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5 things we learned as Bruins fall to Ducks 12.02.14 at 12:33 am ET
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A loss is a loss, but all things considered, Monday night could have gone much worse for the Bruins.

Playing one of the NHL‘€™s biggest and best teams in the first game of a four-game western swing, the Bruins held their own against the Ducks with an especially strong first period, solid special teams work throughout and even a big night from the embattled Gregory Campbell line.

After falling behind, 3-1, five minutes into the third period the B’€™s pushed back hard with Simon Gagne’€™s second goal of the season, but were unable to find the equalizer en route to a 3-2 regulation loss.

The lack of points from the performance should undoubtedly leave the Bruins with a bad taste in their mouths, but Monday’s game showed that, without Zdeno Chara and David Krejci, the B’s can still measure up pretty well against one of the league’s top teams.

The Bruins will play the second leg of perhaps their toughest back-to-back of the season when they face the Kings Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

Tuukka Rask made 25 saves on 28 shots faced. The loss was Boston’€™s third in the last four games (1-2-1).

Here are four more things we learned Monday:

PASTRNAK GETS HIS FIRST POINT

David Pastrnak stayed on Patrice Bergeron‘€™s line and got power play time in his third NHL game. With it came his first career point, as his power play unit stayed in the offensive zone at the expiration of an Andrew Cogliano penalty and a Pastrnak threw a puck on net that yielded a rebound that Brad Marchand converted into the first goal of the game.

Zach Trotman got the secondary assist on the goal, as he manned the other point of the power play unit with Torey Krug.

Pastrnak had one shot on goal Monday, a far cry from his team-leading seven on Friday against the Jets.

BARTKOWSKI HELD UP

Matt Bartkowski has had plenty of reason to be frustrated when pucks have gone past him and in this season, but on Monday the frustration wasn’€™t with himself.

Devante Smith-Pelly held Bartkowski’€™s stick in front of Rask during a Ducks possession late in the second period. Despite Bartkowski signaling to the official that he couldn’€™t make a play, the obstruction went uncalled as Cam Fowler fired a shot that would go off Smith-Pelly and in.

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5 things we learned as Dougie Hamilton saves day in overtime 11.28.14 at 9:42 pm ET
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The Bruins wrapped up their homestand Friday agains the Jets. (Getty Images)

The Bruins wrapped up their homestand Friday agains the Jets. (Getty Images)

The Bruins will head to the West Coast two points richer.

It took overtime (and killing off a four-minute double-minor late in regulation and into the extra period), but Dougie Hamilton’€™s game-winner three minutes, 39 seconds into overtime gave the Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Jets Friday to wrap up a three-game home stand.

Brad Marchand was called for a four-minute high stick on Grant Clitsome with 3:30 left in regulation and the game tied, 1-1. The Bruins killed off the penalty in regulation, and the final 30 seconds to open overtime in a 4-on-3. Former Bruins farmhand Michael Hutchinson was spectacular in net for the Jets, saving 36 of the first 37 shots he faced, including a point-blank short-handed chance by Gregory Campbell with 30 seconds left in regulation.

The Bruins will also leave Boston healthier than they were to begin their three-game homestand, as Chris Kelly returned from injury Friday.

Here are four other things we learned Friday night:

SODERBERG LINE A GOOD FIT FOR LUCIC

Claude Julien said earlier this week that once David Krejci is healthy, Chris Kelly will go back to playing with Carl Soderberg and Lucic will go back to playing with Krejci. For now, however, Lucic has shown he’€™s a good fit with Boston’€™s Swedish forwards.

The trio of Soderberg between Lucic and Eriksson scored for the second straight game Friday when Lucic dropped a pass off for Soderberg at the blue line, went to the net and tipped Soderberg’€™s pass between the legs of Michael Hutchinson to tie the game at a goal apiece.

The goal was Lucic’€™s second in as many games, as he scored Boston’€™s first goal of Monday’€™s overtime loss to the Penguins. He now has five goals on the season.

Soderberg and Eriksson assisted Hamilton’s game-winner.

PASTRNAK PUTS PUCKS ON NET

After giving him just 7:53 of ice time in his NHL debut Monday, Claude Julien played David Pastrnak on Patrice Bergeron‘€™s line and the team’€™s No. 2 power play unit Friday. The result was both a glimpse of the first-rounder’€™s skill set and a lot of shots on goal.

With seven shots on goal Friday, Pastrnak landed as many pucks on net as any Bruin has in a game this season. (By my count, seven was the highest individual shot on goal total for a Bruins player entering the night, accomplished by Zdeno Chara on Oct. 18 against the Sabres and Patrice Bergeron on Nov. 6 against the Oilers.)

Pastrnak nearly had his best chance of the night at the end of a long shifts in the third period, but he couldn’€™t get a handle on the puck after taking a feed from Brad Marchand.

The Bruins began the night with Brad Marchand on the left wing of Bergeron’€™s line and Reilly Smith skating on a bottom-six line with Chris Kelly and Seth Griffith. Julien moved Smith up to replace Marchand in the third, with Marchand moving to Kelly’€™s line. Marchand took a high-sticking double-minor at 16:30 of the third period.
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Brad Marchand out for Bruins Friday vs. Blue Jackets 11.20.14 at 3:09 pm ET
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Brad Marchand will not travel with the Bruins to Columbus, coach Claude Julien said after Thursday’€™s practice. Marchand participated in the practice, but shared left wing duties on his line with Matt Fraser.

Friday’€™s game against the Blue Jackets will be the second consecutive contest Marchand has missed due to an undisclosed injury that was suffered in Saturday’€™s win over the Hurricanes. Julien said that Marchand is “doing better,” but that he remains day-to-day and the team wants to give him more time to recover.

Dougie Hamilton practiced Thursday after missing Wednesday’€™s practice with the flu.

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Matt Fraser gets defensive and shows he can help fill void for Brad Marchand 11.19.14 at 12:59 am ET
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Ever since scoring the overtime goal against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of the second round last spring, every Bruins fan knew the kid could score.

But on Tuesday night, they saw a different side of Fraser, the tough, gritty side, giving the Bruins exactly what they needed with Brad Marchand out with an unspecified injury.

Fraser played all 20 shifts with Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith as the Bruins beat the Blues, 2-0, at TD Garden.

“Obviously, I like scoring goals,” Fraser said. “I like to be an offensive threat. But you’€™re not going to be that kind of guy every night. There’€™s going to be times when you have to be relied upon to be a defensive, sound player. I think on this team, that’€™s more my ‘€“ it’€™s not my job, but I have to broaden my game a little bit because every guy in this room is good defensively. That’€™s how this franchise has built their system: you got to be good defensively. You got to make sure you’€™re good in all three zones.”

The irony is that Fraser did score a goal – with nine seconds left in the second period – but it was disallowed when referee Chris Lee ruled Fraser slammed into Blues goalie Brian Elliot before Elliot could play the puck.

“To me it should have been a goal,” coach Claude Julien said. “In my mind the puck’€™s in, it hits him, and it goes in before he even touches the goaltender. But those are unfortunately not reviewable, so he gets deprived from a goal. But the other part ‘€“ he deserves a lot of credit for his, he was on the line that played against their top-scoring line and defensively I thought he was very reliable. He played big, he played strong with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and [Reilly] Smith. I think that line did a great job against the [Vladimir] Tarasenko line.”

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Brad Marchand out vs. Blues, David Krejci and Kevan Miller could return 11.18.14 at 11:40 am ET
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Brad Marchand left Bruins morning skate after one line rush and was subsequently declared out for Tuesday’€™s game against the Blues.

Marchand, who missed the final 13:45 of Saturday’€™s game with an undisclosed injury, practiced Monday and was termed “probable” at the time by Julien. Asked whether Marchand’€™s ailment was a concussion or head injury, Julien said it was not.

Tuesday will mark Marchand’s first missed game of the season. In 19 games thus far, Marchand is tied with Carl Soderberg and Seth Griffith for the team lead with five goals.

David Krejci (lower-body) participated in morning skate and centered his regular linemates in Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith. Julien said that the team didn’€™t know yet whether he would be in. Julien added that if a callup was made Tuesday, it would mean Krejci would be out.

Kevan Miller, who is cleared to play, also participated in the morning skate. Julien said the B’€™s will dress seven defensemen in warmups and decide afterwards whether Miller will be in the lineup. Miller has not played since suffering a dislocated shoulder in a fight on Oct. 18.

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Kevan Miller cleared to play, David Krejci getting closer, Brad Marchand ‘probable’ 11.17.14 at 10:40 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Brad Marchand missed Monday’s practice, while both David Krejci and Kevan Miller took the ice at Ristuccia Arena. After the practice, Julien said that Miller has been cleared to play.

Marchand did not play the final 13:45 of Saturday’s game and also missed the last 6:23 of Wednesday’s game. Following Saturday’s win over the Hurricanes, Claude Julien said that Marchand was “not injured, per se.”

After the practice, Julien said that Marchand was “probable” for Tuesday’s game against the Blues. He added that the injury from which Marchand was suffering occurred in Saturday’s game.

With Marchand absent, Matt Fraser took his place on Patrice Bergeron‘s line.

Krejci, who began skating Friday as he works his way back from a lower-body injury, did line drills with his usual linemates in Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith. Chris Kelly, who has played in Krejci’s place during his absence, returned to Carl Soderberg’s line.

Krejci missed the first three games of the season, returned to play nine, missed two more before returning for one game and missing the last four games. He did not appear to be limited in Monday’s practice.

Julien said that he has yet to be notified that Krejci has been cleared to play. Asked whether the team wanted to be more cautious with Krejci this time than last time, Julien denied any previous impatience on the Bruins’ part.

“Well he was 100 percent last time,” Julien said, “and somehow by the end of the game he didn’€™t feel good again, so we have to take that into consideration as well.”

The forward lines in practice were as follows:

Lucic – Krejci – Griffith
Fraser – Bergeron – Smith
Kelly – Soderberg – Eriksson
Gagne – Campbell – Paille

Miller hasn’t played since Oct. 18 due to a dislocated shoulder suffered in a fight on Oct. 18. He had taken what the team called “light contact” leading up to Monday’s practice, but participated regularly Monday. Julien said that with Miller cleared to play, the only remaining hurdle is for the team to decide whether he has had enough practice time.

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Claude Julien: Brad Marchand ‘not injured, per se’ 11.15.14 at 4:25 pm ET
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Claude Julien said after Saturday’€™s win over the Hurricanes that Brad Marchand is “not injured, per se,”€ which is a tough way to say that someone isn’t injured.

Marchand did not play the final 13:45 of Saturday’€™s game. That came two games after Marchand missed the last 6:23 of Wednesday’€™s loss to the Maple Leafs.

‘€œHe’€™s not injured, per se, but he wasn’€™t 100 percent,’€ Julien said Saturday. ‘€œIt was a safe route to take, I guess.’€

The Bruins are either being cautious or trying to hide the situation the best they can. Remember, Julien called David Krejci‘€™s preseason injury “very, very minor ” at the time it was suffered.€ Krejci went on to miss the next three games with what was believed to be a hip injury. The team has still not revealed why Krejci has not played the last four games.

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