5 things we learned as Bruins head to All-Star break with loss to Ducks

DJ Bean
January 26, 2016 - 4:49 pm

Third periods have been a problem for the Bruins this season, so they implemented an interesting strategy Tuesday night. They only played the third period. After a generally listless 40 minutes that saw the Ducks take a 4-1 lead, the Bruins pushed back in the third by cutting into Anaheim'€™s lead with a Zdeno Chara goal 2:20 into the third. That would prove to be the extent of Boston'€™s offense despite some solid chances late, however, and the B'€™s hit the All-Star break as losers of a 6-2 contest. The game featured plenty of the unexpected, from Zach Trotman scoring on the game'€™s first shift to Torey Krug fighting Chris Stewart (as in the Chris Stewart who is five inches and 45 pounds bigger than Krug), but the Bruins' sleepy play throughout much of the night was not enough to yield significant production against an Anaheim team desperate for points. The Bruins will be off until next Tuesday, when they host the Leafs at TD Garden. Here are four more things we learned Tuesday: GUSTAVSSON TAKEN TO MASS GENERAL At this point, Bruins goaltenders should be ready for anything on their off-days. After Jonas Gustavsson was given a last-minute start on Saturday due to a Tuukka Rask ailment, Rask was forced to enter Tuesday'€™s game in the second period as a result of Gustavsson being taken to the hospital. Gustavsson, who was given the start Tuesday, left the game due to an illness and was taken to Mass General. That left the Bruins without a backup goalie on the bench for the entire second period. PENALTIES CONTINUE TO PILE UP For a second straight game, the Bruins gave their opponent loads of power play opportunities through the first two periods. After taking four penalties in the first 11 minutes of the second period Monday, Boston gave the Ducks four cracks at a man advantage over the first two periods, with Anaheim cashing in on a power play goal from Shea Theodore at 14:27 of the first. Zach Trotman also took a delay of game penalty late in the third period, disrupting the Bruins' comeback attempt when they trailed by two goals. The Bruins have now allowed power play goals in two straight games after holding opponents without one for nine contests entering Monday. FERRARO IN FOR RINALDO The Bruins kept the same lineup as they used on Monday with one exception. Landon Ferraro, who was held out of Monday'€™s game, re-entered the lineup at the expense of Zac Rinaldo. The Bruins'€™ lineup was as follows: Marchand-Bergeron-Connolly Spooner-Krejci-Eriksson Beleskey-Kemppainen-Pastrnak Ferraro-Talbot-Hayes Chara-Trotman Seidenberg-Colin Miller Krug-Kevan Miller Gustavsson The third period saw Julien mix up his lines, moving Spooner back to the third line and having him center Joonas Kemppainen and David Pastrnak. Matt Beleskey moved back to his familiar line with David Krejci and Loui Eriksson. BELESKEY MAKES FIRST IMPRESSION AGAINST OLD FRIENDS Beleskey said prior to the game that his former Ducks teammates knew he was going to hit them Tuesday night. He did just that, throwing two big hits on the forecheck on the game'€™s opening shift and then darting to the net, where he screened Frederik Anderson as Zach Trotman'€™s point shot sail past the Anaheim netminder. Trotman'€™s goal was his first of the season. Beleskey also picked up an assist on Zdeno Chara'€™s goal by giving a drop-pass to the red-hot Spooner, who dished to Chara. Spooner'€™s assist was his team-leading 27th of the season. The 23-year-old now has 13 assists over his last 14 games.