BOSTON, MA — Asked about defenseman Dennis Seidenberg's game-winning goal from the red line, a simple shot that seemed to bounce and change direction on its way past Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said, “We'll take it.”
But Seidenberg’s skipping shot from center ice helped make the B’s first outing back from the All-Star break a success despite a very disjointed first 40 minutes of hockey on Tuesday night.
"Well we were hesitant, we didn’t play a clean game," said Seidenberg, whose goal at 7:09 of the third period gave Boston a permanent lead. "We kept turning pucks over, and that just played in their hands.
BOSTON, MA — As he sat down for his morning press briefing, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien was asked if the team had addressed the issues that had tripped up his squad before the All-Star break.
"I think so; we’ve certainly addressed it," said Julien. "You know, what is left in the season —  games — and what we talked about [it] yesterday and what it means from here on in.
"I will certainly look to bring some consistency in our play from here on in and also bring it back up to the level that we had it earlier in the season."
"A nice relaxing break," added Thornton. "So we’re ready to get back after it."
The B’s better be ready, because the Ottawa Senators remain just four points behind Boston for the Northeast Division lead. But for the Bruins, who hit a rough patch right before the All-Star break, the days away from the rink left the club recharged.
AP – Zdeno Chara and Daniel Alfredsson won’t have quite as much talent at their disposal as they captain opposing teams for the second straight game.
They’ll have more to play for, though, as Chara’s Boston Bruins look to extend their Northeast Division lead Tuesday night with a seventh consecutive win over the visiting Ottawa Senators.
Chara’s club also beat Team Alfredsson 12-9 in the All-Star game Sunday, but the Bruins captain said he was rooting for his counterpart to complete a hat trick in front of his hometown fans. Alfredsson finished with two goals and an assist.
On Tuesday, January 31, 2012, the Boston Bruins are teaming up with the American Heart Association (AHA) as Tufts Medical Center presents the Boston Bruins Sixth Annual Heart Health Night during their home game against the Ottawa Senators at 7:00 PM.
Cardiac patients and survivors will be in attendance and will participate in a variety of activities throughout the evening.
The activities will include Zamboni rides, a chance to watch warm-ups from the Boston Bruins bench and an opportunity to greet the team as they head out of the locker room to take the ice for the game.
BOSTON, MA – After a restful five-day break for most of the Bruins, the Black & Gold will be tested tonight when they take on the Ottawa Senators.
And according to Head Coach Claude Julien, the Sens are no joke.
“It may be a surprise to a lot of people where they are, but I would tell you right now they’re the real deal,” Julien said after practice yesterday. “Their coach [Paul MacLean] has done a great job of bringing that group together and building some sort of chemistry – you cans see it in their play. They play hard [and] they don’t hang their heads.”
BOSTON, MA – When goaltender Michael Hutchinson got an e-mail that said he was going to be practicing with the Boston Bruins Monday at TD Garden, the prospect was surprised but eager to get another opportunity to see the game at the NHL speed.
“It’s definitely a huge difference – guys are smarter when shooting the puck,” Hutchinson said. “I was pleasantly surprised to get a chance to come up here and practice and get a taste of what it’s like up here.”
Hutchinson came up to fill in for Tim Thomas, who had the day off after participating in the All-Star festivities this past weekend in Ottawa.
OTTAWA, Ontario — Tim Thomas knew that there were plenty of factors in his way if he were going to earn a fourth-straight All-Star Game victory - namely the entire roster of Team Alfredsson.
But the Black & Gold’s goalie hoped he would take his turn for Team Chara in the final stanza on Sunday.
"In these types of games the only chance you have to have your name on the record as the winning goalie is to play the third period," he said after Team Chara’s 12-9 victory. "You can have a shutout in the first period and still not end up a win – probably won’t end up with a win because of the way the rules work.
BostonBruins.com – When Bruins forward Tyler Seguin was 10 years old, Daniel Alfredsson, Zdeno Chara, Jarome Iginla and Marian Hossa were just a handful of players from Sunday’s All-Star game that were establishing themselves in the NHL.
But this weekend Seguin, who turns 20 on Tuesday, got an opportunity to hang out with the veteran players and skate along side them in the All-Star game.
“You learn a ton,” Seguin said. “Last year [on the rookie team] was one thing to kind of meet them and observe, but this year was actual hockey talk with guys who know you by your name. You get the little details, where you can act like a fan a little bit.”
BostonBruins.com – The NHL All-Star game is a gift to the talented forwards of the league, who are given a 60-minute opportunity to show off their fanciest dekes and dangles while hanging 10-spots on opposing goaltenders.
The defensemen and goaltenders are faced with the daunting task of trying to keep the game in reach, and that’s what Bruins blue-liner Zdeno Chara was prepared to do.
But even Chara got in the action Sunday, scoring a goal in the third period to give Team Chara a 10-8 lead en route to a 12-9 victory.
OTTAWA, Ontario — Typically after any game, win or lose, Boston captain Zdeno Chara is stone-faced and intense when he meets the media. Sunday night at Scotiabank Place, he was grinning from cheek to cheek.
Chara returned to Ottawa, the city where his NHL career took root, and captained the team that escaped with a 12-9 victory in the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game at Scotiabank Place. He scored the winning goal, his Bruins teammate Tim Thomas was the winning goalie for a record fourth-straight All-Star Game, and his Slovakian countrymen Marian Gaborik earned MVP honors with a hat trick and four points.
"You can’t ask for anything better," Chara said. "We want to enjoy ourselves, have fun, and most of all we want to put on a good show.
OTTAWA, Ontario — Generally, Tim Thomas has a pretty intense angle on Zdeno Chara's shooting style and after “Big Zee” broke his own All-Star Skills record with an 108.8 MPH slapshot, the B's goalie sounded as if he was happy to have been a spectator on that particular blast.
However, Thomas assured the gathered press in Ottawa’s Scotiabank Place that he has certainly seen that kind of propulsion personally.
"Yes. He said he doesn’t, but yes he does every once in a while," said Thomas. "He says he misses the net most of the time, but I know he has a hard shot.
BostonBruins.com – It was a flashback of sorts for Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, as he skated around the ice at Scotiabank Place with the crowd on its feet.
But they weren’t celebrating a goal or an assist for the home team Senators — Chara’s old team from 2001-06 –- they were celebrating history.
Not only did Chara break his own record (105.9 mph) with a 106.4 mph slap shot in his first attempt, but he set it again minutes later with a blistering 108.8 mph slap shot en route to winning his fifth-straight hardest shot competition.
NHL.com — So the rosters for Sunday’s 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game are set, with Daniel Alfredsson loading up on fellow Swedes and Ottawa teammates, while Zdeno Chara kept two Boston teammates and grabbed a pair of fellow Slovaks.
So who has the advantage, as measured by a tale of the tape (see chart below)? Here’s your answer:
Age/size: Team Chara is notably older, averaging 28.6 years of age to 26.9 for Team Alfredsson – a group that includes youngsters like John Tavares and Logan Couture to balance off its 39-year-old captain. Both teams have an average height of 6-foot-1, which is surprising since Chara is the tallest player in NHL history at 6-9. Chara’s team averages 204 pounds to 201 for Team Alfredsson.
OTTAWA, Ontario — Soon after Zdeno Chara walked into the room, he whipped out his phone and sent a text message to teammate Tyler Seguin. Chara had to ask Seguin if he would be cool doing the All-State NHL Breakaway Challenge on Saturday night at the 2012 Molson Canadian All-Star Skills Competition.
Chara and his assistant captain, Joffrey Lupul, didn’t necessarily need help in picking which player does what for Team Chara in the skills competition at Scotiabank Place on Saturday night, but they also wanted to avoid putting any of the guys in an awkward, uncomfortable position.
However, soon after Chara had his phone in his hand, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan walked into the room. Bettman greeted Chara and Shanahan quickly offered his opinion on whom Chara should select as the rookie to take part in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater.
BostonBruins.com – For the first time in four straight All-Star games, both Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby (concussion) and Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (opted out re: suspension) won’t be competing in the midwinter classic.
But Team Chara Head Coach Claude Julien’s not worried that there will be a shortage of talent in Sunday’s game.
“We’re missing some really good hockey players, but there’s a lot of good hockey players in this league,” Julien said. “As you saw [Thursday] in the draft, there are not too many guys that were picked that I wouldn’t take on my team.
GATINEAU, Quebec — The story continues to captivate many people, but Boston goaltender Tim Thomas didn’t want to entertain too many questions about his decision to forgo the B’s visit to the White House last Monday.
"I did address it – everything I said in my statement was what I believed to be absolute truth," said Thomas after the All-Star Fantasy Draft on Thursday. "I don’t believe I need to revisit something I stated so clearly."
But Thomas clearly looks forward to revisiting his previous All-Star successes, which include three straight wins in the NHL’s midwinter classic.