Patrice Bergeron scored twice in a four-goal first period and the Bruins rode the momentum from three fights in the opening four seconds of the game to beat the Stars, 6-3, Thursday night at TD Garden. Bergeron nearly netted a hat trick but missed the empty net and had to settle for an assist on Brad Marchand's goal that finished the scoring late in the third. 

 

The Bruins and Stars put on a fighting display rarely seen in the current-day NHL to open Thursday night's game at TD Garden. 

 

The crowd was treated to a fight between Gregory Campbell and Steve Ott one second into the game. Campbell - leveled by an Ott headshot two seasons ago when Campbell was with Florida - was bloodied and sent to the dressing room before returning later in the period. One second later after the ensuing face-off, it was Shawn Thornton getting the best of Krys Barch. Two seconds later, Adam McQuaid leveled Brian Sutherby. 

Bruins coach Claude Julien said Thursday morning that center Marc Savard is en route to Boston after returning home to Peterborough, Ontario following the diagnosis of his fourth concussion. Savard, who missed the first 23 games of the season with post-concussion syndrome, suffered his second concussion in just over 10 months on a routine hit from Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick on Jan. 22. 

 

Upon Savard's return to Boston, he will receive further evaluation from the team doctors. 

 

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.