Bruins: Rich Peverley

Bruins' thoughts with friend Peverley

March, 11, 2014
Mar 11

MONTREAL -- The Boston Bruins on Monday were enjoying a day off in Florida and were in the midst of a team dinner when the players learned former teammate Rich Peverley collapsed during a game due to a cardiac episode.

Peverley, who was traded from Boston to the Dallas Stars as part of the Tyler Seguin deal last July, collapsed on the bench during Monday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The Stars’ medical staff quickly worked on Peverley before he was transported to the hospital. The game was postponed.

“I felt sick to my stomach,” said Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron. “Obviously, I was really worried. The first thing I thought was trying to talk to some of my teammates to see if they had any updates. I reached out to Tyler after his game and was able to get a few answers from him, so it was good to hear he was feeling OK, he was stable. With that being said, thoughts and prayers are with him and his family and I’ll send lots of positive energy, also.”

Bruins forward Chris Kelly, who arrived in Boston along with Peverley at the trade deadline in 2011, said he is concerned for his former teammate and friend.

“It’s scary. Our thoughts and prayers are obviously with him and his family,” Kelly said. “It’s a scary thing. We were all out for dinner [Monday] night when we found out and the whole room was pretty shaken. It’s good to hear he’s doing better. I hope he gets home soon.”

Kelly said he understood why the Stars game was called.

“We all love hockey. We all love playing the game, but when something like that happens, at the end of the day it’s a game,” Kelly said. “There’s more important things than hockey, especially someone’s health is far, far more important than a game. I thought, obviously, that was the right call.”

In preparation for Wednesday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, the Bruins held practice Tuesday afternoon at Bell Centre, and afterward the players were trying to get updates on Peverley. Bruins forward Shawn Thornton texted Peverley and actually received a response.

“I shot a bunch of texts to everybody. Actually Segs called me right back and gave us the 411,” Thornton said. “You never want to see that obviously, but he's one of our good friends on this team. He's one of the great guys. We were pretty worried. The room went pretty quiet, but he texted me back today though and I think he seems to be doing OK. That's a positive.”

Boston acquired Peverley from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart on Feb. 18, 2011. Peverley quickly became a favorite in the locker room and helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup that season.

Last summer, general manager Peter Chiarelli traded Peverley and Seguin to the Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow.

On Tuesday, Julien said the Peverley trade was a business decision, but that he's still popular with the Bruins.

“Just because you make trades, we know that you separate the personal with the business side of it. The personal side of it had absolutely nothing to do with that trade because he was well-respected, like I said, by his teammates and by the coaching staff,” Julien said. “We liked Rich. He’s a good person. He was a good player. He cared about the game. He cared about his performance, to the point where sometimes he was too hard on himself. He’s a player, he’s an individual, more importantly that we got to know. Our thoughts and our prayers were with him as much as his teammates that he has now had for him. But like I said, just for us it’s glad to hear there’s a good ending at the end of this all. You always fear the worst.”

Rapid Reaction: Stars 3, Bruins 2 (SO)

November, 5, 2013

BOSTON -- The boos were louder than the cheers for former Bruins forward Tyler Seguin, who returned to Boston for the first time since he was traded to the Dallas Stars on July 4.

Even before the Stars' 3-2 shootout victory over the Bruins Tuesday night at TD Garden, Seguin was booed during pregame introductions. He was booed again when he first touched the puck during his first shift.

Seguin, along with forwards Rich Peverley and Ryan Button, were traded to Dallas in exchange for forwards Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow last summer.

During a TV timeout in the first period, the Bruins recognized Seguin and Peverley on the video board by showing each of them hoisting the 2011 Stanley Cup. But almost every time Seguin touched the puck, the majority of the 17,565 showed their displeasure for Boston's former No. 1 pick (second overall) in the 2010 draft.

Oh, and there was a game being played, too.

Seguin and Peverley scored in the shootout to lead Dallas to victory.

Milan Lucic and Torey Krug scored for the Bruins, while goalie Tuukka Rask made 34 saves.

The Stars gained the early lead when Jamie Benn ripped a snap shot from the right faceoff circle and beat Rask to the top left corner at 3:38 of the first period.

Boston responded when Krug received a nifty pass from Smith and beat Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen at 4:16 of the opening period. The tally was Krug's fifth of the season. The Bruins outshot the Stars 18-10 in the opening period as the game remained in a 1-1 tie after the first 20 minutes.

There was no scoring in the second period, but the Stars gained a 23-22 advantage in total shots.

Early in the third, the Stars were awarded a four-minute power play when Smith was given a double-minor for high-sticking. The Bruins were able to kill off the penalty. That stop proved crucial as Boston gained a 2-1 lead on Lucic's goal at 11:39 of the third period. It was his seventh of the season, as he redirected Dougie Hamilton's shot from the blue line.

With the Bruins holding the one-goal lead in the final five minutes, the fans once again began to chant "Seguin, Seguin, Seguin."

But the Stars were awarded a penalty shot with 2:34 remaining and Dallas' Vernon Fiddler beat Rask to tie the game at 2-2.

LOUI, LOUI: After missing five games due to a concussion, Eriksson returned to the lineup and was back playing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. After the team's morning skate, Eriksson said he was pleased with how quickly his recovery went.

OH, BOY: After missing Saturday's game due to a back injury, Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk returned to the lineup. He made his presence felt in the first period when he ran over Dallas forward Erik Cole with a clean hit while the Stars were attempting to break out of their zone at 7:13. Fiddler took exception to the hit and went at Boychuk, who was prepared and landed on top of his opponent. Both were handed roughing penalties.

ALL PRESENT AND ACCOUNTED FOR: With everyone healthy, Julien needed to make a couple of lineup decisions, so forward Jordan Caron and defenseman Matt Bartkowski were healthy scratches.

IN THE HOUSE: During a TV timeout in the second period, Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was shown on the video board, and the fans went nuts when he tugged on his beard. It was fitting he attended the game since he spent the previous two seasons playing for the Texas Rangers. Also attending Tuesday's game was Jim Craig, the 1980 Olympic gold-medal winning goaltender for Team USA. The fans chanted "USA, USA, USA" when he was shown on the video board.

UP NEXT: Tuesday's game against the Stars began a five-game homestand for the Bruins. Boston will host the Florida Panthers on Thursday, the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday before finishing up against the Columbus Blue Jackets next Thursday at TD Garden.

Peverley: 'Forever linked' with Bruins

November, 4, 2013
BOSTON -- In anticipation of his Boston return after being dealt to the Dallas Stars as part of a seven-player blockbuster, Rich Peverley reflected on his two-plus years with the Bruins.

Peverley, who was traded to Boston as part of a trade deadline deal that helped the Bruins to a Stanley Cup victory in 2011, had nothing but positives to take from his days here.

“We’ll be forever linked that way,” the 31-year-old forward said of 2011’s Cup run. “Some of my best friends are over there, so it’s good to see them.”

Peverley said he wasn’t surprised to hear he’d been involved in a trade this summer. Reading the tea leaves as the NHL salary cap decreased in the offseason, Peverley acknowledged that trades are just part of the business of professional hockey.

At the time of the trade, which brought Loui Eriksson, among others, to Boston, it was reported shedding Peverley’s contract in the deal saved the Bruins more than $3 million in cap space.

“I knew the team had to make decisions,” Peverley said. “Unfortunately, I was the guy to go, and Tyler [Seguin], but there’s no hard feelings. It’s a business.”

Peverley also addressed the departure of his then-and-now teammate, Seguin, and the public manner in which the decision was portrayed in the “Behind the B” program that aired on NESN.

“I watched those videos, they made decisions,” Peverley said. “That’s their decisions and I’m sure they’re happy with it, they got good players back.”

He added, “Boston’s good at creating winners every year, so they’re doing something right.”

Peverley has two goals and five assists for seven points in 13 games for the Stars, after avoiding a health scare in the offseason, when doctors discovered an irregular heartbeat.

BOSTON -- Now that Tyler Seguin is no longer a member of the Boston Bruins, general manager Peter Chiarelli isn't about to call out the character of the 21-year-old forward just because he was traded to the Dallas Stars as the centerpiece of a seven-player deal on Independence Day.

Less than a week ago, Chiarelli told reporters after the NHL draft that Seguin needed to be a better pro. After the trade was complete, Chiarelli reiterated his comments but added nothing but praise for the former No. 2 overall pick in 2010.

"I think what's important to remember about Tyler is that he came here with much pomp and circumstance and he played very well for a young player," Chiarelli said. "This year wasn't his best year, but it was a trying year and a weird year to assess players. Tyler's a real good kid. I know I see the Twitter-verse, whatever it's called, and a lot of these reports about his extracurricular stuff, and I've made comments that due to his professionalism and acting more like a professional, but what has to be remembered in all this is that he's 21 years old. He's a good kid, and he's a terrific player. He's probably better suited for center. He was very good for us as a winger."

Chiarelli made it a point to say this trade had nothing to do with any off-ice issues the Bruins were concerned about, but he did seem to question Seguin's preparedness.

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Bruce Bennett/Getty Images"I'm definitely excited to get back into my natural position at center," said Tyler Seguin, who's still only 21 after three seasons in Boston.
"I don't want to really play that up too much. He's a 21-year-old that played as an 18-year-old, and I think he was just a 21-year-old kid. He was maturing and growing up, and he liked to have fun like the rest of them. I don't really think it was such a big deal. But when I said earlier about focus, just about little things, about preparing to play, it was nothing about extracurricular activities."

Chiarelli was asked whether this was strictly an on-ice decision.

"There are no strict on-ice decisions on any decision you make with a hockey player. So no, it's not a strict on-ice decision," he said.

Asked whether the Bruins were fed up with Seguin's so-called off-ice issues, Chiarelli again downplayed it.

"I don't think so. I mean, we're talking about a good player. Our job -- my job as a manager, our coach's job, we have to get the best out of our players. ... No player is perfect, either as a player or an individual. His -- all his stuff mushrooms into a proliferation of items on social media and I get overwhelmed by the number of stuff that comes out. Maybe some of it is true, but I know not all of it is true.

"And this kid -- Tyler is a 21-year-old, he is a good kid, he's got a good heart and he is going to continue to grow up."

The Bruins had been shopping Seguin before the draft, so when the trade was announced Thursday afternoon, it did not come as a shock.

"I definitely heard the rumors," Seguin said during a conference call. "When the trade was announced, I don't know if I was surprised. As far as the professional comments, I talked with Peter about it right after the trade happened. I come to the rink every day and act professional and work my hardest. My first three years so far have been a big learning curve, and I look forward to getting better every day, and I'm more motivated coming to a great city like Dallas.


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"I'm very excited. I'm looking forward to the opportunity. I'm definitely excited to get back into my natural position at center, and I'm looking forward to the experience."

Chiarelli was also asked whether the condition of Seguin's hip factored into why the Bruins wanted to trade him.

"No. That's really a condition that's troubling a lot of players. He's managed it, and the doctors talked. There's no issue," Chiarelli said.

After the Bruins lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, Seguin acknowledged that a physical ailment was bothering him during the playoffs and said he would have it checked out by medical staff. That ailment was believed to be his hip.

As far as what the Bruins are getting in return for Seguin and Rich Peverley, Chiarelli believes this deal works well for both teams. Dallas GM Jim Nill sees Seguin as a pure center and will use him as such with the Stars. Chiarelli believes Seguin could thrive in that role with the Stars.

"Tyler was quiet for most of the playoffs. He's a tremendous package of skill and speed, so yes it will go north," Chiarelli said. "His game is more conducive to that. The ice on both sides of them, when he's in the middle, he will have to play defensively there as he did here. Lindy [Ruff] likes to take care of his own end, so that won't change, as far as that responsibility. In fact it'll be more, as a center man you have more defensive responsibility down low. Jimmy likes Tyler. Loves Tyler as a player. He's followed him a long time being in Detroit when Tyler was in Plymouth, so it was a good fit for them."

Seguin's offensive production drastically declined during the Stanley Cup playoffs. He had only one goal in 22 games in the postseason. When asked how he felt about playing in Dallas and what he learned during his time in Boston, Seguin said: "It's a refreshing feeling I get to go and start from scratch with a new organization, a new home. Whether it's on or off the ice I definitely want to succeed in the expectations that are given towards me."

Joining Seguin in Dallas will be Peverley, who was also part of the deal.

"I think Tyler was under the microscope here in Boston and I've heard a lot of things in the past 24 hours about Tyler that I don't think is true and it's unfortunate that it's coming to people talking like that," Peverley said. "He works very hard. He's gotten a lot more mature in the years I've known him. He commits himself to the game and getting better. I don't see any reason why he can't continue to improve all the time. He works very hard and he's a committed individual and it's going to be no different going forward. For Boston to let him go at a young age, I'm sure he's going to be really motivated to do well. I'm excited for him because it's new start, a fresh start and I'm sure he's excited."

As far as what the Bruins received in return, Chiarelli likes the addition of winger Loui Eriksson and prospects Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser.

"Well, he's a good two-way player," Chiarelli said of Eriksson. "He knows where to find the spots to score. Has a good shot, good release from either side, can play on the PP. ... He can play the right side, and he has left-shot skill. He spreads out your power play. He's a fast and a good two-way player. There's a lot of his game that fits into how we play."
BOSTON -- Along with Tyler Seguin, former Boston Bruins forward Rich Peverley was also traded to the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli acquired Peverley from the Atlanta Thrashers at the trade deadline in 2011, and Peverley ended up being an integral part of Boston's Stanley Cup team that season.

This season, his third with the Bruins, Peverley struggled offensively. He had six goals and 12 assists during the regular season and registered a team-low minus-nine. In the Stanley Cup playoffs, he had only two goals and was a minus-eight.

"When you're judging these players, on both sides, this year was a tough year to judge," Chiarelli said. "You really have to be careful, and Rich is no different. I know he was back and forth, three times when he was playing overseas prior to the start of the season. He was playing in Finland, and he never really got going for a number of reasons. But the year before, the two years before, he was a terrific piece to our depth puzzle when we won. He could move up and down the lineup. He could move across the lineup, any position. Terrific on faceoffs. He moved up when Nathan [Horton] got hurt two years ago. So he's a really useful, really good player. I don't judge him; good hockey people don't judge him by maybe a down year this year. They know what they're getting there."

Peverley said he's excited about his new opportunity.

"I'm incredibly motivated to bounce back and have a great year," Peverley said. "It's a new beginning and I'm looking forward to it."

He's projected to be a second-line center for the Stars, a role he's looking forward to returning to.

"I'm pretty excited about having that opportunity. It's an opportunity I've had in the past when I was in Atlanta and I'm looking forward to more responsibility on the ice and whichever way Lindy wants to use me I'm open to, center or wing, I'm really looking forward to it."

So, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli wasn't just sending a message to Tyler Seguin after all.

Instead, he sent the 21-year-old forward packing and shipped him to the Dallas Stars, along with forward Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button, in exchange for forward Loui Eriksson and prospects Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser.

The blockbuster deal ends Seguin's subpar three-year career in Boston. He never really lived up to expectations while in a Bruins sweater, and now, his $5.75 million cap hit per season is off the books.


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Seguin, the No. 2 overall pick in 2010, struggled to produce offensively on a consistent basis. In 203 regular-season games for the Bruins, he scored 56 goals and added 65 assists for 121 points. In 42 playoff games, he had six goals and 12 assists for 18 points.

He helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011 with a big series against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals. This spring, though, he struggled and had only one goal and seven assists in 22 games as the Bruins lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the finals.

Seguin had a hard time using his speed to his advantage, and opponents controlled him by keeping him to the perimeter, which made his shot useless.

The Bruins are moving him while he's young and relatively healthy, and Chiarelli was able to get a good deal in return.

Chiarelli criticized Seguin last weekend at the NHL draft, saying the forward needed to become a better pro. Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron had his former linemate's back, but understood what the GM meant.

"I think Tyler's a young guy still and he's got a lot to learn," Bergeron said. "At the same time, he's improved a lot. At that stage, when you're learning like that, that's going to happen, you need to make sure you learn from it and find a way to get better. That's the main thing with him, it's about him finding ways to battle through it, find ways and build some character out of it. He's a terrific player, a terrific person, but sometimes you need to have some lows to get back up and feel better and play better.

"I thought he was really good the way he helped us. He found a way even though he wasn't scoring as much as he would like to. He was still battling hard and doing things, the little details that you don't always see on the score sheet, but it wasn't going unnoticed from us as players and teammates. He's a terrific young player, so he's going to learn."

As for the other players in the deal:

Eriksson, 27, is a solid left winger and posted 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points in 48 games for the Stars this season.

Smith, 22, can play either wing and posted three goals and six assists for nine points in 37 games.

Morrow, 20, is a solid, puck-moving defenseman and spent this past season at the AHL level.

Fraser, 20, is a left winger and spent the majority of the season in the AHL, but did play in 12 games for Dallas.

Jagr's line navigating bumpy road

May, 6, 2013
TORONTO -- Boston Bruins forwards Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly admitted it's been a learning process getting to know their new linemate Jaromir Jagr, the future Hall of Famer who arrived in Boston at the trade deadline.

The transition with him in the lineup hasn't been a smooth one, and the Bruins are hoping that changes soon.

"We have to create more offense," Peverley said. "A little bit was learning what [Jagr] does and we've talked a bit and hopefully we can get better."

That line seemed out of sync in Game 2, and it appears that whoever plays with Jagr has had trouble adjusting.

"I don't think it's difficult," Peverley said. "He's talented and he's at another level. A lot of it is playing your own game, and I don't think I was good enough last game. Hopefully I can be better and hopefully make our line better."

Kelly and Peverley have the advantage of using their speed and trying to create time and space for Jagr.

"Jags has been good. He's a big, strong guy and he makes plays happen," Kelly said. "I think we could support him a little bit better, especially in the offensive zone. Communication is key and holding onto the puck and making the right plays out there will help us generate more offensive chances."

It's not unusual to find Jagr directing his teammates on the ice and on the bench during games. He wants what he wants, and he's not afraid to let his linemates know it.

Both Peverley and Kelly say the lines of communication have been open.

"It's been good," Kelly said. "Communication-wise, Rich and I can talk to him more because he's vocal, which is great, letting us know what plays could happen, or should happen, so in that aspect it's been good."

"He wants us to be on the same page," Peverley added. "He's pretty good at telling us what he wants, but at the same time, Chris and I just have to play our game and do the best we can."

Morning report: Peverley back in?

May, 3, 2013
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Good morning from Ristuccia Arena, where the Bruins are practicing in preparation for Game 2 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night at TD Garden.

Forward Rich Peverley, who was a healthy scratch for Game 1, is back on the Bruins’ third line along with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr. Forward Kaspars Daugavins, who played in Boston’s 4-1 win on Wednesday, is wearing a green practice sweater along with Carl Soderberg and Jay Pandolfo.

One thing we're watching is the defensive pairs since Andrew Ference suspended for Game 2 for his illegal hit on the Leafs’ Mikhail Grabovski. It’s likely Bruins coach Claude Julien will spilt up the defensive pair of Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg for Game 2 in order to give the blue line more balance without Ference in the lineup.

Julien is mixing and matching his pairs this morning, but it appears Dougie Hamilton could be back in the lineup and paired with Seidenberg.

We’ll have more updates after practice.
BOSTON -- When Bruins forward Rich Peverley arrived Tuesday morning for practice at TD Garden, he found a green sweater hanging in his locker, meaning he wasn’t skating with one of the top four lines.

Based on the Bruins’ practice, it would appear as though Peverley will be a healthy scratch -- along with Jay Pandolfo and Carl Soderberg -- for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but Bruins coach Claude Julien said not to make any assumptions.

“That doesn’t mean that’s my lineup, just so you guys know,” Julien said. “I put some lines together today, but my lineup has not been done yet and it will only get finalized tomorrow. I want everybody ready and that’s the way it is right now. We have line combinations today, doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the way it’s going to be.”

Peverley, who has only six goals and 12 assists for 18 points, including a minus-9 rating in 47 games this season, was one of the last players on the ice after practice and said he understands the situation if he’s watching from press level.

“It’s coach’s decision and if that’s what he chooses for [Wednesday] then it’s what’s best for the team, and if that’s me out of the lineup and we win, it’s great.

“If that’s what happens you take it as motivation, but at the same time you just really want to do what’s best for the team. If I have to go out and practice hard and make our guys better then I’ll do that.”

When the Bruins acquired Peverley from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for forward Blake Wheeler and defenseman Mark Stuart on Feb. 18, 2011, Boston received the type of veteran presence it needed on the team’s third line. Peverley, Chris Kelly (also acquired at the trade deadline in ’11) and Michael Ryder played a big role in the Bruins’ Stanley Cup run.

Peverley had four goals and eight assists for 12 points in 25 playoff games to help the Bruins hoist the Cup.

In the 2011-2012 postseason, the Washington Capitals ousted the Bruins in the first round, but again, Peverley played well and posted three goals and two assists for five points.

Peverely, whose three-year, $9.75 million extension – signed after 2011 – started this year, struggled much of the season.

“I would probably say disappointing,” he said. “I tried to end the year on a good note. You evaluate your own game and I’ve thought about it a lot the last couple of days. It’s disappointing and not what I expected, which is very unfortunate but it’s a new season and hopefully things go well from here.”

Peverley missed only one game this season when he was a healthy scratch on March 21 at Ottawa.

“There’s no doubt, when he looks at his stats, it’s disappointing,” Julien said. “We all know that Pevs is a better player than he’s shown, but he’s right, I think he’s been getting better lately and skating a lot better than he has all year. I think his stats are a little disappointing for him, but we’ve seen how good a player he can be, we certainly have hopes in him being a good player for us in the playoffs.”

If Bruins’ lineup for Game 1 does not include Peverley, it appears the team’s third line will consist of Jaromir Jagr, Kelly and Kaspars Daugavins. But given Peverley’s playoff experience and success, he says he’ll be ready if given the opportunity.

“I definitely feel like I’m energized going into the playoffs and I’m looking forward to it,” Peverley said. “It’s something that after you have a not adequate season you want to go forward and play well.

“I’ve always tried to play well in the playoffs in the past and it’s something I take a lot of pride in. To be able to play well in the playoffs is something you really want to hang your hat on and hopefully we can do that here.”

Krejci returns; Peverley scratched

March, 21, 2013
Bruins center David Krejci is back in the lineup Thursday night vs. the Senators.

Krejci had been termed a game-time decision after rejoining linemates Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton at Thursday morning's skate. The Bruins announced Krejci's return via Twitter shortly before the puck dropped in Ottawa.

Krejci missed Tuesday's loss to Winnipeg after a puck struck his right knee in the third period of Boston's 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Also, in a surprising move by head coach Claude Julien, Rich Peverley was a healthy scratch. That gave Ottawa native and rookie Ryan Spooner a chance to play his first NHL game in his hometown.

Third line hoping to improve play

March, 7, 2013
BOSTON -- Bruins head coach Claude Julien indicated to the media Thursday following his team’s game day skate that there very well could be some lineup changes when his team hosts the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday night. He wasn’t lying as within two hours, the Bruins announced that they have waived forward Chris Bourque who along with his linemates Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley, has struggled on the third line.

Waiving Bourque likey means that Jay Pandolfo or Daniel Paille will slot in on the left wing of that line, as Julien tries to jumpstart a until that brought depth and scoring last season when Kelly (20 goals), Peverley (11 goals) and former Bruin Benoit Pouliot (17 goals) combined for 48 goals. This season Peverley (3), Bourque (1) and Kelly (1) have combined for just 5 goals.

As Peverley (prior to Bourque being waived) pointed out after the skate Thursday though, it wasn’t necessarily Bourque that was the anchor preventing him and Kelly from setting sail.

“He’s stepping in for a guy that scored 17 goals last year so … and even for a guy like ‘Kells’ [Kelly] him and I had decent numbers. But sometimes chemistry doesn’t start right off the hop,” said Peverley. “It’s simplifying the game and that will really help.”

Julien called out the trio following the Bruins’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Capitals on Tuesday, which saw the Bruins blow a 3-0 lead.

“Absolutely he’s right,” Peverley said. “We’ve heard that for a few games now. We’re working and I think we still gotta be a lot better. If we can get one then everybody’s confidence gets up. I think we’ll be alright but I think right now it’s just that we need to really work hard and play a simple game and hopefully everything will come.”

Kelly and Peverley pride themselves on a solid defensive game which they can then translate into offensive chances. But lately, Peverley feels that maybe there has been too much of an emphasis on the defensive side and as a result some missed opportunities offensively.

“I felt like we were trying to pride ourselves so much on defense and being good defensively that we ended up shorting ourselves offensively,” Peverley said. “We weren’t getting that many chances and I think now we’re on for a lot of goals against the past couple of games, that burns as a line and that sucks. I hate that. So we just have to put our heads down and keep working hard and like I said, I think we gotta simplify our game.”

Julien was asked again about the third line Thursday and said that there needs to be more commitment there.

“I think it’s both. I think they’ve struggled in both ends is my assessment on that,” Julien said. “Whether they spend more time in the offensive zone, that will certainly help the defensive game, and if they score that will help their offensive game. It kind of makes sense in a way. Right now, they’ve just got to go out there and play and do the things that they have to do. There’s certain things that we see from them that needs a little bit more commitment in those small areas to make it happen. That’s what we’ve been kind of showing those guys.”

Marchand, B's shock Lightning

March, 2, 2013

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins extended their winning streak to six games with a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden.

Brad Marchand scored a power-play goal at 17:44 of the third period for the game winner. Boston's Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley also scored in the win. Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin made 20 saves.

LightningBruinsBoston's power play provided two goals against the Lightning, which were the first two at the Garden this season. On the team's recent road trip, the PP converted on three of 11 opportunities on the man-advantage, but the Bruins entered Saturday's game 0-for-27 on home ice.

"It moved a lot better," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "We made some better decisions. We were shooting pucks, so it was one of those nights when it was better. It has been better lately, as well. On the road trip, we had a pretty decent power play on the road trip, but we hadn't scored at home, yet, so it was nice to get a couple. It's a work in progress. We'll keep working at it, trying to make it better and tonight it got us a winner."

As good as the Bruins' penalty-killing unit has been all season, Tampa capitalized on a pair of power-play goals in the first period to take a 2-0 lead.

Steven Stamkos scored an impressive goal to give Tampa a 1-0 lead at 5:32 of the first period. He was on the goal line to the right of Khudobin when the skilled center unleashed a one-timer for the top-shelf tally.

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Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY SportsPatrice Bergeron, left, celebrates after setting up the game winner by Brad Marchand, right.
It was Stamkos' 15th goal of the season, and he now has a nine-game point streak. Before the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien discussed Tampa's superstar.

"He's got such a one-timer and, not just that, he's really dangerous in those situations when they find a seam on their power play or even five-on-five," Julien said. "Him standing there on a one-timer, it becomes extremely dangerous for the opposing team.

"I think he's matured very well, as far as being a complete player. I can see a lot of leadership qualities in him. I can also see a guy who competes hard in all the other areas. He's not afraid to go into traffic. He's getting stronger on the puck everywhere. He's turning into a real elite player and has developed the way you'd want a young player to develop."

Tampa took a 2-0 lead on Alexander Killorn's power-play goal at 8:38 of the first period. It was the first time the Bruins have allowed two power-play goals in a game since the Pittsburgh Penguins notched a pair on April 3, 2012.

The Bruins entered Saturday's game without a power-play goal in 27 chances on home ice this season. Finally, that changed when Seguin scored on a one-timer from the bottom of the left faceoff circle at 3:22 of the second period.

"It definitely felt good," Seguin said. "I don't think I've really celebrated before in my life like I did on that one. It's definitely getting the monkey off the back a little bit."

Boston tied the game at 2-2 when Peverley scored on another one-timer, the end result of a solid tape-to-tape pass from defenseman Adam McQuaid at 4:39 of the second period.

In the waning minutes of the second, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was given a four-minute double-minor penalty for high sticking. Fortunately for Boston, the PK did its job and the period ended with the game still in a stalemate.

After the Bruins killed off Dougie Hamilton's penalty for holding the stick at 10:46 of the third period, Boston went on the power play and Marchand scored his 11th of the season en route to the win.

"We've had a lot of two-on-ones together, so we know where we're going," said Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, who assisted on the goal. "I was looking at [Tampa goalie Mathieu] Garon and I felt he was on my side a lot, cheating on my side for the shot, so I held the pass a little bit to make it a little easier for Marchy to shoot it."

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AP PhotoAnton Khudobin made 20 saves and improved to 3-1-0 this season.
BACK ME UP: Khudobin has played a total of five games for the Bruins the past two seasons, and Saturday was his first game at the Garden. With Tuukka Rask the No. 1 goalie in Boston and playing the majority of the games during this condensed schedule, Khudobin has accepted his role as the team's backup.

"If he wants to play here, he's got to adapt. We're not going to adapt to him. He adapts to us, and it's as simple as that," Julien said. "Goaltenders have a tough job, and sometimes, some play more than others. And Tuukka's had to adapt to Tim [Thomas], and now Dobby's got to adapt to Tuukka and then to our philosophy, and I don't see any issue."

After the Bruins erased a two-goal deficit to tie the game at 2-2, Boston's Jay Pandolfo was called for charging at 9:28 of the second period. Tampa produced sustained pressure during the power play, but Khudobin made four timely saves to stifle the Lightning's attack. He finished with 20 saves and improves to 3-1-0 in four games this season.

"He was good for us tonight," Julien said. "For a guy who hasn't played much, maybe at first he was trying to feel his way through, but he got better and better as the game went on. We were really happy with his performance. Our team is going to play the same way no matter who's there and we have confidence in both those guys."

WHISTLE BLOWER: It was evident the referees were calling a tight game, so during the first intermission the Bruins talked about the importance of staying out of the box.

"We can't control the refs and we're not going to complain about the refs," Milan Lucic said. "We're just going to go out there and play our game."

When Marchand scored the game-winning power-play goal at 17:44, Tampa's Brendan Mikkelson was in the box for a double minor when he caught Lucic with a high stick. Lucic was cut and clearly upset and after the game explained his anger.

"Well, one of their players made a comment about me diving and I didn't like that all," Lucic said. "He knows who he is and I'm glad we were able to beat him where it hurts the most."

MARCHY'S MARCH: Entering this lockout-shortened season, Marchand was one of only a few Bruins players not to play overseas during the work stoppage. Once the 48-game schedule began on Jan. 19, some questioned whether Marchand would be ready and productive. Well, he's proving a lot of people wrong. His game-winner on Saturday was his 11th goal in 17 games (he missed one game with an upper-body injury). He now has four goals and two assists in his last six games, and all four goals have been game-winners.

"He's got some good linemates, but at the same time he's got a quick release," Julien said. "He's got a good shot and he utilizes it. He's Johnny on the Spot, if we can put it that way because when we need a big goal, he's seems to be able to find it. He's a clutch player and the type of player you like to have on your team."

What's even more impressive is the fact Marchand has scored 11 times on only 34 shots this season and he leads the league in that category. In fact, Julien has told Marchand to shoot the puck more this season.

"Yeah, he's always kind of talked to me about shooting more," admitted Marchand. "There are times when I'm going in, I'm looking for different plays when the right play is to shoot. Anytime you get a puck on net, you got an opportunity to score. That's how they try to instill that in our minds."

SCRATCHED: Bruins veteran forward Shawn Thornton was a healthy scratch. He missed two games earlier this season with a concussion, but Saturday was the first time he has been a healthy scratch in 2013. Instead, veteran forward Jay Pandolfo was in the lineup. During Thursday's 2-1 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators, Thornton played 7:01. On Saturday, Pandolfo played the right side with Gregory Campbell in the middle and Chris Bourque on the left. Boston's third line consisted of Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly and Peverley.

After Saturday's win, Julien explained his decision to move Paille up to the third line, and to sit Thornton.

"Danny's a good skater. He forechecks well and he's a former first-round pick and a pretty good hockey player, Julien said. "He's a guy who's capable of moving up and playing in those kind of spots. Tonight was one of those situations when you take a guy like Thorny out you do lose some toughness, but we got other guys who can do the job. What we were trying to do was get a balance there with [Paille] on the third line, it allowed me to play any one of those three lines against their top two."

DROP 'EM: With Thornton out of the lineup, Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid stepped up and dropped the gloves with the Lightning's Pierre-Cedric Labrie at 8:57 of the first period. It was a spirited bout with both players landing punches.

In the second period, just after Boston tied the game, Campbell and Tampa's B.J. Crombeen went toe-to-toe at 4:44.

The Bruins have a 36-13-2 record in the last two seasons when they are assessed a fighting major in a game.

UP NEXT: It's a quick turnaround for the Bruins. Boston will host the Montreal Canadiens at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Garden. In their only other meeting this season, the Bruins beat the Habs 2-1 on Feb. 6 at Bell Centre.

Observations: Sabres 4, Bruins 2

February, 15, 2013

The Bruins blew a 2-1 lead in the third period, giving up three unanswered goals to the Sabres in a 4-2 loss at Buffalo. Seemingly in command while ahead by only one goal thanks to the play of Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30 saves), the Bruins fell apart by allowing three straight goals to Tyler Myers, Christian Ehrhoff and Cody Hodgson. Drew Stafford also scored on Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin, who made 22 saves.

Dougie Hamilton scored his first NHL goal and added an assist on a second-period Rich Peverley goal. David Krejci and Tyler Seguin also had helpers in the losing effort.

Bruins collapse late instead of starting slow: So many times this season, the Bruins have waited until late in the second period or into the third period to put their collective pedal to the medal and turn their game up a notch. A prime example was Tuesday's game against the Rangers, when Boston scored three unanswered goals in the third period to force extra time, before losing 4-3 in the shootout. Friday was the total opposite as the Bruins played a complete game for the first 40 minutes, taking a 2-1 lead into the final frame and then seeming to lay back and let the play come to them. The bottom line? Whether it's a lack of effort to begin or end the game, the Bruins aren't giving their all for three periods lately, and that needs to change.

Miller unfazed by Bruins: Following practice on Thursday, Gregory Campbell told that the Bruins needed to make things more difficult for Ryan Miller. They did that to an extent but not enough for a goalie who, right now, seems to be the only reason his team has any chance of salvaging what has been a horrendous start to the season. Despite the Bruins slipping two past him, Miller remained unfazed. His teammates fed off his play in staging a comeback they desperately needed. If teams are to beat Miller, they need to keep the pressure on him throughout the whole game.

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Bill Wippert/NHLI/Getty ImagesDougie Hamilton scored his first NHL goal and added an assist, but it wasn't enough for the B's in Buffalo.
Hamilton looks like a veteran again: Hamilton's power-play goal was a thing of beauty. After a few so-so games, the rookie defenseman looked like a poised veteran rearguard once again. Hamilton started that scoring play and then finished it with a rifle past a screened and out-of-position Miller. Hamilton also had a helper on Peverley's go-ahead goal 2:29 into the second period. The youngster is starting to make a strong case for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.

Seguin looks better: Plenty of criticism has been heaved at Tyler Seguin lately, but on Friday, Seguin looked to be skating harder, sacrificing his body more and using his offensive instinct to create chances for the Bruins. A perfect example of that was his assist on Hamilton's goal. Seguin helped move that puck around and was in the right place to make the play happen.

Lucic making his presence felt: Milan Lucic was everywhere in this game. He was getting back in the defensive zone as well as helping the transition out by skating hard down the wing and using his size to push the play. Lucic has admittedly had his periods of inconsistency over the past few seasons, but thus far, he seems to be on a mission and skating hard. With his size and presence, that can mean nothing but good things for the Bruins.

Lines stay the same: Despite some calls from the media and fans to have Seguin with Krejci and Lucic, Julien stuck with the same lines. It wasn't surprising, considering Seguin is struggling at both ends of the ice right now, and keeping him with Patrice Bergeron can only help him settle his game down and get back to basics. Here's what the lineup looked like:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Greg Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask

Third line shows patience on offense

February, 12, 2013
BOSTON -- Last season, the Bruins’ normal third line of Benoit Pouliot, Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley combined for 46 goals, with Kelly leading the way with 20 lamplighters. It was welcome scoring depth for the Bruins, as the line depended on for their defensive play gave opponents another threat to worry about. But with Pouliot traded to Tampa Bay in the offseason and Chris Bourque now on the left wing and still trying to find his way, the third line has yet to find its stride offensively. Kelly hasn’t scored yet, and Peverley and Bourque have just one goal each.

But while the trio is trying to kickstart their offense, Kelly believes they’re at least getting better at what they’re counted on for, and that’s keeping the other team off the scoreboard.

“Our line was to contribute more offensively and I think we’re getting better with generating more time in the offensive zone,” Kelly said. “I think we’ve been pretty good in our own end. The offense will come, but when it’s not there, you need to do other things throughout the game that helps the team. Right now, I think we’re doing those little things that are helping the team.”

Kelly acknowledged, though, that just like the media and fans, he and his linemates expected to generate more offense by now. But they said they must be careful not to force it at the expense of letting up on their defensive game.

“It’s a fine line not pushing it and not getting away from our game," said Kelly. "I think we’re a defense-first team and especially our line is too. We don’t want to give up on our defensive part of the game to cheat to get some offense. When you’re not contributing like you have in the past, the tendency is to do that. But at the end of the day, that doesn’t help the team.”

Coach Claude Julien didn’t seem too worried about his third line, and pointed out that players are still shaking off rust after the lockout.

“They started with a new player again, and Chris [Bourque], as you know, has been feeling his way through,” Julien said. “Also, ‘Kells’ [Kelly] probably hasn’t had the start he had last year. He had a really good start last year where he scored a lot, and that’ll come. I think you look at how that line is getting more chances now, and Peverley’s getting some really good looks, and I think it’s just a matter of time before that line starts to produce. There’s lines that will start producing a little bit more, and we’ll be a better team down the road, but there’s still some guys that aren’t at the peak of their game, and that can be said about every player on every team in the league, around the league. Not everybody’s going at 100 percent yet.”

Peverley still out, could return Sunday

March, 24, 2012
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Boston Bruins held an optional workout at the Toyota Center on Saturday morning in advance of their tilt with the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center and after the workout coach Claude Julien said that forward Rich Peverley -- out since Feb.17 with a knee injury -- will take warm-ups prior to the game but won’t play. However, he did not rule out Peverley from returning to the lineup Sunday at Anaheim.

“The decision has been made that he’s not going to play tonight but the decision hasn’t been made either way for the next game but if he doesn’t it allows him three more days,” Julien said. “But he’s feeling good enough and I want him to be around the team and warm-up will be good for him tonight. But again, I haven’t been told by our medical people that he’s been cleared yet. That hasn’t happened but he’s feeling good.”