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5 things we learned as Bruins beat Blue Jackets in shootout

DJ Bean
January 23, 2016 - 4:52 pm
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As the expression goes, a win is a win even if it takes a shootout to get the win against the worst team in the NHL. That was the story for the Bruins Saturday night, as they managed only two regulation goals against a Blue Jackets squad that entered the night not only the worst team in the standings, but also the league'€™s worst defensive team. After skating to a scoreless overtime, the B'€™s earned the 3-2 victory on shootout goals from Ryan Spooner and Torey Krug, while Jonas Gustavsson stopped Cam Atkinson and Brandon Dubinsky. Special teams proved to be the story of the overtime session. They first managed to kill off a Dennis Seidenberg penalty late in regulation that left the B'€™s shorthanded for the first 1:55 of overtime. Shortly after, a Columbus bench minor for too many men on the ice gave the Bruins a power play of their own. The B'€™s were unable to score, however, finishing the night 0-for-5 on the man advantage. The Bruins will face the Flyers Monday in Philadelphia. Here are four more things we learned Saturday: SPOONER MOVED UP AND OVER After tinkering with his lines throughout Thursday'€™s game, Claude Julien pressed the zany button before Saturday'€™s warmups, resulting in configurations that saw Ryan Spooner go from third-line center to first-line right wing: Marchand-Bergeron-Spooner Eriksson-Krejci-Pastrnak Beleskey-Kemppainen-Hayes Rinaldo-Talbot-Ferraro Chara-Trotman Morrow-Seidenberg Krug-Kevan Miller Though Spooner isn'€™t exactly known for being tough along the walls, he ended up being a decent fit on the line. The trio connected on some nice passing that resulted in a Brad Marchand goal assisted by Spooner and Bergeron. With the assist on Marchand's goal, Spooner now has 13 assists over his last 12 games. CONNOLLY SCRATCHED Spooner'€™s promotion to the Bergeron line and Joonas Kemppainen'€™s return from being a healthy scratch meant that Brett Connolly was banished to the press box. Known for his shot, Connolly has only one goal (which was an empty-netter) in his last 23 games and has only scored once on a goalie in 35 games dating back to the beginning of November. PASTRNAK BOUNCES BACK David Pastrnak had a night to forget on Thursday, as his several turnovers got him demoted to the fourth line by the end of the team'€™s loss to the Canucks. He snapped out of it Saturday, however, scoring a second-period goal by going hard to the net and knocking in a rebound of a David Krejci shot and drawing a penalty later in the period. MORROW BENCHED The Seidenberg-Morrow pairing was not good. After allowing goals on back-to-back shifts midway through the second period, Morrow was benched until Claude Julien let him take the ice for the last four seconds of the period. Saturday marked Morrow'€™s fourth straight game in the lineup and Colin Miller'€™s fourth straight game in the press box as a healthy scratch. While Claude Julien is wise to not let players like Morrow sit for too long, perhaps Miller is due for his return to the lineup.

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