Bruins forward Shawn Thornton is expected to make his return to the lineup Wednesday when the B's take on the Islanders at TD Garden. Thornton missed three straight games after suffering a gash above his right eye last Tuesday against the Blackhawks and receiving approximately 40 stitches. He had his stitches removed Tuesday and skated in the team's optional morning skate on Wednesday. 

Tim Thomas has a .938 save percentage this season. (AP)WILMINGTON -- On the ice, Tim Thomas is known for being all over the place. Relying on world-class reflexes rather than any conventional method between the pipes, Thomas lives and dies by a wild style. 



 WILMINGTON -- After missing last the last three games due to stitches above his right eye, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said he hopes to return to the lineup Wednesday night against the Islanders. The stitches, of which there were approximately 40, will be removed before the game, and Thornton said he just needs medical clearance and the OK from Claude Julien. 

"I think so, but I'm not 100 percent [sure]," Thornton said Tuesday of the possibility of him returning. 

The Bruins may have lost their chance at the top seed in the Eastern Conference. (AP)There the Bruins were, sitting on a cool 3-0 lead halfway through Monday night’s contest at Madison Square Garden, and on the way was most certainly another column about playoff matchups and the Bruins needing to keep pushing until both the Flyers and Capitals were looking up at them in the standings. The B’s were getting shots on Henrik Lundqvist.



The Bruins blew a three-goal lead Monday night at Madison Square Garden, falling victim to two late goals within 51 seconds to drop a 5-3 decision to the Rangers,

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has had a career year this season, setting highs with nine goals and 18 assists in a campaign that seems to argue with him strictly being called an enforcer. Now, those efforts — and how far he’s come — have been recognized, at least locally. The Boston chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association has chosen Thornton as the Bruins’ candidate for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.”

[Updated: 11:00 p.m.] If the those on hand for Saturday’s matinee between the Bruins and Thrashers didn’t appear to be on the edge of their seats at the Garden, it’s because they weren’t.



Just minutes after clinching their second Northeast crown in three seasons, Bruins winger Brad Marchand made it clear the team still has a significant goal to accomplish before the playoffs - finishing first in the East. 

Daniel Paille scored an unassisted short-handed goal and Michael Ryder scored on a penalty shot with 7:29 left in regulation to lead the Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Thrashers Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. The win clinches the Northeast Division for the Bruins and assures them of no lower than the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs and home-ice advantage in the first round. With 99 points, the Bruins trail first-place Philadelphia by just three points in the East. 

After scoring 21 goals and adding 19 assists in 72 games, Bruins winger Brad Marchand was honored as the 2010-11 Bruins "Seventh Player Award" given to the Bruins player who goes above and beyond expectations.

Technically still a rookie, the 22-year-old Marchand has earned the trust of his coaching staff by playing the left wing on the team's second line, playing with Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi.