According to multiple reports, Bruins center Marc Savard will be shut down for the remainder of the season due to multiple concussions. The team is expected to make a formal announcement Monday. Savard returned from his home in Peterborough, Ontario, to undergo further tests over the weekend. It is expected that the Bruins will place Savard on long-term injured reserve. 

 

The Bruins know that they aren’t going to get a Dec. 23 kind of game every night. These days, that line of thinking can also be revised to include Feb. 3.



A manufacturing issue has left David Krejci without his usual stick the "last couple of games," according to the the center, and he's not happy with the one he's had to use. Krejci has a contract with Bauer has to wait until Feb. 11 before they can start making his model of choice again, but for now he's using the stick he used earlier in his career but fell out of love with.

 

Despite allowing just 18 shots, the Bruins were blanked by Antti Niemi and the Sharks, 2-0, Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Niemi stopped all 26 shots in recording his third shutout this season, 10th career. The Sharks added an empty net goal with 2.1 seconds remaining to seal the win. 

 

Bruins coach Claude Julien told the media Saturday that Tim Thomas will be between the pipes when the B's take on the Sharks in a 1 p.m. matinee. San Jose will counter with Antti Niemi. 

 

Thomas, in the midst of a career year, leads the league in both goals against average (1.82) and save percentage (.945) and is tied for the NHL lead in shutouts (7) and wins (25). In his last start, he made 24 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes Monday in Carolina. Niemi is 14-3-3 this season with a 2.75 GAA and .911 save percentage. 

 

WILMINGTON -- After learning Friday morning that he had been suspended for four games following his blindside hit on Stars forward Raymond Sawada, Bruins forward Daniel Paille expressed hope that the player is alright but defended the hit. 

 

WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Daniel Paille was suspended for four games Friday following his blindside hit on Stars forward Raymond Sawada in Thursday's 6-3 victory over the Stars. Paille was given a game misconduct after the play, with Sawada not returning to the game. 

 

If there’s one way to start the hardest part of your schedule, that’s it. 



Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference didn't beat around the bush after the team's 6-3 win over the Stars Thursday. B's forward Daniel Paille cheap-shotted Stars forward Raymod Sawada with a blindside hit in the second period, and Ference, having seen the same thing happen to teammate Marc Savard last March, was honest in identifying it as a dirty play.

 

Attempting to put perspective on one of the most physical starts to a hockey game in recent NHL history, Claude Julien said his team responded well to the physical challenge of the Dallas Stars and then went about the business of winning the hockey game. 

 

Thursday's 6-3 Bruins win began with three fights in the opening four seconds, including the opening bout between Gregory Campbell and Stars forward Steve Ott, who leveled Campbell with a head shot two seasons ago when Campbell was with Florida.