Brad Marchand

5 things we learned: Brad Marchand tossed in frustrating loss to Blue Jackets

DJ Bean
February 22, 2016 - 4:47 pm
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After two weeks on the road, the Bruins found TD Garden to be just as they left it: a place where they lose a lot of hockey games. After going 4-2-0 on their six-game road trip, the Bruins underwhelmed in a 6-4 loss to the Blue Jackets, who entered Monday'€™s action with the third-worst record in the NHL. The B'€™s tried mounting a comeback after entering the second period facing a two-goal deficit, but after coming within one surrendered a Brandon Saad goal with under six minutes remaining to put the game out of reach. Though Loui Eriksson scored his second of the night to once again bring the B'€™s within one, an empty-net goal sealed the win for Columbus. The loss dropped the Bruins to 12-15-3 at home this season. To cap the disappointing night, Brad Marchand was oven a 10-minute game misconduct for shooting the puck at the boards after the whistle with under five minutes to play. Marchand was livid with the call, as he tried to come back out from the tunnel after leaving the ice. Tuukka Rask held him back, at which point Marchand took a stick to the stick rack. It also wasn'€™t the prettiest night for Jonas Gustavsson, who allowed five goals after entering the contest with an .894 save percentage over his previous four games. Here are four more things we learned Monday: ERIKSSON ON PACE FOR 30 If these are Eriksson'€™s final days in a Bruins uniform, he sure is making them count. Eriksson now has eight goals in his last nine games, bringing his season total to 23 and putting him on pace for his first 30-goal season since 2008-09, when he had 36 goals for Dallas. Eriksson is currently on pace for 31. For the second straight game, the Bruins had to sit through a video review to determine whether Eriksson'€™s goal would stand. Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella challenged Eriksson'€™s first goal, which saw a Torey Krug shot go off Eriksson and past Columbus goaltender Joonas Korpisalo. Tortorella'€™s contention was that Eriksson interfered with Korpisalo, but the call on the ice of a goal was upheld. BELESKEY GOES BACK TO BACK Matt Beleskey scored twice and has now scored in back-to-back games for the first time as a Bruin. After scoring a power-play goal late in Saturday'€™s win over the Stars, Beleskey redirected a Joe Morrow shot past Korpisalo in the second period to tie the game at two goals apiece. Beleskey later redirected a Kevan Miller shot to bring the Bruins within one in the third period. The performance brought Beleskey to 11 goals on the season, which is the second-highest goal total of his NHL career. He won'€™t get to last year'€™s mark of 22, but he should finish somewhere in the mid-to-high teens depending on whether a potential Eriksson trade opens up more time for him with David Krejci. While the drop in scoring may disappoint fans, that'€™s why Beleskey wasn'€™t payed much money in free agency. He was brought in to play a heavy game and chip in offensively, which he'€™s done. SPOONER IN, BUT OFF POWER PLAY Ryan Spooner and Torey Krug were both healthy and in the lineup for Monday'€™s game. Joonas Kemppainen re-entered the lineup after being a healthy scratch Saturday, with Max Talbot sitting in his place on Monday. Though Spooner was back in the lineup, Eriksson was skating in his place on the half wall on the Bruins'€™ first power-play unit, with Beleskey remaining as the net-front guy, which is usually Eriksson'€™s spot. The B'€™s used the following lineup: Marchand-Bergeron-Connolly Eriksson-Krejci-Pastrnak Beleskey-Spooner-Hayes Rinaldo-Kemppainen-Ferraro Chara-Kevan Miller Morrow-Seidenberg Krug-McQuaid Gustavsson MORROW HELPING OUT Joe Morrow is rewarding the Bruins for keeping him in the lineup. Though he'€™s still prone to turnovers, the 23-year-old followed the first two-point game of his career Saturday with a duplicate performance. As was the case Saturday, both of Morrow'€™s points were assists. First, Morrow took the shot that Beleskey redirected for Boston'€™s second goal. He then picked up the secondary assist on Beleskey'€™s second tally. Four points in two games isn'€™t bad for a guy who entered Saturday'€™s Dallas game with just three points (one goal, two assists) in 22 games on the season.

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