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Claude Julien: Bruins need to freshen up 11.11.10 at 11:56 pm ET
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Bruins head coach Claude Julien admitted that his team didn’t have fresh legs against Montreal, one night after scoring five goals in the third period of a 7-4 win over the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

Former Boston College and New Jersey Devils star Brian Gionta scored the go-ahead goal on the power play just 29 seconds into the third period as the Canadiens beat Tuukka Rask and the Bruins, 3-1, Thursday night at TD Garden. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara took an interference penalty in the final eight seconds of the second period to give the Canadiens the man-advantage to start the third.

On Wednesday in Pittsburgh, the Bruins trailed, 4-2, heading into the final period. This night, the Bruins were tied but had no jump in the final 20 minutes and it showed.

“Probably the first half of the first period, we were fine,” Julien said. “I think what happened tonight was totally different. We just, we ran out of legs. We just didn’€™t have the legs and progressively our game got worse. We looked more and more tired and got a fresh team waiting for you here at home in a divisional game.

“It’€™s a big game, they’€™re ready for us,” Julien said of the Canadiens. “I’€™m going to stand here and say our guys really wanted it bad enough, but when you don’€™t have your legs, the rest of your game kind of falls apart as well. A big part of your game looked bad. That’€™s what it is. You can try and push your players all you want, but if they don’€™t have the legs, they don’€™t have the legs. So that, to me, is what I saw happening tonight. You got a couple of tough penalties that we took, put us in trouble as well. And you know, sometimes when you’€™re tired, not only your legs, but your mind maybe doesn’€™t work as well.”

The Canadiens scored their first two goals on the power play and got an insurance tally from Scott Gomez midway through the third as the visitors peppered Rask with 41 shots on the night. Chara took a perfect pass from Milan Lucic and scored the only goal for the Bruins at 15:49 of the first to tie the game. It was his fourth of the season.

Rask, who was making his fourth start, remains winless this season with a record of 0-4-1. The win gave the Canadiens 21 points, four more than the second-place Bruins in the Northeast Division.

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Going camping: a look at the rivals 09.18.10 at 5:02 pm ET
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The Bruins have opened training camp with yesterday’s fitness testing and two on-ice sessions on Saturday. Tyler Seguin figures to be the center of attention around the Garden for the time being as he adjusts to playing with NHL veterans, but the Bruins aren’t the only ones to kick things off. Here’s a quick roundup of what the Northeast division rivals have been up to.

Sabres (100 points in 2009-10)

Perhaps the biggest change in how the 2010-11 Sabres will look will be in the most literal sense of the word. The team unveiled their new jerseys for the coming season, with the overall theme encapsulating a very classic feel.

While the Bruins got their festivities started a bit early with two rookie exhibitions at the Garden this past week and a used equipment sale on Saturday, the Sabres held “Puck Drop 2010″ to mark the opening of the team’s camp. The event consisted of a street hockey game, season ticket holders picking up their tickets for the coming season, and of course, fans getting their hands on the team’s new sweaters at .

Senators (94)

Things aren’t so joyful in Ottawa, where defenseman Filip Kuba is out after suffering a leg injury, the extent of which is being determined. Kuba played in 53 games last season and missed the final 11 of the regular season and the entire playoffs with a lower body injury.

Saturday’s injury reportedly came as a result of Kuba’s skate getting caught while on the ice for the team’s second session. The biggest injury news in the division likely remains Friday’s development regarding Marc Savard being held out by the reoccurrence of post-concussion symptoms.

Canadiens (88)

Pat Hickey at the Montreal Gazette takes a look at an impressive showing early on from Ryan Russell, who picked up two points in the team’s camp-opening scrimmage. The 23-year-old forward has spent the last three seasons in the AHL and entered camp a longshot to make the Habs.

Hickey notes other players who grabbed attention, including Maxim Lapierre, who with three goals in the playoffs last season scored nearly half as many postseason goals as he did in 76 regular season games.

Maple Leafs (74)

The Maple Leafs couldn’t wait until the exhibition games to drop the gloves, as Michael Liambas, who last October was suspended for the remainder of the OHL season after a dirty hit on an opposing defenseman, squared off with Jay Rosehill. According to this report, coach Ron Wilson said that Liambas, 21, is a “very long shot” to make the team.

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Thomas: My game was never really lost 03.02.10 at 1:20 pm ET
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Tim Thomas, fresh from his Olympic silver medal-winning experience in Vancouver, chimed in on Tuesday at TD Garden about those who said he’s not having the Vezina-type season he had last year with the Bruins as Boston finished first in the Eastern Conference.

“I don’t think my game was ever really lost, contrary to what a lot of the media in Boston has liked to focus on,” he said. “The numbers aren’t exactly the same as last year but not every year goes exactly the same and not every goalie wins the Vezina every year.”

Thomas, who is expected to serve as the back-up to Tuukka Rask for the Bruins tonight against the Canadiens, is 13-15-7 this season with a 2.52 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.

“I feel good about where [I'm] at. I felt in a good enough spot where I could’ve helped stepped in for USA and done the job if I needed to. Ryan Miller was exceptional, I’m not saying that. I think it was the right move. I’ll just be ready when called upon here.”

Thomas also compared the crowd at Canada Place on Sunday for the Gold Medal game to those for playoff games between the Bruins and Canadiens.

“It was exciting but the emotions of the crowd went from elation when they got up 2-0, to very nervous and tense when we tied it up with 24 seconds left and then all through overtime it was pretty tense until [Sydney] Crosby got that goal and then there was elation again,” Thomas said Tuesday at the Bruins morning skate.

“We had a good portion of USA fans there, too. It was a great atmosphere but as far as just crowds go, still nothing has matched the Montreal-Boston games in the playoffs, even the Olympics.”

Thomas also chimed in about those who said he’s not having the Vezina-type season he had last year with the Bruins as Boston finished first in the Eastern Conference.

“I don’t think my game was ever really lost, contrary to what a lot of the media in Boston has liked to focus on. The numbers aren’t exactly the same as last year but not every year goes exactly the same and not every goalie wins the Vezina every year.

“I feel good about where [I'm] at. I felt in a good enough spot where I could’ve helped stepped in for USA and done the job if I needed to. Ryan Miller was exceptional, I’m not saying that. I think it was the right move. I’ll just be ready when called upon here.”

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Bergy: ‘A perfect way to end it’ at 12:43 pm ET
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Patrice Bergeron arrived back in Boston Monday evening and had barely gotten his legs back when he addressed the media Tuesday morning at TD Garden.

The gold medal winner on Team Canada came back to rejoin his Bruins teammates but did not skate. He was nursing a sore groin that was tweaked in Canada’s 3-2 OT win on Sunday afternoon in Vancouver.

That hardly took away from the experience for Bergeron.

“It was awesome,” he beamed with a tired but very satisfied smile. “It was a great experience. It was a lot of fun and obviously winning that gold medal means even more and it was really a special moment.”

As for the medal, he was very careful to keep it in his possession as he made his way across the continent to Boston on Monday.

“It’s here right now. I wanted to show it the guys and to the trainers and all that so I brought it with me. At the airport, it was on me at all times. I didn’t want to lose it.”

For Bergeron, the experience of the last two weeks is finally starting to settle in.

“Today a little bit more. Yesterday and after the game on Sunday it was more of a surreal kind of experience and it was hard to kind of sink of everything in. Obviously, it was a great two weeks but just a perfect way to end it.

“It was unlike anything I’ve seen before. Obviously, it was amazing, as soon as we won, people in the streets went crazy. We could see on TV that everywhere across Canada was going wild. It was awesome. It was great to see all of that.”

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Bergy back but out with groin at 11:51 am ET
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Patrice Bergeron arrived back in Boston and rejoined his Bruins teammates at TD Garden on Tuesday but did not take part in the pregame skate and will not play Tuesday night due to a groin injury.

Bergeron, a member of the Canadian gold medal champion squad, said he initially suffered the injury early in the Olympic hockey tournament and aggravated it in the Gold Medal game.

“I don’t think I’ll be playing tonight,” Bergeron said. “I pulled my groin in the first week of the tournament and it was fine and then the last game it kind of got a little worse. It should be fine but it’s day-to-day and tonight I don’t think I’ll be going.”

All of the other Olympians were on hand for the Bruins skate, including Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, Miroslav Satan, David Krejci and Marco Sturm. Bruins coach Claude Julien said he doesn’t expect to limit their minutes because of their participation in the tournament.

The Bruins return to action tonight against Montreal at TD Garden at 7 p.m. The Bruins, with 65 points, stand in 7th place in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the eight-place Canadiens.

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Rask: ‘Don’t know to cry or laugh’ 02.04.10 at 11:47 pm ET
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Perhaps it was complete frustration of it all that inspired Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask to sum up the current state of affairs for the Bruins after firing 47 shots on net and scoring twice in a 3-2 shootout loss to Montreal, extending their futility streak to nine games.

“I don’t know to cry or laugh here because I think we pretty much dominated the whole game,” Rask said of his teammates who outshot Montreal, 47-25.

“Good chances and their goalie plays an unbelievable game. Going into shootout, I wanted to win so bad, make that save.”

Neither team seemed destined to score after two scoreless rounds to open the shootout. But then Brian Gionta beat Rask up top with a backhander. And when Marc Savard failed on his attempt, the ninth straight ‘L’ was in the books.

“Their guy happened to beat me there and we took the loss,” Rask said. “At least we get a point so it’s something.”

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Recchi: Claude’s not going anywhere at 11:26 pm ET
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Even in good times, Mark Recchi has been around long enough to know that no hockey coach has security – let alone when you’ve lost nine straight and are falling out of the playoff picture.

Still, the veteran Bruins forward doesn’t think Claude Julien is going anywhere and he made that clear following Thursday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Montreal at TD Garden.

Recchi pointed to the Carolina Hurricanes that got hot at the end of last season, a team that eliminated the Bruins in the second round of the playoffs in seven games.

He also used last year’s Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins as an example, noting they went on a tear after they let their coach go. But he quickly realized what he said and clarified himself.

“Claude ain’t going anywhere,” Recchi said. “He’s a great coach. But it’s there and we’re right there and if we keep playing like this, then that could happen. We could get on a big run.”

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