Bruins coach Claude Julien described defenseman Andrew Ference as "good and cleared to go," meaning the blueliner will make his return to the lineup when the B's host the Sabres on Thursday night. Ference has missed the team's last three games with an upper-body injury. Adam McQuaid, who missed last Monday's game against the Penguins, is out, with Julien adding that he still is less than 100 percent. 

 

Bruins rookie defenseman Steve Kampfer, sporting stitches on his right nostril, said he will try to play with his broken nose for now. But Kampfer said surgery is a possibility if his breathing is affected. Kampfer left last Saturday's game with a bloodied and broken nose when Zdeno Chara's stick became entangled with Pascal Dupuis and flew up and raked Kampfer across the face. 

 

 

Hockey analyst Mike Milbury of NESN and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk about the Bruins.

 

Milbury said this is the best he's seen Patrice Bergeron play. "[He's] seeing the ice, quick to the puck, totally unafraid, does all the little things right, good on the draws, goes to the front of the net, sees the ice well — there's nothing to not like about his game," Milbury said.

 

Tim Thomas stole the show again on Tuesday, and it's hard to imagine him not winning another Vezina Trophy. (AP)The Bruins were expecting a tough one in Carolina on Tuesday night, and though it didn't always look promising, they found a way to grab two points in regulation with a 3-2 victory (recap). 



The Bruins beat the Hurricanes, 3-2, Tuesday night to grab their second win over Carolina in as many days. 

 

Milan Lucic took a pass from Mark Recchi on the power play at 11:49 of the third period with the game tied at two and sent a wrist-shor past Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward to secure the game-winning goal. 

 

The Bruins also got goals from Johnny Boychuk and Brad Marchand in the first and third periods, respectively. 

 

Zdeno Chara joined Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, and Glen Wesley as the only Bruins blueliners with a hat trick. (AP)What was more surprising on Monday: Zdeno Chara's first career hat trick or the fact that the mild-mannered blueliner displayed a pretty nifty celebration as the hats fell to the ice?



Zdeno Chara hadn't been holding his breath for his first career hat trick, but he was able to breathe a sigh of relief after becoming the fourth defenseman in Bruins history to accomplish the feat.

 

"You're always kind of thinking about how it would be nice to have that kind  of a game in your career, to say, 'Hey, I've done it, I had a hat trick,' but for myself, it took 14-15 years. I'm not expecting to have another one anytime soon."

 

Zdeno Chara had his first career hat trick, while Tim Thomas recorded his seventh shutout of the season in a 7-0 Bruins win over the Hurricanes. Chara joined Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque and Glen Wesley as the only Bruins defenseman to record three goals in a game. 

 

Cam Ward was the bad guy when he shut out the Bruins at the Garden back on Nov. 26, but the Bruins were able to chase him from the game in just 11:26 thanks to goals from Mark Stuart and Chara.

 

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was named the No. 2 star of the week for the week ending on Jan. 16. The 25-year-old was runner-up to Hurricanes winger Jussi Jokinen, who had four goals and three assists in three games for Carolina during the week. 

 

Bergeron also had seven points during the week, scoring four goals and adding three assists over a four-game stretch in which the B's went 3-1-0. On the season, Bergeron has 14 goals and 20 assists for a team-leading 34 points in 44 games.

 

Bruins coach Claude Julien said prior to Monday's matinee vs. the Hurricanes that the team will see the return of Milan Lucic and Mark Stuart to the lineup.

 

Lucic has missed the last three games with an undisclosed injury, while Stuart has been out since Dec. 7 with a broken hand and dislocated finger. The team sent defenseman Matt Bartkowski to Providence on Sunday in order to activate Stuart, who had been placed on injured reserve a week prior.