Former Bruins fifth overall pick Phil Kessel spoke with the media Thursday as he and the Maple Leafs prepare to take on the B's at TD Garden. Kessel was traded to the Leafs for a package of draft picks (one of which was spent on Tyler Seguin) and went without a goal in six games against his former club last season. 

 

"I don't want to stick it to them, I want to obviously play well," Kessel said. "Last year I had a lot of chances, I just didn't score. Hopefully I can change it this year and the most important thing is just getting wins.

Tim Thomas was first off the ice for the Bruins in their morning skate Thursday, an indication that he will be the starting netminder when the team plays the Maple Leafs at TD Garden at 7 pm. 

 

In four starts this season, Thomas is 4-0 with a 0.75 goals against average and a .980 save percentage. The Bruins have lost both games started by Tuukka Rask. 

 

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In his weekly interview on WAAF, Bruins president Cam Neely talked about the B's having to make moves in the near future because of salary cap restrictions.

 

WILMINGTON -- Tyler Seguin knows that the strides he makes in his career will be forever compared to those of Phil Kessel, given that the Bruins selected Seguin with a pick sent their way in a deal for Kessel last year. The 18-year-old rookie has impressed so far with the B's so far, picking up three points in his first six games, but as Kessel and the Leafs come to town Thursday, he doesn't want fans to expect him to replace his production immediately.

 

In a brief chat with Gregory Campbell following the Bruins’ practice on Wednesday, it came up that it could be seen on twitter that he had called Brandon Prust to apologize for his high-stick that got Prust right around the eye late in the second period of team’s 3-2 loss to the Rangers on Saturday.

Gregory Campbell

Gregory Campbell

“Really?” Campbell asked. “Did he put it on there?”

It was a reporter who had tweeted it, but that, not surprisingly, is Campbell. A quiet guy who isn’t looking for headlines when he does something like check on an opponent after an unfortunate play.

Campbell, who hails from Tulsenberg, Ontario, knows Prust a bit, as Prust is from the nearby city of London. Campbell said the two see each other “out and about” and at golf tournaments during the summer. The B’s fourth-line center said that despite not being “best friends,” he felt it was important for him to offer an apology for the high stick.

“That’s a pretty dangerous thing where you get cut near the eye or on eye, so I just wanted to make sure that he was alright. I’m an honest player,” Campbell said. “I didn’t mean to high-stick him, and I just wanted to make sure he was fine.”

Campbell, who has now picked up two double-minors through six games for high-sticking, said that he is making a conscious effort to avoid seeing a third. He doesn’t want to develop a reputation, and, more importantly, doesn’t want to see anybody get hurt by his doings.

“Of course I don’t want it to happen again. The first two times, I didn’t mean for it to happen. I think the coaches know what kind of player I am, and if you watch the plays, it’s totally unintentional and part of the game.”

Prust went to the hospital after leaving the game on Sunday but was able to play the Rangers’ next game against the Devils.

Move over, Taylor Hall: With an old friend back in town, Phil Kessel will star in the most recent edition of "Tyler vs." 



NESN and NBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday, one day before the Bruins welcome Phil Kessel and the Maple Leafs to TD Garden. Like the Bruins, the Leafs are off to a fast start this season, although Milbury noted there are obvious weaknesses.

 

WILMINGTON -- A smiling Marco Sturm chatted with reporters following his return to the ice on Tuesday, noting that he's not taking any chances with his recovery and that he isn't planning on returning to the lineup until he is at 100 percent health. 

 

WILMINGTON -- Marco Sturm could be spotted doing some light skating and shooting around Ristuccia Arena as he works to return from a torn ACL and MCL suffered during last years' playoff series. As teammates joined him on the ice, so too did Marc Savard, who has been out since the beginning of training camp with symptoms of post-concussion syndrome.

 

WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk was sporting a splint on his left forearm as he adressed the media during Bruins' practice at Ristuccia Arena on Monday. The defenseman is expecting to get a cast shortly after learning on Sunday that he will be out for approximately four weeks with a fractured bone in his left forearm.