5 things we learned as Loui Eriksson gives Bruins overtime win over Blue Jackets

DJ Bean
February 16, 2016 - 4:51 pm
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did not score Tuesday, but the Bruins'€™ other streaking winger picked up the slack. With the Bruins at risk of losing to on of the worst teams in the NHL after managing only one goal through regulation against the Blue Jackets, Loui Eriksson converted off a pass from Torey Krug in the opening minutes of overtime to extend his goal-scoring streak to four games and give the Bruins a 2-1 victory. The goal was Eriksson'€™s 20th of the season as he joined Marchand (28 goals) and Patrice Bergeron (22) among the Bruins'€™ 20-goal scorers. This is Eriksson'€™s second consecutive 20-goal season and the sixth of his career. Marchand's goal-scoring streak came to an end after seven games. He had scored 13 goals over 12 of 13 games entering Tuesday. The Bruins will play two more games on their road trip, as they'€™ll face the Predators Thursday before concluding the trip on Saturday in Dallas. RASK STAYS IN, KEEPS BRUINS IN Tuukka Rask had an injury scare in the final minute of the period when Matt Beleskey crashed into the net and caught Rask in the face with an elbow. Trainer Don Del Negro left the bench to tend to Rask, who stayed in the game.

It'€™s a good thing Rask didn'€™t leave, as he awfully good on Tuesday. His biggest saves came on a pair of shorthanded breakaways for Brandon Saad and then Matt Calvert in the first and second periods, respectively. He also stopped Wennberg on a breakaway during a third-period Columbus power play. BERGERON, MCQUAID RETURN, TALBOT SCRATCHED Patrice Bergeron and Adam McQuaid returned from absences of two and eight games, respectively, with Bergeron scoring a first-period goal in his first game back from what might have been an injury suffered in last week'€™s fight against Blake Wheeler. With Bergeron returning, the Bruins opted to scratch Max Talbot and keep Joonas Kemppainen in the lineup to center the fourth line. McQuaid'€™s return meant that Colin Miller was sent to Providence and Joe Morrow came out of the lineup. Marchand-Bergeron-Connolly Beleskey-Krejci-Pastrnak Eriksson-Spooner-Hayes Ferraro-Talbot-Randell Chara-Trotman Seidenberg-McQuaid Krug-Kevan Miller Rask CHARA HOOK LEADS TO PENALTY SHOT Zdeno Chara had to hook Alexander Wennberg as the young forward sped towards Rask on a first-period breakaway. Chara was whistled for the infraction, leading to a penalty shot on which the Blue Jackets scored their only goal. POWER PLAY STRUGGLING In going 0-for-4 on the power play Tuesday, the Bruins are now 0-for-15 on the man advantage during their current road trip. That the B's gave up two shorthanded breakaways wasn't great either.
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