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Patrice Bergeron named No. 2 star of the week

01.17.11 at 12:40 pm ET
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Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was named the No. 2 star of the week for the week ending on Jan. 16. The 25-year-old was runner-up to Hurricanes winger Jussi Jokinen, who had four goals and three assists in three games for Carolina during the week.

Bergeron also had seven points during the week, scoring four goals and adding three assists over a four-game stretch in which the B’s went 3-1-0. On the season, Bergeron has 14 goals and 20 assists for a team-leading 34 points in 44 games.

Coyotes netminder Ilya Bryzgalov was named the third star.

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Tim Thomas to start for Bruins vs. Hurricanes, Milan Lucic and Mark Stuart to play

01.17.11 at 12:07 pm ET
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Bruins coach Claude Julien said prior to Monday’s matinee vs. the Hurricanes that the team will see the return of Milan Lucic and Mark Stuart to the lineup.

Lucic has missed the last three games with an undisclosed injury, while Stuart has been out since Dec. 7 with a broken hand and dislocated finger. The team sent defenseman Matt Bartkowski to Providence on Sunday in order to activate Stuart, who had been placed on injured reserve a week prior.

Julien added that Tim Thomas will start in goal against the Hurricanes. Thomas was in goal in the team’s Nov. 26 matinee against Carolina, when he allowed three goals in a 3-0 Bruins loss.

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Bruins activate Mark Stuart, return Matt Bartkowski to Providence

01.16.11 at 11:21 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Sunday night that they have activated defenseman Mark Stuart from injured reserve and sent Matt Bartkowski to Providence.

Stuart has been out since suffering a fractured hand and dislocated finger on Dec. 7 against the Sabres. He had initially hurt his right hand three days earlier in Toronto.

Bartkowski played two games for the Bruins after being summoned on two separate occasions to fill in for Adam McQuaid and Andrew Ference on Monday and Saturday, respectively. The 22-year-old had a minus-1 rating over his two games, both of which were against the Penguins.

In 34 games in Providence this season, Bartkowski has four goals and eight assists for 12 points.

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Marc Savard hasn’t forgotten about Matt Cooke

01.15.11 at 5:22 pm ET
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It was 10 months ago that Matt Cooke hit Marc Savard with a blindside hit on a Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh that put not only his season but his career in jeopardy.

Savard did come back and appeared in the playoffs, scoring the game-winning overtime goal against the Flyers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semis. But still, he was not the same.

On Saturday, Matt Cooke returned to Boston with the Penguins and was booed lustily by the Bruins crowd each time he touched the puck. The Bruins Johnny Boychuk even tried to engage him long enough to drop the gloves. No luck.

“He won’t do a thing,” Savard said. “Johnny [Boychuk] has tried him last few games and he just skates away. He’ll get you from different areas but he won’t get you head on, obviously.”

But on Saturday, it wasn’t Cooke but rather defenseman Deryk Engelland that leveled him with a clean hit along the far boards in the third period, knocking him off-balance and into the boards.

“A little woozy, to be honest with you,” Savard said. “But we’€™ll see how I feel the rest of the day here tonight and stuff, because’€¦ I don’€™t know I haven’€™t seen the replay, it felt like he just got my head, so I don’€™t know. But a little woozy.”

Savard, as was the case in Pittsburgh last March 8, was caught off-guard.

“Yeah, I think I was looking kind of behind me for a pass to make, and I think he closed me off,” Savard said. “I felt okay, I felt a little bit’€¦ a little winded king of thing. Nothing bad right now.

“All I wanted to do, is make sure I gathered my thoughts, you know, and everything came back together ‘€¦ fine so, I’€™ll monitor it and watch the rest of the day here, see how I feel a little bit ‘€¦ I was a little bit shaken up.”

He is just hoping he’ll be okay to skate with the team during it’s Sunday practice in advance of Monday’s matinee with the Hurricanes.

“Just a little dazed,” Savard said. “I haven’€™t gotten a headache yet or anything like that. Just a little dazed and just getting your bell rung a bit. I don’€™t think it’€™s anything to worry about right now.”

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Steve Kampfer suffers broken nose, Marc Savard ‘fine’ after fall into boards

01.15.11 at 4:11 pm ET
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Rookie defenseman Steve Kampfer was sent to the hospital with a broken nose after being bloodied by teammate Zdeno Chara 57 seconds into the second period. Chara became entangled with Pittsburgh’s Pascal Dupuis in the offensive corner when Kampfer came skating by, catching Chara’s stick in the face.

“He went to the hospital and has a broken nose,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “They are just checking him out. We’re going to find out more and the severity of it [Sunday].”

Dupuis was called for the major high-sticking penalty but TV replays clearly showed it was Chara’s stick that did the damage.

“I think it was my stick but not 100 percent sure,” Chara explained after the 3-2 loss to the Penguins. “I was batting and somehow my stick got high, hit Stevie. Just an unfortunate play. But I don’t know exactly how it happened.”

Meanwhile, Marc Savard took a header into the far boards in the third period, after a hit from Pittsburgh’s Deryk Engelland but after spending about a minute on the ice, he got to his knees and skated off on his own power.

“From what I’m told, there was nothing wrong. It was a clean hit,” Julien said. “He was off-balance, got his bell rung a little bit but he’s alright.”

Savard, of course, was hit by Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke last March 8 on a blindside hit and missed several weeks with a Grade 2 concussion. The two had a couple of run-ins on Saturday but no major brush-ups.

Still, Savard will pay close attention to how he feels over the next 24 hours before getting ready for the Hurricanes on Monday afternoon at TD Garden.

“I’ll monitor it and watch the rest of the day, see how I feel a little bit,” Savard said. “I was a little bit shaken up.”

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Penguins do the third-period scoring, sink Bruins

01.15.11 at 3:27 pm ET
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The Bruins were used to third-period success against the Penguins this season, but the tables were somewhat turned Saturday in a 3-2 Penguins victory.

With the Penguins entering Saturday having allowed nine third-period goals and scoring none against the Bruins this season, Jordan Staal changed Pittsburgh’s fortune by scoring at 3:25 of the third to break a 2-2 tie.

After falling behind, 2-0, on goals from Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis, the Bruins got two goals 13 seconds apart from Dennis Seidenberg and Michael Ryder, though they failed to add more despite the 46 shots they got on Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury.

Tuukka Rask made 34 saves on 36 shots and fell to 4-9-1 on the season.

The Bruins will conclude their current fur-game homestead when they host the Hurricanes for a matinee on Monday.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

Steven Kampfer left the game less than a minute into the second period and did not return. He took a high stick from Pascal Dupuis in the corner and left a small puddle of blood on the ice before exiting.

Kampfer was unable to disrupt Kunitz in front of the net on the Penguins’ first goal and was also on the ice for Dupuis’ tally, giving him a minus-2 rating in his 5:54 of ice time.

– With Sidney Crosby out still out for the Penguins with a concussion, Staal did the damage offensively for the Penguins. The 2006 second overall pick made the pass that bounced off Kunitz’ skate and into the net in the first period, while he scored his second goal of the season by backhanding one past Rask in the third period. Saturday marked Staal’s seventh game back since returning from a broken hand.

Matt Cooke also had a multi-point game, assisting both Kunitz’ and Staal’s tallies.

– Apparently the teams got the second and third periods mixed up. The Bruins, in something more typical of their third-period play vs. the Penguins this season, ended the second period on a high note with two quick strikes. The Penguins had not scored a third period goal against the Bruins this season prior to Staal’s goal.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

– Ryder has now scored in consecutive games, and both of them were big goals. After netting the tally that gave the B’s a 4-3 lead in the third period Thursday against the Flyers, Ryder came up big again, tying the game at two late in the second period Saturday.

The 30-year-old tied a season high for shots on goal in a game with seven. He also had seven on Dec. 20 in the team’s 3-0 loss to the Ducks.

– The brief injury scare for Marc Savard proved to be nothing. The center, who is just 21 games into his return from post-concussion syndrome, was down on the ice for about a minute in the third period and was visited by trainer Don DelNegro before leaving the ice on his own power. Savard returned to play on his next shift.

– Seidenberg had his second multi-point night in the last four games. He put the B’s on the board with a blast from the point in the second period that was aided by some fine screen-work by Daniel Paille. He assisted Ryder’s strike 13 seconds later.

On the season, Seidenberg now has 18 points.

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Goals from Dennis Seidenberg, Michael Ryder have B’s tied with Penguins through two

01.15.11 at 2:34 pm ET
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The Bruins provided proof that plenty can happen in a short period of time, as they scored two goals in 13 seconds and enter the third period tied, 2-2, with the Penguins.

After Pascal Dupuis scored on generous bounce off the end boards, the Bruins found themselves trailing by a pair of goals. Dennis Seidenberg got them on the board with a blast from the point at 11:28, while Michael Ryder fired a wrist shot past Marc-Andre Fleury to tie it at 11:41.

Steven Kampfer left the game after getting hit in thecae by the stick of Dupuis. Zdeno Chara appeared to influence Dupuis’ stick on the play, and Kampfer left a small puddle of blood on the ice. Dupuis was given a double-minor, though the B’s failed to capitalize. They are 0-for-4 on the power play so far.

Through two periods, the Bruins are outshooting the Penguins, 26-25.

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