|Bruins win easily behind Zdeno Chara hat trick, Tim Thomas shutout||01.17.11 at 3:33 pm ET|
Zdeno Chara had his first career hat trick, while Tim Thomas recorded his seventh shutout of the season in a 7-0 Bruins win over the Hurricanes. Chara joined Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque and Glen Wesley as the only Bruins defenseman to record three goals in a game.
For Stuart, it was his first goal of the season and a nice way to make his return from a broken hand and dislocated finger that had kept him out for 18 games. Chara would add power play goals in the first and third periods after Justin Peters took over for Ward.
The Bruins also got goals from Gregory Campbell and Patrice Bergeron in the second period. Bergeron, who was named the NHL’s No. 2 star of the week earlier in the day, now has 12 points over his last seven games. Michael Ryder scored his 14th goal of the season when he redirected a Dennis Seidenberg shot past Peters.
Peters didn’t do himself any favors in the game, as he drew penalties for holding and roughing in the second and third period, respectively.
The two teams will square off again Tuesday night in Carolina.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- The Bruins are proof that goals come in waves. When Patrice Bergeron scored 13 seconds after Gregory Campbell in the second period, it marked the ninth time this season that the Bruins have scored two goals in less than a minute. It was the third time they’ve done so in the last three games, as they did it last Monday in Pittsburgh and on Saturday against the Penguins.
- His production on the night was obviously overshadowed by that of another Bruins defenseman, but Adam McQuaid had his first-career multi-point game, and it took him less than 12 minutes to accomplish it. On the day, five Bruins defenseman had at least a point, with Johnny Boychuk the only one to not register one. Boychuk had an even rating.
- Tim Thomas continues to put up monster numbers, and he now ahas noter blanking in the books. He’s already surpassed his previous career high of five shutouts in a season, but with seven thus far, the question is whether he ends up doubling it.
Thomas didn’t find himself facing the most energetic offense, though he did come up with big saves on Eric Staal in the first period. His save on Jeff Skinner in the second led to a quick breakout and, eventually, a beautiful pass from Shawn Thornton to Campbell for a B’s goal. With Thornton’s assist (his fourth), he jumped back out in front of Thomas in their assist race. Thomas has three helpers on the season.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- Milan Lucic thought he’d scored his 17th goal of the season when he beat Ward at 9:15 of the first, but he was in fact touching up on a delayed penalty on Zdeno Chara. It wasn’t exactly costly for the B’s, as Chara returned to the ice following the penalty and scored on a 2-on-1.
Lucic has now gone 12 straight games without a goal, though he grabbed an assist on Chara’s third goal.
- This was a game in which just about as much went right for the Bruins as possible. All four lines had strong showings, and the defense and goaltending were stout. They even won the fisticuffs battle, as McQuaid pounded Troy Bodie in the third period. There will be plenty of games for the bad to stand out, but there simply wasn’t much of it Monday.
|Bruins add to lead in second||01.17.11 at 2:40 pm ET|
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.
|Bruins chase Cam Ward early, lead 3-0 after one||01.17.11 at 1:45 pm ET|
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.
|Patrice Bergeron named No. 2 star of the week||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.
|Tim Thomas to start for Bruins vs. Hurricanes, Milan Lucic and Mark Stuart to play||01.17.11 at 12:07 pm ET|
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.
|Bruins activate Mark Stuart, return Matt Bartkowski to Providence||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.
|Penguins do the third-period scoring, sink Bruins||01.15.11 at 3:27 pm ET|
The Bruins were used to third-period success against the Penguins this season, but the tables were somewhat turned Saturday in a 3-2 Penguins victory.
With the Penguins entering Saturday having allowed nine third-period goals and scoring none against the Bruins this season, Jordan Staal changed Pittsburgh’s fortune by scoring at 3:25 of the third to break a 2-2 tie.
After falling behind, 2-0, on goals from Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis, the Bruins got two goals 13 seconds apart from Dennis Seidenberg and Michael Ryder, though they failed to add more despite the 46 shots they got on Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury.
Tuukka Rask made 34 saves on 36 shots and fell to 4-9-1 on the season.
The Bruins will conclude their current fur-game homestead when they host the Hurricanes for a matinee on Monday.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- Steven Kampfer left the game less than a minute into the second period and did not return. He took a high stick from Pascal Dupuis in the corner and left a small puddle of blood on the ice before exiting.
Kampfer was unable to disrupt Kunitz in front of the net on the Penguins’ first goal and was also on the ice for Dupuis’ tally, giving him a minus-2 rating in his 5:54 of ice time.
- With Sidney Crosby out still out for the Penguins with a concussion, Staal did the damage offensively for the Penguins. The 2006 second overall pick made the pass that bounced off Kunitz’ skate and into the net in the first period, while he scored his second goal of the season by backhanding one past Rask in the third period. Saturday marked Staal’s seventh game back since returning from a broken hand.
Matt Cooke also had a multi-point game, assisting both Kunitz’ and Staal’s tallies.
- Apparently the teams got the second and third periods mixed up. The Bruins, in something more typical of their third-period play vs. the Penguins this season, ended the second period on a high note with two quick strikes. The Penguins had not scored a third period goal against the Bruins this season prior to Staal’s goal.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- Ryder has now scored in consecutive games, and both of them were big goals. After netting the tally that gave the B’s a 4-3 lead in the third period Thursday against the Flyers, Ryder came up big again, tying the game at two late in the second period Saturday.
The 30-year-old tied a season high for shots on goal in a game with seven. He also had seven on Dec. 20 in the team’s 3-0 loss to the Ducks.
- The brief injury scare for Marc Savard proved to be nothing. The center, who is just 21 games into his return from post-concussion syndrome, was down on the ice for about a minute in the third period and was visited by trainer Don DelNegro before leaving the ice on his own power. Savard returned to play on his next shift.
- Seidenberg had his second multi-point night in the last four games. He put the B’s on the board with a blast from the point in the second period that was aided by some fine screen-work by Daniel Paille. He assisted Ryder’s strike 13 seconds later.
On the season, Seidenberg now has 18 points.