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Burke won't be coming here Jacobs is happy with the brass
Burke won't be coming here Jacobs is happy with the brass

A day after Brian Burke stepped down as the Anaheim Ducks' general manager, Bruins ownership yesterday sounded as if they won't be in the bidding for the 53-year-old Harvard Law School grad.

Executive vice president Charlie Jacobs, son of owner Jeremy Jacobs, sent an unsolicited e-mail responding to a Globe column yesterday suggesting that Burke could be a perfect fit in the Causeway Street front office.

According to the junior Jacobs, the club feels no urge to break from the status quo.

"I find it necessary to state on the record," wrote Jacobs, "that Bruins ownership is quite happy with our current senior management team of Peter [Chiarelli], Jim [Benning], Cam [Neely], and Don [Sweeney]. We have no plans to expand our front office at this time.

"We believe the current leadership has provided Bruins fans with a promising young team and one that is going to bring us continued success."

No mention of Harry Sinden, senior adviser to Jeremy Jacobs.

It was by design

Blake Wheeler and P.J. Axelsson, both of whom scored in Wednesday night's 2-1 shootout victory in Chicago, weren't the most obvious choices to be among the first off the Boston bench to shoot against the Blackhawks' Nikolai Khabibulin.

But make no mistake, said coach Claude Julien, they weren't capricious choices.

"Some people seemed to think I rolled the dice," said Julien. "Well, it's far from that."

A stickler for details, and the overseer of a detailed game plan, Julien moved Wheeler and Axelsson up his shooters list after watching them in practices recently against goalies Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez.

Simple merit system. They shot. They scored. And they got the call when the clock turned real time.

"It wasn't a crapshoot," said the coach.

"Yeah, we've been working on it a lot," added Axelsson. "I had my move in mind, and I was lucky, too, because it hit [Khabibulin's glove] and went in ... but, hey, we'll take it.

Filling in the dot

The Bruins have been better of late at the faceoff circle, and that was especially the case in Chicago, where they won 54 percent of their faceoffs, paced by Marc Savard (11 for 17) and Stephane Yelle (7 for 11).

The Bruins, said Julien, keep their own statistics pertaining to faceoffs, in part because the club believes the statistics vary greatly in arenas across the Original 30.

"We are definitely better [than earlier in the season]," said Julien. "If we gauge it ourselves, we're in the top five [in the NHL]."

Cool hand Lucic

Milan Lucic held his cool in the first period when Canadiens Mike Komisarek and Georges Laraque tried to goad him in separate incidents. Lucic didn't bite on any invitation that would have led him to the penalty box. But with the Bruins leading, 5-1, in the third period, he destroyed Komisarek in short order, Lucic's first fight of the season.

Lucic also hammered elite winger Alexei Kovalev with a heavy check near the boards. He has been pulverizing the opposition of late, a result, he believes, of his increased speed and stronger effort on the forecheck. By the end of the first period, Lucic had recorded three hits, his total for the game. Lucic also scored his fifth goal of the season in the third period of the Bruins' 6-1 victory.

Hnidy returns

Shane Hnidy, who sat out the previous three games with a lower-body injury, was back on the Boston defense. Rookie Matt Hunwick moved to the sideline to make room for Hnidy ... Petteri Nokelainen sat out his third straight contest, with Chuck Kobasew filling his fourth-line spot on a trio with Shawn Thornton and Yelle ... By the end of the first period, Thornton had a goal and an assist ... The Bruins are slated to skate today in Wilmington before heading to Manhattan for tomorrow night's visit with the Rangers at Madison Square Garden ... Fernandez's bid for a shutout ended with 6:26 left in the second period, Saku Koivu trimming the Bruins' lead to 4-1. Fernandez flubbed a shot he should have handled easily at the side of the net, allowing Koivu to pick up the dead puck and curl around the back of the net for a stuff at the left post - ahead of Kobasew and Dennis Wideman.

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