The Penguins beat the Bruins for the second time in six days, handing Boston a 2-1 loss Sunday at CONSOL Energy Center.

Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner says the Bruins were dirty and cheap in double teaming on a fight against Matt Hendricks in the third period of Boston’s 4-1 win over the Capitals Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Hendricks was cornered by Adam McQuaid and Shawn Thornton and eventually fought McQuaid at center ice.

The Bruins have the pieces to be a great team -- that much can’t be debated. Yet in order to be as dominant as possible, they need the right guys going at the same time. Too often recently, they haven’t had their top line producing like a top line, and they’re going to need that line going as the games get more important late in the season heading into the playoffs. 



Milan Lucic had a career-high three assists and Nathan Horton scored once, added two assists and had a fight for a “Gordie Howe hat trick” as the Bruins outmuscled the Capitals, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Anton Khudobin stopped 32-of-33 shots for the Bruins, who won for the fifth time in six games and improved to 19-4-3, good for 41 points in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the Penguins, who beat the Rangers Saturday afternoon.

WILMINGTON — Chris Kelly has never missed more than seven games in a regular season, so the next however many weeks is going to be a new experience for him.

“It won’t be the best time,” Kelly said Friday.

Perhaps going from playing against the Penguins to playing against the Panthers is like taking the weight off a weighted bat.



Tuukka Rask stopped 29-of-30 shots and was voted the No. 1 star of Thursday’s 4-1 over the Panthers at TD Garden.

But Rask was hardly impressed with Boston’s 18th win of the season, especially when the Bruins allowed a short-handed goal in the second period and were fighting for their lives with the lowly, injury-riddled Panthers, who came in allowing an NHL-worst 101 goals.

Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron scored in the first period and Tuukka Rask stopped 29-of-30 shots as the Bruins beat the Florida Panthers, 4-1, Thursday night at TD Garden.

The NHL’s Board of Governors approved the league’s realignment plan Thursday, making the plans for a new two-conference, four-division system official.

The league will consist of 16 teams in the East and 14 teams in the West, with each conference containing two divisions. The divisions have yet to be named.

Adam McQuaid will not play Thursday night against the Panthers due to an undisclosed injury. McQuaid was hit in the hand with a puck Tuesday against the Penguins and did not participate in Thursday’s morning skate, though he did take the ice by himself following the skate.

Claude Julien gave a minimal update on McQuaid’s status following the session Thursday morning.