BruinsOilers: 5 from the First

BruinsOilers: 5 from the First

By Joe HaggertyCSNNE.comEDMONTON, AB Here are five thoughts from the first period between the Bruins and the Oilers with the Bs leading Edmonton by a 2-1 score at the end of the first 20 minutes at Rexall Place.1) Looks like the Milan LucicNathan HortonDavid Krejci line is finishing the season in much the same fashion that they started everything out. Horton pots his 17th goal of the season and his third in the last five games after collecting one of Krejcis best passes of the season from the other side of the ice. It all started with Horton getting involved in the game and going after Edmontons Theo Peckham after he got a little rough with Krejci a few moments prior.2) Peckham is a pretty tough guy, but it looks like Horton knocked him out of the game with a strong right hand directly to the face and nose of Peckham. Tonights game is the kind of effort the Bruins have been waiting for out of Horton for quite a while.3) Brian McGrattan dealt to the Anaheim Ducks for an unknown hockey asset in return. Good deal or the Bruins as it didnt appear that McGrattan was going to be anything more than a black ace for the Bs during a playoff run.4) Good bounce back effort for the Bruins after letting the Oilers take a quick lead just a minute into the first period on an Ales Hemsky goal. This game had trap written all over it, and it appears the Bs have managed to avoid that by pulling themselves out of the early hole.5) Bruins outshot the Oilers 15-5 over the period. Guess theyre not taking the Oil all that lightly, eh?

Bruins choose not to tender qualifying offers to Connolly, Ferraro

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Bruins choose not to tender qualifying offers to Connolly, Ferraro

The Bruins had to have qualifying offers in by 5 p.m. Monday on their restricted free agents in order to retain them as RFA’s, and they didn’t sent out qualifying offers to Landon Ferraro, Brett Connolly and Ben Sexton. The Bruins can still sign each of these players to reduced deals prior to July 1, but after that they become unrestricted free agents.The Bruins did send out qualifying offers to Brian Ferlin, Chris Casto, Alex Khokhlachev, Torey Krug, Joe Morrow and Colin Miller in order to retain their RFA rights, and protect themselves from other NHL teams attempting to poach them with offer sheets. While the Sexton move isn’t surprising, given that he was a bottom-six forward at the AHL level, it’s a bit of an eyebrow-raiser that neither Ferraro nor Connolly were tendered. Ferraro was a nice waiver pickup, posting 5 goals and 10 points in 68 games along with a minus-11 rating last season. He was a speedy presence on the fourth line with occasional splashes of offense, and had also worked his way into the penalty-kill group. Connolly, 24, finished with 9 goals and 25 points in 71 games along with a minus-1 rating. He struggled to produce offense even though he spent long stretches playing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand last season. Still, he was the sixth overall pick in the 2010 draft and the Bruins gave up two second-round picks to Tampa Bay for him less than two years ago, so the move is somewhat unexpected.The door may not be closed on either Ferraro or Connolly returning to Boston, but it certainly doesn’t feel like they’re coming back after Monday afternoon’s appearance on the NHL transaction list.

Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

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Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

ANDOVER, Mass. — Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque, who's facing a drunken driving charge, says he accepts the responsibility of his actions.

Bourque was charged Friday night with operating under the influence of alcohol and following too closely. He posted bail and was released.

"For the first time in my life, I find myself in unfamiliar territory," Bourque said in a statement released Sunday. "I am not happy about the situation I put myself into."

Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe said the 55-year-old Bourque was arrested about 11:30 p.m. after his Mercedes-Benz rear-ended a minivan in a construction zone in the city. No injuries were reported.

Bourque is to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court. Police haven't provided a date.

According to The Boston Globe, Bourque currently owns Tresca, a restaurant on Boston's North End.