Ryan Spooner is on pace for 61 points this season.</p>
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DJ Bean and Ken Laird weigh in from TD Garden after the B's have their 3-game win streak snapped by Vancouver in a 4-2 defeat.

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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.

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:

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

Chara-Trotman
Morrow-Seidenberg
Krug-Kevan Miller

Rask

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.

NOTHING SPECIAL

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.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Tuukka Rask is expected to start against the Canucks Thursday at TD Garden, but the team still has some things to clear up regarding the rest of its lineup.

Matt Bartkowski

Matt Bartkowski

Matt Bartkowski assumed that after years of being in and out of the lineup, his time with the Bruins was done when his contract expired at the end of last season. Even after the team traded Dougie Hamilton at the draft ahead of free agency, Bartkowski considered himself a goner, set to find a new home where he could play consistently.

That didn’€™t make the change easy for him, however. Unless your last name is Drouin, it’€™s common for players to want to become a full-time player with the team that develops them. Bartkowski has become a full-time player, but it’€™s with the Vancouver Canucks after signing a one-year deal with the team in July.

“I have a lot of good memories here. I developed here as a player,” Bartkowski, who has played in 46 of Vancouver’€™s 47 games entering Thursday’€™s game against the Bruins, said after the team’€™s morning skate. “Now it’€™s good to I guess have that piece of mind [to be a lineup regular].”

The Bruins didn’€™t draft Bartkowski, but after acquiring his rights from the Panthers in the 2010 Dennis Seidenberg trade, they were the team with whom he went pro and the team that brought him up to the NHL. After being one of the final cuts in the preseason of their Stanley Cup-winning 2010-11 season, Bartkowski spent the next four seasons up and down and in and out of Boston’€™s lineup.

The most games Bartkowski played with the Bruins was 64 in the 2013-14, an opportunity created by Seidenberg’€™s season-ending knee injury at the time. Yet between a numbers game on defense and occasional struggles with confidence when he was in the lineup, Bartkowski was never able to hold down a full-time job in the Bruins’€™ lineup.

Asked about the Hamilton trade, Bartkowski said that the move didn’€™t re-open door to explore staying with the Bruins. That makes sense given that the B’€™s still had a number of young defensemen pushing for jobs, a group that they added to with the Milan Lucic trade that netted them Colin Miller.

“I kind of knew that I was going to go somewhere else,’€ Bartkowski said. “In terms of trading Dougie, that was definitely a shock. It’€™s not every day you get a defenseman like that.”

Bartkowski also went to bat for his former teammate. Hamilton not being the most popular guy in the Bruins’€™ dressing room ‘€” an issue clearly not big enough to be a major concern given that the team still wanted to sign him ‘€” made its way into the news following the Bruins’€™ trade with the Flames, but Bartkowski spoke highly of Hamilton’€™s character.

“I like Dougie,” Bartkowski said. “I heard about all that. I don’€™t know where that was really coming from. Yeah, he’€™s a quiet kid, but he’€™s a nice kid. If you get to know him a little bit, you’€™ll find that out.”

Bartkowski would probably love to accentuate his return to the Garden with a goal, something he never did in 131 regular-season games with the Bruins (his lone goal came in the playoffs in Game 7 against the Maple Leafs). By comparison, he’s an offensive dynamo this season, as he’s scored twice for the Canucks.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Tuukka Rask is expected to start against the Canucks Thursday at TD Garden, but the team still has some things to clear up regarding the rest of its lineup.

Both David Krejci and Landon Ferraro took part in an optional morning skate Thursday. Krejci looks ready to return to the lineup, but the team would need to make a roster move to accommodate his activation from injured reserve.

One such move would be to put Ferraro, who missed Tuesday’s game with a lower-body injury, on IR retroactive to last Sunday. Asked of his plans, Claude Julien didn’t offer much.

“Those will all be discussions today as we move on here,” Julien said. “They’re both on the ice this morning, so we’ll have to make some decisions.

“When I say day-to-day, it could be today. It could be the next few days. Who knows? Some of those decisions will be made this afternoon.”

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

According to sources, Loui Eriksson seeks a contract with an average annual value between the high $5 million range and the high $6 million range, depending on term, while the Bruins will explore trading him if they feel they won’€™t be able to sign him.

According to sources, Loui Eriksson seeks a contract with an average annual value between the high $5 million range and the high $6 million range, depending on term, while the Bruins will explore trading him if they feel they won’€™t be able to sign him.

The B’€™s don’€™t feel they have to sign the free-agent-to-be before Feb. 29’€™s trade deadline, but if they feel there isn’€™t enough common ground to revisit later on, they will shop the 30-year-old right wing.

Eriksson enters Thursday’s game second on the Bruins with 38 points this season.

For more on Eriksson and his future, click here to read Wednesday’€™s story with comments from Eriksson.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Loui Eriksson could be traded if the Bruins can't sign him. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Loui Eriksson is exactly what he thought he’d be in Boston.