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Derick Brassard says Brad Marchand could have ended his season with slew-foot 01.15.15 at 10:49 pm ET
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Rangers center Derick Brassard said after Thursday’€™s game against the Bruins that Brad Marchand slew-footed him during a Rangers power play in the second period.

Marchand and Brassard were chasing a puck into the corner when it appeared that Marchand kicked Brassard in the right leg. No penalty was called on the play.

“Well yeah [I felt it was dirty],” Brassard said. “You go in the corner with him and you go shoulder-to-shoulder, but he brings his leg in the back. I felt I got a slew-foot there. Like I said, I don’€™t want to find any excuses about it or I don’€™t want to be a crybaby or anything, but it could be dangerous and it could have been a game-changer. It could have been a 5-on-3 and we probably could have been back in the game, but the referee said it was a clean hit, I guess.”

Brassard stayed in the game, but he said he considered himself fortunate to do so given how dangerous slew-footing can be.

“The way I fell on the ice, maybe I could have missed the rest of the season if I’€™d have hurt my knee there,’€ he said. “I’€™m lucky enough there. Marchand’€™s a pretty good player. He’€™s feisty, he competes hard, but those kind of things we don’€™t want in our game.”

Marchand was fined $2,500 for a slew-foot on Matt Niskanen back in December of 2011. He’€™s also been outspoken against such plays, as he called out Hurricanes left wing Jeff Skinner back during the lockout-shortened 2013 season.

“Skinner slew-foots all the time,” Marchand said back on Jan. 29, 2013, a day after Patrice Bergeron went after Skinner. “€œHe’€™s always doing that to guys and I think Bergy just had enough of it. We even spoke about it before the game in the room. The guys were talking about how much he slew foots and you’€™ve got to watch out for him. You can see it’€™s very blatant. He kicks his legs out and throws him back.

“I remember I got a fine for that last year. It’€™s not a good play, it’€™s frowned upon and if you continue to do that to guys, you’€™re going to get it. Bergy just had enough, and it was good for Bergy to stand up for himself like that.”

Marchand was not made available for comment after Thursday’€™s game.

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Bruins prepare for surging Rangers at 12:00 pm ET
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After missing Wenesday’€™s practice, Brad Marchand took part in Thursday’€™s morning skate as the Bruins prepared to host the Rangers.

The left wing was back in his usual spot with Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith, while rookie David Pastrnak remained on Boston’€™s top line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic.

Thursday will be Pastrnak’s ninth NHL game, meaning it could be his last if the Bruins opt against burning the first year of his entry level contract. That would be silly, of course, but the Bruins have yet to announce their intentions to keep the offensively gifted 18-year-old.

Based on morning skate, Boston’€™s lineup for Thursday night is as follows:




The Bruins, riding a season-best four-game winning streak, will face a red-hot Rangers team. Though the Rangers coming off a 3-0 loss to the Eastern Conference-leading Islanders, they have won 13 of their last 15 games and, with 52 points on the season, have as many points as the Bruins do with four games in hand. The B’€™s and Rangers both possess wild card spots in the Eastern Conference entering Thursday night’€™s game.

The Rangers will start backup goaltender Cam Talbot. The 27-year-old made 12 saves Tuesday night against the Islanders in a scoreless third period after entering in relief of Henrik Lundqvist.

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Brad Marchand misses Wednesday’s practice 01.14.15 at 11:51 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Brad Marchand did not participate in Wednesday’€™s practice as the Bruins prepared for Thursday’€™s contest against the Rangers. Claude Julien said following the skate that the veteran left wing had taken a maintenance day.

Marchand played his regular shifts in Tuesday’€™s win over the Lightning and spoke to the media following the game, an indication that there were no serious injury concerns. Daniel Paille practiced Wednesday in his place on Patrice Bergeron‘€™s lines.

Boston’€™s lines in Wednesday’€™s practice were as follows:


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Torey Krug, Brad Marchand get in dustup during Bruins practice 01.06.15 at 1:19 pm ET
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Torey Krug and Brad Marchand got into a tussle during battle drills in Tuesday’€™s practice. The two had to be separated after some netront battling escalated. Shortly after, the two led the team’€™s stretch together.

The dustup was the second the Bruins have had during a practice this season, as Claude Julien had to separate Tuukka Rask and Carl Soderberg on Nov. 24 during a morning skate.

“€œI don’€™t think it’€™s a big issue,”€ Julien said of Tuesday’€™s fracas.

Marchand and Krug both said they were fine with each other after the practice, with Marchand saying it was a result of him telling Krug’€™s “brother’€™s fiance’s friend” that he was taller than Krug. So there’€™s that.

“€œIt shows emotion, and right now that’€™s one thing we need, is to show a little more emotion,” Marchand said. “€œThat’€™s what we need. Obviously you don’€™t want to be going at each other in practice, but sometimes things happen and hopefully that all carries over into the game.”

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Bruins beat Coyotes to snap losing streak 12.06.14 at 10:36 pm ET
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The Bruins concluded their four-game West Coast road trip with 5-2 win over the Coyotes Saturday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Leading the way offensively for Boston was Brad Marchand, whose two goal effort increased his team-leading goal total to eight. The Bruins also received goals from Kevan Miller, Simon Gagne and Loui Eriksson. The goal from Eriksson was his first since Nov. 6 and Boston’s first power play tally since Nov. 13.

Claude Julien tweaked his lineup for the game, putting Seth Griffith and Joe Morrow back in and scratching David Pastrnak and Matt Bartkowski.

The B’s will next play Thursday, when they host the Blackhawks at TD Garden.

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5 things we learned as Bruins got blown out by Sharks for third straight loss 12.05.14 at 1:05 am ET
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The Bruins were desperately in search of goals and they found them. So did the Sharks.

Then the Sharks found some more. And some more.

In finally putting up something of an offensive effort, the Bruins got crushed in a mess of a pond hockey game Thursday night. Their four goals were a minor detail in a game marked by hanging Tuukka Rask out to dry in a 7-4 loss (box). Rask had never allowed seven goals in an NHL game before Thursday night.

The Bruins have now gone 0-3-0 in the first three games of their four-game West Coast trip. They’ll wrap it up Saturday against the Coyotes.

Here are four more things we learned Thursday night:


It all began in the second period. After a strong first, the B’€™s were blown out of the water in the second by the Sharks, who put four pucks past Rask.

They scored after long stays in the offensive zone, scored on the power play (twice) and scored off the rush. San Jose outshot Boston, 24-7, in the second.

The period was a reflection of some pretty shoddy work by the B’€™s in both the neutral zone and their own zone. While they would gladly take a period in which they scored two goals given their offensive woes of late, the second period showed that pond hockey doesn’€™t suit the B’€™s well.

Through the first two periods alone, the Bruins gave up 61 shot attempts, which, as Nick Goss from NESN noted, was more than they’€™d allowed in a game all season.


It wasn’€™t just that Smith didn’€™t have any goals in his previous 10 games entering Thursday; he didn’€™t have any points. That changed 29 seconds into the game, as he finished off a play courtesy of slick passing from Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. He would add a second goal shortly after a Sharks power play goal in the second period.

Speaking of Marchand and Bergeron, Smith was reunited with his longtime linemates Thursday after seeing David Pastrnak skate in his place the previous three games. Smith was put back on the line late in the second period Tuesday against the Kings and stuck there through the game Thursday.

With Smith back with Bergeron, Pastrnak was moved down to play with Chris Kelly and Matt Fraser. Seth Griffith was scratched for the third straight game. The lines were as follows:

Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Lucic – Soderberg – Eriksson
Fraser – Kelly – Pastrnak
Paille – Campbell – Gagne


Dating back to some early-season shootout woes last season, in four-on-four play — particularly in overtime — Claude Julien has opted against skating two forwards and two defensemen and instead deployed a full forward line and one blueliner. That backfired Thursday night.

With Marchand and Tommy Wingels going off for matching roughing minors and the Bruins trailing by a goal, Julien sent Carl Soderberg’€™s line and Dougie Hamilton out. Joe Pavelski skated the puck around Hamilton and was going stride-for-stride to the net with Hamilton when Lucic, trying to break up the play, accidentally kicked the puck into the net as he tried to make a hard stop.

Given that there was less than 10 minutes to play in a one-goal game, there’s no issue here with Julien’€™s strategy as he looked for the equalizer. It just didn’€™t work.


Daniel Paille is known for being good at a lot of things and not-so-good at finishing. That doesn’€™t mean he can’€™t play a major part in a highlight reel goal.

Shortly after Smith had gotten the Bruins on the board early in the first period, Paille skated the puck through the neutral zone. With two men to beat as he went to the net, Paille spun around on his backhand and wheeled back forward to send a pass on his forehand to an oncoming Gregory Campbell, who promptly fired the puck into the net for his third goal of the season. Two of those goals have come against the Sharks.

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5 things we learned as Bruins fall to Ducks 12.02.14 at 12:33 am ET
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A loss is a loss, but all things considered, Monday night could have gone much worse for the Bruins.

Playing one of the NHL‘€™s biggest and best teams in the first game of a four-game western swing, the Bruins held their own against the Ducks with an especially strong first period, solid special teams work throughout and even a big night from the embattled Gregory Campbell line.

After falling behind, 3-1, five minutes into the third period the B’€™s pushed back hard with Simon Gagne’€™s second goal of the season, but were unable to find the equalizer en route to a 3-2 regulation loss.

The lack of points from the performance should undoubtedly leave the Bruins with a bad taste in their mouths, but Monday’s game showed that, without Zdeno Chara and David Krejci, the B’s can still measure up pretty well against one of the league’s top teams.

The Bruins will play the second leg of perhaps their toughest back-to-back of the season when they face the Kings Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

Tuukka Rask made 25 saves on 28 shots faced. The loss was Boston’€™s third in the last four games (1-2-1).

Here are four more things we learned Monday:


David Pastrnak stayed on Patrice Bergeron‘€™s line and got power play time in his third NHL game. With it came his first career point, as his power play unit stayed in the offensive zone at the expiration of an Andrew Cogliano penalty and a Pastrnak threw a puck on net that yielded a rebound that Brad Marchand converted into the first goal of the game.

Zach Trotman got the secondary assist on the goal, as he manned the other point of the power play unit with Torey Krug.

Pastrnak had one shot on goal Monday, a far cry from his team-leading seven on Friday against the Jets.


Matt Bartkowski has had plenty of reason to be frustrated when pucks have gone past him and in this season, but on Monday the frustration wasn’€™t with himself.

Devante Smith-Pelly held Bartkowski’€™s stick in front of Rask during a Ducks possession late in the second period. Despite Bartkowski signaling to the official that he couldn’€™t make a play, the obstruction went uncalled as Cam Fowler fired a shot that would go off Smith-Pelly and in.

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