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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.28.2015 / 12:23 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BostonBruins.com - The Bruins host the New York Rangers in a Saturday matinee at TD Garden, looking to pick up their first win in seven games.

Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. ET (NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).

"It sounds very bad when you say we lost our last six - we got three points, three games in overtimes or shootouts, but this is the time of the year when you need points," Max Talbot said to reporters pregame, a few hours prior to puck drop.

"And I don't care the way you're doing it, but you can't really look back right now, it's about moving forward and it's living in the now."

"And right now, at 1:00 p.m., we're going to have a good game against the Rangers and it's going to be exciting, and I think it's going to be like that until the end of the season."

The Rangers come in as the top team in the League, with 101 points, while the Bruins remain tied with Ottawa, who has a game in hand. The Senators face off against Toronto on Saturday night.


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POSTED ON Friday, 03.27.2015 / 3:24 PM
By Jess Isner - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BOSTON — The Bruins have eight games remaining this season. They are currently tied with the Ottawa Senators for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference, though the Senators do have a game in hand.

But for now, the Bruins have to forget about that. They have no other choice. They have to forget about what the Senators are doing, they have to forget about Thursday night’s gut-punch of an overtime loss to the Ducks, and they simply have to move on.

There is no other option if they want to be a part of the dance when it begins in just over two weeks.

“I think it’s playoffs for us right now,” said defenseman Torey Krug following Friday’s brief practice at TD Garden. “When you lose a game of a playoff series, you put it behind you, you learn from it and try to make adjustments, and then you move forward because if you dwell on what happened in the last game, you fall behind in the series.

“It’s kind of the way we’re approaching things, is we’re going to put it behind us and move on to the next one.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 10:47 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - The Bruins needed two points. They were given one.

Holding a 2-1 lead over the Anaheim Ducks late in regulation on Thursday night at TD Garden, the home team looked poised to take the win, thanks to power play goals from Ryan Spooner and Loui Eriksson.

But the visitors had a different plan, battling until the end and tying the game with just 38.5 left in the third period. The winner from Ryan Getzlaf came 3:09 into overtime, as the Bruins fell 3-2 to drop to 0-3-3 in their past six games.

With the extra point, the Ducks pushed into the the top spot in the League along with the New York Rangers, who pay a visit to TD Garden on Saturday.

The Rangers handed Ottawa a 5-1 loss on Thursday night. With the Bruins' gained point, they pulled even at 85 points with the Senators, who have one game in hand.


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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 1:50 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - David Krejci could be making his return to the lineup on Thursday night against the Anaheim Ducks, after being sidelined for the past 15 games.

"Probable. We’ll see tonight after warm-ups," Head Coach Claude Julien said following Thursday's morning skate at TD Garden. "He’ll go out there and hopefully [we'll] get the right decision on him."

"We'll see," said Krejci. "I'm going to take the warmup and I feel good, good enough to help the team, then I'll be in."

Krejci has spent the past five weeks recovering from a partially torn MCL is his left knee sustained on Feb. 20 in St. Louis. He has spent the past few days battling in practice, getting his conditioning up and getting his knee to where it needs to be.

"I felt the last three days were pretty good. Obviously today it was just a morning skate, no contact, but two days before, pretty good contact, good practice," said Krejci. "So I felt pretty good the last three days, so if I feel good again in warmup, then I'll be in."


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 4:55 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

WILMINGTON, Mass. - David Krejci is still looking at a possible return Thursday night at TD Garden.

It would mark his first game back after partially tearing the MCL in his left knee back on Feb. 20. He has been sidelined for 15 games heading into Thursday against Anaheim.

While there has been no change to his "day-to-day" status this week, the forward has taken advantage of the two heavy practice days on Tuesday and Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena, taking part in battling drills and making sure he has tested out his knee, especially with stops and starts.

"We'll see" has been the mantra from both Krejci and Head Coach Claude Julien since this past weekend, when Krejci traveled with the team on its three-game road trip.

A more definitive answer could come on Thursday morning, or, if Krejci is deemed a game-time decision, on Thursday night.


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 4:04 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BostonBruins.com - What are the signs that the Bruins are ready for their final nine game push to the playoffs?

Are they mentally ready, and in the right mindset to handle the pressure?

"Again, I keep the same thing I said yesterday, these next nine games will give me the answer to that," Head Coach Claude Julien said following Wednesday's practice at Ristuccia Arena. "And I'm standing here preparing the team for this next game. Not looking any further than Anaheim, and we need one game here to get the right results, to get us going, so I'm not looking any further than that."

"Overall, these next nine games will tell the tale of our season. That's my take on it."

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 9:31 AM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - Through the years, Cuts For a Cause has grown - in venue, fan support, team participation and funds raised.

Not only did the entire Bruins roster participate this year for the first time ever, but Tuesday's 8th Annual 98.5 The Sports Hub and Patrice Bergeron's Cuts for a Cause raised a record $130,027 for pediatric cancer.

Bergeron, who took over hosting duties this year, and his teammates had their heads shaved by auction winners on stage in front of hundreds of fans packed into the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

Proceeds benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. Through eight years, the event has raise more than $500,000 for charity.

"It's fun, it's easy to do, I think it's great to have all the guys," said Bergeron. "It's just getting bigger and bigger and it's amazing that we've been able over the years to raise $500,000 and it's definitely an easy thing to do for all of us."


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.24.2015 / 1:42 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

WILMINGTON, Mass. - Dougie Hamilton is out indefinitely, Head Coach Claude Julien announced following the team's practice on Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena.

Hamilton left Saturday's game against the Panthers in Sunrise, Fla., and did not return. He was hurt on a collision with Scottie Upshall and Nick Bjugstad in the second period. Hamilton did not play on Sunday in Tampa against the Lightning.

"He's out indefinitely, and will be re-evaluated in a few more days," Julien said.

Zach Trotman remains with the team on an emergency basis, rounding out the six man defense corps.

"That's what we've had to do all year, is we've had to step up with a number of injuries," said Julien. "And we've got to keep doing it."

The Bruins woke up on Tuesday morning one point outside of the playoff picture, after the Ottawa Senators rolled to a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night. Ottawa has 85 points to the Bruins' 84, with one game in hand.


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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.22.2015 / 10:24 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

TAMPA, Fla. - "Do you feel defeated?"

"Defeated? No," Chris Kelly quickly responded from the visiting team locker room at Amalie Arena on Sunday night.

The Bruins had just fallen 5-3 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, dropping their third straight loss on the road trip and fifth straight overall.

The team was certainly frustrated, and defeated in terms of the outcome.

But amidst a playoff race that sees them now just one point ahead of the Ottawa Senators for the final Wild Card spot, with nine games remaining, they won't dare feel defeated.

"We lost some big games, but I still think we control our destiny," said Kelly. "We have nine games left. If we go out and play well for these nine games, then good things will happen. We've got a good group here and I feel confident in our group."

"Right now, we've got to playing our best hockey and everyone's got to be willing to commit to playing their best and tonight, that wasn't the case."


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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.21.2015 / 11:41 PM
By Jess Isner - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

SUNRISE — It was a game that certainly lived up to its billing.

Nobody expected the Bruins’ job to be easy on Saturday night. Nobody expected it to be easy for either side, and it wasn’t. Boston and Florida came into the game separated by a mere five points in the Eastern Conference standings, and both of them knew Saturday night’s matchup was a must-win if they each wanted to keep their playoff aspirations alive.

In the end, the Panthers came out with two points and the Bruins got just one as they fell 2-1 in a shootout.

“I think that we can be satisfied with the effort,” said defenseman Zdeno Chara. “Everybody showed really good efforts throughout the whole game. It was a really close, tight-checking game on both sides. Sometimes, you’re going to have those games where it’s going to be 1-1, 2-2, and it’s going to be whoever’s going to score that last goal, and then defend it or it goes all the way to the shootouts or overtimes.

“Those are the kind of games that you always have to put a lot of emphasis on playing tight defensively.”

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