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Bergeron, Eriksson return to ice with Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin February 26, 2014 12:15 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson returned to the ice with the Bruins this morning, skating with the team for the first time since the players came back from winning gold and silver at the Olympics in Russia.

Both players admitted that they're suffering from jet lag, and said they were unsure of how they would feel for tonight's game, which will start at 4:30 a.m. Sochi time.

Asked if he was ready to go to sleep at noon, Bergeron said, "Yeah, I am."

"I'm going to have to battle through it," Bergeron continued. "I don't know exactly how I'm going to feel, but we'll see. I'm just going to try to do whatever I can to help and be good tonight and see how it goes."

Bergeron, who won his second gold medal in Sochi, said that it was a different experience for him than in Vancouver, when he played a small role as the team's 13th forward, mostly on the penalty kill and on faceoffs. That was not the case in Sochi, where he was one of the team's most important players and spent time playing on a line with Sidney Crosby.

"It was great," Bergeron said, of playing an increased role in Sochi. "It's something that made it even more special, I think. Vancouver was amazing to win and to be there, be part of the experience and get the gold medal, but every time you have a chance [to] help even more the team win it makes you feel a little better about yourself.

"That was a great experience from day one to the last day. It was something very special, something I'll never forget, and I'm very happy and proud of the way we've all done it."

For Eriksson, who won a silver with Team Sweden, the Olympics could prove crucial down the stretch. The forward has not really been able to get into a rhythm this season, suffering two concussions that have cost him 20 games.

"I thought so," Eriksson said. "I thought it really helped me to go over there and play a lot. It's fun games to play too, when you get to the quarters and the semifinals. It's important games. I'll take a lot of things with me from that and go on from it."

Game 58 preview: Bruins at Sabres

Posted by Amalie Benjamin February 26, 2014 12:15 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- It's been two and a half weeks since the Bruins played their last game, but the team gets back on the ice tonight in Buffalo at the First Niagara Center against the Sabres.

Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson were back on the ice for morning skate, and will play for the team tonight despite still suffering from a bit of jet lag. Tuukka Rask, however, did not make the trip to Buffalo, with the Bruins bringing Chad Johnson and Niklas Svedberg.

The Bruins are well aware that it might be a sluggish start for them after the break.

"The hands are certainly going to be a bit of a debate there," coach Claude Julien said. "Your timing is a little bit off, even if you've practiced. Practices and games are very different.

"So it’s going to be important for us to simplify our game but to focus on our skating a lot and the hands will follow.

"I think as the game goes on you’re going to see the team getting better and better, and probably that’s an advantage Buffalo has right now is they were able to get a lot of those kinks out and get themselves a win yesterday."

Game time: 7:30 p.m.

TV/Radio: NBC Sports Network/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 37-16-4, Sabres 16-34-8

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

Notes: Adam McQuaid, who Julien had said was doubtful for tonight's game, is officially out against the Sabres. The Bruins are hoping he can make his return on Saturday. He has been out since Jan. 19. ... The game is the fourth of five this season against the Sabres. ... The Bruins have 25 games left in the season, which will be played in a 47-day span. Ten of those games are at the TD Garden, and 15 are on the road. ... The referees are Francois St. Laurent and Brian Pochmara. The linesmen are Mike Cvik and Brad Kovachik.

Back with Bruins, Julien raves about Olympic experience

Posted by John Carney February 25, 2014 04:18 PM

Bruins coach Claude Julien returned to practice with his team at TD Garden Tuesday afternoon and had an extra jump in his step.

After helping Team Canada to the gold medal as an assistant coach in Sochi, Russia, Julien said he came back from the experience energized and eager to resume the National Hockey League season.

The Bruins get back to work Wednesday night in Buffalo against the Sabres.

Julien didn’t get a medal for his efforts but he will be rewarded by Hockey Canada down the road in the offseason. He said it was a unique few weeks.

"I just enjoyed the experience, and it was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing that you wish everyone could experience at least once,’’ he said.

There’s no doubt that Canada’s squad was teeming with talent.

"We had two days of practice as a group,’’ said Julien. "Kind of the theme is the team keeps getting better and better every game we play and that’s basically what happened to us. We had a great buy-in from the guys and you look around and you look at the pool of talent that is out there – all great attitudes, everybody got along well.

"Team chemistry was great right from the get-go. It was a lot of fun.’’

There was no sign of forwards Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson or goaltender Tuukka Rask at practice.

But Bergeron, who won a gold medal with Team Canada in Sochi, and Eriksson, who won silver with Team Sweden, were scheduled to join the Bruins in time for their flight to Buffalo in the afternoon and are expected to play against the Sabres.

Rask, who won bronze with Team Finland, will not make the trip. He was scheduled to do an off-ice workout Wednesday and then resume practice with the Bruins at Ristuccia Arena Thursday.

"We’re going to use [Chad] Johnson [against the Sabres] and [Niklas] Svedberg will back him up so we left Tuukka behind,’’ said Julien.

Chara and Krejci return from Olympics

Posted by Amalie Benjamin February 24, 2014 01:30 PM

The Bruins welcomed back two of their five Olympians Monday, with Zdeno Chara and David Krejci returning to the team from Sochi, Russia. Chara said they got back to the United States Friday, flying from Sochi to Newark.

Both players faced rather disappointing results in Sochi, with Chara's Slovakia team losing to Krejci's Czech Republic team in the qualifying round, then the Czech Republic falling to the US in the quarterfinals.

Chara also faces the fact that these could have been his third and final Olympics, considering his age (37 in March) and the uncertainty regarding NHL participation in South Korea in 2018.

"You have to take advantage of the experience and you never know when you’re going to be able to either go or if Slovakia is going to be able to qualify, so it could have been possibly the last one," Chara said. "So you want to make the best of it."

And all that talk about accommodations?

"Everything was really, really good and really made it so easy to get around and you could feel really comfortable right away," Chara said. "Didn't feel at all like you were somewhere in Russia."

Now the focus turns back to the Bruins and their return to play Wednesday in Buffalo. Both players said they had some jet lag after their return from Sochi, especially after getting on the ice at TD Garden this morning.

"I’ve been back a couple days, but I have been to bed really early and waking up early so it’s a little bit different," Krejci said. "First day on the ice today I was really tired. I’m not going to hide that, but still got two days before the first game. Hopefully I’ll get back."

The rest of the Bruins who participated in the Olympics -- Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask, and Loui Eriksson -- are not expected to participate in practice Tuesday before the team travels to Buffalo, according to assistant coach Geoff Ward.

Bruins guaranteed Olympic medal of every color

Posted by Matt Pepin, BostonGlobe.com Staff February 22, 2014 01:25 PM


Associated Press

A 5-0 victory by goalie Tuukka Rask and Finland over the United States in the Olympics hockey bronze-medal game guarantees that the Bruins locker room will have a gold, silver, and bronze medalist.

Rask made 26 saves for the shutout as he returned to action after missing Finland's semifinal game vs. Sweden because of illness.

On Sunday, Bruins players Loui Eriksson (Sweden) and Patrice Bergeron (Canada) will be opponents in the gold-medal game.

Story: Finland blanks United States

Story: Sweden-Canada preview

Justin Florek, Matt Lindblad join practice

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 21, 2014 12:09 PM
WILMINGTON – Justin Florek and Matt Lindblad were two new faces at Friday’s Bruins practice at Ristuccia Arena. Florek and Lindblad replaced Craig Cunningham and Alexander Khokhlachev, who were assigned to Providence after practicing with the Bruins Thursday.

Florek was recalled earlier this season to play on the fourth line. This was Lindblad’s first NHL recall. Lindblad would have been a senior at Dartmouth this season, but he decided to turn pro after last year.

Eleven forwards and six defensemen practiced. Reilly Smith did not practice because he was sick.

“Today, you may have seen a little more rust,” said assistant coach Doug Houda. “Yesterday, everybody was excited to get back. Today was a little more rust. But the battle drills help.”

The Bruins concluded practice in time to settle in for the US-Canada semifinal game.

Today’s practice lineup:

Milan Lucic-Matt Lindblad-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Carl Soderberg-Justin Florek
Daniel Paille-Chris Kelly-Brad Marchand
Jordan Caron-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Dougie Hamilton
Kevan Miller-Adam McQuaid

Chad Johnson

Bruins back to work after Olympic break

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 20, 2014 12:19 PM
WILMINGTON – The Bruins have concluded their first practice following the Olympic break.

They are without their five Olympians: Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, Zdeno Chara, and David Krejci. Chara and Krejci are expected to return to Boston today and perhaps practice on Sunday or Monday.

Adam McQuaid (leg) practiced with the team for the first time since suffering his injury on Jan. 19 against Chicago. McQuaid resumed skating before the break. He was not on the ice during the break. McQuaid is not sure whether he will be ready to play on Wednesday against Buffalo. If McQuaid can play, he would replace Kevan Miller on the third pairing.

Alexander Khokhlachev and Craig Cunningham were recalled from Providence to practice today. Cunningham was packing his gear after practice. The Bruins might bring up another player from Providence tomorrow.

The Bruins are scheduled to practice again tomorrow at Ristuccia Arena at 10:30 a.m. They should conclude their on-ice session in time to watch the US-Canada game at noon.

Today’s practice lineup:

Milan Lucic-Alexander Khokhlachev-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Carl Soderberg-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Chris Kelly-Craig Cunningham
Jordan Caron-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Dougie Hamilton
Kevan Miller-Adam McQuaid

Chad Johnson
Adam Geragosian

Tuukka Rask, Loui Eriksson lead teams at Olympics

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff February 19, 2014 09:43 AM


Two Boston Bruins had major impacts on the Olympic hockey tournament Wednesday.

Goalie Tuukka Rask stopped 37 shots as Finland eliminated host country Russia, 3-1. Afterward, NBC asked a sweaty Rask what the emotion was in his crease immediately following the win.

"I couldn't yell or speak," said Rask. "I was gassed, I had just made a save. I was pretty happy."

Teemu Selanne, Juhamatti Aaltonen, and Mikael Granlund had goals for Finland in the win.

Earlier in the day, Bruins forward Loui Eriksson led Sweden to a 5-0 win over Slovenia. Eriksson had a goal (below) and an assist.

Later on Wednesday. David Krejci and his Czech Republic teammates fell to the United States, 5-2, while Patrice Bergeron and Canada defeated Latvia, 2-1. Bergeron had four shots for Canada. Krejci took one shot.


Bruins in the Olympics: Chara, Rask struggle; Bergeron shines Thursday

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff February 13, 2014 02:01 PM


Three of the five Boston Bruins players competing in the Sochi Games began their Olympic journeys Thursday.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who is serving as captain of Slovakia in his third Olympics, suffered a 7-1 loss to the US team Thursday. Jonathan Quick made 22 saves in his Olympic debut for the US, but the story was the lack of defense from a team anchored by the big Bruin. Slovakia's next game is Saturday vs. Slovenia at 3 a.m. Boston time.

The result was better for goalie Tuukka Rask's Finnish team, though Rask himself was not on top of his game, giving up four goals on 20 shots in Finland's 8-4 win over Austria. Austria had two early leads in the game before taking control.

"The first goal, everybody was caught sleeping there," Rask said. "After that second goal, everybody kind of woke up and got back to playing again."

Finland plays Canada at noon on Sunday.

Speaking of Canada, Patrice Bergeron's team wasn't dominant but had no trouble dispatching Norway, 3-1. Bergeron, who was paired on a line with John Tavares and Jamie Benn and played on the wing, had two assists in 10:59 of ice time. He'll face Rask's team Sunday.

"I'm just happy to be here and chip in whichever way I can," Bergeron told NBC. "Whether it's the right side or the left side, it doesn't matter to me."

Center David Krejci and the Czech Republic lost to Sweden on Wednesday in their first game of the tournament and they play again Friday at 3 a.m. vs. Latvia.

Bruins looking to deal in tight trade market

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 8, 2014 03:15 PM
Prior to the March 5 trade deadline, GM Peter Chiarelli is looking to acquire help on defense. That is usually the case, but especially so this season because of the loss of Dennis Seidenberg. It is unknown, however, whether that help will come.

Current prices, according to Chiarelli, are high on the rental market. They will remain so after the Olympic break. So while improving the defense is a priority, the Bruins are acknowledging that an acquisition might not take place because of the short supply and high demand.

“There’s really not that many players available,” Chiarelli said. “Beggars can’t be choosers, right? With each passing game, I see our D maturing. I see them making less mistakes. I always feel I like eight good NHL defensemen heading into the playoffs.”

Chiarelli is expecting Adam McQuaid (leg) to return, if not upon the break’s conclusion, shortly after resumption of play. Once McQuaid gets up to speed, he would replace Kevan Miller on the third pairing.

The key player in the current mix is Matt Bartkowski. Assuming every defenseman is healthy, Bartkowski would be the left-side defenseman on the second duo, most likely paired with Johnny Boychuk. The Bruins must determine if there is an available defenseman who would be an upgrade on Bartkowski. If so, they’d have to figure out how much to give up for the acquisition. But Chiarelli said he’d be comfortable starting the playoffs with Bartkowski in the top-four formation.

Chiarelli said he has not ruled out acquiring a player with term beyond this season remaining on his contract. But that might mean dealing away a current roster player to account for future cap issues.

Game 57 preview: Senators at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin February 8, 2014 12:11 PM

We're here at the TD Garden as the Bruins take on the Senators this afternoon. This marks the final game for the Bruins before the Olympic break, and the second game without Zdeno Chara, who carried in the flag for Team Slovakia at the Olympic opening ceremonies yesterday.

For now, the Bruins will attempt to finish off the run that they've been on since taking on Dallas on Jan. 16. In those last 10 games, the Bruins have gone 7-1-2, earning points in all but the loss to Montreal. That's 16 of the possible 20 points they could have earned.

Game time: 3 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 36-16-4, Senators 26-21-11

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

David Warsofsky-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller
Torey Krug-Dougie Hamilton

Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask

Notes: The Bruins have lost two games so far to the Senators this season, including one without Zdeno Chara. They are 1-2-0 against Ottawa, and finish out the season series today. ... Four more of the Bruins are off to Sochi, Russia, after this game, with Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask, Loui Eriksson, and David Krejci joining Chara at the Olympics. ... The referees are Francis Charron and Eric Furlatt. The linesmen are Brian Mach and Brian Murphy.

Zdeno Chara already a big hit at Olympics

Posted by Staff February 7, 2014 10:04 AM


As the NHL's early arrival at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Bruins defenseman and Team Slovakia captain Zdeno Chara has already been a big hit.

Chara was selected by his country to carry the flag at the Opening Ceremonies.

"It’s a huge privilege," he said. "I can’t really describe until it all sinks in, probably tonight. It’s going to be very special. It is already. But like I’ve said many times, it’s something you don’t get to do or experience for many athletes. I’m very lucky and privilege to be able to do that."

Chara was given permission from the Bruins organization to take part in the Opening Ceremony, as he missed two Bruins games to head to Sochi early.

"Pretty much as soon as I found out that there is an opportunity for me carrying the flag, I went and talked to the general manager and head coach," he said. "We kind of talked about it. We kind of decided we were going to make a decision probably two days later.

"There were some discussions with the ownership and among the management, and after three days, they basically told me ... They asked me if that’s something we have a right to do and if it’s important to me. I said, 'Of course. It’s a huge honor.' And basically after that, they said, 'We’re going support you. You've been with the organization for a long time, and you've done a lot of good changes.'"

"I can't thank them enough. Honestly, it's a dream come true."

Being the tallest player to ever play in the NHL, Chara’s presence in Russia has already produced some memorable tweets before the Opening Ceremonies get underway, including these that show the height difference between him and Canadian figure skater Kirsten Moore-Towers, as well the report on the size, or lack thereof, of the 6-9 Chara’s bed in Sochi.

The Olympic Opening Ceremonies took place Friday at 11 a.m. Eastern Time, but will be re-broadcast tonight at 7:30 p.m. on NBC.

The Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno contributed quotes to this report from Sochi.

Bruins left behind share teammates' Olympic dreams

Posted by Staff February 7, 2014 09:11 AM
Following a 3-2 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, the Bruins are now one game away from the NHL Olympic break. Olympic hockey will kick off starting Feb. 12 in Sochi.

Earlier this week, several of the younger Bruins weighed in on what it would mean to one day be a member of Team USA at the Olympics, which is looking to build off of its silver medal performance in Vancouver four years ago.

“There’s not many Americans on this [Bruins] team,” said defenseman Torey Krug. “So, in a few years, you really wish you could be in a position to help out with the Olympic team and represent the Bruins in that way.

“Obviously we have a lot of guys [here] representing other countries, so it would be nice if someone could finally represent the US.”

Krug is second to only Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien this season in goals by an American defenseman, with Byfuglien having the advantage of his team having three more games played. Krug was the subject of debate earlier this year as to whether he should be heading to Sochi despite playing just 74 career NHL games, but was ultimately left off the roster.

Fellow young Americans Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller said that they too would like get the chance to make Team USA someday, but for now they’re just excited to watch the Winter Olympics as the Games officially get underway.

“Playing in the [NHL] now, you always want to get better and hopefully, once you get better and play your best, you like to think that maybe someday you could play at that level,” Bartkowski said. “I just like watching the Olympics, not just hockey, everything.”

“It would just be cool to kind of see your country out there,” said Miller. “Every four years it comes around so it’s pretty special. It would be cool to play one day, but still it’s kind of more rooting on your country.”

The Bruins are sending five players from five different countries to the 2014 Winter Olympics: Zdeno Chara for Slovakia; Patrice Bergeron for Canada; David Krejci for the Czech Republic; Tuukka Rask for Finland; and Loui Eriksson for Sweden.

“It’s going to be different; definitely an experience,” said Rask on his excitement level heading into his first Olympics. “Really don’t know what to expect. It’s a short tournament, but then again, there’s all sorts of stuff going on, other events, too. It’s kind of different, but I’m really excited.”

Rask said that he wasn't sure if he would be the starting goaltender for Team Finland.

"I don’t know, we’ll see when we go there,” he said. “I’m sure we’re going to have a talk with the coach to see what the role is, but I’m okay with it, whatever it is. If I get to play, that’s great; if not, then you just get your rest. We’ll see.”

Chara has an extra opportunity that his other teammates who are going to the Games won't. He was selected by Team Slovakia to carry the country’s flag in the opening ceremonies.

Chara left the Bruins to head to Sochi after their 3-1 win against Vancouver on Tuesday, and the team knows what an honor that selection is for their captain.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it’s definitely a huge honor as an athlete to be a part of something like this and be the flag bearer for your country,” said Milan Lucic. “I’m happy for him; I’m thrilled for him that he gets to do this and have this opportunity, and I know we’ll all be watching to see how he does.”

“As an individual, when you get to carry your country's flag, it means they think a lot of you,” said coach Claude Julien. “He’s done a lot of things in his career and building his career to earn that [selection]; he went from someone that nobody thought could ever play this game, let alone at the level he’s at right now. He’s become an elite player at this level; he’s represented his country every time he’s had a chance with pride, and he’s become a leader on that team.

“There’s a lot of things he has done off the ice; he’s a true professional, very classy, goes out of his way to do a lot of things that aren’t necessary, but he’s feels that are important, so I think he’s really earned the opportunity to do that, and I think they made a good choice.”

Game 56 preview: Bruins at Blues

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff February 6, 2014 02:49 PM

ST. LOUIS – Welcome to the Scottrade Center here in St. Louis, where the Bruins will take on the Blues this evening in their first of two games without defenseman Zdeno Chara.

Chara, of course, has headed to Sochi, Russia, where he will be the flag bearer for Team Slovakia in the Olympic opening ceremonies.

The Bruins had an optional morning skate this morning, with the entire defense participating. The only players absent from the ice were Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Jarome Iginla, Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton, and Tuukka Rask.

Game time: 8 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 36-16-3, Blues 37-12-6

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Dougie Hamilton
David Warsofsky-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Bruins are 7-1-1 in their last seven games, with just two left to play before the Olympic break. … The Blues won the one game between the two teams so far this season, taking a 3-2 shootout victory at the TD Garden. In fact, each of the Blues last three wins against Boston have come via the shootout. … David Warsofsky was initially drafted by the Blues, but was traded to Boston for Vladimir Sobotka in 2010. … The referees are Kyle Rehman and Francois St. Laurent. The linesmen are Don Henderson and Darren Gibbs.

Bruins prepare for two games without Zdeno Chara

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 5, 2014 01:13 PM
WILMINGTON – The Bruins concluded their first practice at Ristuccia Arena without Zdeno Chara. The captain will not play Thursday against St. Louis or on Saturday against Ottawa. Chara was scheduled to depart today for Sochi, where he will take part in the Olympics opening ceremony.

With Chara absent, the Bruins will look to their baby-faced defense to support Tuukka Rask against the Blues.

“We’re looking forward to seeing those guys with a little more responsibility than when Z’s around,” coach Claude Julien said. “You don’t win hockey games with just one player. We know one player can make a difference. But at the end of the night, when you look at the game, it’s about the whole team. Right now, we’ve got to go into this game tomorrow and the game on Saturday knowing we have to play a real good team game.”

Matt Bartkowski and Johnny Boychuk will be the No. 1 pairing. Here is the rest of today’s practice lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton/Jordan Caron

Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Dougie Hamilton
David Warsofsky-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

PP1: Krug, Warsofsky, Lucic, Krejci, Iginla.

PP2: Hamilton, Smith, Bergeron, Eriksson, Soderberg.

Game 55: Canucks at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin February 4, 2014 01:54 PM

Good afternoon from the TD Garden, where the Bruins are taking on the visiting Canucks, the team that they love to hate. Or just hate.

It's a rivalry that has maintained its fire, even though the two teams have only faced each other twice since that epic seven-game Stanley Cup Final back in 2011. There was plenty of bad blood spilled in the teams' January, 2012 matchup, and it again boiled over back in December when the Bruins visited Vancouver for the first time since Game 7.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 35-16-3, Canucks 27-21-9

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller
Torey Krug-Dougie Hamilton

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson

Notes: The Canucks won the first matchup of the season, 6-2, in Vancouver, a game that resulted in Ryan Kesler saying that Brad Marchand has "no class." ... This game marks the final one before for the break for Zdeno Chara, with the Bruins captain missing the games in St. Louis and at home against Ottawa to go early to Sochi, Russia, for the Olympics. He will serve as the flag bearer for Team Slovakia. ... The Canucks played last night in Detroit and did not skate this morning in Boston. ... The referees are Gord Dwyer and Wes McCauley. The linesmen are Andy McElman and Bryan Pancich.

Bruins to renew rivarly with Canucks

Posted by Amalie Benjamin February 3, 2014 12:19 PM
WILMINGTON – It's been almost three years since the Bruins and Canucks met in the Stanley Cup Final in 2011, but there doesn't seem to be any weakening of the rivalry, which has spilled over in the two regular season games since.

That is expected to continue when Vancouver comes to Boston tomorrow for the first time since January 7, 2012.

"I think there's definitely hatred for that team," Brad Marchand said.

Marchand, you might recall, did his best to agitate the Canucks in the teams' most recent matchup, a 6-2 win for Vancouver in December. But he wasn't the only one who still felt the heat between the two teams.

Asked if there was an expiration date for the rivalry, Vancouver native Milan Lucic said, "We'll see, right? It seems to still be there. We'll see once the puck drops, if it's still there and if it's still going to be there."

He added, "It's there just because of the bad blood and all the emotion that was in that Final. There's still guys that were big parts of that Final that are still on the same team. I think that's what makes this rivalry continue, but we don't want to make too, too much of it like we did going into the Montreal game and then play the way we did, so I think we're just focusing more on our game and how we need to play more so than on the rivalry."

Puck drops for Bruins-Canucks at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Bruins recall David Warsofsky

Posted by Amalie Benjamin February 3, 2014 10:56 AM
WILMINGTON – The Bruins recalled defenseman David Warsofsky on Monday. Warsofsky was on the ice this morning with the team at Ristuccia Arena.

The team will be without Zdeno Chara for two games this week, with the captain heading to Sochi, Russia, early to be the flag bearer for Slovakia at the opening ceremonies. He will be with the team for Tuesday's game against Vancouver, but will miss games at St. Louis on Thursday and against Ottawa on Saturday.

Adam McQuaid was not on the ice this morning, though coach Claude Julien said he had been making progress and working out. McQuaid will return as soon as he is back to 100 percent, but it is not clear whether he could be back before the Olympic break.

Warsofsky has played in four games for the Bruins this season, and has scored one goal.

Game 54 preview: Oilers at Bruins

Posted by Amalie Benjamin February 1, 2014 11:21 AM

Welcome to the TD Garden on this Saturday morning. The Oilers are in town, and that means former Bruin Andrew Ference, who told the media this morning that he has been cleared to play and will be in the lineup against his old team.

Ference left the Bruins on extremely good terms after last season, something which can be a rarity in sports.

As he said, "It’s been as fairy tale as it gets in the sports world from a player’s perspective of how to go a different city and leave a city but be able to know you can come back to kind of open arms."

Should be a good reception for him in his return.

Game time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub

Records: Bruins 34-16-3, Oilers 18-32-6

Projected lineups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Miller
Torey Krug-Hamilton

Chad Johnson
Tuukka Rask

Notes: Claude Julien confirmed that Zdeno Chara will miss two games this week to be Slovakia's flag bearer in the Olympic opening ceremonies in Sochi, Russia. He will miss games against the Blues and Senators. ... The Bruins are coming off a poor performance against the Canadiens, a game in which they admitted they didn't come out with enough emotion or fight and which Patrice Bergeron called their worst game of the year. ... The Bruins won the first meeting between the two teams this season, 4-2, in Edmonton in December, and have won their last 11 straight against Edmonton. That's their longest active stretch against any opponent. ... The referees are Jean Hebert and Dave Jackson. The linesmen are David Brisebois and Matt MacPherson.

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