Thomas, Chara, Seguin named All-Stars

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Thomas, Chara, Seguin named All-Stars

The NHL All-Star Game roster is out, and three Bruins players have been selected for the midseason exhibition in Ottawa.

Tim Thomas had already been selected to his fifth All-Star game by fan votes. Joining him will be Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and 19-year-old star-in-the-making Tyler Seguin, who were both named as part of the contingent headed to Scotiabank Place.

Patrice Bergeron was expected in many corners of the NHL to make his first trip to All-Star weekend given the excellent all-around season hes enjoying in Boston, but he was not selected.

Seguin leads the Bruins with 17 goals and 38 points. He leads the entire NHL with a plus-33 in his second pro season. Bergeron, on the other hand, is on pace for 23 goals and 76 points while winning nearly 60 percent of his face-offs and gaining ever-growing support for his candidacy for the Selke Trophy at seasons end.

Bergeron could still be selected if there are injuries leading up to the All-Star game, but it appears his best shot would have been in the fan voting. However, Ottawa fans stuffed the ballot boxes in order to get four Senators players invited to All-Star weekend, snubbing Bergeron.

In a development that may have Bs fans up in arms about Bergerons absence, much-maligned former Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman was among the select group of players tapped for All-Star Game. It will be interesting to see if Chara and Wideman end up in a pairing together.

The weekend has been a busy one for Chara in particular over the last few seasons as he has won the Hardest Shot Competition in the last four All-Star Game Skills Competitions.

Patriots-Rams inactives: Slater, Coleman, Richards out

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Patriots-Rams inactives: Slater, Coleman, Richards out

FOXBORO -- The inactive lists for today's Patriots-Rams game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
S Jordan Richards
WR Matthew Slater
DL Woodrow Hamilton
RB D.J. Foster
T LaAdrian Waddle
DL Darius Kilgo
CB Justin Coleman

PATRIOTS-RAMS PREGAME

LOS ANGELES RAMS
WR Tavon Austin
DE Robert Quinn
QB Sean Mannion
TE Temarrick Hemingway
OL Rodger Saffold
DB Steve Williams
OL Pace Murphy

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!

*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.

*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.

*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.

*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.

*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.

*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.