Shawn Thornton and the Bruins showed some fight, here against the Kings' Raitis Ivanans, during their West Coast swing. (AP)LOS ANGELES — On a day when they lost some more key players, the Bruins still managed to look like a team that is getting stronger. After 35 minutes of hockey Saturday, the B’s were well-positioned to end a three-game tour of a California on a highly positive winning note.



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El SEGUNDO, Calif. - Tim Thomas had been there and he had absolutely no mercy for Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov.

With the game on the line in a shootout, Thursday, Bruins mammoth defenseman Zdeno Chara skated to the slot and unleashed one of his plus 100-mph slap shots from about 20 feet in front of Nabokov.

The puck rocketed past Nabokov into the net and boomeranged back out. Chara’s cannon blast from short range was simply too overpowering.



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Zdeno Chara scored the only goal of the shootout on Evgeni Nabokov ...It was a pretty simple proposition for Zdeno Chara.



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Adam McQuaid tumbles on top of Anaheim's Troy Bodie during the Bruins' loss Wednesday night. (AP)ANAHEIM, Calif. — The warm California sun helped thaw out the Bruins offense, but it didn’t do much to change the team’s recent fortunes.



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Miroslav Satan and the Bruins suffered another setback in their loss to the Rangers, Saturday afternoon. (AP)Skating Saturday afternoon without two of their top centers, the Bruins looked like a team trying to find its game at both ends of the rink.

The New York Rangers scored a goal in each period and Henrik Lundqvist steered aside 29 shots, including a penalty shot by Marco Sturm, to take a 3-1 win over Boston. 



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Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa (top) celebrates a goal during the Bruins' 5-2 loss Thursday night at the TD Garden. (AP)A tough week for the Bruins grew a little bleaker Thursday as they were presented with the question of how they would play against one of the best teams in the league while skating without their two best centers and two of their top six defenseman.



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The Bruins were ready for this one.

Responding to some sharp criticism from their coach and the loss of one of their top players, the Bruins unleashed an energetic first-period attack to take a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place Tuesday.  

Blake Wheeler scored twice in the opening period, David Krejci and Mark Recchi also added early goals as Boston built a four-goal advantage in the opening 14 minutes of the contest.



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Rangers forward Christopher Higgins beats Tuukka Rask for the game-winning goal in the Bruins' 3-2 loss Monday night in New York. (AP)Tuukka was not there in time.



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The Bruins put a nice finish on the Winter Classic with a 2-1 win over the Flyers. (AP)As the pregame parade began, as the precession of musket men, fife and drum corps, and the flags of every NHL team entered Fenway Park from the center field bleachers, the kids kept playing on the small rink created near the main show.

Five kids in Bruins jerseys, five kids in Flyers jerseys.



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Bruins Johnny Boychuk and goalie Tuukka Rask celebrate Wednesday night's victory over the Thrashers. (AP)Despite the lopsided game being played out in the Bruins' favor at TD Garden Wednesday night, there still was plenty of hockey drama in the air: Which of the Winter Classic participants would enter Friday’s game with a bigger margin of victory?



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