Claude Julien doesn’€™t like to see a game end in a shootout, but at least he saw a 3-2 win for his team.

Claude Julien doesn’€™t like to see a game end in a shootout, but at least he saw a 3-2 win for his team.

Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand both beat Ben Bishop after a wild overtime as the Bruins improved to 35-22-10 on the season. They now sit just two points behind the Capitals for the first wild card spot with one game in hand.

Julien said Thursday morning that he wanted to see three-on-three overtime next season. Thursday night, he got it.

With Chris Kelly getting called for a hook on Alex Killorn and the Tampa forward getting an embellishment call, the B’€™s and Lightning got some shortened three-on-three play before a Matt Bartkowski holding penalty sent the play to four-on-three.

David Pastrnak, who scored earlier in the game, had a couple of chances during three-on-three play, missing the net on one and getting robbed by Ben Bishop on the other.

Steven Stamkos was then given a 10-minute game misconduct when his stick went flying into the stands/bench area. That disqualified him from participating in the shootout.

The teams will next play March 22 in Tampa.

Here are four more things we learned Thursday:

GREG-OW-RY CAMPBELL

Gregory Campbell has had his fair share of painful performances this season, but Thursday was literally painful for the veteran center.

Campbell had to leave the ice after a pass from Torey Krug went off a stick and up into Campbell’€™s face. He was bleeding significantly on the ice and missed most of the period. Though he returned 15 minutes later, he went into the boards head-first off a hit from Nikita Kucherov and was very slow to leave the ice.

Campbell finished the period with just three shifts and was injured in two of them. He was on the bench for the start of the second period and stayed in the game.

TYPICAL SPOONER LINE

Ryan Spooner’€™s line continued to prove that it does two things: score and spend a lot of time in the defensive zone.

David Pastrnak scored his ninth goal of the season when Spooner fed him in front with a pass that went off the winger’€™s left skate and in. The goal held up after a review.

Yet late in the second period, the line had yet another scary shift, as has been the norm of late. Tampa enjoyed two lengthy stays in Boston’€™s zone on the shift, and when Spooner finally got the puck, he iced it, forcing Claude Julien to burn a timeout to get his players a breather amidst what was a 1:59 shift for Spooner and Milan Lucic.

All three members of the line once again had negative possession numbers, but you can’€™t argue with the most important stat: Through nine games, the line (including four-on-four play and goals when two members of the line were on the ice) has scored seven goals and allowed four.

Spooner’€™s point streak is now at seven games (three goals, five assists). He has three goals and six assists in the nine games since his callup.

It’€™s worth noting that Julien has often sat his young players at crunch-time against tough opponents, but this marked the second time this season that he’€™s been willing to play Pastrnak late in a close game against Tampa.

TOP PAIR BLOWS IT VS. STAMKOS

Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton are used to facing the best players in the world in their first-pairing assignments. As such, their mistakes can be far more costly given the talent of their mistakes’€™ beneficiaries.

Such was the case late in the first period, when Chara turned the puck over to Steven Stamkos at the left circle. Hamilton was actually in good position to defend Stamkos at the right circle as Stamkos, a righty, tried to go to his strong side. Instead of staying put, however, Hamilton slid across to Stamkos all the space he needed to fire a wrist shot past Rask glove-side high.

Speaking of good players messing up’€¦

BISHOP WHIFFS

The Bruins survived a late second-period push from the Lightning. For getting through that, they were seemingly rewarded an early third-period goal by Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop.

In an attempt to glove Patrice Bergeron’€™s slapshot from high in the offensive zone, Bishop fanned as the puck sailed in to give Boston a 2-1 lead. The Lightning would get the goal back on Namestnikov’€™s goal.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Jack Edwards joins the show to talk about the Bruins making a push for the playoffs and the 7 year contract for Johnny Boychuck.

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The Islanders have reportedly signed former Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a seven-year, $42 million extension. Boychuk tweeted that he re-signed, with Newsday’s Arthur Staple providing the financial details.

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The Islanders have reportedly signed former Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a seven-year, $42 million extension. Boychuk tweeted that he re-signed, with Newsday’s Arthur Staple providing the financial details.

Boychuk, 31, will carry a $6 million cap hit until he is 38.

The Bruins traded Boychuk to New York prior to the season due to cap constraints, receiving Philadelphia’s second-round pick in 2015 and the Islanders’ 2016 second-round as compensation. B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli said following the trade that the Bruins had not tried to negotiate a new contract with Boychuk before trading him.

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DJ Bean

NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB to discuss the Bruins’€™ recent hot stretch and to look ahead to possible playoff opponents.

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Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire

NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire made his weekly appearance Thursday on Middays with MFB to discuss the Bruins’€™ recent hot stretch and to look ahead to possible playoff opponents. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

The Bruins have rattled off wins in five of their last six games, and it now seems more likely they will make the playoffs, as they currently sit in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, six points ahead of the Panthers. When it comes to possible playoff opponents, McGuire thinks the Bruins should actually want the Montreal Canadiens.

“I watched what happened with Henrik Lundqvist last year and there are a lot of similarities,” McGuire said. “I can’t believe nobody in the Boston media has brought this up. I watched Henrik Lundqvist go into Montreal and exercise so many demons for him. The Rangers couldn’t win forever in Montreal, but Henrik Lundqvist found a way and they eventually won against the Canadiens in the Eastern Confercence Final last year.

“Yes, they didn’t have Carey Price on the Montreal side because of an injury after a collision with Chris Kreider, but Montreal because they are offensively challenged right now and they didn’t really address that at the trade deadline. I know they tried to, but they didn’t want to dismantle good portions of their roster to do that because they still think they are a team that is building for the future, which I agree with them on.

“I would prefer Montreal if I were Boston just because I saw what Lundqvist did last year. I think [Tuukka] Rask could do the same thing. I think quite frankly because they are offensively challenged Montreal would be a better matchup than the Rangers or Tampa.”

McGuire feels the most important player on the roster is goaltender Tuukka Rask.

“I think the most important thing is if Tuukka can hold it up,” he said. “If he can play like he did in Ottawa the other night, Boston will be a very, very difficult out as an eight seed. I would not want to be the No. 1 seed and play them in the first round.”

Overall, McGuire feels good about the Bruins because he feels they now have four lines, especially with the addition of Max Talbot at the trade deadline.

“I feel really good about the Bruins,” McGuire said. “I spent the weekend in Boston last weekend watching them come from behind and beat Philadelphia and then do a really good job, especially with their special teams, against Detroit on Sunday. The biggest thing to me is the coaching staff is sound. The leadership of the team is sound. Tuukka Rask played a tremendous game against Ottawa the other night. He was a big difference for why the team won. Sometimes you don’t have your best game. What I am impressed with is this team now has four lines. With the addition of Max Talbot this is a four line team again. Really important to their well-being moving forward.”

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WEEI

In the shocker of all shockers, Bruins coach Claude Julien said Tuesday that he hopes three-on-three overtime play replaces the shootout.

Julien, who last week said shootouts “suck” expressed hope that next week’s general managers meetings in Toronto will further the move away from the shootout. It’s expected that the league will explore playing three-on-three in the event that the game isn’t settled in four-on-four overtime play.

“Personally I’€™m more of a team-oriented coach I guess, which I always believe that this is a team sport and should be decided by a team,” Julien said. “I never, never have been [in favor of the shootout] and I’€™m just being honest about it. I know it’€™s a great show and I know that we’€™re here for our fans. If the fans like it that much and they keep it in then I have no issues, I’€™ll move along with it. But if you ask me my personal opinion, I’€™d like to see it decided in a way that its more than just one player against a goaltender.

“Whether its four-on-four or three-on-three, it’€™s still a group. I think that’€™s the way games should be decided. I’€™m still one of those people that still believes that if you can’€™t decide it with four-on-four or three-on-three then a tie should still be good. For some reason we’€™ve decided that there needs to be a winner every game. Sometimes a lot of people can go home really happy having seen a game that was well played, that was tight at the end of it, was exciting to watch vs people going home feeling like they didn’€™t do a great job because they lost in the shootout. It really tarnishes the outcome of the whole game. That’€™s my personal opinion on it.”

Four-on-four followed by three-on-three and then a shootout is currently being used to settle overtime games in the AHL.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins have signed UMass forward Frank Vatrano, an undrafted free agent who will forego his final two years of college eligibility.