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03/24/2011 - 10:19pm
Recchi: I took 'pressure off my captain'

After the 7-0 rout of the Canadiens, Bruins winger Mark Recchi acknowleged he made comments this week critical of Canandiens management and medical staff to take pressure off Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. Recchi said Wednesday that the Canadiens "embellished a little bit" the hit on Max Pacioretty on March 8 that resulted in a concussion for Pacioretty but no suspension for Chara. 

"I took pressure off my captain for one day," Recchi said. "He deserved it. He earned it." 

"It says a lot because I know what kind of player he is," added Bruins coach Claude Julien. "I knew exactly what he was doing. You don't have to speak. He's 43 years old, he's a big boy. He can answer for himself. I don't think I need to coach him on any of that stuff. When you see a guy with that kind of experience say something like that, you know what he's doing. So, there was nothing to be said. Their focus was on the...

03/24/2011 - 9:37pm
Sweet revenge: B's crush Habs

Gregory Campbell and Nathan Horton each scored twice while Zdeno Chara, David Krejci and Milan Lucic all tallied three assists as the Bruins annihilated the Canadiens, 7-0, Thursday night at TD Garden. Tim Thomas turned away all 24 shots for his eighth shutout this season for the Bruins, who increased their lead over second-place Montreal in the Northeast Division to five points, with two games in hand on their archrivals.

The game was the first meeting between the two Original Six rivals since Chara hit Max Pacioretty into the boards on March 8 in Montreal, a game won handily by the Canadiens, 4-1, and sparking a police investigation of Chara. Pacioretty hasn't played since with a severe concussion and fractured veterbrae in his back.

The Bruins only needed 61 seconds before assuming control as Johnny Boychuk fired a shot from the right point through a Milan Lucic screen and past Carey Price. Campbell and Horton added goals as the Bruins claimed a...

03/24/2011 - 7:57pm
Ainge: J. O'Neal could be back next week

Danny Ainge joined The Big Show for his weekly interview and said that Jermaine O'Neal was getting closer to a return and coule be back on the court by next Thursday when the Celtics play the Spurs. Ainge was in Chicago to watch O'Neal work out and said that he looks better than he has all season. "The swelling issue that had prevented him from [playing] early in the year is not happening right now," Ainge said. "Since the surgery, it's been a lot better."

Ainge said that the plan was for O'Neal to join the C's in Indiana when they play the Pacers on Monday and then travel with them to San Antonio. O'Neal paid his own way to Chicago to work out there and did so with the team's blessing. "It's not something that we normally do," Ainge said. "But Jermaine paid quite a bit of money out of his own pocket to do it. He felt he could get more individual attention. It's on him to get healthy and be ready and he's put in the time...

03/24/2011 - 5:24pm
Julien: B's not focused on 'soap opera'
By: DJ Bean

Thursday night's game between the Bruins and Canadiens has been getting even more attention than usual thanks to Mark Recchi's recent suggestion that the Habs exaggerated Max Pacioretty's March 8 injury to get B's captain Zdeno Chara suspended. Milan Lucic made similar comments Wednesday, but prior to the game stressed that the team's focus is on the game.

"I think the focus, even berfore the war of words is to get the win," Lucic said. "Whatever Mark said he said. He's been on the Montreal side before, and now he's on the Boston side. I don't think we need to repeat what he said or what I said. As of right now, we're focused on getting a big win here, and we know it's a big night for us in the last game of the season [series]. 

"He's been in the league for two decades. He's done more than his fair share of time here, and I feel like he has the right to say whatever he's going to say. Rex said whatever he felt was right,...

03/24/2011 - 5:22pm
Wafer practices, Murphy sprains ankle

Von Wafer returned to practice for the first time since injuring his foot in a game against the Warriors on March 4. Wafer was able to go through the full practice and said he will be reevaluated by trainer Eddie Lacerte. "It felt pretty good," Wafer said. "It started getting better. I just have to get a little trust in it and stop thinking about it."

Wafer had been earning some playing time before his injury and he comes back to an uncertain situation with Jeff Green and West taking minutes behind Ray Allen. "I’m just trying to come back stronger," Wafer said. "If I get to play I’ll play. If I don’t, either way I won’t be disappointed because you never know what to expect."

Just as one player returns, another departs. Troy Murphy sprained his ankle at the end of practice and wasn't on the floor during the portion of the session that was open to the media. There was no immediate...

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