Rangers center Derick Brassard said after Thursday’€™s game against the Bruins that he was slew-footed by Brad Marchand during a second-period power play for the Rangers.

Rangers center Derick Brassard said after Thursday’€™s game against the Bruins that he was slew-footed by Brad Marchand during a second-period power play for the Rangers.

Marchand and Brassard were chasing a puck into the corner when it appeared that Marchand kicked Brassard in the right leg. No penalty was called on the play.

“Well yeah [I felt it was dirty],” Brassard said. “You go in the corner with him and you go shoulder-to-shoulder, but he brings his leg in the back. I felt I got a slew-foot there. Like I said, I don’€™t want to find any excuses about it or I don’€™t want to be a crybaby or anything, but it could be dangerous and it could have been a game-changer. It could have been a 5-on-3 and we probably could have been back in the game, but the referee said it was a clean hit, I guess.”

Brassard stayed in the game, but he said he considered himself fortunate to do so given how dangerous slew-footing can be.

“The way I fell on the ice, maybe I could have missed the rest of the season if I’€™d have hurt my knee there,’€ he said. “I’€™m lucky enough there. Marchand’€™s a pretty good player. He’€™s feisty, he competes hard, but those kind of things we don’€™t want in our game.”

Marchand was fined $2,500 for a slew-foot on Matt Niskanen back in December of 2011. He’€™s also been outspoken against such plays, as he called out Hurricanes left wing Jeff Skinner back during the lockout-shortened 2013 season.

“Skinner slew-foots all the time,” Marchand said back on Jan. 29, 2013, a day after Patrice Bergeron went after Skinner. “€œHe’€™s always doing that to guys and I think Bergy just had enough of it. We even spoke about it before the game in the room. The guys were talking about how much he slew foots and you’€™ve got to watch out for him. You can see it’€™s very blatant. He kicks his legs out and throws him back.

“I remember I got a fine for that last year. It’€™s not a good play, it’€™s frowned upon and if you continue to do that to guys, you’€™re going to get it. Bergy just had enough, and it was good for Bergy to stand up for himself like that.”

Marchand was not made available for comment after Thursday’€™s game.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins have started rewarding Tuukka Rask with some offense and, therefore, wins. On Thursday, the reigning Vezina winner returned the favor.

The Bruins have started rewarding Tuukka Rask with some offense and, therefore, wins. On Thursday, the reigning Vezina winner returned the favor.

Rask stopped three Rangers breakaways and recorded his second shutout of the season as the Bruins extended their season-best winning streak to five games with a 3-0 victory over the Rangers at TD Garden (box).

Boston got a pair of assists from Torey Krug. After Patrice Bergeron got Boston on the board in the first period with his 11th goal of the season, Krug sent a terrific slap pass from the point to the doorstep, where David Krejci tapped it past Cam Talbot for the Bruins’€™ lone goal of the second period. Krug fired a shot through traffic in the third period to create a Loui Eriksson rebound goal.

With the victory, the B’€™s improved to 24-15-6 on the season. Here are four more things we learned Thursday:

MARCHAND GETS AWAY WITH ONE

Brad Marchand was none too happy when he was called for a cross-check on Dan Boyle in the second period, but all things considered, he probably caught a break with officials on Thursday.

The veteran left wing was chasing a puck into the corner with Derick Brassard when Marchand appeared to kick Brassard’€™s right leg in an effort to take the player’€™s feet out from under. That’€™s known as a slew-foot to those in the business of spending players, and it’€™s extremely dangerous.

Marchand has been disciplined for a slew-foot before, as the league docked him $2,500 for a slew-foot on Matt Niskanen in December of the 2011-12 season. His lone suspension to date came the following month for a low-bridge hit on then-Canucks defenseman Sami Salo.

KELLY TO THE RESCUE AND TO THE BOX

Marchand isn’€™t the only player who could hear from the league after Thursday’€™s game. Chris Kreider threw Carl Soderberg head-first into the end boards in the third period, receiving a boarding minor and a non-negotiable invitation from Chris Kelly that earned both players fighting majors.

Kelly got the worse of the deal, however, as he also received an instigating minor and a 10-minute misconduct.

The incident marked the second time this season that Kelly has challenged another player after a hit he didn’€™t like, as he went after Andrew Shaw in December after the Blackhawks forward put a late hit on Milan Lucic as Lucic fed Torey Krug for a goal.

Soderberg stayed in the game following the hit from Kreider.

KREJCI LINE KEEPS GIVING AND HAS YET TO TAKETH AWAY

Torey Krug sent a well-executed slap-pass to David Krejci at the door step to set up an easy goal for Krejci in the first period, marking the fourth goal the line of Lucic-Krejci-Pastrnak has scored since being united midway through the second period of Thursday’€™s win over the Lightning.

Just as good for the trio: it has yet to allow a goal in its one and a half games, meaning that on average the line has been nearly a plus-1 for every period it has played together.

CAMPBELL LINE HAS A GOOD GAME

Things have been rough enough for Gregory Campbell and his various linemates this season that it’€™s worth pointing out when they have a strong game. Tuesday was one of those not-too-common nights.

The line created multiple scoring chances over the first two periods, with Talbot making a big save on Daniel Paille in the second and the Rangers netminder having to rush back to his net after a turnover led to a quick shot from Campbell in the first period.

Campbell’€™s line has struggled throughout with puck possession, but Campbell, Paille and Craig Cunningham all had positive Corsis at even strength on the night.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Thursday night that the team intends to keep rookie forward David Pastrnak on the NHL roster and play him for a 10th

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Thursday night that the team intends to keep rookie forward David Pastrnak on the NHL roster and play him for a 10th NHL game, at which point this season will officially become the first of the 18-year-old’€™s three-year entry level contract.

The Bruins can still send Pastrnak down and up between Providence and Boston going forward this season, as burning the first year one’€™s entry level does not require a team to keep the player on its NHL roster. The incentive for the Bruins to have not kept Pastrnak in the NHL for 10 games was be that his three-year window would have slid ahead to begin next year, meaning he would be up for a contract as a restricted free agent after the 2017-18 season rather than after the 2016-17 season, the latter of which will now be the case.

Thursday night’€™s game, in which Pastrnak remained on the Bruins’€™ first line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, marked the right wing’€™s ninth NHL game. In his first eight NHL games, Pastrnak has four goals and one assist, with his goals coming in back-to-back two-goal performances Saturday and Tuesday. Pastrnak was first recalled on Nov. 23 and made his NHL debut the next night against Pittsburgh. The right wing stayed up with Boston for a six-game stretch in which he played five games and was a healthy scratch in another.

Boston chose Pastrnak with the 25th overall pick of the first round last June and kept him in North America with the Providence Bruins rather than sending him back to Sweden, where he’€™d played the previous two seasons. After sending him down in December, the B’€™s loaned him to the Czech National Team for the World Junior Championships and sent him to Providence for a one-game pit stop before bringing him up to the NHL club on Jan. 6.

Pastrnak has been the youngest player at both the AHL and NHL levels this season. In 24 AHL games, Pastrnak has 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'

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NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB to discuss the Bruins’ recent hot streak and to talk about rookie forward David Pastrnak.

Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire

NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB to discuss the Bruins’ recent hot streak and to talk about rookie forward David Pastrnak. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

The Bruins have won four games in a row and are starting to get into a nice rhythm. Even with their struggles early on, McGuire remained optimistic, so their turnaround isn’t much of a surprise to him.

“I really like the way the coaching staff has developed the roles for the players, so you’re seeing now [Carl] Soderberg evolve into the role I think they had envisioned for him,” McGuire said. “I think Gregory Campbell is getting into the role they envisioned for him. Daniel Paille same thing. Milan [Lucic] has really picked up the pace of his game physically. Getting [Zdeno] Chara back, he seems to be getting a little more comfortable with the timing issues that he might have had earlier. That helps you a lot. That puts players deeper on the depth chart in terms of minutes played, so I do.

“It is pretty much the way I envisioned this team. I still think it’s an unbelievably difficult team to play against. They are rounding into form.”

One of the players who has stepped up of late has been Pastrnak, as he has put up four goals in two games. He also thrived at the World Junior tournament earlier last month, scoring a goal and two assists in five games. McGuire says playing in that tournament can help a player prove he can play at the next level. He also doesn’t believe for a second the Bruins would send him down to Providence, thus keeping a year on his entry-level contract for playing less than 10 games in the NHL.

“I’ve been telling you about this player for a little while now, and when you can dominate a World Junior like he did and he is playing on a team from the Czech Republic that wasn’t very good and he was still dominant, that tells you he’s ready to play in the National Hockey League,” said McGuire. “I know that is a foreign concept for a lot of people to understand — I’ve been around that tournament for 20 years and I’ve watched the very best players come out of that and I’ve seen some kids that actually grew over the course of that tournament and that propelled them to being NHL players. That is one tournament, if you can dominant it best-on-best in your own peer group, you’re ready to play at the next level.

“I would be absolutely flabbergasted and shocked if he were set back [to Providence].”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Bruins news, check out weei.com/bruins.

On if the Bruins might need to add a player for insurance with Pastrnak being 18 years old: “I would be getting an insurance policy. … I am always cautious with 18-year-old players playing in the league that aren’t physically matured yet. Obviously athletically he is mature beyond his years, but physically … 18 year olds come in and when they are 23 and 24 they are completely different players even though they are the same person.”

On Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg: “Adam McQuaid is a very under appreciated player. I don’t think Dennis Seidenberg has every been fully appreciated. The one thing people forget about Dennis is last year he only played about 34 games. The only reason I remember that is because I know how devastated the Bruins were when they lost him. This year already he’s already played 44. You look at it and timing is an issue obviously with the surgery and he is starting to come back. I had a long talk with him recently. … Adam is still developing as a player.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

After missing Monday’€™s practice, Brad Marchand took part in Thursday’€™s morning skate as the Bruins prepared to host the Rangers.