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Tim Thomas named NHL’s First Star of the Week 01.24.11 at 12:34 pm ET
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The NHL announced Monday that Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas has been named the First Star of the Week for the week ending on Jan. 22. Thomas went 3-0-0 over three starts last week, recording a shutout against the Hurricanes Monday and following it with a season-high 43-save effort on Monday. He made 32 saves in the team’s 3-2 win over the Avalanche on Saturday.

Thomas, who will play in this weekend’s All-Star Game, leads the NHL in goals against average (1.83), save percentage (.945), and his tied with Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist for the league lead with seven shutouts. He is second in wins with 23.

This is the fourth time this season a Bruins player has received a “Star” distinction. Thomas was the First Star of the Week for the week ending on Oct. 31 and was October’s Second Star of the Month. Patrice Bergeron was named Second Star of the Week for the week ending on Jan. 15.

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Bruins recall Matt Bartkowski on emergency basis 01.14.11 at 10:21 am ET
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The Bruins announced Friday morning that they have recalled defenseman Matt Bartkowski from Providence on an emergency basis. The news comes after Andrew Ference left Thursday night’s game with an injury after the second period.

Bartkowski was called up on an emergency basis on Sunday and made his NHL debut against the Penguins on Monday. He was returned to Providence after Adam McQuaid made his return to the lineup on Tuesday. The B’s face the Penguins at home on Saturday.

Patrice Bergeron scores, but Flyers lead Bruins, 3-2, after two 01.13.11 at 8:41 pm ET
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The Bruins got it done early on in the second period, but the Flyers finished the period stronger and take a 3-2 period into the third.

Patrice Bergeron scored his sixth goal in his last four games when he redirected a Steven Kampfer shot from the point past Brian Boucher just 45 seconds into the period. The Bruins continued their offensive pressure early on the period, with Boucher coming up big for the Flyers.

A turnover caused by Zdeno Chara led to Nikolay Zherdev’s 14th goal of the season. Chara’s shot was blocked and sent up ahead to Zherdev in the neutral zone, and the Russian winger tied it up on a breakaway. Jeff Carter made it 3-2 with 36 seconds left in the period.

Tim Thomas made 10 saves for the B’s in the the second, most notably making a huge stop on a Scott Hartnell breakaway in halfway through the period. He was also the beneficiary of a couple of pucks clanking off posts.

Milbury on D&H: Patrice Bergeron didn’t score three goals 01.12.11 at 2:05 pm ET
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Mike Milbury of NESN, NBC Sports, and Hockey Night in Canada made his weekly appearance on Dale & Holley on Wednesday, discussing all things Bruins and his feelings on the NHL All-Star game.

Milbury was quite direct in speaking about Patrice Bergeron‘s first career hat trick, which he scored in Tuesday’s 6-0 win over the Senators. Blake Wheeler appeared to have scored what was ruled Bergeron’s second goal, and Milbury wasn’t happy with how it was credited.

“The guys that do the scoring have the responsibility to get it right. They have to do everything to get it right. Do they fudge a little on [an assist] once in a while? I bet they do, and I think that’s OK, but they’ve got to be honest and true to it,” Milbury said. “Somebody’s got to tell me there’s a different angle that showed Bergeron scoring the goal, because I watched it several times, and pretty clearly, Blake Wheeler with a backhand [scored]. ‘€¦ I didn’t think there was any question whose goal that was.”

Milbury said that given the fans throwing their hats twice — Brad Marchand‘s second-period goal was initially credited to Bergeron, which at the time would have been his third goal of the game — the Bruins and Bergeron are better off leaving the matter alone rather than giving Wheeler his due credit.

“It would be tough to do that after the three or four times they showered him with hats,” Milbury said, adding that Bergeron should just “take the damn hat trick.”

As for the state of the Bruins, who have been a Jekyll and Hyde team all season with their ups and downs, Milbury said it’s difficult to gauge what type of team the Bruins are given their inconsistent nature. The Bruins have won their last two games after blowing a 2-0 lead in a 3-2 overtime loss to the rival Canadiens on Saturday.

“This is a hard team to pin down right now. I’m trying to figure out, what are they? ‘€¦ I’d just like to see this team hit on all cylinders so I can figure out how good they are,” Milbury said. “Now, they’re a good team, not a great team. They’re going to have to rely on some great goaltending and solid defense. ‘€¦ I’m still not sure just how good this group is.”

Since returning from post-concussion syndrome, center Marc Savard, who is in the first year of a seven-year deal, has struggled to regain the form that made him one of the league’s elite playmakers. He has made costly mistakes and has been benched by Claude Julien in multiple situations. Milbury said the Bruins will need him to get back to where he was for the team to be competitive late in the season and in the playoffs.

“It’s going to be critical to their success to have Savard finding the way back to his game,” Milbury said. “Most guys who have injuries of big magnitude, of some sort of significance, take a long time. ‘€¦ Hopefully by the end of the year, Savard will have found his rhythm and they find the right match for him with linemates.”

Milbury has been one of Nathan Horton‘s biggest critics since the Bruins acquired the forward from the Panthers over the summer. He said that Horton’s play “troubles” him, and that he’s unsure of why the talented winger is so prone to disappearing in games.

“I don’t know if it’s focus, or if it’s his level of competitiveness, but this guy form a tools standpoint has a hell of a lot more to offer on a regular basis,” Milbury said.

“You have got to be involved. You’ve got to be involved on the forecheck, and hopefully you’re involved in the physical side. He’s not afraid, but it doesn’t come naturally to him.”

With Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara both being named to the All-Star game, Milbury criticized the weekend for being “silly” and wondered whether the players would rather have the time off.

“Think of the players. They don’t want to be there,” Milbury said. “Except for the guys that just got named to their first or second All-Star team and want to be in the elite group — I can understand what an honor that’s got to be — but once you’re through that thrill, if it’s not in your city, it’s got to be [tiring].

“They’re going to be escorted around all these nonsensical events ‘€¦ and then play a half-assed game, and then they’ll go home tired,” he added. “Good idea.”

Milbury’s dislike for the All-Star festivities wasn’t limited to the NHL. He said he feels the same way about the Pro Bowl and All-Star games of the MLB and NBA.

“I know it’s a celebration of the sport, but for me it’s not celebrating the sport. It’s denigrating the sport.”

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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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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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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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