Patrice Bergeron, Andrew Ference and Blake Wheeler scored in the first period as the Bruins raced out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-2 win over slumping Washington Capitals Saturday night at TD Garden. Tim Thomas stopped 39-of-41 shots to improve to 15-3-3 as the Bruins snapped a three-game losing streak. Thomas stopped Alex Ovechkin on a point-blank chance with 10.2 seconds remaining to preserve the victory.

 

Thursday night's game, a 4-3 Bruins' loss (recap) to Montreal, featured just about everything it could have, including more goals than one would have expected in a contest started by Tim Thomas and



 

 It was a game that featured plenty of back and forth, but the Bruins didn't join in until they had fallen behind early on and the Canadiens took a 4-3 victory Thursday night at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens, who are first in the Northeast Division, now lead the Bruins by four points. 

 

The Bruins started slow, allowing a penalty shot goal to Mike Cammalleri at 1:04 when Zdeno Chara hooked the winger on a breakaway that was the result of a Milan Lucic turnover, while Maxim Lapierre added his fifth of the season at 6:24. 



Drew Stafford provided all the offense for Buffalo against the Bruins as he picked up a hat trick in a 3-2 Sabres win.

 

The Bruins relinquished the lead twice in the game, as they went up in first and third periods, respectively, on goals from David Krejci and Michael Ryder.

 

Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton and Brad Marchand, who make up the popular "Merlot line" tied one another for the team lead with four shots apiece on reigning Vezina winner Ryan Miller.

 

Peter Chiarelli released a statement Tuesday saying Marco Sturm has passed his physical with the Kings, making his trade from the Bruins official. Rich Hammond was the first to report the physical being completed.

 

The Bruins announced on Saturday that they had sent Sturm to Los Angeles in exchange for nothing. Trading Sturm, who is coming off a torn ACL and MCL, allowed the Bruins to avoid a messy salary cap situation that would have been encontered with his activation. Sturm, a free agent at season's end, has a $3.5 million salary cap hit.

 

According to a tweet from TSN's Bob McKenzie, the NHL has scheduled a disciplinary hearing for Monday in regard to Flyers forward Jody Shelley's hit on Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid. The play, in which Shelley received a boarding major and game misconduct, occurred in the second period of the Flyers' 2-1 overtime win. The players were racing for an iced puck when Shelley pushed McQuaid, who went head-first into the boards and had the wind knocked out of him.

 

The Bruins and Flyers came within three seconds of a shootout on Saturday night, but Mike Richards ended it with a 2-1 Philadelphia win before it could come to that. 



In his postgame press conference, Bruins coach Claude Julien called Jody Shelley's hit from behind on Adam McQuaid "definitely uncalled for" and that he didn't know what the intent of the play was. McQuaid and Shelley were racing after an iced puck when Shelley pushed the B's defenseman. The momentum carried McQuaid into the boards head-first, and the 24-year-old blueliner remained on the ice as play was stopped. 

 

Mike Richards scored his 11th goal of the season with three seconds left in overtime to sink Tim Thomas and the Bruins, 2-1, in on Saturday. 

 

With the B's trailing in the third, Nathan Horton picked up a puck at the hashmarks and beat Flyers netminder Brian Boucher glove-side to tie the game at one. It was his 11th goal of the season.