A loss is a loss, but all things considered, Monday night could have gone much worse for the Bruins.

Playing one of the NHL‘€™s biggest and best teams in the first game of a four-game western swing, the Bruins came out and held their own against the Ducks with an especially strong first period, solid special teams work throughout and even a big night from the embattled Gregory Campbell line.

After falling behind, 3-1, five minutes into the third period the B’€™s pushed back hard with Simon Gagne’€™s second goal of the season but were unable to find the equalizer en route to a 3-2 regulation loss.

The lack of points from the performance should undoubtedly leave the Bruins with a bad taste in their mouths, but Monday’s game showed that, without Zdeno Chara and David Krejci, the B’s can still measure up pretty well against one of the league’s top teams.

The Bruins will play the second leg of perhaps their toughest back-to-back of the season when they face the Kings Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

Tuukka Rask made 25 saves on 28 shots faced. The loss was Boston’€™s third in the last four games (1-2-1).

Here are four more things we learned Monday:

PASTRNAK GETS HIS FIRST POINT

David Pastrnak stayed on Patrice Bergeron‘€™s line and got power play time in his third NHL game. With it came his first career point, as his power play unit stayed in the offensive zone at the expiration of an Andrew Cogliano penalty and a Pastrnak threw a puck on net that yielded a rebound that Brad Marchand converted into the first goal of the game.

Trotman got the secondary assist on the goal, as he manned the other point of the power play unit with Torey Krug.

Pastrnak had one shot on goal Monday, a far cry from his team-leading seven on Friday against the Jets.

BARTKOWSKI HELD UP

Matt Bartkowski has had plenty of reason to be frustrated when pucks have gone past him and in this season, but on Monday the frustration wasn’€™t with himself.

Devante Smith-Pelly held Bartkowski’€™s stick in front of Rask during a Ducks possession late in the second period. Despite Bartkowski signaling to the official that he couldn’€™t make a play, the obstruction went uncalled as Cam Fowler fired a shot that would go off Smith-Pelly and in.

CLAUDE JULIEN HAS A LOT OF FAITH IN GREGORY CAMPBELL‘€™S LINE

Seth Griffith was a healthy scratch as Claude Julien opted to keep Simon Gagne in the lineup. Gagne, who has made minimal impact since the Bruins signed him, stayed on Gregory Campbell‘€™s line with Daniel Paille. It turned out that Julien would need that line.

Road teams obviously don’€™t always get the matchups they want, so whether by design or otherwise, Campbell’€™s line played an awful lot against Ryan Getzlaf’€™s line with Corey Perry and Matt Beleksey. The trio held their own against Getzlaf’€™s line and had a very strong shift early in the second period against Ryan Kesler‘€™s line on which which Paille nearly scored.

Julien’€™s faith in the line really showed when he put the trio out following a Ducks icing midway through the third period and Paille fed Gagne in front to bring the B’€™s within a goal. The goal was Gagne’€™s 600th career point.

MILLER SITS

Julien told reporters over the weekend that Kevan Miller was dinged up in Friday’€™s game, and though he practiced on Sunday, the B’€™s kept him out of the lineup against the Ducks.

Miller has played in just 10 games this season, as a dislocated shoulder suffered in a fight cost him a month earlier in the season. He Had played in four games since returning to the lineup.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins recalled forward Craig Cunningham from Providence Sunday, an indication that he’€™ll be on the team’€™s four-game West Coast road trip this week.

The Bruins recalled forward Craig Cunningham from Providence Sunday, an indication that he’€™ll be on the team’€™s four-game West Coast road trip this week.

Both David Krejci and Zdeno Chara are staying back in Boston to continue their respective recoveries. The Bruins recalled defenseman Zach Trotman on Saturday.

Cunningham began the season as the Bruins’€™ fourth-line center while Gregory Campbell recovered from a core injury. He posted no points in three games for the B’€™s, but has been a very productive player in Providence with four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 18 games.

The Bruins are now at the 23-man roster limit.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins recalled defenseman Zach Trotman from Providence on an emergency basis.

The Bruins recalled defenseman Zach Trotman from Providence on an emergency basis.

According to reporters on hand, Trotman was present at Saturday’€™s practice, while Kevan Miller was absent. Claude Julien had suggested Friday that the Bruins might recall a player or two for their upcoming road trip given the uncertainty of certain players’€™ availability.

Trotman has played nine games in the NHL this season, notching a pair of assists with a minus-1 rating.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Tuukka Rask is playing his best hockey of the season. (Getty Images)The Bruins are preparing to embark upon a four-game West Coast road trip and Zdeno Chara won’t be with them. 



Zdeno Chara will not travel with the Bruins on their West Coast road trip, so he can be expected to miss the next four games.

Zdeno Chara will not travel with the Bruins on their West Coast road trip, so he can be expected to miss the next four games.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Monday that Chara was a possibility to play within two weeks. Given their schedule, it would have appeared that either the finale of their road trip on Dec. 6 or their Dec. 11 meeting with the Blackhawks would be possibilities for target dates. The Chicago game could still be in play for the Bruins’€™ captain, who began skating Monday as he works his way back from a torn PCL.

Chara will stay in Boston, where he will continue to skate. He has been skating with David Warsofsky, who is rehabbing a groin injury.

Julien said it’€™s a possibility that the team could call up players to bring on the trip. The team is still without David Krejci, and it’€™s unclear whether he will travel.

“I think we’€™re talking about bringing maybe an extra player or two, obviously because we’€™re going to California,” Julien said after Friday’s win over the Jets. “That decision hasn’€™t been made. We wanted to wait for tonight’€™s game to be done, because who know what was going to happen?”

Julien said potential callups would be made on Saturday.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins will head to the West Coast two points richer.

The Bruins wrapped up their homestand Friday agains the Jets. (Getty Images)

The Bruins wrapped up their homestand Friday agains the Jets. (Getty Images)

The Bruins will head to the West Coast two points richer.

It took overtime (and killing off a four-minute double-minor late in regulation and into the extra period), but Dougie Hamilton’€™s game-winner gave the Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Jets Friday to wrap up a three-game home stand.

The Bruins will also leave Boston healthier than they were to begin their three-game homestand, as Chris Kelly returned from injury Friday.

Here are four other things we learned Friday night:

SODERBERG LINE A GOOD FIT FOR LUCIC

Claude Julien said earlier this week that once David Krejci is healthy, Chris Kelly will go back to playing with Carl Soderberg and Lucic will go back to playing with Krejci. For now, however, Lucic has shown he’€™s a good fit with Boston’€™s Swedish forwards.

The trio of Soderberg between Lucic and Eriksson scored for the second straight game Friday when Lucic dropped a pass off for Soderberg at the blue line, went to the net and tipped Soderberg’€™s pass between the legs of Michael Hutchinson to tie the game at a goal apiece.

The goal was Lucic’€™s second in as many games, as he scored Boston’€™s first goal of Monday’€™s overtime loss to the Penguins. He now has five goals on the season.

Soderberg and Eriksson assisted Hamilton’s game-winner.

PASTRNAK PUTS PUCKS ON NET

After giving him just 7:53 of ice time in his NHL debut Monday, Claude Julien played David Pastrnak on Patrice Bergeron‘€™s line and the team’€™s No. 2 power play unit Friday. The result was both a glimpse of the first-rounder’€™s skill set and a lot of shots on goal.

With seven shots on goal Friday, Pastrnak landed as many pucks on net as any Bruin has in a game this season. (By my count, seven was the highest individual shot on goal total for a Bruins player entering the night, accomplished by Zdeno Chara on Oct. 18 against the Sabres Patrice Bergeron on Nov. 6 against the Oilers.)

Pastrnak nearly had his best chance of the night at the end of a long shifts in the third period, but he couldn’€™t get a handle on the puck after taking a feed from Brad Marchand.

The Bruins began the night with Brad Marchand on the left wing of Bergeron’€™s line and Reilly Smith skating on a bottom-six line with Chris Kelly and Seth Griffith. Julien moved Smith up to replace Marchand in the third, with Marchand moving to Kelly’€™s line. Marchand took a high-sticking double-minor at 16:30 of the third period.

BADASS BERGERON STRIKES AGAIN

Patrice Bergeron is known for many things, but racking up penalty minutes is not one of them. That’€™s begun to change a bit the last couple of seasons.

With a first-period holding penalty Friday night, Bergeron pushed his season total to 22 penalty minutes on the season, which his more than he had in 81 games in the 2011-12 season.

Bergeron set a carer high in penalty minutes with 43 last season ‘€” he’€™d never even hit 30 in his career to that point ‘€” but that included a five-minute fighting major. He’€™s on pace to destroy that mark this season.

RASK KEEPS IT CLOSE

Tuukka Rask had to deal with three breakaways in the second period Friday but didn’€™t surrender a goal on any of them.

Rask first came up with a pokecheck on Evander Kane to break up a bid for the Jets. Later a David Pastrnak turnover led to a Dustin Byfuglien breakaway that Matt Bartkowski would catch up to and break up. Rask had to come through on Kane for a second time after Torey Krug turned the puck over at center ice during a power play.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean