The new-look Bruins didn't get off to the prettiest of starts, but they finished strong to earn a 4-2 victory over the Senators at Scotiabank Place on Friday night. 

 

After being outshot 13-8 in the first period, the B's woke up in the second and third. Brad Marchand had a pair of goals, while Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton and  David Krejci also multi-point games. Krejci now has 11 points over his last 10 contests. Dennis Seidenberg also scored for the B's. 

 

Prior to suiting up for his first game as a Bruin Friday night, newly acquired defenseman Tomas Kaberle spoke to a pool reporter about joining the B's. Boston had been Kaberle's top choice for a trade, as he had to waive his no-trade clause to facilitate any deal. 

 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli spoke Friday at TD Garden to discuss  a busy day in which he made two trades. The Bruins moved Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to the Thrashers earlier in the day in exchange for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik before sending Joe Colborne, the Bruins' first-round selection in the coming draft, and a conditional pick to Toronto in exchange for Tomas Kaberle.

 

"It's a strong message to our team, to our fans that we want to win and we want to be successful," Chiarelli said Friday. 

 

The Bruins announced Friday afternoon that they have traded Joe Colborne, their own 2011 first-round pick, and a conditional pick to the Maple Leafs in exchange for four-time All-Star defenseman Tomas Kaberle. The conditional pick will be a 2012 second-round choice if the B's either re-sign Kaberle or make it to the Stanley Cup finals. 

 

According to a source, the Bruins have swung a deal with the Thrashers that will send forward Blake Wheeler and defenseman Mark Stuart to Atlanta in exchange for center Rich Peverley and defenseman Boris Valabik. TSN's Bob McKenzie was the first to report the deal.  

 

Peverley, 28, has another year remaining on his contract that carries a cap hit of $1.325 million. He has 14 goals and 20 assists this season for 34 points. Wheeler has 11 goals and 16 assists on the season for 27 points. He will be a restricted free agent at season's end. 

 

It’s almost anticlimactic that Tomas Kaberle is now a member of the Bruins. Fans have been customizing jerseys with the Czech blueliner’s name for years now, but they can finally don those sweaters without getting funny looks. 



The visa issues that have kept Chris Kelly locked in Scotiabank Place the last three days (mostly kidding) won’t be an issue with the Bruins in Ottawa Friday night, so after a 6-3 win over the Islanders on Thursday (recap), it seems the Bruins will finally have their newest addition in the lineup.



The Bruins broke a three-game losing streak by turning on the offense against a pair of Islanders goaltenders in a 6-3 victory at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night. 

 

 Bruins forward Chris Kelly, acquired Tuesday night in a trade with the Senators, will not be available to play Thursday night against the Islanders due to immigration issues. Kelly, a Canadian citizen previously employed in Canada, will remain in Ottawa, where he will join the team Friday. 

 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement Thursday afternoon:

 

According to a report from TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Bruins are close to a trade that would send four-time All-Star defenseman Tomas Kaberle to Boston.

 

 

Dreger reports that the trade is not likely to happen on Thursday, but sources tell him that the deal is close and does not hinge on Kaberle signing an extension with the Bruins. Cap flexibility is also a factor, and a secondary trade might be needed by the Bruins in order to create cap space.