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Bruins hold optional skate 03.22.11 at 11:20 am ET
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After two days of high-energy practices, Claude Julien elected to make Tuesday’s morning skate optional. Just about everyone on the team agreed with this logic, as only Tuukka Rask and Daniel Paille took the ice.

Reading into things, this could mean that Paille might be the healthy scratch among the forwards. Brad Marchand is eligible to return vs. the Devils after a two-game suspension, while Tyler Seguin‘s recent play has made him hard to sit. The last two practices have featured both Marchand and Michael Ryder on the wing opposite Mark Recchi, so if Paille is the scratch, Marchand could be a candidate to reunite with the Merlot line.

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Brad Marchand calls out Matt Cooke, while Claude Julien takes subtle jab 03.21.11 at 12:48 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins’ dressing room seemed to be silent Monday when it came to discussing Matt Cooke‘s latest cheap shot. Shawn Thornton didn’t like the idea of commenting on it, while Johnny Boychuk claimed to have not seen the hit. Despite not everybody talking, Brad Marchand and even coach Claude Julien said enough to make it clear that Cooke’s act is not appreciated in these parts.

The Bruins, of course, have a direct tie to Cooke in that they are currently playing without Marc Savard, who has not been the same since Cooke blind-sided him last season.

“I think that it’s about time he gets — he’s got to be taught a lesson,” Marchand said. “He’s doing that stuff left, right, and center. I expect that he’ll probably get a bunch of games, but he’s got to be taught a lesson. You can’t be running around doing that stuff all the time. He’s going to seriously hurt someone again. Look at Savvy, and now McDonagh. He could have easily hurt him.

“It just seems to be part of his game. He likes to throw cheap shots around. I don’t know if he’ll learn. Hopefully he does. Hopefully he doesn’t hurt someone to the point where their career is over. You want to get that stuff out of the game, and hopefully he does learn his lesson.”

Marchand is coming off a two-game suspension of his own for a blindside elbow on Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger last week. As a first-time offender, Marchand and Julien hope that theta young forward’s lesson has been learned, but when asked about Marchand, Julien worked in a jab at Cooke.

“I think you need to trust your players to do the right things,” Julien said. “You have to trust your players that they’ve learned from those things and they don’t let it happen, although there are certain guys in the league that don’t seem to be learning.”

There was a light-hearted reaction to the Cooke reference, though when asked to comment further on the Penguins forward, Julien got serious and politely declined.

“No reaction, no comment,” Julien said. “I think right now I’ve got my hands full with trying to get our team back on track. This is an opportunity for me to let the league do their job.”

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Bruins prepare for Devils at 10:38 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins are practicing at Ristuccia Arena Monday for the second straight day, hoping to work towards improving their play of late. The lines looked the same Monday as they did Sunday, with the Patrice Bergeron line carrying the extra man.

Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand/Michael Ryder – Patrice Bergeron – Mark Recchi
Rich Peverley – Chris Kelly – Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton

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Claude Julien taking wait-and-see approach on Brad Marchand hit 03.16.11 at 6:18 pm ET
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Bruins coach Claude Julien doesn’t care to venture a guess on what the result of Brad Marchand’s phone hearing with the league Thursday morning. Julien told reporters Wednesday in Nashville that regardless of how the league rules on Marchand’s elbow to the head of R.J. Umberger Tuesday, he’ll respect the decision, especially given the attention placed on headshots in the general managers meetings.

“I don’t know how they’re going to call it, to start with,” Julien told reporters. “I think I’ll wait and hear what they have to say about the hit and how they’re going to interpret it. Then, with an explanation, maybe I’ll understand exactly where they’re going with it.

“Right now, I don’t think I can comment on much. There’s nothing to gain from a comment after everything that’s gone on there in the last three days and how they’ve addressed it and how they want to make it better. I’ve got to wait and see, and I’ve also got to be supportive of what they’re trying to do, and I am.”

Defenseman Adam McQuaid left the ice during practice, but the coach said it was because he told the blueliner to do so after collecting bruises of late.

“He seems to be getting in the way of other teams’ shots all the time, which is a good thing for us,” Julien said. “I think today would have just made it worse.”

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Video: Brad Marchand’s hit on R.J. Umberger at 9:59 am ET
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People aren’t too happy about Brad Marchand‘s hit on R.J. Umberger in the second period of Tuesday night’s 3-2 shootout win. Some are even wondering whether Marchand could face discipline despite not being called for a penalty. Take a look.

In the day and age of Rule 48, it’s no wonder such a hit is being scrutinized by fans. It falls right in line with the penalty, even if it wasn’t called:

48.1 Illegal Check to the Head – A lateral or blind side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact is not permitted.

“I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard he might have left his feet with an elbow,” Umberger said, according to Puck-Rakers. “That’s what it felt like. … You’ve got to think that’s one of the hits we are trying to eliminate, whether it’s inadvertent or not.”

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Brad Marchand calls out Canadiens 03.08.11 at 2:09 pm ET
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Hours before Tuesday’s game against the Canadiens was set to begin, Bruins forward Brad Marchand apparently wanted to get the first shot in.

Marchand, who has never been afraid to put things frankly, shared some interesting thoughts on the Habs Tuesday morning.

“They like to get in and shoot their mouths off and then when you hit them they’ll dive down and fall easy,” Marchand told a group that included CTV’s Arpon Basu.

“They get a lot of shots behind the play, and then they play it off like when we run them they didn’t do anything to deserve it.”

The rivalry has provided no shortage of fireworks this season, as the two teams combined for 187 minutes on Feb. 9, with many of those minutes coming from a scrap caused by a late Marchand hit on James Wisniewski after the whistle upon the Habs’ defenseman touching up on an icing call.

Marchand was also the recipient of a huge hit from P.K. Subban on Dec. 16 that caused him to miss a few games with what the team described as “soreness.”

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Bruins, Lightning scoreless after one 03.03.11 at 7:42 pm ET
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The Bruins and Lightning are as close as it gets in the standings. It seems that has translated to Thursday’s game, as the two teams are scoreless after a period of play at the Garden.

The Lightning outshot the Bruins, 10-8, in the period. After an ill-advised maneuver by Tim Thomas behind his net early on, he had to rush back to make a kick-save on Teddy Purcell. Thomas later robbed Mattias Ritola in front with just over 12 minutes left in the period, but the Milan Lucic went to the box afterwards for a clear-as-day cross-check.

Simon Gagne had a great opportunity on the power play, but went the puck across the crease. With 25 seconds remaining on the penalty, Steven Stamos beat Thomas with a wrist-shot but clanked it off the post.

Adam Hall drew the Lightning’s only penalty, going off for hooking David Krejci at 10:47. The Bruins are now 1-for-14 on the power play since Tomas Kaberle entered the fold, though they’re getting their chances.

Brad Marchand led the B’s with two shots in the period. Lightning goalie Mike Smith made a big stop on Patrice Bergeron on perhaps the Bruins’ best scoring opportunity thus far.

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