It was thought that veteran defenseman Andrew Ference’s broken right tibia might derail the Boston Bruins,



who entered last week winners of five of their last six.

Alas, rookie defenseman Matt Hunwick filled in ably. During the Bruins’ 4-0 romp through Toronto, Buffalo, Montreal and Florida, the former University of Michigan star scored twice (including his first NHL goal Monday against the Leafs), notched two assists and posted a plus-3 rating. For his efforts filling Ference’s skates on the Bruins’ second pair opposite Dennis Wideman, Hunwick is my Bruin of the Week.

Hunwick has played well enough to earn some time on the second power-play unit and he’s made life a little easier for general manager Peter Chiarelli, who hasn’t had to make a desperate move to acquire a puck-moving defenseman.

Other candidates for this week’s award were forwards Phil Kessel (3-1-4, plus-3) and Chuck Kobasew (2-2-4, plus-5), and goaltender Tim Thomas (91 saves on 97 shots, 3-0-0 record).

The week ahead features a road date with Buffalo and Garden visits by the New York Islanders and Detroit Red Wings.