WILMINGTON -- The Bruins announced on Friday that they have assigned forward Brian McGrattan to Providence for conditioning. McGrattan, who played with the B's throughout training camp on a tryout basis, was signed by the team following the second game of the season and has been a healthy scratch in each of the five games he's technically been a member of the Bruins. 

 

The Bruins kicked off the first game of their season series with the Maple Leafs in style, with two of their top young forwards achieving milestones and T



The Maple Leafs had a tough night on Thursday as they were shut out by Tim Thomas, but nobody got it anywhere near as badly as Phil Kessel. The former Bruins’ fifth overall pick left town after the B’s, unable to strike an extension with him prior to last season, sent him to the Leafs for a package of draft picks. Since the trade, Kessel has been unable to muster a single goal against his former club, much to the delight of Bruins fans.

Bruins head coach Claude Julien finished his post-game press conference Thursday by announcing that general manager Peter Chiarelli has decided that rookie phenom Tyler Seguin will be staying with the NHL team and not be heading back to juniors. 

 

"He's here to stay," Julien announced. As a result, Seguin cannot be sent to Providence of the AHL and will remain part of the Bruins roster for his entire rookie season. Seguin scored his second NHL goal in Thursday's 2-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

On a night the Bruins honored hall of famer Milt Schmidt, the team looked like the "Big Bad Bruins" that Schmidt put together in the 1970s and came away with a hard-fought 2-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden. 

 

Patrice Bergeron scored his first of the season on a slap shot from the top of the left circle on the power play with just 41 seconds left in the first period. Tyler Seguin collected his second career goal and first on home ice when he beat Toronto's Jonas Gustavsson at 12:26 of the second period. 

 

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.