Notes: Savard to undergo tests Friday

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Notes: Savard to undergo tests Friday

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON While the Bruins and Stars were battling it out on the ice in a wild, punchy brand of hockey that would have made the Hanson Brothers jealous, Marc Savard was resting up in Boston and readying for an important weekend.

The Bruins center flew from Peterborough, Ontario, to Boston on Thursday, and sources indicated to CSNNE.com that he'll meet with doctors for testing on Friday after suffering the fourth concussion of his NHL career two weeks ago.

TSNs Bob McKenzie reported that Savards agent, Larry Kelley, is also arriving in Boston this weekend, and that Savard, Kelley, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and all of the parties involved would get together to discuss Savards future.

Savard is still suffering from headaches, irritability and other troubling symptoms more than a week after he was pushed headfirst into the boards by former teammate Matt Hunwick at the Pepsi Center in Colorado.

The Bruins have discussed shutting Savard down for the rest of the season after suffering his second concussion in the last 10 months, and that undoubtedly be the topic of conversation this weekend when all parties get together.

Patrice Bergeron continues to set the pace for the Bruins this season, and hasnt slowed down at all after winning the NHLs No. 1 Star of the Month for January. Bergeron has 11 goals and 9 assists in 14 games and leads the Bruins with 13 multipoint games this season. He also leads the team in scoring, with 44 points overall.

Bergeron, quite simply, is as good as the Bruins get at any position aside from goaltender, and as a line the BergeronBrad MarchandMark Recchi trio put up nine points with a plus-6 rating in the 6-3 win.

Well, it's chemistry, said coach Claude Julien. We talk about chemistry with lines and they seem to be clicking well together. They find each other. Marchand, with some of those nice passes he makes, he really sells the shot and all of a sudden the pass comes out and those guys know about it and theyre driving the net and getting rewarded for that.

Those three guys, not only is there chemistry, but they seem to enjoy playing with each other and when you do that theres and even better reason for success.

Tyler Seguin broke a nine-game scoreless drought when he snapped home a one-timer for his eighth goal of the season in the third period. The Seguin goal actually came at a large point in the game for the Bruins, who had allowed the Stars to creep within one before Seguin connected on Michael Ryders pass.
He hadnt scored in a while and it was a nice goal. I thought he made some nice plays tonight and I thought he was skating well tonight, played with some good confidence, said Julien. Absolutely, hes a young guy that we want to see continue to progress. Tonight was one of those good nights for him. Shawn Thornton once again came up just short of a Gordie Howe hat trick when he couldn't get an assist in the final two periods. He snapped a 19-game goal-scoring drought with hiseighth goal of the season in the first period. The 8 goals and 14 assists for Thornton this season are both career highs for the Bruins enforcer. Bruins wives and girlfriends, including Kim Jacobs, Tatiana Chara, Tammy Horton, Brittany Carnegie and Christine Sweeney, will model the latest 2011 spring and resort collections from Saks Fifth Avenue for an audience of honored guests at the "Carnevale Di Moda" which takes place next Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Taj in Boston. Former Bruins goaltender Andrew Raycroft had an interesting matchup against Tuukka Rask, for whom he was traded in a Bruins-Maple Leafs swap years ago, but was yanked just 1:20 into the game. Raycroft was pulled after both Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron scored on the only shots he faced, and it was all Tuukka Time from that point forward. Rask made 30 saves -- including 15 in the second period, highlighted by stoning James Neal cold on a close backdoor bid. Julien took a timeout in the third period once the Stars climbed to within a goal with plenty of time on the clock, but Tyler Seguin ended the drama when he made it a 5-3 game in the third and put the game out of reach."They made some nice plays there and we took the timeout and regrouped and then responded again with a couple of goals," said Rask. "So one goal first to get us back on track there. You know, its a good sign." Mark Stuart was scratched for the fifth straight game as a healthy defenseman, and it's apparent that Adam McQuaid has supplanted the rugged Stuart as one of the B's top six defensemen. McQuaid gave Andrew Sutherby a beating in the third period and had his first goal of the season waved off in the worst goaltender's interference call of the year on Blake Wheeler. Wheeler was feet outside of the crease and made no contact with Kari Lehtonen when the penalty was called for, and wiped a nifty little fake-and-shoot move by McQuaid. "Im going to stand here and tell you were going to go with the same Ds," said Julien. "Im not going to mix anything up right now. It is what it is and we keep talking about that almost everyday as well, is that weve got a guy in Stuey Mark Stuart that so far has had a great attitude towards not disrupting the team and understanding how tough it is to play. But at the same time our six Ds are doing a great job so you dont punish other guys for that kind of stuff. "But things always work out and Stuey knows that and has been a real, I guess helpful player in regards to that, at not disrupting the team and hes still working hard and when he gets his chance hell be ready."
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Julien wonders whether Bruins shutout loss was fatigue-related

Julien wonders whether Bruins shutout loss was fatigue-related

BOSTON – The Bruins didn’t show anything on the ice in Monday afternoon’s 4-0 matinee loss, and that’s not really any kind of an overstatement.

The scoring chances were almost nonexistent despite 32 shots on net, the second period was dreadful as the Bruins gave up three goals over the course of a six minute span and there was zero added urgency in the third period once the B’s fell behind. The emotion was missing from the drop of the puck to open the game and it never showed up once the Islanders began taking control of the game.

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It was a bitterly disappointing result after the Black and Gold had played so well in their previous five games, and put in strong, winning efforts against the Panthers, Blues and Flyers.

On Monday afternoon, the passes were sloppy and errant all over the ice, there was zero physicality and the Bruins buckled once the Isles turned the intensity up just a little bit in the second period. The game was basically over once Nikolay Kulemin snapped one home wide open from the slot area with Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid and David Krejci all blowing their defensive assignments, and then Tuukka Rask followed it up by allowing a softie to Josh Bailey from a bad angle close to net.  

So Bruins head coach Claude Julien termed it a “flat” performance once it was all over with, and openly wondered whether it was fatigue-related result linked to the compacted schedule Boston has played through this season. Monday marked the seventh straight day that the Bruins held some kind of formal skate, though most of the veteran B's players stayed off the ice during last week's Wednesday off-day practice in Nashville.   

“We were flat tonight, obviously, flat from the get-go. I think that first half of the game, we didn’t give much until they scored that first goal. We were able to stay in, but we certainly weren’t generating much ourselves, from that point of view,” said Claude Julien. “His is really the first year, for me as well, going through a condensed schedule, and I’m certainly not using that as an excuse, is it fatigue?. . . But we were flat tonight. How do you explain it? I don’t know. I know that it’s frustrating. I know that it’s disappointing. That’s all I can say.

“Whether it’s mental fatigue, whatever it is. We made some mistakes tonight like, from the goals you look at, we weren’t even in the position that we’re normally in. So we were totally out of whack, as far as even defending. When you give that first goal that much room in the middle of the ice, your D’s go on the wrong side, your weak-side forward is way on the other side, and you open up the slot area, that’s something I haven’t seen much of this year. I think it said a lot from our game tonight.”

The compacted schedule certainly could be a factor for a Bruins team that’s played more games than anybody else in the Eastern Conference to this point, but the B’s also had 48 hours to recharge after winning a Saturday matinee over the Flyers. So the fatigue excuse seems a little far-fetched for a hockey club that’s no-showed a few too many times this season, and did it again on Monday afternoon against one of the worst teams in the NHL.