In a phone conversation with ESPN.com, Bruins' general manager Peter Chiarelli said that his team is considering putting an end to Marc Savard's season after the forward suffered his fourth career concussion.

 

The notion was thrown around earlier in the season half-seriously, but there’s no joking about it these days: Tim Thomas has a good shot at both the Vezina and the Hart Trophy.

Seriously. 



WILMINGTON -- Bruins center Marc Savard is still back home in Peterborough, Ontario, as he continues to be out with his second concussion in just over 10 months. Savard suffered a concussion on Jan. 22 after he was hit into the boards by Colorado defenseman Matt Hunwick. Coach Claude Julien, in saying there is no update on how the center feels, said Savard will return to Massachusetts in the coming days.

 

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.