A Good Day Off for the Boston Bruins
Zdeno Chara was named the NHL’s second star of the week for the week ending April 1. He got this title for his seven assists in the Bruins’ four most recent games: three against the Tampa Bay Lightning, one against the Washington Capitals, two against the New York Islanders and his 40th helper of the season against the Rangers.
The daily Instagram takeovers by Bruins players continue and the cameraman on April 2 was none other than Nathan Horton. He took a picture of an Eastern Conference standings whiteboard where the stats are color-coded by a team’s status–out of the playoffs, in the playoffs, to be determined and division clinched. The only team to have the color set aside for division clinched: the Bruins. The fact that Horton appears to be more active in being around his team, even though he’s not skating, is encouraging. By the way, to easily view all of the Instagram pictures on the Bruins’ account, go here. Instagram doesn’t have a good archive function, but Statigram makes a nice archive.
Over at the Boston Herald, Gregory Campbell offers up his suggestions for some of the NHL’s annual awards, explaining that he’s pretty keen on the league’s happenings because of iPhone apps and watching NBC Sports Network. He recommends his teammate Patrice Bergeron for what’s headlined as the Lady Byng, but then it seems like he changes to recommending Bergeron get the Selke. That is the only fellow Bruin he recommends for one of the awards, though. Still, check out his picks–and if you don’t already follow Bear Blog closely, it’s worth a read for the insider information alone.
In goaltending news, Anton Khudobin has been recalled from Providence. Remember about a month ago when Tuukka Rask got hurt and the problem was that Khudobin couldn’t back up Tim Thomas due to being injured himself? (This led to the signing of Marty Turco.) Seems like everything is better now and Khudobin can come up to Boston for the first time this season. He’s been pretty good in Rhode Island’s capital this season, putting together a 21-19-3 record with two shutouts. It could be that they’re grooming him as a Thomas backup for the playoffs since Turco’s contract says he can’t play in the postseason and Rask’s return date is not yet clear. He may even play one of the last few regular-season Bruins games because, with the division already clinched, there isn’t as much at stake and Thomas needs his rest.