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Pregame Notebook vs. Philadelphia

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- After having yesterday off the Bruins are ready to get back to work against the Eastern-Conference leading Philadelphia Flyers. 

The Bruins are in the midst of a 12 games in 20 days stretch leading into the All-Star break and are 2-1-1 thus far in that stretch. 

Coming off a 4-2 win over Pittsburgh on Monday and a 6-0 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, Boston will look to continue their roll against the Flyers in the third game of the season series with the Broad Street Bullies.

The Bruins are 1-1 against the Flyers in the first two games.
Shutout for Thomas
B's goaltender Tim Thomas recorded his sixth shutout of the season (and 23rd of his career) on Tuesday night, when he and the B’s blanked the Ottawa Senators. 

Thomas has already set a new career high in shutouts only halfway through the season, but isn’t focused on his personal accomplishments -- just those of the team.

“I didn’t realize it until you just said it so … it shows that I’m doing a good job not thinking about that stuff,” he said after Tuesday night’s game. 

Thomas had 39 saves in the win, the most in one period coming with the 17 shots he stopped in the second. 

With the shutout Thomas now leads all NHL goaltenders in shutouts.  

Thomas also leads the NHL is goals against average (1.77) and save percentage (.946) and has put together a 19-4-6 record over 30 games so far this season. 

B’s Offense Ignites
Since the Bruins found themselves down two goals to none against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night with under four minutes to play, Boston’s offense has lit fire and it doesn’t look like it’ll stop simmering any time soon.

The B’s have now scored 10 consecutive unanswered goals with four in the last minutes of Monday’s game and six coming against Ottawa on Tuesday night. 

Nine different Bruins have found themselves on the scorecard over those 65 minutes, including multiple point efforts from Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Blake Wheeler, Tyler Seguin, Dennis Seidenberg, David Krejci, Zdeno Chara and Gregory Campbell

Bergy net’s the hat trick 
Tuesday’s night game wasn’t only a milestone night for Tim Thomas, center Patrice Bergeron also joined in on the fun when he notched the first hat trick of his NHL career against the Senators. 

Bergeron now has a four game point streak going with five goals and three assists over that stretch and leads the Bruins in scoring with 13-19-32 totals.

Much like Thomas, Bergeron was quick to point out he doesn’t put a lot of stock in individual accomplishments. 

“To be honest, I never really thought about it. You know, I don’t really stop and think about those kind of individual goals, but it’s always nice to have it out of the way,” Bergeron said after Tuesday’s game.

Bergeron might be focused on the team but his teammates were happy to see him receive the accolades. 

“It’s surprising that it’s his first one. I would have thought that he’d have five or six right now. But it’s a big night for him and he’s been playing unbelievable hockey for us,” Bruins forward Blake Wheeler said. 

“He’s really stepped his game up here and when we’ve needed it the most to kind of get us back on track and he’s a leader on our team so it’s a lot of fun to watch him out there and when you’re out there with him, you feel like something good is going to happen.”

Pronger out for Flyers
Yet again the Bruins will face a team without one of their star players. The Flyers big defenseman Chris Pronger remains sidelined due to a broken foot.

Pronger hasn’t been in the line-up since he had surgery to repair the foot on Dec. 17.

They Flyers, however, on gotten on quite well without him. Since Pronger went down, Philly is 6-3-0 and are currently on a four game winning streak.

Marchand among top rookies
Forward Brad Marchand is looking to play his first full NHL season with the B’s this year and is off to a top-notch start. 

Marchand is 11th among rookie scoring leaders with 8-10-18 totals and currently enjoys +14 rating and an 11.8 shooting percentage. 

His +14 ranking is good for best in the NHL among rookies. 

“The one thing he does do is he’s one of those guys that every night you’re getting the same thing out of him. That’s called consistency. You look for that in players,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said of Marchand after Tuesday’s win over the Ottawa Senators. 

“Not every player has that ability but he’s one of those guys that so far this year he’s given us that effort every night that gives the coach a good knowledge of what you’re going to get out of him as a player.”

Perhaps best recognized for his league leading three shorthanded goals Marchand has been an integral part of the Bruins offense and second line, skating with Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi. 

“I think Marsh has stepped in there and done a really good job of adjusting with those guys. He’s a hard worker and he’s in other teams’ faces and he forechecks well and creates some opportunities. There’s been a good fit there and I’m really hesitant wanting to break that trio up because they’ve been so good for us,” Julien said.

---Hannah Becker
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