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POSTED ON Friday, 10.31.2014 / 12:46 AM
By Jess Isner - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BUFFALO — As the Bruins left the ice and entered the dressing room after the second period of Thursday’s game, they knew exactly what was at stake.

They were down 2-1 to the Sabres, and coming off a third-period collapse on Tuesday night against Minnesota, they were desperate for two points any way they could get them — just to get back on track, just to get the confidence rolling again.

So they stepped up, and they did what they had to do.

“The leaders stepped up, and I think everyone knew what was at hand,” said defenseman David Warsofsky. “We wanted to come here and get two points, and we needed to win a period to do that. So we did it, and it’s a good feeling.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.30.2014 / 3:09 PM
By Jess Isner - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BUFFALO — Every team goes through it. Every team deals with injuries, with inconsistency. Every team endures hot streaks, and every team endures cold streaks.

The Bruins are struggling to find consistency in their game right now, and for them, the solution is just about getting back to basics, keeping it simple and trying to find a spark that will help them get on a roll as they prepare to face the Sabres at the First Niagara Center on Thursday night.

“I think the easiest way [to build consistency] is just to keep things simple,” said forward Reilly Smith. “It was tough, the way last game ended. We obviously wanted to kind of build on the little bit of consistency we had going into that game, so kind of just have to bounce back now and keeps things simple.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.22.2014 / 3:48 PM
By Jess Isner - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

WILMINGTON — A few days ago, before the Bruins shut out the Sabres 4-0, Head Coach Claude Julien said this team needed to reestablish its identity, find a way to once again become that merciless club at both end of the ice that made every opponent’s job so difficult.

After Tuesday night’s 5-3 defeat of the San Jose Sharks, the Bruins are well on their way to becoming that team once again.

“You can’t be panicking at the start of the year when you know what you’ve got, and what you’re going through,” Julien said after Wednesday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena. “We’ve had to make some adjustments with our team and with each other and everything else, and it just seems like lately it’s been much better, and we’re starting to play together better, starting to read off each other better.

“We’ve made some adjustments as a coaching staff that help our team get better, and all that put together is making us more competitive team, as of now. When you go through a whole season, you’ve got to look at improving throughout the whole process, not just think that you’re there right now. We still have a lot of work to do, but I like the direction we’re going in.”

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POSTED ON Sunday, 10.19.2014 / 1:00 AM
By Jess Isner - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BUFFALO — The Bruins set off on this three-game journey through Detroit, Montreal and Buffalo with one objective in mind: return with a winning record on the road trip.

With a 4-0 shutout win over the Sabres at the First Niagara Center on Saturday night, they were able to do just that.

“When you come off a road trip, you want to come out with a winning record,” said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien. “We do that every road trip, we’re going to be OK.”

The start of this season has not been easy for the Bruins. Through the first seven games, there have been times when they felt that they executed their game plan to perfection, and there have been times that their team identity seemed completely lost.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 10.18.2014 / 3:22 PM
By Jess Isner - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BUFFALO — For the first six games of the 2014-15 season, the Bruins have attempted to re-solidify their identity. Particularly in the last two contests, they have gotten closer and closer to looking more like their old selves.

But given all of the roster flux heading into this season — combined with a jam-packed schedule to start the year — it certainly hasn’t been easy.

“Maybe in our situation, there’s been a lot more changes in our hockey club than we’ve had in a long, long time,” Julien said following the team’s morning skate on Saturday at the First Niagara Center. “From [Jarome] Iginla being gone, to [Shawn] Thornton being gone, to [Johnny] Boychuk being gone, and to having [Gregory] Campbell injured, [David] Krejci [injured] the first three games — there’s a lot of things that didn’t allow us to, I guess, jell quickly. So now, it’s coming around.”

The personnel changes have presented their own unique challenges, as has the schedule, which hasn’t allowed the coaching staff as much time as it would like in order to make adjustments.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 10.18.2014 / 1:38 PM
By Jess Isner - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BUFFALO — Though the game of hockey can sometimes make it difficult to keep emotions in check, the fact that there is so much at stake — and the fact that emotions do, at times, run so high — is also what makes the game exhilarating.

“It’s what makes it great to be an athlete and a hockey player, is to play in an atmosphere like that and in a rivalry like that,” said Bruins forward Milan Lucic on Saturday morning following the team’s pregame skate at the First Niagara Center.

Lucic, of course, was referring to the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry, and specifically to the Bell Centre and its always-spirited fans.

On Thursday night, with just under two minutes remaining in Boston’s eventual 6-4 loss to Montreal, Lucic was whistled for a boarding Alexei Emelin, a call that he took exception to. As he entered the penalty box, Lucic made a gesture toward the fans, for which he fined $5,000 on Friday.

The gesture — and its aftermath — have filled Lucic with remorse.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 10.12.2014 / 4:02 PM
By Jess Isner - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BOSTON — When Seth Griffith was recalled to play in the Bruins’ penultimate preseason game in Bridgeport, Conn., versus the New York Islanders on Oct. 3, he knew what he had to do.

After being released from Boston’s training camp the weekend prior and reporting to Providence’s camp, it seemed that he had been given one more shot to show the Bruins what he could do. He responded by lighting the lamp with a highlight reel goal to give the B’s a 3-0 lead in the second period, finishing that game with two points.

Late last night, after his P-Bruins had fallen 3-2 to the Portland Pirates, Griffith got a very welcome phone call from Bruins Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney: He was receiving his first regular-season NHL recall.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 10.12.2014 / 1:52 PM
By Jess Isner - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BOSTON — David Krejci is being careful not to assume anything, but he is staying positive.

The forward — who spent the first three games of the 2014-15 season on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury sustained during the preseason finale on Oct. 4 against Detroit — has been skating with his teammates for two days now and is hopeful that he will be in the lineup for Monday’s Columbus Day matinee versus Colorado.

“Every day [is] better,” he said, speaking to the media on Sunday for the first time since sustaining his injury. “Today was a pretty good day, so hopefully [I’ll] wake up tomorrow and feel good enough to play. But we got to wait till tomorrow.”

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POSTED ON Monday, 10.06.2014 / 3:30 PM
By Jess Isner - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BOSTON — At a time when uncertainty surrounds the Bruins’ 2014-15 roster, there is at least one thing that is expected to stay the same.

Though three of Boston’s lines are expected to feature some new faces, there is one that should be very familiar when the puck drops on Wednesday night at TD Garden: Patrice Bergeron centering Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith.

For Bergeron, knowing that Marchand, his longtime linemate, will be on his left side once again this season provides some added confidence heading into the new season.

“We’ve been linemates for so long now,” Bergeron said on Monday as he and his teammates traveled back from a two-day team building trip in Vermont. “[In 2010], we definitely found some chemistry quickly and right away. We felt comfortable with one another, and I think as time goes on, and you get more years behind you, it becomes second-nature.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.02.2014 / 5:10 PM
By Jess Isner - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BOSTON — There is no overstating the importance of the next few days for the players at Bruins training camp who find themselves battling for open roster spots.

“We still [have] too many players. These will be deciding games here for us to make our last decisions,” said Head Coach Claude Julien following Thursday’s practice at TD Garden. “It’s got to be done before [Opening Night], obviously. For a lot of those players,it’s an opportunity to give it a last shot. Then, it’s up to them to show they belong here. And maybe they don’t.

“We’re going to have to make some cuts, and some guys are going to end up going to Providence, and that’s what we’re up against right now.”

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Krejci 9 3 6 3 9
C. Soderberg 12 3 5 0 8
M. Lucic 12 2 6 1 8
C. Kelly 12 2 5 3 7
B. Marchand 12 3 3 2 6
D. Hamilton 12 2 4 1 6
L. Eriksson 12 2 4 3 6
T. Krug 11 2 4 2 6
P. Bergeron 12 1 5 -1 6
S. Griffith 8 3 2 -1 5
 
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