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Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin score for Bruins in second period

01.11.11 at 8:42 pm ET
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The Bruins opened up a 5-0 goal lead in the second period with some scoring, some fighting, and hundreds of hats thrown prematurely.

Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and Tyler Seguin all scored in the period. Bergeron’s second goal of the game came when he banged one past Brian Elliot point-blank at 2:50. He was believed to have recorded the third goal of his perceived hat trick at 14:07, but after fans showered the ice with hats and the play was reviewed, it was determined that the puck went off Sergei Gonchar’s skate and it was credited to Marchand. Seguin picked up his seventh goal of the season just over a minute later.

The period also featured a couple of fights. Nathan Horton dropped the gloves with Jesse Winchester and the two seemed to still have words from each others’ respective penalty box. Shawn Thornton went with Matt Carnker at 10:26.

Andrew Ference has the only minor penalty of the period, and through two periods, the Bruins have not had a power play. The Bruins are outshooting Ottawa, 27-22. The shutout remains intact for Tim Thomas.

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One and done: Bruins assign Matt Bartkowski to Providence

01.11.11 at 7:59 pm ET
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The Bruins announced prior to the second period of Monday night’s game vs. the Senators that they have assigned defenseman Matt Bartkowski to Providence. Bartkowski, 22, was recalled on an emergency basis Sunday night and made his NHL debut Monday in place of the injured Adam McQuaid.

McQuaid was suffering an undisclosed injury, though he made his return to the lineup on Monday, logging 5:45 of ice time in the first period.

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

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Patrice Bergeron, Blake Wheeler score in first to give Bruins 2-0 lead

01.11.11 at 7:41 pm ET
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Goals from Patrice Bergeron and Blake Wheeler have the Bruins enjoying a 2-0 lead over the Senators Tuesday at TD Garden.

With the Senators trying to break out of their own end, Mike Fisher couldn’t control a pass from Chris Campoli from behind the net. Bergeron got a hold of the puck near the bottom the circle and fired a wrist shot over the glove of Senators netminder Brian Elliot.

At 9:47, Wheeler scored his 10th goal of the season when Tyler Seguin hit him in front of the net with a pass from the face-off dot. Wheeler, who wasn’t exactly challenged by Chris Phillips‘ presence in front of the net, simply tapped it bast Elliot. It as Seguin’s ninth assist of the season.

Seguin took the only penalty of the period, going off for a high-sticking minor when the shaft of his stick hit Matt Carkner after the Senators defensman checked the rookie along the boards.

Tim Thomas has stopped all nine shots he’s seen, while the B’s have fired 10 shots on Elliot.

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Adam McQuaid returns to Bruins lineup

01.11.11 at 6:59 pm ET
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Defenseman Adam McQuaid will make his return to the Bruins lineup in Tuesday night’s game against the Senators. McQuaid was considered a game-time decision after missing Monday’s game in Pittsburgh with an undisclosed injury.

With McQuaid back in the lineup for the B’s, rookie Matt Bartkowski, who made his NHL debut on Monday, will be a scratch.

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Milan Lucic out for Bruins, Nathan Horton to return to lineup

01.11.11 at 6:11 pm ET
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Bruins forward Milan Lucic will not play Tuesday night against the Senators at TD Garden due to an undisclosed injury suffered Monday night in the team’s 4-2 victory over the Penguins. It will be Lucic’s first missed game in a season in which he’s led the Bruins with 16 goals through 41 games.

“He’s going to be a scratch for tonight,” coach Claude Julien said prior to the game, “and hopefully it’s a day-to-day situation.

Nathan Horton will make his return to the lineup after missing the last two games with what Julien would only describe as “discomfort.” Defenseman Adam McQuaid, who also missed Monday’s game with an undisclosed injury, is a game-time decision.

“He skated this morning and felt pretty good, so we’re going to make that decision after the warmup,” Julien said.

If McQuaid is unable to go, rookie Matt Bartkowski will be in the lineup in his place. Bartkowski made his NHL debut on Monday.

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Tim Thomas honored to be an All-Star, willing to shut down Zdeno Chara if opportunity arises

01.11.11 at 5:21 pm ET
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The Bruins received perhaps the least surprising news they could get on Tuesday when they were informed that Tim Thomas was named an All-Star. Thomas is putting together the best year of any goaltender over the last five years, and as such, it is no shock that he’s earned the honor of joining the league’s best for the third time in his career.

“It’s always an honor,” Thomas said of the distinction prior to the B’s game against the Senators on Tuesday. “It’s a feather in your cap, so I’m very happy.”

Thomas has played in 29 of the Bruins’ first 41 games, compiling an 18-4-6 record and leading the league with a 1.84 goals against average and a .944 save percentage. His five shutouts tie his career-high and put him in a tie for the league lead.

Yet given all the time he’s played, it is expected that the Bruins could use Tuukka Rask a bit more just to keep Thomas from being overworked. The same line of thinking might apply when wondering whether the 36-year-old could use the All-Star to get some rest rather than work more. Thomas’ reaction to that idea is simle.

“Everybody wants down time, but having said that, for most people — myself included — you don’t make the All-Star [game] that often,” Thomas said. “It’s an honor worth giving up a couple of days rest for.”

Thomas will join teammates Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin in Raleigh, N.C., for the All-Star festivities, as Chara also earned the distinction, while Seguin will participate in the rookie skills competition a day prior to the game.

Because of the new fantasy draft used to determine the All-Star teams, Thomas and Chara won’t necessarily be teammates in the game, as it is no longer a contest of the Eastern conference vs. the Western conference. As odd it would be to see Chara go up against his own goaltender, Thomas was quick in predicting what would happen in such a scenario.

“I win, he loses.”

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Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas named All-Stars

01.11.11 at 2:11 pm ET
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Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas were named to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game roster on Tuesday, the fifth selection for Chara and third for Thomas.

Chara is third in the NHL in average time on ice per game (26:38) and leads all Bruins’ defenseman in goals (six) and points (18). Thomas leads the NHL in goals against average (1.84), save percentage (.944) and is tied for the league lead in shutouts (five).

Tyler Seguin will be one of 12 NHL rookies to participate in the SuperSkills competition. The All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, January 30 in Raleigh, NC.

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