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Behind Reilly Smith, Patrice Bergeron, Bruins finding their ‘finishing’ touch 11.11.14 at 1:24 am ET
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Everyone in attendance at TD Garden will remember Monday night’s 4-2 win over the Devils for Seth Griffith’s spectacular effort late in the second-period.

But truth be told, the significance of the win goes far beyond that 10-second span. In winning their fifth straight game, the Bruins showed yet again they can actually finish around the net, something they struggled badly with in their 5-6-0 start.

At the center of the finishing was the line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith. Bergeron had two assists and a goal, Smith had a goal and an assist and Carl Soderberg finished his power play chance in front.

Whether it was from the circle (Bergeron), or in the slot (Smith), or on the doorstep (Soderberg), the Bruins were finding ways to put the puck in the net.

“I think it’s finishing, yeah, because there’€™s been some games where we have given up too many shots and too many offensive opportunities and Tuukks [Tuukka Rask] has done a great job, same with Sveddy [Niklas Svedberg], but I think we are just doing a better job finishing the puck, and we are getting chances and it seems like we are doing a better job putting it in the back of the net than we did, you know, starting in the year,” Smith said.

“When Patrice gets the puck, I just let him do his thing,” he added. “You know sometimes you can call someone for the puck and you can kind of put someone out of their groove a little bit, because you know it’€™s not their first play, but Bergy has eyes in the back of his head so you know I just trust him that he will make the right play all the time.”

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Seth Griffith scores ‘sick’ goal, draws comparisons to Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin 11.11.14 at 12:10 am ET
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Seth Griffith doesn’t talk the same game he plays.

So, when asked about his blocked shot, sprint through a pair of opponents and spin-o-rama that ended with a goal on a backhanded shot with his back facing the net, the rookie had to quote Patrice Bergeron to do the feat justice.

“He just said that was a sick play,” Griffith said. “He’€™s one of the guys that talks to me all the time and he’€™s making me more confident in the room. Bergy was one of the first to congratulate me. It’€™s always pretty cool when a guy like that says something to you like that. He’€™s a great guy.”

The goal that Griffith scored with 1:59 left in the second period not only snapped a 2-2 tie, but it provided much needed inspiration that helped the Bruins beat the Devils, 4-2, Monday night at TD Garden. The reason for the inspiration was exactly how the play unfolded.

With the Devils possessing the puck in the Bruins’ zone, Griffith slid down to block a shot. In one motion, he got up, controlled the puck and took off on a sprint. He split Devils defensemen Marek Zidlicky and Bryce Salvador and somehow managed to carry the puck, lose it, get it back, put his back to goalie Corey Schneider and backhand it through his own legs and under the left pad of the Devils’ goalie for the go-ahead tally.

“Yeah, we picked up our game after that but it just goes to show how good we can play and we shouldn’€™t wait for stuff like that to happen to get going,” Griffith said.

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Slap shots will come as Torey Krug gets more comfortable 11.10.14 at 11:07 pm ET
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Torey Krug

Torey Krug

The Bruins are slowly but surely getting healthier on defense, as Torey Krug returned to the lineup Monday and is starting to forget all about his broken pinky finger.

While a pinky injury might sound like a minor injury, it’€™s actually quite the obstacle to overcome. Without the full use of the pinky, as Zdeno Chara explained months ago, one can’€™t grip things. Without being able to grip things, one can’€™t take a slap shot. Without a slap shot, an NHL defenseman –” especially one of the better offensive ones –€” isn’€™t quite himself.

So while Krug took his usual spot at the point of the Bruins’€™ top power play unit, it wasn’€™t a night full of blasts to the net just yet. He took five shots on the night, only one of which was a slap shot. The lone shot he landed on net was a wrist shot.

Krug had two full practices with the B’€™s before returning to game action. He admitted that as he worked his way back from the injury, trying to shoot presented issues for him.

“I definitely had some challenges with shooting at first and the vibrations of the stick,” Krug said, “but everything’€™s good now.”

The injury was suffered on Oct. 28 on a slash from Zach Parise. Krug logged 21:16 of ice time on Monday night, saying that the toughest challenge he faced was not thinking about the injury.

“I think the last thing is just making sure I’€™m not thinking about it,” he said. “There were times in practice where I’€™m protecting myself and making sure it doesn’€™t get hit or something like that. You get into live game action and you can’€™t really think about that because otherwise the puck’€™s going to end up in your net.”

Julien said that Krug looked like someone who was playing in his first game back from an injury, but that he liked his game Monday night.

“He’€™s been out for a while, and I think he had one or maybe two practices with us and that’€™s it,” Julien said. “But he came in and did his job. Obviously he’€™s not at 100 percent with his situation, but he seems to be handling the puck well. Again, maybe he didn’€™t get that many shots on net tonight, but still I thought he was a good player.”

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5 things we learned as Bruins won 5th straight: Seth Griffith scores crazy goal 11.10.14 at 9:29 pm ET
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Seth Griffith scored another highlight-reel goal Monday. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Seth Griffith scored another highlight-reel goal Monday. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

One goal can make a game. Seth Griffith’€™s second-period goal did just that.

With the Bruins and Devils tied at two goals apiece late in the second period, the Bruins rookie scored what is likely the most impressive goal he’€™ll score in his career when, after blocking a shot, he battled for a puck through Bryce Salvador and got tangled up with Marek Zidlicky as he raced to the net. After getting spun around, he backhanded the puck through his legs and those of Cory Schneider to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead.

Reilly Smith would score soon after, giving the Bruins two goals in the final two minutes of the second period and sending them on their way to a 4-2 victory over the Devils (Check out the game boxscore).

Griffith, who was playing in his 12th NHL game after getting called up for top-six duty last month, is becoming no stranger to sensational goals. After flying through the air Bobby Orr-style on his Oct. 28 goal against the Wild, Griffith is setting the bar pretty high for himself going forward in his young NHL career.

The win was Boston’€™s fifth in a row. It improved the B’€™s to 6-1-0 since Zdeno Chara went down, while the B’€™s have won all three games that David Krejci has missed over this recent stretch.

Here are four other things we learned Monday night:

KRUG RETURNS

Torey Krug returned to the lineup after a four-game absence caused by a broken pinky finger suffered on Oct. 28.

Krug skated on the team’€™s third defensive pairing with Zach Trotman, taking the place of the injured David Warsofsky, who is out 2-4 weeks with a groin strain. The second-year defenseman also returned to his usual spot on the point of Boston’€™s first power play unit.

Matt Bartkowski served as a healthy scratch for the fifth consecutive game.

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Jaromir Jagr doesn’t know who Jack Eichel is, wants to play against him 11.10.14 at 12:32 pm ET
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If Jack Eichel is the next Jaromir Jagr, Jagr wants to play him. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

If Jack Eichel is the next Jaromir Jagr, Jagr wants to play him. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Chelmford’€™s Jack Eichel is expected to be a top-two pick in the coming NHL draft. As he dominates his freshman year at Boston University, the accolades and comparisons are pouring in rapidly.

In a recent appearance on Middays with MFB, Pierre McGuire compared the 6-foot-2 Eichel to Jaromir Jagr given his strength and ability to hold onto the puck. So, with the Devils in town, it seemed worth it to get Jagr’€™s thoughts on the young scorer.

In true Jagr fashion, the 42-year-old admitted to having no clue who Eichel was, but seemed pretty excited anyway.

“He’€™s like a Czech kid?” Jagr asked.

No.

“He’€™s going to be drafted this year?”

Sure is. Then Jagr smiled.

“Hopefully I’€™m going to have a chance to stay here one more year in the NHL so I can have a chance to see him,” he said.

Maybe, just maybe, it would be like Jaromir Jagr against Jaromir Jagr.

“Exactly.”

Of course, if Eichel was exactly like Jagr, that matchup would be a scoreless game in which the two took turns keeping the puck in the corner. That still sounds like something worth watching.

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David Krejci out vs. Devils, Torey Krug a game-time decision 11.10.14 at 11:26 am ET
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Bruins center David Krejci will not play Monday against the Devils, Claude Julien said after the team’s optional morning skate. It will be Krejci’s third absence in the last four games as he continues to battle a hip injury suffered in the preseason finale. Krejci also missed the first three games of the season.

Torey Krug (finger) is a possibility to return Monday night. He took part in the morning skate, with Julien saying he would be a game-time decision. Krug has missed the last four games since suffering his injury on Oct. 28.

Kevan Miller (dislocated shoulder) also took part in the morning skate, which was attended by all healthy players but Krejci and Loui Eriksson. Julien offered no update on Miller’s status and added that Zdeno Chara has not started skating in his recovery from a torn PCL.

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Bruins confirm David Warsofsky out 2-4 weeks with groin strain 11.09.14 at 6:26 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed in a statement Sunday that David Warsofsky is out 2-4 weeks with a groin strain. The Boston Herald was the first to report the injury.

Warsofsky was called up late last month after Torey Krug suffered a broken finger. He played in four games, notching an assist in Thursday’s win over the Oilers for his only point of the season thus far. He was injured in the same game.

Krug could return to the lineup as soon as Monday. If he does not, Matt Bartkowski is expected to return after being scratched the last four games.

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