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Zdeno Chara misses Saturday’s game with injury 12.28.13 at 7:24 pm ET
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Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara missed Saturday night’s game with an undisclosed injury and is day-to-day, according to the team.

With Chara out and Dennis Seidenberg now done for the season, the Bruins played both Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky Saturday against the Senators.

Saturday marked the first game Chara has missed this season, with Torey Krug now the only blueliner among the Bruins’ six opening night defensemen to not miss a game.

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Dennis Seidenberg out for season with torn ACL/MCL at 3:25 pm ET
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Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg is out for the season with a torn ACL/MCL suffered in the final minutes of Friday’s game, the team announced Saturday. The team also announced it has recalled Zach Trotman on an emergency basis and assigned goaltender Niklas Svedberg to Providence.

Seidenberg suffered the injury with about four minutes to play in Friday’s game when he got tangled up with Senators forward Cory Conacher. He left the ice in pain and did not return to the game.

Losing Seidenberg is obviously a massive blow for the Bruins this season, as he is regularly second on the team in time on ice and has been used the past three postseasons on a shutdown pairing with Zdeno Chara.

This season has seen the Bruins suffer a rash of injuries to the likes of Loui Eriksson, Chris Kelly, Dougie Hamilton, Johnny Boychuk, Adam McQuaid, Carl Soderberg and Daniel Paille, but Seidenberg’s injury is by far the most damaging to the team’s Stanley Cup chances.

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Dennis Seidenberg suffers injury late vs. Senators, won’t travel to Ottawa 12.27.13 at 10:22 pm ET
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Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will not travel to Ottawa for Saturday’s game against the Senators due to what appeared to be a right knee injury.

Seidenberg got tangled up with Senators forward Cory Conacher with about four minutes to go in Friday’s game and held his knee in pain after Conacher fell on him awkwardly. Seidenberg was slow to leave the ice and did not return to the game. Following the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien said it was a lower-body injury and that Seidenberg was being evaluated by team doctors.

This is the second injury of the season for Seidenberg, who previously missed four games in November with a different lower-body injury.

With Seidenberg out for Saturday’s game, the Bruins will likely have to recall a defenseman from Providence on an emergency basis, as Dougie Hamilton (lower-body) is skating but has yet to practice with the team. David Warsofsky played three games for the B’s before being sent down Tuesday and would be a likely option if Seidenberg’s injury is only short term.

A longer-term injury might force the B’s to recall Kevan Miller, something they may be hesitant to do given that his next NHL game would mean the B’s would need to expose him to waivers the next time they tried sending him down.

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Dennis Seidenberg skates for Bruins 11.25.13 at 11:57 am ET
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Dennis Seidenberg skated Monday morning and joined his teammates for part of the Bruins’ morning skate. It marked the first time he has skated since suffering a lower-body injury last Tuesday against the Rangers.

Seidenberg is not yet ready to return to the lineup, and it appears Adam McQuaid might not be ready either. McQuaid took part in Monday’s morning skate and has been skating since last Monday, but he was paired with Seidenberg as part of the team’s extra pairing. Claude Julien said there’s a possibility that McQuaid could play Monday, but that doesn’t seem to be a change from his status the last couple games.

If McQuaid does not play Monday, Kevan Miller will play in his third game after being recalled last week.

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Matt Bartkowski: ‘Hopefully I play well enough so they can’t take me out’ 11.21.13 at 12:40 pm ET
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Matt Bartkowski

Matt Bartkowski

Matt Bartkowski had no intention of coming out of Tuesday’s game against the Rangers when, with Dennis Seidenberg already done for the game, he crashed into the boards and hurt his left leg. He also has no plans on coming out of the Bruins’ lineup.

After getting banged up, Bartkowski missed the remainder of the second period Monday, as he likened it to hitting one’s funny bone and said he “couldn’t really move.” He returned to play the third period and appeared hampered, though he said Thursday that he wasn’t dealing with anything more than a little tightness. He still managed to log over 21 minutes in the game.

“It would have had to be something that the trainers would have had to tell me I couldn’t play,” Bartkowski said Thursday. “There’s five D; you’ve got to play.”

Thursday’s game will be the sixth consecutive contest in which Bartkowski has played for the Bruins, which will double the three games in a row he got last month when Claude Julien did some shuffling on the back end to get him some ice time. With Seidenberg out at least a week, it doesn’t look like Bartkowski will be exiting the lineup in the immediate future.

Obviously, Bartkowski finds himself in a position where he should be extremely motivated. He’s been given games here and there this season, but he has been the team’s seventh defenseman, and this stretch of games provides him as good a chance as any to earn a full-time job on the B’s blue line.

“Of course,” Bartkowski said. “Whenever I do get into games, especially this longer stretch, hopefully I play well enough so they can’t take me out.”

Bartkowski has played the last five games on a pairing with Johnny Boychuk. He’s generally been fifth among defensemen in time on ice (Torey Krug has played less), with Tuesday’s 21:13 the most he’s played in an NHL regular-season game (he played more in overtime games last postseason against the Maple Leafs and Rangers).

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Dennis Seidenberg out for a week, Adam McQuaid getting closer, Kevan Miller to make NHL debut vs. Blues at 11:53 am ET
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Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid

Both Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid are out for Thursday’s game against the Blues with lower-body injuries. Given the injuries, Kevan Miller will make his NHL debut Thursday.

McQuaid hopes to return this weekend or early next week, while Claude Julien estimated that Seidenberg will miss somewhere in the neighborhood of seven days. Seidenberg left Tuesday’s game against the Rangers after his first shift and did not return. McQuaid has missed the Bruins’ last five games.

With Seidenberg out and Miller in, the Bruins used a number of different pairings in morning skate, though these seemed to be consistent:

Chara – Hamilton
Bartkowski – Boychuk
Krug – Miller

“He was a big, strong, solid defenseman,” Julien said of what he saw from Miller in training camp. “Moved the puck fairly well, simple play. Again, probably his strength, his battle along the walls and in front of the net, he’s a big strong individual. So I thought he played a steady game, I thought he got better as camp went on, more confident from playing some games at this level. So he’s got an opportunity tonight to step in and show that he can play against one of the best teams in the league, actually.”

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Shawn Thornton on D&C: ‘We’re working our [butts] off, but we’re not working that smart’ 11.06.13 at 10:29 am ET
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Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday to discuss the team’s shootout loss to the Stars on Tuesday, and their recent slump.

Shawn Thornton

Shawn Thornton

Dallas knocked off Boston, 3-2, at TD Garden thanks to the shootout heroics of a pair of former Bruins, Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley. Seguin scored the first shootout goal, and Peverley ensured the victory with the second, as the pair played Boston for the first time since being traded from the Bruins this summer.

“Losing sucks, period, right now, but we didn’t put too much stock into the fact that [Peverley] and [Seguin] were on the other sideline, it was just the Dallas Stars,” Thornton said.

Seguin and Peverley were shipped to the Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson and three Dallas prospects on July 4. Seguin has thrived in the new environment, scoring six goals and assisting on nine in the Stars’ first 15 games, while Peverley has chipped in with two goals and five assists.

“[Seguin] played pretty hard last night. He’s at center, so when he was on the wing with us he had to win a lot of those war battles in our zone, and I think he’d probably say the same thing, I think he’s more suited to use his speed in their system up the middle,” Thornton said.

The crucial play in Tuesday’s game came with Boston leading 2-1 with less than three minutes remaining in the game. Stars forward Vernon Fiddler streaked unabated to the goal on a breakaway, and Bruins defender Dennis Seidenberg opted to hook Fiddler and bring him to the ground. The violation lead to a penalty shot, which Fiddler buried to tie the score at two and send the game into overtime.

“I know [Seidenberg] was coming on the ice and tried his best to get there and do what he could to negate a goal and unfortunately there was a penalty shot called,” Thornton said. “But that’s just one play that ended up in a goal, the whole game doesn’t come down to that. … I think there’s a lot of stuff that went wrong during that game that we’re going to have to work on.”

The Bruins entered Tuesday’s bout with Dallas desperate for a win after losing three of their last four games. The overtime loss dropped them to a tie for four place in the Atlantic Division with Montreal.

“Sometimes it’s not the effort maybe, but the way we’re working, too,” Thornton said. “I can speak for our line I guess that we’re working our [butts] off, but we’re not working that smart, we’re not reading off of each other properly. It’s almost like you get frustrated and you want to do too much, and that’s counterproductive sometimes.”

To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Bruins news, visit the team page at weei.com/bruins.

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