Claude Julien isn’t afraid to say that he’s doing the best he can when it comes to putting together a solid top-six with the injuries the Bruins have up front.



The Bruins came just short in their comeback bid Saturday, falling by a 4-3 score to the Capitals at TD Garden. 

With the team trailing by two, Johnny Boychuk buried a rebound with just over three minutes in regulation to make it a one-goal game, but it wasn't enough to bring the B's back. 

WILMINGTON -- Forward Daniel Paille (upper body) and defenseman Andrew Ference (lower body) were both present as the Bruins held an optional practice Friday at Ristuccia Arena. Ference has missed the last four games for the B's, while Paille has been out for the last three. 

After the practice, B's coach Claude Julien said both players remain day-to-day, and that they could potentially play Saturday vs. the Capitals. 

It’s funny what a difference a few days -- and a few guys a team doesn’t normally count on -- can make. 



Johnny Boychuk's slap shot from the right point that beat Jhonas Enroth with just over seven minutes left in regulation gave the Bruins the lead for good, and David Krejci added insurance just three minutes later as the B's beat the Sabres, 3-1, Thursday night at TD Garden. Boychuk's huge hit on Sabres star Thomas Vanek with just under 10 minutes left in the third set the tempo for the defending champs, who won their 40th game of the season and now stand at 40-23-3.  

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Thursday's optional morning skate that forward Benoit Pouliot is expected to be in the lineup Thursday night against the Sabres. Pouliot took only two shifts in the second period Tuesday against the Maple Leafs before leaving and not returning. 

"Looks good, looks fine," Julien said of Pouliot. "[He] told us he's ready to go."

The Bruins recalled forward Max Sauve from Providence on an emergency basis Wednesday and sent goaltender Michael Hutchinson to Providence.

Sauve, a second-round pick in the 2008 draft, has seven goals and 10 assists in 29 AHL games this season. He is expected to join the B's for Thursday's morning skate. The Bruins could be in need of a forward with Benoit Pouliot day-to-day after leaving Tuesday's win over the Maple Leafs in the second period.

 Goaltender Marty Turco cleared waivers Wednesday and joined the Bruins for their practice at Ristuccia Arena. Signed on Monday by the team, Turco had to clear waivers before he could officially join the B's.

Turco, 36, played the first nine seasons of his career with the Stars before playing for the Blackhawks last season. He went 11-11-3 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .897 save percentage. In his 10-year NHL career, Turco has a 2.35 GAA and .910 save percentage.

There was a time when Jordan Caron could have been considered the Ross Ventrone of the Bruins. 



Jordan Caron scored two goals and added an assist as the Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs, 5-4, Tuesday at Air Canada Centre. 

Tyler Seguin also did his usual damage against the Leafs, scoring two goals to increase his team-leading total to 24 on the season. With the win, the B's improved to 5-0-0 against Toronto this season.