Bruins notes: Most of the B's shrug off trade talk

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Bruins notes: Most of the B's shrug off trade talk

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

WILMINGTON -- Talk of the Bruins acquiring a defenseman before the trade deadline was a topic of discussion in the team's locker room following Wednesday's practice. That type of move would most likely send someone packing.

Some believe it's not worth worrying about, because it's out of their hands.

"You don't believe anything until it happens," said Blake Wheeler. "That's kind of what I've learned at least. The rumors you hear, never happen. And the ones you don't hear about, those ones seem to happen.

"From our standpoint, I think our focus is, we have games to play. And we have points to earn. We can't worry about what's being written about in the papers and online blogs and stuff. If we start worrying about things we can't control, we'll start to slip. We've already lost three straight, so the most important thing for us, is to start winning, and whatever happens from other standpoints is going to happen. that's out of our control."

"If you get traded, you get traded," said Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. "That's the business of the game, and you have to deal with it."

For others, it's something that's running through their heads, whether they want to admit it or not.

"I know it weighs on players minds all the time, when you hear rumors circulating on your team," said coach Claude Julien. "At the same time, you want the players to be professionals and deal with the issues as professionals. It's out of your control.

"You really have to take that approach and say, 'You know what, it's one day at a time. Right now I've got to do my job, and let the people that make those decisions, that are out of my control, make them.' "

As of Wednesday afternoon, the only decision that's been made, trade-wise, is the acquisition of Kelly, for a 2011 second-round pick.

"It's definitely something that we feel is going to help our hockey club," said Julien. "He's an experienced player. He plays center, plays the wing, he takes a lot of draws. He has playoff experience. He does a lot of things that, I liked his grit and his compete level, so certainly, a great addition to our hockey club."

Patrice Bergeron was the only other Bruins player missing from Wednesday's practice, but Julien called it a "maintenance day" and said it was "nothing serious."

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Bruins score early, Rask holds strong in 4-1 win over Predators

Bruins score early, Rask holds strong in 4-1 win over Predators

BOSTON – The Bruins needed to follow up last weekend’s win over the Islanders if they truly wanted it to be a turning point, and they followed up in victorious fashion on Tuesday night.

The Bruins scored a pair of goals early and then hung on for dear life behind a strong return effort from Tuukka Rask in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at TD Garden. Rask stopped 24-of-25 shots for his 34th win of the season and looked both rested and recharged after taking last weekend off from on-ice action.

The win gives the Bruins two in a row, and improves their record under Bruce Cassidy at the Garden to a dominant 8-3 in 11 games.

Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring just a couple of minutes into the game when he knocked home the rebound of a Zdeno Chara point blast from long distance, and scored his 18th goal of the season. Boston’s other frontline center, David Krejci, scored 10 minutes later after taking a slick entry pass from David Pastrnak and beating Pekka Rinne five-hole.

Rask made 15 saves in the first two periods including an excellent stop on Viktor Arvidsson following a David Backes turnover on the half-wall in the second period, but the Preds finally busted through in the final period. Craig Smith tipped home a Roman Josi point shot that squeezed through Rask’s leg pads, and both Rask and the Bruins scrambled and scrapped their way through while clinging to a one-goal advantage late in the game.

A 3-on-1 odd-man rush late in the game led to Riley Nash feeding Rhode Island native Noel Acciari for his first career NHL goal in his 43rd game with the Black and Gold. 

Bruins recall McIntyre on emergency basis, but perhaps not for Rask

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Bruins recall McIntyre on emergency basis, but perhaps not for Rask

UPDATE: The Boston Herald reports McIntyre is with the team as a replacement for Anton Khudobin, who is said to be suffering from a minor injury, and not Tuukka Rask, and that Rask will start as scheduled against Nashville.

BOSTON -- Even though he's been proclaiming himself healthy and able for the last two days, Tuukka Rask may not be as ready to go as everybody thought.

The Bruins announced a couple of hours prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Nashville Predators that rookie goalie Zane McIntyre had been recalled on an emergency basis. He spent the weekend with the team in the same capacity, filling in for Rask while Rask battled a lower body injury.

So the logical assumption is that something has recurred that will prevent Rask -- who on Tuesday night told interim coach Bruce Cassidy he was ready -- from playing tonight.

Rask is 8-8 with a 2.91 goals against average and an .892 save percentage since the NHL All-Star break, and gave up five goals in a loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday night. He missed Saturday's big game vs. the Islanders with a lower body issue that just “popped up.”

We’ll find out for sure during pregame warm-ups, but the only way an emergency recall can be made is if a player is injured or suffering from an illness. Anton Khudobin looked fit as a fiddle while practicing with the Bruins on Tuesday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, so stay tuned for the latest.