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5 things we learned as Bruins lose divisional battle to Red Wings

02.14.16 at 6:14 pm ET
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The Bruins couldn’€™t manage without Patrice Bergeron for a second straight game as the suffered a 6-5 loss to the Red Wings that saw Boston give up two leads.

Tuukka Rask was pulled for the second time in his last three starts as the Bruins were unable to match Detroit’€™s pace in a high-scoring game. Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg led the way for Detroit with two goals apiece.

The win allowed Detroit to leapfrog the Bruins and overtake second place in the Atlantic Division. The Red Wings now have 67 through 56 games, while the Bruins are in third place with 66 points. The Panthers lead the division with 70 points in 56 games.

With the loss, the Bruins are now 2-1-0 at the halfway point of their current six-game road trip. The B’€™s will face the Blue Jackets Tuesday in Columbus.

Here are four more things we learned Sunday:


There were three blown leads between the two teams, with each team giving up a lead of two goals. The Bruins had jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first on goals from Brad Marchan, Zach Trotman and Loui Eriksson, but that lead was gone just 3:13 into the second period.

Detroit then built its own two-goal lead on on goals from Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm, but the Bruins came back on goals from a pair of unlikely in Dennis Seidenberg and Joonas Kemppainen. The Red Wings got the lead back on Zetterberg’€™s second goal, however, and held on for the victory.


Not only did Marchand’€™s 28th goal tie his career high set back in 2011-12, his first-period tally came just eight seconds into the game, making it the fastest goal scored in team history. He now has 13 goals in his last 13 games.

Meanwhile, Dennis Seidenberg‘€™s goal was his first of the season. He wasn’€™t the only unlikely goal-scorer, as Trotman and Joonas Kemppainen each registered their second.


Playing without the best faceoff man on the planet provides its disadvantages, but Bergeron’€™s line created a pair of goals off the faceoff without him. Marchand’€™s goal came off a Brett Connolly faceoff win, while Ryan Spooner drew the puck back to the point for a Dennis Seidenberg goal in the second period.

On the other hand, a David Krejci faceoff loss to Pavel Datsyuk in the third period led to a Danny DeKeyser point shot that was redirected by Henrik Zetterberg on its way in.


Joe Morrow was scratched Sunday as Colin Miller returned from a four-game absence. It will be interesting to see who the Bruins opt to sit once Adam McQuaid is ready to return, as Kevan Miller would figure to be a candidate despite the Bruins’€™ reluctance to scratch him.

Brad Marchand scores fastest goal in Bruins’ history, ties career-high with 28 goals

02.14.16 at 4:37 pm ET
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Brad Marchand didn’€™t take long to tie his career-high in goals, as he scored his 28th goal in the Bruins’€™ 56th game of the season.

Yet while Marchand made some personal history with Sunday’€™s goal against the Red Wings, the timing of it also made the tally a historic one for the franchise. Marchand scored the goal eight seconds into the game, making it the fastest goal in Bruins’ history.

The goal came when the Red Wings iced the puck at the start of the game to set up a faceoff in the Detroit zone. Brett Connolly drew the puck back to Marchand, who fired a wrister past Petr Mrazek to make it 1-0. The goal was Marchand’€™s 13th in the last 13 games. He sits fifth in the NHL with 28 goals with Alexander Ovechkin, Patrick Kane, Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn sitting ahead of him.

Sunday Skate Live Chat: ‘Brad Marchand might score 3 goals during this episode’ edition

02.14.16 at 12:02 am ET
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Are the Bruins good or do they just play in a bad division? Is there anything that would make you want them to be buyers? Will Brad Marchand score one hundred goals this season? Discuss all that and more on this week’s Sunday Skate. Click below to join the live chat and click here to listen from 7-9 a.m.

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5 things we learned as Patrice Bergeron-less Bruins beat Wild for Claude Julien’s 500th win

02.13.16 at 4:34 pm ET
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Claude Julien‘s 500th win as an NHL head coach came a day earlier than some might have expected.

Given that Patrice Bergeron was out of the lineup and Jonas Gustavsson was given the start Saturday, the Bruins were better positioned to win on the second day of this weekend’€™s back-to-back than the first. The B’€™s managed the victory anyway, defeating the Wild as the penalty skill held strong throughout a special teams battle.

The Bruins killed off five Wild power plays and got a shorthanded goal from — you guessed it — Brad Marchand in a 4-2 win in Minnesota. The B’€™s will travel to Detroit to face the Red Wings Sunday in the third game of their current six-game road trip.

The Bruins’€™ power play didn’€™t fare much better than Minnesota’€™s with an 0-for-6 showing on the man advantage, but even-strength goals from David Krejci and Loui Eriksson allowed the B’€™s to outpace their opponent despite only attempting 10 shots over the game’€™s first 40 minutes. Zdeno Chara added an empty-netter from the defensive zone with just under two minutes remaining to seal the victory.

Now 2-0-0 on their road trip, the Bruins have sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Division entering Sunday’s contest against the Red Wings. Detroit trails Boston by one point with both teams 55 games into their respective schedules.

Here are four more things we learned Saturday:


Bergeron being out of the lineup meant that Claude Julien had to shuffle his lines and special teams assignments. Among them: Ryan Spooner jumped up to center the first line, Joonas Kemppainen returned to the lineup and greater special teams assignments were given to David Pastrnak, who played on the first power play unit, and Kemppainen and Zac Rinaldo on the penalty kill.

Joe Morrow and Kevan Miller also remained in the lineup over Colin Miller, who sat for the fourth straight game. The Bruins used the following lineup:


Krug-Kevan Miller



With a shorthanded goal — his fourth of the season — Marchand continued his furious scoring pace to give him 12 goals in the last 12 games. He brought his total on the season to 27 goals, which puts him fifth in the NHL and one behind former linemate Tyler Seguin with four fewer games played.

Marchand is now on pace for 42 goals this season.


Boston’€™s second goal needed to be reviewed, as Krejci threw the puck on net off the rush as Nino Niederrieter was crashing into the Minnesota goal. A review confirmed that the play, which saw Krejci’€™s shot go off Niederrieter and across goal line, was a good goal. Following is the league’€™s explanation:

At 11:48 of the second period in the Bruins/Wild game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Minnesota net. The referee informed the Situation Room that it was a good goal, a decision supported by NHL Hockey Operations in accordance with Rule 63.6, which states: “In the event that the goal post is displaced, either deliberately or accidentally, prior to the puck crossing the normal positions of the goal posts, the referee may award a goal. In order to award a goal in this situation, the goal post must have been displaced by the actions of a defending player, the puck must have been shot (or the player must be in the act of shooting) at the goal prior to the goal post being displaced, and it must be determined that the puck would have entered the net between the normal position of the goal posts. The goal frame is considered to be displaced if either or both goal pegs are no longer in their respective holes in the ice, or the net has come completely off one or both pegs, prior to or as the puck enters the goal.” Good goal Boston.


It’€™s tough to say how much longer Eriksson will be a Bruin. If these are some of his final games in Boston, however, he’€™s making them count.

Eriksson took a nice pass from Spooner in the third period and scored on a breakaway to give him three goals in the last four games. The goal was also the 200th of his career.

The free-agent-to-be had seen his scoring stall for a bit — zero goals in nine games leading into last Saturday — but he has recovered well. With an assist on Thursday as well, the veteran wing has four points (three goals, one assist) in his last four contests.

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Patrice Bergeron misses Saturday’s game vs. Wild

02.13.16 at 2:27 pm ET
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Patrice Bergeron was kept out of Saturday’€™s game against the Wild due to an injury suffered in Thursday’€™s game. Bergeron fought Blake Wheeler in the second period of the Bruins’€™ win over the Jets, and though he returned to that game, he missed Friday’€™s practice.

Without Bergeron, the Bruins moved Ryan Spooner to their top line and Joonas Kemppainen returned to lineup after being recalled from Providence on Friday: The B’s used the following lines in Minnesota:


Saturday marked Bergeron’s first missed game of the season.

Bruins recall Joonas Kemppainen from Providence

02.12.16 at 8:08 pm ET
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The Bruins recalled center Joonas Kemppainen from Providence on Friday, a move likely associated with the potential availability of Patrice Bergeron for Saturday’€™s game against the Wild.

Bergeron missed time early in the third period of Thursday’€™s win over the Jets after fighting Blake Wheeler in the second period. He returned to the game, however, scoring his second goal of the night. The veteran center did not practice on Friday, however, with coach Claude Julien telling reporters that Bergeron is questionable for Saturday.

The B’€™s sent Kemppainen to Providence last week, where he has played three games with no points. Kemppainen posted one goal and two assists in 35 games prior to his demotion.

5 things we learned: Patrice Bergeron fights, Brad Marchand keeps scoring as Bruins beat Jets

02.11.16 at 10:46 pm ET
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The Bruins wanted a win Thursday. They did not want an injury to perhaps their best player. Fortunately for them, they got the former and, despite a scare, avoided the latter.

After a second-period fight with former teammate Blake Wheeler, Patrice Bergeron missed time in the opening minutes of the third period, but returned to score his second goal of the night as the Bruins opened their six-game road trip with a 6-2 win over the Jets in Winnipeg.

Bergeron would stay in the game as the team cruised to the win, which was capped by a Jimmy Hayes empty-netter. The B’€™s also got goals from Eriksson, David Pastrnak and the red-hot Brad Marchand.

The night got off to something of an underwhelming start after Tuesday’s 9-2 loss to the Kings, as the B’s took first-period leads on goals from Bergeron and Eriksson but relinquished the lead after each one. A breakaway goal late in the period from Marchand gave Boston the lead for good.

The road trip will get more difficult from here, as the B’€™s will face a tricky back-to-back of Minnesota on Saturday and Detroit on Sunday. The Bruins and Red Wings are currently tied for second place in the Eastern Conference with 64 points apiece.

Here are four more things we learned Thursday:


Brett Connolly has had a woeful showing for the Bruins offensively this season, but he led the way with three helpers on Thursday. Though he has just seven goals on the season and has squandered some really good opportunities, the Bruins like his forechecking on the Bergeron line and he’€™s stayed there as a result.

Thursday he provided a reminder that he is capable of points, as Connolly registered the first three-point game of his career. He now has 19 points in 51 games on the season. The restricted free agent-to-be could use a strong second half to make sure he stays in Boston.  Read the rest of this entry »

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