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Bruins-Lightning Live Blog: Rich Peverley has two-goal night 10.08.11 at 7:03 pm ET
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Benoit Pouliot is making his Bruins debut as Tim Thomas and the B’s look for their first win of the season Saturday vs. the Bolts.

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Jordan Caron or Benoit Pouliot? Pt. 2 10.08.11 at 11:50 am ET
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Might there be a slight change made to the Bruins’ lineup Saturday?

Winger Jordan Caron stayed out on the ice a little longer than Benoit Pouliot in Saturday’s morning skate, taking some extra skating in what could be an indication that he may be the healthy scratch vs. the Lightning. There’s both a “could” and a “may” in that sentence just to illustrate how tough it is to tell.

If Caron does sit, Pouliot would make his Bruins debut. One would think that whichever of the two played the first game (Caron) would get a few games to prove himself, and it would be surprising to see changes made based on losing a one-goal game to a good team on a night in which the B’s had obvious distractions.

Said Claude Julien after the skate: “I don’t think I would make any changes based on the result of the game and the way it was played. I don’t think I would ever do that. I didn’t think we played well as a team, but that’s about where I’ll leave it.”

That’s pretty cryptic, but it may suggest that if Julien makes a change, it was one he had planned on doing anyway, perhaps as a way to give both Caron and Pouliot ice time in the first two games.

Caron himself says didn’t know until just before the ceremonies Thursday that he was playing vs. the Flyers. Skating on a line with Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin, Caron registered no shots on goal in 10:20 of ice time.

“It wasn’t my best game, but overall I thought it went pretty good,” he said Saturday. “We did some good stuff, and I did some good stuff defensively. I had a few chances offensively, Segs had a few good chances. It was an OK game overall.”

Even if Caron does play Thursday, one would imagine that with the third line being the only to carry an extra guy in practice, he and Pouliot are in a close competition for ice time. Considering Caron was in a similar situation last year entering the season with Daniel Paille, he doesn’t mind it.

“I think it’s good in a certain way,” Caron said. “It pushes you even harder. You can’t take a day off in practice. You always have to go 100 percent. I think it’s a good battle.”

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Bruins set to host Lightning 10.08.11 at 11:31 am ET
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Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was among those to take the option for Saturday’s optional morning skate. Though Claude Julien does not comment on such things, the two-time Vezina-winner is still expected to start when the B’s host the Lightning.

The Lightning will not have a morning skate on Saturday, as they played Friday night in Carolina, defeating the Hurricanes by a 5-1 score. That means no mind games from Guy Boucher this time.

Photos: Boston Bruins Opening Night 10.08.11 at 7:58 am ET
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In case you missed it, here are some photos that were captured by WEEI’s Michael Berger, as well as the Associated Press, from Opening Night at the TD Garden. Click on the photo below to launch a slide show from Opening Night.

Claude Julien knows it’s time to put champagne bottles down 10.07.11 at 2:02 pm ET
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Now, Claude Julien can simply get back to coaching his team and getting them ready for a regular season Saturday night game in October.

He – and every Bruins player – admitted following Thursday night’s 2-1 loss to the Flyers that the season-opener was anything but regular or ordinary.

Now, with Steven Stamkos and the Lightning coming to town for a battle Saturday at TD Garden, it’s time to treat the game like 1-of-82.

“We’€™re basically all looking forward to it,” Julien said. “As you know, if you go to a party and you stay until four or for two, three days, after a while, you get tired of it, right? The bottles of champagne are empty, so it’€™s time to go home. I think that’€™s how we feel right now. We’€™ve had a great time with it this summer, we’€™ve had some great experiences, but right now, we basically would like to re-do this, and we know there’€™s a lot of work and a lot of things that have to come into play before that happens. We need to turn the page.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Claude Giroux and the Flyers took the banner as a ‘slap in the face’ 10.07.11 at 2:08 am ET
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Claude Giroux is one of the holdovers from the Flyers team that was dispatched by the Bruins and then dismantled in the summer. These Flyers who traded captain Mike Richards and Jeff Carter have been remade. But Giroux was on that team last spring and he remembered how it felt last May when the Bruins sent them packing.

He also watched as the Bruins used that four-game sweep as a springboard to the Stanley Cup title they celebrated Thursday night with a banner-raising ceremony.

“Coming to a game here, especially the first game of the season when they are raising the banner, it’€™s a slap in the face and its motivation for a little payback even though it’€™s the first game of the season,” Giroux said. “It’€™s good for our ego and everybody was ready to go tonight.”

Giroux put his money where he mouth was by scoring a power play goal with less than two minutes left in the first. That was followed a minute late by a goal from Jakub Voracek. On Giroux’s goal it was another newcomer who played a big role – Jaromir Jagr – who fed a speeding Giroux down the slot.

“Yeah I think that he saw that I had speed,” Giroux said. “I don’€™t really remember what happened, it happened so quick. I made the inside move and I was able to beat that defenseman and take it to the net.”

It’s just one game but the Bruins’ sweep in May netted a lot of change in Philly, including Ilya Bryzgalov, the new $30 million goalie for the Flyers. And for one night, it paid off for Philly.

“I mean everyone was pretty excited and nervous and it turned out great,” Giroux said. “Obviously Bryz had the key saves at the end to make sure we got that win.”

Those saves on Nathan Horton and David Krejci were just the kind of game-stoppers Bruins fans remember Tim Thomas making last spring en route to the Stanley Cup title.

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Inside the Locker Room: Opening Night 10.07.11 at 12:14 am ET
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Tim Thomas, Brad Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron react to the pregame ceremonies and the team’s opening night loss.

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