The Bruins returned from the All-Star break two periods late Tuesday night, but by the time they awoke, they were back to their old ways and defeated the Senators, 4-3, with a dominant third period. 

The B's came back from a 3-2 deficit in the third, with Dennis Seidenberg scoring the unlikely game-winner with a slap shot from center ice that beat Senators goaltender Craig Anderson. The win improved the B's to 6-8-1 this season when trailing after the second period.

Bruins forward Nathan Horton was not on the ice as the team returned from the All-Star break Monday. Horton has been dealing with his second concussion since June after taking a hit to the head from Flyers' forward Tom Sestito on Jan. 22. 

Coach Claude Julien said that Horton is still experiencing symptoms, and that the team doesn't expect the symptoms to subside for at least three days, meaning he will not play Tuesday against the Senators, and could also miss Thursday's game against the Hurricanes. 

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told TSN that he has no plans to trade Tim Thomas in the aftermath of the goaltender's decision to skip the team's White House visit.

"Not trading him," Chiarelli said in an e-mail to TSN. "I have not talked to anyone and I don't plan to."

Here’s a prediction: After the Bruins practice Monday on their first day back from the All-Star break, Claude Julien will address the media and declare the Tim Thomas White House fiasco old news. 



Bruins captain Zdeno Chara broke his own record for the NHL's hardest shot, blasting a 108.8 mile-per-hour bomb on his second attempt in the hardest shot contest Saturday night in Ottawa. 

Chara won the contest for a fifth straight year, defeating Shea Weber, amongst others. The previous record, which Chara had set last year, was 105.9 mph. He broke that on his first attempt Saturday with a 106.2 mph shot, before registering the all-time best 108.8 mph. His last two attempts clocked in at 106.9 mph and 107 mph. 

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara held the first overall pick in the fantasy draft to determine teams for the 2012 NHL All-Star game Thursday night and selected Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk with the top pick. Chara then drafted teammate Tim Thomas in the second round. 

The other Bruin in the player pool, Tyler Seguin, had to wait quite a while for his name to be called. After picking the likes of Carey Price, Phil Kessel and Dennis Wideman, Chara selected Seguin in the 19th round.

NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley weighed in on the Tim Thomas situation during his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning.

Thomas skipped the team's visit to the White House Monday due to his political beliefs, and now he's being portrayed by some as a selfish individual who refuses to put the team first.

When children misbehave, a common tactic for parents and teachers is to put them in a "timeout" so they can think about what they did. 



After allowing a hat trick to Scott Hartnell and escaping Sunday with a victory, the Bruins weren't so lucky Tuesday. Mathieu Perreault picked up his first career hat trick as the Capitals defeated the Bruins, 5-3, at the Verizon Center. 

With Alexander Ovechkin out, the Capitals forward stole the show, beating Tuukka Rask three times to send the B's to the All-Star break on a low note. Cody Eakin scored Washington's first goal, while former Bruin Dennis Wideman sealed it with an empty-netter. 

Bruins forward Nathan Horton was not on the ice for the team's morning skate Tuesday, and according to the Boston Globe will not play against the Capitals due to a mild concussion.

Horton suffered the concussion in Sunday's win over the Flyers, as he was hit in the second period by Tom Sestito and did not return to the game. It is Horton's second concussion since June.

With Horton out, Zach Hamill is expected to be inserted into the lineup, with Rich Peverley likely taking Horton's shifts on the first line.