The rosters for the Winter Classic alumni game were announced on Tuesday, with Ray Bourque and current Bruins executives Cam Neely and Don Sweeney among those set to take the ice for the Bruins on Dec. 31 against former Habs at Gillette Stadium.

The rosters and coaches are as follows:

Bruins: PJ Axelsson, Bob Beers, Ray Bourque, Rob DiMaio, Tom Fergus, Hal Gill, Steve Heinze, Al Iafrate, Brian Leetch, Reggie Lemelin, Ken Linseman, Rick Middleton, Jay Miller, Cam Neely, Terry O’€™Reilly, Andrew Raycroft, Mat Recchi, Sergei Samsonov, Marco Sturm, Bob Sweeney, Don Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Glen Wesley

Bruins coaches: Lyndon Byers, Don Cherry, Stan Jonathan, Don Marcotte, Tom McVie, Mike Milbury, Derek Sanderson

Bruins honorary coaches: John Bucyk, Eddie Sandford

Canadiens: Donald Audette, Christian Bordeleau, Francis Bouillon, Benoit Brunet, Patrice Brisebois, Guy Carbonneau, Lucien Deblois, Eric Desjardins, Normand Dupont, Gaston Gingras, Rick Green, Mike Keane, Alex Kovalev, Sergio Momesso, Mats Naslund, Chris Nilan, Lyle Odelein, Oleg Petrov, Stephane Quintal, Stephane Richer, Larry Robinson, Richard Sevigny, Steve Shutt, Jose Theodore

Canadiens coaches: Simon Arsenault, Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Demers, Stephane Gauthier, Rejean Houle, Guy Lafleur

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.

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Though they should have put the game away much earlier, the Bruins managed to secure two points in a 4-3 shootout win over the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

Though they should have put the game away much earlier, the Bruins managed to secure two points in a 4-3 shootout win over the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

The B’€™s never trailed in the game, but they blew a pair of leads and failed on multiple occasions to put the game out of reach. David Krejci came through in the end, beating James Reimer for the shootout’€™s only goal. That came after Tuukka Rask robbed James van Riemsdyk in the final seconds of overtime during a Toronto power play.

The Bruins were let down tremendously by their NHL-best power play, first registering just one shot while Toronto took two minor penalties in less than three minutes in the second period. Then, with the game tied at three late in the third period, the Bruins went on the man advantage with 2:01 remaining in regulation thanks to a Matt Hunwick hook on Matt Beleskey. The B’€™s failed to get anything past James Reimer on the man advantage and finished the night 0-for-3 on the power play.

With the win, the B’€™s have now won three straight games and stand at 11-8-1 on the season.


The second period could have been when Bruins pulled away from the Leafs, but it proved to be a nightmarish 20 minutes in which they blew a two-goal lead and, later, a one-goal lead.

After picking up the only two goals of the first period, the Bruins had the chance to put the game out of reach in the second period thanks to a pair of Maple Leafs penalties. When those power plays yielded no scoring, Toronto scored two goals in 1:02 to tie the game.

Shortly after the B’€™s regained the lead on Marchand’€™s second goal of the game, Tuukka Rask failed to glove a Shawn Matthias shot and was beaten by Tyler Bozak on the rebound. Then came the penalties for the Bruins, with McQuaid taking a pair of minor penalties and Marchand going the box on a holding penalty that was matched by a P.A. Pareneau. The Bruins managed to kill off McQuaid’€™s four minutes late in the second and into the third.


Not only did the Bruins all of their penalties for a third straight game — including a 4-on-3 in overtime on a Patrice Bergeron penalty — they picked up a shorthanded goal during their first kill.

With Brett Connolly in the box for tripping, Brad Marchand stole a puck from James Reimer and fed Patrice Bergeron, whose shot yielded a popup of a rebound. Marchand displayed great hand-eye coordination by batting the puck into the net for his second shorthanded goal of the season. The goal was reviewed to see if Marchand’€™s stick was above the crossbar, a question that needed no answer for the “5-foot-9″ forward.

The goal brought about this interesting nugget from NHL Public Relations. Since the 2009-10 season (the first in which Marchand played) Marchand leads the NHL with 17 shorthanded goals.

Most key for the Bruins was their ability to kill off a third-period Zdeno Chara cross-checking penalty that came as Zach Trotman and Nazem Kadri were sent off for roughing. That meant the B’€™s had to kill a penalty without two of their penalty killers, a feat they managed to keep the game tied.


When the Bruins traded a third-round pick for Zac Rinaldo this summer, it was tough to miss the fact that Rinaldo had more career games suspended (14) than goals (eight). For now, that won’€™t apply to this season.

Rinaldo, who has stayed out of trouble this season, picked up his first goal (and point) as a Bruin Monday night. The fourth-liner he caught up to a puck that Dennis Seidenberg had thrown off the glass in the neutral zone and fired a shot from the right circle that beat James Reimer short side.


Speaking of fourth-liners, Landon Ferraro did well in his Bruins debut, picking up an important point in the process.

The former Red Wings first-round pick skated on Boston’€™s energy line with Rinaldo and Max Talbot a day after getting picked up on waivers. The trio kept the puck in the offensive zone, something with which the Bruins’€™ various fourth lines have struggled over the past couple seasons.

At the end of a shift of sustained pressure, Marchand got on the ice and took a feed from Ferraro, which he fired on Reimer. It appeared that Ferraro jammed the puck in, though the goal was credited to Marchand.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins have claimed forward Landon Ferraro off waivers from the Red Wings.

The Bruins have claimed forward Landon Ferraro off waivers from the Red Wings.

Ferraro, who is the son of longtime NHL forward and current TSN analyst Ray Ferraro, was the 32nd pick of the 2009 draft. He scored 27 goals in 70 games for Grand Rapids of the AHL last season while dressing in three NHL games. He played in 10 games for the Red Wings this season, registering zero points, before being put on waivers.

With the claim of Ferraro, the Bruins’€™ roster is now at the maximum of 23 players, including Max Talbot, who was recalled on an emergency basis Saturday. Kevan Miller has been moved to injured reserve, meaning he will definitely miss Monday’€™s game (he last played on Tuesday and players must be on IR for at least seven days). David Pastrnak, who is still on crutches, remains on IR, as does Chris Kelly, who is out for at least the regular season.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Ryan Spooner

Ryan Spooner

A quick look at Saturday night’€™s box score wouldn’€™t reveal anything notable about the Bruins’€™ third line. Ryan Spooner, Joonas Kemppainen and Brett Connolly didn’€™t score. None of them played more than Spooner’€™s 14:40. They combined for four shots on goal, which is fine but certainly not something that jumps out at you.

But Saturday night was a notable game for that trio. They played really well together, even if it didn’€™t show up in the box score. They had a lot of puck possession and created some of the Bruins’€™ best scoring chances in a game that didn’€™t have many of them.

And to be honest, that was a little surprising. Spooner, Kemppainen and Connolly had spent hardly any time together before Saturday, yet they appeared to have pretty good chemistry. Spooner had played the wing only in spurts before Saturday, yet he looked comfortable there and made things happen from the left side. Kemppainen hadn’€™t exactly been lighting the world on fire on the fourth line, yet he didn’€™t look out of place at all in a top-nine role.

“I think most of the game we played pretty well together,” Spooner said. “We talked a lot before the game and just said, ‘€˜If we don’€™t have much, just try to get the puck in deep.’€™ We did that. And I think off the rush, we had a couple chances too. I thought it went well for sure.”

Spooner, Kemppainen and Connolly all entered Saturday as negative possession players in terms of both regular Corsi and relative Corsi. You wouldn’€™t have been able to guess that watching Saturday night’€™s game against Toronto, though. They were the Bruins’€™ top three players in terms of Corsi-for percentage, with all three finishing the night at 69 percent or better.

They combined for one fewer shot attempt than Patrice Bergeron‘€™s line and three more than David Krejci‘€™s line, despite getting significantly less ice time. They also created a couple good chances that didn’€™t even count as shot attempts — a Kemppainen centering pass just missed a charging Spooner early in the first period, and a Spooner feed for a charging Connolly did the same midway through the third.

On the latter chance, Spooner’€™s speed down the wing was clearly a factor, something Claude Julien was happy to point out after the game.

“I think Spoons has really done a good job on the left wing there, adapting to it and using his speed,” Julien said. “A lot more involved in the last two games, and that’€™s what we need out of Ryan. And that’€™s a sign of a young player really who’€™s getting it. He wants to be better, so kudos to him.”

Spooner said after the game that he’€™s still not completely comfortable on the wing — he said he’€™s probably played wing fewer than 20 times in his life — but he also noted that having fewer defensive responsibilities helped, as he admitted that his defense as a center hasn’€™t always been great. Kemppainen helps in that respect, as he is pretty responsible defensively. And Kemppainen clearly benefited from playing with faster, more skilled players.

Whether Spooner, Kemppainen and Connolly stay together remains to be seen. Frank Vatrano is expected back soon, perhaps as early as Monday, so expect more line-juggling to make room for him. But even if they don’€™t stay together for now, it’€™s nice for Julien to know that he has this as a bottom-six option that can be effective in the future.

Blog Author: 
Scott McLaughlin

While a blowout win is ideal, there might not have been a better way for the Bruins to end their five-game home stand than with a grind-it-out, outlast-the-opponent-through-a-scoreless-night kind of victory. 

DJ Bean and Ken Laird are live at TD Garden after the Bruins 2-0 win over Toronto on Saturday night. The guys discuss the first two-game home winning streak of the season and what it means.

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Though the stakes weren’€™t quite as high as when they most notably did it, the Bruins scored late to defeat the Maple Leafs at TD Garden.