WILMINGTON, Mass. — The Bruins returned from the All-Star break to practice today at Ristuccia Arena, with NHL First Star of January Patrice Bergeron on the ice among the forwards.
In fact, all 12 forwards were lined up exactly as they were last Wednesday when the Bruins closed out the pre-All-Star portion of their schedule with a win over Florida.
All-Star defenseman Zdeno Chara remained in Raleigh, along with goaltender Tim Thomas, after Sunday’s game. So the Bruins had six active blueliners and just one goaltender — Tuukka Rask — for practice. At the opposite end of the rink from Rask, the Bruins used two long net-blocking training blocks to simulate a goaltender.
Bergeron was rewarded by league for his 8-9-17 totals and plus-13 rating in 14 January games.
“It’s a huge honor,” said the center. “I’ve got to give credit to my linemates and my teammates on that one. Obviously, I’m very happy with it. Always I’ve been working and help the team as much as I can. To get rewarded, it feels nice.”
Winger Nathan Horton left practice early, but reported he just suffered “a stinger.”