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What the return of Marc Savard really means to the Bruins 12.03.10 at 11:08 am ET
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Less than an hour after the Bruins croaked the Tampa Bay Lightning, 8-1, at TD Garden, Bruins coach Claude Julien was asked if the team was given an emotional boost by the return of Marc Savard after a bout of post-concussion syndrome.

“Boy, you’€™re giving him a lot of credit, aren’€™t you?” Julien quipped in his classically wry sense of humor. “It’€™s nice to have him back, obviously everybody’€™s happy to have him back, but you know, I think our players, as a whole, even yesterday when he wasn’€™t in the lineup, decided that they were going to play hard and play well and they did. So he just added to that, I guess, fuel for tonight.”

Savard skated 21 shifts in 15 minutes and 45 seconds, taking one shot while winning 5-of-10 face-offs on the night. But his impact was felt early when he got into the fray early with a fore-check. He played on several combo lines and everyone thought he didn’t miss a beat.

“I mean, he brought a lot of offense today,” two-goal scorer David Krejci said. “He wasn’€™t on the score sheet but he had a lot of last minute chances. We have big depth now with him and all four lines can score goals and it’€™s hard for their top defensemen to defend our top guys. So, it’€™s good to have him back and it’€™s good to see him and hopefully we will keep doing the same thing we did tonight.”

And that can only help this Bruins offense. It certainly appeared that way Thursday night.

“I think that’€™s the first eight goals the team has scored that I haven’€™t had anything on it, but I kept telling Claude I was a presence tonight,” Savard said BEFORE Julien’s post-game observation. “I felt good, obviously had some shifts where I felt a little tired and as the battles wore on, I just stood in front of Timmy [Thomas], so hopefully he can stop it. It was great to be back. The fans were fantastic. I got a little emotional there. It was a little tough to go out on that shift there, but it was special.”

Tim Thomas set the tone for the night, stepping aside before leading the team on the ice for pre-game warm-ups. Instead, Savard had that honor against Tampa Bay.

“I didn’€™t know what he was doing there. I didn’€™t even realize. I just thought he was stepping aside, that’€™s maybe what he does now. I just kept skating, then I looked over and no one was there, so it was kind of nice of the guys, I think they did that on purpose, but it was funny.”

Still, for skating in a game for the first time since May, it was quite the adjustment for Savard.

“I mean, it’€™s been six months, so it’€™s been a long time,” Savard said. “Shaking off a bit of rust, but you know, I felt I made some good plays. I felt there’€™s some stuff I can build off of, some things I can work on still, obviously. Battles I had a little trouble as the shift wore on in our zone a couple times, but I felt good, I felt strong. I got in there a couple times, tried to bang around, didn’€™t really move anybody, but it was a lot of fun.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Bruins crush Lightning, 8-1 12.02.10 at 9:31 pm ET
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Twelve different Bruins had points and the B’s chased Tampa Bay starter Mike Smith from the net in a 8-1 victory at TD Garden.

In a contest that featured standout play from many a Bruin, David Krejci and Tim Thomas stole the show. Krejci, who hadn’t scored since Oct. 30, scored a pair of goals and added an assist en route to a plus-4 night.

The Bruins also got goals from Dennis Seidenberg, Milan Lucic, Shawn Thornton, Michael Ryder, Mark Recchi and Blake Wheeler.

Thomas improved to 13-2-1 on the season, having his shutout streak stopped at 107:22 by a Victor Hedman goal in the second period. Thomas had picked up his league-leading fifth shutout of the season a night before in Philadelphia.

Marc Savard made his return to the lineup, centering Tyler Seguin and Ryder and posting a plus-1 rating. He was treated to multiple standing ovations by a sellout crowd of 17,565 at the Garden.

With the victory, the Bruins improved to 14-8-2 on the season.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

–  Lucic has now surpassed his point total from last season. In 50 games last season, Lucic had 20 points. Through 24 games this season, Lucic has 22 thanks to the assist he picked up on Krejci’s goal and his own second-period goal.

Not only is Lucic healthy, which is huge for him, but he’s played at a higher level and seems set to demolish the 20 goals he was hoping for entering the season (he has 12 thus far).

– It’s been beaten to death, yes, but as long as Thornton is outproducing Ilya Kovalchuk, it will receive attention. With his second-period tally, Thornton surpassed Kovalchuk with five goals to the Devils’ forward’s four.

–  Thomas picked up his second assist of the season, getting the secondary helper on Thornton’s tally. The double-threat goaltender’s other point came on Seguin’s first career goal in Prague on Oct. 10.

– Ryder has assists in three straight games. The first assist he picked up on Thursday came on a goal that should have never been scored, but he’ll take it. Ryder was given the helper on Dennis Seidenberg’s goal, a shot from center ice that was misplayed by Smith.

Ryder also sniped one past Dan Ellis from the top of the circle in the third period to make it a 6-1 game. He added his third point of the night on Recchi’s power-play goal.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

– The idea of Seguin playing on a line with Savard is very intriguing, but the rookie wasn’t much of a factor on Thursday. Seguin registered one shot on goal and had two shots blocked on the night.

Getting pucks on net hasn’t been a struggle for Seguin has worn on, so the lack of shots isn’t exactly a sign of a slump. Seguin had three or more shots in his last four games entering Wednesday’s game with the Flyers. He scored his fifth goal of the season in the 3-0 win in Philadelphia.

Nathan Horton had a better game and had a golden opportunity on Ellis in the third period, but he has now gone nine contests without a goal. He was, of course, a plus-4 with one assist on the night, so it would be hard for the Bruins to complain.

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Bruins lead Lightning, 2-0, after one at 7:46 pm ET
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It may be Marc Savard‘s season debut, but after a period, the Bruins have another center and a wacky play to thank for their 2-0 lead over the Lightning.

David Krejci took a pass from Milan Lucic at the blue line, flew past a defender and fired a wrist shot past Lightning goaltender Mike Smith at 10:52. It was his third goal of the season and first since Oct. 30. Dennis Seidenberg puked up first goal tally of the season thanks to a lazy shot gone awry from center ice. Smith misplayed the puck to allow the odd goal with 20 seconds left in the period.

Tim Thomas kept up the impressive play that shut out the Flyers a night earlier, as he stopped all 15 of the Lightning’s shots in the first period. He did allow Tampa Bay an opportunity on a big rebound when he was out of position, but Steven Stamkos‘ line was unable to capitalize on it.

Savard got a standing ovation when he took his first shift of the night, and was once again recognized on the jumbotron during a timeout.

Both teams are 0-for-1 on the power play. The Lightning are outshooting the B’s, 15-9.

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Jordan Caron and David Krejci return to Bruins’ practice 11.29.10 at 1:40 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins wrapped up practice at Ristuccia Arena on Monday with some familiar faces back on the ice. David Krejci and Jordan Caron, both of whom were held out of Sunday’s loss to the Thrashers with the flu, made their returns to the ice. Caron missed two games with the flu, while Marco Sturm, recovering from a torn ACL and MCL, also caught it but was back on the ice Monday.

Claude Julien was not at practice, as he was attending the memorial services of former NHL coach Pat Burns.

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David Krejci and Jordan Caron expected to miss Sunday’s game vs. Thrashers 11.28.10 at 3:28 pm ET
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Bruins center David Krejci, who was held out of Saturday’s practice with the flu and was not on the team flight to Atlanta, will not play on Sunday vs. the Thrashers, according to multiple reports. Claude Julien had left open the possibility of Krejci or Jordan Caron, also out with the flu, potentially meeting the team in Atlanta, but neither ended up travelling, according to the Boston Globe. Sunday’s game will be the second straight contest Caron has missed, as he was kept out of Friday’s 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes after getting sick on Thursday.

With the two out, Jamie Arniel will make his NHL debut. Arniel was recalled on an emergency basis on Saturday. In 19 games this season, the 21-year-old Arniel has nine goals and seven assists, leading the Providence Bruins with 16 points.

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Bruins recall Jamie Arniel on emergency basis 11.27.10 at 2:39 pm ET
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With Jordan Caron and David Krejci missing Saturday’s practice with the flu, the Bruins announced Saturday that they have recalled Jamie Arniel from Providence on an emergency basis. It’s the second time this month that Arniel has been called up, as he was summoned in early November when Michael Ryder missed practice. Here’s the press release:

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled forward Jamie Arniel from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis (American Hockey League). Arniel will join the club on the trip to Atlanta and be available for the Bruins game against the Thrashers on Sunday, November 28.

This is Arniel’€™s second recall to Boston, he was recalled on Tuesday, November 9 and was a healthy scratch in the team’€™s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, November 10.

The 21-year-old Arniel has appeared in 19 games this season for Providence, and leads the team in points and goals with 9-7=16 totals.

Arniel completed his first full pro season with the Providence Bruins in 2009-10, with 12-16=28 totals in 67 games. He won the club’€™s Rookie of the Year award and led all P-Bruins first-year players in scoring and
assists.

The Kingston, Ontario native was drafted by Boston in the fourth round (97th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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Jordan Caron and David Krejci won’t travel with Bruins at 12:50 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Jordan Caron and David Krejci, both of whom were missing from Saturday’s practice with the flu, will not travel with the Bruins as they head to Atlanta for Sunday’s game vs. the Thrashers. In delivering the news, Claude Julien added that the two could join the team if they felt better, but that the team will have to consider calling somebody up from Providence should neither player be good to go.

Julien added that Marco Sturm also has the flu, which was why he was kept out of practice. Caron has been sick since Thursday and did not play in Friday’s 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes.

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