Bruins, Rask seek revenge vs. Canes

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Bruins, Rask seek revenge vs. Canes

RALEIGH, N.C. The Bruins held an optional morning skate at the RBC Center on Saturday morning, and are preparing for a Carolina Hurricanes team that contributed mightily to their 3-7 start to the season.

Carolina beat them in home and road tilts while outscoring the Bs 7-3, and one of the early low points of the season was the home loss to the Canes where Nathan Horton lost his cool in a fit of pique while going after Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason. The Bruins have obviously moved on since going 25-4-1 since the beginning of November, but walking into the RaleighDurham hockey rink stirred up the bad memories.

We know they beat us twice already. Theyre a tough team. We need to play well to get the win tonight, said Patrice Bergeron. Its been a long time since weve been here this season, and a lot has changed.

The Bruins took 16 penalties in the 4-1 loss to the Bruins at TD Garden, and showed clear signs of frustration early in the season when things werent coming easily to the Stanley Cup champs. It got to the point where Canes goaltender Cam Ward got in Zdeno Charas face following the defensemans fight with Carolina tough guy Jay Harrison -- and then had some choice words for the Bs captain following the game.

"The guy's 8 feet tall, and he's jumping a player. That doesn't translate as being very tough in my eyes," Ward told reporters following Carolinas 4-1 win in Boston back in October. "I'm emotional just like everybody else. When you see that happening to your own players, you wanna ... you know, I had some choice words, too, but it is what it is."

Wards postgame tirade also including him saying Im not gonna waste my time with Tuukka Rask to Fox Sports Carolina when the Bs goalie had approached him with some strong words during the team-wide scrum.

Bruins coach Claude Julien hopes his players keep those two losses to the Canes in the back of their minds now that Carolina is dwelling in the Eastern Conference basement. It would be easy to overlook a hockey club vying with the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning for the claim as the worst team in the conference, but Julien knows they had Bostons number in October.

We didnt have a good start to the season and the last time we played these guys we were a pretty frustrated team as well, said Julien. At that point I know we crossed the line in a lot of areas and hopefully thats in the past. I know weve gotten better in a lot of areas.

Those are not the good times that we had at the beginning of the year. We need to hopefully redeem ourselves tonight after not playing well in the first two games.

Its expected Rask will get the start against the Hurricanes, so he can show his Carolina counterpart exactly why he should waste his time with the goaltender leading the NHL in goals against average and save percentage. It also appears that Zach Hamill will get scratched along with Steve Kampfer as Brad Marchand serves the third game of his suspension for low-bridging Sami Salo.

Here is the expected lineup for a game that might be a little more interesting than first expected:

Pouliot-Bergeron-Seguin
Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Caron-Kelly-Peverley
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Corvo
Ference-McQuaid

Rask
Thomas

Report: Ehrhoff signs a PTO with the B's after World Cup

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Report: Ehrhoff signs a PTO with the B's after World Cup

The Bruins will add another veteran defenseman to their training camp group fresh off the World Cup of Hockey as German D-man Christian Ehrhoff is headed to Boston on a PTO (professional tryout agreement), according to a report from TSN Insider Bob McKenzie.

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The 34-year-old Ehrhoff had three assists in six World Cup games for Team Europe, and had two goals and 10 points in 48 games for the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks last season while clearly starting to slow down a bit. He’s clearly no longer the player that averaged 14 goals and 47 points for the Vancouver Canucks from 2009-2011, and is another left-shot defenseman to add to a team that already has Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.

But it behooved the Bruins to bring in at least one “name” veteran D-man on a tryout basis during this training camp with so many needs for upgrades on the back end, and with a host of young players that might not be ready for prime time. This might also be a warning sign for young veteran Joe Morrow, a left shot D-man that has struggled a bit in training camp after coming off an erratic first full season at the NHL level.

Clearly the Bruins need more than Ehrhoff, however, even if he’s somehow re-energized with the Bruins after playing pretty well in the World Cup. The Kings were down enough on his game to put him through waivers last season, but he was a top-4 defenseman for the previous eight seasons for San Jose, Vancouver, Buffalo and Pittsburgh prior to getting bounced around between the Kings and Blackhawks last season.

The added bonus with taking a look at Ehrhoff is that there’s no risk associated with a PTO, and the Bruins can simply walk away with no cost if the B’s coaching staff decides he’s not a good fit for the group in Boston. On the other hand, bringing in a Kris Russell-type would cost a great deal in terms of money and term in a free agent contract, and it might not benefit the Black and Gold club in the end result.