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Islanders 3, Bruins 0 End 2nd 10.10.09 at 8:51 pm ET
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The Bruins went from mediocre to bad to really bad in nightmarish second period that saw them give up three goals while losing two key players.

Defenseman Dennis Wideman left the ice with three minutes remaining in the second period holding his left side. Wideman crashed into the boards while battling with Matt Moulson for a puck. Then two minutes later, Steve Begin left the ice limping after taking a shot to the foot. Begin returned to the bench for the start of the third but not Wideman.

Tuukka Rask looked as shaky in the second stanza as Tim Thomas did on Thursday night, and to be fair, in both cases neither netminder had much help.

The Bruins are not forechecking, they’re not skating consistently and odds are we’ll hear that from Julien in his post-game rant, which would be deserving if the Bruins don’t score 4-5 goals in the final 20 minutes.

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Bruins 0, Islanders 0, End 1st 10.10.09 at 7:53 pm ET
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The Bruins were outshot, if not outplayed, in the opening 20 minutes as the Islanders peppered Tuukka Rask with 16 shots while the B’s could only get off seven shots on Dwayne Roloson.

The Islanders were aided by a 5-on-3 for a minute, 38 seconds. But Rask, making his first start of the season, looked up to the challenge and didn’t allow many second chances.

The Bruins were 11-for-21 in face-offs for a 52 percent win rate.

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Rask gets the nod in net for B’s 10.10.09 at 7:32 pm ET
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Tuukka Rask starts tonight in goal for the Bruins as they play the New York Islanders in the fourth game of a five-game, season-opening homestand.

It’€™s Rask’€™s first start of the season while Tim Thomas gets the night off after allowing six goals in Thursday’€™s 6-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. The Islanders, who are playing just their third game of the season, counter with Dwayne Roloson.

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Turn up the volume: Julien gives it to his B’s 10.09.09 at 1:00 am ET
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Claude Julien won the Jack Adams Trophy for best NHL coach this past summer because last season he knew all the right buttons to push during a first-place regular season finish in the Eastern Conference. He may have pushed his first one this season when he pulled no punches following his team’s dismal 6-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night at TD Garden, dropping to 1-2 on a season-opening five-game homestand. He made it clear that he would put his fourth line out on the ice for every shift if it meant he would get maximum effort.

Julien made that comment because he believed, in watching his team allow six unanswered goals after an early 1-0 lead, that his fourth line was the only one that gave an honest effort.

Here’s a sample of what he and others inside the Bruins dressing room had to say.

Claude Julien said his team allowed the Ducks to take over the game on two power play goals in the second.

Julien said his team couldn’t sustain the first period momentum.

Julien said his fourth line was his only line on Thursday night – and that’s not a good thing.

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said Thursday night should be a lesson for the rest of the season.

Winger Shawn Thornton said the Bruins simply need to be more consistent.

Steve Begin said the Bruins didn’t show their character on Thursday.

Marc Savard on what happened to the Bruins.

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Turn up the volume: B’s ready from the start 10.04.09 at 12:23 am ET
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After laying an egg in their season opener against Washington, the Bruins knew they had to pick up the effort level on Saturday against Aaron Ward, Andrew Alberts and the Carolina Hurricanes, the same team that eliminated last spring in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

And there would be no slow start to this one, like on Thursday night when the Bruins fell down early and never really recovered.

The Bruins scored on four of their eight power play chances and routed Carolina, 7-2, before a pumped-up TD Garden crowd that was treated to nearly as many good brawls as goals. Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton added to the festivities with their bouts against the Canes.

Here’s what the combatants had to say, or at least some of the key players and coaches.

Head coach Claude Julien said the effort was there on Saturday night.

Julien said his team knew they had to pick up the energy level from Thursday.

Marc Savard said the Bruins had to keep things simple to get back on track.

Steve Begin said the Bruins found their groove on Saturday.

Carolina defenseman Andrew Alberts said the Canes knew the Bruins would come out angry.

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All eyes on Ovie 10.02.09 at 1:32 am ET
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Capitals center Brooks Laich is a lucky man. Not only did he score a pair of power-play goals on Thursday night to help spoil the season-opener for the Bruins in a 4-1 Capitals win at the Garden, he gets to play with one of the best players in the world in the best possible situation.

Laich is on the Washington power-play unit with Alex Ovechkin. And as everyone saw on Thursday night, while so many on the ice and in the stands paid attention to No. 8, Laich was left alone several times in front of a helpless Tim Thomas.

And give Laich credit for this ‘€” he admitted the biggest reason for his success was because all eyes were on Ovechkin, a superstar who had 56 goals and 54 assists last season.

“You’ve got four or five sets of eyes looking at Alex, so you’re able to slip in behind guys,” Laich said. “With Alex, you know the puck is going to come to the net, eventually somehow it’s going to come to the net. I know what my role is on the power play and it’s to go into the paint and go around the net and look for loose pucks, and we were able to score a couple like that tonight.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Turn up the volume: O-V burns the B’s 10.01.09 at 11:06 pm ET
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The fact that Alex Ovechkin scored two goals in the Capitals’ 4-1 win over the Bruins on Thursday night at TD Garden hardly comes as a shock.

The fact that the Bruins appeared to be outworked for most of the night in their own building, in the season opener and against one of their challengers for supremacy in the Eastern Conference should serve as a wake-up call right out of the 2009-10 gate.

The Bruins and Capitals both spoke after the season lid-lifter for both and here’s what it sounded like.

Bruins head coach Claude Julien said his best players played at their worst.

Julien said they gave Ovechkin way too many chances.

Julien said the Bruins weren’t focused for 60 minutes.

Tim Thomas said Ovechkin is so talented he gets lucky breaks.

Thomas said the Bruins were outworked.

Patrice Bergeron said the Bruins can’t give talented teams like the Caps those breaks.

Alex Ovechkin said his Capitals played great.

Ovechkin said the Capitals wanted to be the Bruins in their building.

Brooks Laich, with two goals, loves playing on the PP with Ovechkin.

Laich said the Caps scouted the Bruins penalty kill very well.

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