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Bruins lose their second in a row, get blanked by Panthers 12.08.11 at 9:29 pm ET
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The Bruins haven’t lost in regulation in a long, long time. Now, the Bruins have suffered back-to-back losses for the first time since the Canadiens swept them in a home-in-home at the end of October.

With less than three minutes to play in a scoreless game, a Shawn Matthias shot yielded a big Tim Thomas rebound for Tomas Kopecky to score the game-winning goal as the Panthers marched into TD Garden and defeated the B’s. Kris Versteeg scored an empty-netter with 41.9 seconds remaining to make it 2-0.

Playing in his 600th career game, Panthers goaltender Jose Theodore made 40 saves in the shutout win. With the loss, the Bruins have now fallen behind the Panthers in the standings and are currently third in the Eastern Conference.

The Bruins will next play Saturday when they travel to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets at 1:35 p.m.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

Daniel Paille took a hard hit into the boards from Krys Barch in the first period and did not return to the game. While Shawn Thornton immediately went after and fought Barch, it wasn’t a pretty scene as Paille woozily tried to get up and took quite a few seconds before he was on his feet.

With Paille out, Claude Julien went with a few different looks for his line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton. Barch, who received a charging minor on the play, would take another penalty in the second period when he went off for holding Andrew Ference.

– It was post city for the Bruins, as they struck iron five times through the first two periods. Adam McQuaid, Dennis Seidenberg, Patrice Bergeron, Joe Corvo and Brad Marchand all hit the post in the first 40 minutes, making it a much better night for Theodore. Another bid from the Bruins on the power play appeared to hit the top of the Florida netminder’s stick, so it’s safe to say the B’s didn’t have the best luck when it came to cashing in on opportunities Thursday night.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

– Aside from their two fights (Thornton vs. Barch and Johnny Boychuk vs. Jack Skille), the Bruins took only one penalty on the night. Brad Marchand went off in the second period for elbowing Tim Kennedy, but at full speed, it looked like a pretty soft call. Marchand was in the corner trying to jump around Kennedy to get to the puck in the Bruins’ zone, and it seemed that something may have caught Kennedy.

– The Bruins have now gone four straight games without allowing a power play goal. Including Thursday night’s penalty, the B’s have killed off 13 straight penalties this month.

– Thomas had to come up big to counter Theodore’s play down the other end, and he did until the final minutes. The Bruins’ netminder, who entered the night second in the NHL in save percentage, made 28 saves in regulation, including a point-blank stop on Versteeg with less than a minute to go in the first and what at the time was a potential game-saving stop on Jeff Skille with around four minutes remaining in regulation.

Peter Chiarelli expects Dougie Hamilton to push for a job in Boston next season 12.08.11 at 7:51 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli met with the media prior to Thursday night’s game and said that he expects defenseman Dougie Hamilton, whom the Bruins signed to an entry level deal that day, to seriously compete for a job in training camp next year.

“I do,” Chiarelli said. “Based on what I saw [in this season’s camp], and based on how I think he’€™ll develop, I think he will.

Hamilton has 11 goals and 31 assists for 42 points with the Niagara IceDogs in the OHL this season. If Providence’s season is still going on when Niagara’s season is over, Chiarelli said he would like to get Hamilton some time in the AHL on an amateur tryout agreement.

The B’s selected Hamilton with the ninth overall pick in June.

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Bruins-Panthers Live Blog: B’s look to start new streak 12.08.11 at 6:58 pm ET
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Bruins sign Dougie Hamilton to entry level deal 12.08.11 at 6:27 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Thursday that they have signed defenseman Dougie Hamilton to an entry-level contract.

Hamilton, who is currently playing for the Niagara IceDogs, has 11 goals and 30 assists for 41 points this season and was named Defenseman of the Month for October. The 18-year-old will remain in the OHL this season, but figures to make a push for an NHL job next training camp.

The Bruins chose Hamilton ninth overall in June’s draft, selecting him with a pick acquired in 2009’s trade with the Maple Leafs that sent Phil Kessel to Toronto. Hamilton was invited to Team Canada’ selection camp for the World Junior Championships.

Hamilton spoke to WEEI.com in October about the season he’s been having. Here‘s what he had to say.

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Brad Marchand on M&M: Seguin benching ‘a misunderstanding’ 12.08.11 at 12:54 pm ET
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Bruins forward Brad Marchand made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Thursday to discuss the Bruins 2-1 loss to the Jets Tuesday and Tyler Seguin‘s benching that night because of missing meetings. Marchand repeated Seguin’s explanation for his absence, saying that Seguin was confused because of the time change from Boston to Winnipeg.

“What kind of happened was, when we went to Winnipeg, the time changed back an hour and he didn’t know that, so he changed it back two hours by accident,” Marchand said. “It was a misunderstanding and stuff like that happens, especially when everyone is so tired and stuff.”

Seguin’s absence in Tuesday’s game was made more prominent by the fact that the Bruins struggled to score on Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec and Seguin currently leads the team in points with 25 (13 goals, 12 assists). Marchand said the team did not blame Seguin for the loss to the Jets, which ended the Bruins 15-game point streak that dated back to Oct. 29. He also said that Seguin had not, to his knowledge, been late to anything else this season, but tardiness had been a problem at times for Seguin last year. Still, Marchand said he will not use this benching as an opportunity to counsel Seguin on how to behave as an NHL player.

“I might make fun of him for it, but he understands,” Marchand said. “He knows that he’s our leading scorer right now and he’s a big part of the team and we need him on the ice. It’s a learning process. Everything that we go through is a learning process. He’s young and he has a lot to learn. He’s only 19 years old. The guys in this league have had a lot more time to groom themselves and to learn. Most of the guys on the team are 25, 26, 27, so he’s still got a lot of time to try to learn the ropes, but I think people kind of forget that sometimes.”

Following are more highlights of the conversation. To listen to the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page. Read the rest of this entry »

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Teammates defend Tyler Seguin, but they haven’t missed meetings 12.08.11 at 12:24 pm ET
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Are you ready for Tyler Seguin‘s apology for skipping a team meeting and being scratched as a result?

“I talked about it the other day,” Seguin said Thursday. “I’ve already kind of moved on and am getting ready for tonight’s game.”

That’s all Seguin would say on the matter, as the Bruins would not permit further questions about his actions in Winnipeg and the discipline he’s received. He will be in the lineup Thursday against the Panthers.

While Seguin was not allowed to elaborate on his confusing time zone mixup excuse, teammates did not shed light on the matter.

Jordan Caron, who was rooming with Seguin when the team arrived early Tuesday in Winnipeg, said that he simply thought Seguin was sleeping a few minutes later Tuesday morning.

“It was an accident. I got up real early and didn’t want to wake him up,” Caron said after Thursday’s morning skate. “I went to breakfast, and then the meeting started. We tried calling him a few times. It’s an accident. I don’t think it’s anybody’s fault. It happens.”

Caron noted that Seguin was indeed in the room, and that “he wasn’t out or anything.” The Bruins arrived in Winnipeg early Tuesday morning after playing in Pittsburgh Monday night.

“We came in really late. We went to bed at the same time and I woke up really early and went and got breakfast,” he said. “I didn’t want to wake him up first. It was an accident.”

The Bruins did not permit questions about the incident during Seguin’s media availability, with the second-year forward saying only the following: “I talked about it the other day. I’ve already kind of moved on and am getting ready for tonight’s game.”

Like Seguin, Nathan Horton was once a top-5 pick (third overall in 2003). Has he ever missed a meeting?

“I haven’t,” Horton said. “I’m too afraid to miss them, so I show up real early. Things do happen, and you just can’t let it happen I guess.”

Seguin received a talking to from Shawn Thornton Tuesday, but Horton said that more than one player talked to the youngster about it.

“I think a lot of guys have [spoken to him],” Horton said. “He obviously knows what he did wrong. It’s just, try to forget about it and move on, and try not to let it happen again.”

Dennis Seidenberg also said he has never missed a meeting in his career. He did, however, defend Seguin by echoing the youngster’s claim that he missed the meeting because he still had his phone on Boston time.

“He missed adapting to a time change, or changing the time on his cell phone,” Seidenberg said. “The wakeup call just didn’t go off, so that’s why he missed.”

It was then pointed out that, if the phone story is to believed, Seguin would have woken up an hour early.

“Oh yeah, that’s true,” Seidenberg said with a laugh.

Asked then whether he bought Seguin’s excuse, Seidenberg laughed and remarked, “I have no idea. I’ve got nothing.”

All kidding aside, Nathan Horton has never missed a meeting in his career. Dennis Seidenberg has never missed a meeting. Combined, that’s 17 seasons without a single meeting missed. Tyler Seguin has missed “more than a few” in one season and two months. Pun very intended:

That’s alarming.

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Tyler Seguin did not have attendance issues in OHL 12.07.11 at 3:22 pm ET
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As the people of Boston exchange one another’s definitions of “more than a few,” you have to wonder just how big a problem showing up on time is for Tyler Seguin, and how long it’s been a problem.

Seguin has a history of attendance issues, but according to his former coach, those issues don’t date back to his days of playing junior hockey.

Plymouth Whalers coach Mike Vellucci, who drafted Seguin and coached him for the majority the youngster’s two seasons in the OHL, told WEEI.com Wednesday that Seguin never had any problems with attendance in Plymouth.

The Bruins scratched Seguin Tuesday night in Winnipeg for skipping a team breakfast and meeting, with the 19-year-old saying he had an issue with his alarm clock. Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli both said that Seguin has had multiple such incidents since coming to the NHL.

This may simply be a case of a kid learning how to handle being a professional athlete, or it may be a case of a kid who’s still learning how to set an alarm clock on a cell phone. Whatever it is, Seguin should know by now that the team isn’t willing to let it slide anymore.

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