Top-two pick to top scorer. Contributor to superstar. Occasional healthy scratch to occasionally earning upwards of 20 minutes a night and playing against top lines.

It’s OK Bruins fans, you can look at the standings again. 

Tim Thomas picked up his second shutout of the season as the Bruins extended their win streak to eight games with a 6-0 victory over the Islanders Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum. 

Chris Kelly scored twice for the Bruins, who also received scoring from Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton Andrew Ference and Zdeno Chara. Both Horton and Ference's goals came on the man advantage. Kelly picked up a secondary assist on Ference's goal, giving the third-line center his first regular-season three-point game as a member of the Bruins.

Tuukka Rask reads the news from his homeland of Finland every day, and when he went online Thursday, he was surprised at what he saw. 

"I made news in Finland," Rask said Thursday. "Freaking crazy." 

David Krejci scored to clinch the shootout in the third round as the Bruins beat the Blue Jackets, 2-1, to extend their winning streak to seven games. Tuukka Rask stopped Antoine Vermette after Krejci's goal to seal the win and give the Bruins their 10th win of the season, avoiding what would've been an embarrassing loss to the NHL's worst team. 

The Blue Jackets, who entered the game with an NHL-low three wins in 17 games, took a 1-0 lead when Derek MacKenzie beat Tuukka Rask on a power play shot through a screen just under three minutes into the second period. 

Bruins president Cam Neely released a statement on behalf of the organization Thursday night after prosecutors closed their criminal inquiry into the Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacioretty last March that resulted in a concussion and ended the season of the Canadiens forward. As a result, Chara will not be charged with any crime. 

Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk is considered questionable for Thursday night's game against the Blue Jackets after he missed the team's morning skate with flu-like symptoms. 

With Boychuk potentially out, Andrew Ference may make a quicker return to the lineup than initially expected. If Ference is unable to go, the Bruins would need to make a call-up in order to ice six defensemen. 

Peter Chiarelli doesn’t believe in what ifs, and he’s not sold on luck, either. Take this particular scenario: What if the Bruins had lost Game 7 against Montreal? Had the Bruins lost that game there’s a very real chance that Claude Julien would no longer be coaching the team. Chiarelli?



Bruins forward Brad Marchand checked in with Mut & Merloni Wednesday afternoon for his weekly discussion, following Tuesday night's 4-3 victory over the Devils, the team's sixth straight win.

Marchand took a bad penalty in the second period Tuesday night, leading to a New Jersey goal and a spot on the bench for Marchand for the final nine minutes of the period.

"I think it had to do with more than just that penalty," Marchand said of the benching. "My game wasn't where it should be last night and coach sent me a message."

WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference practiced with the B's for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury last week. He said after the skate that he is "still day-to-day," but the Bruins doubt he will play Thursday against the Blue Jackets.

"I don't think we're even at that stage yet for Andrew where it's a game-time decision," Claude Julien said. "I don't even know if he's been assessed well enough to make that comment, but maybe that will change tomorrow morning."