Tuukka Rask was first off the ice in Thursday's morning skate, an indication that he will get the start in goal when the Bruins take on the Stars at TD Garden.

 

Rask last started on Jan. 20 against the Sabres, making 29 saves on 33 shots in a 4-2 loss. He is 4-10-1 with a 2.67 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. 

 

NESN hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday. Milbury gave his thoughts on the Marc Savard situation, as recent reports have suggested that the center might be shut down for the season as he continues to experience symptoms from a moderate concussion he suffered after a clean hit to the head from Colorado's Matt Hunwick on January 22.

 

Not every game the Bruins play in the second half of the season is going to be like Tuesday’s 3-2 win over the Hurricanes at the RBC Center (recap).



Patrice Bergeron added to his current hot streak, while Nathan Horton scored his first goal since Jan. 3 as the Bruins defeated the Hurricanes, 3-2, on Tuesday night.  

 

Bergeron, who was named the No. 1 Star of the Month in January, began February by scoring his 17th goal of the season, putting him three behind Milan Lucic for the team lead. 

 

In his latest column, WEEI.com Bruins beat writer D.J. Bean points out the case for B's goalie Tim Thomas in terms of winning the Hart Trophy, given to the NHL's most valuable player. Just six goalies have won the award, with Jose Theodore serving as the last netminder to earn the honor, in the 2001-02 season.

In a phone conversation with ESPN.com, Bruins' general manager Peter Chiarelli said that his team is considering putting an end to Marc Savard's season after the forward suffered his fourth career concussion.

 

The notion was thrown around earlier in the season half-seriously, but there’s no joking about it these days: Tim Thomas has a good shot at both the Vezina and the Hart Trophy.

Seriously. 



WILMINGTON -- Bruins center Marc Savard is still back home in Peterborough, Ontario, as he continues to be out with his second concussion in just over 10 months. Savard suffered a concussion on Jan. 22 after he was hit into the boards by Colorado defenseman Matt Hunwick. Coach Claude Julien, in saying there is no update on how the center feels, said Savard will return to Massachusetts in the coming days.

 

WILMINGTON -- Bruins forward Nathan Horton left Monday's practice with what he called a "stinger" on his right knee. The 25-year old skated off with trainers, though there is no concern on his or the Bruins' part for his playing status. 

 

"He's fine," Claude Julien said following practice. "It was just a precaution. … By the time he was ready to come back, we were done [with practice]."

 

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has been named the NHL's First Star of the Month for the month of January. It his second "Star" honor, as he was previously named the No. 2 Star of the Week for the week ending on Jan. 16.