Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk scored just over two minutes apart in the second period to break a scoreless tie while Tim Thomas recorded his ninth shutout of the season to lead the Bruins to a 3-0 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks Tuesday night at TD Garden. 

Tim Thomas made 32 saves for his 26th career shutout and his 33rd win this season. Thomas, who leads the NHL in goals against and save percentage this season, is now just three wins shy of matching his career-high total of 36 two seasons ago. 

The Bruins clinched a playoff spot Sunday, and the news barely moved the needle. That's the way it should be.



Brad Marchand made his 20th goal of the season count, as he broke a late tie to give the Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Flyers in Philadelphia Sunday night. With the win, Boston clinches a playoff spot.

A source has told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun that Bruins center Marc Savard is dealing with "real memory problems and he's quite worried about it."

Trap games can usually be seen coming from a mile away. Some thought Saturday could be such a contest, but with the Bruins’ stretch of three Eastern Conference playoff teams in four nights, one would think would be no room for a trap game. 



The Bruins generated 26 shots but no goals as the Rangers earned a 1-0 win Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. The Bruins missed a chance to clinch a playoff spot as a win and a Carolina loss at home Saturday night would've assured them a spot in the postseason.

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Michael Holley and Glenn Ordway on The Big Show Friday, discussing Thursday's 7-0 victory over the Canadiens and the recent play of captain Zdeno Chara. The 6-foot-9 defenseman has 10 points in the seven games since tossed in March 8's 4-1 loss to the Habs. Thornton noted that he isn't surprised that Chara has shined on the ice despite the scrutiny he's faced. 

Bruins legend Ray Bourque appeared on the Mut & Merloni show Friday to talk about the Bruins and NHL topics of interest.

Bourque said that not only are hits to the head more noticeable now because of the NHL’s crackdown, but also because it seems like there are just more of them. “I think some of the stuff has changed,” Bourque said. “You might’ve seen certain hits that were similar in our day, but it seems like there were less head shots.

Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk made an appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Friday. Boychuk scored 61 seconds into Thursday night's game vs. the Canadiens, starting off the Bruins on a 7-0 rout.

There was a lot of hype leading up to Thursday's game, but Boychuk said the team was able to focus on hockey. "We just wanted to put all the distractions away and worry about what we have to do on the ice, and we did that last night," he said.

Thursday night's game between the Bruins and Canadiens received a 6.6 Nielsen household rating on NESN, making it the highest-rated regular-season Bruins game in the station's history.

NESN has broadcast Bruins games for 27 years. The previous record was a 6.2 for last season's Bruins-Penguins on March 18.

Going against the NCAA basketball tournament, the B's game ranked first in the Boston market for men age 25-54, No. 2 for adults age 18-49 and No. 3 in households and adults age 25-54.