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Bear Essentials: February 3rd

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
3:01 p.m.

First up, Philly
The Bruins are already on their way to Pennsylvania in preparation for Wednesday’s tilt with the Philadelphia Flyers.

The renewal of the Big Bad Bruins rivalry with the Broad Street Bullies was thrown into high gear last season with the season-ending hits to both Patrice Bergeron and Andrew Alberts (who's actually a Flyer, now).

But going around the B’s locker room, it doesn’t seem as if that particular motivation is as high on the Bruins list as the motivation for a simple victory.

“We haven’t seen them at all, so you take what you got from them last year and you expect that,” said Andrew Ference. “They’re always hard games and they’re always tough games and whenever you go into Philly it seems like a pretty riled up atmosphere.

“Ao I think that’s just what you expect – another tough game.

“Now it’s not uncommon for us to have those, because we’re facing opponents who are worked up playing against us and we’re going to have to have somewhat of a physical game to have success, but we’ve been having a lot of those,” he said.

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That’s why focusing on the moment at hand is the most important factor.

“They are a tough team to play against,” said Bergeron. “And we have to be able to match that.

“They are a good team and they have a lot of great players up front and they have a good defense so it’s always tough to play against Philly and we know that.

“And we know that we are playing against them at home on Saturday, too, so we’re going to have to be ready,” he said.

Milan Lucic said it could be “easy to lose focus.”

“But we do a good job of making sure the focus is here [and now] as a group,” he said. “What it comes down to is having good team chemistry, good leaders and good coaching.

“We don’t lose that focus and we keep pushing [and wanting] more.

“Right now, it’s the attitude that you need to have in order to keep pushing that bar up higher and to keep holding that lead in the standings.”

Bruins head coach Claude Julien feels like his team has remained focused.

“We’ve been pretty well grounded all year,” said Julien. “I think we’ve gotten used to it.

“We take it one game at a time…[and] they really turn the page quickly.

“It’s all about the next game, so we just move on that way. It’s just been a habit of ours to just look at the next game and look at the next challenge,” he said.

And those challenges don’t stop.

“We’ve still got quite a few more to go,” said Julien of the playoff caliber competition the Bruins have been pitted against recently. “Philly we haven’t played this year, we’ve got them two out of the next three games.  San Jose, next Tuesday.

“And we should also look at Ottawa, as a team with a new coach, we know what that does, especially early on.  I don’t think there are any more easy games here for the next week at least, and for the rest of the season for that matter.”

11:00 a.m.
Marchand is January's Top AHL Rookie

Brad Marchand (photo: Alan Sullivan)
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The Providence Bruins, in their 17th season in the American Hockey League, announced that right wing Brad Marchand has been named the Reebok Edge/AHL Rookie of the Month for January after recording 16 points, including five goals, a team-high 11 assists and a plus-eight rating in 13 games.

Marchand, 20, kicked off the month with a six-game point-streak, featuring three of his five multiple-point outings in January. The rookie began the month by matching a single-game career-high with three points against the Hershey Bears in Providence’s 7-2 win on January 2. Marchand finished the game with a goal and two assists en route to earning second star honors. He later enjoyed two-point games against the Houston Aeros and Manchester Monarchs, and he twice registered two-assist contests versus the Portland Pirates.

In recognition of his achievement, Marchand will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming P-Bruins home game. He will also be awarded the team’s MetLife Player of the Month honor for January.

On the season, the right wing ranks fourth in scoring for the P-Bruins with 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points in 49 games. He is one of only three Providence players to skate in every game this year.

Marchand was a third-round pick by the Boston Bruins, selected 71st overall in the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Prior to turning pro, the Halifax, Nova Scotia, native played four seasons of junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Moncton Wildcats, Val d’Or Foreurs and his hometown Halifax Mooseheads. Marchand is also a two-time gold medal winner for Team Canada in the World Junior Championships.

10:50 a.m.
Special teams are the order of the day... and you can throw in some penalty shots.

During the B's shootout, the biggest noise from the bench happened when Shawn Thornton joined in the penalty shot contest. Thorts was stopped by a Fernandez two-pad stack.

10:30 a.m.
The Bruins are on the ice. The only missing face is Matt Hunwick, who has recently been on the shelf with flu-like symptoms.

8:51 a.m.
Boston Bruins rookie Blake Wheeler appeared on NECN's Sports Late Night.

The B's Calder Trophy candidate spoke about everything from who had the best suits on the team (Wideman, Axelsson) to the person on the Bruins he would least like to face (Chara).

Click here to catch some of that interview.

8:32 a.m.

Marc Savard in the new jersey. (Photo: Steve Babineau)
Good morning!

Just a little plug this morning and I hope some good information for everyone who has been wanting to get their hands on a Bruins third jersey.

As many of you know, the Bruins Pro Shop sold out of B's new jerseys (as did everyone else including right around the holidays.

Considering the launch was the week of Thanksgiving, a ton of third jerseys for the B's were sold in the few short shopping weeks before the holidays.

The next shipment was supposed to come in right around the end of February but the Bruins Pro Shop was lucky and got a limited number of jerseys sent to them this week.

Remember, the quantities are VERY limited, but if you hurry in you may be able to snag one, otherwise, hold tight until the last week of February, as an even bigger shipment is expected to be available.

Lauma Cerlins, the Retail Director for the Boston Bruins Pro Shop told me that she has been thrilled by the reception the new jerseys have recieve by B's fans.

"The team's performance and the third jersey launch event held at the pro shop, which featured some of the players, helped fuel the third jersey frenzy," said Cerlins. "We were taken by surprise how quickly the jerseys flew off the shelves and were not expecting to sell as many as we did."

Call the Pro Shop (617.742.0202) or click here for more contact info.

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