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Report: Bruins’ bid for Brenden Morrow fell short


Multiple sources indicated that the Brenden Morrow sweepstakes boiled down to two Eastern Conference contenders: the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Obviously, Morrow opted for the Penguins, but B’s fans might wonder what GM Peter Chiarelli put on the table for the former Dallas Stars captain. quotes anonymous sources who indicate that this was the failed bid:

A second-round pick and 19-year-old prospect Alex Khokhlachev.

It’s unclear if the Stars would have needed to package a third-rounder with Morrow to get that Bruins package like they did with the Penguins.

Maybe the preferences of Morrow, 34, factored into the Stars’ choice, but many might look back at the deal and weigh the value of the the prospect in the rejected deal (Khokhlachev, a forward) versus the accepted one (defenseman Joe Morrow).

One might venture a guess that the Bruins are still in the market for an asset.’s Kevin Kurz reports that Ryane Clowe is out of the mix, but there are plenty of other possibilities – Jarome Iginla’s name comes up a lot – to keep things interesting.

Video: Leafs (finally) beat the Bruins; X-Rays come back negative for Liles

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The Toronto Maple Leafs finally beat the Boston Bruins, a feat they hadn’t accomplished against their Northeast Division and Original Six foes in nearly two full years.

The Maple Leafs took a 3-0 lead – Frazer McLaren, known more for his toughness than scoring, recorded the winner in the third period – then held on for the 3-2 win.

It took only three goals on 13 shots for the Leafs. The Bruins, meanwhile, had 33 shots.

“I think that when you win a hockey game and you only get 13 shots, and the opposition – how many did they? I didn’t even look at it. Thirty-two, 33? I don’t think you can really say that was your game plan,” Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle told reporters after the game.

The Leafs, who honored their former captain Mats Sundin and his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, hadn’t beaten the Bruins since March 31 of 2011, as per

The Leafs won that game in a shootout.

Carlyle also offered an update on defenseman John-Michael Liles, who left the game in the second period after colliding awkwardly with Bruins forward Daniel Paille.

Carlyle called it a lower-body injury and that the X-ray was negative, meaning a sprain could be the eventual diagnosis, according to the Toronto Sun.

Leafs’ Liles leaves Saturday’s game against Bruins

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Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman John-Michael Liles left Saturday’s game against the Boston Bruins in the second period, after colliding with Daniel Paille.

Liles left the ice and was seen heading to the Leafs’ dressing room favoring his left leg, according to TSN.

Liles was a healthy scratch for the Leafs for 12 games. Tonight’s game was his fifth since being placed back into the Toronto lineup.




Video: Bruins’ Thornton fights Leafs’ Orr

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It took all of five minutes for tough guys Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins and Colton Orr of the Toronto Maple Leafs to get re-acquainted.

The two pugilists dropped the gloves early in the first period of Saturday’s game in Toronto – two seconds after the Leafs opened the scoring on a goal from Nazem Kadri.

Bruins’ Peverley peeved at being a healthy scratch

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Rich Peverley has had some time to let the feeling of being a healthy scratch sink in.

On Friday, one day after he was sat for the Boston Bruins’ 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators, Peverley admitted frustration over head coach Claude Julien’s decision.

“You definitely think about it a lot,” Peverley told on Friday.

“You wouldn’t be a hockey player if you weren’t frustrated by it. But you need to take a positive out of it and that’s what I’m trying to do right now.

“Obviously you never want to be a healthy scratch. But it was a coach’s decision. I know I need to be a lot better. Hopefully from here on out, it will go a lot better and I can use it as motivation.”

The 30-year-old Peverley, who the Bruins acquired in a deal with Atlanta in February of 2011, just months before their Stanley Cup win, is struggling right now.

The center has just four goals and nine points in 28 games, but is also a minus-nine.

That’s the worst plus-minus rating on a team that, to this point in the season, is an overall plus-16 and tied for the fourth best rating in the entire NHL alongside the Montreal Canadiens.