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Game Day: Bruins @ Sabres

Boston looks to go two-for-two on the trip against Buffalo.

Friday, 11.20.2009 / 9:13 AM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  -
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Game Day: Bruins @ Sabres
7:11 p.m.
Tonight's lines...

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6:52 p.m.
From the B's Week Ahead...
After their 4-3 shootout win over the Thrashers in Atlanta Thursday night, the team will take on the Northeast Division leading Sabres Friday night in Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. (TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). The Black and Gold are in the middle of their longest road stretch of the season so far at four games (4-3 in Atlanta last night, tonight at Buffalo, Nov. 23 at St. Louis and Nov. 25 in Minnesota). They will have one other four-game trip (Feb. 7-13) and their longest trip of the season will be a seven-game stretch from Mar. 6-16.

Stat of the week:
Take a look at the postgame travel timeline of the Bruins after their shootout win in Atlanta:
Thursday, 9:43 p.m.: Bruins/Thrashers game ends
10:17 p.m.: Team bus departs Philips Arena for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
11:19 p.m.: Team plane departs
Friday, 12:51 a.m.: Team plane lands in Buffalo
1:10 a.m.: Team arrives at hotel in Buffalo
712: Miles flown between Atlanta and Buffalo
3 hours, 27 minutes: Door-to-door travel time from Philips Arena to team hotel in Buffalo
2: Number of Stanley Cup Rings won by the team’s Road Services Coordinator, Johnny Bucyk

They Said It…
Marc Savard, after participating in Thursday’s morning skate in Atlanta…
“I’m excited to get back out there, it’s been a long four and a half weeks. I’m 32-years-old and I’m playing Xbox. That’s not good.”

For more info on the week ahead, go here.

6:14 p.m.
Late Update!
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned Brad Marchand to the Providence Bruins and placed Trent Whitfield on waivers for purpose of assignment to Providence.

Marchand has played in 12 of the team’s last 14 games and registered 0-1-1 totals on the year. Before being recalled on October 18, Marchand had led the P-Bruins in goals and was third overall in the team’s scoring race with 6-2-8 totals. Marchand was originally drafted by the Bruins in the third round (71st overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Whitfield has skated in seven games this season for Boston and has not dressed for the team’s last four. He was recalled October 21 from Providence where he had 3-5-8 totals in six AHL games. Whitfield is in his 12th pro season and his first in the Bruins organization, although he was drafted by the B’s in the fifth round (100th overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

2:11 p.m.
Sorry guys. Just not much in the way of updates this afternoon.

Tim Thomas, Brad Marchand, Johnny Boychuk, Marc Savard and Trent Whitfield took the ice this morning for a practice run by Doug Houda.

But there was no update as to anyone's status for tonight.

12:29 p.m.
Just an FYI...
Tonight, join fellow Bruins fans at the Hard Rock Café in Faneuil Hall to cheer on the B's. Stop by for giveaways, raffles and a chance to meet the Bruins Ice Girls.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

12:05 p.m.
We're still waiting on news from the northern front. I am hoping for some info shortly.

And for those of us who join us regularly on the live blog, I have confirmed that "The Ref" is off the DL and will return to action tonight. Thank goodness.

9:47 a.m.
Boston switched up their D-pairs last night and there were immediate results.

"(B's assistant coach) Craig [Ramsay] and I had a real good discussion about that and...we both felt that maybe [the B's would separate] those two offensive-minded defensemen (Matt Hunwick and Dennis Wideman), and put a little bit more defensive-minded defenseman with Wides," said Julien of Wideman's pairing with Andrew Ference. "It allows him to maybe be able to go up the ice or to make some offensive plays."

Wideman adjusted to the change quickly and felt comfortable with his once and future partner.

"They switched them up and said they just wanted to try something different," said Wideman to NESN's Naoko Funayama. "And with Andy, we've played together a lot, so we know each other well.

"We played together all last year and a little bit this year, and I think when I play with him, we kind've know where we are going to be on the ice."

9:00 a.m.

The Boston Bruins are eating breakfast right now after they woke up in Buffalo following a late night flight from Atlanta to upstate New York.

The B's will not have a full morning skate, however Johnny Boychuk, Brad Marchand, Marc Savard, Tim Thomas and Trent Whitfield will hit the ice at 11:30 a.m. for a lightly attended spin around the Sabres HSBC Arena.

Marc and the other players will be available to the media at about noon, but we won't hear from Coach Julien until near gametime, so any speculation about Marc's playing this evening will remain that until we hear from him and/or Julien.

Last night, rookie goalie Tuukka Rask, who was filling in for the slightly injured (undisclosed) Tim Thomas, wrestled a point out from under the crushing weight of an Atlanta puck that eluded him during the last minute of regulation.

During the game-deciding shootout contest, Rask stopped the Thrashers Rich Peverley, Slava Kozlov and Ilya Kovalchuk in succession and gave the B's a much needed 4-3 win and ending their losing skid.

"[We] let them get back into the game," said Tuukka to NESN, postgame. "As a team they got life from those goals and it was hard to stop them.

"And I think they caught some breaks in the third getting powerplays. But I think we did a pretty good job keeping them away from the scoreboard until the very "

After letting in the game-tying goal at 19:18 of the third period, an angry Rask was ready for redemption.

"I just thought we've lost those games so much in the past that I didn't want that to happen again," said Rask, who got the win thanks to his heroics and a gorgeous deke by Patrice Bergeron, who beat Pavelec with the game winner in the SO.

"I was just trying to make sure we got to the shootout and it's a 50/50 chance to win there," continued Rask. "It was a good win for us."




1 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
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
J. Gustavsson 11 9 1 .908 2.72
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