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 gave the Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Jets Friday to wrap up a three-game home stand.
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 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.
BADASS BERGERON STRIKES AGAIN
Patrice Bergeron is known for many things, but racking up penalty minutes is not one of them. That’s begun to change a bit the last couple of seasons.
With a first-period holding penalty Friday night, Bergeron pushed his season total to 22 penalty minutes on the season, which his more than he had in 81 games in the 2011-12 season.
Bergeron set a carer high in penalty minutes with 43 last season ‘ he’d never even hit 30 in his career to that point ‘ but that included a five-minute fighting major. He’s on pace to destroy that mark this season.
RASK KEEPS IT CLOSE
Tuukka Rask had to deal with three breakaways in the second period Friday but didn’t surrender a goal on any of them.
Rask first came up with a pokecheck on Evander Kane to break up a bid for the Jets. Later a David Pastrnak turnover led to a Dustin Byfuglien breakaway that Matt Bartkowski would catch up to and break up. Rask had to come through on Kane for a second time after Torey Krug turned the puck over at center ice during a power play.