WILMINGTON -- Bruins center Marc Savard doesn't know when he will make his long-awaited season debut after battling post-concussion symptoms, but said on Monday that it won't be long before he is back. Following his third practice of the full-contact variety, Savard felt confident that he could soon be in the Bruins' lineup. 

 

Every offseason is full uncertainty. Of course, the summer is also the time that everyone, from the fans to the media and everyone in between, looks at what the coming season may hold. It's no surprise that once the games are played, just about everybody gets proven wrong in some, way shape or form.



After winning the last 10 meetings against the Thrashers, the Bruins finally found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard against Atlanta, dropping a 4-1 decision to the hosts Sunday night. It was the fifth straight win for the Thrashers, who got another stellar performance from Ondrej Pavelec, who stopped 40 of the Bruins' 41 shots. Pavelec has stopped 201 of 207 shots during Atlanta's recent win streak.

 

Taking the loss in net for the Bruins was Tuukka Rask, who allowed three first-period goals. The netminder would stop 22 of the Thrashers' 26 shots.

The Bruins were missing a couple of key guys from Saturday's practice in Jordan Caron and David Krejci. Both players, as well as Marco Sturm, were battling the flu, but the absences weren't the story for B's.



WILMINGTON — Jordan Caron and David Krejci, both of whom were missing from Saturday’s practice with the flu, will not travel with the Bruins as they head to Atlanta for Sunday’s game vs. the Thrashers. In delivering the news, Claude Julien added that the two could join the team if they felt better, but that the team will have to consider calling somebody up from Providence should neither player be good to go.

 

It was an ugly special teams showing for the Bruins, but to put it in plainer terms, Friday's 3-0 loss against the Hurricanes in their black Friday matinee was just an ugly showing all around. 



Cam Ward dazzled and the the Bruins' penalty kill was uncharacteristically poor as the Hurricanes shut out the B'sat TD Garden on Friday. 

 

The Hurricanes got power-play goals from Jeff Skinner, Tuomo Ruutu, and Jussi Jokinen in the first, second, and third periods, respectively. It was the first time this season that the Bruins, who entered the game with the league's top penalty kill, allowed three power-play goals. 

 

After Wednesday's 3-1 Bruins' win over the Panthers (recap), a couple of things seem to be happening more than one would expect this season: the B's are falling behind and overcoming it, and Brad Marchand is scoring shorthanded goals. 



Mark Recchi had a pair of goals and Tim Thomas picked up his 11th win on Wednesday in a 3-1 Bruins win over the Panthers in Florida. 

 

It was yet another game in which the B's had to fight back in the third period, as they entered the period trailing, 1-0, before they got a shorthanded tally from Brad Marchand and a pair of goals from Mark Recchi. With his two points, Recchi now has 1500 in his career, which is 13th all-time. 

 

NESN and NBC Sports hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday. The Bruins are coming off a loss to the Lightning on Monday in which they got off to a slow start and fell 3-1. "It's a tough league, and if you're not ready to play, you're going to get beat," he said. "And the Bruins clearly weren't ready to play against Tampa. They looked as bad as they've looked all year."