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Bruins: Seguin oversleeping is 'old news'

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Bruins: Seguin oversleeping is 'old news'

Jordan Caron rooms with Tyler Seguin at a condo in Charlestown when the two youngsters are in Boston, and he was Seguins roommate at the team hotel in Winnipeg when the 19-year-old now infamously overslept for team meetings on Tuesday morning.

Caron recounted what happened from his point of view when Seguin missed team breakfast and morning meetings before being scratched for the Bruins' game against the Winnipeg Jets. According to Caron, the team got in around 2 a.m. on Tuesday and both players went straight to bed after arriving in Winnipeg.

Caron awoke the next morning to get breakfast and left Seguin sleeping while he quietly exited their hotel room. Once Caron and his teammates realized that Seguin still hadnt woken up with the team meeting starting, they tried to call the 19-year-old. But Seguin had put his phone on vibrate and didnt hear any of the phone call attempts from his teammates, and Caron said he didnt physically walk up to the room to get him because the meeting was just about to start.

"We tried to call him a few times just before the meeting. His phone was off or something. It was an accident. I dont think it was anybodys fault. He wasnt out or anything," said Caron. We came in pretty late. We went to bed at the same time. I went to breakfast early the next morning and didnt want to wake him up, of course.

"It was an accident. The guys are behind him with support and Im pretty sure it wont be happening again."

Several among the Bruins traveling party indicated that the Verizon service on their cell phones was bouncing sporadically between the Central Time Zone for Winnipeg and the Mountain Time Zone, and that might have been what Seguin was clumsily attempting to explain when he said his phone was on Boston time after the Bs loss to the Jets.Seguin did face the media following morning skate Thursday, but simply said: "I talked about it the other day and I've alread kind ofmoved on to getting ready for tonight's game."

The one thing Caron wanted to make abundantly clear: Seguin was in the hotel the entire time and that it was a simple case of a 19-year-old kid making a mistake and sleeping through a meeting.

Hes usually the first one up and leaving the room, said Caron. Hes not someone that oversleeps all the time. It was just an accident. Last year in the playoffs I came in a bit late, but I didnt miss practice. I was so nervous. I was living right beside the rink here, and I remember grabbing a pair of jeans and a T-shirt and running to the rink. Its a bad feeling."

No doubt its the same bad feeling Seguin has been experiencing the last couple of days. But Claude Julien said its time to turn the page on the incident, and reaffirmed that Seguin would be back in the lineup against the Florida Panthers Thursday night.

Theres no doubt the second-year forward should be armed with the proper motivation against a Florida team that's surprised this year.

This is old news. For us weve turned the page on it. Old news is old news and weve moved on, said Julien. Hes fine and Im fine. Hell be in the lineup and playing. Hes missed a game. Hes paid his dues. Hes a 19-year-old that is fine with us and hes a good professional. The page is turned and we move on.

Julien was wrong about one thing. The page will only be turned when Seguin goes out and performs like the teams leading scorer after his big sleep in Winnipeg. It could be as soon as tonight in Boston against the Panthers.

Backes, on mend from bout with diverticulitis, may return Thursday

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Backes, on mend from bout with diverticulitis, may return Thursday

BRIGHTON -- While there will clearly need to be sign-offs from the medical staff, the Bruins aren’t ruling out a return from David Backes for Thursday night’s game vs. the Vancouver Canucks.

Both Backes and Patrice Bergeron returned to Bruins practice with the rest of their teammates on Tuesday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was only the 33-year-old Backes that practiced fully without any limitations.

“He skated a little while we were away and a full practice today, so we’ll consult with the medical staff going forward with his plan,” said coach Bruce Cassidy. “Potentially he could be an option for Thursday, and I think that should sort itself out in the next couple of days. We’re no different than anybody else, right? We’d like to have our full complement, and some of the guys we’re missing are glue guys that could really add that element to some of the kinds of games that got away from us.”

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After the team practice, Backes said that he’s been skating for the last four days and that he’s lost about 10 pounds over the last couple of weeks while adjusting to the medication and dietary treatments for diverticulitis. It wasn’t a complete shock to Backes given some of his family medical history, but he wasn’t expecting anything like that to hit him in the prime of his professional athletic career at just 34 years old.

“I have a family history of it, but this is kind of unfortunate timing and unfortunate circumstances. Hopefully I take care of this, get it behind me and not have to ever think about it again,” said Backes. “The first couple of days it was tough to just stand up straight or do anything, and then you’re on a ‘no exercise’ regimen for six or seven days. So progress . . . certainly. A return . . . we’ll see. Long-term prognosis we’ll have to discuss with the really smart guys.

“You don’t have much appetite, to deal with pain you take a painkiller and then that slows down digestion and just makes it even worse. So you’re stuck there…and it really drains your energy. I was on a liquid diet there for a few days and lost about 10 pounds. I don’t suggest that as a crash diet for anybody.”

He’s come a long way from being stuck in a Mass General hospital bed during Bruins opening night against the Nashville Predators, and Backes is hoping he’ll be all the way back to playing sooner rather than later. The Bruins right winger skated in a third line spot with Riley Nash and Tim Schaller on Tuesday, and said he’s actually even consulted a bit with former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light, who battled his own stomach issues with Crohn’s Disease during his NFL career.

“I was like a kid in a candy store before practice. You have that carrot of Game 1 dangled in front of you and then taken away, and finally you’re back with the guys on the ice after they’ve been gone a week. Knowing what the results have been you want to interject a little energy out there while knowing that we’ve got 77 games left to establish ourselves, and find our game,” said Backes. “I felt good out there and it was nice to be back on the ice. I was smiling most of the day knowing that I’ll hopefully be playing some ice hockey in the future.

“We’re working to get that strength back and to return me to a productive member of this hockey team, which is going to be on the upswing here shortly. It’s not just due to me, but because guys are putting work in as a group. I’m trying to be as educated about it as I can, so I can be available as often as possible and as productive as possible when I am available.”

There are medical hurdles that need to be traversed by Backes before he can return, but once it becomes a matter of toughness and grit then he’ll be suiting up again for the Black and Gold, and that moment might be coming soon.

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'I definitely wasn't mad at our team,' Rask says of Vegas postgame comments

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'I definitely wasn't mad at our team,' Rask says of Vegas postgame comments

BRIGHTON, Mass – Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was acting a bit out of character after the Sunday night loss to the Vegas Golden Knights when he said he wouldn’t be commenting on team performance outside of his own goaltending. 

Clearly, it was a tense atmosphere in the Bruins dressing room following an extremely bad road performance and it would seem very likely there’s probably been some friction in the past between Rask and positional players over his postgame candor.

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That was the backdrop for Rask keeping it laconic, and saying on Sunday night: “I just try to go out there and give us a chance to win every night. That’s what I’m focused on. I’m not going to comment anymore on team play that much. We can just talk about goaltending. That’s just the way it is. Sorry.”

It would seem that some fans and Bruins observers took that to mean Rask was pissed off at his Bruins teammates after a few breakdowns defensively, and a total non-performance at the offensive end of the ice.

Taking all that into account, Rask clarified his comments a bit after practice Tuesday at Warrior Ice Arena and said it’s all about focusing on his own performance rather than taking issues with any of his teammates.

“You lose games and you’re not happy with your performance. Somebody just told me that I guess it got spun the wrong way that it was me mad at my teammates or something. That’s definitely not the case,” said Rask, whom at 1-3-0 with a 3.30 goals-against average and .880 save percentage this season, is clearly in need of some improvement as well.

“You lose games and you definitely hold yourself accountable and you want to talk about your performance and what you need to do to get better," Rask said. "So, that’s where I was coming from. I definitely wasn’t mad at our team. I was more mad at myself, so that’s that.

“You always try to give a fair assessment about the game, but I think the biggest thing that I need to worry about, and what everybody else needs to worry about, is how they get better themselves. You start from that, so that’s where I was coming from.”

The prospect of getting Patrice Bergeron and David Backes back healthy would go a long way toward improving the Bruins play on the ice and stabilizing things defensively for Rask and the rest of the Black and Gold. That’s really what’s needed at this point to improve a situation where the B’s are 23rd in the NHL, averaging 3.6 goals allowed per game, and real, rather than figurative, fingers might start getting pointed all around if it doesn’t start looking better in short order.