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Chiarelli gets defensive 03.03.10 at 7:49 pm ET
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Call it spin or creative marketing.

But Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, while admitting frustration in not landing one of eight snipers they hoped to add before Wednesday’s trading deadline, did say the Bruins accomplished something significant that indirectly could result in a better offense.

In making two deadline-day trades while shipping one of their current defenseman and a forward out of town, they remade their blue line. The centerpiece is 28-year-old defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, a defenseman aquired from Florida, along with the rights to Ohio State defenseman Matt Bartkowski, in exchange for forward Byron Bitz, Craig Weller and a second-round draft pick in this year’€™s draft.

‘€œI know a lot of the questions will be, ‘€˜Why didn’€™t we get scoring?’€™ And those are very good and valid questions. Firstly, we wanted to change the composition of our defense. I can say that was an equal priority to getting some more scoring,’€ Chiarelli said.

Earlier Wednesday, the Bruins sent 31-year-old defenseman Derek Morris to Phoenix for a conditional pick in the 2011 draft. On Tuesday, the Bruins added defensemen Cody Wild from Edmonton and the rights to University of Michigan defenseman Steve Kampfer from Anaheim.

‘€œI put [defense] as an equal priority because I feel that if we change the composition that will, in itself, allow us to improve from the backend out and that should result in better offensive production,’€ Chiarelli said. ‘€œIt allows defensemen to play in their appropriate roles and that was the motivation behind that now.’€

Chiarelli said he and his staff targeted eight potential forwards around the NHL as possible acquisitions prior to the deadline but he deemed the asking price too high. Names such as Edmonton’€™s Steve Staios, Raffi Torres, who wound up being traded from Columbus to Buffalo and Carolina’€™s Ray Whitney, who wasn’€™t dealt at all, were among the names rumored to be on Boston’€™s radar.

‘€œWith regard to improving the scoring, there were some players out there and we were in on more than a couple,’€ Chiarelli said. ‘€œBut I guess at the end of the day, I just wasn’€™t in a position to give what they wanted. I didn’€™t think additions that I contemplated would produce more than marginal improvement. Hard to believe after scoring one goal [Tuesday] night, I really believe our group can score more and we will score more.’€

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Chiarelli to fans: I feel your frustration at 5:23 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli faced the music and the New England media approximately 90 minutes after the NHL trade deadline passed.

He was unable to land one of eight scoring forwards he and management had targeted to help a Bruins team that – with 150 goals – ranks dead last in offense in the NHL.

It was the great frustration of his, as he readily admitted throughout his question-and-answer session.

“As a manager, you try to separate the direct results of the team on a day-to-day basis. I wasn’t happy with [Tuesday] night and we didn’t try to react and we didn’t react today because we put a lot of planning into a bunch of these things,” Chiarelli said. “I know the fans want more scoring and they want us to have more success. So there’s my frustration. I didn’t put that in place.”

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Chara: ‘We know we have to be better’ 03.02.10 at 10:45 pm ET
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For 40 minutes, it looked like Zdeno Chara and the Bruins had the Canadiens right where they wanted them.

They were playing solid defense, Tuukka Rask had turned away all 18 shots and run his shutout streak to 127 minutes, 15 seconds and they even converted a chance in front of the opposing goalie on the power play for a 1-0 lead.

All the Bruins had to do was keep it up for 20 more minutes and not only would they finally win at home, they would run their winning streak to five games and put some distance between themselves and the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

But as was the case before the break, the Bruins – especially on defense – picked a bad time to start skating backwards. And as a result – four unanswered Canadiens goals in the third – the Bruins had endured their 10th straight home loss.

“We know we have to be better, especially at home, especially at this time of year going into the end of the season and pushing to play in the playoffs. We know we need to be better. We have to take advantage of being at home, for sure,” Chara said.

Counting Thursday’s home match against Toronto before a seven-game road trip, the Bruins have just nine home games remaining.

“Those games we have left, we have to find a way. We have to make sure we win most of them,” Chara added.

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Second period summary: Bruins-Canadiens at 8:40 pm ET
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The game settled into a back and forth with each team just missing on golden opportunities in close as the Bruins maintain their 1-0 lead after 40 minutes.

Mark Recchi came barreling down the right wing and was stuffed by Carey Price, who has recovered nicely after allowing a shaky goal in the first period.

Price also came up big late in the second when Marc Savard came down the slot and was able to get a point-blank shot off despite being hooked from behind by Maxim Lapierre. The Bruins had two power plays in the second period and did not look quite as sharp as they did in capitalizing in the first period.

The Bruins outshot the Habs, 10-8, in the period and trail 18-17 for the game.

Tuukka Rask finished the second with a shutout streak of 127 minutes, 15 seconds and hasn’t seen much rubber in the game so far. Fortunately he didn’t see a shot from Andrei Kostitsyn with 30 seconds remaining as Kostitsyn, wide open with an open net, couldn’t get his stick on a cross-slot pass.

The Bruins are 1-for-3 on the power play while Montreal is 0-for-1.

The Bruins are 20 minutes away from snapping a nine-game home losing streak, having lost every contest on their own ice since beating Philadelphia at Fenway Park on New Year’s Day.

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First period summary: Bruins-Canadiens at 7:43 pm ET
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The first period of the first game back from the Olympic break for the Bruins featured solid goaltending, high energy skating and low-and-behold hard work in front of the net that paid off in a goal and a 1-0 Bruins lead after one.

With Montreal center Dominic Moore in the box for interference, Zdeno Chara let fly a shot from the high slot that caught Habs goalie Carey Price in the midsection. Price couldn’t control the rebound and Sturm fell over Price and one-handed the puck into the net behind Price.

Sturm leads the Bruins with 19 goals.

Tuukka Rask started in net and stopped all 10 Montreal shots on net, including a nice glove save on Roman Hamrlik midway through.

The Bruins had only seven shots on goal and ended the period on the penalty kill. Montreal will begin the second period with a 69-second power play after a slash on Vladimir Sobotka.

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Garden to show off Olympic wares at 2:08 pm ET
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The Bruins will show off Patrice Bergeron’s Olympic gold medal and Team Canada jersey as well as Tim Thomas‘ Olympic silver medal and Team USA jersey to fans at TD Garden during tonight’s return game against the Canadiens.

At 6:40 p.m., Bergeron will bring the medals and jerseys to the Patrice’s Pals Suite (Suite 530) for children currently being treated at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

The children from Spaulding will be Bergeron’s Patrice’s Pals VIP guests for the game tonight. “Patrice’€™s Pals” is a program that Bergeron started in 2006, which gives sick and underprivileged children the opportunity to watch Bruins games from Bergeron’€™s private suite and meet with him after the game.

At 6:50 p.m., Bergeron will bring medals and jerseys to the Partners Room (Level 6) for a TD Garden Premium Club event, where they will remain through the first intermission.

Throughout the second intermission, all Bruins fans in attendance will have the chance to see the medals at the Comcast Zone on the TD Garden Concourse (Level 4, Section 7).

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Thomas: My game was never really lost 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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