It had been a rough go of it for the Bruins’€™ power play, but the NHL‘€™s top-ranked man advantage returned with a bang Friday in delivering a pair of goals in a 4-3 win over the Rangers at TD Garden.

It had been a rough go of it for the Bruins’€™ power play, but the NHL‘€™s top-ranked man advantage returned with a bang Friday in delivering a pair of goals in a 4-3 win over the Rangers at TD Garden.

The Bruins had gone their last eight man advantages without a power play goal over a three-game stretch, but Brett Connolly changed that with a second-period goal past a screening Jimmy Hayes and Henrik Lundqvist to tie the game. The goal not only snapped the power play’€™s slump, but gave Connolly his first goal in 12 games. Then, with the B’€™s trailing 3-2 in the third period, Ryan Spooner scored on the man advantage to tie the game.

The B’€™s never lost momentum from there, as they took the lead in even-strength play shortly after on a David Krejci point shot.

The victory extended the Bruins’€™ current win streak to a season-best five games. They’€™ll try to extend it on a Western Canada road trip in which they’€™ll face the Oilers, Flames and Canucks.

Here are four more things we learned Friday:


Dennis Seidenberg said prior to Friday’€™s game that he was enjoying skating on a pairing with rookie Colin Miller. The Rangers enjoyed the pairing a little too much.

Both of New York’€™s second-period goals came at the expense of the pairing. The Rangers first got on the board when Oscar Lindberg evaded Seidenberg as he tried to box out the Rangers forward, with Lindberg firing a shot from the slot that beat Tuukka Rask.

About three minutes later, Miller took an unforced icing that led to a defensive zone faceoff. When Brett Connolly got the puck off the faceoff, Seidenberg was a tad overzealous in beginning his exit from the zone. Ryan McDonagh managed to keep the puck in, however, sending the puck down low to a wide-open Rick Nash, who’€™d been left in the slot by Seidenberg. Nash scored with ease to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead.

Fresh off a two-goal game in his return to the lineup from an upper-body injury, Frank Vatrano was moved up to Patrice Bergeron‘€™s line with Brad Marchand on Friday. That meant that Vatrano, a left wing since being recalled earlier this month, skated as a right wing.

The change didn’€™t seem to slow Vatrano at all, as he fit right in on Boston’€™s top line. The rookie continued to throw pucks at the net and was second on the Bruins with a plus-15 Corsi through two periods.


The Bruins’€™ lineup changes also saw Hayes demoted to a new-look fourth line that was centered by Landon Ferraro. The B’€™s lineup was as follows:


Seidenberg- Colin Miller

Hayes had entered Friday’€™s game with no points in his previous eight nine games, a slump that ended with his second-period assist on Connolly’€™s power play goal.


Dylan McIlrath took umbrage when Matt Beleskey threw Derek Stepan into the boards just over eight minutes into the second period, with the Rangers defenseman responding by promptly beating down the B’€™s left wing. Though Beleskey figured to be in line for a boarding penalty on the play in addition to the matching fighting majors, it was McIlrath who was given the extra penalty in the form of an instigating minor, putting the Bruins on the power play.

That led to Connolly’€™s power play goal, giving the B’€™s an important goal on a man advantage they probably didn’€™t deserve.

That wasn’€™t the extent of the bad calls Friday. Henrik Lundqvist got away with fairly egregious embellishment on a third-period play that saw him oversell contact with Brad Marchand to land Marchand in the box for goaltender interference. That led to a J.T. Miller power play goal.

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DJ Bean
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Dennis Seidenberg had an optimistic summary of what the Bruins might be up to after stealing four points in a road trip that saw them struggle against the Maple Leafs and Red Wings.

“Maybe we wanted to turn it around this time: play bad on the road and then play at home and win,” he said with a grin.

That’€™s a nice way of framing things for a team that has, for the most part, been strong on the road and stunk at home. Though the Bruins have won their last two home games, that followed a 2-6-1 start to the season at TD Garden. When they face the Atlantic Division-leading Rangers in Friday’€™s post-Thanksgiving matinee, they’€™ll have a tough time making it three straight home wins and five consecutive victories overall.

The Bruins’€™ current four-game win streak is tied for its best stretch of the season. The last time the B’€™s took four straight back in late October, they appeared to be hitting their stride with an impressive road trip that saw them sweep a Florida trip against the Panthers and Lightning.

This time around, however, the B’€™s know that they are lucky to have won the last two games. They blew two second-period leads in the second period (one of which was a two-goal lead) on Monday against the Leafs before managing to win in a shootout, but it was Wednesday’€™s game in which they were most fortunate. Boston rarely had the puck over the final 40 minutes against Detroit and appeared headed for a 2-1 loss, but a heads-up play by Loui Eriksson led to a game-tying goal from Colin Miller with less than two minutes to play. Frank Vatrano gave the B’€™s the unlikely victory in overtime with his second goal of the game.

“‘Escaped’ is a good word,’€ Seidenberg said. “We obviously didn’€™t play our best hockey. We did win, which counts at the end, but at the end of the day we want to play a better style of hockey. We were defending a whole lot, turning pucks over and not playing great defense. We want to do that better today.”

Another area in which the Bruins should want to improve is the power play. Though they still boast the best man advantage in the league with a 30.8 success rate, the B’€™s have gone three games without a power play goal and have not scored on their last eight power plays.

“Teams have been getting up ice on us a lot and then in the zone, they’€™ve been taking away the top on us,” Ryan Spooner said. “That’€™s usually where, for the first 15 or 18 games or something like that, we were getting the puck to the top and it was working pretty well for us. Teams have been trying to shut that down, so we maybe need to use the goal line a little bit more, shoot a little bit more, maybe from myself, and see if that works.”

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DJ Bean
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.

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The Bruins got two more points than they deserved Wednesday.

Frank Vatrano

Frank Vatrano

The Bruins got two more points than they deserved Wednesday.

After being positively dominated for the second and third periods and only trailing by a 2-1 score thanks to the play of Jonas Gustavsson, the B’€™s managed to score a late goal in regulation and cap the overtime period with Frank Vatrano’€™s second goal of the game.

With Gustavsson trying to rescue the B’€™s by himself in the third period, Loui Eriksson and Colin Miller gave him some much-needed help. Eriksson fed Miller off the rush during a Red Wings line change, with Miller blasting his famed slapshot past Petr Mrazek to tie the game with 1:44 remaining in regulation. Miller then fired the shot in overtime that Vatrano tipped past Mrazek to give the B’€™s the 3-2 win.

Despite giving up his usual rebounds, Gustavsson was terrific against his former club, stopping 32 of the 34 shots he faced.

Here are four more things we learned Wednesday:


For the second straight game, the Bruins suffered a letdown in the second period. That’€™s probably where the comparisons to Monday’€™s second period, however. The Bruins’€™ second period against the Leafs on Monday saw the B’€™s allow three goals and score one, but the Bruins didn’€™t get enough shots on goal in Wednesday’€™s second period to expect a goal.

Boston managed just four shots on Petr Mrazek in the second period, including a nearly 10-minute drought without a shot. Detroit kept the pressure on the B’€™s for essentially the first 19 minutes until Dylan Larkin took a holding penalty to put the B’€™s on the power play.

The B’€™s didn’€™t exactly pick it up after that, as the puck was in the Bruins’€™ zone for the majority of the third period. The B’s managed just 12 shots on goal over the final 40 minutes of regulation.


Know this about this Bruins team: Whenever the B’€™s add Frank Vatrano to the lineup, the rookie winger scores. Thankfully for the B’€™s, he scored twice Wednesday.

Vatrano, who scored in his NHL debut earlier this month, returned to the lineup after a two-game absence from an upper-body injury and gave the Bruins an early lead Wednesday. After the Bruins’€™ fourth line kept the puck in the offensive zone, Vatrano jumped on the ice during a line change, took a feed from Joonas Gustavsson and fired it past Petr Mrazek from high in the zone.

It wasn’€™t all good for Vatrano, as he took a tripping penalty with just over five minutes to play, leaving the B’€™s shorthanded as they tried to come back from a one-goal deficit. The game-winner more than made up for that, however.

The rookie left wing skated on Boston’€™s third line is his return to the lineup, playing with Ryan Spooner and Brett Connolly. The lines were as follows:



When Vatrano scored, the Bruins should have considered themselves very fortunate to have the lead. Shortly before his goal, a Niklas Kronwall shot leaked through Jonas Gustavsson and was headed into the net before Zdeno Chara swept the puck out of the crease to keep the game scoreless.

Later in the first, Gustavsson gave up a rebound on a Darren Helm shot that McQuaid tried to knock away from danger. The B’€™s weren’€™t so fortunate the second time around, as McQuaid sent the puck over the glass for a delay of game penalty.


The Bruins’€™ dominant power play hasn’€™t been so dominant of late. With an 0-for-3 showing on the man advantage, the B’€™s have now gone three games without a power play goal and have not scored on their last eight power plays.

That’€™s a pretty drastic change from the torrid pace the B’€™s were on earlier, as the B’€™s had scored on the power play in 10 of 11 games prior to this stretch.

Even with their recent dip in production, the B’€™s entered Wednesday’€™s game with the No. 1 power in the NHL.

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DJ Bean

The rosters for the Winter Classic alumni game were announced on Tuesday, with Ray Bourque and current Bruins executives Cam Neely and Don Sweeney among those set to take the ice for the Bruins on Dec. 31 against former Habs at Gillette Stadium.

The rosters and coaches are as follows:

Bruins: PJ Axelsson, Bob Beers, Ray Bourque, Rob DiMaio, Tom Fergus, Hal Gill, Steve Heinze, Al Iafrate, Brian Leetch, Reggie Lemelin, Ken Linseman, Rick Middleton, Jay Miller, Cam Neely, Terry O’€™Reilly, Andrew Raycroft, Mat Recchi, Sergei Samsonov, Marco Sturm, Bob Sweeney, Don Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Glen Wesley

Bruins coaches: Lyndon Byers, Don Cherry, Stan Jonathan, Don Marcotte, Tom McVie, Mike Milbury, Derek Sanderson

Bruins honorary coaches: John Bucyk, Eddie Sandford

Canadiens: Donald Audette, Christian Bordeleau, Francis Bouillon, Benoit Brunet, Patrice Brisebois, Guy Carbonneau, Lucien Deblois, Eric Desjardins, Normand Dupont, Gaston Gingras, Rick Green, Mike Keane, Alex Kovalev, Sergio Momesso, Mats Naslund, Chris Nilan, Lyle Odelein, Oleg Petrov, Stephane Quintal, Stephane Richer, Larry Robinson, Richard Sevigny, Steve Shutt, Jose Theodore

Canadiens coaches: Simon Arsenault, Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Demers, Stephane Gauthier, Rejean Houle, Guy Lafleur

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DJ Bean
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.

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Though they should have put the game away much earlier, the Bruins managed to secure two points in a 4-3 shootout win over the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Monday.