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Bruins rest, recover in LA 01.15.10 at 7:07 pm ET
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El SEGUNDO, Calif. – A weary Bruins squad caught up on some much needed rest Friday after a hard-fought 2-1 shootout win in San Jose Thursday. A handful of players did receive treatment and skate at the Kings practice facility.

Defenseman Mark Stuart remains hopeful to return to the lineup against the Kings Saturday after missing a month with a broken sternum.

Center David Krejci remains day-to-day with an undisclosed injury suffered Wednesday in Anaheim.

Fellow center Patrice Bergeron will not play Saturday, but he is making a steady recovery after breaking his thumb Jan. 4 in New York. Bergeron was set to be sidelined two weeks, and could be ready when the B’s return home to host Ottawa Monday afternoon.

“It’s looking good, it’s coming along a day at a time,”said Bergeron who is now able to work with the puck after initially being confined to simply skating. “It’s more of a [situation] of seeing how I feel, I’m pretty much able to do it, so it’s good.”

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Bruins shoot down Sharks 01.15.10 at 1:25 am ET
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Summary – Zdeno Chara blasted a slap shot past Evgeni Nabokov in the fourth round of a shootout, lifting the Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday (recap). Tim Thomas made 41 saves and stopped all four San Jose shooters in the shootout to help the B’s secure the victory and end a three-game losing streak. Daniel Paille scored in the second period to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead before Joe Thornton answered with a goal later in the second to draw San Jose even.

Three Stars

Tim Thomas – A rock-steady, 41-save performance by Thomas helped the Bruins pick up a big win.

Zdeno Chara – The captain went with his best mode of attack, an overpowering slap shot to score the only goal of the shootout.

Daniel Paille – With the Bruins lineup becoming more depleted by the day, the steady forward raised his game, scoring one goal and creating several other chances.

Turning Point

After a scoreless opening period, Shawn Thornton intercepted a Doug Murray clearing pass near the San Jose blue line and quickly moved the puck to Paille, whose shot ultimately deflected off the skate of Dan Boyle and into the net to give the Bruins the lead in a game in which they needed a competitive showing.

Key Play

With Dany Heatley in a position to secure the win for San Jose with the third shot in the shootout, Thomas stayed with Heatley’s back hand shot, snaring it with his glove. Chara then sent his blast past Nabokov.

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Ducks rally past Bruins 01.14.10 at 12:30 am ET
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Ryan Getzlaf and Steve Eminger scored third period goals as the Anaheim Ducks rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Bruins at Honda Center Wednesday. The Bruins entered the third period with a 3-2 lead on goals by Zdeno Chara, Matt Hunwick and Marco Sturm, but could not shutdown the Ducks attack over the final 20 minutes. Tuukka Rask stopped 28 of 32 shots for Boston, while Jonas Hiller had 27 saves for Anaheim. The B’s will continue their three-game California road trip in San Jose Thursday.

Three Stars

Bobby RyanThe Ducks second-year forward created scoring chances all game while assisting on two Anaheim goals, including the game winner.

Mark Recchi, – With all the young talent on the ice, the oldest player in the league led the Bruins offense, setting up two goals.

Jonas Hiller – Ducks goalie makes 27 saves, leading Anaheim to fifth straight win.

Turning Point

With the Bruins holding a 3-2 lead and working on a power play in the first minute of the third period, Hiller snares a David Krejci shot to keep Anaheim within a goal. A minute later, Getzlaf ties the game.

Key Play

Looking to break a 3-3 tie,  defenseman Eminger moved in from the point and was perfectly positioned to swipe in a rebound of a Ryan shot giving the Ducks the lead with 11:53 to play.

Question Mark

Defenseman Mark Stuart (sternum) is close to returning to action, but is likely to do so in LA Saturday rather than San Jose Thursday. Center Patrice Bergeron (broken thumb) is also getting closer to getting back, although Monday’s matinee against Ottawa is probably the earliest he will see game action.

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NHL Power Rankings 1/13 01.13.10 at 7:13 am ET
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The Blackhawks’ reign atop our rankings lasted just a week. Chicago may be back, but right now San Jose looks at strong as ever. We also have some movement at the bottom of the pack.

San Jose Sharks1. (3) 30-10-7 The Sharks started the week taking important division road wins in LA and Phoenix on consecutive nights, moving to the top of the rankings just before they host the Bruins Thursday.

New Jersey Devils 2. (2) 32-11-1 Nice to see Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner being named to a similar role with the U.S. Olympic hockey team.  His quiet but effective leadership sets the tone in New Jersey and will be well-served during the run for gold in Vancouver.

Chicago Blackhawks3. (1) 31-11-4 After arriving atop the rankings last week, the Blackhawks squandered a four-goal lead in a loss to Minnesota and dropped a 3-1 game at home to Anaheim. Far from impressive.

Minnesota Wild4. (4) 28-11-5 The Sabres begin a seven-game road trip in Atlanta on Thursday. The trip will include five tough games out West and could make or break hopes for securing the Northeast Division title.

Washington Capitals5. (5) 27-12-6 A 7-4 loss at Tampa Bay on Tuesday ended a three-game winning streak for the Capitals.

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Bruins await word on Savard 01.08.10 at 2:16 pm ET
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WILMINGTON  –  The Bruins are still awaiting word on the extent of a knee injury suffered by center Marc Savard in the opening minute of Thursday’s 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Savard underwent an MRI this afternoon.

“He’s being examined now,” said coach Claude Julien after practice. “Hopefully we’ll (know) later today or at the latest tomorrow morning.”

Julien has already ruled Savard out for Saturday afternoon’s contest against the New York Rangers at TD Garden.

With Savard awaiting results of the MRI and leading scorer Patrice Bergeron already sidelined with a broken thumb, the Bruins patched together line combinations at practice that will hopefully offset any slack in the team’s offense.

The Bruins managed to go 7-4-4 when Savard was sidelined early this season with a broken foot.

The immediate plan appears to have Vladimir Sobotka moving into Savard’s spot, centering for Marco Sturm and Mark Recchi. Sobotka, who has four goals and three assists in 34 games, has generally been skating in a supporting role, on the team’s energy line this season. But, he has been a top line center in the minors, generating 44 points in 44 games with the Providence Bruins last season.

“You have to start leaning on guys like that,” said Julien in reference to Sobotka. “He’s played that role in Providence, it’s a little different than the NHL, but you have to lean on him, and you hope that he responds.”

David Krejci continued to center for Blake Wheeler and Miroslav Satan. Milan Lucic, skated with center Steve Begin and right wing Michael Ryder. After quickly being recalled from Providence, Trent Whitfield skated on the fourth line with Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille.

With Savard sidelined, the Bruins will likely opt to provide more ice time to Krejci’s line, which may have been Boston’s best trio over the past week.

Krejci and Wheeler have shown some good early chemistry skating with Satan. The trio combined for both Boston goals against Chicago Thursday after generating three goals against Ottawa Tuesday in Satan’s first game after being singed as a free agent a week ago. Wheeler has scored four goals in the last three games.

“Those three guys have done pretty well so far in a short span of time, right now that’s what we need from that line is to give us some scoring power and they seem to create that,” Julien said.

If Savard is lost for any significant time, Krejci could be ready for added responsibility.

“I want to be a player who helps make a difference, I really want to help the team win games, I believe I can do more,” said Krejci who has four points ( 1 goal, 3 assists) in the last four games.

As Krejci, Wheeler and Satan learn more about each others tendencies, the trio could be poised for generating additional offense.

“He’s a great player, when we figure out more about where (each player) likes to go, he could score more, especially in front of the net,” said Krejci of Satan. “He’s a big guy who is tough to push aside. If you put the puck on the net, he’ll be there.”

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Ference lost for six weeks 01.06.10 at 7:40 pm ET
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The Bruins have lost defenseman Andrew Ference for six weeks as the result of a groin injury suffered in the second period of Tuesday’s 4-1 win in Ottawa. The loss of Ference will test the team’s depth even further as the B’s have also recently been skating without defenseman Mark Stuart who broke his sternum on December 16.

Ference averages just over 20 minutes of ice time per-game. With Stuart still not set to return for at least another week, the Bruins could call on Johnny Boychuk to log more minutes. Since jumping into the lineup on December 5, Boychuk has averaged 17:38 of ice time per-game, building a plus-six, plus-minus rating while contributing two goals and five assists.

Rookie Adam McQuaid will also likely see more action. He played his first three NHL games Dec. 19-23, averaging 10:23 of ice time. The Bruins could also recall Andy Wozniewski who made two appearances with the team last month.

Stuart skated for the fourth time Wednesday. He is pleased with his progress recovering. “When you get hurt you appreciate being able to play a lot more and being able to be on the ice,” Stuart said.  ”It’s been a good last four days.”

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Bergeron back to skating 01.06.10 at 1:25 pm ET
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WILMINGTON – The Bruins could put together a pretty good lineup with the five players who hit the ice for practice Wednesday. While most of the team was given the day off, Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, Mark Stuart, Adam McQuaid and Tuukka Rask went through varying bits of work on the practice rink.

Bergeron was skating less than 24 hours after being told he had a broken right thumb.

“It’s fine to skate and workout, I just can’t move my thumb for ten days,” said Bergeron, who had a molded splint around the thumb. “I’m going to keep in game shape, keep working out, keep staying strong. The only thing is I’m not going to be able to pass and shoot, that’s about it.”

Bergeron suffered the injury when struck by a shot in the second period of Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Rangers in New York. He was glad to learn the injury was not more severe.

“I didn’t know what to expect, the doctor gave me some good news so I was pretty happy,” said Bergeron, who leads the Bruins in scoring. He was also recently selected to skate for the Canadian Olympic team at the Winter Olympics in February. The thumb injury should not impact his ability to play for Canada.

With Bergeron out of the lineup Tuesday, the Bruins put together a quick-strike attack leading to a 4-1 win in Ottawa. They’ll face a major test in their next contest, hosting the league leading Chicago Blackhawks Thursday.

The Blackhawks have won four in a row and seven of their last eight games while taking over the overall standings points lead in the league. Chicago also has the best team GGA (2.01) average in the NHL.

“They’re arguably the best team in the league right now, they have so much depth and talent, skill and confidence, they have everything gong this year” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “I know we have played them well in the past, but this will be a real good challenge for us tomorrow. To win the game we don’t have a choice but to be at our best.”

Julien also indicated that defenseman Andrew Ference was being examined by doctors Wednesday morning. He suffered a lower body injury during the first-period of Tuesday’s game. Julien did not have an update at the time he met with reporters.

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