Bruins All-Star representatives Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas will play as opponents in Sunday's All-Star game. Chara was made the seventh overall pick by Team Staal in the Friday night's fantasy draft to determine the rosters, while Nicklas Lidstrom selected Thomas with the 10th overall pick.

 

Eric Staal made Hurricanes teammate Cam Ward the first overall pick in the draft, causing Thomas to be available later for Team Lidstrom, who chose Lightning center Steven Stamkos second overall. 

 

The first 50 games of the season for the Bruins had plenty of good and plenty of bad, but the team really began to hit its stride over the last month, and as a result, Claude Julien’s club is sitting atop the Northeast Division with a four-point lead. 



In an interview with WEEI.com Wednesday night, Bruins' general manager Peter Chiarelli said that in a 'perfect world' he would be able to acquire a defenseman that could 'log some minutes,' but he has been pleased by the way the team has come together of late.

 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli spoke with WEEI.com Wednesday night to address the current state of the team as it enters the All-Star break, which areas he might be interested in improving, and a variety of other topics regarding the Black and Gold. 



Milan Lucic scored his 20th goal Wednesday night in the Bruins' 2-1 win over Florida, and his coach is hoping to see more of that from the power forward in the post-All Star break portion of their schedule.

 

"I think what we've seen in the first half is what he's capable of doing for us as we move on," Claude Julien said. "He's also one of those players that I think has always come up big in the big games, such as playoffs and all that stuff. He's one of those guys who always rises to the occasion and you hope that continues as well."

Milan Lucic scored his 20th goal of the season in the second period and Tim Thomas turned away 34 shots for his 24th win as the Bruins edged the Panthers, 2-1, Wednesday night at TD Garden in their final game before the All-Star break. Thomas - at 24-5-6 - is now tied with Montreal's Carey Price for second in wins, one behind Anaheim's Jonas Hiller. 

 

NESN hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday. Milbury gave his thoughts on the Marc Savard situation, after news broke Wednesday morning that Savard went home to Ontario to rest his head.

 

Bruins forward Milan Lucic spoke with concern about teammate and friend Marc Savard on Wednesday. Savard suffered his second concussion in less than a year when he banged his head against the glass Saturday in Colorado following a hit from Matt Hunwick. 

 

Bruins coach Claude Julien said Wednesday that Savard has since returned home to Ontario to rest. Lucic noted that it's tough to project when a player might return from a concussion, he would rather Savard do what's best for his health than rush back. 

 

Tim Thomas was the first Bruins goaltender off the ice at the team's morning skate, an indication that he will be the starting goalie against the Panthers on Wednesday. Thomas, who was named the NHL's First Star of the Week last week, took a 2-0 loss to the Kings Monday night in Los Angeles.

 

Thomas is 23-5-6 on the season and leads the league with a .945 save percentage, 1.83 goals against average. He is tied with Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist with seven shutouts. 

 

Former Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward joined the Dale & Holley show on Tuesday to discuss the status of B's center and former teammate Marc Savard. The team announced Monday night that Savard, who missed the first 23 games of the season with post-concussion syndrome, had suffered another another concussion on Saturday vs. the Avalanche and will be out indefinitely.