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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Thursday, March 8

Minnesota Wld 2, Boston Bruins 1, Final

Notable notes…

Timmy stops hunger
In recognition of Thomas being honored as the NHL’s first star on Monday, December 26, the Boston Bruins are donating $1000 in Tim’s name to the Greater Boston Food Bank. Before tonight’s contest, Tim, alongside Bruins Vice President of Business Operations, Dan Zimmer, presented a check to this very worthwhile cause. Accepting the check was President and CEO of the Greater Boston Food Bank, Catherine D’Amato.

Krejci returns
Before tonight’s game, the Bruins recalled David Krejci from Providence. The 20-year old center saw 3:03 of ice time in tonight’s contest.

Rolston hurts the B’s
Former Bruin, Brian Rolston, put the Wild up 1-0 at 3:59 in the second period with his team-leading 27th goal of the season. The goal was assisted by Pierre-Marc Bouchard (30), and breaks Rolston’s streak of six games without a goal. Last night’s game was Rolston’s first back in Boston since signing with the Minnesota Wild.

Bouchard makes it two
Minnesota’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard padded the Wild’s lead in the second period by scoring his 18th goal of the season. The goal was assisted by Todd White (26) and Martin Skoula (13). The goal put Minnesota up 2-0 and gave Bouchard his 15th multiple point game this season. Earlier in the game, Bouchard assisted on Rolston’s goal.

Bochenski puts B’s on the board
With 1:36 left in the 3rd period, Brandon Bochenski scored his 11th goal of the season and put the Bruins on the board. With the goal, Bochenski matched his career season high of 17 points (’05-’06). The goal was assisted by Dennis Wideman (19) and Patrice Bergeron (41). Bergeron is now one assist away from matching his career season high of 42 (’05-’06).

Rare opponents
Tonight marks the first and only time the Bruins will face the Wild this season. It’s also the first time the Wild has visited Boston in three years, the last time being on March 18, 2004. The last game between the two teams took place in Minnesota on December 15, 2005.

Heard in the Room…

Center, Marc Savard
Speaking of last night’s game and the rest of the season
We stayed with it all night, and I think it was better than the Colorado game. We played with more life tonight, and we’re still in this. We saw the scoreboard, and everyone ahead of us lost. We’re believers in here, and we’re not going to quit until they kick us out.

I thought we did well. Phil [Kessel] and Chuck [Kobasew] gave us some offensive chances. Phil’s playing his off wing, so that’s different from him, and Chuck gave us a lot of speed, so hopefully we can generate some more offense.

Defenseman, Aaron Ward
On the B’s defensive game
The defense was there, and as a group we showed up. There was one small mistake, a bad bounce, it’s an unfortunate situation. That’s the way it goes. We’ve stayed in the games, and that’s a good sign.

We have to step up and capitalize on the situation. It’s a key time in the season, but the confidence in the locker room and from the coaches is that we can do the job.

Center, Phil Kessel
On the Minnesota game
We tried to get a win, and it’s tough when your team loses [like that]. I thought we battled hard, but we just couldn’t come out with the win.

We’re getting our chances, but the puck’s just not going in [the net]. It will eventually come.

On the loss of Glen Murray and P.J. Axelsson
It hurts our team when two of our best guys are out, but other guys will step up and play good hockey.
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