Boston Bruins (17-7-2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (10-13-3)
9:35 - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 3, CBJ 1
B'S BEAT COLUMBUS: The Boston Bruins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden by a score of 3-1, with goals from Milan Lucic (2) and Patrice Bergeron. Chad Johnson was nearly perfect in net, stopping 13 of 15 shots en route to his fourth victory of the season. The Bruins are back in action on Thursday when they take on the Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
BLUE JACKETS FIGHT BACK: Bruins blueliner Dougie Hamilton was whistled for tripping 4:49 into the third period giving the Blue Jackets a power play opportunity for the second time in the game. The Blue Jackets took advantage and got on the board when Ryan Johansen beat Chad Johnson, breaking up the shutout bid, to make the score 3-1. The goal marks Johansen's 10th tally of the year.
B'S TACK ON A THIRD: The Bruins tacked on a third goal to extend their lead to 3-0, when Milan Lucic ripped a shot from just north of the seam, which took a Bruins friendly bounce up over Curtis McElhinney and into the net. The goal gives Lucic his 11th of the season and second in tonight's game. Krejci (17) and Iginla (10) are credited with the assist on the Lucic goal. Krejci and Lucic now have multiple point games with Lucic's two goals and Krejci's two assists.
B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE: Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Thursday against the Canadiens on Montreal at the Bell Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
8:44 - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 2, CBJ 0
POWER PLAY CLICKING: Another power play chance for the Bruins came 4:43 left in the second frame when Mark Letestu of Columbus was called for hooking. The Bruins skillfully whisked the puck around the Blue Jackets zone to generate a few scoring chances, but McElhinney made several key stops for Columbus to keep it a two-goal game. With just over two minutes to go in the second period, the Bruins were outshooting the Blue Jackets, 24-8. The Bruins were awarded another power play chance with 1:36 to go in the period when Nick Foligno was assessed two-minute Unsportsmanlike conduct and a ten-minute game misconduct. The B's will have 24 seconds of power play to start the third period of play.
B'S CALLED FOR DELAY OF GAME: Johnny Boychuk was sent to the sin bin at 10:11 in the first after he inadvertently flipped the puck into the stands for a delay of game call, giving the Blue Jackets their first PP of the game. The Bruins however will able to pick their teammate up after his mental mistake to successfully kill off the penalty to make the B's 70 for 81 on the season.
LUCIC DROPS THE GLOVES: 6'3'', 235-pound Milan Lucic and 6'3'', 225-pound Dalton Prout dropped the mitts at the 11:26 mark in the second period, which began just beside the Columbus net and ended at the top of the left faceoff circle. Both combatants threw a flurry of punches both connecting with their share of blows in what was arguably one of the higher energy fights of the season. The fight marks Lucic's first fighting major of the year. The last fight Lucic engaged in was during the preseason against Joel Rechlicz of the Washington Capitals on September 23.
B'S EARN A MAN-ADVATAGE: The Bruins were given their second man-advantage of the game when Columbus's Fedor Tyutin was whistled for hooking on B's forward Milan Lucic. The Bruins sustained pressure at times in the Columbus zone, but were unable to create and scoring opportunities, allowing the Blue Jackets to successfully kill off the penalty to Tyutin.
MATCHING MINORS: Just 22 seconds into the second period, Brad Marchand and Matt Calvert were assessed matching unsportsmanlike conduct penalties yielding two minutes of four-on-four play. Neither team was able to generate any solid scoring chances or generate much momentum as both penalties expire.
7:44 - First Period Snapshots: BOS 2, CBJ 0
MAGIC NUMBER TWO: Following the first period of play, the Bruins lead the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 2-0 with Bergeron and Lucic both scoring. Entering tonight the Bruins have compiled a 102-6-6 record since 2010-11 when leading by two goals in a game. That record extends to 57-1-1 over that span when they score three goals in a game.
LUCIC TIPS ONE IN: With 5:24 to go in the first frame, the Bruins were awarded their first power play opportunity of the game when Carl Soderberg drew a hooking penalty from Columbus's Ryan Johansen. Entering tonight the Bruins were power play ranked 17th in the league (17.9%), up against the Blue Jackets penalty killers who ranked 22nd in the NHL (78.8%). The Bruins made the most of their man-advantage scoring 22 seconds into the penalty, when Milan Lucic skillfully tipped a Torey Krug pass past McElhinney for his tenth goal of the year. Krug gets credited for his ninth helper of the season while David Krejci earns the secondary assist for his 16th.
BERGERON GETS THE B'S ON THE BOARD: Patrice Bergeron struck first for the B's at the 10:58 mark, when he slung a wrister from the hash marks along the boards just inside the right faceoff circle. Loui Eriksson was positioned out front on the goal, providing a screen on Columbus goaltender Curtis McElhinney to give the puck a chance to get through. The goal marks Bergeron's eighth goal of the year, which is one behind Milan Lucic who currently leads the team with nine.
6:30 - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. CBJ
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Johnson (3-1-0, 2.21 GAA, .917 Save %) vs. McElhinney (1-2-1, 2.81 GAA, .906 Save %). Johnson is 1-0-0 with a 1.87 GAA and .941 save % in one game against Columbus. McElhinney is 0-1-0 with a 3.05 GAA and .897 save % in one career game against Boston.
BRUINS VS BLUE JACKETS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Blue Jackets are meeting for the 15th time tonight with the Bruins holding a 9-3-0-2 record and a 46-29 scoring advantage overall. The Bruins are 4-2-0-0 against the Blue Jackets in six games played in Boston, with the Black & Gold maintaining a 17-13 scoring edge in those contests. The Bruins are 4-1-0 in their last five home games against Columbus with their last loss coming in a 3-2 setback on January 21, 2010.
FIGHT NIGHT: B’s Captain Zdeno Chara dropped the gloves in yesterday’s game for the first time this season in a bout with Brian Boyle of the New York Rangers to complete his Gordie Howe Trick (fifth of his career, third as a Bruin). The Black & Gold have compiled a 50-22-3 record since the 2011-12 season in games in which they have had a fighting penalty, including an 8-2-0 record this season.
POWER ZEE: Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has notched three goals and one assist in his last four games, including a goal in yesterday’s game against the New York Rangers. As a team, the Bruins are 10-0-0 in games when Chara has registered a point, including 6-0-0 when he scores a goal.
SLICE THE ICE HOLIDAY SKATE AT TD GARDEN: The Boston Bruins will host their fourth annual “Slice the Ice” event to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation on Sunday, December 1. “Slice the Ice” will take place across four hour and a half sessions starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 2:00 p.m. At the event fans will have the opportunity to skate on the TD Garden ice and take pictures on the Bruins bench, at the Bruins goal, in the penalty box, and with the Zamboni® ice resurfacing machine. Fans will then be taken on a tour of the Boston Bruins locker room followed by a photo op with the 2011 Stanley Cup banner. Fans are encouraged to use this event to stage a unique and memorable family holiday photo.
181 AND COUNTING: Following Friday’s home game against the New York Rangers, the Bruins have sold out 181 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
BLUE JACKETS NOTEBOOK: Columbus is playing the second game of a back-to-back after defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 last night at home. The Blue Jackets have a 3-1-1 record on the second games of back-to-backs… Defenseman James Wisniewski and centerman Ryan Johansen lead the Blue Jackets with 18 points apiece, Wisniewski leads the team with 16 assists and Johansen leads with nine goals… Wisniewski is tied for seventh in the NHL in scoring among defensemen… Ryan Murray is fourth in blocked shots (38) and power play points (3) among NHL rookie defensemen.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 12-for-67 (17.9%, 17th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 69-for-80 (86.3%, 4th NHL)… Blue Jackets power play: 18-for-91 (19.8%, 12th NHL), Blue Jackets penalty kill: 67-for-85 (78.8%, 22nd NHL).