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The Bruins continued piling on in the second period against the Hurricanes, striking twice in 13 seconds to establish a 5-0 lead entering the third.
Patrice Bergeron continued his hot streak, as he scored his 15th goal of the season immediately following Campbell’s. Bergeron now has 12 points in his last seven games, and 21 in his last 16.
The B’s goals weren’t the extent of Hurricanes netminder Justin Peter’s bad day. He took a holding penalty when he grabbed onto Blake Wheeler’s leg late in the period.
The B’s are outshooting the Hurricanes, 29-23.
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Generally, defensemEn can be responsible for their own goaltender being chased from a game, but the Bruins blueliners did the damage in the first period, ending Cam Ward‘s day early and piling it on from there. The B’s lead, 3-0.
Mark Stuart, who had missed the last 18 games due to a broken right hand and a dislocated finger, go the Bruins with a slapshot from the point at 7:56. It was his seventh goal of the season.
Milan Lucic though he’d made it 2-0 when he took a pass from David Krejci and fired it past Ward, but after celebration and confusion, it was deemed that he was touching up slashing call on Zdeno Chara. The B’s defenseman made up for it when he took a pass from Adam McQuaid out of the box and brought it up for a 2-on-1 with Mark Recchi. The B’s captain kept the puck and scored on a wrist-shot to make it 2-0.
Ward was yanked following the goal, though Chara would break in replacement Justin Peters with a power play tally at 15:58.
McQuaid picked up assists on the first two goals, giving him his first career multi-point game. It is Chara’s ninth two-goal game.
|01.17.11 at 12:40 pm ET|
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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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.
|01.16.11 at 11:21 pm ET|
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.
|01.15.11 at 5:22 pm ET|
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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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.”