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Savard to have MRI on right knee

01.07.10 at 10:27 pm ET
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Marc Savard will have an MRI on his right knee on Friday after leaving Thursday’s night’s loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden.

“It’s a knee injury,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien in making the announcement after the game.”The severity of it, we’ll know more once we get the MRI done [Friday].”

Savard, the team’s top play-making center, left after his first shift, 28 seconds into the game, when he fell to the ice, holding his right knee. He had to be helped off the ice by teammates Marco Sturm and Mark Recchi.

He was helped to the dressing room and did not return.

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Lucic back in black

01.07.10 at 7:39 pm ET
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Milan Lucic returned to the Bruins lineup on Thursday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden. He missed the last 18 games with a high left ankle sprain, suffered on Nov. 25 at Minnesota.

Lucic had returned and played just four games before suffering his second significant injury of the season. he had two goals and three assists in 10 games this season.

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Savard leaves with leg injury

01.07.10 at 7:18 pm ET
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Bruins top line center Marc Savard had to be helped off the ice just 28 seconds into Thursday’s game with Chicago at TD Garden with an apparent right leg injury.

The injury happened on his first shift of the game in the offensive zone. Marco Sturm and Mark Recchi had to help him skate to the Bruins bench, where he immediately made his way to the dressing room with assistance from Bruins training staff.

Eight minutes later, the Bruins announced he would not be returning to the game.

Savard, like Lucic and Bergeron, has been bitten by the injury bug this season. Savard has played in just 28 games this year, compiling nine goals and 13 assists. He missed 15 games between Oct. 21-Nov. 20 with various injuries.

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Ference lost for six weeks

01.06.10 at 7:40 pm ET
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The Bruins have lost defenseman Andrew Ference for six weeks as the result of a groin injury suffered in the second period of Tuesday’€™s 4-1 win in Ottawa. The loss of Ference will test the team’€™s depth even further as the B’€™s have also recently been skating without defenseman Mark Stuart who broke his sternum on December 16.

Ference averages just over 20 minutes of ice time per-game. With Stuart still not set to return for at least another week, the Bruins could call on Johnny Boychuk to log more minutes. Since jumping into the lineup on December 5, Boychuk has averaged 17:38 of ice time per-game, building a plus-six, plus-minus rating while contributing two goals and five assists.

Rookie Adam McQuaid will also likely see more action. He played his first three NHL games Dec. 19-23, averaging 10:23 of ice time. The Bruins could also recall Andy Wozniewski who made two appearances with the team last month.

Stuart skated for the fourth time Wednesday. He is pleased with his progress recovering. ‘€œWhen you get hurt you appreciate being able to play a lot more and being able to be on the ice,” Stuart said.  “It’€™s been a good last four days.”

Bergeron back to skating

01.06.10 at 1:25 pm ET
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WILMINGTON ‘€“ The Bruins could put together a pretty good lineup with the five players who hit the ice for practice Wednesday. While most of the team was given the day off, Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, Mark Stuart, Adam McQuaid and Tuukka Rask went through varying bits of work on the practice rink.

Bergeron was skating less than 24 hours after being told he had a broken right thumb.

‘€œIt’€™s fine to skate and workout, I just can’€™t move my thumb for ten days,’€ said Bergeron, who had a molded splint around the thumb. ‘€œI’€™m going to keep in game shape, keep working out, keep staying strong. The only thing is I’€™m not going to be able to pass and shoot, that’€™s about it.’€

Bergeron suffered the injury when struck by a shot in the second period of Monday’€™s 3-2 loss to the Rangers in New York. He was glad to learn the injury was not more severe.

‘€œI didn’€™t know what to expect, the doctor gave me some good news so I was pretty happy,’€ said Bergeron, who leads the Bruins in scoring. He was also recently selected to skate for the Canadian Olympic team at the Winter Olympics in February. The thumb injury should not impact his ability to play for Canada.

With Bergeron out of the lineup Tuesday, the Bruins put together a quick-strike attack leading to a 4-1 win in Ottawa. They’€™ll face a major test in their next contest, hosting the league leading Chicago Blackhawks Thursday.

The Blackhawks have won four in a row and seven of their last eight games while taking over the overall standings points lead in the league. Chicago also has the best team GGA (2.01) average in the NHL.

‘€œThey’€™re arguably the best team in the league right now, they have so much depth and talent, skill and confidence, they have everything gong this year’€ Bruins coach Claude Julien said. ‘€œI know we have played them well in the past, but this will be a real good challenge for us tomorrow. To win the game we don’€™t have a choice but to be at our best.’€

Julien also indicated that defenseman Andrew Ference was being examined by doctors Wednesday morning. He suffered a lower body injury during the first-period of Tuesday’€™s game. Julien did not have an update at the time he met with reporters.

NHL Power Rankings 1/6

01.06.10 at 7:22 am ET
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A new year, a fresh start and a new team atop the WEEI Power Rankings.

1. (2) 30-10-3  The Blackhawks skated past New Jersey 5-1 in a top-of-the-charts showdown last week. They arrive in Boston to play the Bruins Thursday. Sounds like a good time for them to make their on-ice debut as our new No. 1.

2. (1) 30-10-1  A road loss to the Blackhawks made for an unhappy New Year’s Eve for the Devils. Leading scorer Zach Parise ended a brief three-game stretch without a point by scoring a second-period goal in a 4-0 win over Dallas Tuesday.

3. (3) 27-9-7  The Sharks had a great first half to the season, but a 6-2 home loss to the Kings on Monday, in which Evgeni Nabokov gave up five goals on 16 shots, says that winning the Pacific is no lock.

4. (5) 26-11-4  Team USA general manager Brian Burke says Ryan Miller is the best goalie in the NHL right now. Anyone disagree ?

5. (4) 25-11-6  The Caps drop two this week, the Sabres win two. Trade places in the rankings, please.

6. (8) 24-13-6  Please welcome your Northwest Division-leading Avalanche. You expected to hear those words this year, right ? The Avs continue to stay in the fight for the division lead.

7. (10) 25-12-5  The Flames have gotten hot again, winning five in a row, including a 3-1 win in Nashville Tuesday.

8. (7) 26-14-4  A minor slump for the surprising Coyotes. They had lost three of four before taking an overtime win in Edmonton Tuesday.

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Bruins bounce back, beat Sens 4-1

01.05.10 at 10:10 pm ET
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Responding to some sharp criticism from their coach and the loss of one of their top players, the Bruins unleashed an energetic first-period attack to take a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place Tuesday.

Blake Wheeler scored twice in the opening period, David Krejci and Mark Recchi also added early goals as Boston built a four-goal advantage in the opening 14 minutes of the contest.

One night earlier, the Bruins had sleep skated through the opening two periods in a 3-2 loss to the Rangers in New York. The uninspired effort led coach Claude Julien to publically question the leadership and character of the B’€™s in his post-game comments.

The lackluster defeat also came with the additional setback of losing top forward Patrice Bergeron with a thumb injury that will sideline him for at least two weeks.

Facing both the self-inflicted motivational adversity and the loss of Bergeron, the Bruins quickly went to the net with more resolve Tuesday against the Senators and were rewarded for their efforts. The B’€™s chased Ottawa starting goalie Brian Elliott from the game after he gave up four goals on just 16 shots and Boston’€™s long dormant road power play suddenly netted two goals in one period after failing to score at all in 10 prior road games.

The big lead was more than enough for Tim Thomas, who made 27 saves for his 11th consecutive win over Ottawa.

The contest was not a completely positive one for Boston as defenseman Andrew Ference left the game after getting hit in the first period and did not return

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