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Bruins still waiting for Marc Savard to arrive for evaluation 02.02.11 at 1:27 pm ET
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Bruins center Marc Savard hadn’t made it back to Boston as of Wednesday afternoon due to travel issues, with the team hoping he would end up arriving before the day’s end. Savard is set to be re-evaluated by team doctors after he spent the last week in Peterborough, Ontario resting following his second concussion in just over 10 months.

While the team will obviously learn more from further evaluation, Peter Chiarelli told ESPN this week that  Bruins are considering shutting him down for the rest of the season in hopes that he can have a clean slate at the start of the 2011-12 campaign. After missing the first 23 games of the season with post-concussion syndrome stemming from last March’s Matt Cooke hit, Savard totaled two goals and eight assists for 10 points and had a minus-7 rating in 25 games.

Savard has suffered four concussions in his career. The 33-year-old is in the first year of a seven-year deal that carries an annual salary cap hit of $4.017.

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Nathan Horton makes his first goal in a long time count, Bruins beat Hurricanes 02.01.11 at 9:31 pm ET
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Patrice Bergeron added to his current hot streak, while Nathan Horton scored his first goal since Jan. 3 as the Bruins defeated the Hurricanes, 3-2, on Tuesday night.

Daniel Paille also scored for the B’s, recording his first goal of the season when he tipped a Zdeno Chara shot past Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward.

Tim Thomas made 24 saves on the night and improved his season record to 25-5-6. His 25 wins put him in a tie with Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller for the league lead.

The Hurricanes received goals from Jamie McBain and Joe Corvo in the first and third period, respectively.

The Bruins will return the Garden Thursday night when they face the Stars.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

- To say the Bruins needed Horton to get going in an understatement. The 25-year-old had just 12 goals entering the night, and only one of those had come in the last 20 games. With Marc Savard out, the Bruins need all their guys going, and can’t depend on Patrice Bergeron to continue scoring enough for multiple people. Speaking of which…

- Bergeron continues to score enough to make up for any slumps teammates may be going through. Bergeron, who was named the NHL’s No. 1 Star of the Month for January via his 17 points last month (8 G, 9 A) kicked off January in style by scoring his 17th goal of the season.

- With Adam McQuaid‘s plus-1 on the night, he is now a plus-16 on the season, good for fifth on the team. Chara was also a plus-1 and leads the Bruins with a plus-1 and leads the B’s with a plus-23 rating.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

- The Bruins found themselves shorthanded four times, with the last penalty, a Brad Marchand hooking call, resulting in a Carolina goal.

- Staying in the special teams department, the Bruins didn’t have a single power play over the course of the game, as the only time a Hurricanes player found the penalty box was when Jay Harrison got five for fighting following his first-period bout with Milan Lucic.

It was only the second game this season (Dec. 18 vs. Washington) in which the Bruins did not have a power play.

- Tyler Seguin played just 6:37 after he received an early benching for a shift early on that featured multiple turnovers and led to a Michael Ryder interference penalty.

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Birthday boy Tyler Seguin exceeded his own expectations in Hardest Shot competition 01.31.11 at 4:40 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin didn’t need to have an All-Star first half to get an opportunity to soak in the All-Star atmosphere. As one of the rookies chosen to be on display in the SuperSkills event Saturday night, the second overall pick got to meet the best players the league has to offer while also getting a read on how hard he can fire a slapshot.

Tyler Seguin was hoping for an 85 mph shot on Saturday. (AP)

Given that he competed in the Hardest Shot competition, Seguin’s performance was bound to be overshadowed by teammate Zdeno Chara, who once again set a record and won with a 105.9 shot. Yet Seguin impressed, topping out at 97.1 mph, which was third-best on Team Lidstrom (Chara and Alexander Ovechkin finished ahead of him).

Going into the event, it was hard to know what to expect. Seguin, who turned 19 Monday, doesn’t take many slap shots, and based on his style of play, it would appear his skating would probably earn him more attention in a skills competition. Still, Seguin showed that his slapper is one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. He fared better than the other rookie in the competition, as Anaheim’s Cam Fowler topped out at 93.8 mph.

“I was hoping for above 85 [mph], and that I wasn’t going to embarrass myself,” Seguin admitted after Monday’s practice.

Just 85? The rookie ended up shooting it more than 12 mph harder than he had been hoping for, but having never seen the gun taken to his shot, he didn’t know what to expect.

“I had no idea,” Seguin said. “I mean, it was the first time I did it. I was just hoping for over 85, maybe 90, and it worked out well.”

As a whole, Seguin enjoyed the weekend and would be happy if he could make it a yearly occurence.

“You have guys like Ovechkin, [Eric] Staal, [Kris] Letang, top guys. I got to meet them all and hang out,” Seguin said. “It was a good experience.”

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Claude Julien says Marc Savard ‘still has symptoms’ 01.31.11 at 4:13 pm ET
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Marc Savard is still feeling the effects of his latest concussion. (AP)

Bruins center Marc Savard is still back home in Peterborough, Ontario, as he continues to be out with his second concussion in just over 10 months. Savard suffered a concussion on Jan. 22 after he was hit into the boards by Colorado defenseman Matt Hunwick. Coach Claude Julien, in saying there is no update on how the center feels, said Savard will return to Massachusetts in the coming days.

“He’s going to be back [in Boston] tomorrow or the day after, I think, and he’s going to be re-evaluated, but … he still has some symptoms,” Julien said. “That hasn’t totally disappeared, so we’ll let the medical people deal with him when he gets back here.

“Hopefully for his sake — not for the team’s sake, but more for his sake — he gets better. I think it’s important for the individual here, for a guy that’s gone through that, that he is taking care of himself. I think this organization — the medical staff, upper management, everybody — has always done the right thing as far as that’s concerned, and that won’t change.”

Savard missed the first 23 games of the season with post-concussion syndrome, the result of last March 17′s hit to the head from Penguins forward Matt Cooke. In 25 games this season, Savard has two goals and eight assists for 10 points. He has a minus-7 rating on the season.

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Claude Julien says Nathan Horton is ‘fine’ after leaving Bruins practice 01.31.11 at 3:46 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Nathan Horton left Monday’s practice with what he called a “stinger” on his right knee. The 25-year old skated off with trainers, though there is no concern on his or the Bruins’ part for his playing status.

“He’s fine,” Claude Julien said following practice. “It was just a precaution. … By the time he was ready to come back, we were done [with practice].”

Horton is currently in a scoring slump that has seen him produce just one goal over the last 20 games. So far, he has 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points in his first season in Boston.

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Bruins return to practice after All-Star break 01.31.11 at 2:21 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — After four days off for the All-Star break, the Bruins returned to Ristuccia Arena in anticipation of Tuesday night’s tilt against the Hurricanes in Carolina. The upcoming games in the schedule are no picnic, as they’ll face the Stars, Sharks and Canadiens before playing the Red Wings twice.

The lines looked the same as they did prior to the break. They are as follows:

Lucic-Krejci-Horton

Marchand-Bergeron-Recchi

Wheeler-Seguin-Ryder

Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas were absent, as they stayed in Raleigh following this weekend’s All-Star festivities.

A couple of notes regarding Bruins youngsters: Steven Kampfer is back to wearing a half-shield, while Tyler Seguin turns 19 today. Check back for more following practice.

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Team Lidstrom wins NHL All-Star Game, Tim Thomas gets victory 01.30.11 at 8:17 pm ET
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Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas became the first goalie to win three All-Star Games in a row when Team Lidstrom defeated Team Staal, 11-10, Sunday in Raleigh, N.C.

Thomas, who also won the 2008 and 2009 All-Star Games, made 11 saves on 15 shots in the third period. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara had an assist on Team Staal’s first goal, a tally by Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin.

Anze Kopital, Danny Briere and Louie Eriksson each had a pair of goals for Team Lidstrom. Eric Staal and Kris Letang led Team Staal with two goals. Patrick Sharp, who had a goal and two assists for Team Staal, was named the game’s MVP.

The Bruins will return to practice in Wilmington on Monday before heading to Raleigh, where they will face the Hurricanes on Tuesday.

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