5 things we learned as Bruins scratch big names, still beat Canucks

DJ Bean
December 05, 2015 - 7:36 pm

[caption id="attachment_54642" align="alignright" width="150"] Dennis Seidenberg[/caption] Claude Julien sat some pretty big names Saturday, but it resulted in a much-needed win over the Canucks to wrap up what thad been a disappointing three-game road trip for the Bruins. With Dennis Seidenberg, Jimmy Hayes and Colin Miller all in the press box in favor of the likes of Joe Morrow, Kevan Miller and Tyler Randell, the Bruins responded to a pair of disappointing losses by handing the Canucks a 4-0 defeat behind a Tuukka Rask shutout and a two-point night from Landon Ferraro. The shutout was Rask'€™s third of the season, though he faced just 17 shots in a relatively easy night. Julien's lineup shakeup saw him use the following forward lines: Marchand-Bergergon-Connolly Beleskey-Krejci-Eriksson Vatrano-Kemppainen-Spooner Rinaldo-Ferraro-Randell While the trip ended in strong fashion for the Bruins, the game did not. Brandon Prust speared Brad Marchand in the groin in the final minutes of the game. Marchand remained on the ice in pain, though he stayed in the game.

The 14-8-3 Bruins will return to the Garden for a game against the Predators Friday before facing the Canadiens Wednesday in Montreal. Here are four more things we learned Saturday: MCQUAID HURT A Torey Krug turnover forced Adam McQuaid to lunge into a shooting lane to block a Jared McCann shot. It resulted in injury, as the puck appeared to hit McQuaid in either the wrist or forearm. McQuaid was in pain as he left the ice and he did not return to the game. FOURTH LINE RACKS UP POINTS Claude Julien got plenty out of his fourth line of Ferraro between Zac Rinaldo and Tyler Randell. Ferraro scored a second-period goal while on the ice with first-liners Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, while Randell scored a third-period goal that was assisted by both Ferraro and Rinaldo. Randell'€™s goal made it four goals for him on 11 shots this season. POINTS COMING FOR CHARA Though Chara had a very forgettable defensive night night Friday against the Flames, he finished the road trip with points in all three games. With the game-tying goal Wednesday, a goal and an assist Friday and a helper on a second-period Landon Ferraro goal Saturday, Chara had a total of four points (two goals, two assists) over the three-game trip. Very quietly, Chara'€™s 15 points now put him five points behind last season'€™s total and on pace for 52 points, which would tie his career high from the 2011-12 season. BRAD MARCHAND IS PROBABLY GOING TO SCORE 30 GOALS Marchand'€™s first-period goal made for his eighth tally in the last nine. While he'€™ll slow down from his current pace, the fact that he'€™s at 13 goals through the first 25 games of the season (he'€™s played in 23) makes him a good bet to finally hit 30 goals if he stays healthy. The Bruins haven'€™t had a 30-goal-scorer since Patrice Bergeron and Jarome Iginla reached the plateau two seasons ago, but Marchand is currently on pace for 45. Marchand'€™s career high is 28 goals, which he scored in the 2011-12 season. He believes he can hit 30, and it'€™s looking more and more like this will be the season in which he does it. "I think I can get there at some point," Marchand said before the season. "A lot of things have to go right and you'€™ve got to stay hot at the right times. I think the biggest thing is if you can stay consistent the whole season and you stay healthy, then maybe it'€™s in the cards. We'€™ll see."