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Posted On Tuesday, 10.21.2014 / 1:04 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sharks at Bruins

BOSTON -- The San Jose Sharks' first regulation loss of the season and the return to health of center James Sheppard have caused coach Todd McLellan to juggle his forward lines against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Tuesday.

San Jose's 4-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday put the Sharks' record at 4-1-1.

Sheppard is scheduled to make his season debut after recovering from knee surgery. He thinks he's just about 100 percent healthy.

"I've gone through this rehab more than one time. And it kind of gets redundant but you get a better feel for where you are in your rehab process, things like that," said Sheppard, who had four goals and 20 points in 67 games last season. "My biggest thing was just trying to get back where I was at the end of last year because I think that's the best that I've played in my career, having a bum knee or a good year. So I kind of got a better feel for where I was and I know that now I'm ready to go, I’m ready to contribute to our team."

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Posted On Saturday, 10.11.2014 / 1:16 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Capitals at Bruins

BOSTON – The Washington Capitals should be adding one of their best defensemen to the lineup Saturday against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden, while the Bruins avoided a minor scare with their best defenseman during the morning skate.

Coach Barry Trotz said Mike Green should play against the Bruins after he missed the season opener Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens with an upper-body injury. The Capitals were 0-for-5 on the power play in their 2-1 loss, so Trotz is looking forward to Green’s debut.

“He’s a puck mover. He’s a real key on the power play,” Trotz said. “So that’s where he can have his impact most. I think breaking out of our end he’s such a good skater and a passer. If he’ll be really efficient on that then we’ll be in really good shape.”

For the Bruins, Zdeno Chara ran into teammate forward Milan Lucic during a power-play drill and Lucic’s stick clocked Chara near his right eye. Chara hit the deck, but got back up and continued in the drills. He iced his eye and finished the morning skate.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 2:11 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Flyers' Simmonds to play in opener at Bruins

BOSTON -- The Philadelphia Flyers know how much their 1-7-0 start from last season hurt them.

They recovered enough to finish third in the Metropolitan Division but then lost to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference First Round.

A better start is a huge point of emphasis for the Flyers when they open the 2014-15 season against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) at TD Garden.

"I think obviously we talk about it without wanting to talk about it," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said after the morning skate. "We just talk how hard it was to get back in the playoffs. And as much fun as it was, I think we don't want to put ourselves in that situation again. And we need to make sure we put ourselves in a better position halfway through the season."

The Flyers lineup will be at full strength because forward Wayne Simmonds' lower-body injury has healed and he will play against the Bruins. Simmonds was in a walking boot not too long ago, and when he was first injured there were fears he might miss an extended period of time.

"You never know what's going to happen," Simmonds said. "Obviously I kept my hopes up, kept optimistic and just kept working towards the goal of getting back into the lineup [Wednesday]."

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.14.2014 / 1:58 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Fraser among Bruins getting first taste of Game 7

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins rookie forward Matt Fraser has made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, tasted a couple wins and one loss, and scored an overtime goal in their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens.

Now he'll add to his NHL experience by becoming one of five Bruins who will skate in their first NHL Game 7 on Wednesday at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). The winner will advance to the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers.

Not only is Fraser's Game 7 experience naught, his experience in elimination games is slim. He recalled that the only time he's been in a similar situation was a couple of weeks ago when he was with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League and they defeated the Springfield Falcons in a best-of-5 series that went the distance.

Fraser figures he knows how to overcome his lack of experience with the season on the line.

"I think these games are obviously a different animal," Fraser said after an optional morning skate. "But you show up to the rink, you're loose, you're relaxed. There's no reason to be uptight because it won't work in your favor. You just kind of work with it, go about your business and make sure you're ready to go."

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.14.2014 / 11:53 AM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Bruins' Seidenberg unlikely to return for Game 7

BOSTON -- Based on the type of game-changer defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was for the Boston Bruins in recent Stanley Cup Playoff runs, he is a player the Bruins would love to have in their lineup.

However, it doesn't sound like Seidenberg, who had surgery for an ACL/MCL injury in early January, has a chance playing in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at TD Garden on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"I don't think so," Bruins coach Claude Julien said when asked if Seidenberg could play in the last game of the series against the Montreal Canadiens.

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Posted On Monday, 05.12.2014 / 1:30 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Bruins' Krejci believes goal drought is nearing end

MONTREAL -- The player who led the Stanley Cup Playoffs in scoring two of the past three years has failed to score a goal in his first 10 postseason games in 2014.

Boston Bruins center David Krejci, however, is confident his drought will end in the near future.

Krejci, who has three assists and is a team-worst minus-3 in the playoffs, will try to find the back of the net Monday when the Bruins play Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

The Bruins lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 and can advance to their second consecutive Eastern Conference Final with a win.

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Posted On Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 2:42 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Bruins try to avoid squandering another Game 6

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins have won eight best-of-7 series in three of the past four Stanley Cup Playoffs, including their five-game win against the Detroit Red Wings in the Eastern Conference First Round this season.

Some series have been short, some have been long. The Bruins have been in all sorts of permutations in terms of leads and deficits.

It'd be easy to focus on the negative experiences and point out that since 2010 the Bruins have failed to close a series with a 3-2 lead on the road four times. But the Bruins, who hold that 3-2 lead heading on the road for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), would rather focus on their positive experiences.

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Posted On Saturday, 05.10.2014 / 12:29 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Reunited Merlot Line looking to help Bruins

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins forward Matt Fraser made an immediate impression with an overtime goal in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

But Fraser's impact skating next to center Carl Soderberg and right wing Loui Eriksson might be further revealed as the best-of-7 series heads back to Boston for Game 5 on Saturday at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). It is tied 2-2.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.08.2014 / 1:26 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Soderberg doesn't skate; Bruins recall Fraser

MONTREAL -- Boston Bruins center Carl Soderberg missed the morning skate at Bell Centre in preparation for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

However, coach Claude Julien said Soderberg took his option and would be available to help the Bruins, who enter Game 4 down 2-1 in the best-of-7 series.

Even if Soderberg plays, there's anticipation of a lineup change for the Bruins because Thursday morning forward Matt Fraser was called up from Providence of the American Hockey League and forward Justin Florek was sent down to Providence. Florek has one goal in six games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but had been scratched since he last played in Game 1 against Montreal.

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Posted On Monday, 05.05.2014 / 2:00 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Bruins ready to face challenges of Bell Centre

BOSTON -- The Bell Centre can be a foreboding place for opposing players, particularly in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

It's arguably the loudest building in the NHL, and the Montreal Canadiens tend to feed off that noise more than the other team. The crowd and atmosphere can also have other impacts on the game other than juicing up the local players.

With Game 3 of an Eastern Conference Second Round series, which is tied between the Boston Bruins and Canadiens 1-1, scheduled for Bell Centre on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), center David Krejci knows just how hard a time the Bruins, or any team, can have on Montreal's home ice in the postseason.

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