The Bruins were in danger of extending their road woes, but they came out of a shaky performance in Columbus with two points.

Alexander Khokhachev

Alexander Khokhachev

The Bruins were in danger of extending their road woes, but they came out of a shaky performance in Columbus with two points thanks to an injury replacement.

Alexander Khokhlachev, filling in for the injured David Krejci, netted the only goal of  a seven-round shootout to give the Bruins a 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets (box). The Bruins overcame a 2-0 deficit with three third-period goals to take a 3-2 lead on Daniel Paille‘€™s first goal of the season, but Jack Johnson responded to tie the game at three apiece.

Boston can only hope Friday’s win can set them up for further road success in the coming weeks. The Bruins have three straight games at home against some tough opponents (the Canadiens Saturday and the Penguins Monday before wrapping up the homestand against the Jets), but after that they’€™ll embark upon a very challenging four-game West Coast road trip. With any luck, they’€™ll be healthier then.

Here are four other things we learned Friday night:


Krejci missed yet another game Friday, his 10th of the season. The first-line center has battled lower-body issues all season and has not played in consecutive games since Oct. 28 and 30.

Earlier this week, Adam McQuaid explained what it’€™s like to go through a situation like Krejci’€™s. McQuaid was in and out of the lineup last season with lower-body injuries that eventually cost him his season after 30 games.

“It’€™€™s hard,” McQuaid said. “If you’€™€™re feeling good, you’€™€™re going to go. If you’€™€™re feeling good, you’€™€™re not going to take extra time if you don’€™€™t feel like you need it. Hopefully when he’€™€™s back, he’€™€™s back and back to stay.”

With Krejci and Brad Marchand out of the lineup, Boston forward lines were as follows:

Fraser – Bergeron – Smith
Kelly -“ Soderberg -“ Eriksson
Lucic -“ Khokhlachev€ -“ Griffith
Paille -“ Campbell – Gagne 


We’€™ve written enough about Bartkowski’€™s early-season struggles, but his play since being scratched for seven straight games has been much, much steadier.

Bartkowski took a pair of penalties Friday night, but he also had a pair of assists, most notably on the game-tying goal in the third period. The 26-year-old took a feed from Patrice Bergeron and fired a shot towards the net that Matt Fraser redirected pass Sergei Bobrovsky to make it 2-2.

Bartkowski also had an assist Tuesday, giving him three assists over the last two games. He has yet to score a goal in the NHL.


When Svedberg allowed two goals in the first 1:38 of Friday’€™s game, it appeared his recent troubles (he allowed five goals on the road against the Habs last Thursday) might be snowballing.

Boston’€™s backup would stay the course and eventually straighten things out. Svedberg came up big minutes into the third period with three straight saves on a Blue Jackets, stopping a Nick Foligno bid and denying second-and-third chance opportunities from Columbus. He also robbed Jack Skille with a glove save with under 10 minutes to play and did not allow a goal in the shootout.

Given that Svedberg was given Friday night’s game, it appears Tuukka Rask will face the Canadiens Saturday.


Seidenberg is no stranger to scoring from center ice, most notably on his fake dump-in on then-Lightning goalie Mike Smith in December of 2010.

The veteran defenseman scored his latest long-range goal to get the Bruins on the board early in the third period Friday night, but there wasn’€™t any trickery needed. Seidenberg simply gained the red line, fired a slap shot straight on net and beat Sergei Bobrovsky to make it 2-1.

The goal was Seidenberg’€™s third of the season. His career-high is seven, which he netted in the 2010-11 season.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

David Krejci was back out of the Bruins’€™ lineup Friday night as the B’€™s faced the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

David Krejci was back out of the Bruins’€™ lineup Friday night as the B’€™s faced the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

Krejci, who has been in and out of the lineup this season due to lower-body injuries, has now missed 10 games this season. He missed the first three of the season, played nine, missed two, returned for one, missed four more and then played Tuesday against the Blues before coming back out of the lineup Friday.

It is unknown whether Krejci’€™s absence Friday was related to previous injuries. Alexander Khokhlachev centered Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith in his place.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins called up forward Alexander Khokhlachev from AHL Providence on an emergency basis so that he will be eligible for Friday’s road game against the Blue Jackets.

Khokhlachev, a 5-foot-11, 184-pounder, has a team-high five goals along with 11 assists and a plus-2 rating.

The 21-year-old from Moscow was selected by the Bruins in the second round of the 2011 draft.

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Jerry Spar

Nathan Horton has played just 35 games the last two seasons. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)If the Bruins had their way in the 2013 offseason, Nathan Horton would still be playing for them.

Dougie’€™s Big Contract is on hold, for now.

Dougie Hamilton

Dougie Hamilton

Dougie’€™s Big Contract is on hold, for now.

Because of the uncertainty surrounding the salary cap going forward, the Bruins and agent J.P. Barry have yet to begin formal discussions on a new contract for defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who will be a restricted free agent at season’€™s end. Same goes for Carl Soderberg and Daniel Paille, both of whom will be unrestricted free agents this summer and are also represented by Barry.

Barry and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli have been talking regularly, the agent told Thursday, but the longtime agent said he has no problem being “patient”€ as the Bruins wait and see what kind of contracts they can offer Hamilton and their other players with expiring deals.

The agent, who also represents Loui Eriksson and has a good relationship with Chiarelli, sees no reason for concern at this point, saying “I’€™ll know when Peter’€™s ready.”

Hamilton is in the midst of the final year of his entry level contract. He leads the Bruins with a 22:34 average time on ice and is tied for third on the team with 11 points (tops among B’€™s defensemen). Playing mostly against other team’€™s top players both as Zdeno Chara‘€™s partner and his replacement, Hamilton carries an even rating through 20 games. He is also one of two Bruins defensemen to play every game this season, with the other being Dennis Seidenberg.

The Bruins currently have $49,897,857 committed against the cap to 10 players (not counting Marc Savard) for the 2015-16 season. The cap ceiling is $69 million this season; the Bruins traded Johnny Boychuk prior to the season in order to get under it.

There was an expectation that the cap would increase by $5 million or more next season, but the New York Post reported reported earlier this month that the projected decline in the Canadian dollar might prevent the NHL Players’€™ Association from exercising a five-percent escalator for next season. The escalator will be voted on in June.

Asked about the future of the cap and how it impacts how the Bruins will do their business, Bruins president Cam Neely didn’€™t get into specifics but admitted the Bruins are doing every calculation they can.

“We’€™re constantly thinking about future years,”€ Neely said. “As much as we put a lot of time and effort and thought into the current year, we look at where our team is going to be next year and the following year, especially when you have guys that have contracts coming up or you have guys with term. You always have to look at the math.”

Historically, Chiarelli has prioritized getting new deals done for his players either before they enter their contract year or during it, with David Krejci, Marc Savard and Rich Peverley among the players he has re-upped in-season over the years.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

It’€™s been four weeks to the day since Zdeno Chara suffered a torn PCL on Oct. 23 against the Islanders. His anticipated recovery time was 4-6 weeks.

Brad Marchand will not travel with the Bruins to Columbus, coach Claude Julien said after Thursday’€™s practice.