The Bruins have had their fair share of “big games” this season, and often times they’ve dictated them to their liking with their desired balance of fighting and scoring. 



Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Lightning that rookie defenseman Steven Kampfer "got his bell rung" before leaving the game in the second period.

 

"The doctors wanted to be cautious and kept him off," Julien said. "He'll be reevaluated tomorrow and we'll see how he feels."

 

Milan Lucic kept up his recent hot streak and improved the Bruins' win streak to seven games by scoring the game-winning goal at 16:18 of the third period in a 2-1 victory over the Lightning at TD Garden. 

 

Lucic, who had eight points over the B's recent six-game road trip, fired a wrist shot past a mess of bodies, including Lightning goaltender Mike Smith, to give him his 28th goal of the season and the Bruins a big victory. With the win, the Bruins lead the Lightning by two points for second place in the Eastern Conference. 

 

As has been well-documented, the Bruins are coming off a perfect six-game road trip as they enter Thursday night's bout with the Lightning at TD Garden. Much attention has been placed on the fact that the last time the team won all six of such a road-trip was in the 1972 Stanley Cup-winning season. Veteran forward Shawn Thornton said he doesn't see the need to get caught up in such comparisons. 

 

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was the first netminder off the ice in Thursday's morning skate, indicating that he will be in goal vs. the Lightning at TD Garden.

 

Thomas last started on Saturday, earning his 28th victory of the season in a 3-1 win over the Canucks. Tuukka Rask has started the Bruins' last two games, picking up wins over the Oilers and Senators.

 

Thomas, 28-8-6 on the season, leads the NHL with a 1.97 goals against average and a .939 save percentage.

 

Another game, another two points. That's the way the Bruins' six-game road trip went, and it ended Tuesday with a 1-0 victory over the Senators at Scotiabank Place (recap).



The Bruins capped their six-game road trip with a 1-0 victory over the Senators, making them a perfect 6-0-0 on a trip that also featured stops in Long Island, Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton. 

 

With the game scoreless in the third period, Nathan Horton beat Senators goaltender Craig Anderson on a rebound from an Adam McQuaid wrist shot at 1:43.

 

Tuukka Rask made 32 saves in the shutout victory, improving to 9-11-1 on the season. 

 

The Bruins announced Sunday night that they have traded forward Brian McGrattan and defenseman Sean Zimmerman, both of whom had been playing in the AHL for Providence, to the Ducks in exchange for forwards David Laliberte and Stefan Chaput.

 

McGrattan, whom the Bruins signed after the season's second game, never played a game for Boston, and he registered five points and 97 penalty minutes in 39 games this season for Providence.

 

Michael Ryder had two points as the Bruins defeated the Oilers, 3-2, in Edmonton on Sunday night. 

 

Ryder, who didn't have a point over his previous four games, had a goal and an assist for the B's. Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley also scored for the Bruins, with Peverley tallying his first since being acquired in a trade with the Thrashers on Feb. 18. 

 

Tuukka Rask made 15 saves and faced just 17 shots in the victory, his third in a row. His record improved to 8-11-1. 

 

The Bruins earned an impressive victory on the road, claiming a 3-1 victory in Vancouver over the Canucks. Vancouver had entered the contest leading the NHL in points (87) and armed with the best home ice mark (22-5-5) in the game.