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Savard shooting for next week, Sturm out again 01.21.10 at 12:06 pm ET
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Here are the notes from the morning skate at TD Garden.

— The Bruins recalled 24-year-old Drew Larman from Providence, which means that Marco Sturm, Steve Begin and Byron Bitz all will once again be unavailable for Boston Thursday evening when the B’s take on Columbus at TD Garden. None of the three forwards participated in the morning skate. Coach Claude Julien would not describe Bitz or Begin’s injuries because they could “be back at any time” and doing so would be a “liability.” Sturm left practice yesterday to prevent a setback with the leg injury he has been dealing with in the past week.

“He didn’t set himself back he just felt that he wasn’t ready so he pulled himself off before he set himself back,” Julien said.

There are no smoke and mirrors with the Bruins injury situation right now as the players who took part in the morning skate will be the ones to take the ice tonight.

“What you saw out there is what we got,” Julien said. “I don’t think there are any secrets there. We have got our 20 guys and that is what we will run with.”

Marc Savard spoke the the media after the skate and said that he expects to be back in the lineup next Friday on the road against Buffalo. He sustained a Grade 2 partial MCL tear against Chicago 28-seconds into the first period on January 7th. Today was the second day that he has skated and he has been wearing a big brace on during his workouts.

“When I am actually out there and doing stuff and skating I am not thinking about it but when I stop I think about it for a bit. But, besides for that it feels pretty normal,” Savard said.

“Hopefully I am better for all of this and I finish strong,” Savard said. “I was out there today and I felt pretty good. I said ‘maybe I can come back Sunday?’ But that is not the case. I have got to watch it and make sure, you don’t want to come back on Sunday and hurt it again and be losing my mind. I am just going to work through it and have a good skate tomorrow and go from there.”

Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice which probably means that he will get the start tonight against the Blue Jackets.

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Savard out 3-4 weeks with MCL tear 01.09.10 at 11:04 am ET
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The Bruins top-line center Marc Savard will be out 3-4 weeks with a Grade 2 partial MCL tear in his right knee. Savard will not require surgery. The team made the announcement this morning prior to its 1 p.m. game against the Rangers at TD Garden.

“It’s unfortunate,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “Anytime you lose a player it’s an unfortunate situation. Especially we know what Savvy can bring to our hockey club but again, that’s part of the game.”

Savard suffered the injury in the opening minute of Thursday’s 5-2 loss to Chicago.

“You hear me repeating myself in that regard, but we’ll just make the best of it as far as having to grind it out a little bit more and getting those gritty wins,” Julien reiterated.

David Krejci becomes the top center on the Bruins roster, joined by the likes of Trent Whitfield and Vladimir Sobotka. Steve Begin will be moved to center from his customary left wing position.

“We felt center was our strength, with David Krejci in there, with Savvy and Bergy, and obviously even Steve Begin was the ideal centerman on the fourth line,” Julien said.

“Vladdy has done a great job of filling in that area, too. We really feel we got a couple of good guys to fill in the spot. That’s been a position of strength. We lose that and now we’ve got to adjust to that. I’m not going to tell you anything you haven’t heard before. Everybody’s got to pick up their game, everybody’s got to grind it out, and we have to find ways to win hockey games here because that’s the most important thing right now.”

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Savard to have MRI on right knee 01.07.10 at 10:27 pm ET
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Marc Savard will have an MRI on his right knee on Friday after leaving Thursday’s night’s loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden.

“It’s a knee injury,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien in making the announcement after the game.”The severity of it, we’ll know more once we get the MRI done [Friday].”

Savard, the team’s top play-making center, left after his first shift, 28 seconds into the game, when he fell to the ice, holding his right knee. He had to be helped off the ice by teammates Marco Sturm and Mark Recchi.

He was helped to the dressing room and did not return.

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Savard leaves with leg injury at 7:18 pm ET
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Bruins top line center Marc Savard had to be helped off the ice just 28 seconds into Thursday’s game with Chicago at TD Garden with an apparent right leg injury.

The injury happened on his first shift of the game in the offensive zone. Marco Sturm and Mark Recchi had to help him skate to the Bruins bench, where he immediately made his way to the dressing room with assistance from Bruins training staff.

Eight minutes later, the Bruins announced he would not be returning to the game.

Savard, like Lucic and Bergeron, has been bitten by the injury bug this season. Savard has played in just 28 games this year, compiling nine goals and 13 assists. He missed 15 games between Oct. 21-Nov. 20 with various injuries.

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Bruins Dec. 2 Post Game 12.03.09 at 10:36 am ET
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Marc Savard talks about his new contract and 200th goal, Claude Julien says the Bruins are getting into a groove, and Patrice Bergeron discusses the 4-1 win over Tampa Bay.

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Turn up the volume: Tuukka is still a ‘bad’ loser 11.27.09 at 5:40 pm ET
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Claude Julien made it clear after his team dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to the New Jersey Devils on Friday afternoon – you can’t criticize your team when they fight hard and lose on penalty shots.

The good to come out of the Friday’s loss – beyond the effort level without the reinjured Milan Lucic – is they gained a point and now have 29, tied with Ottawa for first in the Northeast Division, one point ahead of Buffalo.

The bad is they still are searching for ways to light the lamp. The Bruins were 0-for-3 on the power play and now have just four goals in their last 24 chances on the man advantage. They are 12-for-86 on the season, 27th out of 30 in the NHL.

Here are some audio highlights from the Bruins locker room and podium following the Black Friday matinee at TD Garden.

Julien said you can’t criticize the team or goalie Tuukka Rask after a tip-top effort.

Julien said they got a very quality goalie when they acquired Rask from Toronto for Andrew Raycroft in June 2006.

Blake Wheeler, who scored Boston’s only goals on the day in regulation and the shootout, said they turned up the intensity in the third.

Wheeler said the team is looking forward to their Saturday night showdown with Ottawa at the Garden.

Marc Savard said the team is not about to have a ‘woe is us’ mentality after losing Milan Lucic for a month.

Savard almost won the game with three seconds to go in regulation but was denied by Martin Brodeur.

Savard is looking forward to the Senators coming to town.

Tuukka Rask calls himself a bad loser, in regulation or overtime.

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Milan Lucic on D&H 11.24.09 at 2:44 pm ET
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Bruins forward Milan Lucic, who returned to the ice last week after missing roughly a month with a broken finger, joined the Dale & Holley Show on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the recent improved play of the Bruins, the impact of Marc Savard’s return and his decision to sign a long-term deal to stay in Boston.

A transcript of highlights is below. To listen to the complete interview, click here.

The Bruins are starting to look a little better. Are you guys happy with the effort the last few games?

Yeah, definitely. We were able to get on a little bit of a roll here, especially on the road, it’€™s a lot tougher winning on the road than it is winning at home, so for myself it’€™s just nice to get back in the lineup, get some wins, and move up in the standings a bit.

When you guys were struggling, did it ever cross your mind that effort was a problem? Would you simplify it and say yes, we just weren’€™t trying hard enough, was that the issue?

I think it was a consistency and ever since I’€™ve been back here the last few games I think that’€™s what we’€™ve improved on, giving a consistent work ethic throughout the game. We’€™ve been able to apply a full 60 minutes of playing hard, and sticking to the game plan, I think that’€™s what’€™s made us successful, and that’€™s what made us get the ball rolling again and get some wins.

How hard is it to come back off a long term injury and how long it takes to knock the rust off? Savard admitted he was a little rusty last night, you slipped right back into scoring goals when you came back into the lineup. Did you feel rusty?

I felt pretty good when I came back in. Me and Savard, our injuries were a little bit different. I was still able to skate, I had the broken finger there so my conditioning was still good and all that type of stuff. They did a really good job keeping me in shape ‘€“ the trainers, and whoever I was working with ‘€“ so when I came back, my conditioning wouldn’€™t be a problem. I’€™ve been able to fit back in nicely with that, and for myself when you’€™re not in the lineup for a long time, you’€™re just really excited and anxious to get back and I think that’€™s what I’€™m doing, playing with a lot of excitement and having a lot of fun.

Anybody who has ever played with Marc Savard is usually very happy about it, those numbers go up when Marc Savard is on your side. What does he do that maybe a lot of us don’€™t see or that you have to know by playing with him?

Firstly, he wants the puck. He’€™s a guy that’€™s a puck possession guy and he wants it all the time. So he’€™s a guy that’€™s very demanding of himself and his line-mates that he wants results and he wants to go out there and contribute every night getting goals and assists, and the thing about him is he’€™s got eyes all around his head, it’€™s funny if you get open for him, he’€™ll find you even when you’€™re not looking at him. That’€™s what makes him such a great player, and for myself I was happy to play with him and have such a successful year with him last year.

Is it kind of like that off the ice too? If you’€™re walking somewhere and Savard is not looking, do you always feel like he cans see you? Does he always have that kind of vision?

Yeah, he’€™s always aware of his surroundings, that’€™s for sure.

This year was the last year of your entry level contract, and you made a commitment to this team. You signed a three-year contract extension with the Bruins through 2012-2013, why was it important to you to make the commitment and stay here?

It was an easy decision for me, I really wanted to stick around in Boston, I really liked how things were going and I really did like the organization and all the people around it. It’€™s a great city, it’€™s a great sports town and the fans are really another huge reason why I wanted to stay. They’€™ve been real great to us and to me since I’€™ve been with the Bruins, and it was just an easy decision to want to stay in Boston.

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