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Pregame Notebook vs. Florida

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON - Tonight in TD Garden the Boston Bruins will square off against the Florida Panthers in their final game before the All-Star break. 

Looking to bounce back from a 2-0 loss in Los Angeles on Monday night, Boston is hoping to head into the break on a positive note.

“It’s a tough one against Florida. The last one before breaks are never easy, especially because it feels like we’ve been on the road a lot this year and coming back from a road trip the first game back is always a tough one,” Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said after the LA game.

“So we’re going to have to really bear down mentally.”

Tonight’s match-up is the fourth, and final, game of the season between the two teams. The last time the two teams faced off on Dec. 27 in Florida, the Bruins squeaked out a 3-2 win in the shootout.

It’s the only shootout win for the Bruins thus far in the season. 

Bruins Look for More Goals
On Monday, after the Bruins offense was shut down by the Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, Boston Head Coach Claude Julien called for the team to pick up their offense and find a way to light the lamp.

“I think right now we need some guys to step up and start scoring some goals for us and not always relying on the same people all the time,” he said after Monday’s game.

"There are some guys who have been dry for a while now and we need the to step up and if we’re going to win these kinds of games that’s what you need.”

Going into Monday’s game, the Bruins had scored 20 goals over their previous five games, coming away with a 3-2 record in that stretch. 

But despite 34 shots on goal, Boston couldn’t solve the Kings defense corps. 

“You’ve got to give them credit, they played well defensively and you know we’ve been scoring a lot lately and they played us well and you know again big saves by the goaltender and some blocked shots at the right time,” Julien said after the loss.

Savard sidelined
On Monday, the Bruins released the following statement from General Manager Peter Chiarelli regarding center Marc Savard:

"After being examined by the Bruins medical staff today, Marc has been diagnosed with a moderate concussion. There is no timetable on his return and no further updates at this time."

Savard suffered the injury on Saturday afternoon, early in the second period against Colorado when he collided along the end boards with former teammate Matt Hunwick. 

The concussion is Savard’s second in a short span of time.  He suffered his first concussion in March of last year after a collision with the Pittsburgh Penguin’s Matt Cooke. Savard returned to play seven post-season games, but was sidelined until Dec. 2 of this season with post-concussion syndrome.

“I just hope that he feels better quickly for his sake and I know he’s been through it before and he’s got certainly some encouragement from some of his teammates,” Coach Julien said before Monday’s game. 

Bruins Participate in All-Star Festivities
Thomas & Chara at the All-Star Game in Montreal
Tonight is the Bruins final game before the All-Star break.

Many of the B’s players will take the four days off to relax and visit family before returning to practice on Monday, Jan. 31, which is also rookie Tyler Seguin’s 19th birthday. 

But three Bruins, defenseman Zdeno Chara, goaltender Tim Thomas and forward Seguin, will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina to participate in the festivities. 

Both Chara and Thomas will be eligible to be drafted to play in the All-Star game by either Team Staal or Team Lidstrom. 

“Obviously…it’s a huge honor and I’m very humbled to be a part of it,” Chara said before tonight’s game. 

Seguin will compete in the SuperSkills competition.

Adam Kimelman of explained the draft procedures:

“On Friday, January 28, 2011, a fantasy draft event will be held in Raleigh with all 54 NHL players (42 All-Stars and 12 rookies) during which the captains will draft the remaining members of their respective teams.

“First selection in the draft will be determined by coin flip and selections will continue on an alternating basis. Each team will be required to select three goalies, six defensemen and 12 forwards in any order they choose.

“After the selection of the All-Star game rosters, the captains will select among the 12 rookies to fill out the rosters for the Honda NHL SuperSkills.

Each team will feature six rookies participating in various skills competitions.”

The full All-Star roster that the captains, Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings, have to select from is available here.

All of the All-Star events will be broadcast on Versus network and the schedule is as follows:
Friday, Jan. 28, Fantasy Draft 8 PM ET
Saturday, Jan. 29, SuperSkills Competition 7 PM ET
Sunday, Jan. 30, All-Star Game 4 PM ET
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