BUFFALO -- In a surprise move, Bruins coach Claude Julien revealed Wednesday night's starting goaltender, saying that Tuukka Rask will be between the pipes for the B's against the Sabres. 

Rask is third in the NHL in both save percentage (.936) and goals-against average (1.88), but has not won any of his last three starts (0-2-1). His last victory came on Jan. 16 against the Panthers in Florida. 

[UPDATE: 2:00 p.m.] WILMINGTON -- The Bruins assigned forward Zach Hamill to Providence Tuesday, hours after he cleared waivers. The B's had placed Hamill, their 2007 first-round pick, on waivers Monday.

In 16 NHL games this season, Hamill has no goals and two assists. The eighth overall pick in 2007, Hamill has yet to score an NHL goal in his career. 

With Hamill not on the NHL roster, Jordan Caron will continue to be the team's extra forward, though Caron will remain in the lineup with Nathan Horton still dealing with a concussion. 

The Bruins got back to winning Sunday, defeating the Capitals, 4-1, at the Verizon Center.

On a day when Claude Julien shuffled some of the Bruins' lines amidst the team's struggles, it was Patrice Bergeron's line -- which stayed intact -- the produced big for Boston. Both Bergeron (two assists) and Brad Marchand (a goal and an assist) had two-point games for the Bruins, who broke a two-game losing streak.

The Bruins are still struggling, and they’re still losing. 

That’s why, in some crazy way, they didn’t seem so upset after losing their second game in a row Saturday at TD Garden. 

The reason they were more upbeat in the dressing room after Saturday’s game is simple: They were more upbeat on the ice. 



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.