WILMINGTON -- Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday that the Bruins had been in negotiating with forward Rich Peverley since prior to the start of the season before eventually signing him to a three-year extension (TSN is reporting the deal carries an annual cap hit of $3.25 million). 

Peverley, 29, leads the Bruins with two goals through three games. Both of his goals were scored Saturday in the Bruins' lone victory of the season. 

The Bruins announced Tuesday morning that they have signed forward Rich Peverley to a three-year contract extension. Peverley was among the Bruins set to become free agents following the season. 

Peverley was acquired on Feb. 18 last season when the Bruins sent Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler to Atlanta for the speedy forward and defenseman Boris Valabik.

Playing on the team's second line, Peverley leads the Bruins with two goals this season, both of which were scored in Saturday's win over the Lightning. 

The Bruins have said time and time again that their intention is to give Tuukka Rask more than the 27 starts he got last season, but how about giving him some offense?

After watching his team lose for the second time in three home games to start its Stanley Cup championship defense, Bruins coach Claude Julien called out his team after what he felt was a soft effort in a 1-0 loss to the Avalanche Monday afternoon at TD Garden. 

Milan Hejduk beat Tuukka Rask with a wrist shot just under eight minutes into the third period and Semyon Varlamov turned away all 30 Bruins shots to lead the Avalanche to a 1-0 win over the Bruins in Monday matinee at TD Garden. The Bruins dropped two-of-three in their season-opening homestand as Stanley Cup champs. 

Claude Julien had an interesting choice to make when it came to the second line this season.

Rich Peverley scored twice and Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand each had a pair of assists as the Bruins beat the Lightning, 4-1, Saturday night at TD Garden. 

The banner has been raised, the ceremonies have concluded, and the first game of the season is in the books. After dropping the season-opener to the new look Flyers, 2-1, on Thursday, the Stanley Cup champions can put all the hoopla behind them and focus on nothing but hockey. Finally.

Tim Thomas was the most valuable player for the Bruins in their remarkable 2011 Stanley Cup title run and he was front and center in the celebration before Thursday's season opener that ended with the sixth banner being raised in team history. 

Claude Giroux scored on the power play and Jakub Voracek scored with 2.7 seconds remaining in the opening period as the Flyers beat the Bruins, 2-1, on Thursday night at TD Garden, spoiling a night that began with the raising of the sixth Stanley Cup banner in Bruins history. 

The night started out well enough for the Bruins. Following a 25-minute ceremony that had the crowd roaring, Brad Marchand scored on the power play nearly 10 minutes into the first period.