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Turn up the volume: ‘We deserved two points’ 11.13.09 at 12:58 am ET
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Last season, as the Bruins were on their way to 53 regular season wins and first place in the Eastern Conference heading into the playoffs, things couldn’t have been much better in the month of November. They went 11-1-1, racking up 23 of a possible 26 points in the month.

What a difference a year makes. This year the Bruins are 2-2-2 in six November games. Tim Thomas recorded his second straight shutout on Thursday night but it wasn’t good enough for a win. The Bruins were beaten in a shootout, 1-0, by a Florida Panthers team that was 5-9-1 coming in.

It was their third shutout loss and the eighth time they have scored fewer than two goals in a contest. Amazing they are even approaching .500 with an 8-8-2 mark.

How bad are things right now? They Bruins not only didn’t score in the 60 minutes of regulation, outshooting Florida 19-1 alone in the second period, they were held scoreless in the five-minute overtime. They failed to light the lamp in their first three shootout chances. And when Thomas gave them another chance by stopping the first three shootout attempts himself, he had reason or hope to think the Bruins would break through.

Not quite. After Blake Wheeler, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara missed in the first three rounds, Michael Ryder had his chance in the fourth and extra round. Not even an extended shootout could help the Bruins find the back of the net on this night.

Afterward, the Bruins talked about their hard work and frustration on a night that yielded just one point for the overtime loss.

Coach Claude Julien thought his team deserved better but they were outdone by Tomas Vokoun.

Julien said the B’s just have to find ways to score.

Zdeno Chara said the 19-1 shots advantage in the second period just didn’t pay off.

Chara said the Bruins worked incredibly hard on this night and it didn’t pan out.

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas simply looked at this game as a tie.

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton felt bad they couldn’t get the win for Thomas.

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Turn up the volume: Breaking points 11.11.09 at 10:18 am ET
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Just a few weeks earlier, Matt Hunwick’s backhander hits the crossbar instead of finding the space between the goalie’s shoulder and the top of the net.

A few weeks earlier Alex Goligoski’s third period weird angle shot off the end boards careens off the right post and angles itself into a net vacated by Tim Thomas.

And a few weeks earlier, instead of an empty net goal, Patrice Bergeron misfires on an oddly bouncing puck and Pittsburgh collects it and scores in the last 30 seconds on an empty net power play.

But all three of those breaks went for the Bruins and not against them on Tuesday night as they beat the defending Stanley Cup champs, 3-0, at TD Garden, giving the Bruins consecutive wins for the first time this season.

Here’s an audio sample from a happy/relieved Bruins dressing room.

Tim Thomas said back-to-back wins feels great finally.

Thomas said the Bruins’ defense has been solid in the last two weeks.

Thomas said the team is focused on a getting a winning rhythm.

Thomas said the B’s deserved some good luck on the puck that scooted across the goal.

Daniel Paille said it was great to contribute to the win with his first goal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Quick hits: B’s-Pens 11.10.09 at 9:31 pm ET
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Tim Thomas made 27 saves as the Bruins blanked the Penguins, 3-0, at TD Garden, winning consecutive games for the first time this season. It Thomas’ second shutout this season and 14th career.

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Matt Hunwick gathered a rebound of his own shot after sharply cutting to the net from the right point to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead early in the second period.

The goal was Hunwick’s fourth of the season, but just his first point in seven games.  Fellow defender Dennis Wideman picked up his first point in over a month, assisting on the goal.

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Mark Recchi earned his 900th career assist, sending Daniel Paille in on a breakaway 3:34 into the third period. Paille gave Boston a 2-0 advantage, beating Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stick side for his first goal and first point of the season.

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David Krejci returned to the lineup after missing two games with the H1NI virus (swine flu).  Krejci took his usual spot centering a line with Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder on the wings.

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The defending Stanley Cup champs look like they are ready to get home. After opening the season with seven straight road wins, Pittsburgh suffered a 5-2 loss in LA last Thursday and a 5-0 drubbing by San Jose Saturday. The Pens, who are skating without Evgeni Malkin, Maxime Talbot, and Sergei Gonchar, finished the first period with two shots, a season low for a Bruins opponent.

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Penguins forward Chris Bourque, the 23-year-old son of Bruins legend Ray Bourque, is skating at the TD Garden for first time in a regular season NHL game. The third-year NHL forward has generated just one assist in nine games in his first season with Pittsburgh. He has played NHL preseason contests in Boston before.

Star of the Game – Still looking for players to step up offensively, Matt Hunwick launched an impromptu offensive attack in the second period. Bolting from the right point with little hesitation, Hunwick got the Bruins offense in gear.

Turning Point – The Penguins has started to gather momentum and appeared poised to tie contest when Marc Recci hit Daniel Paille with a breakaway pass setting up an insurance goal for Boston in the third period.

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Krejci set to return for B’s at 6:41 pm ET
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Tim Thomas gets the call in net tonight for the Bruins while the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins counter with Marc-Andre Fleury.

Center David Krejci is taking part in warmups and is expected to make his return after missing the last two games with H1N1 virus.

After missing practice on Monday, Michael Ryder is available tonight for the B’s.

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Turn up the volume: A special win for the B’s 11.08.09 at 12:35 am ET
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The Bruins finally broke through on the power play on Saturday and not coincidentally, so did Zdeno Chara.

Mark Recchi redirected a Derek Morris shot from the right point on Boston’s first power play of the night at 3:18 of the first period. That snapped an 0-for-20 on the power play.

Then, later in the same period, Zdeno Chara got off the snide. After scoring 17 goals in his first season in Boston and another 19 last year with the Bruins, Chara entered Saturday night still having yet to find the back of the net.

But that ended 13 minutes later when Chara’s blast from the high slot got past 21-year-old rookie Jhonas Enroth.

Between killing all seven Buffalo power plays and scoring on 2-of-3 man-advantage chances, the Bruins special teams shone on this night.

Afterward, the Bruins talked about getting the monkey off their backs.

Shawn Thornton, with an assist and a motivational first-period fight with Steve Montador on the night, said it was a relief the Bruins finally scored on the power play.

Chara admitted it was a relief to finally get his first goal of the season.

Chara said it was great that the special teams came through.

Coach Claude Julien said it was evident the Bruins had the power play clicking early.

Julien said it was a good night overall for the special teams.

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B’s face 21-year-old rookie in net 11.07.09 at 6:46 pm ET
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Tuukka Rask gets his fifth start of the season between the pipes tonight for the Bruins as they host the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden. Rask is 2-1-1 this season in his four previous games with a 2.41 goals against.

The Sabres, who lost on Friday night at home to Philadelphia, counter with 21-year-old rookie Jhonas Enroth, who is making his NHL debut in net for the first-place Sabres.

The Bruins, with 14 points, trail the Sabres by five points in the Northeast Division.

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Turn up the volume: Bruins 3, Preds 2 10.22.09 at 1:02 am ET
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Picking up the slack was the rallying cry for the Bruins following a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Nashville Predators.

There was good reason for the Bruins adopting that mantra. They found out this week that two of their star players would each be out 4-6 weeks with injuries.

Milan Lucic is out following surgery on his broken index finger while Marc Savard is healing following a diagnosis of a broken bone in his left foot.

So, someone had to pick up the slack. And it was Patrice Bergeron and Steve Begin to the rescue on Wednesday night. For Begin it was his first goal in a Bruins uniform that proved to be the game-winner.

Here are some of the sound bites WEEI mics picked up following the game that evened the record of the Black and Gold at 4-4.

Steve Begin said he was happy his first goal as a Bruin was a game-winner.

Begin said after a sluggish first period, the Bruins needed energy.

Coach Claude Julien said his team recovered after a sluggish first period.

Julien said with the Flyers on tap on Thursday, it’s time to be consistent if the Bruins are going to win two straight for the first time.

Captain Zdeno Chara on why this was a big win.

Patrice Bergeron said he was happy to contribute with the game-tying goal.

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