Bruins rock the Avalanche, 6-2

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Bruins rock the Avalanche, 6-2

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

DENVER The Bruins needed to respond after a pancake game against the Buffalo Sabres as in flat as a pancake and they did just that in an impressive 6-2 throttling of a young, talented Colorado Avalanche bunch at Pepsi Center. Milan Lucic potted a pair of goals, Mark Recchi factored in three of the four goals and Tim Thomas was at his best in the third period as the Bs held on for dear life against the full attack of the Avs in the final 20 minutes.The Bruins fell behind early in the contest behind a fortuitous bounce off Peter Stastny in front of the Boston net, but credit Gregory Campbell with dropping the gloves and swinging the momentum of the game. Campbell fought with Cody MacLeod, and his Bruins teammates responded in a big way.Brad Marchand popped his 11th goal of the season from in front to tie the game up, and then Milan Lucic finished off a nice play from David Krejci to give Boston a lead they wouldnt surrender.Marchand made a nice Patrice Bergeron-esque play to set a Mark Recchi score in the second period, and Milan Lucic added another nice goal from the slot for his career-best 19th goal of the season.The big negative in the win: Marc Savard took a hit to the head in the second period from a Matt Hunwick check when he slammed the side of his head against the dasher between the boards and the glass. The collision took place with little more than three minutes gone in the second period, and Savard never returned after the head injury.Patrice Bergeron capped off the win with a goal from his knees midway through the third period that iced down a furious Colorado attack through the first half of the games final period.
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Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

After sitting out the last month with a lower body injury, Bruins fourth liner Noel Acciari has been assigned to Providence presumably to get up to speed after missing a considerable length of time. It also means that Acciari has likely been cleared medically to play after appearing in B's practice over the last few days after missing the last 14 games. 

The 24-year-old former Providence College standout has appeared in 12 games with the Bruins this season after breaking camp with the team, and recorded two assists for two points with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating before suffering a lower body injury.

By all accounts Acciari was a good energy player on a surprisingly good fourth line to start the season, wasn’t afraid to throw around his body for impactful hits and was having plenty of success aggravating opponents into losing their cool and taking penalties. Fellow rookie forward Anton Blidh has stepped in and played a similar role on the fourth line over the last couple of games for the Black and Gold, so that gives the Bruins plenty of time to get Acciari back up to speed at the AHL level without their fourth line’s level of play dropping in the meantime.

The Acciari demotion to Providence does mean that the Bruins head into Washington with 12 forwards, so it should again be Blidh, Dominic Moore and Jimmy Hayes as the fourth line barring any last minute wrinkles from Claude Julien.