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Posted On Tuesday, 01.31.2012 / 2:14 PM

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

Birthday boy Seguin back from whirlwind All-Star trip

BOSTON -- There wasn't much time for Tyler Seguin, the Boston Bruins' leading scorer with 19 goals and 43 points, to catch his breath over the weekend.

Seguin competed in the Skills Competition and the All-Star Game in Ottawa, and also made time to visit with some family and friends while back in his native province. The Bruins granted him -- and his All-Star teammates Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara -- a day off from practice Monday, but today he was right back on the ice for the team's morning skate at the TD Garden in preparation for tonight’s game with Ottawa.

Seguin could be forgiven if his energy level was a little down after the whirlwind last three or four days coming on the heels of playing in 46 of Boston's 47 games leading up to the All-Star break.

"I'd like to say it is," said Seguin about energy being an issue. "But obviously I have to be ready, I have to have energy because I'm young. I'm 20 now, so I'm not that young anymore. I'm not 18 anymore. Maybe I do get fatigued now."

With the arrival of his 20th birthday today, Seguin has his mom and sister in town to celebrate and watch him play. And although there wasn't much rest for the weary in Ottawa, Seguin wouldn't have traded the experience for anything.

"I don't know if it felt like a break. It was a pretty long weekend," he said. "But it was one of the best weekends of my life. It was great, just hanging out with those guys and seeing some family and friends from back home. It was definitely a great break for me."


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Posted On Tuesday, 01.31.2012 / 12:56 PM

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

Horton not yet ready to rejoin Bruins' lineup

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins will open the post-break portion of the schedule tonight at TD Garden with their lineup still missing a key component.

Nathan Horton, who suffered a concussion Jan. 22 in Philadelphia and missed Boston's last game before the All-Star break, will continue to sit out when the Bruins host the Ottawa Senators. Horton has been visiting the Garden for medical treatments, according to coach Claude Julien, and he'll be held off the ice another few days.

Horton's latest concussion comes eight months after the one he suffered in the Stanley Cup Final. The Bruins are expected to start Rich Peverley in Horton's spot on the right wing of a line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic.

"Well for now, that's the situation. You know, Richard Peverley did a great job, I think, in stepping in last year when Horts got hurt. I think what he brings is that speed ... he’s got good hands, good speed," Julien said after the morning skate at the Garden. "And even his game, I think he wants to be a little bit better than he has been lately. So, he'd like to elevate his game a little bit. If he does that I think he'll be a great guy to be in that position for now. But that's the decision that we think is the best one so far, and we'll certainly hope that it works. But if not, then we'll look at moving some other guys around."

Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said he doesn't expect any lineup changes from the group he used heading into the break. Defenseman Brian Lee continues to recover from a lower-body injury and could be back by the end of the week.

Craig Anderson is scheduled to start in net for Ottawa. He'll have started every Sens game in January. It's unknown whether the Bruins will turn to Tim Thomas or Tuukka Rask.

Here are the projected lineups for tonight’s game:

BRUINS
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot - Chris Kelly - Zach Hamill
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Joe Corvo
Adam McQuaid - Steven Kampfer

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

SENATORS
Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Bobby Butler
Nick Foligno - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson
Colin Greening - Zack Smith - Chris Neil
Kaspars Daugavins - Zenon Konopka - Erik Condra

Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen - Sergei Gonchar
Chris Phillips - Matt Carkner

Craig Anderson
Alex Auld

 
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Posted On Saturday, 01.21.2012 / 12:58 PM

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

Lineups for Bruins, Rangers

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins and New York Rangers are separated by one point for first place in the Eastern Conference as they start play this afternoon at TD Garden.

Bruins

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot - Chris Kelly - Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Adam McQuaid
Andrew Ference - Joe Corvo

Tuukka Rask
Tim Thomas

Rangers

Carl Hagelin - Derek Stepan - Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky - Brian Boyle - Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko - Brad Richards - Brandon Prust
Michael Rupp - Artem Anisimov - John Mitchell

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto - Anton Stralman
Marc Staal - Stu Bickel

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron
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Posted On Thursday, 01.12.2012 / 5:52 PM

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

Cunneyworth: Cammalleri has to earn ice time

BOSTON -- In his first comments to the media since Michael Cammalleri made some critical comments about his ice time and the Montreal Canadiens' attitude, Habs coach Randy Cunneyworth said he expects the forward to earn more time on the ice.

"It's his opinion, and I think our bottom line is we need a lot of action from a lot of guys. I think we have to play at both ends," Cunneyworth said two hours before puck drop between the Canadiens and Boston Bruins at TD Garden. "Our top guys have to be our top guys, and that's the bottom line. I think they know who they are. And we have a lot of work ahead of us against a very good team tonight."

While Cammalleri alluded to a possible "loser's attitude" among the Habs, Cunneyworth sounded more concerned about how his team's playing rather than its attitude.

"You know what? If you don't battle, if you don't play hard, if you don't play desperate, it doesn't matter what you do out there," he said. "I think you have to go out there and play that way in order to play the way we want to. Our team game is based around that, and you can't take a shift off. And I think if we can perform to our expectations, then certainly we're a good team and we can compete with anyone in the league."

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Posted On Thursday, 01.12.2012 / 1:22 PM

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

Cammalleri clarifies Wednesday comments on Habs

BOSTON -- The day after Michael Cammalleri made some disparaging remarks about his team's attitude, the Montreal forward went into damage-control mode today after his team's morning skate at the TD Garden in preparation for tonight's game with the Boston Bruins.

After the Habs practiced Wednesday, Cammalleri told NHL.com and a reporter from Montreal newspaper La Presse that he was unhappy with his ice time before making a comparison between teams with a "winning mentality" and those with a "losing mentality," suggesting the Canadiens were currently a part of the latter group.

In the Garden dressing room, he expressed confusion over why a statement like that would cause a controversy.

"Yesterday was a little bit crazy. I'm obviously not happy," said Cammalleri. "It's an emotional game, we're sitting in 12th spot, so it's not fun to lose and you want to win. So you always want to do more. That's all. I made some comments after my interview yesterday that I thought were pretty PC comments with regards to the competitive advantage a winning team has and their mentality, and the lack thereof of a losing team. I didn't think it was ground-breaking news.

"We're in 12th spot, we're not in a winning position right now. So it was some pretty impressive journalism to make all that out of that. But that's what it was for me. This group in here knows that we've got to be better. It's no secret, like I said, [we're in] 12th spot."

Cammalleri, who has only produced nine goals and 22 points for the 16-19-7 Canadiens, would not confirm whether he addressed the comments with his teammates, head coach Randy Cunneyworth or general manager Pierre Gauthier. But several players said that Cammalleri did clarify what he said with them.

Cammalleri also responded to those translating his statements about the team's attitude, and additional ones about his diminished ice time, as a message saying he wanted out of Montreal.
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Posted On Thursday, 01.12.2012 / 12:28 PM

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

Julien hopes Horton keeps burying opportunities

BOSTON -- As they attempt to close out their four-game, Canadian-opponent homestand tonight at the TD Garden with a win over Montreal, the Bruins are hoping winger Nathan Horton is finally out of the woods in terms of a scoring slump.

In his last four games, Horton has posted 5-1-6 totals, including two goals in Tuesday night's win over Winnipeg. Previously, Horton had scored just once over a seven-game span. His 14 goals now tie him with Milan Lucic for third on the team, and he's well on pace to at least match last season's total of 26 goals.

Bruins coach Claude Julien has witnessed a resurgence in Horton's game.

"I'd have to say it's picked up. I mean, in the last week or so you've seen him, again, I always say when he's emotionally involved in a game, he brings a lot," Julien said after an optional morning skate at TD Garden. "He can be a physical player, he can be a strong player, he's in the right spots, he buries his opportunities, and to me, he started doing that. I'm seeing a guy turning a corner, and I hope he keeps building on what he's done in the last week because it makes a big difference to our hockey club."

The Bruins' lineup isn't expected to change tonight from Tuesday, although Julien now has an extra option among forwards with the recall of Jordan Caron from the Bruins' Providence (AHL) farm club.

Here are tonight's projected lineups:

CANADIENS
Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Erik Cole
Andrei Kostitsyn - Lars Eller - Travis Moen
Michael Cammalleri - Tomas Plekanec - Mike Blunden
Mathieu Darche - Petteri Nokelainen - Yannick Weber

Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin - Hal Gill
Tomas Kaberle - Raphael Diaz

Carey Price
Peter Budaj

BRUINS
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Benoit Pouliot - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Chris Kelly - Zach Hamill - Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference - Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.10.2012 / 1:26 PM

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

Marchand says he got the message

BOSTON -- If Brad Marchand's five-game suspension for his clip on Vancouver's Sami Salo accomplishes anything positive, the Boston Bruins winger hopes it sets a precedent for similar plays by other players in the future.

"I expect if there's any more hits like this that they'll be penalized the same way. Otherwise, it will be a double standard," Marchand said after his team's morning skate at the TD Garden in preparation for a night game with Winnipeg. "But until we see more hits like this, we can't say that. So hopefully when hits like this arise from now on, they'll be penalized the same way."

Marchand, whose suspension will start tonight, used a similar check Canucks forward Mason Raymond executed on him last June in the Stanley Cup Final as part of his argument against discipline. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, in comments made Monday, also cited other hits, including ones by other Canucks, that were similar in nature to Marchand's hit on Salo.

Marchand, it was revealed in a statement released by the Bruins after the announcement of the suspension, also had sought out clarification about hip checks as way to protect oneself at the beginning of this season. Now Marchand has even more clarification in the matter.

"I'm a small guy, I play low to the ice and that's a way that I've protected myself in the past, and I just felt that it was better to be safe than sorry. And I brought it up to him," Marchand said in regards to NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan. "And when I walked away from the conversation, he told me that when protecting myself, that's OK in that situation. So when that situation arose, I felt that I was protecting myself and I was allowed to do it, and that's why I did it.

"Well, I guess it's clear that I'm not allowed to do that and guys around the League aren't allowed to do that," Marchand continued. "They tried to make that clear and I'm going to do something else next time."

Marchand has carved out a career in the NHL both with his goal-scoring prowess and his ability to play on the edge in terms of physicality and trash talk. Last season he earned a two-game suspension for a hit to the head of Columbus' RJ Umberger, and this season he was fined for slew-footing Pittsburgh's Matt Niskanen.

In the past, Bruins coach Claude Julien has felt the need to chat with Marchand in order to rein in the rambunctious forward. But this time, Julien doesn't think there's need for such a talk.

"I think Brad heard enough -- [saw] enough. He said he's going to try and adjust his game," Julien said. "Give him credit, he's a young kid that keeps trying to improve his game and get better in that area. It's not like he's denying anything, he tries to get better and we helped him along that way, and I think that’s what I appreciate about Brad. He's not hiding behind the fact and saying, 'I don't do anything wrong.' He knows the referees will watch him closely and he knows he has to get better in that area. Not only does he get under teams' skin, but also the referees, and he knows that stuff. At the same time, we know that his playing on the edge makes him a good player. We got to work with him, not against him and got to help him make sure his game is fine-tuned to the point where those things happen less and less."

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.10.2012 / 12:46 PM

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

Bruins coming off loss, Marchand suspension

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets have already staged two tooth-and-nail matchup during their split season series so far in 2011-12.

The Bruins won their home game, 4-2, with an empty-netter sealing the deal, while the Jets hung on for a 2-1 victory in their building. Tonight at the TD Garden, the Jets might have to face a Bruins team with a bit more anger over both its loss to Vancouver on Saturday and the five-game suspension handed out to forward Brad Marchand.

"Well, we hope it's not a bad thing and they get mad at us," Winnipeg coach Claude Noel said after his team's morning skate. "They have a good team, they play well and they've got a lot of depth. And we've got enough to worry about with them as an opponent that we're going to have to get our emotional level up because they play hard, they're hard to play against, they don't give you much."

Noel said that forward Tim Stapleton, who missed Winnipeg's win in Buffalo on Saturday with the flu, might return tonight. But it's doubtful forward Alexander Burmistrov will play because of a lower-body injury that already cost him one game. Burmistrov said he felt better today than he did over the weekend after taking the morning skate.

With Marchand out, the Bruins should shift their lines around. Benoit Pouliot figures to move onto left wing next to Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin, while Zach Hamill will get into the lineup and should center Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley.

The goaltending duos for both teams left the ice at the same time with their respective squads, so we won't know the official goaltending matchup until pregame warm-ups. Here are the projected lineups:

BRUINS
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Benoit Pouliot - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Chris Kelly - Zach Hamill - Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference - Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

JETS
Evander Kane - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler
Andrew Ladd - Nik Antropov - Eric Fehr
Kyle Wellwood - Patrice Cormier - Antti Miettinen
Tanner Glass - Jim Slater - Chris Thorburn

Tobias Enstrom - Zach Bogosian
Johnny Oduya - Ron Hainsey
Mark Stuart - Randy Jones

Ondrej Pavelec
Chris Mason

 
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Posted On Saturday, 01.07.2012 / 12:16 PM

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

No Luongo for Canucks, but Thomas starts for Bruins

BOSTON – While one of the starting goaltenders from the 2011 Stanley Cup Final won’t be in net today at TD Garden, the one who prevailed in the epic seven-game series will get the start.
               
Bruins coach Claude Julien confirmed this morning he will give Tim Thomas, last year’s Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophy winner, the nod. Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault announced Friday that New England native Cory Schneider would start instead of No. 1 goaltender Roberto Luongo.
               
Brad Marchand, who missed a win Thursday night against Calgary with the flu, is classified as a game-time decision by Boston.
               
Here are the projected lineups for both teams:

BRUINS

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot - Chris Kelly - Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg - Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference - Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

CANUCKS

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alex Burrows
Chris Higgins - Ryan Kesler - Mason Raymond
Andrew Ebbett - Cody Hodgson - Jannik Hansen
Manny Malhotra - Maxim Lapierre - Dale Weise

Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa
Alex Edler - Sami Salo
Andrew Alberts - Keith Ballard

Cory Schneider
Roberto Luongo
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Posted On Thursday, 01.05.2012 / 12:50 PM

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

Projected Calgary lineup for Thursday's game

BOSTON – The chance to complete their seven-game road trip with a .500 record lies in the balance tonight.

So the Calgary Flames needed to regroup in the midst of their morning skate after things started to get sloppy.

Head coach Brent Sutter interrupted his team’s skate at the TD Garden, where they’ll face the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, for a lengthy team chat, before allowing his players to resume their activities. It’s rare for any coach to insert his speech in the middle of a skate.

“We have a game to play tonight. So that’s what it’s about,” said Sutter, whose team is 2-3-1 on its current trip. “We don’t want to be missing because we’re not at the standards we need to be.”

Calgary center Rene Bourque begins his five-game suspension Thursday night, so Raitis Ivanans is scheduled to get into the lineup. Leland Irving was the first Flames goaltender off the ice, which indicates he’ll probably get the start.

Here are the Flames’ projected forward lines and D pairs as per the morning skate:

Forwards

Curtis Glencross-Olli Jokinen-Jarome Iginla
Blake Comeau-Mikael Backlund-Lee Stempniak
Paul Byron-Roman Horak-Tim Jackman
Tom Kostopoulos-Brendan Morrison-Raitis Ivanans

Defenseman

Chris Butler-Jay Bouwmeester
Scott Hannan-Anton Babchuk
T.J. Brodie-Cory Sarich

Goalies

Leland Irving
Miikka Kiprusoff
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