The Bruins wanted a win Thursday. They did not an injury to perhaps their best player. Fortunately for them, they got the former and, despite a scare, avoided the latter.

Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss Boston's 6-2 in Winnipeg on Thursday night, an answer night after losing 9-2 at home to LA on Tuesday

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The Bruins wanted a win Thursday. They did not an injury to perhaps their best player. Fortunately for them, they got one and, despite a scare, avoided the other.

After a second-period fight with former teammate Blake Wheeler, Patrice Bergeron missed time in the opening minutes of the third period, but returned to score his second goal of the night as the Bruins opened their six-game road trip with a 6-2 win over the Jets in Winnipeg.

Bergeron would stay in the game as the team cruised to the win, which was capped by a Jimmy Hayes empty-netter. The B’€™s also got goals from Loui Eriksson and the red-hot Brad Marchand.

The road trip will get more difficult from here, as the B’€™s will face a tricky back-to-back of Minnesota on Saturday and Detroit on Sunday. The Bruins and Red Wings are currently tied for second place in the Eastern Conference with 64 points apiece.

Here are four more things we learned Thursday:

CONNOLLY CHIPS IN FOR 3

Brett Connolly has had a woeful showing for the Bruins offensively this season, but he led the way with three helpers on Thursday. Though he has just seven goals on the season and has squandered some really good opportunities, the Bruins like his forechecking on the Bergeron line and he’€™s stayed there as a result.

Thursday he provided a reminder that he is capable of points, as Connolly registered the first three-point game of his career. He now has 19 points in 51 games on the season. The restricted free agent-to-be could use a strong second half to make sure he stays in Boston.

TEAMMATES TURNED DANCE PARTNERS

Bergeron dropped the gloves for just the fourth time in the NHL (fifth time as a pro) when he squared off against Wheeler in the second period. It’€™s assumed

11 IN 11 FOR MARCHAND

Another game, another goal for Brad Marchand, who brought his team-leading goal total to 26. He now has 11 goals in the last 11 games and is just two goals away from his career-best 28 scored in 2011-12. The Bruins still have 28 games remaining after Thursday.

KEVAN MILLER STAYS IN OVER COLIN MILLER

Claude Julien opted to keep Kevan Miller in the lineup after Tuesday’€™s struggles. He also kept his new(ish)-look lines from Wednesday’€™s practice for Tuesday night, icing the following lineup:

Marchand-Bergeron-Connolly
Beleskey-Krejci-Pastrnak
Eriksson-Spooner-Hayes
Rinaldo-Talbot-Randell

Chara-Trotman
Morrow-Seidenberg
Krug-Kevan Miller

Rask

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins wanted a win Thursday. They did not an injury to perhaps their best player. Fortunately for them, they got one and, despite a scare, avoided the other.

After a second-period fight with former teammate Blake Wheeler, Patrice Bergeron missed time in the opening minutes of the third period, but returned to score his second goal of the night as the Bruins opened their six-game road trip with a 6-2 win over the Jets in Winnipeg.

Bergeron would stay in the game as the team cruised to the win, which was capped by a Jimmy Hayes empty-netter. The B’€™s also got goals from Eriksson, David Pastrnak and the red-hot Brad Marchand.

The night got off to something of an underwhelming start after Tuesday’s 9-2 loss to the Kings, as the B’s took first-period leads on goals from Bergeron and Eriksson but relinquished the lead after each one. A breakaway goal late in the period from Marchand gave Boston the lead for good.

The road trip will get more difficult from here, as the B’€™s will face a tricky back-to-back of Minnesota on Saturday and Detroit on Sunday. The Bruins and Red Wings are currently tied for second place in the Eastern Conference with 64 points apiece.

Here are four more things we learned Thursday:

CONNOLLY CHIPS IN FOR 3

Brett Connolly has had a woeful showing for the Bruins offensively this season, but he led the way with three helpers on Thursday. Though he has just seven goals on the season and has squandered some really good opportunities, the Bruins like his forechecking on the Bergeron line and he’€™s stayed there as a result.

Thursday he provided a reminder that he is capable of points, as Connolly registered the first three-point game of his career. He now has 19 points in 51 games on the season. The restricted free agent-to-be could use a strong second half to make sure he stays in Boston.

TEAMMATES TURNED DANCE PARTNERS

Bergeron dropped the gloves for just the fourth time in the NHL (fifth time as a pro) when he squared off against Wheeler in the second period. It’€™s assumed

11 IN 11 FOR MARCHAND

Another game, another goal for Brad Marchand, who brought his team-leading goal total to 26. He now has 11 goals in the last 11 games and is just two goals away from his career-best 28 scored in 2011-12. The Bruins still have 28 games remaining after Thursday.

KEVAN MILLER STAYS IN OVER COLIN MILLER

Claude Julien opted to keep Kevan Miller in the lineup after Tuesday’€™s struggles. He also kept his new(ish)-look lines from Wednesday’€™s practice for Tuesday night, icing the following lineup:

Marchand-Bergeron-Connolly
Beleskey-Krejci-Pastrnak
Eriksson-Spooner-Hayes
Rinaldo-Talbot-Randell

Chara-Trotman
Morrow-Seidenberg
Krug-Kevan Miller

Rask

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Malcolm Subban

Malcolm Subban

Goalie Malcolm Subban is expected to miss at least eight weeks after undergoing successful surgery on his fractured larynx, the Bruins announced Thursday.

Subban suffered the injury when he took a puck to the throat during the Providence Bruins’ game against the Portland Pirates on Feb. 6.

“Malcolm underwent successful surgery on February 8 at Mass Eye & Ear Hospital in Boston to repair his larynx fracture,” the team said in a statement. “He is doing well and has been released from the hospital. While there is no definitive timetable for his return at this time, he is expected to be out a minimum of eight weeks.”

Subban has a 14-8-5 record and .911 save percentage in Providence this season.

Blog Author: 
WEEI
Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson

WILMINGTON — The Bruins will spend the next 11 days on the road as the clock continues to tick toward the Feb. 29 trade deadline. How the Bruins fare on this trip could very well influence the path Don Sweeney and Cam Neely ultimately choose for this team.

Right now, the Bruins are tied for the second-most points in the Atlantic Division, making them a No. 2 seed at best and a wild card at worst. Non-playoff teams such as Montreal, Ottawa and New Jersey are picking up steam as they try to find their way into the top eight.

We already know this team isn’€™t going to win the Stanley Cup. Last season, they chose not to sell on Carl Sodeberg because the general manager was trying to save his job. That concern isn’€™t there this season. Sweeney is prepared to move Eriksson if he feels he has to.

The Bruins shouldn’€™t be buyers (not of any sort of glossy rental, anyway), but if things go badly enough — a disastrous road trip, an injury or two, etc. — the tough decision of what to do with this team might become a little easier. The players don’€™t want to see that happen.

“You always want to prove that you’€™re a playoff team and that you’€™re capable of winning hockey games,” Torey Krug said. “If you don’€™t do that, then the GM has to do what he has to do. It’€™s his job to make sure that the team’€™s getting better. For us, we’€™re trying to prove that we can win hockey games and we can take a step and go for a run.”

The Bruins are 16-5-3 on the road this season, so there isn’€™t too much reason to believe that they will fall apart here. If they did, they wouldn’€™t be faced with the issues they faced last season (Peter Chiarelli trying to keep his job) that prevented them from moving Soderberg. In addition to Eriksson, the Bruins have Kevan Miller, Max Talbot and Jonas Gustavsson as unrestricted free-agents to be. Krug, Brett Connolly, Tyler Randell, Landon Ferraro, Joe Morrow, Zach Trotman and Colin Miller will all be restricted.

If the Bruins were to sell, they’€™d be wise to do so with the intention of getting young, cheap players. They should prefer players to picks after stockpiling first-and-second-rounders in 2015 and 2016 drafts. The idea of the team moving Eriksson for a young top-four defenseman is a pipe dream given that teams now place a gigantic emphasis on having good, young controllable players.

The market has yet to be truly set for this trade deadline, but consider this: Twenty three of the 30 teams in the league are either in a playoff spot (16 teams have to be, duh) or within four points of one. The Bruins are among a large list of teams that’€™s vying for the postseason. If they are to ever change their minds, they might find themselves in quite the seller’€™s market.

Should they hope for that? As has been written plenty in this space, the Bruins shouldn’€™t be afraid of an honest rebuild if it comes to that. The issue there is that they want to make the playoffs, yet if they trade Eriksson, they’€™re going to be taking enough of a step back anyway given that they already have major depth issues on the right side.

As for the possibility of adding, last season’s Brett Connolly trade hasn’t turned into goals (not for Connolly at least, though it has for Brad Marchand), but a hockey trade like that — flipping some of the picks they have for a young player should one be available — is a decent template. If a trade for a young player that could help more next season than this season is there, it would be an avenue worth pursuing.

Nobody likes lost seasons, but if you come away with something to show for it — more developed players, added pieces — it can be worth it.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

WILMINGTON — A day after getting crushed by the Kings at home, the Bruins tweaked their lines in anticipation of a six-game road trip.

Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson

WILMINGTON — A day after getting crushed by the Kings at home, the Bruins tweaked their lines in anticipation of a six-game road trip.

The biggest change to the lines is a left-wing flip of Loui Eriksson and Matt Beleskey that reunites Eriksson with Ryan Spooner. The two performed very well together when David Krejci was out with an upper-body injury last month, but they’€™ve both seen their production slow down of late.

On defense, it appears that Kevan Miller will remain in the lineup and Colin Miller will remain out for now. Adam McQuaid will make the trip with the team.

Here’€™s how the team’€™s lineup looked in practice:

Marchand-Bergeron-Connolly
Beleskey-Krejci-Pastrnak
Eriksson-Spooner-Ferraro/Hayes
Rinaldo-Talbot-Randell

Chara-Trotman
Morrow-Seidenberg
Krug-Kevan Miller

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson

WILMINGTON — A day after getting crushed by the Kings at home, the Bruins tweaked their lines in anticipation of a six-game road trip.

The biggest change to the lines is a left-wing flip of Loui Eriksson and Matt Beleskey that reunites Eriksson with Ryan Spooner. The two performed very well together when David Krejci was out with an upper-body injury last month, but they’€™ve both seen their production slow down of late.

On defense, it appears that Kevan Miller will remain in the lineup and Colin Miller will remain out for now. Adam McQuaid will make the trip with the team.

Here’€™s how the team’€™s lineup looked in practice:

Marchand-Bergeron-Connolly
Beleskey-Krejci-Pastrnak
Eriksson-Spooner-Ferraro/Hayes
Rinaldo-Talbot-Randell

Chara-Trotman
Morrow-Seidenberg
Krug-Kevan Miller

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Milan Lucic

Milan LucicNine.

9.

The most goals allowed by the Bruins in a game since 2008.

57.

The most shots allowed in a game by the Bruins since 1965.

That’€™s the 51-years-ago 1965, as in the year civil rights demonstrators in Selma, Alabama, were attacked by state troopers. Lyndon Johnson was president. Johnny Bucyk was in his prime at 29-years of age.

To say that former Bruins’€™ winger Milan Lucic and L.A. did a number on Boston Tuesday night at TD Garden in a 9-2 Kings’€™ victory would be quite the understatement.

“You’€™re here win a game, you know?,” Lucic said afterward with a chuckle, when asked if it felt awkward to beat his former mates so decisively. “You win by one, you win by seven it doesn’€™t matter, a win’€™s a win. I guess you can’€™t feel too bad. You come in here and try to get those bragging rights and have it over your former teammates. It was a full, team effort from the net out and I was glad to get that win.”

For the Bruins, it was a full, team effort for about 17-minutes, until Brad Marchand‘€™s penalty with between-the-opponent’€™s-legs stick-work put his team shorthanded. A few minutes later, a string of seven consecutive Kings’€™ goals began.

“€œYeah it’€™s very clear, it’€™s an embarrassing game,” Marchand said flatly after the carnage was complete, with his Bruins forced to leave the once-friendly Garden confines to the tune of the boo-bird serenade that rained down from the remaining fans. “Very frustrating. Those games can’€™t happen.”

“€œIt is embarrassing and it’€™s unacceptable,”€ said goaltender Tuukka Rask, who was mercifully pulled from the contest with the game at a 5-1 margin in the second period. “€œWe were taking steps forward and thought we fixed things, and then we do something like this. I thought we were prepared to play, thought we played pretty good in the first [period]. All of a sudden they got those two goals quickly there and it kind of deflated us and we never recovered.”

This particular episode of DeflateGate featured Bruins’€™ defenseman Kevan Miller in the crosshairs of the first three L.A. tallies. A Jeff Carter power-play goal went off Miller’€™s stick and in. Just over a minute later, Marian Gaborik got loose in the low slot with Miller and others scrambling to find their correct defensive assignments. And three minutes into the second period Miller coughed up the puck behind his own net, giving it right to the Kings’€™ Andy Andreoff who buried it for a 3-1 Kings’€™ margin.

“[They] rimmed it around, I go to cut the puck off and he got a stick in behind me and it basically went right to their guy,” said Miller, describing the third L.A. goal. “It’€™s unfortunate. Those can happen in games, [but] we didn’€™t have a good response after that as a team. Pretty frustrated, obviously very upset and a little bit embarrassed for sure.”

And clearly, in a game where nine goals found the Boston net, there was a full team’€™s worth of blame to go around.

“€œWe’€™re not a man-on-man team in our zone and it seemed like that’€™s how we wanted to play today,” said center Patrice Bergeron. “We had no layers, especially in the slot. How many rebound goals [did] they get? You guys probably know more than me. It’€™s happened a lot of times this year where we lacked focus … but tonight, I guess that topped it all.”

Bergeron continued: “The breakdowns we had tonight need to be fixed ASAP. They’€™re a great team, but let’€™s be honest we were terrible tonight.”

“€œThey just took over the whole game,”€ said Marchand. “€œWe weren’€™t winning battles. We weren’€™t showing any emotion. We weren’€™t playing our system. We weren’€™t backing each other up. We weren’€™t doing anything. Everyone’€™s [ticked] off. Anyone who has any kind of pride knows this is embarrassing and they should be [ticked] off about it. Hopefully there’€™s a lot of that right now.”

Perhaps the only man with Boston ties to leave the Garden happy on Tuesday was Lucic, as his first-place Kings continued on their way along a seven-game road trip.

“€œFor our team, especially, goals don’€™t come too easy,” said Lucic, with the Kings having had scored three goals or fewer in eight of their last nine games before their outburst against Boston. “You see all the goals that we scored, they were second and third chances, getting around the net and putting pucks to the net. It’€™s not every day you get 57-shots. We were real committed to getting shots on net and getting people at the net to find those second and third opportunities with them having such a great goaltender. Nice to get that win. Nice for me to kind of get through [my return] and focus on the rest of the trip here.”

And in a way, Lucic helped the Garden get through this one, too. Just about the only cheers from Bruins’€™ fans on the night were reserved for ‘€˜Looch’€™, reminiscing on his eight-years spent with the club, when times were better.

“€œThe crowd was definitely great here to me tonight,”€ said Lucic. “€œPretty cool that I got to experience that. A lot of special things happened to me here in Boston. Especially the fans, they really helped me become the player and the person that I’€™ve become today. Thanks to them for making this a special night for me individually and thanks to my teammates for getting a big win for us to start off this road trip. It was pretty cool.”

Blog Author: 
Ken Laird