Last Skate of the Day, January 13th 2014


Dec 28, 2013; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) narrowly avoids a check from Ottawa Senators right wing Chris Neil (25) in the third period at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Senators defeated the Bruins 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations to Johnny Boychuk and his wife. They became first time parents to twin baby girls born this morning. Mother and babies are healthy and fine and getting some well earned rest. No rest for Dad though. He was headed back to Ristuccia Arena after a few hour nap.  The Bruins are a family organization, and I’m sure Boychuk will get plenty of parenting advice from his brother Bruins. (Boston Bruins)

The Bruins defensemen have had a rough time of it this season. The Bruins have been getting way too used to playing a d-man down this season. Now, it appears Dougie Hamilton may be out for tomorrow night’s tilt against the Toronto Maple Leafs. “He’s being looked at right now,” said Head Coach Claude Julien after yesterday’s practice. “We’ll leave it at that. We’ll give you more tomorrow.” Read more about it here (CSNNE)

Shawn Thornton is back in the line up for Boston. He’s one of our hardest working players, and is all in all a really good person. There are occasions where Thornton will be exceptionally honest when a microphone is put in front of him, and it’s pure comedy gold. Check out a list of Shawn Thornton’s more memorable quotes on Tumblr.

Ex-Bruin Nathan Bruins earned his 200th career goal on the power play while taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Blue Jackets went on to beat the Lightning 3-2, allowing the Bruins to maintain their fragile two point lead over them in the Atlantic Division.  That’s two goals in the last six games for Horton. He no longer gets to hear a WOO anymore, but at least they’ll fire a cannon now when he scores. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Chris Kelly is on the mend, but it’s likely he won’t be able to get back on the ice soon. Kelly was one of the Bruins injured in that infamous December 7th game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has resumed skating, but according to the doctors and the staff, he’ll be out of the game for the foreseeable future. Read more about what’s going on here (NBC Sports)