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Bruins hit break on a low note, fall to Capitals 01.24.12 at 9:32 pm ET
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Mathieu Perreault picked up his first career hat trick Tuesday night as the Capitals defeated the Bruins, 5-3, at the Verizon Center.

With Alexander Ovechkin out, the Capitals forward stole the show, beating Tuukka Rask three times to send the B’s to the All-Star break on a low note. Cody Eakin scored Washington’s first goal, while former Bruin Dennis Wideman sealed it with an empty-netter.

The B’s received goals from Rich Peverley, Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand in the loss. Seguin’s goal increased his team-leading total to 19 on the season.

The Bruins will now break for the All-Star game, in which Seguin, Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara will participate. Chara and Daniel Alfredsson will select the teams Thursday, with the game being played Sunday.


– Tuesday’s loss marked the third straight game in which the Bruins allowed three or more goals to their opponent. That’s the first time that has happened this season, as the B’s have been third in the league in goals against. The defense has been far sloppier than the Bruins have been used to, and Thomas and Rask were not at their sharpest in the last two outings.

– Speaking of Rask, the Finnish goaltender allowed more than three goals for just the second time this season, with the last occurrence coming when he allowed four goals to the Hurricanes on Oct. 18. Rask entered Tuesday leading the NHL with a .943 save percentage, but that number took a hit with his performance against the Capitals.

The Capitals’ first goal was rather flukey, as Rask had the puck in his blocker, and, upon moving, put it in his own net. He wasn’t positioned well enough to respect Perreault 41 seconds later, and his overcommitting to Alexander Semin made for an easy Washington goal.

– Perreault’s hat trick meant the Bruins allowed hat tricks to opposing players in back-to-back games, which is a rather rare sight. Scott Hartnell scored three goals in the second period for Philadelphia in the Bruins’ shootout victory Sunday.


Patrice Bergeron remained red-hot for the Bruins, as his assist on Peverley’s goal made for his 25th point in his last 25 games. The assist was his 15th in that span, and he has 10 goals since the start of December. Bergeron was taking Krejci’s place on the line with Peverley and Lucic after the first-line center left the bench in the first period.

– Steven Kampfer was credited with the lone assist on Seguin’s goal, giving the extra defenseman his second point of the season.

Nathan Horton likely has another concussion 01.23.12 at 11:06 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters Monday that forward Nathan Horton likely has a concussion and is considered day-to-day by the team.

Horton left Sunday’s win over the Flyers in the second period after he was hit in the head by Philadelphia forward Tom Sestito. The league did not discipline Sestito for the hit to the head.

Horton’s postseason was ended in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals last June when he was the victim of a blidnside hit from Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome. After struggling to begin this season, Horton admitted that he still wasn’t back to being his usual self after the concussion.

Tim Thomas issues statement on why he skipped White House 01.23.12 at 6:50 pm ET
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Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas issued the following statement Monday on why he chose not to attend the White House with his teammates:

“I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.

This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.

Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.

“This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT”

Tim Thomas skips White House based on political beliefs, will make statement via Facebook 01.23.12 at 3:05 pm ET
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Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was a notable absence at the White House Monday when President Obama honored the Stanley Cup Champions. According to the Boston Globe, Thomas chose not to attend based on political beliefs but will not be suspended by the team.

‘€œEverybody has their own opinions and political beliefs and he chose not to join us,” B’s president Cam Neely told ESPN Boston’s Joe McDonald.

Thomas, a known fan of conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, won both the Vezina and Conn Smyth last season, breaking the single-season record for save percentage and leading the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup victory in 39 years.

Thomas will address the situation on Facebook at 6 p.m.

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Andrew Ference suspended three games for hit on Ryan McDonagh 01.22.12 at 1:55 pm ET
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The NHL announced Sunday that Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference has been suspended three games for his hit on Ryan McDonagh Saturday.

Ference and McDonagh were both chasing a puck Ference had chipped behind Henrik Lundqvist’s net in overtime when Ference shoved the Rangers blueliner into the endboards.

The B’s defenseman, who had tied a career high with his fourth goal of the season earlier in the game, was given a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. The Bruins remained on the penalty kill until Marian Gaborik scored with 3.6 remaining to give the Rangers a 3-2 victory.

With Ference out, Steven Kampfer will be in the Bruins’ lineup Sunday in Philadelphia.

Ference’s suspension is the Bruins’ third of the season, which ties the Flames for most suspensions for a team this season. Milan Lucic (one game in December) and Brad Marchand (five games earlier this month) are the other two Bruins to b suspended this season.

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Andrew Ference hopes to avoid suspension after hit on Ryan McDonagh 01.21.12 at 4:46 pm ET
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Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference put the Bruins in a tight spot Saturday when his dangerous hit on Ryan McDonagh in overtime put the Rangers on the power play until Marian Gaborik won the game with 3.6 seconds remaining.

The play, which resulted in a five-minute charging major and a game misconduct, came when Callahan and Ference were racing for a puck behind the Rangers’ net.

“I’m obviously going as fast as I can to get to the puck, and when I realized I wasn’t going to get there first, he boxed me out,” Ference said. “I tried to lean back, but I was going too fast. Obviously it was a dangerous position. I tried to let up and didn’t let up fast enough.”

Ference might receive a call from NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan over the hit, and could become the third Bruin this season to be suspended after Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand.

“I honestly haven’t seen the replay, so I don’t know how it looks,” Ference said. “I just know the intent — I feel like I’m leaning back, but obviously didn’t slow up fast enough. It’s really their call.”

Coach Claude Julien defended Ference, but spoke as though he expected the defenseman to hear from the league.

“Andrew Ference is not a dirty player,” Julien said. “He’s one of those guys that certainly supports what the league is trying to do as far as minimizing those injuries. It was a player chasing the puck, and when he did get hit, his legs were pretty far apart. There wasn’t a very good balance from the player, and it certainly resulted in an unfortunate thing. We’ll let the league look at it. They dissect things their own way, and we’re just waiting to hear from them.”

The Bruins recalled defenseman Steven Kampfer from Providence after the game. He will travel with the team to Philadelphia and play in the event that Ference is suspended prior to Sunday’s game.

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Rangers beat Bruins late in overtime 01.21.12 at 3:43 pm ET
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Two brilliant saves weren’t enough for Tuukka Rask, as Marian Gaborik buried a third-chance bid with 3.6 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Rangers a 3-2 win over the Bruins Saturday at TD Garden.

The goal was Gaborik’s second of the day, and it came with the Rangers on the power play thanks to a bad charging penalty from Andrew Ference.

Ryan Callahan beat Rask with a wrist shot 1:31 into the second period, but a fight between Shawn Thornton and Mike Rupp seemed to wake up the B’s. Ference scored his fourth goal of the season to tie the game at 3:28, and the game stayed tied until Gaborik slapped an unsettled puck past Rask at 14:30. Adam McQuaid tied the game with 29 seconds left in the period, notching his second goal of the season.

Rask made 26 saves on 28 shots from the Rangers in regulation. Henrik Lundqvist picked up the win for New York.

The Bruins will return to action Sunday when they travel to Philadelphia to face the Flyers.


– Ference played a very good game in regulation, but he took a bad charging major and game misconduct with 3:10 remaining in overtime when he rammed Ryan McDonagh into the boards. That play gave the Rangers a man advantage until Gaborik won it.

– It wouldn’t be a game against the Rangers if a ton of shots weren’t blocked. New York blocked 22 of Boston’s shots, including a whopping seven from McDonagh.

– The B’s had three power plays in the first period, but only managed one shot on goal on the man advantage. The Rangers entered the day ranking third in penalty kill percentage, and their PK unit did a good job of preventing the Bruins from getting momentum in the first 20 minutes.

– The Bruins are getting into a bad habit of allowing goals in the “vulnerable minute” that follows a power play. Callahan jumped out of the box and scored the Rangers’ first goal following his penalty for tripping Chris Kelly. The B’s allowed a goal in a similar situation Monday against the Panthers.

Zdeno Chara went face-first into the boards when Brandon Prust shoved him into the boards 2:22 into the third period. Luckily for the B’s, Chara was alright and stayed on the ice for the power play as Prust went off for boarding, but it was a scary moment nonetheless.


– Ference followed Thursday’s game-tying goal with another big goal Saturday and has now scored goals in consecutive games for the second time this season. Ference scored on Nov. 19 against the Islanders and scored the Bruins’ lone goal on Nov. 20 in Montreal to give the team a 1-0 win over the Habs. Ference also had an assist on McQuaid’s goal.

Saturday’s goal was the fourth of the season for Ference, tying a career-high. The 32-year-old defenseman has had four campaigns in which he’s scored four goals, but he hasn’t done it since the 2005-06 season with the Flames. Four goals is the most Ference has scored as a member of the Bruins.

– Thornton’s fight with Rupp seemed to inject some life into the Bruins at a time when they needed it. The Rangers had taken a 1-0 lead just over a minute earlier, and Thornton held his own against the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Rupp. The B’s got on the board less than a minute later with Ference’s tally.

– The Bruins stayed disciplined against the Rangers through the first two periods. While Rich Peverley and Benoit Pouliot may have gotten away with a couple of questionable plays in the first two periods, the B’s never found themselves on the penalty kill. The one minor penalty that was called on the Bruins, a Joe Corvo trip, was negated by a Prust dive.

Unfortunately for the Bruins, the Rangers’ first two power plays came with less than 10 mites remaining in a tie game. David Krejci went off for tripping Brian Boyle at 10:46, and Kelly tripped Callahan at 15:29 . The Bruins were able to kill off both, and even got a great scoring chance when Peverley and Brad Marchand had a shorthanded 2-on-1 with Krejci in the box.

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