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Sounds of the game… Bruins 4, Hurricanes 2 12.20.08 at 3:37 pm ET
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While the Bruins were busy racking up their 13th straight home win, much of the focus afterward was for the well-being of Patrice Bergeron. His serious concussion last year had people wondering for not only his professional career but his long-term health. Then in the second period, he went to the ice after taking a hit int he neutral zone and was motionless while trainers tended to him. He eventually left the ice alert but was being evaluated after the game. As for the game itself, Marc Savard, Shawn Thornton, David Krejci and Stephane Yelle (empty net) all scored to lead the Bruins to the victory. They don’t play at home again until Jan. 1 against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Claude Julien on the status of Patrice Bergeron.

Julien said the Hurricanes gave the Bruins a stiff test.

Manny Fernandez said the Bruins seem to be getting the breaks on their current run.

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Sounds of the game… Bruins 8, Maple Leafs 5 12.19.08 at 9:30 am ET
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The Bruins have shown they can win under all types of circumstances this season. Defensive struggles. Hard-hitting games and Thursday night, they showed they can win games that start out as blowouts and turn into shootouts. The Bruins led 5-1 after just 4 1/2 minutes into the second period when the pesky Toronto Maple Leafs collectively said, ‘Not so fast.’ After all was said and done, eight goals had been scored in the second period alone, with Phil Kessel collecting two. But the star of the game was David Krejci, netting his first career hat trick, including a goal in the third period that sealed the deal. The Bruins extended their home winning streak to 12 games, their longest since 1976 and the fifth-longest in team history.

David Krejci on his hat trick.

Krejci said the team is rolling all four lines well right now.

Coach Claude Julien on his 22-year-old star Krejci.

Julien said the game was a classic case of bend but don’t break.

Julien on Tim Thomas being pulled after two periods with the lead.

Michael Ryder said there’s no doubt the Bruins need to be better on defense.

Ryder on the team’s 4-for-6 perfomance on the power play.

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A first taste… 12.14.08 at 10:24 am ET
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Martins Karsums made his NHL debut on Saturday night, playing with Vladimir Sobotka and Shawn Thornton on the Bruins fourth line. He was Boston’s second round pick in 2004. In the Juniors, he was a star for the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL (see the highlight clips below).

The 22-year-old right wing played eight minutes, 52 seconds, 10 shifts while blocking a shot and doling out two hits. But he did enough to impress coach Claude Julien on Saturday before being sent back down to Providence after the game.

“I thought he was good tonight. To me, he almost had a couple of goals there. He had two real good chances to score,” Julien said.

Julien was asked if the team was sending him back down immediately.

“Have they announced that yet? Whether we’re going to keep him or not? Well, he’s going back. That’s the official announcement from the coach,” Julien said.

But don’t be surprised if Karsums get another chance in the not-too-distant future.

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Sounds of the game… Bruins 4, Thrashers 2 12.14.08 at 9:38 am ET
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The Bruins made it 11 straight home wins with a 4-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night at the Garden. The Bruins roll into four straight off days as the club with the second-highest point total in the NHL. Only San Jose, with a remarkable 24-3-2 record and 50 points, can boast a better mark than Boston’s 21-5-4 mark. With Phil Kessel collecting his 19th goal and Michael Ryder scoring twice, David Krejci continues to fly under the radar of some. But he won’t for long if he continues to pile up the points like he did on Saturday. Three more assists give him a team-leading 21 helpers.

David Krejci is enjoying the roll the team is on right now.

Michael Ryder appreciated the support from another electric crowd at the Garden Saturday night.

Phil Kessel on his scoring streak, which reached 15 games on Saturday night.

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Chara to the rescue… 12.13.08 at 8:58 pm ET
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One thing a captain does is stand up for his teammates, under any and all circumstances. When Boris Valabik tried to intimidate Phil Kessel in front of the Thrashers net in the second period Saturday night, Zdeno Chara came in like a raging bull and made sure that his countryman knew that wasn’t acceptable.

“It’s the number one thing to be playing as a team and stick up for each other,” Chara explained. “That’s one of the main things on this team, to stick up for each other.”

Kessel certainly appreciated it.

“I just think it says a lot about him, coming to my defense like that,” Kessel said. “He’s a great captain, a great guy and shows what type of team guy he really is.”

Chara may have taken 17 minutes in penalties, but coach Claude Julien didn’t just give Chara a pass, he applauded the message he delivered.

“It was the right thing to do. It was for the right reasons,” Julien said.

“That was good by Z,” added David Krejci, who aided the Bruins cause with three assists on the night. “I was actually pretty surprised because Valabik, I’m pretty sure they know each other from Slovakia. It was nice to see Z stick up for Phil.”

That’s what happens when your team is 21-5-4, winners of 11 straight on home ice.

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Bruins 4, Thrashers 2, Final 12.13.08 at 5:26 pm ET
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Best battle of the night with 3:46 left in the third when 6’9″ Zdeno Chara went up against Atlanta’s Boris Valabik, who stands 6’7″, with Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting roaring over the loudspeakers. Valabik grew up in Chara’s homeland of Slovakia, styling his game after Chara.

Fighting was alright for Chara Saturday night.

Fighting was alright for Chara Saturday night.

Full disclosure, neither pugilist landed any significant blows.

But Dennis Wideman did when he connected for his second power play goal of the night, beating Johan Hedberg at 18:16 of the second period.

Phil Kessel collected his own rebound on a power play shot on Atlanta’s Johan Hedberg. The Thrashers goalie stopped the first but not the second at 6:00 of the first as Kessel lit the lamp for the 19th time this season.

Taking aim on the NHL.

Taking aim on the NHL.

Not only does that figure far and away lead the team, it already matches his career best set last season and extends his point streak to 15 games.

Michael Ryder added his ninth of the season at 13:43 even strength, a weak backhand that was mishandled by Hedberg.

The Bruins had a golden chance to break open the game but Hedberg came up big on a five-on-three Boston power play for one minute, 37 seconds.

The Thrashers turned that momentum into a goal when Nathan Oystrick fired a slap shot from the left point through a mass of bodies infront of Manny Fernandez, cutting Boston’s lead in half.

Some notes at the end of one…

The Bruins are 9-2-1 when they lead after one this season.

The Thrashers are 1-10-1 when they trail after one.

The Bruins have outscored their opponents 66-37 in the second and third periods this season.

Martins Karsums is playing his first NHL game tonight and is on the fourth line with Vladimir Sobotka and Shawn Thornton.

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Warding off worry… B’s blue liner returns 12.09.08 at 3:08 pm ET
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While he didn’t take part in any contact drills on Tuesday, Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward felt good about returning to the ice after a left leg injury that has forced him to miss the last three games.

“That’s the approach now,” Ward said before joining the team on its sojourn to Washington for Wednesday’s game against the Capitals. “Only have taken seven days off, I can’t have lost a whole lot. To touch a puck and to play around with it rather than sit out three weeks and miss it, that’s why I’m taking the road trip, hopefully start skating a little bit more aggressively and hopefully go from there. But there doesn’t seem to be much of a need right now. I can take my time.

“It’s just the pace of the game, getting your head up and playing with the puck, especially this team, so much more demanded from a defenseman in terms of putting the puck in the right place and reading the play and understand where you’re supposed to be. That’s the essential part of it all,” he said.

While Ward is having fun watching the team continue to roll along, there is some tension knowing that other younger players are coming up and could make an even better impression.

“It’s a double-edged sword,” Ward said. “You don’t want to be supplanted from where you feel where you might add to the team.”

One of those younger players is Vladimir Sobotka, who was recalled on an emergency basis following Monday’s game after Stephane Yelle collided with a linesman and suffered a minor rib injury.


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“I was on the first line in Providence, playing on the power play some,” Sobotka explained Tuesday. “Here I’ll be on the fourth line. I admit I’ll be a little nervous before the game (on Wednesday).”

As for Ward, he said he doesn’t expect to return on Wednesday.

If I were a wagering man, I’d say no. But again, (Wednesday) is another step in the recovery process,” Ward said.

The always artful Ward also made the following observation about Sean Avery’s pending punishment from the NFL for his untoward remarks about a former girlfriend and his brotherhood of NHL skaters.

“How happy Plaxico Burress is that Avery shot his mouth off and now no one knows who Plaxico is,” Ward said.

And props to Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog, who didn’t miss a beat responding, “Maybe in the hockey world, but I’m pretty sure the rest of the world (does).”

Don’t have to look very far for confirmation of that, Matt.

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