Claude Julien

5 things we learned: Bruins blow 3-goal lead, Lee Stempniak plays overtime hero as Claude Julien overtakes 1st place on Bruins' win list

DJ Bean
March 07, 2016 - 5:46 pm

Lee Stempniak's first goal as a Bruin was a biggie, and Claude Julien's record-breaking was exhausting. After the Bruins blew a three-goal lead, Stempniak scored in overtime to give the Bruins a 5-4 victory over the Panthers. The win was Claude Julien's 388th with the Bruins, the most for a coach in Bruins history. After taking a 4-1 lead in the first period and chasing Roberto Luongo in the process, the Bruins allowed a pair of goals in the second period as the Panthers dominated the middle 20. Though the B's killed off a David Krejci high-sticking double-minor that spanned across the final minute of the second and first three of three of the third period, they eventually surrendered the equalizer when Jiri Hudler scored his second of the game with 4:43 left in regulation. With the victory, the Bruins now have as many points (81) as Florida, though Boston has played 67 games to Florida's 66. Because the Atlantic-leading Lightning lost to the Flyers Monday, the Bruins now sit one point behind them and can overtake first place with a win over the Bolts on Tuesday. Here are four more things we learned Monday: BERGERON STAYS HOT Patrice Bergreon scored twice in the first period, including a tally 34 seconds into the game that marked the third time in as many games that Bergeron scored the game's first goal. With Bergeron's goals, his 27th and 28th of the season, Bergeron now has six goals in his last five games. STEMPNIAK RACKING UP POINTS No complaints on the Stempniak addition so far, as he know has a goal and five assists for six points in four games with the B's. CHALLENGING TO WATCH David Pastrnak's ninth goal of the season was challenged by the Panthers, who argued that the Bruins were offsides entering the zone. A game after the Bruins lost a Torey Krug goal to such a challenge, the B's survived the review as the officials deemed that the Bruins entered the zone fairly. That wouldn't be all for the first-period challenges, however, as Tuukka Rask was livid following an Aleksander Barkov goal at 16:48 of the period. The Bruins challenged for goaltender interference, but the goal was upheld. Challenging for potential goaltender interference is fine, but these offsides challenges are brutal. In a league that supposedly wants more scoring, nitpicking over centimeters at the blueline is both counterproductive and a waste of time. CONNOLLY SCORES, MOVES UP Brett Connolly scored off the rush in the first period for his first goal against a goaltender in 19 games. The 23-year-old's only goal in his previous 18 contests was an empty-netter against the Stars on Feb. 20. Connolly's play and uneasiness of the second period was enough for Julien to move Connolly up to Boston's second line in favor of Pastrnak, who moved down to play with Landon Ferraro and Noel Acciari. While Julien's rationale for such a move is that Connolly is stronger, more experienced and less likely to make mistakes than Pastrnak, the upside with Pastrnak is higher and he scored a goal with the Krejci line earlier in the game. Perhaps they should have left things alone. That wasn't the extent of Julien's creativity, however, as Julien put three forwards -- Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Pastrnak -- on the ice for a 3-on-3 shift and lived to tell about it.