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Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara lead B’s past Flyers 12.17.11 at 3:46 pm ET
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The Bruins ended the red-hot Flyers’ seven-game win streak in convincing fashion Saturday, chasing goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and leaving Wells Fargo Center with a 6-0 victory.

Tim Thomas‘ 30th career shutout and a Gordie Howe hat trick from Zdeno Chara led the B’s, who have now won four games in a row.

Benoit Pouliot scored just 27 seconds into the game, driving to the net and cashing in off a pass from Rich Peverley. Daniel Paille then put a rebound off a Dennis Seidenberg shot past Bryzgalov at 2:50, with Chara and Milan Lucic scoring power-play goals later in the period, the latter of which came on a 5-on-3. Nathan Horton added his ninth of the season on the power play at 7:06 of the second period, giving the B’s three power play goals on the day. Tyler Seguin scored in the third period to make it 6-0.

Thomas stopped 31 shots, giving the Bruins their second shutout victory in their last three games. Tuukka Rask blanked the Kings on Tuesday.

The win, which was Claude Julien’s 200th in Boston, gave the B’s 43 points on the season through 31 games, making them first in the Eastern conference.


-Paille had six goals last season, and he matched that total Saturday with his first-period tally. Paille saw stretches as a healthy scratch last season, but the only thing that’s kept him out of the lineup this season has been injury. When he’s been in the lineup, the fourth-liner has put together an outstanding season, getting opportunity after opportunity offensively and still contributing as a key penalty killer. The former first-round pick of the Sabres now has three goals in his last two games, as he potted two in Ottawa on Wednesday.

– Zdeno Chara showed that he won’t be adjusting slowly as he returns from his leg injury. The Bruins’ captain pounded Jody Shelley 2:13 into the game, and in addition to scoring his seventh goal of the assists, had the primary assist on Horton’s goal. Chara got a low slapshot on the net through three bodies on the play, yielding a rebound that Horton flipped over the leg of Bryzgalov to end the HBO 24/7 star’s day early.

– Just so it isn’t only bad news regarding Seguin (see below) Seguin had six shots on goal.


– Claude Julien was giving Shawn Thornton shifts with different lines in the first period to reward the grinder’s play, but by the end of the second period, Seguin was taking regular shifts with Paille and Zach Hamill. Seguin got another look with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand in the third period, but Shawn Thornton skated in place of him on the line for a bit.

Seguin got a secondary assist on Lucic’s goal and still leads the B’s with 27 points (13 goals and 14 assists) this season, but his scoring has completely dropped off. His gaol was just his second in the last 10 games and 10th in his last 15 games.

– Textbook hit from behind from Milan Lucic on Zac Rinaldo in the Bruins’ zone late in the second period. Lucic was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the play, and he figures to hear from NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan over it. While Adam McQuaid escaped punishment for kneeing earlier in the week, Lucic doesn’t have the squeaky-clean track record that McQuaid has. Lucic was not suspended for his hit on Ryan Miller this season, but he’s on Shanahan’s radar and might not get off as easy this time around.

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Bruins send Jordan Caron, Steven Kampfer to Providence 12.16.11 at 8:01 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Friday that they have sent forward Jordan Caron and defenseman Steven Kampfer to Providence.

Much like when they were sent down on the first of the month, the move allows the two players who are usually the team’s healthy scratches to get some game action. The two will play for Providence on Saturday and Sunday.

The fact that the B’s sent Kampfer down suggests captain Zdeno Chara, who has missed the last two games with a leg injury, will be ready to play Saturday against the Flyers in Philadelphia.

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Report: Adam McQuaid won’t be suspended 12.15.11 at 3:07 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Nick Kypreos, Bruins forward Adam McQuaid will not face further discipline for his dangerous play Wednesday night in Ottawa.

McQuaid extended his left leg and kneed Senators forward Nick Foligno late in the second period in the Bruins’ 5-2 win over the Senators. He was given a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct.

The Bruins’ defenseman has not been suspended in his three years in the NHL.

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Is Adam McQuaid next? Brendan Shanahan recently suspended Kevin Porter for kneeing 12.15.11 at 4:15 am ET
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For those wondering whether or not Adam McQuaid‘s hit on Nick Foligno Wednesday night will get him suspended, here’s what happened to Kevin Porter — who, like McQuaid, was a first-time offender — last week (video courtesy of the NHL):

Here’s video of the McQuaid play:

McQuaid isn’t a dirty player, but that might not help him here. Read more about the situation here.

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Daniel Paille leads Bruins past Senators 12.14.11 at 10:05 pm ET
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The Bruins picked up their third straight win Wednesday, defeating the Senators, 5-2, on a two-goal night from Daniel Paille.

Rich Peverley got the B’s on the board in the first period, but Daniel Alfredsson tied the game 4:23 into the second period. Patrice Bergeron and Paille scored breakaway goals in a 56-second span in the third period, and Jason Spezza made it a 4-2 game when he beat Tim Thomas stick-side for his 10th goal of the season. Paille added his second of the game with just over a minute remaining, beating Craig Anderson with a bomb over the netminder’s glove.

The B’s now have 41 points on the season, which is as many as the conference-leading Flyers, though the Bruins have played one more game than Philadelphia. The two teams will meet when the Flyers host the B’s Saturday.


– That’s back-to-back games with goals for Rich Peverley. The third-line winger now has six goals on the season, and his line continues to be a problem for other teams. Peverley had yet another strong night in the faceoff circle, winning seven of his first 10 draws.

– While the timing of some of the penalties wasn’t the best (see below), the Bruins had a strong night on special teams despite never having a power play. The B’s penalty kill effectively killed off all five of the Senators’ power plays on the night. Thomas came up especially big on the Senators’ fifth power play at a time in which a goal would have made it a one-goal game.


– The B’s had better hope Zdeno Chara is ready for Saturday, because it looks like Adam McQuaid has a suspension coming. McQuaid extended his left leg to knee Senators’ forward Nick Foligno in the second period, and Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen went after McQuaid following the dirty play. McQuaid was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

– The Bruins turned the puck over too much, especially early. Benoit Pouliot and Johnny Boychuk had two giveaways apiece, with Shawn Thornton and Joe Corvo also turning it over.

– The Bruins helped momentum swing in the Senators’ favor when Brad Marchand flipped the puck over the glass in the Boston zone for a delay of game penalty shortly after Spezza’s goal. The Senators had new life when they got within two goals with less than five minutes to play, so handing them a power play wasn’t the smartest move for the B’s.

Zdeno Chara returns to the ice 12.14.11 at 2:18 pm ET
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Zdeno Chara, who travelled with the team to Ottawa Tuesday night, returned to the ice Wednesday morning for the first time since suffering a leg injury Saturday night in Columbus.

According to the Boston Globe, Chara skated with Jordan Caron, who figures to be a healthy scratch once again, for 35 minutes. Chara is not expected to play vs. the Senators, but could play Saturday against the Flyers.

‘€œI felt OK,’€ Chara told the Boston Globe after skating. ‘€œFirst skate. First time on the ice in 3-4 days. I didn’€™t expect to be feeling great. But also, I didn’€™t feel bad. It’€™s a good sign. You’€™re going to have those days. Slowly progressing.’€

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Tuukka Rask blanks Kings 12.13.11 at 9:26 pm ET
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Tuukka Rask picked up his first shutout of the season as the Bruins blanked the Kings, 3-0, at TD Garden Tuesday night.

Brad Marchand had a two-goal performance and Patrice Bergeron picked up a pair of assists in the win, which improved the Bruins to 19-9-1 with 39 points this season.

Rich Peverley got the Bruins on the board at 6:32 in the second off a nice feed from Zach Hamill, who had been called up to replace the injured Gregory Campbell. Marchand added goals in the second and third periods to give Rask and the B’s some breathing room.

Rask made 41 saves in the game, which made for a season-high. The 60 shutout minutes improved his goals against average to 1.82, which ties him with Jimmy Howard for second in the league. His .939 save percentage is behind only Brian Elliot’s .947.

The Bruins will travel to Ottawa to face the Senators Wednesday.


– On the same day that Claude Julien essentially called out Marchand for last week’s slew foot against the Penguins, the second-year forward responded with a two-goal performance. His first goal Tuesday was his first goal this month — his 10th of the season — and it came when Bergeron won a draw in the offensive zone cleanly and drew it back to the pesky forward. Marchand had a breakaway bid in the second, but his backhander was stopped by Quick. Marchand’s second goal of the night also came off a Bergeron faceoff win.

Zach Hamill continues to look like a guy who could play every night in the NHL if he weren’t in such a loaded organization. The former eighth overall pick, who has failed to stick and make an impact at the NHL level, picked up his second assist in three games this season when he threaded the needle to to Peverley in front of the net in the first period. His work on the fourth line with Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton led to another strong scoring chance in the first period in which Thornton was tripped and gave the B’s a power play.

– The Bruins were sensational in the faceoff circle. Bergeron had two assists off of faceoff wins, and won 11 of his first 16 draws. Both Peverley and David Krejci also had solid nights at the dot, each winning eight of their first 11 faceoffs.

– The Kings didn’t apply a ton of pressure in the first 20 minutes of the game, but Rask had to work and come up with some big stops to earn his first shutout of the season. The Kings dominated early in third period, outshooting the B’s, 8-2, through the first 11 minutes. He faced only 17 shots in his last shutout, which was March 1, 2011 against the Senators, but faced 20 shots in the third period alone. It was the ninth shutout of Rask’s career.


– Paille had a strong game for the Bruins (a common trend for the opportunistic winger this season), but he nearly gave the Kings a 1-0 lead in the first period when he sent a bad pass back to Adam McQuaid from close range at the Bruins’ blueline. The play led to a turnover in which Simon Gagne fed Dustin Penner. The Kings did not capitalize, as Penner either whiffed completely or just barely got a piece of it.

– The score likely would have been greater in the Bruins’ favor were it not for some hit crossbars. Chris Kelly clanked a shot off the crossbar in the second period, and Benoit Pouliot did the same a period later.

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