Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was named the NHL's No. 2 star of the week, the league announced Monday. Chara finished second to Flyers right winger Wayne Simmonds and ahead of Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith. 

The B's captain racked up seven assists over four games last week, including a three-assist night last Tuesday against the Lightning. He has a career-best 40 assists this season.

Chara also has 12 goals this season to give him a career-high 52 points, surpassing his previous personal best of 51 in the 2007-08 season. 

The Bruins clinched both the Northeast Division and the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs on Sunday night, beating the Rangers for the first time this season with a 2-1 win at Madison Square Garden.

Four goals in the third period were enough give the Bruins two points Saturday, as they picked up a 6-3 win over the Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. With the victory, the Bruins now have points in five straight games (4-0-1). 

David Krejci had a pair of goals for the B's, with Boston also getting goals from Chris Kelly, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron. The Islanders got two goals from P.A. Parenteau, as a well as a Kyle Okposo tally. 

The playoffs are fast approaching. After this weekend, teams will play out the final weeks of their schedules, and it will be the same drill as every year. Sixteen teams are in, 14 are out, and everyone who’s in is excited for the playoffs.

Despite not playing on Friday night, the Bruins clinched a berth in the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Boston secured its spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs after the Sabres lost to the Penguins, 5-3.

With five regular-season games remaining, the Bruins sit in second place in the Eastern Conference with 94 points and are atop the standings in the Northeast Division, leading second-place Ottawa by six points. If the season were to end Friday, the Bruins would face the Senators in the first round of the playoffs.

According to a tweet from The Washington Examiner's Brian McNally, Capitals forward Jason Chimera will not be suspended for his hit on Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid Thursday night. 

Chimera was given a five-minute charging major and a game misconduct for sending McQuaid into the boards head-first in the first period of the Capitals' shootout win at the Garden. Adam McQuaid suffered a cut above his right eye on the play, and Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters that though he is not concussed, McQuaid will not play this weekend due to his eye being swollen shut. 

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan Friday morning, discussing Jason Chimera's hit that forced Adam McQuaid out of Thursday's shootout loss to the Capitals in the first period.

If the result of the game was the same no matter what, would you rather Tim Thomas have more periods like the first and second period Thursday, or like the third period and overtime? 

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid suffered a cut above his right eye on a from behind by Jason Chimera of the Capitals in the first period of Thursday night's game and did not return to the game.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the game that McQuaid was "not feeling quite right" after the hit, but that he did not feel Chimera intended to injure the Bruins defenseman.  

Brooks Laich beat Tim Thomas in the fourth round of the shootout with a backhander top shelf, lifting the Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Bruins Thursday night at TD Garden. The loss prevented the Bruins from clinching a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but allowed the Bruins to move six points ahead of idle Ottawa for first place in the Northeast Division and the No. 2 seed in the conference.