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Bruins take the ice for Sunday practice 03.20.11 at 11:21 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Ah, the rare Sunday practice. After an ugly 5-2 loss in Toronto Saturday, the B’s took the ice here at Ristuccia Arena in attempt to work out the issues that have made them losers of six of their last seven games (1-3-3).

The Patrice Bergeron line is the one to feature an extra man this time around, with Michael Ryder donning the gold sweater.

Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton
Brad Marchand/Michael Ryder – Patrice Bergeron – Mark Recchi
Rich PeverleyChris KellyTyler Seguin
Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

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Mark Recchi, Andrew Ference absent as Bruins return to practice 03.07.11 at 10:43 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins took the ice at Ristuccia Arena Monday morning as they gear up for a stretch this week that features three games in four nights. They’ll kick things off Tuesday in Montreal before hosting the Sabres Thursday and heading to Long Island on Friday.

Everyone was accounted for at Bruins practice but Mark Recchi, Steve Kampfer and Andrew Ference. Patrice Bergeron returned to the B’s for Monday’s skate after missing Saturday’s game due to personal reasons. With Recchi not on the ice, Tyler Seguin took his spot on Bergeron and Brad Marchand‘s line.

This day in Bruins history is a memorable one, but not for good reason. It was a year ago that Matt Cooke changed Marc Savard‘s career with a blindside hit in Pittsburgh.

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Bergeron expected back Monday, Kampfer talks concussion 03.05.11 at 1:43 pm ET
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Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer touched on the concussion he suffered Thursday night, telling reporters Saturday that he and the team are being cautious and that the injury, which is set to keep him out a week, is “not something that you want to rush back from.”

“We’re going to take things slow and make sure that every day is a little bit better than the last,” he said.

After scoring in the second period to make it a 1-1 game that the B’s would eventually end up winning, Kampfer took a hard him in the corner from Lightning forward Mattias Ritola.

“I guess it kind of rubs me the wrong way that there was no penalty on the play because he had no intentional play on the pick, so it bothered me that way,” Kampfer said.

“I thought it was a clean hit personally just because my body was squared, but it’s not fun when you’re not expecting a hit, so it’s frustrating because you don’t want to sit out either.”

Kampfer said that his head was hurting when he returned to the bench, and after talking with trainer Don DelNegro tried to go back out for another shift. His head “started pounding a little bit more” from there, so he sat on the bench for the rest of the bench before leaving the game.

Meanwhile, coach Claude Julien told reporters that Patrice Bergeron, out Saturday for personal reasons, will return to the team on Monday.

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Steven Kampfer out one week with concussion, Patrice Bergeron (personal reasons) out Saturday 03.04.11 at 1:19 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins will be without two players when they host the Penguins Saturday at TD Garden. Steven Kampfer, who scored in Thursday’s 2-1 win, left the game following a hard hit from Mattias Ritola and on Friday was diagnosed with a mild concussion. Coach Claude Julien said after Friday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena that the 22-year-old is expected to miss a week.

Patrice Bergeron, meanwhile, is not with the team and has travelled elsewhere due to “personal reasons,” according to the coach. He will not play against the Penguins. It will be the first game the 25-year-old has missed all season.

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Bruins return to practice without Steven Kampfer, Patrice Bergeron at 12:03 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — There were no new faces in the house at Ristuccia Arena for Friday’s practice, though a couple of familiar ones were missing in Steven Kampfer and Patrice Bergeron.

Kampfer left Thursday night’s 2-1 win over the Lightning in the second period due to a hard hit from Mattias Ritola. Claude Julien said after the game that he “got his bell rung” and would be re-evaluated Friday. It may just be a rest/maintenance day for Bergeron.

With Bergeron not on the ice, Rich Peverley donned a yellow sweater along Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi. Tyler Seguin, scratched Thursday, wore a grey sweater with Chris Kelly and Michael Ryder.

Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton

Brad Marchand – Rich Peverley – Mark Recchi

Tyler Seguin – Chris Kelly – Michael Ryder

Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

More to come following practice.

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Bruins, Lightning scoreless after one 03.03.11 at 7:42 pm ET
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The Bruins and Lightning are as close as it gets in the standings. It seems that has translated to Thursday’s game, as the two teams are scoreless after a period of play at the Garden.

The Lightning outshot the Bruins, 10-8, in the period. After an ill-advised maneuver by Tim Thomas behind his net early on, he had to rush back to make a kick-save on Teddy Purcell. Thomas later robbed Mattias Ritola in front with just over 12 minutes left in the period, but the Milan Lucic went to the box afterwards for a clear-as-day cross-check.

Simon Gagne had a great opportunity on the power play, but went the puck across the crease. With 25 seconds remaining on the penalty, Steven Stamos beat Thomas with a wrist-shot but clanked it off the post.

Adam Hall drew the Lightning’s only penalty, going off for hooking David Krejci at 10:47. The Bruins are now 1-for-14 on the power play since Tomas Kaberle entered the fold, though they’re getting their chances.

Brad Marchand led the B’s with two shots in the period. Lightning goalie Mike Smith made a big stop on Patrice Bergeron on perhaps the Bruins’ best scoring opportunity thus far.

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Milan Lucic scores twice as Bruins top Flames 02.22.11 at 11:41 pm ET
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Milan Lucic tallied two goals and Tim Thomas made 28 saves as the Bruins extinguished the Flames, 3-1, Tuesday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Lucic opened the scoring just 59 seconds into the game when he went hard to the net and redirected David Krejci‘€™s centering pass by Calgary netminder Miikka Kiprusoff (26 saves) for his team-leading 25th goal of the season.

Brad Marchand added some insurance 5:55 into the third when he gathered the puck in the right circle and wristed it under the crossbar for his 19th goal.

Curtis Glencross made things interesting with a power-play goal that cut the lead in half with 2:33 to go, but Lucic sealed the win with an empty-netter with 47 seconds remaining.

Thomas improved to 27-8-6 with the win and he continues to lead the NHL in goals-against average and save percentage.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

-The Flames were hot coming in, having won three in a row and 11 of their last 14, but the B’€™s were able to pour some water on them and quiet the crowd early on. They got on the board less than a minute in when they caught Calgary in a line change. Adam McQuaid moved the puck up to Krejci to create an odd-man rush and Krejci faked a shot before centering for Lucic.

-Krejci continued his stretch of hot play, as he assisted on both of Lucic’€™s goals to give him six points in his last three games and 13 in his last 11. He had a goal and an assist in Thursday’€™s win over the Islanders and followed that up with two more assists in Friday’€™s win against the Senators.

-Marchand added to his impressive rookie season with his third goal in his last two games. The marker came as the result of hard work from the entire second line. Patrice Bergeron forced a turnover with a hard check in the corner and then went to the net to redirect Andrew Ference‘€™s shot right to Marchand, who was left with an open cage to shoot at.

-It seemed like there were bodies and pucks zipping around the front of the Boston net all night, but Thomas stood tall between the pipes. His biggest save came with a little more than four minutes left in the game when he flashed the leather and snagged Olli Jokinen‘€™s one-timer from the slot. It turned out to be even bigger than it appeared at the time given the fact the Flames scored less than two minutes later.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

-Despite jumping out to a 1-0 lead, the B’€™s were outplayed for much of the first half of the game. The Flames were able possess the puck in the offensive zone for long stretches of play and maintain steady pressure on the B’€™s. They outshot Boston, 13-7, in the first period and built the lead to 21-12 by the middle of the second before the B’€™s picked it up and recorded five of the final six shots in the period.

-The B’€™s had a four-minute power play starting late in the second and carrying over to the third, but failed to score. It was a golden opportunity to up the lead to two and although the B’€™s created a few good chances, they couldn’€™t capitalize. It marked the first time in seven games Boston failed to score at least one power-play goal.

-With 3:04 to go, one of the last guys the B’€™s wanted in the penalty box was Bergeron, their top penalty-killing forward. But that’€™s exactly where he ended up after being called for a slash while pursuing the puck behind the Calgary net. The penalty ultimately cost Thomas his would-be league-leading eighth shutout.

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