Bruins beat Canes, bump Marchand to fourth line


The Boston Bruins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in Cam Ward’s return to action on Monday, taking it 4-1.

This snaps a three-game road skid for the Bruins, which was about the only way they haven’t been climbing lately; they’ve now won five of their last six games.

Boston’s lesser known forwards played well tonight, with Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith pitching in a goal and an assist apiece. Smith, 23, is quietly making the Tyler Seguin trade look a little more even for Boston with a solid 13 points in 20 contests.

Speaking of Seguin, his former running mate continues to face ups and downs. Brad Marchand was demoted to the fourth line for Jordan Caron, with’s Joe Haggerty arguing that it was more about Marchand’s struggles than Caron’s successes.

Ward wasn’t able to get the win for Carolina, but the Hurricanes are likely just glad to see the 29-year-old come back. He stopped 26 out of 29 shots.

One other promising sign for the ‘Canes: Tuomo Ruutu scored his first goal of 2013-14. If he can approach the form he showed in healthier days, Carolina might have a better chance of rising above its mediocre status (8-9-4).

Bruins dress Caron, scratch Thornton on Monday


The Boston Bruins tweaked their lineup for Monday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes, substituting Jordan Caron for Shawn Thornton.

It was a performance instead of injury-related move, as Thornton (pictured) is a healthy scratch tonight.

Neither forward has put up big numbers this year. Thornton, 36, has two goals in 19 games while Caron, 23, has one tally in nine contests.

This is a minor tweak, but some believe that Thornton is one of the league’s better fourth-line players, for whatever that’s worth.

Video: Lucic’s overtime breakaway locks up Bruins’ fourth straight win

Milan Lucic

The Boston Bruins won their fourth game in a row by taking out the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in overtime.

They were able to do it thanks to a breakaway goal by Milan Lucic beating Sergei Bobrovsky in the closing seconds of the extra session.

For Lucic, the goal was his team-leading eighth of the year. Keep in mind he had only seven goals all last year.

Those numbers are also important for the Blue Jackets as they’ve lost seven of their last eight games. Incredibly, if the Jackets beat the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night, they’ll be just two points back of third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Sure is nice to be in the Eastern Conference, isn’t it?