WILMINGTON -- Following Tuesday's practice at Ristuccia Arena, the Bruins sent forward Jordan Caron to Providence. 

The move marks the fifth time this season that B's have sent Caron, their 2009 first-round pick, to the AHL. In nine games for Providence this season, Caron has one goal and five assists for six points. 

Caron's demotion means that former eighth overall pick Zach Hamill will be the team's extra forward for the time being. In eight games for the Bruins this season, Hamill has two assists and is still looking for his first career goal. 

Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask are no strangers to leading the NHL in save percentage. Thomas did it in 2008-09, Rask did it in 2009-10 and Thomas did it again last year.



WILMINGTON -- The Bruins recalled forward Jordan Caron Monday after sending him to Providence on Dec. 23. 

In four games with Providence since the assignment, Caron picked up one assist in the AHL, and has one goal and five assists for six points over nine games for Providence this season. In 13 NHL games this season, Caron has one goal and two assists for three points. 

Caron was on the ice for the start of the Bruins' practice Monday at Ristuccia Arena, skating as an extra forward on the Merlot Line of Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille. 

The Bruins saw their seven-game win streak come to an end Saturday night, with the B's suffering a 4-2 loss to the Stars in Dallas. 

"They came at us aggressive, and from our end we probably played our worst game in a long time," Bruins coach Claude Julien told NESN after the loss. Julien later added, "Once in a while when you lose like we did tonight it puts things in perspective."

It goes without saying that 2011 was the year of the Bruins.



It’s been a while since Tuukka Rask has thrown a milk crate or tossed a stick. Maybe it’s because his play has been so good that he should be wearing an ear-to-ear smile, Nathan Horton style. 



Dennis Seidenberg put the Bruins in first place Wednesday night in Phoenix, netting the game-winner in overtime and giving the Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Coyotes.

Benoit Pouliot set up by the play with some solid work behind Jason LaBarbera's net. The third-line winger sent the puck in front, and when Chris Kelly fanned on his bid, Seidenberg got to the puck and fired it off Derek Morris and in. The victory gave the Bruins 49 points on the season, putting them in first place in the Eastern Conference.

 

It seems the Bruins will ride the hot hand and give Wednesday's start to Tuukka Rask.

Rask, who has picked up shutouts in his last two starts, was first off the ice at Wednesday's morning skate, suggesting he'll be between the pipes against the Coyotes. The Finnish netminder's shutout streak is currently at 155:10, as he did not allow a goal on Dec. 10 when he played the third period in relief of Tim Thomas against Columbus.

Rask is 7-4-1 this season with a 1.66 goals against average and a league-best .944 save percentage.

All access series NHL 36 will profile Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, the league announced Tuesday.

The show, which follows players for 36 hours, began following Bergeron at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning and will air the episode on Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports. Peter Coyote will provide narration.

In a statement about the episode, executive producer Ross Greenburg cited Bergeron's championships in the NHL, the Olympics and World Junior Championship, calling him "one of the league's most underrated superstars."

Bruins forward Brad Marchand was named the NHL's first star for the week ending Dec. 25 after the youngster turned in dominant performances in a pair of games last week. 

Marchand had six points (four goals and two assists) and recorded his first career hat trick in Friday's win over the Panthers. His other goal during the week, a third period tally against the Canadiens on Monday, proved to be the game-winning goal in that contest. The 23-year-old leads the Bruins with 15 goals this season.