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Horton impresses despite bad bounce 09.26.10 at 12:59 am ET
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Tyler Seguin wasn’t the only player to have a nice night offensively and still want a play or two back. Nathan Horton, who scored the Bruins’ second goal in the second period Saturday night, fell victim to a tricky bounce that eventually led to a Radek Dvorak goal that tied the game in the third period of the team’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Panthers.

Behind Tuukka Rask’s net, Horton turned the puck over to Marty Reasoner, who fed it Dvorak.

“I don’t know [what happened],” Horton said. “I was skating back and it kind of hopped over my stick and it was a bad bounce, but hopefully that won’t happen during the year,” Horton said before cracking a smile.

Horton, the centerpiece of June’s trade that sent Dennis Wideman, the 15th overall pick in the draft, and a 2011 third-rounder to Florida, may have been given a pass given the skills he put on display Saturday night. In addition to his obvious strength, his goal was more or less a PSA on not giving him space or time to shoot given how easily he beat Scott Clemmensen from the hash marks with ample time to pick his spot top shelf.

“I  just had a little bit more time I guess and I just tried to get a better shot, a better angle,” he said. “Just luckily it went in.”

In facing his old teammates, Horton was on the ice for 19:12, starting on the team’s projected top line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci and seeing time both on the power play and penalty kill. All in all, Horton saw positives and negatives on the night, but nothing too extreme.

“I mean, obviously, it’s still preseason, so it was pretty sloppy,” Horton said, “but we need to obviously work on things and get more comfortable with guys [we're] playing with. But I think every fame is going to get better from here on in and just keep pushing hard, keep working and I think things will come together pretty quickly.

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Bruins assign Sauve and Alexandrov to Providence 09.25.10 at 10:31 pm ET
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Before writers could rush to their computers to write that Claude Julien said a couple more cuts were coming, the Bruins announced Saturday night that they have assigned defenseman Yury Alexandrov and forward Max Sauve to Providence. With the move, the team’s roster currently stands at 33 players.

Julien said prior to the move that the team had “unfortunately tough and quick decisions to make before we go to Prague.” The team leaves for Belfast on Wednesday night and will head to Prague a week from Sunday. Shameless plug — WEEI.com will be there.

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Panthers win it in shootout at 10:25 pm ET
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Cory Stillman notched the game-winner against Tuukka Rask in a shootout as the Bruins took a 3-2 loss in third preseason game, their first at TD Garden. After Patrice Bergeron netted the team the first shootout goal, Ryan Spooner and Tyler Seguin failed to convert on their attempts.

In regulation, both teams went scoreless in the first period with each with the Bruins scoring twice in the second and the Panthers picking up two of their own in the third. Seguin and Nathan Horton provided the offense for the B’s, with both of the high-profile newcomers beating Scott Clemmensen in the second. Seguin’s tally was the first of his preseason, while Horton had already potted one against the Canadiens on Wednesday night.

Radek Dvorak slid a Rask at 2:20 of the third period to make it a 2-1 game. The goal broke up a shutout bid by Rask in which the Panthers otherwise failed to capitalize on rebounds. Later in the period, a Horton turnover behind his own net led to Marty Reasoner setting up Nathan McArdle for the game-tying goal.

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Bruins set to face off with Panthers at 6:47 pm ET
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We’re here at the Garden all ready for the Bruins to square off in their first home preseason game of 2010. Claude Julien intimated he would use the same lines Saturday as he did in Friday morning’s skate, and based on pregame warmups, the forwards will skate as follows:

Lucic – Krejci – Horton

Seguin – Bergergon – Recchi

Sauve – Spooner – Caron

Arniel – Campbell – McGrattan

Stuart – Bartkowski

Chara – Kampfer

Alexandrov – Seidenberg

Rask

Schaefer

All eyes will likely be on the top two lines for the Bruins, as one could assume they will be the team’s top six forwards on Oct. 9. Former Boston College great Scott Clemmensen is in net for the Panthers.

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Bruins release five more from camp at 2:50 pm ET
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The Bruins have cut their roster down to 35 by releasing five players from training camp on Saturday in Matt Dalton, Jeff LoVecchio, Nathan McIver, Jeremy Reich and Wyatt Smith.

Dalton and Smith were assigned to Providence, while the other three were placed on waivers for the purpose of being assigned to the Baby B’s. The team will play it’s third preseason game on Saturday night when they take on the Panthers at TD Garden.

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Expect Friday morning’s lines on Saturday 09.24.10 at 6:19 pm ET
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Those excited to finally hear that Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Nathan Horton skated on a line in Friday morning’s practice are in luck. Same goes for those gushing about the PPF (past, present, future — stick tap to ESPNBoston’s Joe MacDonald on the name) line consisting of 42 year old Mark Recchi and 18 year old Tyler Seguin with Patrice Bergeron, 25, in the middle. Claude Julien indicated that the lines from the earlier of the team’s two sessions will likely be the same ones that take the ice Saturday night at the Garden against the Panthers.

“Our lineups should be pretty close to what you saw this morning in the first group,” Julien said Friday. “So if you took note of that, that’s pretty close. I always say that because tomorrow morning something may happen or we might make a change here or there. But what you saw in the first group is, if everything goes according to how it should, it should be pretty close team for tomorrow.”

Chiarelli also said that Tim Thomas, who practiced on Friday, will not be in net for the Bruins. By process of elimination, expect Tuukka Rask, the only other goalie in the first group Friday, to get the start.

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Bruins release nine more from camp at 12:54 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Friday that they have released nine players from training camp. They consist of Andrew
Bodnarchuk
, Ryan Button, Craig Cunningham, Jordan Knackstedt, Jared Knight, Lane MacDermid, Kirk MacDonald, Jeff Penner, and Joe Rullier.

Bodnarchuk, Knackstedt, MacDermid and Penner were all sent to Providence. Rullier and MacDonald were released from their tryout deals. MacDonald will report to the Providence’s camp.

The rest of the players will return to their respective junior clubs. Cunningham has already been named caption of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants.

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