|Injured Lindy Ruff won’t coach Sabres Wednesday||02.08.12 at 12:48 pm ET|
BUFFALO — The Sabres’ will be without an important piece Wednesday night against the Bruins, and it isn’t anyone who shows up on the stat sheet.
Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff, who broke three ribs earlier this week in a collision with defenseman Jordan Leopold, will not be behind the bench when the teams meet Wednesday at First Niagara center. In place of Ruff, assistant coach James Patrick will call the shots from behind the Buffalo bench.
Bruins coach Claude Julien said the hit shows the potential danger that coaches face in practices, and said that coaches wearing helmets would be logical, though he wouldn’t want to wear one.
“I guess it just goes to show there is a risk in our job as well as those players have, especially in practice,” Julien said. “I’ve had a few collisions with players. It happens. That’s why you’ve got to be ready all the time. When you see it, you can brace yourself, but when you don’t, it can be a tough fall. We don’t have that much protection underneath that sweat suit, except for the extra weight we carry.”
The Sabres will also be without forward Thomas Vanek, who is dealing with an upper-body injury. Vanek participated in Wednesday’s morning skate, but Patrick said after the skate that Vanek would not play.
|Tuukka Rask to start for Bruins vs. Sabres||02.08.12 at 12:38 pm ET|
BUFFALO — Bruins coach Claude Julien doesn’t usually flat-out say which goaltender will start that night’s game, but he made an exception a day after declaring he would not answer any more questions about concussed forward Nathan Horton.
Julien revealed Wednesday night’s starting goaltender, saying that Tuukka Rask will be between the pipes for the B’s against the Sabres.
Rask is third in the NHL in both save percentage (.936) and goals-against average (1.88), but has not won any of his last three starts (0-2-1). His last victory came on Jan. 16 against the Panthers in Florida.
The team’s forward lines remained the same as they were in Tuesday’s practice, with David Krejci still on the third line between Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron.
|Providence Bruins to host 2013 AHL All-Star game||02.07.12 at 5:01 pm ET|
The Providence Bruins will host the 2013 AHL All-Star game, according to a source. The news is expected to be announced Wednesday.
Next year’s All-Star game will mark the first time the Dunkin’ Donuts Center has hosted the contest since 1995, when it was called the Providence Civic Center.
This year’s game was played last month at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The West All-Stars won, 8-7, in a shootout.
|Claude Julien ‘done talking’ about Nathan Horton’s condition||02.07.12 at 12:38 pm ET|
“Guys, protocol is protocol,” Julien said when asked about Horton. “When you see him on the ice with us, he’s moving in the right direction.”
Julien was then asked another question about how Horton feels since skating, and the coach went into detail as to why he’s staying quiet on the matter.
“Guys, I’m done talking about it,” Juien said. “I look at every team that has guys with concussions, and guys, you’ve got to give him a chance to let him go through the things. I can’t give you an update every day on this guy because it could be long, it could be short. When you see him on the ice with us, it’s going to be a really good sign, so we’ll leave it at that. I don’t have the answer, so I’m not going to give you an answer. We don’t know what concussions are all about. There’s forward steps, there’s backwards steps. I can’t just come out here every day and give you guys an update, because it doesn’t make sense.”
Horton was injured in the Bruins’ 6-5 shootout win over the Flyers on Jan. 22 on a hit from Philadelphia forward Tom Sestito. There was no discipline from the league on the play.
|Update: Bruins assign Zach Hamill to Providence||02.07.12 at 12:25 pm ET|
[UPDATE: 2:00 p.m.] WILMINGTON — The Bruins assigned forward Zach Hamill to Providence Tuesday, shortly after he cleared waivers. The B’s had placed Hamill, their 2007 first-round pick, on waivers Monday.
With Hamill not on the NHL roster, Jordan Caron will continue to be the team’s extra forward, though Caron will remain in the lineup with Nathan Horton still dealing with a concussion.
|Bruins prepare for Sabres||02.07.12 at 10:56 am ET|
WILMINGTON — After taking Monday off, the Bruins returned to practice Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena in anticipation of Wednesday’s contest against the Sabres.
“I gave him the day off,” the coach said after practice. “Nothing more than a simple day off. He’s had a lot of responsibilities at the All-Star game and didn’t get much time to himself, so I figured it was a good time to give him some rest.”
Forward Zach Hamill cleared waivers and was not on the ice.
The forward lines were the same as they were in Sunday’s win over the Capitals.
|Bruins get back to winning, defeat Capitals||02.05.12 at 3:11 pm ET|
The victories are piling up for Boston fans on Sunday, as the Bruins took a 4-1 victory over the Capitals to join the Celtics in the winner’s circle. Of course, there is one game left…
On a day on which Claude Julien shuffled some of the Bruins’ lines amidst the team’s struggles, it was Patrice Bergeron‘s line — which stayed intact — that produced big for Boston. Both Bergeron (two assists) and Brad Marchand (a goal and an assist) had two-point games for the Bruins, who broke a two-game losing streak.
Playing with Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley sent a pass through Dennis Wideman and onto the stick of Lucic in front, and Lucic finished the play with his 19th goal of the season at 10:45 in the first period. Marchand made it 2-0 late in the period with his 19th of the year. After a scoreless second period, Tyler Seguin took a nice feed from Marchand in front and buried his team-leading 20th goal of the season.
Tim Thomas‘ shutout bid was broken up with 7:56 remaining in the game by Marcus Johansson‘s 11th goal of the season. Peverley added an empty-netter for the B’s with 41 seconds remaining.
Thomas, who was playing on back-to-back days, made 33 saves in the victory. With the win, the reigning Vezina winner improved to 22-10-0 on the season.
With Kelly centering Peverley and Lucic, David Krejci played with Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron. Zach Hamill was scratched in favor in Caron, whom the Bruins recalled from Providence on Saturday.
The Bruins will face the Sabres in Buffalo on Wednesday.