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Rich Peverley learning to play through pain 01.02.12 at 3:49 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Fun fact about Rich Peverley: He claims to have never missed a game due to injury prior to this season. Given that, the 2011-12 campaign has been a bit strange for the 29-year-old.

The versatile forward has missed four games this season due to an undisclosed injury. The team was cautious with the forward recently, keeping him out on Dec. 23 against the Panthers and last Wednesday against the Coyotes so the injury, which is helped by rest, could have significant time to heal.

Peverley made his return to the lineup in Saturday’s loss to the Stars, registering two shots on goal in 16:55 of ice time.

“It’s just timing and getting your speed,” Peverley said Monday of his return. “It went alright. I definitely wanted to play better.”

Peverley wouldn’t say whether he feels 100 percent after all the time off, but did admit the injury won’t be going away this season.

“I don’t know,” he said. “It’s obviously something that’s going to be there all year, but if I manage it, hopefully it will get better and better.”

In 31 games this season, Peverley has six goals and 19 assists for 25 points and a plus-12 rating.

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Tim Thomas would rather ‘hide what a nut’ he is than be on 24/7 01.02.12 at 1:25 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — If Tim Thomas is as strange as Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, he doesn’t want people to know it.

With the Winter Classic set to be played Monday in Philadelphia, both the game and its accompanying television show, NHL 24/7 were popular topics in the Bruins’ dressing room after their practice at Ristuccia Arena.

The show, which follows the participating teams behind the scenes in the weeks leading up to the game, is fascinating for hockey-lovers to watch, but might be a lot for the players to handle.

Bruins players said Monday that while they would love to play in the Winter Classic again, they might have reservations about having to be on the show. Some players, such as Bryzgalov, have let their quirky personalities turn them into stars of the show, but Thomas wouldn’t be so quick to do the same.

“I’d absolutely hate that,” Thomas said of being on the show. “Having cameras around all the time, I don’t care what you say, it changes the way you act. You’re either going to play for the camera or end up being quitter than you normally are. One way or another, I’d find it hard to be real with the camera.”

Added a grinning Thomas: “I’d rather hide what a nut I am rather than advertise it to the whole world like that.”

Bryzgalov’s fascination with the universe, his knowledge of the death penalty in China and his comparing his Siberian Husky to a “hot girl” have made this season’s show a hit. Thomas doesn’t have many interesting analogies for his pets.

“I’ve got a German Shepard and a mutt,” he said with a smile. “Good dogs.”

Thomas likes what the show is able to bring to fans, but he feels there would be a limit regarding how comfortable he would be with cameras following him around at all times.

“You get the camera around all the time like that and you start to turn hockey players into Jersey Shore cast members or an MTV kind of thing like that,” he said. “I don’t think that’s the way it should be, personally.”

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Bruins recall Jordan Caron from Providence 01.02.12 at 10:53 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins recalled forward Jordan Caron Monday after sending him to Providence on Dec. 23.

In four games with Providence since the assignment, Caron picked up one assist in the AHL, and has one goal and five assists for six points over nine games for Providence this season. In 13 NHL games this season, Caron has one goal and two assists for three points.

Caron was on the ice for the start of the Bruins’ practice Monday at Ristuccia Arena, skating as an extra forward on the Merlot Line of Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille.

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Rich Peverley to return to Bruins lineup 12.31.11 at 2:33 pm ET
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Bruins forward Rich Peverley will return to the lineup Saturday night against the Stars, coach Claude Julien confirmed to reporters following the team’s morning skate. Tim Thomas was first netminder off the ice in the morning skate and is expected to get the start in goal.

Peverley missed the team’s last two games with an undisclosed injury that Julien said was helped by rest. The team kept him out of the lineup last Friday agaisnt the Panthers and this Wednesday against the Coyotes. With Peverley’s return to the lineup, Zach Hamill will be a healthy scratch.

In 30 games this season, Peverley has six goals and 19 assists for 25 points.

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Tuukka Rask takes over lead in GAA, save percentage 12.29.11 at 12:10 am ET
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Want proof that the Bruins truly have two No. 1 goalies? Head over to NHL.com, where you’ll see that the “backup” is the No. 1 goalie in the league right now.

After Wednesday’s win over the Coyotes in which he made 21 saves on 22 shots, Tuukka Rask now leads the NHL in both save percentage (.945) and goals against average (1.61). The Finnish netminder is 8-4-1 this season, and has allowed just one goal over his last four appearances.

Tim Thomas is second in the league with a .943 save percentage, and his 1.84 GAA is third-best in the NHL. Either Thomas or Rask has led both categories in each of the last three seasons.

Dennis Seidenberg the OT hero as Bruins beat Coyotes, move into first place 12.28.11 at 11:27 pm ET
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Dennis Seidenberg put the Bruins in first place Wednesday night in Phoenix, netting the game-winner in overtime and giving the Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Coyotes in Phoenix.

Benoit Pouliot set up by the play with some solid work behind Jason LaBarbera’s net. The third-line winger sent the puck in front, and when Chris Kelly fanned on his bid, Seidenberg got to the puck and fired it off Derek Morris and in. The victory gave the Bruins 49 points on the season, putting them in first place in the Eastern Conference.

David Krejci got the Bruins on the board when he finished off a play that Brad Marchand created by intercepting a pass in the neutral zone. With the B’s holding a 1-0 lead, veteran forward Ray Whitney executed a self-pass around Zdeno Chara, splitting two Bruins defensemen before beating Rask to tie it.

Whitney’s goal ended Rask’s shutout streak at 170:26, as the Finnish goaltender was coming off back-to-back shutouts for Boston.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

– Krejci has quietly put together a four-game point streak. The Czech center has two goals and two assists over that span, and with Wednesday’s tally now has seven goals this season. Krejci had just two points (both assists on Dec. 10) in his six games prior to this recent stretch, so perhaps Krejci, who has had issues with consistency, may be stringing something together.

– Rask was fantastic for the Bruins once again. It didn’t look as though he expected Whitney to get a shot off on his goal (the forward has two people, including Zdeno Chara, to beat), but aside from that goal, the red-hot netminder turned in another fine performance. He stopped Whitney on a breakaway in the second period, stuffing the forward with a left pad save. Rask made 21 saves in regulation.

– Good to see Adam McQuaid deliver an old-school beatdown. While the Bruins have plenty of willing fighters on their roster, McQuaid is far and away the most maniacal in the heat of battle. McQuaid went after Raffi Torres after the Phoenix winger delivered a questionable elbow to Andrew Ference. In addition to taking the decision, McQuaid left Torres cut above the left eye.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

– The Bruins didn’t have a ton of premium opportunities in the game, and LaBarbera came up big when they did. The Phoenix netminder denied Zach Hamill’s bid for his first career NHL goal when he tried to bury a rebound in the final minute of the second period, but LaBarbera got a leg on it. Early in the third period, Marchand had plenty of space going to the net after taking a feed from Tyler Seguin in the Coyotes’ zone, but LaBarbera robbed the Bruins’ leader in goals when Marchand tried to go high glove side. LaBarbera made 26 saves in regulation.

– The Bruins were wretched in their own zone in the final seconds of the game, and it looked at times like they wouldn’t be making it to overtime. Rask came up with the stops, and the B’s kept the puck out of the net to get the point that put them in first place.

Tuukka Rask gets the start vs. Coyotes 12.28.11 at 2:44 pm ET
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It appears Tim Thomas‘ will extend until Saturday, as the Bruins will ride the hot hand and give Wednesday’s start to Tuukka Rask.

Rask, who has picked up shutouts in his last two starts, was first off the ice at Wednesday’s morning skate, suggesting he’ll be between the pipes against the Coyotes. The Finnish netminder’s shutout streak is currently at 155:10, as he did not allow a goal on Dec. 10 when he played the third period in relief of Thomas against Columbus.

Rask is 7-4-1 this season with a 1.66 goals against average and a league-best .944 save percentage.

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