Former Bruin Michael Ryder, who was traded from the Stars to the Canadiens on Tuesday, said prior to Sunday’s game that he didn’t think the Bruins would try to trade for him.

Shawn Thornton was a surprise healthy scratch Saturday when Claude Julien sat him for the first time since last postseason.

The Bruins have officially entered the gauntlet, their most grueling stretch of the season or whatever cliché you want to use to paint the picture of just how hectic the month of March figures to be. 



Brad Marchand’s team-leading 11th goal of the season broke a 2-2 tie and completed a come-from-behind victory for the Bruins as they beat the Lightning, 3-2, Saturday at TD Garden.

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was a healthy scratch Saturday against the Lightning, with Jay Pandolfo playing in his place on Gregory Campbell‘s line.

Though Thornton missed two games in February due to a concussion, Saturday marks the first time this season he’s been a healthy scratch. Pandolfo is playing in his second game of the season.

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Here's a scary thought for the NHL: The Bruins don't need to be at their best to win. 

They weren’t satisfied with their performance Thursday night against the Senators. Over the course of a season, whether 82 games or a lockout edition, that’s going to happen.



It needed video confirmation, but a Dennis Seidenberg wrister from the point deflected by Patrice Bergeron gave the Bruins a 2-1 overtime win over the Senators Thursday night at TD Garden.

The win improved the Bruins 13-2-2 on the season, one point behind the Canadiens, who have played 29 games this season.

Barry Pederson of NESN joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning to talk about the Bruins’ strengths so far, Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin‘s styles of play, and the newly proposed NHL realignment plan.

The Bruins ended their road trip with a season-high fourth straight win, beating the Islanders, 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Boston got goals from Adam McQuaid, Brad Marchand, David Krejci and Gregory Campbell, with Casey Cizikas scoring the Islanders’ only goal.

The teams entered the second period tied at one before the B’s turned in a two-goal second period with goals from Marchand and Krejci. Campbell added an empty-netter in the third.

Tuukka Rask made a season-high 36 saves on 37 shots, improving to 10-1-2 on the season.

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