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POSTED ON Friday, 10.18.2013 / 9:54 AM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

SUNRISE, FL - The end result earned the Bruins two points on Thursday night in a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers and former Boston goaltender Tim Thomas.

Reilly Smith added the late finish with just 58.7 on the clock, after a quick 2-0 start for the B's in the first period, thanks to Daniel Paille beating Thomas short side off a defense to offense rush, and Dougie Hamilton firing in his first goal of the season on the power play.

"We stressed that before the game," said Smith. "Just getting the first goal because that hasn’t happened the last couple of games. So it was big, it definitely gave us a little boost and energy to start."

Paille's first of 2013-14 also got the Merlot Line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton on the board for the season.

It came off a 3-on-2, with Matt Bartkowski winning a battle and getting it to Dennis Seidenberg, who - with a jump in step - led the rush and fed a streaking Paille down the left side.

His goal came against the Panthers' top line of 2013 Calder Cup winner Jonathan Huberdeau, Scott Gomez and Kris Versteeg.


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POSTED ON Friday, 10.18.2013 / 12:48 AM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

SUNRISE, FL - Boston had a quick start, and a swift finish, as Reilly Smith scored his first as a Bruin with just 58.7 seconds left in the third period to lift the Black & Gold to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on Thursday night.

After a Patrice Bergeron faceoff win, Johnny Boychuk kept the puck in the zone, sending it along the blueline to Torey Krug at the right point who fired it in deep. Smith first tried to set up Bergeron in front, before making his way around Tim Thomas' net and backhanding in a loose puck that trickled in.

"Yeah it got close at the end there; we didn’t want that [comeback] happen. It’s a great feeling being able to score and help the team out and get the win," Smith said postgame, of his first in the spoked-B.

The Bruins had taken an early 2-0 lead in the first period, thanks to Daniel Paille and Dougie Hamilton's first goals of the season.

"And then we started maybe letting up a bit and probably got away from our game as well and started getting a little cute and gave them an opportunity to get back into the game," said Head Coach Claude Julien.


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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 2:57 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

SUNRISE, FL - The Bruins will be facing off against the Florida Panthers and former Boston goaltender Tim Thomas tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET at the BB&T Center. That is, in case you hadn't heard.

When the B's held their pregame skate this morning, Tuukka Rask was first off the ice, indicating he'll likely be the starter tonight for the Black & Gold.

The Thomas vs. Rask and the Bruins match-up may be sending the hockey world - and New England - abuzz, but what's really at stake for the Bruins against this Atlantic Division squad, is the two points.

"We still have a game to play, we still have a game to win. So we did turn the page on that," said Head Coach Claude Julien following morning skate. "And today, we move on."

With Coach keeping his focus, those in the spoked-B - who are 3-2-0 on the season and lost their last game, 3-2, to Detroit on Monday - are keeping that mindset as well.


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.16.2013 / 6:53 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

SUNRISE, FL - With the Bruins preparing to face off against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night, it appears that Tim Thomas will be between the pipes.

The Panthers announced via their Twitter feed on Wednesday, just as the B's finished up practice at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, that the former B's goaltender "will play against his previous club" on Thursday.

Thomas had been out with a groin injury since October 8 against Philadelphia and did not make a recent road trip with the Panthers to Nashville, but his progress appears to be on track for him to play tomorrow night.

Though confirmation from Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien on his starting goaltender won't come until after morning skate on Thursday, we can expect to see Tuukka Rask starting in goal, making what years ago would have been an unlikely reunion at opposing ends all but inevitable.


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.16.2013 / 5:26 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

SUNRISE, FL - The Bruins traveled to Florida Wednesday morning for a two-game road trip against the Panthers on Thursday night and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

An afternoon practice at the BB&T Center saw Carl Soderberg on the ice in a merlot jersey, along with the "Merlot Line" of Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton.

It marked his first full contact practice since injuring his ankle on September 27 in the third period of the Bruins' final preseason game in Saskatoon. The pain and swelling around his ankle is gone.

Following the skate, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said that Soderberg was probably a game or two away from being available for game action.

"I think we're getting close to that," said Julien, who would like to try and get him back in the lineup when it gets to that point.

"I think it's important that we get players in. He had a really good camp and it's unfortunate he got hurt then. When the time comes, I'm going to have to make that decision. And if I can't take anybody out, I can't but I certainly would like to get him in there if I could."

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.16.2013 / 9:33 AM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BostonBruins.com - You'll often hear Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien say phrases like "Tuukka's been Tuukka" and "Bergy was Bergy" to gathered reporters, like he did amidst the start to the season, with Tuukka Rask being his sharp self and Patrice Bergeron appearing to have not missed a beat.

The remarks come because of the expectations placed on those in the Black & Gold, knowing what defines these B's personalities and how that translates onto the ice.

And right now, Coach is likely looking forward to the next postgame press conference when he can say "that's the Brad Marchand the we know."

"Brad competed harder tonight and seemed to be a little bit better for me," Julien told the press, following the Bruins' 3-2 loss to Detroit on October 14, which marked Marchand's second straight game playing on the third line with Chris Kelly and Jordan Caron.

Marchand fired four shots on goal, including two right at the start, and was pegged to fill in for Milan Lucic for a shift late in the game when the left winger's skate needed a repair.


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 11:33 AM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BostonBruins.com - Like Zdeno Chara has his slap shot, Jarome Iginla is armed with his one-timer.

And when it's on, it's on.

So, right now, the inches separating the right winger from his first goal as a Bruin feel more like feet.

"I had some great looks tonight, I’ve had great looks for a few games," Iginla said following the Bruins' 3-2 loss to Detroit on Monday afternoon. He's recorded 19 shots on goal through his first five games in the spoked-B. He has one assist, but no G's on the stat sheet. Against the Wings, he fired 11 attempts.

None more lethal than when he readied for the one-timer from the left circle.

During a 5-on-3 just five minutes into the third period, with the Bruins trailing 3-1 and maintaining possession in the offensive zone, Iginla was at the ready.


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POSTED ON Monday, 10.14.2013 / 5:41 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BOSTON, MA - The Bruins had all watched the comebacks from their Boston sports counterparts the Patriots and Red Sox on Sunday.

"Obviously we have a lot to live up to," Milan Lucic said before facing off against the Detroit Red Wings in a matinee at TD Garden on Monday.

oston set themselves for their own rally, falling down 3-1 in the second period. Lucic, in Game 7 against Toronto fashion, made a late bid, powering in the 100th goal of his NHL career to bring the B's within one with 1:20 to go in regulation.

But the bid fell short, as the Black & Gold fell to the Wings, 3-2. Loui Eriksson had the other Bruins goal, his second in as many games.

"Yeah, we would have liked to be that; definitely had an opportunity," said Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask in the locker room postgame. "In the third period we got some emotion, we got some power plays, we were really just shooting the puck and pushing them, and that’s our game."

"And, you know, it almost paid off, but not quite."


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POSTED ON Sunday, 10.13.2013 / 5:40 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BostonBruins.com - Chris Kelly has two goals in four games to start off the 2013-14 season.

"Yeah, better than last year," the dry humored centerman remarked to reporters following the Bruins' 3-1 win over Columbus on Saturday, in which he scored the equalizer that set his team up for three straight unanswered goals.

It’s good to see him play that well because it’s going to certainly help that third line be the kind of line we expect it to beClaude Julien, on Chris Kelly
It took the Bruin 22 games in 2012-13 to get two goals on the board. He finished the lockout-shortened season with three goals and six assists in 34 games. The 14 games he missed were due to a broken tibia he suffered in March.

"Last year wasn’t the best year. But every year is a new year and you want to come in and play to your capabilities and you try to learn from previous years and move on," Kelly said of his clean slate.

Last season may not have been his best showing; but the way he ended the year certainly was.

After not getting his first playoff point of 2013 until Game 2 of the Final, he then put up two goals and an assist in the series, anchoring the B's best line.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 10.12.2013 / 7:47 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

COLUMBUS, OH - Loui Eriksson may not admit it, but he was likely feeling pressure to get on the board as a Bruin.

He only had to wait four games, netting his first in the spoked-B on Saturday, the game-winner in a 3-1 matinee victory over the Blue Jackets in Columbus at Nationwide Arena. Boston improved to 3-1-0 on the season.

Chris Kelly netted the game-tying goal and Milan Lucic added an empty-netter, both their second goals on the season.

Eriksson's winner came just 49 seconds into the third period, with the game knotted at 1-1. After Reilly Smith tipped in a neutral zone chip-in from Johnny Boychuk, Patrice Bergeron pounced on the puck down the left side and quickly fed it through the crease to the Eriksson, who whacked in an off-angle backhander.


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Krejci 80 19 50 39 69
P. Bergeron 80 30 32 38 62
J. Iginla 78 30 31 34 61
M. Lucic 80 24 35 30 59
B. Marchand 82 25 28 36 53
R. Smith 82 20 31 28 51
C. Soderberg 73 16 32 4 48
Z. Chara 77 17 23 25 40
T. Krug 79 14 26 18 40
L. Eriksson 61 10 27 14 37
 
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