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Providence Bruins release schedule

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Providence Bruins release schedule

Boston Bruins rookies were supposed to play in the Florida Panthers rookie hockey tournament in Coral Springs, Florida with the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes on Sept. 15-19, but that was cancelled last week as it appears labor discord is going to continue well into late September.
The Bruins had played preseason rookie games against the New York Islanders in each of the last two seasons, but had planned on switching things up with young prospects like Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Spooner and Jared Knight ready to showcase their skills.

Though the labor dispute has threatened preseason action and could delay the start of the NHL season, the AHL year looks like it's ready to press on.
There are whispers that hard feelings between both sides of the labor debate could prohibit any players with even a single game of NHL experience from playing in the AHL during a work stoppage, But the Providence Bruins released their schedule today anyway.

This way, even if the Bruins are out of action, fans can know there will be some measure of professional hockey in New England. (Multiple industry sources have indicated to CSNNE.com over the last few weeks that the NHL season will not get underwayuntil sometime between Thanksgiving and New Years Day.)
The P-Bruins are entering their 21st season in the American Hockey League, and will play the Springfield Falcons in a pair of preseason games starting Oct. 3 at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass. The P-Bruins then travel to Springfields MassMutual Center to play the Falcons again on Oct. 6.

Even if young Bruins skaters like Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron arent a part of the Providence Bruins during a lockout as a young Patrice Bergeron was during the 2004-05 AHL season while the NHL never opened their doors its expected that Spooner and Knight will be on an AHL roster stuffed with more prospects than last year.

The 2012-13 American Hockey League regular season will begin on Friday, October 12. The P-Bruins complete season schedule can be found on www.providencebruins.com.

'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.  

Morning Skate: Shawn Thornton brightening hospitalized kids' days

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Morning Skate: Shawn Thornton brightening hospitalized kids' days

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while back in the good, ol' Eastern Time Zone.
 
*Really nice piece from Shawn Thornton in the Players' Tribune about the inspiration provided by his “Nanny” and how he’s come to truly love the community service and hospital visits while involved with professional hockey. He’s always been one of those athletes that just stops by children’s hospitals for a visit without needing the attention for it, and that is a credit to his great generosity and empathy for those brave kids.

 *You want a Stanley Cup made out of bottle caps? Well, the world will certainly provide a Stanley Cup made out of bottle caps.

*Defenseman Connor Murphy hasn’t been the player that the Chicago Blackhawks expected him to be since arriving in the Windy City.
 
*The Colorado Avalanche are adding a fancy stats and video man to their management group as they seek to keep improving the NHL product.
 
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Eddie Olczyk is returning to the NBC broadcast booth as his health will allow as he continues to battle cancer. Good to see you back, Edzo!

 *Erik Karlsson is finally set to debut for the Ottawa Senators after offseason foot surgery, and it will be a case of the strong getting stronger for a Sens team off to a pretty decent start.

 *For something completely different: Just in time for Halloween, Jennifer Tilly releases all of the behind-the-scenes secrets of working with Chucky.