BOSTON (CBS) – With the playoffs just two games away, and the second-seed all locked up, the Boston Bruins will give some of their star players Thursday night off.

Tim Thomas, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk all stayed in Boston as the rest of the team went to Ottawa on Wednesday.

Thomas, Bergeron and Chara are getting the night off for rest, while Boychuk’s status is still unknown after leaving Tuesday night’s game against the Penguins with a leg injury.

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In getting the night off, Thursday night will be the first game this season Bergeron has not played in, leaving Chris Kelly the only Bruin to play in every game this season.

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Bergeron will join 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak in studio Thursday afternoon in the one o’clock hour.

Thursday’s game will be the first this season in which Bergeron has not played, and it will leave Chris Kelly as the only Bruin to play in each contest. It will be Thomas’ second straight scratch as the team aims to keep the reigning Conn Smythe winner fresh for the playoffs.

98.5 The Sports Hub is the only place to hear every game of the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins 2011-12 NHL season with Dave Goucher and Bob Beers. Pregame coverage begins 30 minutes before the puck drops, with Postgame coverage following each game.


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