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Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien during the overtime of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Bruins notebook

Bruins’ power-play unit keeps on plugging away

The Bruins entered Saturday’s game having scored just twice on the power play in 27 games.

Paul Carey was the center of attention after scoring in the third period.

NHL roundup: Paul Carey’s first goal powers Capitals

The 27-year-old Boston College product, who was playing in his 25th NHL game, scored his first NHL goal with 5:53 left in regulation.

The Bruins defeated the Sabres, 3-2, Thursday and meet again Saturday in Boston.

SABRES AT BRUINS | 7 P.M. (NESN)

Bruins, Sabres expecting intense finale in home-and-home series

Saturday night’s game comes two days after the teams met in Buffalo and the Bruins came up with a comeback victory.

Loui Eriksson is the one right wing who has earned coach Claude Julien’s trust. But that doesn’t mean he’ll remain a Bruin through the NHL’s trade deadline.

FLUTO SHINZAWA I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

Loui Eriksson could help another team’s salary cap issue

Moving the wing for a pick and prospect will not help the Bruins’ playoff push, however.

Boston Bruins' Adam McQuaid (54) checks Washington Capitals' Zach Sill (23) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Adam McQuaid is close to rejoining Bruins

The gritty defenseman is expected to return during the team’s upcoming six-game road trip.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 04: Derick Brassard #16 of the New York Rangers (l) celebrates his game winning goal at 5:46 of the third period against the Minnesota Wild and is joined by J.T. Miller #10 (r)at Madison Square Garden on February 4, 2016 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Wild 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NHL ROUNDUP

Brassard powers Rangers to comeback win over the Wild

He sets up tying goal and nets winner as New York wins its fourth straight game at Madison Square Garden.

Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (15) and goaltender Chad Johnson (31) defend as Boston Bruins center Ryan Spooner (51) scores during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

BRUINS 3, SABRES 2 (SO)

Claude Julien likes what he saw in Bruins’ shootout win

Ryan Spooner scored the team’s first goal, as well as the only goal in the shootout round with Buffalo.

Boston-12/26/15 Boston Bruins vs Buffalo Sabres- Bruins goalie Jonas Gustavsson looks shell-shocked after Buffalos Jack Eichel scored a 3rd period goal to tie the game. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(sports)

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Jonas Gustavsson cleared to play by Bruins

The goalie, who has had cardiac episodes before, was given the OK by the team’s medical staff.

Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien during the overtime of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

FLUTO SHINZAWA | ON HOCKEY

Riddled with issues, Bruins need solutions soon

If they had a breakdown in just one area, that would be one thing, but that is hardly the case.

Dennis Wideman suspended 20 games by NHL

The Flames defenseman cross-checked a linesman to the ice in a game late in January.

BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 15: Jonas Gustavsson #50 of the Boston Bruins defends the net as Jamie McGinn #88 of the Buffalo Sabres looks for a shot at First Niagara Center on January 15, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jen Fuller/NHLI via Getty Images)

Bruins hit the road in search of better results

Tuesday’s OT loss dropped them to 11-13-3 at home, but they play seven of the next nine on the road.

Bruins forward Louii Eriksson tried to get past Maple Leafs defenseman Matt Hunwick (2) and goalie James Reimer during the first period.

Maple Leafs 4, bruins 3 (OT)

Maple Leafs rally, pull off shocking victory over Bruins

In their first game after the All-Star break, the Bruins squandered a late two-goal lead.

Toronto's Daniel Winnik (26) tipped a shot past Tuukka Rask in the second period to tie the score at 1.

Fluto Shinzawa | On hockey

Poor defensive coverage by Bruins was tipping point in loss to Leafs

Toronto scored all three regulation goals Tuesday night via deflections.

A fan got the most of her front-row seat during the first period, as Kevan Miller (86) and Toronto's Tyler Bozak battled along the boards.

Bruins notebook

Bruins look to solidify playoff position

The Bruins came out of the break in the first wild-card position, just 2 points ahead of the Penguins.

The hats were for Sidney Crosby, who secured his ninth career hat trick in the third period.

NHL roundup

NHL roundup: Sidney Crosby’s hat trick paces Penguins

Crosby’s offense made the difference as Pittsburgh beat Ottawa, 6-5, on Tuesday.

In January, Malcolm Subban went 7-0-1 with a 1.84 goals-against average for Providence.

FLUTO SHINZAWA | ON HOCKEY

Malcolm Subban’s development gives the Bruins options

Subban has become much more poised in net and is coming off a terrific month in Providence.

Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask in action during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Philadelphia. Boston won 3-2. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Maple Leafs at Bruins | 7 p.m. (NESN)

Bruins get back to work for playoff push

With the All-Star break over, the Bruins return to action against the Maple Leafs Tuesday night.

Putting backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson (above) on injured reserve was “just a precaution,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Bruins place backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson on injured reserve

Gustavsson left last week’s loss to Anaheim after the first period because of an elevated heart rate.

Bruins put Jonas Gustavsson on injured reserve

The backup goalie was taken out of last Tuesday’s game because of an elevated heart rate.

Tyler Seguin (91), playing for the Central Division, said the 3-on-3 format of the All-Star Game “should be like this from here on out.”

NHL ALL-STAR GAME NOTEBOOK

New NHL All-Star format a hit with players

The three-on-three tournament was considered a big improvement over previous versions of the midseason showcase.

All-Star Game MVP John Scott was carried off the ice by other members of the victorious Pacific Division team.

John Scott, an unlikely hero, named NHL All-Star game MVP

Scott’s two goals were three shy of the five he’s netted in 285 regular-season games.

Helping NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (center) announce that the 2017 NHL All-Star Game will be held in Los Angeles were (from left) Luc Robitaille, Drew Doughty, Jonathan Quick, and Darryl Sutter.

NHL ALL-STAR GAME NOTEBOOK

NHL, advertisers rally around Denna Laing

The league will offer $200,000 to assist the Boston Pride player in her recovery and rehabilitation.

The Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron is an undisputed winner, with a Stanley Cup title, two Olympic gold medals, and more gold from the World Championships.

All-Stars dish out praise for Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron

Players at the NHL’s showcase event touted Bergeron’s ability to make those around him better on the ice.

Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., is hosting the 2016 NHL All Star Game.

FLUTO SHINZAWA I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

If we must have an All-Star Game, here’s how it could be better

In a perfect world, the All-Star Game would go away, but there’s too much money to be made from it.

John Scott waits for a television interview to begin as a makeup artist touches him up during NHL hockey All-Star game media day Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Scott was elected as captain of the Pacific Division, though Arizona traded him to Montreal and he is now at the Canadiens' AHL affiliate in Newfoundland. The game is scheduled to be played Sunday, Jan. 31. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NHL ALL-STAR NOTEBOOK

Unlikely All-Star John Scott enjoys the moment

A talk with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reassured Scott that he was welcome in Nashville.

Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game will be held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

NHL’s All-Star Game format requires a new approach

Limited to three-on-three, goalies and players’ fitness will be tested.

Jan 11, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman (6) controls the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

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Dennis Wideman suspended indefinitely for knocking down official

Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman was suspended indefinitely pending a hearing for checking and knocking down linesman Don Henderson Wednesday night.

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 26: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins looks on during the second period against the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden on January 26, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

FLUTO SHINZAWA | ON HOCKEY

Patrice Bergeron’s excellence offsets Bruins’ shortcomings

The Bruins have problems at right wing, an invisible third line, and a defense under construction.

Brenden Lee, center right, of NFL public relations, shows the official coin to Eric Davis, left, Team Rice co-captain, and Jerry Rice, second from left, captain; Merton Hanks, left center, NFL vice president of football operations; Darren Woodson, second from right, Team Irvin co-captain, and Michael Irvin, right, team captain, before the coin toss to determine draft order for the NFL football Pro Bowl, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in Kahuku, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Pro Bowl, NHL All-Star Game wastes of time

Just as some things are better left unsaid, some games are better left unplayed.

01/26/16: Boston, MA: Bruins goalie Jonas Gustavsson is wide eyed, but not enough to stop a first period shot by the Ducks Shea Theodore (not pictured) from whizzing by him to give Anaheim a 2-1 lead. . The Boston Bruins hosted the Anaheim Ducks in a regular season NHL hockey game at the TD Garden. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:Bruins

Jonas Gustavsson released from hospital after elevated heart rate

The Bruins backup goaltender was taken to Mass General after the first period of Tuesday night’s game.

01/26/16: Boston, MA: Anaheim's Chris Stewart (left) and the Bruins Torey Krug (right) each got five minutes for fighting in the first period. The Boston Bruins hosted the Anaheim Ducks in a regular season NHL hockey game at the TD Garden. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:Bruins

Ducks 6, Bruins 2

Ducks make right calls in beating Bruins

Two goals in each period were enough to give Anaheim a win over the Bruins Tuesday at TD Garden.

Sabres rookie Jack Eichel celebrated his second goal, which was the winning goal against Ottawa.

NHL roundup: Jack Eichel puts Sabres over the top

The former BU star scored the tying and winning goals Tuesday as Buffalo beat Ottawa, 3-2.

Shea Theodore’s shot sailed past Bruins goalie Jonas Gustavsson, who left with an illness after the first period.

Bruins goalie Jonas Gustavsson leaves game, hospitalized with illness

Gustavsson was undergoing observation at Mass. General late Tuesday after playing just one period against the Ducks.

Matt Beleskey had eight goals in 16 playoff games for Anaheim last spring, then became a Bruin in the summer.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

Ex-Duck Matt Beleskey put former teammates on alert

Beleskey’s forecheck caused the turnover that led to Zach Trotman’s goal at 0:40 of the first period.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Scott Laughton #21 of the Philadelphia Flyers checks Joonas Kemppainen #41 of the Boston Bruins during the first period at the Wells Fargo Center on January 13, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

DUCKS AT BRUINS, 7 P.M. (NESN)

Bruins look for one more win before All-Star break

They have won five of six, are in fifth place in the East, and face the Ducks before the break.

Bruins forward Jimmy Hayes took a shot during the first period.

Bruins notebook

Score one for forward Brett Connolly

Before Monday’s game-winner, Connolly had scored just once since Nov. 27 — on an empty-netter.

Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth blocked a shot despite the distractions provided by Bruins forward Loui Eriksson during the first period.

Bruins 3, Flyers 2

Late goal lifts Bruins to win over Philadelphia

Brett Connolly redirected a Zdeno Chara shot for the winner at 18:06 of the third.

Boston-01/23/16- The Boston Bruins vs the Columbus Blue Jackets. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask looks on the scoreboard from the bench in the 2nd period. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(sports)

Bruins at Flyers | 7 p.m. (NESN)

Tuukka Rask a game-time decision for Bruins tonight

Boston’s top goalie missed Saturday’s game because he was not “100 percent,” according to coach Claude Julien.

Craig Anderson made one of his 35 saves during Ottawa’s 3-0 shutout of the Rangers on Sunday.

NHL roundup: Craig Anderson, Senators blank Rangers

The goalie stopped 35 shots for his third shutout of the season as Ottawa beat New York, 3-0.

Ice time can be hard to come by for the Bruins’ Colin Miller (left) as he develops into the responsible defenseman the team needs.

Fluto Shinzawa | On hockey

Bruins keeping short leash on young defensemen

Colin Miller, a healthy scratch for the last four games, could replace Joe Morrow against the Flyers.

Bruins goaltender Jonas Gustavsson shut the door on Brandon Saad in the second period, one of 31 saves he made.

Bruins notebook

Jonas Gustavsson wins applause for role

Coach Claude Julien revealed after the game that the Bruins had indeed planned on starting Tuukka Rask on Saturday night

Brad Marchand (left), William Karlsson (center), and Seth Jones battled for the puck in the first period.

Bruins 3, Blue Jackets 2 (SO)

Bruins need shootout to beat Blue Jackets

Ryan Spooner and Torey Krug were the only players to beat Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo in the shootout.

Ryan Spooner hasn’t beaten a goalie in a game since scoring Nov. 27 against the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist.

FLUTO SHINZAWA | ON HOCKEY

Ryan Spooner at right wing is short-term solution for Bruins

Despite an assist in Saturday’s shootout win, he should be back at center soon.

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella stands behind his bench during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Blue Jackets at Bruins | 7 p.m. (NESN)

Blue Jackets to face Bruins without their head coach

John Tortorella was injured at a practice on Friday and won’t be behind the bench on Saturday.

This is Loui Eriksson’s last shot at a big contract — will the Bruins pay up?

FLUTO SHINZAWA I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

Bruins facing a critical decision with Loui Eriksson

Whether to deal or re-sign the winger is the most complicated question in front of GM Don Sweeney.

Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) blocks a shot by Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers won 4-0. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

NHL roundup

Panthers have no trouble with Blackhawks

Roberto Luongo stopped 27 shots for his fourth shutout of the season.

Bruins lose 2013 Stanley Cup Final

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/06/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/bruins-big-7310-7365--90x90.jpg How it all fell apart for the Bruins

Look back on the NHL title series in which the Bruins fell to the Blackhawks in heartbreaking fashion.

Stanley Cup history

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/05/31/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/rings-4383--90x90.JPG 50 years of Stanley Cup rings

Examine the rewards that the champions of the NHL for the past half-century have earned as a Stanley Cup booty.

Bruins' championship history

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The 6 Stanley Cup banners in Bruins history

Will the Bruins add a seventh to this collection of Stanley Cup banners they have accumulated through the decades?