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Three named as reserves

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  January 8, 2009 11:45 AM

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Tim Thomas will be making his second straight All-Star appearance. (Getty Images)

Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, and Marc Savard will be going to Montreal for the All-Star Game as Eastern Conference reserves.

All three were in Atlanta for last year's All-Star Game.

Thomas, who was not on this year's ballot, enters tonight's match against Ottawa with a 16-4-3 record, 2.13 GAA, and a .932 save percentage. Thomas made his All-Star debut last season and earned the victory.

Chara, a starter in last year's All-Star Game, will be making his fourth appearance. In 40 games, Chara has recorded a 7-15--22 line and a plus-17 rating while playing some of his sharpest shutdown hockey against some of the league's most dangerous attackers. Chara is the two-time defending champion in the hardest shot competition (103.1 m.p.h. last season, 100.4 m.p.h. in 2006-07).

Savard scored the game-winning goal in last year's All-Star Game at 19:39 of the third period. This season, Savard is currently the fourth-leading scorer in the NHL (13-36--49). This will be his second All-Star appearance.

Thomas, Chara, and Savard will be coached by Claude Julien, who will have the East's best record as of Saturday's cutoff date. David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Matt Hunwick, and Blake Wheeler are also expected to be in Montreal for the inaugural rookies vs. sophomores game.

Other Bruins under All-Star consideration were Manny Fernandez (13-3-1, 1.96 GAA, .932 save percentage), Phil Kessel (24-16--40), and Dennis Wideman (8-18--26).

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