The Bruins are good enough to play close games against good teams, but they aren’€™t good enough to score goals. That’s becoming a bit of a problem for them as they try to navigate through a tough part of their schedule.

The Bruins were shut out by the Kings Tuesday. (Harry How/Getty Images)

The Bruins were shut out by the Kings Tuesday. (Harry How/Getty Images)

The Bruins are good enough to play close games against good teams, but they aren’€™t good enough to score goals. That’s a problem.

In getting blanked by Jonathan Quick and the Kings in a 2-0 loss Tuesday at the Staples Center (box), the B’€™s were shut out for the third time this season.

The Bruins have now gone five straight games without a three-goal showing and have failed to score three in nine of their last 10 games (4-5-1).

The Kings outshot the Bruins, 35-31, with their second goal coming in the form of a Tyler Toffoli empty-netter.

Here are four other things we learned:

JULIEN MIXING THINGS UP

With the B’€™s still looking for their first goal late in the second period, Claude Julien shuffled three of his lines to reunite Reilly Smith with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.

Boston’€™s lines began as such:

Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
Lucic – Soderberg – Eriksson
Fraser – Kelly – Smith
Gagne – Campbell – Paille

By the end of the second, Julien used the following lines:

Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Lucic – Soderberg – Pastrnak
Fraser – Kelly – Eriksson
Gagne – Campbell – Paille

In the third, they looked like this:

Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Lucic – Soderberg – Fraser
Eriksson – Kelly – Pastrnak
Gagne – Campbell – Paille

Seth Griffith was scratched for a second straight game. It will be interesting to see what Julien does with the lineup Thursday against the Sharks.

FAITH IN CAMPBELL LINE BACKFIRES

Claude Julien successfully used Campbell’€™s line against Ryan Getzlaf’€™s line Monday night in Anaheim without getting burned. That apparently gave the B’€™s confidence to play their fourth line against Anze Kopitar’€™s line at points Tuesday, and it cost them.

After Gagne blocked a shot late on the Campbell line’€™s third shift against Kopitar’€™s, Campbell couldn’€™t get the puck out of the zone. Kopitar gained possession and sent the puck low to Tanner Pearson, who beat Niklas Svedberg to make it 1-0.

The Campbell line played six shifts against Kopitar’€™s line over the first two periods Tuesday.

MILLER RETURNS, MORROW SCRATCHED FOR FIRST TIME

For the first time since he entered the lineup on Oct. 30, Joe Morrow was scratched by the Bruins. The move allowed Kevan Miller to re-enter the lineup.

Morrow, who has by and large been very steady for the B’€™s in his 14-game NHL career, did not play the final 6:11 of Monday’€™s loss to the Ducks. Miller was scratched after Julien said he suffered a minor injury against the Jets last Friday.

Zach Trotman stayed in the lineup amidst the switch on defense, logging 16:34 of ice time.

BACK-TO-BACKS EQUAL LOSSES

In losing Tuesday, the Bruins fell to 0-5-0 in the second games of back-to-backs. Two of those games have been started by Svedberg, who deserved a better fate on Tuesday.

The B’€™s are 3-2-0 in the first games of back-backs. They’€™ll next have games on consecutive games on Dec. 16 and 17 in Nashville and Minnesota, respectively.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

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

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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Blog Author: 
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.