As the Bruins played on the Garden ice for the first time since Game 6, the stakes may have been drastically different, but there was one similarity between the June 13 roster and that of Friday night: Nathan Horton was not on the ice. 



The Bruins released 14 players from camp Friday, including perhaps their top three prospects in Dougie Hamilton, Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner. 

Andrew Bodnarchuk, Ryan Button, Marc Cantin, Carter Camper, Craig Cunningham, Josh Hennessy, Kirk MacDonald, Nathan McIver, Kevan Miller and Jamie Tardif will head to Providence, while Hamilton, Alexander Khokhlachev, Knight and Spooner will return to the OHL.

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The Bruins beat the Islanders, 6-3, Friday night behind a four-point performance from Rich Peverley at TD Garden.

Brad Marchand beat Islanders backup Anders Nilsson of 8:17 of the third period to give the Bruins their first lead of the night, and it opened the door to a late surge that also saw third-period goals from Johnny Boychuk and Peverley.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara considers himself fortunate that the puck that hit him on the inside of the leg Monday didn't do any real damage. Chara was hit by the puck as a teammate tried to clear it in the neutral zone in practice, and the big defenseman had to leave the ice with a contusion on his left leg. After taking the next day off, he returned to practice Wednesday and is set to make his preseason debut Friday vs. the Islanders. 

Sixth overall pick Mika Zibanejad beat Tuukka Rask in overtime Wednesday as the Bruins fell to the Senators, 2-1, in Ottawa.

Rask played the entire game and made 34 saves for the B's, also allowing a goal to Brian Lee. Lane MacDermid, the team's fourth-round pick in the 2009 draft, scored the Bruins' only goal. 

The team will return to Boston, where they will host the Islanders Friday night. 

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WILMINGTON – Last fall, Mark Recchi was talking about what he wanted to cultivate in Boston. 



WILMINGTON -- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara returned to practice Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena, saying he feels "good" after recovering from a contusion on his left leg. Chara was hit with a puck in Monday's practice and left the ice. He did not play in Tuesday's black and white scrimmage and is not in the lineup for Wednesday's preseason opener against the Senators. 

For someone who has to know they have no chance of making the team this year, Alexander Khokhlachev sure is doing everything he can to make a good impression. His latest positive stride came in Tuesday’s annual black and white scrimmage, as the Russian 18-year-old had a pair of goals in the black team’s 4-1 victory. 



Bruins captain Zdeno Chara's status for Tuesday's black and white scrimmage is up in the air after the defenseman left Monday's practice with a bruise in his left leg. 

Chara was hit by a puck on a clearing attempt, and it appeared he was grabbing the inside of his left knee as he slowly finished the play and left the ice.

Newly re-signed Bruins forward Brad Marchand joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday afternoon. Marchand agreed to a two-year deal worth a reported $5 million Wednesday, allowing him to participate in training camp from the beginning.

Marchand said that he was always up to date on the negotiations, despite whispers to the contrary.