Posted on 16 March, 2012

Everybody Must Step Up

SUNRISE, FL — According to Head Coach Claude Julien, it’s the imperfect mixture.

"That’s the challenge we have right now," he said. "We do have some guys that are tired, and unfortunately [there] are guys that aren’t playing up to par.

"At the same time, we’ve got lots of games and we have to play our way through it."

Tim Thomas spoke to the press after the team’s 6-2 loss to the Panthers in the BankAtlantic Center.

Hard to Explain Slide

SUNRISE, FL — As the B’s sat in their quiet visitors’ locker room in the BankAtlantic Center, even some of the most veteran NHL players in the room were hard pressed to explain the B’s 6-2 setback to the Florida Panthers.

"I don’t know what we did, but we did something," said goaltender Tim Thomas, lamenting what seems a complete loss of puck luck. "A lot of the times you get the luck you’re working for — not that we’re not working — we’re trying.

"[There] just haven’t been a lot of bounces like this in a long time."

B's Assign Trent Whitfield to Providence

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned forward Trent Whitfield to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). Whitfield was recalled on Monday, March 12 on an emergency basis and made his 2011-12 debut for Boston at Tampa on March 13. Whitfield is expected to join the Providence Bruins in their next game against the Worcester Sharks on Friday, March 16th at Worcester. 

The Boston Bruins have also confirmed their practice schedule for Friday, March 16. The team will skate at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA at 2:15 p.m. 

With Providence this season, the 5’11’’, 209 pound center has five goals and six assists, combining for 11 total points in 41 games. In the 2010-11 season, Whitfield finished fourth in the P-Bruins scoring race with 18-18=36 totals, despite playing just 45 games after missing the first half of the season due to injury. 

B’s Prospects Eye Frozen Four

BostonBruins.com – While the Boston Bruins are busy gearing up for the playoffs, some of the organization’s prospects are trying to help their team bring home an NCAA National Championship.

Forward Brian Ferlin and Cornell University face off against Alexander Fallstrom and the Harvard Crimson tonight in Atlantic City in the ECAC semi-finals for a shot at the conference title.

Ferlin, who was named Ivy League Men’s Rookie of the Year, ranks third on Cornell (17-7-7) with 21 points (8-13-21). The Big Red, who are ranked 13th in the country according to the current USCHO.com Top 20 poll, have an opportunity to make it to the championship game for the fourth consecutive season.

Rich Peverley continued his on ice workouts with Bruins Strength & Conditioning Coach John Whitesides in Wilmington.

Good sight from Wilmington, seeing Peverley on the ice today. #bruins #nhl #hockey  (Taken with instagram)

Good sight from Wilmington, seeing Peverley on the ice today. #bruins #nhl #hockey (Taken with instagram)

Tuukka's Tour Continued at Spaulding

BOSTON, MA – To wrap up his week of community visits, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask stopped by the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital this Friday, March 16 to spend time with pediatric patients.

This marked Rask’s third volunteer visit in as many days, as he has chosen to dedicate much of his time over the next two weeks to give back to the community while he recovers from injury.

“I asked if I could make myself useful somehow because I’m hurt now,” said Rask. “I haven’t gone to hospitals that many times this year, so it was a good opportunity to take the time and say hi to some kids.”

The Boston Bruins Week Ahead

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS

“CUTS FOR A CAUSE”: On Wednesday, March 28, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton and members of the Boston Bruins are teaming up with 98.5 The Sports Hub to host the fifth annual “Cuts for a Cause” to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. The event will take place from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. at Royale (279 Tremont, Boston, MA 02116). Thornton and his teammates will have their heads shaved by auction winners on stage to show their support and raise money for children battling cancer. 

PEVERLEY PROGRESSING: Injured forward Rich Peverley – who was injured during the Bruins/Habs game on February 15 – resumed skating on Wednesday, March 14. He spoke to reporters on Friday, March 16:

“First couple of days were kind of just getting back into it,” said Peverley. “Today was a little bit harder, a little longer and I felt pretty good on the ice. It’s just about taking gradual steps.”

Rolston, Kelly and Bergeron spoke to the press after the team’s practice in Wilmo following their return from the road.