The Bruins got back to not scoring goals Friday.
After getting points out of the first two games of their three-game Western Conference road trip, the B’s wrapped it up with a 2-1 loss to the Jets in Winnipeg (box).
The loss dropped the B’s to 16-14-3 on the season. Boston continues to look up at the Panthers and Maple Leafs in the Wild Card race as they sit on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
The game marked the ninth time in the last 12 games that Boston has scored less than three goals. They are 3-6-3 in that span.
Here are four more things we learned Friday:
FIRST IS THE WORST
The Bruins had a whale of a first period, spending most of the frame in their own zone and attempting less than half the shots (12) of what Winnipeg attempted (26).
The B’s took a pair of penalties in the period, with Torey Krug sending the puck over the glass in the defensive zone and Dougie Hamilton later hooking Blake Wheeler following a horrid neutral zone giveaway that created a Jets rush into the Boston zone.
All things considered, the Bruins were extremely fortunate to escape the period with just a one-goal deficit to overcome.
JULIEN TRIES ERIKSSON WITH KREJCI LATE
Claude Julien told reporters in Winnipeg Friday morning that he was considering giving Loui Eriksson some looks with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. He didn’t end up doing that, as he clearly (he’s stated it multiple times now) does not want to break up his third line of Carl Soderberg between Chris Kelly and Eriksson.
For the second straight game since Krejci returned to the lineup, Julien kept Eriksson with the Soderberg line and, for the second straight game since Krejci returned, the Soderberg line scored.
With the B’s trailing in the second period, Soderberg skated the puck through the neutral zone and into offensive zone and fed the puck across to Kelly, whose bid yielded a rebound that a trailing Torey Krug tapped in to tie the game. This followed a performance Wednesday in which both Soderberg and Eriksson scored in Minnesota.
It wasn’t all good for the trio, however, as they were also on the ice for Dustin Byfuglien’s second-period goal.
Julien gave Eriksson a shift with Lucic and Krejci in the final minutes of the game, with Daniel Paille taking Eriksson’s place on Soderberg’s line
Speaking of Eriksson…
B’S CATCH A BREAK ON PENALTIES
Milan Lucic appeared to put the B’s in a real bad spot with a hit on Mark Scheifele that left the B’s killing an interference penalty with 8:20 left in a game in which they trailed.
Fortunately for the Bruins, the officials bought what looked to be a Loui Eriksson dive on a swinging Andrew Ladd stick just 36 seconds later. The only call on the play was a trip on Ladd, which wiped out Winnipeg’s power play.
I’ve said this a million times, but diving happens with every team. Nobody likes it, but it happens. On Friday, it helped the B’s.
BARTKOWSKI RETURNS AND IT DOESN’T GO GREAT
After being scratched for the previous five games, Matt Bartkowski made his return to the lineup Friday in place of Zach Trotman.
Bartkowski’s return moved Dennis Seidenberg to the right side, with the two being paired together. The Bartkowski-Seidenberg pair was on the ice for both Winnipeg goals through the first two periods, the latter of which came amidst a lengthy stay in the Boston zone in which Tuukka Rask lost his stick in the final minute of the second period.
Joe Morrow, meanwhile, has now been a healthy scratch for seven of the last eight games. Not sure why.