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POSTED ON Monday, 10.27.2014 / 6:19 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - Halloween came a few days early for the patients at Boston Children's Hospital.

On Monday, the Bruins made their annual visit to Boston Children's, reverse trick-or-treating and surprising the children with Bruins' goodies and signing autographs.

Through the years, there have been a number of memorable costumes, like Zdeno Chara as a bunny, or Dougie Hamilton's get-up last year as a 6-foot-5 baby.

This time around, the Bruins took it to another level, dressing up as the cast of the hit Disney movie, "Frozen."

Kevan Miller was dressed as Kristoff, Matt Fraser as Anna, Matt Bartkowski as Sven the Reindeer, Seth Griffith as Hans, Torey Krug as Olaf the Snowman and Hamilton as Elsa, the Snow Queen.

POSTED ON Monday, 10.27.2014 / 1:51 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - The Bruins hit the ice for practice on Monday morning at TD Garden, following an off day on Sunday.

The group remained the same, with the exception of defenseman Joe Morrow, who was assigned to the Providence Bruins on Sunday.

Kevan Miller remains out indefinitely with a dislocated right shoulder, while Zdeno Chara is sidelined with his left knee injury for about four to six weeks.

The Bruins' defense corps has begun to adjust without the two shutdown defensemen, and in doing so, put up a 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs in their first test on Saturday.

The real challenge, though, will be sustaining that effort moving forward.

"Well, that's just it. I think when look at our situation, we played well last game, but that's just one game," Head Coach Claude Julien stressed following Monday's practice. "We have to be able to sustain it, that's the challenge that we have right now and that's the challenge that we're facing and that we've got to respond to."

"We've got to continue doing that on a daily basis, whether it's in practice or in games, continue to stay on top of our game here in order to compensate for losses to not just Zdeno, but Miller's been a pretty reliable defenseman back there, so we've got to continue to play the way we did last game and try and improve still."

POSTED ON Sunday, 10.26.2014 / 6:03 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog - Entering Saturday night's game in Toronto, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara had missed just 11 games due to injury since joining the Bruins prior to the 2006-07 season.

Chara had not been in the lineup for 20 out of possible 631 games overall in his time with Boston.

The remaining nine games came from other reasons, like coach's decision at the end of the regular season, or the two games the captain missed to carry his country's flag in the opening ceremony for the 2014 Olympics.

"It's a great test for us," defenseman Torey Krug said, prior to the matchup against the Leafs. "I think everyone in here is excited about the opportunity to come together and put together a complete team effort."

"Anytime you have a big part of your team go down, the rest of the team has to come together and step up and fill that void, so it's a good opportunity for guys that maybe don't play those minutes and we're excited about the challenge."

With Chara's diagnosis - out four to six weeks with a left knee injury (PCL tear) - he could end up missing at least a dozen games.

"Did we lose a good player? We did. Is he a big part of our team? Yes, he is. But, you know, I'd like to think we're better than that, than to feel sorry for ourselves or get discouraged," said Head Coach Claude Julien. "That's not the case in our dressing room."

POSTED ON Saturday, 10.25.2014 / 11:31 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

TORONTO - If you're the Boston Bruins, success comes from defense.

When your main defensive weapon is not available, your method for success doesn't change.

Keeping that game plan, the Bruins picked up a 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Saturday night in their first test of at least a month without captain Zdeno Chara.

"I don't think we changed anything," said Dougie Hamilton, who tied a career high with a three-point night off a goal and two assists.

"I think it's just a lot of focus and everybody knew without him, everyone had to step up. So I don't think it's one guy - it's everyone as a team and our D corps and everything, and I thought we did well. Probably our best defensive game this year."

The Bruins sustained the full 60-minute effort they had been looking for, after coming up short earlier this week against the Isles.

"Well, we were more structured," said Head Coach Claude Julien. "Sometimes, there are things that brings it to attention."

"We spoke about that the last couple of days, about making sure we got better, and not just because Zdeno got hurt but because we weren't playing well enough within our structure."

POSTED ON Saturday, 10.25.2014 / 1:48 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

TORONTO - The Bruins face off against the Maple Leafs on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre in the first meeting between the two division rivals this season.

Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. ET (NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).

The Bruins are currently below .500, nine game into the season at 4-5-0, and are looking to bounce back from their 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday night. Despite a losing effort in that game, Boston had a strong third period that they'd like to replicate for a full 60 minutes on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, the Leafs have been waiting around for the Black and Gold since Tuesday, when they took a 5-2 win from the Isles.

Saturday night in Toronto is the first game Boston will play without captain Zdeno Chara in the lineup. Bruins General Manager announced on Friday morning that Chara is out four to six weeks with a left knee injury (PCL tear).

"It's going to have to be done by committee here," Adam McQuaid said following the Bruins' optional skate on Saturday morning at the ACC. "And if everyone just chips in and does what they do, and worries about that, that's all we can do."

"It's a great test for us," said Torey Krug. "I think everyone in here is excited about the opportunity to come together and put together a complete team effort."

"Anytime you have a big part of your team go down, the rest of the team has to come together and step up and fill that void, so it's a good opportunity for guys that maybe don't play those minutes and we're excited about the challenge."

POSTED ON Friday, 10.24.2014 / 4:28 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog - The Bruins learned on Friday they'll be without captain Zdeno Chara for roughly 4-6 weeks.

Boston's leader suffered a tear in the ligament in the back of his left knee (posterior cruciate ligament) during Thursday night's game against the New York Islander. He won't require surgery, as of now, and could be back sooner than four weeks.

But that leaves at least a month that the Bruins will have to make due without their go-to defenseman.

On Friday, the Bruins called in reinforcements from the Providence Bruins, recalling Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow on an emergency basis. Both blueliners joined the Bruins for practice at TD Garden, before the team traveled to Toronto.

Trotman made his NHL debut with Boston in 2013-14, and has played in two career games. Morrow has never seen NHL action. This marks his first recall with the Bruins. He was acquired on July 4, 2013, in the seven-player trade with Dallas that also brought in Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser.

With Trotman and Morrow in the mix for the foreseeable future, that give the Bruins seven healthy defensemen on their roster. Kevan Miller is still sidelined by a dislocated right shoulder. He is progressing, but there is no timetable on his return.

POSTED ON Friday, 10.24.2014 / 12:34 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - On Friday morning, General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced to reporters at TD Garden that defenseman Zdeno Chara will be out 4-6 weeks with a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.

Chara suffered the injury at 11:15 into the first period of Thursday night's game against the New York Islanders at the Garden, when he landed a heavy hit that knocked down John Tavares at the top of the left circle in the defensive zone.

"This is completely different, separate, isolated from the other ligaments that are more critical in the maneuvering of the knee, so good news is, it's isolated to that ligament," Chiarelli told media during the press conference.

"Bad news is he's out 4-6 weeks. Might be a little earlier than four weeks, but a conservative time frame would be 4-6 weeks."

POSTED ON Thursday, 10.23.2014 / 10:46 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - Defenseman Zdeno Chara left the first period of Thursday night's game against the New York Islanders at TD Garden, and did not return.

"No report yet," Head Coach Claude Julien told reporters postgame around 9:40 p.m., following the Bruins' 3-2 loss the Isles.

"We won’t know anything until he sees the proper people in the medical staff. So, nothing right now."

Chara played five shifts in the first period. His final shift ended with 8:12 left in the period. Earlier in the minute-long shift, the defenseman landed a heavy hit on John Tavares.

"When it's your Captain [leaving], it's definitely hard to take," said alternate captain Patrice Bergeron. "That being said, we've dealt through adversity in the past and it shouldn't be an excuse."

POSTED ON Thursday, 10.23.2014 / 2:36 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - The Bruins host the New York Islanders at TD Garden on Thursday night, looking to earn their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. ET (NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).

The Bruins' lineup appeared status quo as they went through their morning pregame routine, with the exception of goaltender Niklas Svedberg expected between the pipes. Former Bruin backup Chad Johnson is expected in goal for the Islanders.

"I know firsthand what kind of a team he's with over there and how goalie-friendly the team really is, so it's nice for him to find a good situation there," said Johnson, who battled with Svedberg during last season's training camp.

The Bruins are hoping to build on their two most recent victories, a 5-3 win over San Jose and a 4-0 shutout of Buffalo, which showcased a much sounder defensive game than the start of the season.

The turnaround has been based on a few factors from Head Coach Claude Julien’s standpoint.

“Compete level, our speed, especially through the neutral zone, I think we’re playing at a higher pace. When I say compete, also the battle along the walls has been better,” said Julien. “Those are the things that really stick out to me is compete, the pace of our game and how hard we’re battling along the walls lately.”

POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.21.2014 / 11:35 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - With 24.7 left on the clock in the third period on Tuesday night at TD Garden, Patrice Bergeron could breathe a sigh of relief, and the Boston faithful followed suit.

David Krejci deked and fired in the empty-netter to seal a 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks. It pulled the Bruins back to .500 with a 4-4-0 record on the season.

The Bruins had been holding a 4-3 lead over San Jose with 4:09 left in regulation, when Bergeron was caught with a four-minute high-sticking penalty.

"I think it was pretty huge from our group, especially when one of your best penalty killers is in the box for the last four minutes," Head Coach Claude Julien said postgame from TD Garden.

"You’ve got to give those guys as much credit as anyone for the win," said Milan Lucic.

Boston laid out for four blocks during the penalty kill, Tuukka Rask came up with five huge saves, and David Krejci and Chris Kelly combined for four defensive zone faceoff wins. Zdeno Chara stayed on the ice for nearly the entire penalty kill, with Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid combining for a strong defensive effort battling along the walls and around the net.

"I thought our guys, for the last four minutes, did an unbelievable job of battling through," Julien added. "So our special teams I thought were really good for us tonight, and we needed that against that team."

The Bruins and Sharks alternated power-play goals to start the game.

Brad Marchand put Boston on the board with his first goal of the season at 13:57 into the first period, when he walked into the right circle and fired one past Antti Niemi.

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2 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
3 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
4 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
5 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
6 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
7 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
8 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69


P. Bergeron 80 32 36 12 68
L. Eriksson 82 30 33 13 63
D. Krejci 72 17 46 4 63
B. Marchand 77 37 24 21 61
R. Spooner 80 13 36 -9 49
T. Krug 81 4 40 9 44
M. Beleskey 80 15 22 6 37
Z. Chara 80 9 28 12 37
J. Hayes 75 13 16 -12 29
D. Pastrnak 51 15 11 3 26
T. Rask 31 22 8 .915 2.56
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