Based on Wednesday’€™s practice, the Bruins can probably expect the return of David Krejci in either Thursday’€™s game against the Canucks or Saturday’€™s meeting with the Blue Jackets.

Based on Wednesday’€™s practice, the Bruins can probably expect the return of David Krejci in either Thursday’€™s game against the Canucks or Saturday’€™s meeting with the Blue Jackets.

Krejci was one of four forwards skating on Boston’€™s second line, joining Ryan Spooner, Loui Eriksson and Matt Beleskey. Perhaps most telling was the fact that he returned to his spot on Boston’€™s top power play unit on the point with Torey Krug.

The Bruins will need to make a roster move in order to activate Krejci from injured reserve, as the team is currently at the 23-man roster limit. One possible move would be to put Landon Ferraro, whom the team says is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, on injured reserve. Because Ferraro last played on Saturday, the team could put him on IR retroactive to Sunday and he would only have to miss the next two games before being eligible to return on Monday against the Flyers.

With Krejci back in practice, the forward lines looked as follows:

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

Colin Miller skated on the point of Boston’€™s second power play unit, suggesting he could possibly return Thursday after being a healthy scratch in Boston’€™s last two games.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the final regular season meeting between Boston and Montreal this year, a 4-1 Bruins win on Tuesday night at the Bell Center. Loui Eriksson contract rumors are also discussed.

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Patrice Bergeron made an important point in his career count for a lot more Tuesday.

Patrice Bergeron made an important point in his career count for a lot more Tuesday.

It wouldn’€™t have been fitting if Bergeron passed Cam Neely on the Bruins’€™ all-time points list with something like a secondary assist on an empty net goal. That he did so with a game-winning goal in an important game against the Canadiens seemed to suit the situation much better.

Bergeron scored at 16:49 of the second period Tuesday to break the 1-1 tie and set up the B’€™s for an eventual 4-1 victory against the reeling Habs. The goal was the 591st point of Bergeron’€™s career, surpassing Neely’€™s 590 and giving Bergeron sole possession of ninth on the Bruins’€™ all-time list.

The win was the Bruins’€™ third straight as they head back to Boston for home games against the Canucks on Thursday and the Blue Jackets Saturday. The Habs, meanwhile, could be nearing the end of Michel Therrien’€™s tenure as head coach given that Montreal has just nine points over its last 21 games dating back to Dec. 3.

Here are four more things we learned Tuesday:

RASK LOVES MONTREAL

Tuukka Rask may very well hate playing against the Canadiens just because he hates losing. The notion that he plays poorly against them, however, is overstated. Now, it appears Rask and the Bruins’€™ luck has turned this season in the last place they’€™d expect: Montreal.

While Rask allowed eight goals over two home games against the Canadiens this season (three on Oct. 10 at TD Garden, five in the Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium), he allowed just one goal in each of his two games at Bell Centre this season, both of which were Bruins victories. With 38 saves on Tuesday, Rask managed to stop 70 of the 72 shots he faced in Montreal this season.

PASTRNAK SCORES IN RETURN

David Pastrnak wasn’€™t given the most glamorous opportunity in his return from an upper-body injury, but he made the most of it.

Pastrnak skated on Boston’€™s fourth line with Zac Rinaldo and Max Talbot, taking just five shifts over the first two periods and not taking the ice in the third period until there was 8:02 to play.

His lack of ice time did not prevent him from making an impact, however, as he fired a shot on a second-period shift that went off a Montreal defender and was corralled by Bergeron, leading to a Boston goal. After a lengthy wait for his first shift of the third, Pastrnak scored to give him his second multi-point game of the season. Incidentally, both of Pastrnak’€™s multi-point games this season have come against the Canadiens.

KREJCI REMAINS OUT, FERRARO DAY-TO-DAY

David Krejci missed his 10th straight game with an upper-body injury, but the fact that he even traveled for a one-game road trip suggests he is indeed close to returning to game action. It goes without saying that the Bruins could use him sooner rather than later, but the team should be happy if he returns during the team’€™s two-game road trip.

Pastrnak replaced Landon Ferraro, whom the team said is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Colin Miller was scratched for the second straight game.

With the lineup changes, Boston’€™s lineup was as follows:

Marchand-Bergeron-Connolly
Beleskey-Spooner-Eriksson
Vatrano-Kemppainen-Hayes
Rinaldo-Talbot-Pastrnak

Chara-Trotman
Morrow-Seidenberg
Krug-Kevan Miller

Rask

BRUINS SURVIVE MORE MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

A recent story has repeated itself of late for the Bruins: The team outplays their opponent early on (good news), but comes away with very little to show for it (that’€™s bad) and is eventually burned.

Such could have been the case again on Tuesday, as the B’€™s had far more scoring opportunities over the first period-plus, but they had only Talbot’€™s first-period goal to show for it. When the Habs pushed back as the second period progressed, Boston’€™s lack of scoring made the deficit easy to recover from. They did so when Mark Barberio tied the game nearly halfway through the second.

Unlike games past, when the Bruins squandered chances earlier and lost as a result (it happened in New York and Philadelphia last week), the Bruins survived just like they did Saturday against the Leafs.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

David Pastrnak hopes to put his recent injuries behind him. (Getty Images)WILMINGTON — Two years ago, a David Pastrnak injury actually proved to be a best-case scenario for the Bruins.



WILMINGTON — Monday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena saw a familiar face return, as injured center David Krejci practiced with Bruins teammates for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury on Dec. 27.

WILMINGTON — Monday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena saw a familiar face return, as injured center David Krejci practiced with Bruins teammates for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury on Dec. 27.

Krejci was wearing a green jersey, which is often worn in practice by players who are either injured or not on a line. Also in green was David Pastrnak, who has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury.

With Krejci and Pastrnak on the ice, Boston’s practice lines on Monday looked like this:

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

Krejci is not expected to play when the B’s face the Canadiens Tuesday in Montreal, but Claude Julien said Saturday that the player’s status has changed from week-to-week to day-to-day.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
DJ Bean is joined by Pete Blackburn and Ken Laird as the guys talk all things Bruins during WEEI's weekly hockey show.

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DJ Bean is joined by Pete Blackburn and Ken Laird as the guys talk all things Bruins during WEEI's weekly hockey show.

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