The Bruins have allowed 16 goals over the first three games of the season. (Getty Images)All the Bruins can say right now is that they aren’t what they wanted to be. They can’t know if they’ll get particularly good.

DJ Bean checks in with Ken Laird for today's Boston Bruins post-game podcast as the B's fell again to Tampa 6-3. Was Chara a help? Any signs of improvement?

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Even with Zdeno Chara back, the Bruins are not strong on defense. They will need Tuukka Rask to be himself in order to be a good team.

Tuukka Rask allowed six goals on Monday.  (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tuukka Rask allowed six goals on Monday. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Even with Zdeno Chara back, the Bruins are not strong on defense. They will need Tuukka Rask to be himself in order to be a good team. In Boston’€™s first real good chance to steal a win, he wasn’€™t himself.

With the Bruins capitalizing on a poor start from the Lightning Monday at TD Garden, Boston’€™s chances of upsetting last season’€™s Eastern Conference champions were hurt by a pair of goals the former Vezina winner routinely stopped in games and seasons prior. The end result was a 6-3 loss and an 0-3-0 start for the first time since the 1999-00 season.

The biggest damage was done in the opening minutes of the third with Tampa clinging to a one-goal lead. Patrice Bergeron got a stick on a shot from Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin off the rush. The result was a sputtering puck that Rask was in position to stop but saw lightly kick off the inside of his right skate and through his legs.

That led to a Bronx cheer from the Garden crowd on his next save, as Rask had also given up a softy on a slow-moving puck in front during a first-period Tampa power play.

Fortunately for the B’€™s, they aren’€™t yet as bad as that 1999-00 team, as that group didn’€™t pick up a win until its 10th game of the season.

Here are four more things we learned Monday:


Say what you will about Claude Julien‘€™s personnel choices for the second power play unit (see below), but the top group of David Krejci and Torey Krug on the point with Ryan Spooner on the half wall, Patrice Bergeron in the slot and Loui Eriksson in the slot was terrific Monday.

Krejci gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 18 seconds into Boston’€™s first power play, while Eriksson picked up his first of the season 23 seconds into a Vladislav Namestnikov holding penalty. Eriksson added his second of the day during a second-period power play, using his shaft to redirect a shot from Krejci.


By putting Brett Connolly on Patrice Bergeron’€™s line, Claude Julien broke up a third line that was borderline terrible defensively. To fix it, he moved Jimmy Hayes to the right of Ryan Spooner and promoted Chris Kelly to play left wing/babysitter has he did successfully in previous years for Carl Soderberg.

The move paid immediate dividends for the Bruins. Kelly stole a puck in the neutral zone in the line’€™s first shift of the game, leading to a lengthy offensive zone stay in which the snakebitten Spooner nearly scored. Kelly was then hooked by Matthew Carle to give Boston a power play on which Krejci scored the game’€™s opening goal. Spooner would draw another penalty midway through the period to set up Eriksson’€™s first goal of the day.


New linemates haven’€™t gotten in the way of David Krejci getting off to a strong start. With a goal and two assists Monday, Krejci now has five points (two goals, three assists) in three games this season. It’€™s the first time since 2010-11 that Krejci has had points in the first three games of a campaign.


With Brad Marchand out with a concussion, David Pastrnak figured to see time on Boston’€™s second power play unit. He didn’€™t do much with his chance Monday, as he made a bad pass that was easily intercepted by Brian Boyle at the end of a second-period power play for Boston. Boyle kicked the puck to himself, fended off the slender Pastrnak with ease and scored a breakaway goal to make it 3-2 in Tampa’€™s favor.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will play his first game of the season Monday afternoon when the B’€™s host the Lightning in a 1 p.m. matinee at TD Garden.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will play his first game of the season Monday afternoon when the B’€™s host the Lightning in a 1 p.m. matinee at TD Garden.

Chara, who suffered an upper-body injury in his first preseason game on Sept. 24, missed games last week against the Jets and Canadiens. The Bruins could certainly use him, as they’€™ve allowed 10 goals in the first two games of the season and have lacked both experienced defensemen and capable penalty-killers.

Chara has been skating since Sept. 29 and has looked much less limited in recent days. He still isn’t putting his full force into slap shots, but he has taken more contact in practice.

The Bruins will need to make a roster move in order to activate Chara from injured reserve. They could send defenseman Matt Irwin to Providence after ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reported he cleared waivers. Boston could also place Brad Marchand, who is out with a concussion, on IR.

Tuukka Rask will be in goal for the Bruins Monday.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Brad Marchand is out indefinitely with a concussion. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Zdeno Chara in, Brad Marchand out.

WILMINGTON — Brad Marchand is out indefinitely with a concussion, according to Bruins coach Claude Julien.

WILMINGTON — Brad Marchand did not practice with the Bruins Sunday after leaving Saturday night’s game against the Canadiens with what appeared to be a head injury. Struggling defenseman Matt Irwin was also absent.

Marchand, who crashed into Dale Weise and was woozy as he left the ice in third period, leaves a hole in Boston’s top six. It appears Claude Julien will try to kill two birds with one stone by taking Brett Connolly off Ryan Spooner’s line to play with Patrice Bergeron, with Chris Kelly moving to Spooner’s line to add defensive responsibility that has been glaringly absent in the first two games of the season.

The forward lines in practice were as follows:


Zdeno Chara was among seven defensemen who practiced with Irwin out.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins miss Zdeno Chara badly. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)With the Bruins set to head into the season with an inexperienced group on defense and a worse roster than they had a season earlier, team CEO Charlie Jacobs chose his words carefully back on Oct.