WILMINGTON -- Bruins forward Nathan Horton left Monday's practice with what he called a "stinger" on his right knee. The 25-year old skated off with trainers, though there is no concern on his or the Bruins' part for his playing status. 

 

"He's fine," Claude Julien said following practice. "It was just a precaution. … By the time he was ready to come back, we were done [with practice]."

 

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has been named the NHL's First Star of the Month for the month of January. It his second "Star" honor, as he was previously named the No. 2 Star of the Week for the week ending on Jan. 16.

 

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas became the first goalie to win three All-Star Games in a row when Team Lidstrom defeated Team Staal, 11-10, Sunday in Raleigh, N.C.

 

Thomas, who also won the 2008 and 2009 All-Star Games, made 11 saves on 15 shots in the third period. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara had an assist on Team Staal's first goal, a tally by Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin.

 

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara broke his own record in the Hardest Shot competition on Saturday night, winning the event for the fourth straight year.

 

Chara blasted a 105.9 mph slap shot in the final round of the competition, beating Predators defenseman Shea Weber's 103.4 mph shot and breaking his previous record of 105.4 MPH. Rookie Tyler Seguin also competed in the competition, topping out at 97.1 mph. 

 

Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel was the last pick of the NHL All-Star fantasy draft on Friday night. The former Bruin, traded by the B's to Toronto for a collection of draft picks prior to the 2009-10 season, went with the 36th and final pick of the draft to Team Lidstrom.

 

For being the last player picked, Kessel was given $20,000 to donate to the charity of his choice, as well as a Honda CRZ Sport Hybrid car. Kessel has 19 goals and 15 assists for 35 points this season.

 

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."