The Bruins have reached the halfway point of the season, and though they did so with a loss Saturday in Carolina, it’s been a long, long time since Bruins fans could be as confident about their team’s chances as they are right now.  

A Jay Harrison shot off Dennis Seidenberg found its way past Tim Thomas with 90 seconds remaining in the third period Saturday night, giving the Hurricanes their first lead of the night and the only one that mattered, as they handed the Bruins a 4-2 loss at RBC Center. 

During his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference talked about the incident Thursday night in which he pounced on Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban following Subban's elbow to David Krejci's head. Ference dropped his gloves and dragged a turtling Subban along the ice before both were sent to the penalty box.

Every year, people ask whether it will be the year that Patrice Bergeron finally gets the recognition that he deserves. 

It wasn't the prettiest game, but the Bruins held off the Canadiens, 2-1, Thursday night at TD Garden. 

Jordan Caron scored 1:23 into the game, taking advantage of a good bounce off a Johnny Boychuk dump-in and tapping the puck into the open net. Goaltender Carey Price had left his net to tend to the puck, but it bounced off the end boards and in front to Caron. Milan Lucic made it 2-0 early in the third period with a backhander in front of the net that may have been tipped in by Habs defenseman Josh Gorges. 

 The NHL announced Thursday that Bruins Tyler Seguin and Zdeno Chara will join teammate Tim Thomas in Ottawa for the All-Star Game on Jan. 29.

Seguin leads the Bruins with 17 goals and 38 points this season and has a league-best plus-33 rating. Chara has seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points.

One notable absence of the players selected is Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, who has still yet to play in an All-Star Game. Bergeron has 11 goals and 25 assists this season for 36 points.

While there has been talk out of Vancouver about the Bruins having dirty players, members of the Canadiens said Thursday that their rivals play the game right. 

The Bruins recalled forward Jordan Caron from Providence Thursday, a move that gives them a spare forward with Brad Marchand suspended.

The Bruins have sent Caron to Providence five times this season. In 12 AHL games, Caron has two goals and seven assists for nine points. In 13 NHL games this season, Caron has one goal and two assists for three points. 

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Bruins forward Marc Savard, who is out for the season with post-concussion syndrome (and whose career is likely over because of the condition), has purchased a suite at TD Garden for patients at Children's Hospital dealing with the effects of head trauma, the team announced Wednesday.

The season series has been split, 2-2, thus far, and all but one of the games have been decided by one goal (the other game, decided by two, featured an empty-netter). The teams are less than a year removed an incident involving a criminal investigation and a thrilling playoff series that was settled in overtime of Game 7.