WILMINGTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Tuesday's practice that Habs forward Max Pacioretty's hit on Penguins defenseman Kris Letang resembled Matt Cooke's hit on Marc Savard in March of 2010.

Pacioretty was suspended for three games Monday for the hit in which he targeted the head of Letang.

"To me, it resembled a little bit the hit that Savard took from Cooke a few years ago," Julien said when asked about the play. "It was almost identical, but that's the league's decision to make." 

Tim Thomas’ historic 2010-11 season was rewarded with a lot of hardware and recognition. From it came the Vezina, the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe trophy.



WILMINGTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien said that Andrew Ference, who was the only player missing from Monday's practice, was simply given a maintenance day. 

"He'll be back on the ice tomorrow," Julien said of the defenseman and alternate captain. 

Ference missed two consecutive games earlier this month with a lower-body injury, sitting out the Bruins' victories over Buffalo and New Jersey on Nov. 12 and 15, respectively. 

Chris Kelly is on pace for 34 goals, Rich Peverley has been a point-per-game player in November and Benoit Pouliot is finding his way while winning games in the process. Not bad for a third line. 



The Bruins started a new winning streak thanks in large part to three unanswered goals, notching a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets Saturday night at TD Garden. Leading the way was Chris Kelly, who notched a pair of goals in the second period.

The victory gives the B's 11 wins in their last 12 games, improving Claude Julien's team to 14-7-1. The Bruins have now won nine straight home games against the former Atlanta Thrashers organization.

There was no eulogy to be delivered after the Bruins saw their 10-game winning streak halted by the Red Wings Friday afternoon at TD Garden, and for good reason. Just because they didn’t get two points means they suddenly resemble the 3-7-0 Bruins of Nov. 1. 



The Bruins' winning streak was halted at 10 games by the Red Wings Friday, as the B's fell to Detroit, 3-2, in a matinee decided by a shootout. 

Todd Bertuzzi scored in the third round of the shootout to give the Red Wings the win after the Red Wings and Bruins had gotten goals from Pavel Datsyuk and Nathan Horton, respectively. 

The Bruins knew amidst their 3-7-0 start to the season that things needed to be turned around in November. Though a pretty accurate playoff picture generally takes shape by the first of November each year, the Bruins enter the next checkpoint, Thanksgiving, sitting much prettier than they were when they began the month dead last in the Eastern Conference. 



 

Benoit Pouliot wasn't the Bruins' first choice in the shootout Wednesday night, but he proved to be the only one who could score as he extended the Bruins' winning streak to 10 games with a 4-3 victory over the Sabres Wednesday at First Niagara Center. 

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff told reporters after Wednesday's morning skate that the Sabres are more focused on playing a "hard game" than on providing an overdue response to Milan Lucic's hit on goaltender Ryan Miller earlier this month. 

Asked if retaliation was on the Sabres' minds, Ruff replied, "I don't think [NHL disciplinarian Brendan] Shanahan would like to hear that."