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Bruins Go for Four in Florida

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
5:27 p.m.

Coach Julien spoke about the clubs missing players when he talked to the media on Friday afternoon.

"I think it's definitely food poisoning, or something," said Julien. "They're sick, both [Thornton] and [Lucic].

"And [Begin] was just a maintenance day."

Thornton and Lucic were back at the B's hotel, but Satan is back in Boston.

"As far as [Miroslav Satan] is concerned he ended up having stitches in his hand...and I think from what they could gather there's no tendon damage or anything," said Julien. "It's just kind of a 'blow-out' when he got hit into the boards, the area that holds...the knob of his stick -- the impact - kind of opened up his hand.

"So there's a laceration there.

"He's back in Boston. He flew back this morning and was looked at by our doctors," he said.

Satan will not return to the lineup on Saturday.

"He can't play tomorrow," said Julien, who characterized Satan's injury as day-to-day. "I don't even know whether he's going to go down to Vancouver or not.

"I suspect he will...once that is taken care of."

Last night, the initial reports had said that Satan had been cut by a skate.

"There's no cut in the glove, and there doesn't seem to be any tendon damage, so, it indicates more that it was probably the impact of the hit," said Julien.

4:46 p.m.
The Boston Bruins will honor the 40th anniversary of their 1970 Stanley Cup championship team with an on-ice presentation followed by a ceremonial puck drop on Thursday, March 18 prior to the Bruins game vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Bruins will welcome back members of the 1969-70 team, including players Bobby Orr, John Bucyk, Gary Doak, Ken Hodge, Eddie Johnston, Don Marcotte, John McKenzie, Derek Sanderson, Dallas Smith, Rick Smith, Fred Stanfield and Eddie Westfall in addition to coach Harry Sinden and trainer Dan Canney.

Read more here.

2:55 p.m.
Just a quick update on the missing Bruins.

Lucic and Thornton missed practice with what Coach Julien called "food poisoning."

That was the "good news."

The bad news came when Julien said that Satan had returned to Boston to have the Bruins medical staff take a look at his injured hand.

His status for the Olympics is uncertain.

Steve Begin missed practice for maintenance.

1:23 p.m.
All the Bruins are on the ice except Steve Begin, Milan Lucic, Miroslav Satan and Shawn Thornton.

1:02 p.m.
Lucic is in the latest issue of Men's Journal.
Ever wondered what Milan Lucic would be thinking about as he squared off against one of the league's pugilists in order to dispense some justice?

Stop wondering.

Just head off to your local bookstore/newsstand and pick up the latest issue of Men's Journal.

In it you will find a piece entitled, "The Art of the Hockey Fight: Milan Lucic is Equally Adept at Scoring Goals and Dropping the Gloves. Welcome to the Sweet Science on Ice."

Charles Coxe asked Lucic about his on-ice boxing style and why he drops the gloves.

"Fighting’s just part of what I need to do to help the team be successful,” explained Lucic to Coxe.

Lucic also gave his six rules to a successful bout.

The first one might surprise you -- Study Hard.

"You look at what weight class they’ve fought against, how many penalty minutes they have,” explained Lucic. “A lot of guys go on to check how other guys are doing — is he a righty or lefty, or does he throw both? Does he throw a lot of punches or does he just like to hold on? Can he take punches that are a lot harder? All that type of stuff sticks in the back of your mind.”

Want to know the rest? Head to the magazine rack.

12:31 p.m.
By most accounts, Michael Ryder's work in the first period versus Tampa represented the right wing's best effort of the season.

He said the solution was simple -- shoot.

"I got away from shooting the puck there for a little while," he said. "I guess that happens.

"I guess it just gets in your head a little bit. That split second [that makes you] a little late sometimes.

"As of late I have been shooting the puck more and getting back to what I have to do. It feels good to get a couple of goals and I just have to make sure I keep doing those things," said Ryder.

And with two goals in the first period, Ryder helped the B's build what was, at one point, a 5-0 lead on the Bolts. However, the Bruins were just able to hold on to the victory and take two points away from a conference rival by a 5-4 score.

"I just think, for a little while, we got away from things that we were doing well in the first period," he said. "We got the jump, which is what we wanted to do, earlier, but we knew that they weren't going to quit on the other side.

"They've got firepower that could easily get them back into the game and they battled hard to get back.

"And we just managed [to keep] strong and we came up with the two points," said Ryder.

Ryder also talked about his renewed repartee with his linemates David Krejci and Blake Wheeler.

"We were playing well for a few games now and we were getting lots of chances in, but we just couldn't manage to get the results," said Michael. "But I think as of late we've been cooking a little bit better and bearing down a little more around the net and we have to make sure that we keep doing those things that we did well."

And responsible puck possession was the a key for the trio, as well.

"I think we kept the puck," he said. "We don't throw pucks away now like we used to. We handle it and make better decisions when we do have the puck."

Now that the puck has started to go in, it sounds as if Ryder will continue to shoot first.

"Even though sometimes you want to shoot the puck, when you don't score goals in a while you it kind of gets into your head," he said. "As of late I have been just thinking more, 'Shoot the puck' and things will open up for me."

9:21 a.m.
A win is a win is two points...

There have been times during his tenure where Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien might have been pretty angry about his club's by-the-skin-of-their-teeth win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Thursday, after building a 5-0 lead, the Bolts scored four unanswered goals (two by Martin St. Louis, two by Steve Downie) to make the score 5-4 going into the waning moments of the game.

But after enduring a 10-game skid, the B's bench boss is willing to take the bad that comes with a healthy dose of good and a playoff spot.

"I am happy with the win," he said. "Those two points are so valuable right now. And I keep saying it -- we've lost some games that we should've won and this one here, I think we deserved to win, but we certainly did everything to shoot ourselves in the foot and make it exciting.

"We did a lot of good things tonight and [made] some real bad mistakes and we need to learn as a team to control our games a lot better and if we can't do it for 60-minutes we are going to get more of that," said Julien.

Julien said that he liked the Bruins first period and a half.

"We were doing the right things," said Julien. "Even that first half of the second period, which we needed to play better than the last two games...we got rewarded with some more goals.

"But all of a sudden we started getting cute again, and not putting pucks in deep and we had some turnovers."

Then there were some penalty calls that made a 5-0 game a lot closer.

"But those penalty troubles kind of got them back in the game and we're sill going into the third with a 5-2 lead," continued Julien. "We need to control those a lot better and we should have.

"We made some mistakes there."

Big Night for Ryder
Michael Ryder was a major part of the Boston victory as his two goals and assist on one of Milan Lucic's markers put the B's in a comfortable position in just the first period.

Coach Julien agreed that shooting the puck more often has been the key to Ryder's personal resurgence.

"When they start scoring they figure it out, don't they," said Julien with a chuckle. "We've been telling those guys to shoot.

"But I thought that line [of Ryder, centered by David Krejci and with Blake Wheeler on the left] really played well tonight."

Satan Cut
Prior to an altercation with Tampa Bay's Steve Downie, Boston's Miroslav Satan was hurt and did not return for the second or third periods.

Postgame, When Coach Julien was asked about Miroslav Satan's status he said, "I don't know...He cut his hand, from that skate -- that's what happened there.

"So, we're going to see what the prognosis is, and we have a day before the next game...and this is more of a situation where I may be able to give you more tomorrow."

Julien said that the cut happened before the dust up with downie, and that Satan was stepped on by a skate.
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