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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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Zdeno Chara breaks his own hardest shot record 01.29.11 at 9:30 pm ET
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Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara broke his own record in the Hardest Shot competition on Saturday night, winning the event for the fourth straight year.

Chara blasted a 105.9 mph slap shot in the final round of the competition, beating Predators defenseman Shea Weber‘s 103.4 mph shot and breaking his previous record of 105.4 MPH. Rookie Tyler Seguin also competed in the competition, topping out at 97.1 mph.

Here’s the video of Chara in 2009, when he first broke Al Iafrate‘s record.

Tim Thomas competed in the fastest skater competition against Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward. The B’s netminder wiped out while turning a corner and quipped following the event that “Fortunately, with my style I’ve had lots of experience falling down.”

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Tyler Seguin says All Star weekend will be surreal 01.27.11 at 12:15 am ET
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While most of his teammates will be going home this weekend, Tyler Seguin will be heading to North Carolina to participate in the rookie SuperSkills competition as part of the All Star festivities. He said he’s looking forward to being around some of the game’s biggest stars for the weekend.

“I’m still a fan,” Seguin said. “I was watching the NHL like any other fan last year and now I’m on the ice, so it’s starting to be a surreal experience.”

When asked if he was going to ask anyone for autographs, Seguin said he might have to, but that he would be “low-key” about it. He added that his sister is going to be disappointed because Sidney Crosby had to back out of the game with a concussion.

“I was supposed to ask Crosby if he wanted to date my sister, too,” he said. “That’s not going to work out now that he’s gone.”

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Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin score for Bruins in second period 01.11.11 at 8:42 pm ET
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The Bruins opened up a 5-0 goal lead in the second period with some scoring, some fighting, and hundreds of hats thrown prematurely.

Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and Tyler Seguin all scored in the period. Bergeron’s second goal of the game came when he banged one past Brian Elliot point-blank at 2:50. He was believed to have recorded the third goal of his perceived hat trick at 14:07, but after fans showered the ice with hats and the play was reviewed, it was determined that the puck went off Sergei Gonchar’s skate and it was credited to Marchand. Seguin picked up his seventh goal of the season just over a minute later.

The period also featured a couple of fights. Nathan Horton dropped the gloves with Jesse Winchester and the two seemed to still have words from each others’ respective penalty box. Shawn Thornton went with Matt Carnker at 10:26.

Andrew Ference has the only minor penalty of the period, and through two periods, the Bruins have not had a power play. The Bruins are outshooting Ottawa, 27-22. The shutout remains intact for Tim Thomas.

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Patrice Bergeron, Blake Wheeler score in first to give Bruins 2-0 lead at 7:41 pm ET
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Goals from Patrice Bergeron and Blake Wheeler have the Bruins enjoying a 2-0 lead over the Senators Tuesday at TD Garden.

With the Senators trying to break out of their own end, Mike Fisher couldn’t control a pass from Chris Campoli from behind the net. Bergeron got a hold of the puck near the bottom the circle and fired a wrist shot over the glove of Senators netminder Brian Elliot.

At 9:47, Wheeler scored his 10th goal of the season when Tyler Seguin hit him in front of the net with a pass from the face-off dot. Wheeler, who wasn’t exactly challenged by Chris Phillips‘ presence in front of the net, simply tapped it bast Elliot. It as Seguin’s ninth assist of the season.

Seguin took the only penalty of the period, going off for a high-sticking minor when the shaft of his stick hit Matt Carkner after the Senators defensman checked the rookie along the boards.

Tim Thomas has stopped all nine shots he’s seen, while the B’s have fired 10 shots on Elliot.

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Tim Thomas honored to be an All-Star, willing to shut down Zdeno Chara if opportunity arises at 5:21 pm ET
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The Bruins received perhaps the least surprising news they could get on Tuesday when they were informed that Tim Thomas was named an All-Star. Thomas is putting together the best year of any goaltender over the last five years, and as such, it is no shock that he’s earned the honor of joining the league’s best for the third time in his career.

Tim Thomas is an All-Star for the third time. (AP)

“It’s always an honor,” Thomas said of the distinction prior to the B’s game against the Senators on Tuesday. “It’s a feather in your cap, so I’m very happy.”

Thomas has played in 29 of the Bruins’ first 41 games, compiling an 18-4-6 record and leading the league with a 1.84 goals against average and a .944 save percentage. His five shutouts tie his career-high and put him in a tie for the league lead.

Yet given all the time he’s played, it is expected that the Bruins could use Tuukka Rask a bit more just to keep Thomas from being overworked. The same line of thinking might apply when wondering whether the 36-year-old could use the All-Star to get some rest rather than work more. Thomas’ reaction to that idea is simle.

“Everybody wants down time, but having said that, for most people — myself included — you don’t make the All-Star [game] that often,” Thomas said. “It’s an honor worth giving up a couple of days rest for.”

Thomas will join teammates Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin in Raleigh, N.C., for the All-Star festivities, as Chara also earned the distinction, while Seguin will participate in the rookie skills competition a day prior to the game.

Because of the new fantasy draft used to determine the All-Star teams, Thomas and Chara won’t necessarily be teammates in the game, as it is no longer a contest of the Eastern conference vs. the Western conference. As odd it would be to see Chara go up against his own goaltender, Thomas was quick in predicting what would happen in such a scenario.

“I win, he loses.”

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Three the magic number (again) for Bruins in win over Penguins 01.10.11 at 10:06 pm ET
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The Bruins once again proved a third-period terror against the Penguins, scoring four unanswered goals en route to a 4-2 victory at CONSOL Energy Center.

With the Penguins leading, 2-0, on second-period goals from Mike Rupp and Kris Letang, the B’s scored four goals in the final 3:23 of regulation. Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand got it started by scoring goals 12 seconds apart, while Mark Recchi potted the game-winner on the power play at 19:10 and Gregory Campbell sealed it with an empty netter.

The B’s scored their first two power play goals in six games. Tuukka Rask made 23 saves on 25 shots in the victory.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

- Did the Bruins watch so much tape of what the Habs did to them Saturday that they couldn’t help but do the same thing? The B’s didn’t have to wait for overtime to get a huge road win. With their five-goal third period on Nov. 10, they have now scored nine third-period goals vs. the Penguins and allowed none.

- Chara’s goal was his second in the last five games, clearly a good way to follow up his 23 games without a goal prior to last Saturday’s game in Buffalo.

- Tyler Seguin and David Krejci haven’t produced while skating on the same line the last two games, but the two seem to be a good fit. Seguin tied linemate Blake Wheeler with three shots, while Krejci set up the 18-year-old beautifully in the third period before Fleury robbed the rookie.

While Krejci and Wheeler obviously work well together and the Czech center’s skill set is appropriate for a line with Seguin, Krejci had zero shots on goal for the second straight game. He has two goals over his last five contests.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

- The Penguins’ power play had been bad, but the B’s didn’t need to push the matter. The Bruins handed the Penguins five power plays, one of which Letang scored on to make it a two-goal game. Both teams entered the game with three power play goals over their last nine contests, and the B’s gave Pittsburgh plenty of chances to improve the number, which the Penguins did.

- Pittsburgh native Matt Bartkowski was set to have a memorable NHL debut for the Bruins, but he ended up doing so for the wrong reasons. First, he was beaten by Mike Rupp in the second period on the Penguins’ first goal. Bartkowski then took a hooking penalty with the Bruins playing from behind with less than 10 minutes remaining.

- Eleven games without a goal for Milan Lucic. The slumping winger followed his zero-shot performance by throwing three shots on Marc-Andre Fleury. As the Bruins continue to search from offensive consistency, they need a lot more from their leading scorer.

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