B'S CLIP COLUMBUS:
The Bruins improve to 3-1-0 with today's 3-1 victory in Columbus. Chris Kelly, Loui Eriksson and Milan Lucic all score for the Bruins, while Tuukka Rask had another solid day in net, stopping 26 of 27 shots. The Bruins are back in action on Monday, October 14 as they take on the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden with puck drop scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET.LUCIC TACKS ON AN EMPTY NETTER:
Milan Lucic gave the Bruins some final breathing room with 33 seconds remaining, after he whacked the puck off of Jack Johnson's stick from the top of the right faceoff circle, which took a friendly slide to the back of the Blue Jackets empty net. Credited with the assists on Lucic's second goal of the year were defensemen Zdeno Chara (1) and Johnny Boychuk (2).
BRUINS GO ON THE MAN ADVANTAGE:
The Bruins went on the power play at 15:32 into the third frame, when Ryan Johansen was called for holding Loui Eriksson's stick. Both Boychuk and Eriksson registered shots on the power play (including Loui ringing the post), but neither was able to get the puck by Bobrovsky to keep the score at 2-1 with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
LOUI GETS HIS FIRST:
Loui Eriksson converted on his first goal as a Boston Bruin on a backhand bid past Bobrovsky just 49 seconds into the third period. Linemate Patrice Bergeron set up Eriksson on the goal sending a backhand pass across the ice to Eriksson who was crashing the net from the right side. Great display of skill from both Bergeron and Eriksson on the play, between Bergeron's backhand pass threading the needle and Eriksson's tough angle backhand shot he just able to sneak through.
B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE:
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The Bruins are back in action on Monday, October 14 as they take on the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden with puck drop scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET.
3:50 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 1, CBJ 1
BRUINS GO ON THE POWER PLAY:
Following a whistle at 18:35 into the second period, Columbus's James Wisniewski was called for roughing for his role in a scuffle with Boston's Jordan Caron. The Bruins were unable to convert with the man-advantage as the second period came to a close, but will have 35 seconds of power play left to start the third period.
Shortly after the Bruins killed off the penalty to Kelly (see below), Kelly made up for his infraction by ripping a long range slap shot past Bobrovsky to even the game at 1-1. The goal marks Kelly's second of the season with David Krejci (3) and Jarome Iginla (1) earning an assist on the play.
BLUE JACKETS GO ON THE PP:
At 14:06 into the second period, Chris Kelly was whistled for hooking, putting the Bruins on the penalty kill once more. Despite being down a man, Paille was able to turn the tables and get a solid scoring chance on a shorthanded breakaway chance after Gregory Campbell made a heads up chip pass up ice to the streaking Paille. Paille, however, was unable to settle the dancing puck to get an accurate shot off, missing just wide of the net. THe Bruins ultimately were able to kill off the penalty to Kelly, allowing only two shots on goal during that time.
BRUINS GO ON PP, THEN 4-ON-4 PLAY:
At 4:24 into the second frame, Columbus's Boone Jenner was called for high-sticking when he caught Adam McQuaid in the face with his stick shortly after a faceoff. Jenner was issued a four-minute double minor for his infraction. Just over two minutes into the Bruins man-advantage, Dennis Seidenberg was called for tripping, which eliminated the Bruins power play and yielded 1:47 of four-on-four play. Both squads traded chances, but neither squad was able to convert on their opportunities during the four-on-four. Columbus then had 13 seconds of power play time, but it wasn't long enough for them to set up and organize a power play attack, getting the Bruins back to even strength.
2:45 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, CBJ 1
BLUE JACKETS SCORE:
Patrice Bergeron was called for holding on Ryan Johansen with 1:42 to go in the first period, putting the Blue Jackets on the power play for the second time in the game. Columbus wasted no time taking advantage of the PP chance, as defenseman Jack Johnson ripped a slapper past Rask glove-side to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead.
THORNTON & BOLL DROP 'EM:
With 7:27 remaining in the first period, Shawn Thornton and Jared Boll tangled in the Bruins zone after colliding with one another against the boards. The two wrestled back and forth and threw a few punches but neither player was able to land any clean ones, before being broken up by the linesmen. The fight marked Thornton's third fighting major this year in just four games played. Entering today's matchup, the Bruins have a 43-21-3 record since 2011-12 when the Bruins have had a fighting penalty in a game.
IGINLA TO THE BOX:
Jarome Iginla was penalized with 12:58 to go in the first period, after he interfered with Columbus's Jared Boll shortly after a faceoff in the Columbus zone. The Bruins, however were able to work their way out of the shorthanded situation, clogging up the shooting lanes to limit any Columbus shots on net.
After sitting out as a healthy scratch the first three games of the season, Matt Bartkowski was given the nod from Head Coach Claude Julien and will play in the B's first of 17 matinee matchups they will play this year.
1:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: Boston vs. Columbus
Rask (2-1-0, 1.00 GAA, .966 Save %) vs. Bobrovsky (2-1-0, 2.28 GAA, .920 Save %). Rask is 3-1-0 with a 1.72 GAA and .942 save % in four career games against Columbus. Bobrovsky is 0-1-0 with a 1.96 GAA and .938 save % in two career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS BLUE JACKETS LIFETIME: The B’s and Blue Jackets will meet for the 13th time tonight with the Bruins holding a 7-3-0-2 record and a 40 to 26 scoring edge in those games. The Black & Gold are 4-1-0-2 in their seven lifetime games against the Blue Jackets in Columbus, with a scoring advantage of 26-15 in those contests. The B's enter tonight having won the last three games against Columbus, with their last loss to the Blue Jackets coming in a 3-2 setback in Boston on January 21, 2010.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Head Coach Claude Julien will coach in his 700th NHL game today with a lifetime coaching record of 377-233-10-79… Milan Lucic enters tonight's game two goals shy of his 100th NHL/Bruins goal.
BIRTHDAY BOYS: Defenseman Adam McQuaid and forward Carl Soderberg celebrate their birthdays, with McQuaid turning 27 and Soderberg turning 28.
BOSTON BRUINS 90TH ANNIVERSARY: The Boston Bruins will pay tribute to 90 years of history during ten select home games throughout the 2013-14 season. The organization will honor each of the ten decades of Bruins hockey as part of the 90 Years Celebration presented by Alex and Ani. The first celebration game will take place on Monday, October 14 vs. the Detroit Red Wings, where 95-year-old Bruins legend Milt Schmidt will drop the ceremonial first puck to begin that day's tribute to the Bruins of the 1940's.
90 Years Celebration Games:
-Monday, October 14 vs. Detroit Red Wings -Tuesday, February 4th vs. Vancouver Canucks
-Thursday, November 21st vs. St. Louis Blue -Monday, March 1st vs. Washington Capitals
-Saturday, December 21st vs. Buffalo Sabres -Monday, March 24th vs. Montreal Canadiens
-Tuesday, January 14th vs. Toronto Maple Leafs -Thursday, March 27th vs. Chicago Blackhawks
-Thursday, January 30th vs. Montreal Canadiens -Saturday, April 5th vs. Philadelphia Flyers
THIRD EPISODE OF BEHIND THE B SET FOR MONDAY, 10/21: The third episode of the Bruins all-access television series Behind The B presented by Alex and Ani will air on Monday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m. on NESN. Episodes one and two as well as exclusive extras can be viewed on the Bruins mobile app and on BostonBruins.com.
BLUE JACKETS NOTEBOOK: Winger Marian Gaborik enters today's game leading the Columbus in scoring having notched two goals and three assists in three games thus far this season…Former Bruin Nathan Horton will not play in tonight's game for Columbus as he is still recovering from injury…In 475 regular season games at Nationwide Arena since joining the NHL in 2000, CBJ has averaged 16,110 fans/game (7,652,159 total), which is 88.8% of capacity (18,144). There have been 150 sellouts.