|Bruins humbled by experience with first responders||04.18.13 at 3:05 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — When the Bruins hosted 80 first-responders at Wednesday’s game, they thought they were simply providing a nice gesture as a way of thanking the brave bunch for all they had done for the city during Monday’s horrific events. They didn’t think they were making anybody’s day, but they were.
In meeting with the first-responders following their 3-2 shootout loss to the Sabres Wednesday, the Bruins were overwhelmed by their experience with the heroes and how proud they were to meet the B’s.
“They were very, very happy and excited that they came to the game and they really showed a lot of respect,” Brad Marchand said Thursday. “It was funny — not funny, but a different feeling because they were thanking us when really we wanted to thank them for everything that they did for our city and for us and for everyone who was involved. It was honor meeting them and being able to meet those guys and hear their stories of how courageous they were in a moment like that.”
Marchand said it was more of an honor for the Bruins to spend time with the heroes than the other way around, but to be able to give them something to be smile about was touching for the players.
“They really expressed last night how big it was for them to come to the game and how excited they were from the moment they heard they were coming,” Marchand said. “Some of the guys were telling us how they found out and just how excited they were all day long or the day before, and it was all they could think about. They said that’s what they needed to kind of get their mind off things. They saw a lot of stuff. To be able to give that to them for them to enjoy and look forward to watching us play and just a few hours to watch us play and enjoy something, it’s huge for us. We take a lot of pride in that. Obviously, those guys are heroes and we look up to them. They did some courageous and amazing things. We owe them a lot.”
After the game, Andrew Ference and some other players took the first-responders out for beers as a way of further thanking them for everything they had done. Though Dennis Seidenberg didn’t join them (his children had to get up early), he wasn’t surprised to see how much the night meant to both sides.
“It’s a great sports town, Boston is,” Dennis Seidenberg said. “People are very emotional about their sports. When you have a chance to give them the opportunity to come to a game and get their mind off what happened, it’s easy for us to do and something nice also.”
|Dennis Seidenberg’s late goal lifts Bruins past Senators to end skid||03.21.13 at 10:15 pm ET|
Dennis Seidenberg‘s first goal of the season was a huge one, as the veteran blue liner took a feed from Zdeno Chara following a Patrice Bergeron faceoff win with just over a minute to play and blasted a one-timer past Robin Lehner to break a late tie and give the Bruins a 2-1 lead over the Senators Thursday night in Ottawa.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bruins and improved them to 20-6-3 on the season. The B’s got the win on a night in which Claude Julien made Rich Peverley a healthy scratch, keeping Ryan Spooner in the lineup as David Krejci made his return from a knee injury.
The Senators got on the board when Kaspars Daugavins fired a wrist shot past Anton Khudobin early in the second period. After a sloppy showing throughout the second period for the B’s, Daniel Paille beat Lehner with a wrister with 1:22 remaining in the second to tie the game.
The Bruins will play the first game of a home-and-home with the Maple Leafs by wrapping up their four-game road trip Saturday night in Toronto.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Julien treated the Merlot line as his third line Thursday night, and it paid off with Paille’s goal. The Paille-Gregory Campbell– Shawn Thornton line got got more shifts and ice time than the trio of Spooner between Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron, with Campbell playing 15:33 to Spooner’s 8:17.
– Khudobin came through for the B’s in the final 30 seconds of the first period, making big stops with the Senators buzzing in the offensive zone against the Spooner line. The backup netminder came up with stops on Kyle Turris, Jakob Silfverberg and Patrick Wiercioch in what was a frantic end to the first period.
– Paille’s strong offensive season continues, as his six goals put his total through 69 games last season (nine) easily within reach. Paille’s career-high for goals is 19, which he got with the Sabres in the 2007-08 season. His best total as a Bruin is 10 in 2009-10.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– The B’s were sloppy, sloppy, sloppy from an offensive standpoint in the second period. Krejci’s line blew a 3-on-1 when Milan Lucic made an extra pass to Nathan Horton and failed to connect. Later in the second, the B’s were on an odd-man rush and Lucic passed to Tyler Seguin, who had turned back to go for a line change.
– The Bruins went without a shot on goal in both of their power plays, as the B’s made it three straight games without a power-play goal (0-for-8). Julien tweaked the units for the first power play, putting Seguin on the second unit and replacing him on the top unit with Spooner. Dougie Hamilton was also moved to the second unit, with Seidenberg taking his place on the point on the first unit.
|Barry Pederson on D&C: Bruins good, but ‘not anywhere near hitting on all cylinders’ yet||01.30.13 at 10:40 am ET|
NESN Bruins analyst Barry Pederson spoke with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning about the Bruins’ hot start, Dougie Hamilton‘s role, and which players aren’t quite in top form yet.
“I think the exciting thing is, they’ve got  points and they’re not anywhere near hitting on all cylinders,” Pederson said. “What I saw in November and December of  was, to me, the best I’ve sen a Bruins team play since the [Bobby] Orr and [Phil] Esposito days. When they were just totally dominating after those two months, and then just ran out of gas.
“That’s when the Bruins are hitting on all cylinders to me — when their team defense is good, they’re getting contributions from their special teams. This is a team that’s right up there as the best 5-on-5 team in the National Hockey League. It doesn’t take much to contribute on special teams to put them over the hump. But I think, more importantly, when you see this team playing physically and dominating teams on the forechecking game, that’s when they’re hitting on all cylinders.”
After seeing Tyler Seguin‘s shootout bid interrupted by an “unidentified food object” in Tuesday night’s shootout win over the Devils, Pederson offered some of the stranger things he saw thrown on the ice during his NHL career.
“Thumbtacks, some beer bottles. Of course it was crazy when beer bottles were glass,” he said. “There’s animals and rats and everything else. It was kind of funny there, but as we all know, one of the things you hate when you’re out there playing is something you can’t see on the ice and you step on it, and bang, somebody blows out a knee.”
|Dennis Seidenberg a game-time decision vs. Islanders, Tuukka Rask expected to start||01.25.13 at 11:55 am ET|
Dennis Seidenberg will participate in warmups prior to Friday night’s game against the Islanders and will be a game-time decision as he looks to return from a lower-body injury that has kept him out for the last two games.
“He’ll be game-time,” Claude Julien said after Friday’s morning skate. “I can tell you I’m more optimistic than pessimistic though, but again, game-time for the right reasons that we want to make sure that he is ready to go.”
Seidenberg took part in the morning skate after staying off the ice (the team did not practice) on Thursday. The 31-year-old participated in line rushes with Dougie Hamilton, his partner in last Saturday’s win over the Rangers (the only game in which he’s played this season and the game in which he suffered the injury). It’s worth noting, however, that Seidenberg practiced on Tuesday and worked with Hamilton before eventually being kept out of Wednesday night’s game at Madison Square Garden. He said Friday that he feels good and that resting on Thursday was beneficial.
“The day off always helps when you have a nagging injury, so it definitely helped,” he said.
The defensive pairings have been shuffled in each of the two games without Seidenberg, but they were as follows Friday morning (the forward lines were unchanged):
Seidenberg – Hamilton
Andrew Ference – Adam McQuaid
Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice Friday, suggesting he will make his fourth straight start to begin the season.
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|Dennis Seidenberg playing it safe with injury||01.24.13 at 1:18 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins stayed off the ice Thursday at Ristuccia Arena, with Dennis Seidenberg not skating as he works his way back from a lower-body injury. It’s common for dinged-up players to go out on their own even when the team isn’t practicing, but Claude Julien insisted that the veteran defenseman was simply getting the day off with the rest of his teammates.
“Seidenberg didn’t skate today because nobody did. Otherwise, he would have been on the ice with everybody else,” Julien said. “Again, he’s been a day-to-day situation. That hasn’t changed. If he’s practicing, you know he’s that close to it. A lot of it at this time of year is about us making the right decision for the long haul vs. the short term.”
Seidenberg, who has missed the last two games with the unspecified injury, told the Boston Herald’s Steve Harris that it is not a groin injury. Asked specifically what the injury was, Seidenberg simply grinned and said, “I think it’s called lower-body, isn’t it?”
The 31-year-old practiced with the B’s on Tuesday after missing Monday’s game, but was once again held out of the lineup in Wednesday’s overtime loss against the Rangers. He said Thursday that the injury isn’t severe and that the team is just playing it safe.
“If it were the playoffs — the games are all big — but if it were the playoffs I probably could play,” he said, “but just looking at the schedule with so many games coming up, you just want to be smart about it and don’t force it.”
Seidenberg said that the injury was suffered in the team’s season-opener against the Rangers, but thathe feels good with another day of rest and that he hopes to play Friday against the Islanders.
Said Seidenberg: “We’ll see tomorrow how it feels in pre-game skate, and after that we’ll make the decision.”
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|Dennis Seidenberg out vs. Rangers||01.23.13 at 7:14 pm ET|
Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will not play vs. the Rangers Wednesday night, missing his second consecutive game with a lower-body injury.
Seidenberg participated fully in the team’s practice Tuesday, after which Claude Julien said the blueliner was “pretty close” but still day-to-day. Brad Marchand, who missed Tuesday’s practice, was reportedly on the ice for pre-game warmups Wednesday night.
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|Dennis Seidenberg ‘pretty close,’ Brad Marchand expected to play vs. Rangers||01.22.13 at 11:51 am ET|
WILMINGTON — With the 0-2-0 Rangers waiting in New York, the Bruins on Tuesday returned to practice in anticipation of a rematch of the season-opener.
Dennis Seidenberg, who missed Monday’s 2-1 shootout win over the Jets with a lower-body injury, skated by himself prior to the session and participated in the full practice. With Seidenberg back at practice, his pairing with Dougie Hamilton was reunited, as was the Zdeno Chara–Johnny Boychuk duo. The Andrew Ference–Adam McQuaid pairing remained intact in Monday’s game and Tuesday’s practice.
Claude Julien said after the practice both Seidenberg and Marchand are day-to-day, though he expects Marchand to play Wednesday vs. the Rangers and said that Seidenberg is “pretty close.”
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