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Posted On Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 1:02 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Boyle, Brown on ice with Sharks

BOSTON -- The San Jose Sharks will play the second game of their five-game road trip Thursday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US) against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

They're expected to have one new face in their lineup for the game, but they had a familiar face join them for their morning skate for the first time in a little while.

Mike Brown, who was acquired in trade with the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, is expected to make his Sharks debut Thursday, according to coach Todd McLellan. Defenseman Dan Boyle, who has missed three games with an upper-body injury and didn't travel with the team for the start of the road trip, skated with the Sharks on Thursday. McLellan said Boyle won't play against the Bruins, but there was no holding Boyle back from accelerating his recovery.


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Posted On Thursday, 10.10.2013 / 1:10 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Avs' Roy excited to coach against Julien, Bruins

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins, who are 2-0-0 on the season, haven't played since they beat the Detroit Red Wings at home last Saturday.

That's given the players some time to practice and make community appearances, and it freed up some time for coach Claude Julien to prepare for a visit by the Colorado Avalanche -- in more ways than one.

Julien was asked Thursday after his team's morning skate if the time off gave him a chance to think about the Olympics. Julien is scheduled to be an assistant coach for Team Canada.

"Yeah, the Olympics," he said. "And then I spent the last couple of days solidifying the glass between the benches."


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Posted On Saturday, 10.05.2013 / 12:24 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Bruins looking for third-line scoring

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins searched for most of the season and the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs for third-line production and rarely got it.

This season, they're plan was to rectify that. Although an injury to Carl Soderberg changed the formation of the Bruins' third line prior to the Thursday's season opener, Jordan Caron joined center Chris Kelly and right wing Reilly Smith to form a group that was strong at both ends of the rink in the 3-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

With Soderberg still out with an ankle injury, that trio figures to be together again against the Detroit Red Wings Saturday at TD Garden.

"They've got to be able to generate some stuff, some scoring opportunities, which is what we talked about last year about trying to find with our third line," Bruins coach Claude Julien said after his team's morning skate. "So right now, they've given us that. I thought last game they spent some time in the offensive zone. I thought they did a great job forechecking and creating some things."

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Posted On Thursday, 10.03.2013 / 7:08 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Lightning's Salo scratched with upper-body injury

BOSTON -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Sami Salo was scratched against the Boston Bruins on Thursday because of an upper-body injury.

Salo, 39, took part in the morning skate but did not warm up with the team. He was tied for second on the Lightning last season with a plus-5 rating.

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Posted On Thursday, 10.03.2013 / 12:48 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Eriksson, Iginla set to debut for Bruins vs. Lightning

BOSTON -- It's finally time for the Boston Bruins to unleash their much-hyped offseason acquisitions Thursday, as the Bruins will host the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden in the season opener for both clubs.

Loui Eriksson and Jarome Iginla are scheduled to make their debuts with Boston and play on the lines they were projected to skate with in the summer, and played with all through training camp. Eriksson will line up with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, while Iginla will skate with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. Bruins coach Claude Julien said Krejci, who recently missed time with back spasms, will be in against the Lightning.

It'll be important for the Bruins' new top two lines to forge early chemistry.

"I think we feel pretty good out there," Eriksson said after the Bruins' morning skate. "We've been having lot of practices together and we played a few [preseason] games together too. So I think everyone is excited to get going here and start playing."

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Posted On Friday, 09.13.2013 / 1:24 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Bruins captain Chara talks Stanley Cup controversy

BOSTON -- Although the Boston Bruins' run to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final made for an abbreviated offseason, Zdeno Chara's summer mostly was uneventful.

The 36-year-old defenseman said he stuck to his same offseason workout regimen, despite rehabilitating a hip-pointer injury. He still refuses to speak about the injury or admit it hindered his performance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Chara also mixed in plenty of family time and a brief vacation in Florida. However, even when relaxing Chara couldn't escape a little modern-day controversy. As a devoted friend to and Slovakian Olympic teammate of Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa, Chara agreed to attend his countryman's Cup championship celebration party.

No one should think that Chara completely enjoyed that experience.

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Posted On Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 4:02 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Bruins' Julien puts new faces on top two lines

BOSTON – Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien wasted no time inserting his club's new additions onto the lines they've been projected by many to join since the summer.

Julien had Loui Eriksson, who was acquired from the Dallas Stars in the Tyler Seguin trade, skate with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, in Seguin's old spot, in the first practice session of the first on-ice day of training camp Thursday at TD Garden.

Jarome Iginla, who was signed as a free agent to replace Nathan Horton, skated alongside center David Krejci and Milan Lucic in the second session.


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Posted On Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 3:38 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Bruins' Campbell on ice for first time since broken leg

BOSTON -- A few weeks of skating on his own and a couple days participating in informal skates with his teammates couldn't tell Gregory Campbell if he was ready to go all-out in Boston Bruins training camp.

He had to just do it, and Thursday at TD Garden the veteran center was on his usual line with wings Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton during the team's second on-ice session of the afternoon.

Coach Claude Julien said the trio that's been a staple of the Bruins' lineup for three seasons looked solid as usual, but Campbell was a tougher critic as far as his own performance. It was the first time he took part in a formal NHL practice since he broke his leg in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final last season.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.11.2013 / 1:42 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Bergeron, Campbell not 100 percent for Bruins

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins’ depth up the middle might be tested at the start of training camp as veteran centers Patrice Bergeron and Gregory Campbell continue to recover from injuries incurred during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Bergeron famously played through a broken rib, injured rib cartilage, punctured lung and separated shoulder in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks. Just as famously, Campbell broke his leg in the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins and had to have surgery.

Both players took their physical exams and went through off-ice testing with their teammates at TD Garden on Wednesday. Also, both might be limited when on-ice sessions start Thursday.

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.25.2013 / 1:28 AM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Bruins' Chara won't blame injury for tough time

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has a Norris Trophy, several All-Star Game appearances and a Stanley Cup championship on his resume. The 6-foot-9, 255-pound blueliner is widely regarded as the best shutdown defenseman in the NHL.

So that he was on the ice for 10 of the Chicago Blackhawks' last 12 goals over the course of the last three games of the Stanley Cup Final was a major shock. There had to be a physical reason for Chara's struggles.

Unfortunately, the hockey world will have to wait a couple of days to find out what was hampering Chara other than the Blackhawks' top line of Jonathan Toews, Bryan Bickell and Patrick Kane.

"I'm not thinking about my physical status. Sorry," Chara said after the Blackhawks defeated the Bruins, 3-2, at TD Garden on Monday in Game 6 of the Cup Final.

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