will have to overcome a 3-2 defect to avoid a home and home sweep at the hands ot the Red Wings.

Pavel Datsyuk tied the game 3:54 into the period, sending it in following a Tim Thomas collision with Adam McQuaid in front of the net. McQuaid’s collision wouldn’t prove to be the only rookie blunder, as Tyler Seguin, who scored the Bruins’ first goal, gave a reminder as to why he had been a healthy scratch the last two games. He didn’t stick with his man in Kris Draper at the blue line, and with Draper coming into the zone unattended to, Patrick Eaves hit him with nice saucer pass in front of Tim Thomas.

The Bruins had only six shots on goal in the second period, and through two are being outshot, 29-15.

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Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand have Bruins leading Red Wings 02.13.11 at 1:16 pm ET
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The Bruins have a 2-1 lead after a period at Joe Louis Arena, which is a big step up after never leading in Friday’s 6-1 loss.

Tyler Seguin, playing for the first time in three games, got the Bruins on the board when he banged home a Jimmy Howard rebound off a Blake Wheeler wraparound at 1:29. The goal was credited to Wheeler, with Seguin getting the assist, but a review should clarify that it was Seguin’s goal. Should he rightfully be given credit, it will be his last three games.

UPDATE: The scoring was indeed changed to give Seguin the goal. Wheeler and Michael Ryder got assists.

Brad Marchand had an up and down first period for the Bruins. He made a blind pass in front of the Bruins’ net with only he and Todd Bertuzzi in the zone. Bertuzzi gained possession in front of Tim Thomas, took his time, and beat the B’s netminder for his third goal against Boston in two games.

Marchand would make up for his blunder, as he gave the B’s a 2-1 lead by scoring his 16th of the season off a beautiful pass from Ryder. The Wings will begin the second on the power play, as Ryder has 1:06 remaining on a roughing minor he took late in the period.

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Everything you need to know about the Bruins’ music change 02.12.11 at 4:10 pm ET
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Something has been different about the Garden the last week. Sure, there has been the fluctuation in energy from Wednesday nights’ thumping of the Canadiens and Friday’s no-show effort against the Red Wings, but that’s already been touched on.

The big difference can be seen before the puck is dropped, though come to think of it, it can’t be seen at all. People can hear the difference, and they’re asking questions.

What happened to “Whiskey In The Jar?”

Yes, the Bruins, who have skated out to Metallica’s cover of Thin Lizzy’s cover of the Dubliner’s interpretation of the Irish folk classic, no longer do so. The last two games, rather than Tim Thomas or Tuukka Rask leading the team out to the crunch of Metallica’s power chords, the B’s have skated out to Wiz Khalifa’s hip hop hit, “Black and Yellow.” Read the rest of this entry »

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