Mark Feldman’s The Bear Essentials

NOVEMBER 5: Tyler Seguin #19 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

Bear Essentials: Time For Bruins To Climb Out Of Basement

The Bear Essentials maps out the Bruins climb in the Eastern Conference standings, and the teams standing in their way.

11/09/2011

Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien looks up from the bench as players Brad Marchand (63), David Krejci (46), Rich Peverley (49) and Patrice Bergeron (37) react below during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche in Boston, Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. The Avalanche won 1-0. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The Bear Essentials: Odds Against The Bruins

There seems to be an odd calm in the air; a collective acceptance of sorts when it comes to the Boston Bruins.

10/30/2011

OCTOBER 20: Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins and Colton Orr #28 of the Toronto Maple Leafs fight in the first period on October 20, 2011 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Thornton, Line Changes Wake Up Bruins

Shawn Thornton, along with some line changes from Claude Julien, woke up the Bruins, who responded with a 6-2 win over the Leafs Thursday night.

10/21/2011

OCTOBER 18: Head coach Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins reacts to a call against his team in the second perod against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 18, 2011 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Bear Essentials: A New Julien?

With Claude Julien getting kicked out of Tuesday night’s game, The Bear Essentials

10/19/2011

Boston Bruins' Benoit Pouliot controls the puck. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

The Bear Essentials: Bruins Simply Lack Skill on Power Play

The inability to maintain offensive control of the puck on the power play is proving to be a detriment to this Boston Bruins team.

10/12/2011

Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins stops a shot in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche on October 10, 2011 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Bear Essentials: Rask Can’t Save Bruins Lack Of Effort

The Bear Essentials breaks down the Bruins 1-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

10/10/2011

Boston Bruins' Chris Kelly (23) tries to control the puck in front of Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Mathieu Garon, center, as Victor Hedman (77) and Ryan Shannon (22) defend in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Thomas, Bruins Youth Shine In Win Over Lightning

Behind a brilliant performance by Tim Thomas, chemistry improvements on each line and an overall good team effort, the Boston Bruins actually looked like a defending Stanley Cup team Saturday night against Tampa Bay.

10/09/2011

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Bruins Observations From The Opener

The Bear Essentials gives his observations from the Bruins season opening loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

10/07/2011

Jaromir Jagr #68 of the Philadelphia Flyers. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Beasts Of The East: The Flyers

The Bear Essentials takes a look at the top Eastern Conference teams that will prove to be a legitimate threat to the Boston Bruins this season.

10/06/2011

Washington Capital's goaltender Tomas Vokoun. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Beasts Of The East: Washington Capitals

The Bear Essentials takes a look at the top Eastern Conference teams that will prove to be a legitimate threat to the Boston Bruins this season.

10/03/2011

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