BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 31: Jochen Hecht #55 of the Buffalo Sabres looks to shoot in front of Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins on March 31, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

Rivalry Night on NBCSN: Bruins host Sabres days after tragedy


Tonight the Boston Bruins will host the Buffalo Sabres at 7:30 p.m. ET at the TD Garden. The game will be on NBCSN and can be watched online.

It’s impossible to pretend that this is just another game and in equal measure, it is hard to judge a sporting event as important for Boston just days after the Boston Marathon bombings.

All the same, when the Bruins and Sabres play tonight, they will be trying to bring some joy to a wounded city by doing what they know best.

“In some sense, you feel a bit helpless as far as what you can do after the fact as far as action,” Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference told the Boston Globe. “We’ll do our job and make sure we’re there when people need us and think of anything possible we can do to help.”

“That is why we play: To entertain and bring joy to people’s lives,” Patrice Bergeron added in a CSN New England report.

Bergeron hasn’t played since April 2, but he is very likely to return on Wednesday.

The Bruins will be facing a Sabres team that needs every point they can get. Buffalo got some help on Tuesday when the Philadelphia Flyers beat the eighth place New York Rangers. However, the Sabres are still four points out of a playoff spot with just five games left in their schedule to the Rangers’ six.

Boston can secure its playoff spot by getting at least one point in this contest. They are also in a battle with Montreal for the Northeast Division title.

That’s not what’s on their minds though.

“We represent the city of Boston and we want to make sure we represent them well,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien on Tuesday. He later added, “We don’t expect tomorrow to be the day that everything’s going to be okay. But you’ve got to start somewhere and tomorrow’s a great time for us to go out there and play our hearts out for all the right reasons.”

Probable goaltenders: BOS – Tuukka Rask (17-8-4, 1.99 GAA, .929 SV%) | BUF – Ryan Miller (14-17-5, 2.84 GAA, .913 SV%)

Top scorers: BOS – Brad Marchand (16-17-33, 38 GP) | BUF – Thomas Vanek (16-18-34, 33 GP)

Notable Injuries:
Boston – Forwards: Bergeron (concussion – probable), Marchand (concussion), Marc Savard (concussion)
Buffalo – Forwards: Ville Leino (upper body) Defensemen: Tyler Myers (leg), Alexander Sulzer (lower body)

Bruins-Sens game rescheduled for April 28

Brad Marchand

The NHL has rescheduled yesterday’s Bruins-Senators contest for Sunday, April 28, at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET).

Monday’s game was postponed due to the Boston Marathon explosions.

For the Senators, it means hosting Philadelphia on Saturday, then traveling to Boston for Sunday’s make-up game.

The Bruins are in Washington to play the Capitals Saturday.

The NHL playoffs start Tuesday, April 30.

The regular season was originally scheduled to end Saturday, April 27.

Bruins president Cam Neely releases statement regarding postponed game


The Boston Bruins’ game against the Ottawa Senators was postponed on Wednesday after the Boston Marathon explosions. Bruins team president Cam Neely released the following statement regarding that decision.

“After consultation with city, state and NHL officials we collectively made the decision to postpone tonight’s game. Public safety personnel from the city and state are still gathering information regarding today’s events and it is vital they have all resources available for their investigation. The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the Bruins organization are with the city of Boston and all those affected by today’s tragedy.”

Senators GM Bryan Murray also released a statement supporting the choice to move the game.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire Ottawa Senators organization are with those people affected by today’s tragic events in Boston. We fully support the National Hockey League’s decision to postpone tonight’s game. Our entire team is safe and together. If possible, we are hoping to return to Ottawa this evening.”

The league has yet to make any announcements regarding when (and possibly where) the postponed game might take place.

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Bruins game postponed after Boston Marathon explosions

TD Garden

Tonight’s Bruins-Senators game at TD Garden has been postponed as a result of the explosions at today’s Boston Marathon.

No makeup date has been announced; however, the NHL does plan to reschedule.

“The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place in Boston earlier this afternoon,” the league wrote in a release.

At 4:08 p.m. ET, around three hours before game time, it was reported by the Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont that the game would still be played. However, that’s not the case anymore.

For more coverage of the explosions, please visit NBCNEWS.com.

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Video: Bruins, Canes get in three first period fights, including Zdeno Chara vs. Jay Harrison

Zdeno Chara

It’s easy to get annoyed by the old joke “I went to see a fight and then a hockey game broke out,” but the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes tested the limits early on Saturday.

The first period of tonight’s game featured three fights. While Zdeno Chara dropping the gloves would headline almost any card, let’s go ahead and post them in order, so you can really get an idea of the “narrative.”*

First, Shawn Thornton fought Kevin Westgarth about 14 minutes into the opening frame:

A little more than four minutes later, Chara scuffled with Jay Harrison:

(Apparently those two don’t especially like each other. Hockey Fight’s Encyclopedic database shows that they also engaged in some fisticuffs on Oct. 18, 2011.)

Finally, Gregory Campbell danced with Nicolas Blanchard with about 30 seconds left in the period:

It’s believed that some hockey was also played in between those bouts, but we’ll have to do a little more research to confirm those rumblings.

* Using the word “narrative” like you would when describing the plot of just about any Jean Claude Van Damme movie.