|David Krejci’s hat trick leads Bruins past Devils in overtime||03.01.12 at 9:37 pm ET|
David Krejci chose the best time of all to seal his hat trick Thursday, scoring his third goal of the night 2:59 into overtime to give the Bruins a 4-3 win over the Devils at TD Garden.
The Bruins blew a two-goal lead in the second period, but came back to tie the game in the third before eventually winning it on Krejci’s 16th of the season.
Claude Julien shuffled the team’s lines, and it paid off early for the Bruins. Centering Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin, Krejci scored his 14th goal of the season 1:13 into the game when Seguin flew down the right wing and fed Krejci in front of the net. The same line produced another goal just under seven minutes later when Milan Lucic came down along the boards and shook off Mark Fayne before sending a pass to Seguin, who beat Martin Brodeur with a wrist shot. The goal was Seguin’s 21st of the season.
Then, as has been the case often this season, things went south for the B’s in the second period. The Devils scored three unanswered goals, getting tallies from Zach Parise, Patrik Elias and David Clarkson to wipe out the Bruins’ lead.
The Bruins woke back up in the third, as Krejci batted a rebound out of mid air at 5:30 to tie the game and give him his second goal of the night.
Tim Thomas made 26 saves on 29 shots in regulation, while Brodeur stopped 21 of the 24 shots he faced in the first three periods.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Greg Zanon looked good in his Bruins debut. Paired with Adam McQuaid to begin the game, Zanon had a shot on goal, a pair of blocked shots and a big hit on Clarkson. Zanon finished the night with a team-high three hits for the B’s. Hits and blocked shots are both specialties of Zanon, who is a safer defenseman with less offensive prowess. Zanon also contributed on the penalty kill when Zdeno Chara went off for high-sticking Adam Henrique in the third period.
– That new line of Krejci between Seguin and Lucic sure looked good. All three players had multi-point nights, as Krejci had a pair of goals, while Seguin had a goal and an assist and Lucic had a pair of helpers.
– Tim Thomas picked up his first assist of the season and sixth helper of his career when he got the secondary apple on Seguin’s goal. Of course, it took Thomas a little longer to get his first assist this season than it did last season, as he assisted Seguin’s first career goal in his first start of the season in Prague against the Coyotes.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Joe Corvo‘s horrid night cost him. He had his latest bad turnover in a Bruins sweater, making a blind backhanded pass into the neutral zone from the Bruins’ blue line in the second period, and Ilya Kovalchuk picked it off easily before feeding Zach Parise to make it 2-1. Corvo is fighting to stay in the lineup once Johnny Boychuk is healthy, and if he winds up as a healthy scratch, it will be because of the turnovers. He was also on the ice for Elias’ goal and was benched afterwards. He didn’t return to the ice until the start of the Bruins’ third-period power play at 5:45.
– After buzzing around the Devils’ zone for the first 20 minutes, the Bruins got off to a quiet start in the second period. The B’s didn’t get their first shot of the period until 9:11, when Seguin was stopped by Brodeur. The second period has been a killer for the Bruins for quite some time, and they were outscored, 2-0, and lost their lead in the second Thursday night.
– The Bruins’ lead could have been much greater than it was, and Brodeur had a lot to do with that. The four-time Vezina-winner came up with some some saves, including one on David Krejci in the first period. With the Devils on the power play, a save from Thomas on David Clarkson quickly turned into a breakaway for Krejci, but Brodeur stopped him with his blocker on an acrobatic save.
– Andrew Ference did not take another shift after his third of the period, which ended 5:30 into the period. He may have been injured on a hit he took from Alexei Ponikarovsky earlier in the period, though he had initially returned to the ice following the hit.
– Shawn Thornton was also missing for a few minutes after fighting frequent dance partner Eric Boulton 2:11 into the first period. After disappearing from the bench, he returned to take his second shift of the night at 15:35.
– Claude Julien sure does trust Brian Rolston already, as the B’s coach put Rolston on Patrice Bergeron’s line with Marchand. Rolston took his second tripping penalty in as many games, and through two games looks like he’d be better suited for bottom-six minutes than playing on that second line over someone like Chris Kelly or Benoit Pouliot. Julien eventually played Kelly on the line in Rolston’s place in the third period.
|Bruins-Devils Live Blog: Headed for overtime||03.01.12 at 7:03 pm ET|
|Greg Zanon to make Bruins debut Thursday vs. Devils||03.01.12 at 12:35 pm ET|
Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters Thursday that defenseman Greg Zanon will be in the lineup Thursday night against the Devils, while Mike Mottau will be a healthy scratch.
Zanon, acquired from the Wild on Monday, arrived in Boston Tuesday but was kept out of the lineup agaisnt the Senators after missing the morning skate. In 39 games with Minnesota, he had two goals and four assists for six points.
Mottau made his Bruins debut Tuesday, logging 10:49 of ice time.
|Johnny Boychuk skates before Bruins practice||02.29.12 at 1:36 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk skated prior to Wednesday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, marking the first time he has taken the ice since suffering a concussion Saturday night against the Senators.
Coach Claude Julien said after the practice that he had yet to hear any feedback on how well Boychuk handled his return to the ice, but that the team will soon know how he is feeling.
“He skated this morning, and those are more [situations in which] we find out the next day if everything’s good, then we move forward here,” Julien said. “Again, it’s a day-by-day situation, and we saw what happened with [Nathan Horton, who skated and suffered a setback earlier in the month], so we’ve just got to keep our fingers crossed.”
With Boyhcuk still out, the Bruins had seven defenseman at practice, as Greg Zanon joined the team for the first time since being acquired at Monday’s trade deadline.
|Bruins shut out for fifth time in February, lose to Senators||02.28.12 at 9:38 pm ET|
The Bruins were shut out for the fifth time in February, suffering a 1-0 loss to the Senators at TD Garden Tuesday.
The loss wrapped up a forgettable February in which the B’s went 5-7-1. The Bruins were not able to beat Senators goaltender Robin Lehner, who picked up his first NHL shootout.
Defenseman Erik Karlsson scored the only goal of the game, beating Tim Thomas on the power play in the first period. Thomas made 37 saves in the losing effort.
The Bruins had a good chance to tie the game late when Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar went off for hooking, but the power play and final seconds went yielded no legitimate bids.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– Joe Corvo said Monday that he was going to go after Kyle Turris, but he stayed away from the Senators center whenever the two were on the ice. Corvo was fired up after the league decided not to suspend Turris for his headshot on Corvo Saturday, but whenever the two were on the ice, Corvo kept his distance. Even on plays where Corvo could have simply finished a check on Turris, no contact was made between the two.
Corvo said Tuesday morning that he regretted the comments. As Dale Arnold mentioned on Twitter, perhaps Corvo got a preemptive call from the league over his comments.
– Thomas played well in the losing effort, and certainly deserved more offensive production than he got. Still, Thomas ran into a bit of good luck. The game could have easily been 3-0 in the second period, as Dennis Seidenberg cleared a puck out of the crease with the net open in the first, and Erik Condra missed an open net in the second.
– With the loss, the Bruins still have not won back-to-back contests since Jan. 10 and 12, a span of 21 games. Though they picked up points in their previous three games (1-0-2), their current skid is still not over.
– Tuesdays game marked the fifth time in February that the Bruins were shut out. In the first four months of the season, the B’s were only shut out twice. The alarming rate at which they’ve been shut to speaks volumes to their offense power outage over the course of February. The B’s scored two goals or less in eight of their 13 games.
|Bruins-Senators Live Blog: Will Joe Corvo go after Kyle Turris?||02.28.12 at 6:51 pm ET|
|Mike Mottau: Trade to Bruins a ‘dream come true’||02.28.12 at 2:15 pm ET|
Mike Mottau calls Monday’s trade to the Bruins “a dream come true.”
The Avon, Mass. native was part of the four-player trade that also landed former Islanders teammate Brian Rolston in Boston, and it returned Mottau to the where he grew up and played his college hockey at Boston College.
“Growing up a Bruins fans, and following the team throughout my whole professional career, finally getting a chance to put on the sweater was really special this morning, even just to go out for morning skate,” Mottau said after Tuesday’s morning skate.
Mottau followed last year’s playoffs and watched the Bruins as they won their first title in 39 years. He’s friends with Shawn Thornton, Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg and Joe Corvo, so the trade returns him to his home without the tough adjustment to a new team.
“Even playing with the Islanders last year, I was home for the Cup run. Watching the guys go through it, it was pretty amazing for the city and these guys,” he said. “I know quite a few guys and it’s great to be a part of it now.”
Mottau didn’t expect to be traded, as he had just made his return Sunday from a concussion. He will be in the lineup Tuesday night against the Senators.