Matt Calvert, on the receiving end of what appeared to be a questionable hit from Carl Soderberg earlier in Saturday’s game, scored twice late in the third period and the Columbus Blue Jackets escaped Boston with a victory.
The loss ends the Bruins’ winning streak at five games. Boston was already without forward Brad Marchand, who is serving a two-game suspension for a slew-foot.
Further to the Soderberg hit on Calvert, there was no call on the play. Calvert went for a shot, when Soderberg swiped in front of him and delivered the hit, which sent the Columbus forward spiraling around to the ice.
The Blue Jackets, thanks to the two Calvert goals in the final 3:03 of regulation, earned a 3-1 victory.
Calvert was not available to media after the game due to illness, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.
“We didn’t want to put in the work. We lost a lot of battles,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien, as per Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com.
Brad Marchand, a repeat offender in the National Hockey League, has been forced to answer for yet another suspension.
The Boston Bruins agitating forward was given a two-game ban on Friday for a slew-foot on Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers. It’s Marchand’s third suspension of his career. It comes at a time when the Bruins are on a roll, having won five consecutive games prior to puck drop on Saturday’s NHL schedule.
“It’s definitely on the edge, for sure. It’s a dangerous play, no doubt, and it’s something they’re trying to get out of the game,” said Marchand, as per CSNNE.com.
“It could be worse. It could be three or four [games], so I’ve got to be happy that it’s not. Hopefully the guys do well without me, and I’ll get back against Colorado.
“Our team has been playing so well, and I don’t want a selfish act like that to impact how well the team can do. Hopefully they can without me, which I know they can.”
In 42 games this season, Marchand has 12 goals and 24 points. The Bruins host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.
Tuukka Rask made 30 saves for his second shutout of the season as the Boston Bruins blanked the New York Rangers 3-0 Thursday night.
With the win, the Bruins extend their win streak to a season-high five games.
Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Loui Eriksson provided the offence for the Bruins while defenseman Torey Krug had two assists in the win.
Cam Talbot made 29 saves in the loss.
With the shutout loss the Rangers have been blanked in consecutive games for the first time under Alain Vigneault.
During the first intermission the Bruins announced rookie David Pastrnak would stick with the club and play in his 10th game Saturday burning the first year of his entry-level contract.
In the second period Bruins forward Brad Marchand slew footed Derick Brassard. There was no penalty on the play. However, according to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe, the league will be reviewing the play.
The league could also look at the dangerous hit by Rangers’ forward Chris Kreider on Carl Soderberg.
Kreider received a boarding minor for the hit. Soderberg remained in the game.
Chris Kelly stepped in to fight Kreider and received two minutes for instigating, five minutes for fighting and a 10 minute misconduct.
The two teams meet again Feb. 4 in New York.
Rookie David Pastrnak is sticking with the Boston Bruins this season.
Pastrnak will play in his 10th game Saturday when the Bruins play host to the Columbus Blue Jackets, which will activate his entry-level contract.
The 18-year-old has four goals in three games since rejoining the Bruins after the world junior hockey championship. In eight games this season, entering tonight’s game, Pastrnak has five points.
Originally Boston’s first-round selection (25th overall) in 2014, Pastrnak had 10 goals and 27 points with the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins prior to joining the Czech Republic for the Under-20 tournament.
Rookie David Pastrnak scored twice, including the game winner, as the Boston Bruins edged the Tampa Bay lightning 4-3 Tuesday night.
The 18-year-old now has four goals in three games since returning from the world junior hockey championship.
Boston has now won four straight while the Lightning have dropped back to back games.
Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic had the other Bruins goals while David Krejci and Torey Krug each had two assists in the win.
Tempers boiled over early in the third period.
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was initially called for boarding on Lightning defenseman Matt Carle.
Then Cedric Paquette stepped in to have a few words with the defenseman and Chara sucker punched the Tampa forward. Paquette was assessed a minor penalty for roughing while Chara got two for boarding and a double-minor for roughing.
Here’s the sequence:
Steven Stamkos scored twice and Ryan Callahan had the other Lightning goals. Ben Bishop made 30 saves in the loss.
Tuukka Rask improved to 18-10-6 with a 16 save performance.