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Ward’s 47 Saves Set the Broom to Boston

BOSTON, MA — Cam Ward and his team completed a four game season sweep of the Bruins Thursday night at TD Garden thanks in large part to the goaltender’s 47-save shutout.

It was the first time the Hurricanes went undefeated against Bruins in a season series in franchise history, dating back to when Carolina was known as the Hartford Whalers.

It was a homecoming of sorts for Ward, who played 50 games with the then-Hurricanes AHL affiliate Lowell Lock Monsters during the 2004-2005 season, and compiled a 27-17-3 record, while boasting a 1.99 GAA and .937 SV%.

Boston Bruins By the Numbers

A mathematical breakdown of the B’s…

  • 100: Multiple-point games by a Bruin this season led by Milan Lucic with 12.
  • +70: GF/GA differential…That includes a +38 third period margin which is higher than the overall differential of all teams but Detroit’s.
  • +45 heading into last night’s games.
  • 26-3-0: Record when they score three-or-more goals in a game.
  • 24-0-0: Record in games in which they have a two-goal lead at any point.
  • 16-1-0: Record in 3-plus goal decisions.
  • 15: Number of games this season in which the Bruins have scored in the opening two minutes of a period…They are 14-1-0 in those games.
  • 11: Number of games in which the Bruins have scored 6-or-more goals.
  • 12: Number of games this season in which the Bruins have scored in the closing two minutes of a period…They are 10-1-1 in those games.
  • 6: One-goal losses out of 13 regulation setbacks while six of their seven two-goal loss margins included empty net tallies.
  • 5: Number of players that have played in all 48 games to date (Bergeron, Corvo, Kelly, Seidenberg, Thornton).
  • 3: Gordie Howe hat tricks by Bruins this season (Chara, Campbell, Lucic).
  • 0: Shorthanded goals allowed…The Bruins are the lone team yet to allow a shorthanded score.

Bonus: 2: The number of NHL “Gordie Howe” hat tricks notched by Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe, who played 80 games for the Hartford/Carolina franchise.

Compiled Boston Bruins Media Relations. Find more notes here.

Thomas Tries for a Fourth Straight All-Star “W”

OTTAWA, Ontario — Last season, Boston’s Tim Thomas became the first goalie in NHL history to win three consecutive All-Star Games.

Today, he’ll have a chance to win his fourth.

Even though Thomas is slated to play the third period for Team Chara, positive circumstances would have to continue to align for the goalie to earn the “W.”

Chara: GM For a Day – For a day, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara hung up the hockey skates and had a chance to play general manager as he selected his team for the 2012 All-Star game.

Chara said there were a lot of nerves leading up to the draft and whom he would pick first, but once he made a few selections he was at ease.

“It was fun, I thought the toughest would be the beginning,” Chara said. “Once you get into it it’s not as hard – you kind of relax a little bit it’s fun.

Chara Says Draft Order Doesn’t Matter

GATINEAU, Quebec — Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was the first All-Star captain to take the stage prior to tonight’s All-Star Fantasy Draft in the  Théâtre du Casino du Lac-Leamy.

While up on the dais, Chara and his alternate captain, Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul, were asked about their draft strategy and about who might be picked first or last during the show.

"Obviously there’s so many unbelievable players, at any All-Star [Game]," said Chara. "When they started making [the Fantasy Draft] happen, you want to have a little fun with it."

Draft Day Decisions for Chara — After Zdeno Chara found out he was named a captain for the All-Star weekend, he was flattered, honored and unsure of who might be the last pick of the draft.

However, if one thing is clear it’s who his first selection will be – according to Head Coach Claude Julien.

“I told him if he wanted to remain captain in Boston, he had to make his coach his first pick” Julien joked. “That was one of the criteria so we’ll see how he handles that.”

Hamill Fills Big Role — This year, and despite a nagging (undisclosed) injury, it’s not often that the Bruins skate with out forward Rich Peverley. But when they do, Head Coach Claude Julien knows he can count on versatile forward Zach Hamill fill in.

Now, with Peverley in Boston to attend to personal matters, Hamill is back on the ice.

"Yeah obviously I try to get pretty excited," Hamill said. "The adrenaline kicks in and going in for Pevs [Peverley], he’s a good hockey player and I’m glad to step in where I can."

Sweet Homecoming for Schneider

BOSTON, MA — Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider certainly enjoyed his first trip back to Boston since last season’s Stanley Cup Final, recording the victory in a 4-3 Canucks win over the Bruins. 

Although the game was the first on a four-game road trip for the Canucks, Schneider, a Marblehead, MA native, had plenty of friendly faces in the crowd. 

“It was a big game so I think everyone was looking for them,” Schneider said, when asked if he was able to get tickets to the game for his entire family. “I tried to get as many people as I could, [but] tickets were tight.” 

Marquee Matinee Matchup Awaits

BOSTON, MA — There may be some animosity between the Bruins and Canucks – an intense, seven-game series that ends in the winners hoisting the Stanley Cup and the losers going home will do that – but as hockey teams, they’re not so different from each other.

Despite the 3,000 miles of continent that separate them, Bruins head coach Claude Julien sees plenty of similarities between the teams’ seasons – most prominently, the “Stanley Cup hangover” that seemed to plague both teams in the fall.

“When you play until the end of June, you’ve [only] got a couple of months, and the effort and everything that you put into the playoffs, let alone the series” can make it hard to get going when the first game rolls around, Julien said. “In talking to some of the Canucks people and looking at what we experienced here, guys just weren’t ready to start the year. Their heads weren’t into it.”

Injury Bug Bites Desert Dogs — Phoenix Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett can empathize with Claude Julien when it comes to the injury bug.

Tippett will be without four players in tonight’s contest when they take on the Bruins, who avoided losing captain Zdeno Chara and center Gregory Campbell for serious amounts of time, and who expect Rich Peverley to return Saturday.

The Coyotes aren’t so lucky, as goalie Mike Smith (groin) and defenseman Adrian Aucoin (lower body) are on the injured reserve, while forwards Mike Hanzal and Boyd Gordon are listed day-to-day.