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Slumping Bruins: ‘We have to win sooner or later’ 02.03.10 at 3:04 pm ET
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Three of the most prominent leaders on the Bruins are sounding the same theme ‘€” wins are right around the corner.

The problem is the Bruins have to turn the corner first. On Wednesday, they got back to practice in Belmont and the business of pounding the pavement ‘€” or ice ‘€” and looking for the positive street signs ahead.

But Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard and Tim Thomas all believe in their hearts that their current eight-game skid ‘€” the team’s longest in 54 seasons ‘€” will soon be a thing of the past.

‘€œWe always can get going and find a way to motivate ourselves,” said Chara, who has been playing with a dislocated left pinkie finger that will likely need surgery in the offseason, according to ESPN. “We have to put this one behind us and there’€™s a new day tomorrow. We just have to get ready for the next game and keep trying. We have to win sooner or later.’€ Read the rest of this entry »

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Julien: ‘We deserved the win if we scored the goals’ 02.02.10 at 10:54 pm ET
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It seemed very innocent and obvious when Bruins coach Claude Julien gave his team credit for battling the hottest and best team in the NHL to a 1-1 draw after two periods. After watching his team surrender three in the third, it became nothing more than another in a string of eight straight losses, 4-1 to Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

In short, Julien said they deserved the win on Tuesday night “if we had scored some goals.” Julien believed his team could have been up, 4-1, after two instead of tied.

And of course, deserving the win and earning the win is a bridge these struggling Bruins have yet to cross.

Here is what Julien had to say for his troops following Tuesday’s setback, an eighth straight loss that gave them their longest losing skid in 54 seasons.

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B’s need to be two-timers 01.31.10 at 2:35 am ET
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BOSTON  —  Patrice Bergeron stood before reporters with a very somber face in front of his locker following Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings at TD Garden.

Good reason.

His Bruins, despite getting back the services of Marco Sturm and Steve Begin, still couldn’t find a way to hold a 2-1 third period lead and fell in a shootout. Yes, the Bruins captured one point but as Bergeron pointed out afterward, when you’ve now lost seven in a row and six straight at home for the first time in 85 years, that one point seems of extremely little consolation.

“Tonight was a good effort but we’ve got to find a way to get those two points,” Bergeron said. “We kept having some chances. We scored a goal, on the power play. I don’t think they were all over us with that 2-1 but they found a way to come back and tie it.”

Bergeron’s take on the 3-2 shootout which still leaves the Bruins on the outside looking in at the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said the team is coming around.

Marco Sturm talked afterward about his first outing in seven games as he returned from a leg injury.

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Bruins postgame: Video from Ryder 01.22.10 at 1:55 am ET
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Patrice Bergeron scored his first goal since coming back from a broken right thumb. But his goal, which put the Bruins up, 2-1 after two, turned out to be little consolation as the Bruins suffered another third-period meltdown on TD Garden ice in a 3-2 loss to the Blue Jackets.

The other goal scorer from Thursday night, Michael Ryder, said there’s no panic but the Bruins are still a team searching for ways to finish teams off in the third period.

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B’s no match for Sens 01.18.10 at 3:31 pm ET
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Summary ‘€“ Daniel Alfredsson recorded a hat trick and Mike Fisher added three assists as the Ottawa Senators handled the Bruins, 5-1, in the MLK Day matinee at TD Garden. While Patrice Bergeron [thumb] and Dennis Wideman returned from injuries, the Bruins were forced to play without forwards Byron Bitz, Steve Begin and Marco Sturm. Those three are in addition to Marc Savard and Andrew Ference, both already on the injured list. The Bruins broke through five minutes into the third on Daniel Paille’s sixth goal of the season. The Senators beat the Bruins for the first time in five meetings this season.

Three Stars

Daniel Alfredsson ‘€“ Recorded a hat trick in his second game back from a left shoulder injury that forced him to miss 11 games over three weeks. He has four goals and two assists in his return.

Mike Fisher ‘€“ His play-making was evident throughout. He assisted on the first three Ottawa goals.

Filip Kuba ‘€“ He tallied two assists and played a terrific two-way game, never allowing the short-handed Bruins to get any momentum going.

Turning Point

Blake Wheeler, playing the role of San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Kaeding, fired wide left in the first period, setting a rush the other way for the Senators. That rush resulted in the game’s first goal at 7:39 of the first by Alex Kovalev. The Bruins never seemed the same after.

Key Play

With Alfredsson on the doorstep to the right of Tim Thomas, Kuba found Alfredsson with a beautiful pass from the right point and the goal turned a 2-0 game into a 3-0 affair in the second period. It marked the end of the day for Thomas after six saves on nine shots and 30 minutes of play and the end of any realistic chance the Bruins had on the day.

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Begin, Bitz and Sturm all out against Sens at 12:46 pm ET
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The short-handed Bruins will be without forwards Steve Begin, Byron Bitz and Marco Sturm for their matinee clash with the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden. Both are out with undisclosed injuries.

The team, already without Marc Savard and Andrew Ference, could get a boost with the return of center Patrice Bergeron and defenseman Dennis Wideman.

Bergeron has been out for six games with a broken thumb while Wideman returns after an undisclosed injury.

“I think the doctors had a chat with him and he wants to give it a try,” head coach Claude Julien said pregame of Bergeron’s desire to return Monday. “He’s been practicing now for a week.”

As for Bitz, Julien was a little more cryptic.

“Actually, it’s something new,” the coach said. “We’re a little banged up, but we’re grinding through and again, don’t make excuses.”

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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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