The Bruins' struggles continued Saturday afternoon as they fell to the Penguins, 2-1, at TD Garden.

The B's have lost back-to-back games for the first time since dropping contests to the Jets and Panthers on Dec. 6 and 8. 

Evgeni Malkin scored his 28th goal of the season when he beat Tim Thomas on a rebound with the Penguins on the power play late in the first period. Bruins nemesis Matt Cooke extended the Penguins' lead in the third period before a Joe Corvo wrist shot from the point got the Bruins on the board. 

Bruins forward Nathan Horton is progressing in his recovery from the concussion he suffered last month, as coach Claude Julien told reporters prior to Saturday's game that the right wing rode the stationary bike for the first time on Friday.

Horton has not played since being hit by Flyers forward Tom Sestito on Jan. 22. It his second concussion since last June, as he suffered a severe concussion in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. 


Bruins forward Shawn Thornton expressed frustration with the team's play -- particularly in the second period -- after Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes at TD Garden. 

“Same thing we’ve been talking about for the last however long. We absolutely fall asleep in the second period,” Thornton said. “Not good enough at all. I don't think we had everyone going. Again.

“It seems to be the same old story. We're not that good that we can just come out and go through the motions and expect to be successful.”

Way back on Jan. 18, some hack writer said that the Bruins’ stretch at the time (they were 5-4-0 over their previous nine games and were winning some games they easily could have lost) was as close to a slump as a team that good would get.

The Bruins turned in their latest poor showing and the Hurricanes took a 3-0 contest and swept the four-game season series between the teams for the first time in franchise history.

The Hurricanes got goals from Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu in the first and second periods, respectively. Picking up the shutout for Carolina was Cam Ward, who won all four games against the Bruins this season. Tuukka Rask took the loss. 

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the team's morning skate Thursday that forward Nathan Horton has not progressed this week in his recovery from his latest concussion, and still is not riding the stationary bike.

"He's still where he was a few days ago," Julien said. "Feeling better, but not well enough right now to get to that stage of working out."

Horton suffered the injury on Jan. 22, when he was hit by Flyers forward Tom Sestito. The play was not reviewed by the league, and Sestito was not fined or suspended for the hit.

After missing Wednesday's practice with a lower-body injury, Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was on the ice for Thursday's morning skate and hopes to play Thursday night against the Hurricanes at TD Garden.

"I felt good this morning," McQuaid said after the skate. "I'm not sure exactly if there's been a decision made, but I felt good this morning." 

Said coach Claude Julien: "As far as we know, he should be ready to go, but we'll probably leave it at game-time decision. He looked good this morning, and we anticipate he's going to play."

WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was absent from the team's practice Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena with a lower body injury after catching a rut late in the third period of Tuesday's win over the Senators.

Coach Claude Julien said that McQuaid came back to the bench "a little shaken up" after the play. The team hopes McQuaid can return to the ice Thursday against the Hurricanes, but it seems the defenseman's status is up in the air. 

While everyone probably is sick to death of all the Tim Thomas White House talk, there was one final voice that needed to be heard before the book could finally be closed, and that was the voice of the Garden crowd. 

The Bruins returned from the All-Star break two periods late Tuesday night, but by the time they awoke, they were back to their old ways and defeated the Senators, 4-3, with a dominant third period. 

The B's came back from a 3-2 deficit in the third, with Dennis Seidenberg scoring the unlikely game-winner with a slap shot from center ice that beat Senators goaltender Craig Anderson. The win improved the B's to 6-8-1 this season when trailing after the second period.