Fighting Frederic on target in Bruins’ shootout loss to Jets

Matt Kalman
January 29, 2019 - 11:24 pm

Luckily for Trent Frederic, his aim was better than that of his parents.

Frederic had two shots on net and no points in his 8:29 of ice time in his NHL debut in the Bruins’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets at TD Garden on Tuesday. But he brought the house down with his beatdown of Winnipeg forward Brandon Tanev in fight at 16:16 of the second period.

“You know it just kind of happened naturally,” Frederic said. “Just kind of got chippy a little bit at that point of the game and it kind of happened naturally. I wasn’t really going in trying to necessarily get one, but it just happened.”

Frederic, a first year pro who left Wisconsin early last spring, had three fights this season with Providence in the AHL. His parents obviously had no problem with their son’s fisticuffs. They were fired up in the stands, but got a little overzealous and missed on a high five meant to celebrate their son’s performance.

“Yeah, that’s tough but we’ll have them work on that,” Frederic said.

Asked about the excitement of the moment, Frederic gave his parents more credit for all they’ve done for him.

“That was really cool. Like my parents probably showed a lot of emotion because they drove me and my brothers around and stuff,” the 20-year-old said. “Obviously it probably isn’t as cool as maybe like a goal or something. So I can only imagine what they’d do then. But yeah, that’s a lot of emotion and they’re just pumped. I’m pumped to have them in my corner, so high five, missed or not, they’re in sync and they’ve been great for me.”

Linemate and childhood idol David Backes, who has been known to get into his share of altercations, was impressed with the kid he once posed with for a promotional picture in St. Louis.

“I think he was doing a good job on the faceoff dot, and then obviously he drops the mitts and holds his own and shows his presence there, and that’s a great sign,” Backes said. “That’s like the old days when you got into the lineup and you wanted to make your mark and show that you’ll do anything to stay there, and I don’t know if that’s a regular for him, but he did a heck of a job, and I’m proud of him, and he got his feet wet tonight.

Top heavy again

The Bruins’ nine days off for their midwinter bye and the NHL All-Star break did nothing to change the way their offense is balanced. Patrice Bergeron scored two of their goals and David Pastrnak scored the third. Brad Marchand had three assists.

“Well, listen, we need secondary scoring, so you look at the score sheet and you don’t get it. You get one and it might be the difference in the game,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Having said that, I thought our D were trying to be involved. They got a lot of shots that the other team was able to block. [David> Krejci’s line, I thought Jake [DeBrusk> was flying around, doing a nice job. Krech had a couple of chances that they were able to step in front of. So, we needed more out of them, obviously. That’s stating the obvious, but I don’t think they were completely quiet either, so I guess I’d rate it … they were generating some looks, but they were unable to finish.”

Kyle Connor scored two goals and then the lone goal in the shootout to get the Jets the extra point.

The Bruins are now 1-1 in shootouts.