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Pat Burns: ‘They’re trying to kill me before I’m dead’ 09.17.10 at 12:55 pm ET
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Former Bruins coach Pat Burns voiced his displeasure about a widely distributed report late Friday morning that indicated he had died. The 58-year-old Burns has waged a long battle with lung cancer but remains feisty.

Burns called Bob McKenzie of TSN after hearing the premature news of his demise. Said Burns: “Here we go again. They’re trying to kill me before I’m dead. I come to Quebec to spend some time with my family and they say I’m dead. I’m not dead, far [expletive] from it. They’ve had me dead since June. Tell them I’m alive. Set them straight.”

CTV in Ottawa had the original report and later retracted it, indicating: “We had erroneous information on Pat Burns. We have nothing to report about his medical condition at this time.”

Burns coached the Bruins for three seasons from 1997-2000 and for eight games of the 2001 season, making the playoffs twice in that span. He returned to the bench with the Devils and won the 2003 Stanley Cup.

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Report of ex-B’s coach Pat Burns’ death inaccurate 09.17.10 at 11:59 am ET
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UPDATE: Numerous outlets reported late Friday morning that former Bruins coach Pat Burns died at the age of 58 after a battle with lung cancer. CTV in Ottawa, which had the original report, has since retracted it, indicating: “We had erroneous information on Pat Burns. We have nothing to report about his medical condition at this time.”

Burns coached the Bruins for three seasons from 1997-2000 and for eight games of the 2001 season, making the playoffs twice in that span. He returned to the bench with the Devils and won the 2003 Stanley Cup.

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Training camp underway 09.17.10 at 10:14 am ET
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After a couple weeks of captain’s practices and three days of rookie skating in anticipation of Wednesday and Thursday’s victories over the Islanders youngsters, the Bruins officially open training camp on Friday morning at the Garden with fitness testing. Peter Chiarelli, Claude Julien, and the players will speak following the session, so keep it here for their comments and news as it comes.

The team has optional ice at 1:30 Friday, but that will be closed to the public and the media. For those interested in getting their first look at Nathan Horton in a Bruins uniform, camp will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.

Wednesday and Thursday will mark the team’s first two preseason games, when they play the Canadiens in Montreal and Panthers in Rochester. They have two home exhibitions, taking place on the 25th and 29th against the Panthers and Capitals, respectively.

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Video: Chiarelli and Murray 09.17.10 at 1:22 am ET
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Here’s the video of Peter Chiarelli and Rob Murray assessing the Bruins youngsters following the team’s 2-1 overtime victory over the Islanders in Thursday night’s rookie exhibition.

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Spooner wins it in OT 09.16.10 at 9:32 pm ET
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BOSTON — Ryan Spooner put one through the five-hole of Kevin Poulin with 38.5 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Bruins past the Islanders, 2-1, in front of 14,180 at the TD Garden on Thursday night. It was his second goal of the game. Check back here for postgame quotes and news.

Overtime for rookie game 09.16.10 at 9:23 pm ET
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BOSTON — The Bruins and Islanders were still knotted up at one goal apiece following three periods of play, so it will be a five-minute sudden death period of four-on-four, followed by a shootout if necessary. The Islanders have outshot the Bruins thus far, 33-29.

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Colborne’s nose not broken 09.16.10 at 8:45 pm ET
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BOSTON — While his teammates took to the ice against the Islanders on Thursday night, Joe Colborne took a view minutes to talk with media members on hand at the Bruins’ second rookie game, a contest he would have played in were it not for him getting cut up pretty badly in Wednesday’s game.

Colborne sported stitches both in and on his nose and the area around his mouth looked pretty swollen as he spoke, but he indicated that he did not have a broken nose, which what was initially assumed by the Bruins following the first rookie game. He had a CT scan performed and underwent a test to gauge whether he may have suffered a concussion, but said that nothing worrisome came from any of the tests.

It was a little over halfway through the third period when Colborne caught either a Justin DiBenedetto elbow or a Bruins stick to the nose in a well-crowded play, leaving a pool of blood by the Islanders’ blue line and an additional winding trail as he woozily skated off the ice.

Though he admitted to feeling a bit out of it following the play, the prognosis certainly wasn’t anywhere near as bad as it could have been, especially considering how heavily Colborne was bleeding following the play. Fans held their breath as Colborne eventually left the ice, the trickling blood unrelenting, and when he watched it himself, he could see why.

“I just saw the hit for the first time,” Colborne said. “After seeing that and how I got up, having no damage or anything, I feel pretty fortunate.”

“It’s hockey, it’s a rough game, and it will happen,” he added. “I wish wish I was out there right now, but hopefully I’ll meet up with that guy sooner or later.”

Colborne said that both of his parents were in attendance for the game. He didn’t want his mother to worry too much after seeing that play, and given that Colborne recently had a friend lose his legs in a car accident, the injury was put in perspective for the entire family.

“She wasn’t too happy, obviously, but it’s not the first time I’ve been cut,” Colborne said. “Worse things could have happened, I told her. It could have been a knee or a shoulder, or something like that.”

Though the stitches and swelling won’t win him a beauty contest, Colborne and the Bruins are right to appreciate that no damage was done either to cartilage or neurologically. The Bruins’ first-round choice in the 2008 draft, Colborne said he will wear a cage when he does return to the ice, which he figures will be Saturday.

With Colborne sitting out for the 2-1 overtime victory, he missed an opportunity to play under Providence coach Rob Murray for an eighth time. In addition to Wednesday’s contest, Colborne played six games for the AHL club. If he has anything to say about it, he will keep that number at seven by earning a big league spot. Either way, all parties involved are lucky that Colborne will be healthy enough to try to prove himself from the getgo.

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