David Krejci‘s return to the Bruins’ lineup was ruined by a shaky third period that ended up snapping the team’s three-game winning streak.
Though Brad Marchand managed to tie the game at two after the B’s had allowed the go-ahead goal in the opening minutes of the third, the Canucks once again took the lead at 7:03 of the period on Daniel Sedin’s 20th goal of the season. That third goal, which came when Sedin buried a rebound that Zach Trotman was unable to corral, proved to be all the Canucks needed. Sedin would add an empty-netter with 22.1 seconds remaining to give Vancouver a 4-2 victory at TD Garden.
Krejci’s return and inconsistent play from some of Boston’s forwards saw Claude Julien juggle his lines throughout the night, something that might continue given that the B’s were held to a pair of goals Thursday.
The Bruins will next play Saturday when they host the Blue Jackets.
FERRARO ALSO RETURNS, KEMPPAINEN SITS
In addition to Krejci returning, Landon Ferraro was back in the Bruins’ lineup after missing Tuesday’s game with a lower-body injury.
With both players returning, the Bruins opted to keep Max Talbot in the lineup and scratch Joonas Kemppainen, who had been serving as the team’s third-line center while Krejci was out. Frank Vatrano was sent to Providence earlier in the day in correspondence with Krejci’s activation.
On defense, Colin Miller sat for a third straight game. The Bruins’ lineup began the game as follows:
RETOOLED THIRD LINE GIVETH AND TAKETH AWAY
Playing with Matt Beleskey and Ryan Spooner, Jimmy Hayes had multiple scoring chances through the first two periods — many of which were farther away from the net than the slot from where Hayes typically scores — but he finally buried one late in the second period for his 11th goal of the season when he sent a wrister from the top of the left circle that might have gone off Christopher Tanev on its way past Jacob Markstrom.
Hayes’ goal came on a shift that saw Pastrnak jump down to the third line in place of Beleskey, who moved back up to Krejci’s line. That move allowed Loui Eriksson, who began the game at left wing, to go back to right wing and give the Bruins the Beleskey-Krejci-Eriksson line they had for much of the season leading up to Krejci’s injury.
Of course, the new-look third line gave up a goal on its first shift of the third period when Pastrnak was unable to break up a pass from Emerson Etem to Alexandre Burrows in the high slot, leading to a Burrows slapper past Tuukka Rask. Pastrnak was eventually dropped to the fourth line as he struggled with giveaways throughout the night.
In a display of how long ago 2011 was, neither team took a penalty on Thursday. That made the game the second this season in which the B’s haven’t had a single power play. It was also the third time (second in six games) that the B’s never had to kill a penalty.
SPOONER KEEPS ‘EM COMING
Spooner had the secondary helper on Hayes’ goal, giving him 10 assists and 12 points over his last 11 games. With 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) through 46 games, Spooner is now on pace for 61 points this season.