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Thornton Gets Two-Year Contract Extension

BOSTON, MA — Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced this morning that the club has signed forward Shawn Thornton to a two-year, $2.2 million contract extension through the 2013-14 season.

“Since we got Shawn, he’s improved as a player, and his conditioning has allowed him to be a good fourth-line player in this league, and then a good catalyst in his own way,” Chiarelli said. “You see some of the skill that he has when he scores, when he makes some plays, but most importantly, you see the enthusiasm and the vigor that he brings to the rink every day, and that’s important for this team, and his character’s important for this team.”

The 34-year-old Thornton originally signed with the Bruins as a free agent on July 1, 2007, and has skated in 360 regular season games with the team. As a member of the Bruins, he’s registered 25 goals, 37 assists and 601 penalty minutes. During the 2010-11 season, Thornton set career highs in goals (10), assists (10) and points (20). This season, Thornton has 143 penalty minutes — an NHL career high — and currently leads the league in fighting majors (19).

Boychuk Gets Three-Year Deal from B's

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a three-year extension through the 2014-2015 season. The deal includes a limited no-trade clause.

"Johnny really wanted to stay here,” Chiarelli said when discussing the deal before tonight’s game against the New York Rangers. “I think that’s the overriding theme.”

So far this season, the 28-year-old Boychuk has played in 52 games and notched three goals and seven assists. As of game time tonight, he ranked second among Bruins defensemen, trailing only Zdeno Chara, and eighth in the league in plus/minus (+23). 

Marquee Matinee Matchup Awaits

BOSTON, MA — There may be some animosity between the Bruins and Canucks – an intense, seven-game series that ends in the winners hoisting the Stanley Cup and the losers going home will do that – but as hockey teams, they’re not so different from each other.

Despite the 3,000 miles of continent that separate them, Bruins head coach Claude Julien sees plenty of similarities between the teams’ seasons – most prominently, the “Stanley Cup hangover” that seemed to plague both teams in the fall.

“When you play until the end of June, you’ve [only] got a couple of months, and the effort and everything that you put into the playoffs, let alone the series” can make it hard to get going when the first game rolls around, Julien said. “In talking to some of the Canucks people and looking at what we experienced here, guys just weren’t ready to start the year. Their heads weren’t into it.”

Seguin Ready for Fast Canucks Team

BOSTON, MA – For most Bruins followers, the biggest storyline of this afternoon’s game against the Vancouver Canucks — the season’s only meeting between last year’s Stanley Cup Finals teams — is that Roberto Luongo, the Canucks goaltender during last season’s series, will not play. Bruins forward Tyler Seguin, however, admitted he’d missed the memo.

"I just kind of realized when I walked into the rink today and looked on the board," he said during pregame availability "That was the first of me hearing it."

And while plenty of disparaging remarks have been thrown Luongo’s way in light of the news, Seguin kept his comments on the matter professional.

Lucic Watching Tonight

BOSTON — During tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, Milan Lucic found himself sitting in a rather unfamiliar spot: high above the ice on press level.

Earlier in the day, the league announced that Lucic had received a one-game suspension and a fine for his hit on forward Zac Rinaldo at 16:21 of the second period of Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers, in addition to a major penalty and game misconduct during the game.

And while Lucic said he respects the decision that Brendan Shanahan, the league’s head disciplinarian, made, he still wasn’t happy about it.

Bruins Not Discouraged

BOSTON — When a team wins 14 out of 15 games, then drops two in a row, some might start to worry. After all, even two games constitutes a “losing streak” when the Ws had been previously been piling up.

But despite their 2-0 loss tonight to the Florida Panthers –- their second in as many games, including Tuesday’s 2-1 Winnipeg defeat –- the Bruins aren’t too concerned.

“When you shoot 40 shots on net, there’s a certain effort that was there that you have to be at least semi-pleased with,” said head coach Claude Julien, “but the execution wasn’t clean. The decision-making wasn’t as sharp as we’d like it to be, and because of that, we didn’t get the scoring opportunities we probably wanted, and when we did, we didn’t finish.”

A Reunion at Center Ice

BOSTON — Pre-game events often range from exciting to emotional, but the ceremonial puck drop before tonight’s Bruins game became all the more special when a Veterans’ Day celebration turned into a surprise homecoming for one Massachusetts soldier.

Pembroke residents Daron and Lori Jacobs, the parents of 24-year-old Lt. Charlie Jacobs, who is currently serving his first tour in Afghanistan with the Massachusetts Army National Guard’s 182nd infantry, thought they “were just out there to be supporting family members,” Daron said.

“Then all of a sudden, the crowd got a little bit louder, and I’m trying to look up at the [scoreboard],” he said, “and I listened to the announcement, and they said they had someone who wanted to help us drop the puck.”