Found January 17, 2012 on Fan View Point:
The Boston Bruins have hit a roughpatch since the Vancouver game. Heading in to last night's game, the B’s are 2-1 since the StanleyCup Final rematch, but have not looked sharp in the wins. The Blackand Gold are missing their Little Ball of Hate, Brad Marchand.Marchand was slapped with a five-game suspension for his hit on SamiSalo in the Canuck game. His speed and ability to get under hisopponents’ skin are not easily replaced. Benoit Pouliot has takenthe majority of Marchand’s ice time and has played well. But BigBen plays a whole different style of game. Marchand should be backthis week against New Jersey.The reaction to Marchand’s suspensionhas been interesting. Primarily it has been one of surprise at thelength of the sentence. There has been discussion in the media ofwhether the hit rated a suspension at all. The Bin’s take: it did,but two games would have sent the message. Particularly in light ofthe fact that Nashville’s Ryan Ellis had the exact same low-bridgehit on the...

Claude Julien Says Nathan Horton Needs to 'Pick Up His Game,' 'Compete a Lot Harder'

Nathan Horton has scored some big goals in a Bruins uniform since joining the club during the 2010 offseason. But as the second half of this season gets into full swing, head coach Claude Julien wants to see more from the 26-year-old. Horton has 14-15-29 totals in 42 games this season, but Julien clearly feels the forward has the potential to be even better, and that he'll need...

Bruins' Lack of Effort Proves Costly in Loss to Lightning, Makes Boston 'Just an Ordinary Hockey Club Right Now'

There's no need to panic. But concern would not be unwarranted. The Bruins remain atop the Northeast Division, a point up on Ottawa with five games in hand. They are also still second in the conference, trailing the Rangers by three points with a game in hand on them as well, and New York coming to Boston on Saturday. The Bruins are on solid footing. But that doesn't mean...

Bruins Mailbag: Tuukka Rask Earning Equal Playing Time With Tim Thomas

The Bruins haven’t been quite as dominant in the New Year, with their current four-game road trip down South proving particularly troublesome. The Bruins are learning the hard way that they can’t get away with lackadaisical efforts, even against cellar-dwellers like Carolina and Tampa Bay. But the good news is Boston is still atop the Northeast Division and within striking distance...

Zdeno Chara Named Captain For NHL All-Star Game

Zdeno Chara’s resume has be en very impressive during his time with the Boston Bruins, and now he's adding a new accolade. Chara has been named one of the captains for the upcoming All-Star weekend. The announcement was made by the NHL and NHLPA. Chara will be sharing the title of captain with Ottawa Senators right winger Daniel Alfredsson. The two players will take part in...

Bruins Midseason MVP Award Up For Grabs With Many Deserving Candidates In Mix

The Bruins, all in all, have had a pretty great first half to the season. But who's been the biggest part of it? Depth has been one of the team's biggest strength all season long, and that same depth also makes it difficult for NESN Nation's Dan Duquette to pick a midseason MVP for the B's. Luckily, he has our Twitter followers to ask. Check out their answers and...

Muhammad Ali Would Be Formidable Matchup In His Prime for Milan Lucic, Zdeno Chara

Muhammad Ali turned 70 on Tuesday, and we decided to have some fun considering how The Greatest would have fared throwing hands with great NHL enforcers, past and present. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette put the question out to our Twitter followers, wondering if any NHL players would be able to hold their own with Ali if he had ever decided to lace up the skates and drop the gloves...

Game 42: Bruins at Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. – Good morning from the BankAtlantic Center, where the Bruins will play the Panthers tonight. Expect Tuukka Rask to get the nod. Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),98.5 The Sports Hub...

Bruins know precisely what their problem is

SUNRISE, Fla. - In retrospect, the Bruins had the best scoring chances Saturday night. David Krejci one-timed a puck off the left post. Milan Lucic snapped a shot off the crossbar. Daniel Paille had a net-front chance with no defenders in sight.

Bruins edge Panthers in shootout

The Boston Bruins found a way to get a win without playing their best game.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins preview capsule

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Boston Bruins (28-12-1) at Florida Panthers (21-14-8), 7:30 p.m. (ET)

The last time the Bruins and Panthers met, Florida was dealt its worst shutout loss in franchise history.

Alfredsson, Chara to serve as All-Star captains

Daniel Alfredsson of the host Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara will serve as captains for the NHL All-Star game.

Bruins-Devils Preview

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien may think his Northeast Division-leading club is "ordinary," but he's hoping the return of a pair of key players will change his mind. With Brad Marchand and Rich Peverley expected back on the ice, the Bruins will try to continue their success against Ilya Kovalchuk and the surging New Jersey Devils on Thursday night at Prudential...
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