DALLAS, TX — Dallas Stars Head Coach Glen Gulutzan had plenty to say about the Boston Bruins this morning and all of it was good.
"Well I look at that team and the funny thing is, I don’t mean anything [negative] by this, they don’t do anything special but they do everything really good," said Gulutzan. "To find a weakness on our starting report, we kind of had to make one up this morning.
"They’re a solid team, you look at their goals against, you look at their penalty kill, you look at their 5-on-5 game, you look at their team toughness and team speed – they have everything, that’s why they won last year."
BostonBruins.com — Just like his linemate David Krejci, Milan Lucic thought their trio with Nathan Horton had a decent game against the Phoenix Coyotes during the B’s 2-1 overtime win on Wednesday in Arizona.
"Yeah definitely, I think we spend a majority of our time in the offensive zone and that’s usually a good thing," said Lucic who owns a 12-13-25 line through 33 games.
"We created a lot of shots, and for myself I got a lot of [shots blocked] that probably could have ended up as some goals."
BostonBruins.com — In stark contrast to a 3-7 start in October, the Bruins have compiled a 21-2-1 streak in 24 games through November and December to re-establish themselves as one of the most dominant teams in the NHL.
Boston leads the league in goals with 3.47 per game (a .49 increase from last season) and they are also at the top with a 1.87 goals against average. Even beyond the impressive numbers, the team continues to pull out tough wins, as evident in Tuesday’s 2-1 overtime win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
But the expectations are set so high for the Black & Gold, that some might call Wednesday’s win “a bad night” for the Bruins and while the victory in Arizona wasn’t the B’s impressive 8-0 win over the Southeast Division-leading Florida Panthers, the Bruins (24-9-1) found a way to win, and that’s all that matters to Head Coach Claude Julien.
NHL.com — The Boston Bruins are playing so well, coach Claude Julien is reminding his team to keep its confidence in check.
Boston has plenty of reason to be confident against its next opponent.
The red-hot Bruins go for their eighth straight win Saturday night when they visit former teammate Michael Ryder and the Dallas Stars, who haven’t defeated Boston in more than four years and are coming off a loss to the league’s worst team.
BostonBruins.com — The Boston Bruins have only played the Dallas Stars three times in the last three seasons, and it’s safe to assume the two teams aren’t overly familiar with each other.
But there is one skater on the Dallas bench the B’s are actually quite fond of, and that’s former teammate and Stanley Cup champion Michael Ryder.
Goaltender Tim Thomas is slated get the start in net Saturday for the Bruins, but he doesn’t expect the game to be any easier because he’s familiar with Ryder, who spent three seasons with the Bruins before signing with Dallas over the summer.
GLENDALE, AZ — Given the Bruins current hot streak (21-2-1 in their last 24, 8-2-10 in their last 10, and seven wins in a row), it seems like a bonus for the Black & Gold to be getting healthier, but that’s exactly what is happening for Boston.
Sparkplug forward Rich Peverley, who has recently missed two games due to an undisclosed injury, remains a strong possibility to re-enter the lineup on Saturday night in Texas versus the Dallas Stars.
"Everything feels good," said Peverley after today’s practice in Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona. "Obviously, the teams playing pretty well so you don’t want to mess anything up, but hopefully I can get back in Saturday and I’m ready to go."
After winning the Conn Smythe trophy for his outstanding playoff performance, all eyes have been on Thomas — a two time Vezina Trophy-winner. And lately, when Rask is in net, it’s anything but an easier game for opponents.
BostonBruins.com — After defenseman Dennis Seidenberg scored his first goal of the season in Friday’s 8-0 win over the Florida Panthers, he said that he was taking his shots and it was only a matter of getting that “lucky” bounce.
Just 58 seconds into overtime, Seidenberg raced towards Benoit Pouliot’s off-line centering pass and chopped at it, to put the shot past Phoenix goaltender Jason LaBarbera to give the Bruins a 2-1 win over the Coyotes.
“The puck jumped on the high slot and all I was seeing was a guy in front of me,” Seidenberg said. “I was tying to get the puck by, and luckily it hit one of their guys and went in.”
GLENDALE, AZ — Claude Julien’s face couldn’t hide the fact that he was already working on items for his Bruins to work on before Boston plays Dallas in Texas on Saturday.
However, the B’s Head Coach also admitted that he was pleased with his club’s ability to consistently find ways to win.
"I think we struggled through the neutral zone," said Julien of the B’s 2-1 OT victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night. "We got spread out quite a bit and they were just going through us like Swiss cheese – we left a lot of areas for them to skate through."
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins weren’t at their sharpest level following the Christmas break, but they had just enough to edge the host Phoenix Coyotes.
Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg scored 58 seconds into overtime to give the Bruins a 2-1 win over the Coyotes on Wednesday night.
"I was just trying to get the puck past the forwards and to the net," said Seidenberg, who scored his second goal of the season. "You want to make sure the puck gets close to the net, and I think it hit off of one of their players in front."
GLENDALE, AZ — It looks like Tuukka Rask will be between the pipes for Boston tonight and Tim Thomas will see time in Dallas as the B’s look to spread out the backstopping duties before the Black & Gold’s schedule gets really busy after the first of the year.
"I think were going to go with Tuukka tonight," said B’s Head Coach Claude Julien during his pregame availability - a rare pregame reveal of his starting goaltender. "Obviously, he played well last game and we have two games this week that are spread out and I want both goaltenders to see action.
"Timmy’s a goaltender that doesn’t [get rusty], and when he sees rest he gets better. He’s certainly going to take this little bit of a break and use it to his advantage because after that, the schedule gets pretty hectic.
BostonBruins.com — The Bruins have tallied a league-best 10-3 road record through the 2011 season, and they will be tested again when they play the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at the Jobing.com Arena in Arizona.
Sure, the B’s have played slightly less games away from home than most teams have, but the schedule will get tougher when January rolls around.
But for defenseman Andrew Ference, it doesn’t make much difference to him where his team is playing, as long as the Bruins keep it simple.
BostonBruins.com — Phoenix Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett can empathize with Claude Julien when it comes to the injury bug.
Tippett will be without four players in tonight’s contest when they take on the Bruins, who avoided losing captain Zdeno Chara and center Gregory Campbell for serious amounts of time, and who expect Rich Peverley to return Saturday.
The Coyotes aren’t so lucky, as goalie Mike Smith (groin) and defenseman Adrian Aucoin (lower body) are on the injured reserve, while forwards Mike Hanzal and Boyd Gordon are listed day-to-day.
BostonBruins.com – It’s not often the Boston Bruins matchup against the Phoenix Coyotes – no more than once a season with the exception of last year’s season opening back-to-back contests in Prague.
So how will the B’s prepare for a team they haven’t seen in over a year? A lot of film, according to forward Chris Kelly.
“I think that’s where video comes into play, especially with teams you don’t see on a regular basis,” Kelly said. “I think we’ll have a good video session [today] and see some of their plays – some of their things they do consistently and hopefully that will help.”
NHL.com — This is the only meeting of the season between these inter-conference opponents. They last met to open the 2010-11 season in Prague as part of the Compuware NHL Premiere and split a two-game series. Nathan Horton scored 3 goals, while Tim Thomas recorded a 29-save shutout in the Boston win to begin a season in which he would capture the Vezina Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup.
After winning their first game last season in the Czech Republic and their final game in Vancouver to lift the Cup and end a 39-year drought, the Bruins have gotten right back to their winning ways this season after a rough opening month. The Coyotes will have to contend with a team entering on a six-game winning streak, which follows a previous 10-game run and 14-0-1 stretch.
This is the start of a three-game road trip for Boston, which had four days off to enjoy the 8-0 shellacking it handed Florida at the TD Garden on Friday night. Brad Marchand had a career night, registering his first NHL hat trick and adding a pair of assists, helping him claim First Star honors from the League for the past week. Benoit Pouliot scored one for the highlight reels as part of a four-goal first-period burst, and Tuukka Rask recorded his second consecutive shutout with a 30-save performance.
GLENDALE, AZ — The Bruins arrived in Arizona and in short order were on the ice to end their holiday break.
For sure, three days off seemed luxurious to the players (and admittedly some members of the press), but Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien didn’t think the break was anything special.
"It may be unusual for some people," explained Julien. "In the American hockey league the last two years –- I was there we had five straight days off –- and we came back, had a morning skate and played three [one year] and three [another year] and both year won all three games.
BostonBruins.com – After the Boston Bruins took three days to spend time with family and friends over the holiday weekend, they’ll be spending time with each other as the team takes on a heavy road schedule through the month of January.
Over the next 15 games, the B’s will be on the road for nine contests, starting with a two-game stretch in Phoenix, and then Dallas Saturday.
“I actually checked [the schedule] out the other day. It’s pretty busy — almost every two to three days we have a game,” forward Benoit Pouliot said. “A lot of back to backs, it’s just the way the schedule was set up for us this year.”
BostonBruins.Com – Fourteen different skaters registered points during the Boston Bruins 8-0 win over the Florida Panthers last Friday, with the most notable performance being Brad Marchand’s five-point tear that earned him NHL First Star of the Week honors.
However, it was a break out night for B’s Dennis Seidenberg, too, as the B’s defenseman scored his first goal of the campaign on a slap shot from the blueline late in the first period to give his team a 4-0 lead.
“I tried a lot of shots up until now and to have that shot finally go in was a good feeling,” Seidenberg said after Friday’s win. “And I finally got that monkey off my back.”
BOSTON, MA — While the NHL’s holiday break ended when the clock struck midnight on Sunday, the B’s will watch tonight’s full slate of games from the comfort of home. Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien gave his club another full day off before the B’s leave for Arizona to finish off the 2011 portion of their schedule against Phoenix (Wednesday) and Dallas (Saturday).
"Well, the one thing I said to them was we’ve gone from 15th to first in less than two months – they deserve a lot of credit for that and they worked hard to accomplish that and I think it’s important that they enjoy the three days of the Christmas holiday they have," said Julien after the B’s impressive 8-0 victory over the Panthers on Friday night. "Those three days will be beneficial to us hopefully not just in the long run, but in the short term.
"If we come back with the right approach and the right attitude, and head out on the road and play Phoenix, and take off where we left off, then those three days will look even better."
NHL.com — The Boston Bruins lead the NHL in goals (119) and goal differential (plus-56) coming out of the holiday break, and no one has been hotter for them over the past week than Brad Marchand.
The third-year forward was named the League’s First Star of the Week on Monday, with New York Rangers forward Marian Gaborik earning Second Star and Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere receiving Third Star honors.
The Bruins only played twice last week, but Marchand played a pivotal role in both their victories. His goal with 5:46 remaining in the third period proved to be the game-winner as Boston held off Northeast Division rival Montreal 3-2 on Monday.
BostonBruins.com — [Photo Gallery] Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference stopped by the Pine Street Inn this morning to decorate cookies with the men and women that are staying at the facility during the holiday season.
“It’s become a big art of our day, part of our tradition in Boston,” Ference said of Christmas Eve. “Every year is busier and busier – Pine Street does a tremendous job around the city taking care of people.
"They have a mobile unit that goes out and about and makes sure people in town are taken care of.”
BOSTON — [Photo Gallery] On Wednesday, Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and forward Rich Peverley stopped by Steriti Memorial Rink to kick off the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) public skating season.
Starting next week during the public school Christmas break, the DCR will offer 300 free hours of open-ice time for public skating.
“Families, in tough financial times have the ability to come out and enjoy themselves in these properties and what better way to do it then to have Bruins with us,” DCR Commissioner Ed Lambert said. “Through their efforts and championship season has re-ignited the spark in all of us to get back on the ice. We’re thrilled that they’re here.”
BOSTON — All week Head Coach Claude Julien preached the importance of his team getting out to an aggressive, early start against the Florida Panthers.
Florida, who was playing their third game in four days, couldn’t keep up with the Bruins, who put together a 4-0 first period en route to an 8-0 victory.
“The schedule is made that way – we knew it was their third game in four nights and we felt they were going to be tired, and they were and they looked tired tonight,” Julien said. “But that doesn’t mean we should go out there and just kind of go through the motions. It was important that we played a solid game and we did.”
BOSTON — Brad Marchand couldn’t really remember the last time he completed a hat trick.
"I don’t even think I got one in Junior, but I think maybe back in Midget," said Marchand after he scored three goals against the Floria Panthers in a 8-0 B’s win on Christmas Eve eve. "No, that’s a lie, I got one in Junior.