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Posted On Saturday, 04.04.2015 / 1:08 PM

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

At the Rink: Maple Leafs at Bruins

BOSTON -- Although the Boston Bruins have won four in a row, they aren't clicking on all cylinders just yet.

For instance, it's been 13 games since their leading goal scorer Brad Marchand found the back of the net. Marchand, who has 22 goals, will try to end his slump against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, NESN).

"I hope so. It's been a while," Marchand said after the Bruins morning skate. "I mean, chances are there. I think I've missed three breakaways in that time. It's definitely frustrating, especially with the race that we're in right now. But hopefully tonight can end it, and if not, at least get on the right track to getting out of this funk."

Posted On Tuesday, 03.31.2015 / 1:24 PM

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

At the Rink: Panthers at Bruins

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has taken the most faceoffs in the NHL with 1,792 in 75 games, so he's used to a heavy workload around the dots.

Lately though, Bergeron's workload has been heavier than usual. With the Bruins fighting for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they have relied on the two-time Selke Trophy winner to take 34 faceoffs per game the past three games (two wins and an overtime loss). For the season, he's averaged 23.8 faceoffs attempts per game.

Bergeron, who leads the League with a faceoff success rate of 60 percent, has won 59.2 percent of his faceoffs the past three games, many in the defensive zone or at the most important point of some crucial games.

Bergeron's increased workload should continue when the Bruins host the Florida Panthers at TD Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, SNW, FS-F, NESN). The Bruins lead the Panthers by four points for the second wild card into the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. The Ottawa Senators are three points behind Boston.

Posted On Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 11:24 AM

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

At the Rink: Rangers at Bruins

BOSTON -- New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will start against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, SN360, MSG, NESN), according to coach Alain Vigneault.

Lundqvist sustained a vascular injury when he took a puck to the neck against the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 31. He started Feb. 2 against the Florida Panthers, but had been out of the lineup since. He missed 24 games and dressed as the backup against for the Rangers' 5-1 win against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

"He came in [Friday] with six or seven shooters and felt good," Vigneault said. "He told [goaltending coach] Ben [Allaire] he was good to go. So I wanted to play him one of the two games on the weekend and I decided today."

Posted On Tuesday, 03.17.2015 / 5:09 PM

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

At the Rink: Sabres at Bruins

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins awoke Tuesday five points ahead of the Ottawa Senators for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

Despite playing without injured center David Krejci, they're 8-2-1 in their past 11 heading into their game against the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN).

But the Bruins might receive a boost soon because Krejci, who sustained a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee Feb. 20 against the St. Louis Blues, is getting closer to a return, according to Bruins coach Claude Julien. Krejci was projected to miss four to six weeks but has been out a little more than three.

Krejci had been skating on his own for a week before he joined the Bruins' morning skate Tuesday.

Posted On Thursday, 03.12.2015 / 1:27 PM

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

At the Rink: Lightning at Bruins

BOSTON -- Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper had a hat trick of bad news to reveal Thursday.

Forward Ondrej Palat will miss 2-3 weeks because of a lower-body injury, defenseman Braydon Coburn will be out 4-6 weeks because of a lower-body injury and forward Cedric Paquette will miss 10-14 days because of an upper-body injury.

The Lightning will face the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, SN360, TVA Sports). Palat is fourth on the Lightning in scoring with 52 points. Paquette has scored 12 goals in addition to providing the Lightning with grit as a bottom-six forward. Coburn, who played four games for the Lightning after he was acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers on March 2, has averaged 17:01 of ice time since the trade.

Posted On Thursday, 03.05.2015 / 1:02 PM

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

At the Rink: Flames at Bruins

BOSTON -- Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau's first NHL road trip through the places where he made his mark on his path to becoming a professional hockey player will continue when the Flames face the Boston Bruins on Thursday at TD Garden.

Gaudreau starred for three seasons with Boston College. His teams won the Beanpot three times and the Hockey East championship once on the Bruins home ice. Gaudreau won the Hobey Baker Award in 2014.

"Yeah, it definitely brought back some old memories from winning Beanpots here and the Hockey East championship," Gaudreau said after the Flames morning skate at the Garden. "So I've had a lot of great memories here."

Posted On Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 4:32 PM

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

At the Rink: Coyotes at Bruins

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins proved they could win without goaltender Tuukka Rask on Friday.

Now they'll try to build on their 3-2 victory against the New Jersey Devils with Rask back in goal.

Rask, who had played 18 straight games, was ill and did not dress against the Devils. Goaltender Niklas Svedberg started Friday for the first time since Feb. 10 and made 29 saves in the overtime victory. The Bruins, who have now won two out of three after going winless for six (0-4-2), did not hold a morning skate Saturday in advance of their 5:30 p.m. game against the Arizona Coyotes.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 1:52 PM

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

At the Rink: Canucks at Bruins

BOSTON -- Vancouver Canucks forward Nick Bonino spent Monday night watching his alma mater Boston University win the Beanpot Tournament championship at TD Garden.

Now he's hoping his Boston return will continue to be positive as he tries to make his way back into the Canucks lineup Tuesday against the Boston Bruins (7 p.m. ET, SN360).

Bonino, who has 11 goals and 14 assists in 52 games, has missed the past seven games because of a lower-body injury; he'll be a game-time decision Tuesday.

"You always want to get back," Bonino said after the Canucks' morning skate. "And if you can do it in Boston, where you've played a little bit in your life, it's always going to be fun."

Bonino centered a line with Shawn Matthias and Radim Vrbata during the morning skate.

"It's always good when you get some guys back," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins. "You know he's a big part for us and we've missed him while he's been out. So if he's back it'll be great."

Posted On Tuesday, 02.10.2015 / 1:14 PM

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

At the Rink: Stars at Bruins

BOSTON -- Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin was sent back to the team hotel from TD Garden because of flu-like symptoms Tuesday.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff, though, said he's hopeful Seguin will be able to play against the Boston Bruins (7 p.m. ET, SN1).

"There's three guys that are fighting a little bit of the flu. And Tyler's one of them," Ruff said after the morning skate. "We got a couple other guys that skated that are fighting it. Even our play-by-play guy [Ralph Strangis] is down and out too. That's when you know it's really hitting you hard."

Seguin, who was traded to the Stars from the Bruins in the summer of 2013, is tied for the NHL lead with 59 points and is third in the League with 29 goals. Shawn Horcoff filled in for Seguin during line drills at the morning skate. Ruff also said he'd consider moving Jamie Benn from wing to center if Seguin can't play.

Posted On Sunday, 02.08.2015 / 1:26 PM

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

At the Rink: Canadiens at Bruins

BOSTON -- After the Boston Bruins defeated the New York Islanders on Saturday, they tried to downplay their showdown with the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.

Despite the game at TD Garden being the last chance for the Bruins to beat the Canadiens in the 2014-15 regular season after three straight losses earlier in the year, the Bruins didn’t want to acknowledge that Montreal’s visit was more important than any other game.

“I don’t know. You know, we’ve played them so much over the years that we’re not looking to make a statement game,” Bruins forward Chris Kelly said after the Bruins beat the Islanders 2-1. “I think it’s more just trying to go out and play our best and get two points just like we play any other team. Right now that’s our main focus is trying to get points.”

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