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Bruins aim to keep power play going against Blue Jackets

Boston's Spooner, Krug available; Korpisalo starts for Columbus

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (23-29-7) at BRUINS (32-21-6)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; FS-O, NESN, NHL.TV

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins broke out of their power-play slump Saturday and they hope some reinforcements to the lineup can keep their success going against the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden on Monday.

The Bruins expect to have forward Ryan Spooner and defenseman Torey Krug in the lineup. Spooner sat out the Bruins' 7-3 win at the Dallas Stars on Saturday because of an illness. Krug was injured late in the game Saturday. Both were full participants in the morning skate and are expected to be in the lineup against the Blue Jackets, coach Claude Julien said. 

Heading into their game Saturday the Bruins were 0-for-19 on the power play through the first five games of their road trip. They failed to score on their first two man-advantage opportunities against the Stars, but then Brad Marchand scored on the power play at 13:24 of the second period. 

The Bruins finished 3-for-6 with the man-advantage. The offense helped them beat the Stars and finish the road trip with a 4-2-0 record. 

The Bruins' power play is third in the NHL at 22.5 percent. 

"I think [Marchand's] power-play goal was scored with a couple seconds left on the power play," Krug said. "I just kept asking guys to make sure it was a power-play goal. It was huge for us. I think we gained some confidence back. A big night for sure. But you can't just be content. We'll move on to this game and hopefully it starts clicking again like it was." 

Despite a 17-point difference in the standings, the Bruins and Blue Jackets have gone past regulation in their two previous games this season. The Bruins won 3-2 in a shootout Jan. 23 at TD Garden, and Bruins forward Loui Eriksson scored 33 seconds into overtime Feb. 16 for a 2-1 at Nationwide Arena. 

"We've just got to stay within our team concept," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "The thing that bothered me about the game against them in our building, I thought we were the better team in the second half of the game but we gave them a free one in OT. I don't know if this game gets there. We just need to be a stiff hockey club against this team. A team coming off a big win, scored a ton of goals, they'll be ready to play so we need to be at our best tonight." 

Here are the projected lineups: 


Boone Jenner - Brandon Dubinsky - Cam Atkinson  
Scott Hartnell - Alexander Wennberg - Brandon Saad  
Matt Calvert - William Karlsson - Nick Foligno  
Rene Bourque - Gregory Campbell - Kerby Rychel  

Ryan Murray - Seth Jones  
Jack Johnson - David Savard  
Fedor Tyutin - Dalton Prout  

Joonas Korpisalo  
Curtis McElhinney  

Injured: David Clarkson (upper body), Sergei Bobrovsky (groin) 
Scratched: Cody Goloubef, Jared Boll, Justin Falk  


Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Brett Connolly  
Loui Eriksson - David Krejci - David Pastrnak  
Matt Beleskey - Ryan Spooner - Jimmy Hayes  
Zac Rinaldo - Joonas Kemppainen - Landon Ferraro  

Zdeno Chara - Kevan Miller  
Joe Morrow - Dennis Seidenberg  
Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid  

Jonas Gustavsson  
Tuukka Rask  

Injured: Chris Kelly (broken femur) 
Scratched: Max Talbot, Tyler Randell, Zach Trotman  

Status report: Despite being pulled in a 4-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, Korpisalo will make his 12th straight start for the Blue Jackets. … Gustavsson was first off the ice and will start for Boston. 

Who's hot: Atkinson has six goals and 11 points in his past 12 games. ... Marchand has 15 goals and 20 points in his past 17 games. 

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