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Bruins deal Morris to Phoenix 03.03.10 at 10:53 am ET
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The Bruins confirmed late Wednesday morning they have traded defenseman Derek Morris to the Phoenix Coyotes for a conditional pick [reportedly fourth round] in 2011. The NHL trade deadline is at 3 p.m. ET.

The Bruins signed the 31-year-old Morris as a free agent before this season. He played in 58 games for the Bruins, scoring three goals and recording 22 assists with 26 penalty minutes.

He would be returning to Phoenix, where he played from 2003-09. He actually played 83 games in an 82-game season in 03-04 when he played the first 69 games with Colorado before a trade landed him in Phoenix for the final 14 games of the Coyotes’ season.

He would be heading to a team destined for the playoffs as Phoenix is fourth in the Western Conference with 79 points. Morris has appeared in the postseason just twice in his 12 NHL seasons, with Colorado in 2009 and last year with the New York Rangers.

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Chara: ‘We know we have to be better’ 03.02.10 at 10:45 pm ET
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For 40 minutes, it looked like Zdeno Chara and the Bruins had the Canadiens right where they wanted them.

They were playing solid defense, Tuukka Rask had turned away all 18 shots and run his shutout streak to 127 minutes, 15 seconds and they even converted a chance in front of the opposing goalie on the power play for a 1-0 lead.

All the Bruins had to do was keep it up for 20 more minutes and not only would they finally win at home, they would run their winning streak to five games and put some distance between themselves and the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

But as was the case before the break, the Bruins – especially on defense – picked a bad time to start skating backwards. And as a result – four unanswered Canadiens goals in the third – the Bruins had endured their 10th straight home loss.

“We know we have to be better, especially at home, especially at this time of year going into the end of the season and pushing to play in the playoffs. We know we need to be better. We have to take advantage of being at home, for sure,” Chara said.

Counting Thursday’s home match against Toronto before a seven-game road trip, the Bruins have just nine home games remaining.

“Those games we have left, we have to find a way. We have to make sure we win most of them,” Chara added.

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Second period summary: Bruins-Canadiens 03.02.10 at 8:40 pm ET
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The game settled into a back and forth with each team just missing on golden opportunities in close as the Bruins maintain their 1-0 lead after 40 minutes.

Mark Recchi came barreling down the right wing and was stuffed by Carey Price, who has recovered nicely after allowing a shaky goal in the first period.

Price also came up big late in the second when Marc Savard came down the slot and was able to get a point-blank shot off despite being hooked from behind by Maxim Lapierre. The Bruins had two power plays in the second period and did not look quite as sharp as they did in capitalizing in the first period.

The Bruins outshot the Habs, 10-8, in the period and trail 18-17 for the game.

Tuukka Rask finished the second with a shutout streak of 127 minutes, 15 seconds and hasn’t seen much rubber in the game so far. Fortunately he didn’t see a shot from Andrei Kostitsyn with 30 seconds remaining as Kostitsyn, wide open with an open net, couldn’t get his stick on a cross-slot pass.

The Bruins are 1-for-3 on the power play while Montreal is 0-for-1.

The Bruins are 20 minutes away from snapping a nine-game home losing streak, having lost every contest on their own ice since beating Philadelphia at Fenway Park on New Year’s Day.

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First period summary: Bruins-Canadiens 03.02.10 at 7:43 pm ET
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The first period of the first game back from the Olympic break for the Bruins featured solid goaltending, high energy skating and low-and-behold hard work in front of the net that paid off in a goal and a 1-0 Bruins lead after one.

With Montreal center Dominic Moore in the box for interference, Zdeno Chara let fly a shot from the high slot that caught Habs goalie Carey Price in the midsection. Price couldn’t control the rebound and Sturm fell over Price and one-handed the puck into the net behind Price.

Sturm leads the Bruins with 19 goals.

Tuukka Rask started in net and stopped all 10 Montreal shots on net, including a nice glove save on Roman Hamrlik midway through.

The Bruins had only seven shots on goal and ended the period on the penalty kill. Montreal will begin the second period with a 69-second power play after a slash on Vladimir Sobotka.

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Garden to show off Olympic wares 03.02.10 at 2:08 pm ET
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The Bruins will show off Patrice Bergeron’s Olympic gold medal and Team Canada jersey as well as Tim Thomas‘ Olympic silver medal and Team USA jersey to fans at TD Garden during tonight’s return game against the Canadiens.

At 6:40 p.m., Bergeron will bring the medals and jerseys to the Patrice’s Pals Suite (Suite 530) for children currently being treated at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

The children from Spaulding will be Bergeron’s Patrice’s Pals VIP guests for the game tonight. “Patrice’€™s Pals” is a program that Bergeron started in 2006, which gives sick and underprivileged children the opportunity to watch Bruins games from Bergeron’€™s private suite and meet with him after the game.

At 6:50 p.m., Bergeron will bring medals and jerseys to the Partners Room (Level 6) for a TD Garden Premium Club event, where they will remain through the first intermission.

Throughout the second intermission, all Bruins fans in attendance will have the chance to see the medals at the Comcast Zone on the TD Garden Concourse (Level 4, Section 7).

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Thomas: My game was never really lost 03.02.10 at 1:20 pm ET
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Tim Thomas, fresh from his Olympic silver medal-winning experience in Vancouver, chimed in on Tuesday at TD Garden about those who said he’s not having the Vezina-type season he had last year with the Bruins as Boston finished first in the Eastern Conference.

“I don’t think my game was ever really lost, contrary to what a lot of the media in Boston has liked to focus on,” he said. “The numbers aren’t exactly the same as last year but not every year goes exactly the same and not every goalie wins the Vezina every year.”

Thomas, who is expected to serve as the back-up to Tuukka Rask for the Bruins tonight against the Canadiens, is 13-15-7 this season with a 2.52 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.

“I feel good about where [I'm] at. I felt in a good enough spot where I could’ve helped stepped in for USA and done the job if I needed to. Ryan Miller was exceptional, I’m not saying that. I think it was the right move. I’ll just be ready when called upon here.”

Thomas also compared the crowd at Canada Place on Sunday for the Gold Medal game to those for playoff games between the Bruins and Canadiens.

“It was exciting but the emotions of the crowd went from elation when they got up 2-0, to very nervous and tense when we tied it up with 24 seconds left and then all through overtime it was pretty tense until [Sydney] Crosby got that goal and then there was elation again,” Thomas said Tuesday at the Bruins morning skate.

“We had a good portion of USA fans there, too. It was a great atmosphere but as far as just crowds go, still nothing has matched the Montreal-Boston games in the playoffs, even the Olympics.”

Thomas also chimed in about those who said he’s not having the Vezina-type season he had last year with the Bruins as Boston finished first in the Eastern Conference.

“I don’t think my game was ever really lost, contrary to what a lot of the media in Boston has liked to focus on. The numbers aren’t exactly the same as last year but not every year goes exactly the same and not every goalie wins the Vezina every year.

“I feel good about where [I'm] at. I felt in a good enough spot where I could’ve helped stepped in for USA and done the job if I needed to. Ryan Miller was exceptional, I’m not saying that. I think it was the right move. I’ll just be ready when called upon here.”

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Bergy: ‘A perfect way to end it’ 03.02.10 at 12:43 pm ET
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Patrice Bergeron arrived back in Boston Monday evening and had barely gotten his legs back when he addressed the media Tuesday morning at TD Garden.

The gold medal winner on Team Canada came back to rejoin his Bruins teammates but did not skate. He was nursing a sore groin that was tweaked in Canada’s 3-2 OT win on Sunday afternoon in Vancouver.

That hardly took away from the experience for Bergeron.

“It was awesome,” he beamed with a tired but very satisfied smile. “It was a great experience. It was a lot of fun and obviously winning that gold medal means even more and it was really a special moment.”

As for the medal, he was very careful to keep it in his possession as he made his way across the continent to Boston on Monday.

“It’s here right now. I wanted to show it the guys and to the trainers and all that so I brought it with me. At the airport, it was on me at all times. I didn’t want to lose it.”

For Bergeron, the experience of the last two weeks is finally starting to settle in.

“Today a little bit more. Yesterday and after the game on Sunday it was more of a surreal kind of experience and it was hard to kind of sink of everything in. Obviously, it was a great two weeks but just a perfect way to end it.

“It was unlike anything I’ve seen before. Obviously, it was amazing, as soon as we won, people in the streets went crazy. We could see on TV that everywhere across Canada was going wild. It was awesome. It was great to see all of that.”

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