By Joe Haggerty
NASHVILLE The Bruins needed to reclaim some momentum after snapping their four-game losing streak on Tuesday night, but they couldnt follow up with a win on Thursday.
With Brad Marchand unavailable due to suspension and facing a Nashville Predators team still exhibiting a healthy amount ofplayoff desperation, the Bruins did just enough to net a point but lost in overtime on Shea Webbers power play game-winner, 4-3.
The Bs and Preds were tied after each of the first two periods,and Patrice Bergeron potted his first goal since the end of February in the third period for what appeared to be the difference-maker. But the Preds fought back and evened it up in the final halfof the third period when David Legwand scored on a third-effort goal after Tuukka Rask had executed amazing stops on the first two bids.
The Predators caught the Bruins sleeping when MartinErat stepped out of the penalty box and behind a B's line change tostart the breakaway charge into the offensive zone. Aside from Steve Kampferlooking to block a shot in front, there wasnt another Bruin defender within a mile of the net as Nashville pressed for the tying goal. Rask lost his cool after Legwand scored and threw his stick up high in the air in frustration.
"We need sharpness as far as how we think the game right now. We're making some poor decisions mentally," said coach Claude Julien. "It's more mental than physical because I think our team battled hard tonight."
The Bs will wrap up the road trip Saturday night against the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.Rask dropped to 10-13-1 on the season with the loss, and wasnt quite up to his game-stealing standards that he displayed Tuesday night in Columbus. He allowed a soft goal to former BU standout Colin Wilson in the opening minutes of the second period, dropping the Bruins into a 2-1 hole.
Tyler Seguin flashed some impressive offensive skill in the first to pot his 11th goal of the season while snapping a seven-game pointless drought, and David Krejci knocked home a rebound score in the second period to match two Nashville strikes in between. Joe Haggerty can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while prepping for Claude Bowl II.
*It’s going to be a robust trade market for defensemen with names such as Jack Johnson, Dion Phaneuf and Oliver Ekman-Larsson highlighting the group that’s available. Paul Martin will be in that select company if he clears through waivers and perhaps Niklas Hjalmarsson will as well with many teams holding D-men they’re willing to part with.
*The Buffalo Sabres apparently want four assets in any deal for rental Evander Kane that includes a draft pick, a prospect and an NHL roster player, and it’s hard to believe anybody is going to do that for a perennial underachiever who's never even scored 60 points in a season before.
*A tough end to the Andrew Cogliano iron-man streak as he’s been suspended for a couple of games after an incident last weekend.
*Brent Burns is the envy of many blueliners around the league because of his hard, accurate shot, which isn’t scoring him as many goals this season
*Year-round Las Vegas resident Deryk Engelland has been rewarded for being a member of the Golden Knights with a one-year contract extension.
*It sounds like the Philadelphia Flyers have got Shayne Gostisbehere thinking more about defense after some up-and-down moments last season in his sophomore effort.
*For something completely different: A profile on a UFC champion and a firefighter all at the same time. Sounds like an interesting dude.
BRIGHTON, Mass – Noel Acciari was in and out of the Bruins lineup in the Monday afternoon loss to the Dallas Stars with an upper-body injury and the fourth-line grinder was missing from the practice ice on Tuesday as well.
Acciari has been able to stay healthy the past few months while helping to establish Boston’s fourth line and has added to his hard-hitting style of play with six goals in 28 games this season.
But there's been a litany of injuries the past few seasons given the physical pounding the 5-foot-10, 208-pounder takes given his rugged style of play. This current injury limited him to just 6:05 of ice time in an overtime loss to the Stars. Still, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy was optimistic that Acciari would be able to suit up against the Canadiens on Wednesday night in Claude Julien’s return to TD Garden.
“Jake DeBrusk was under the weather and so was Kevan Miller, so they stayed home,” said Cassidy of Acciari, who has missed 14 games this season mainly due to a broken finger suffered blocking a shot on opening night. “Noel Acciari has a bit of an upper-body injury and it affected his minutes [Monday vs. Dallas]. He’s kind of day-to-day. I suspect that he would play tomorrow, but we’ll have a better idea on [Wednesday] morning.”
Both DeBrusk and Miller are expected to be fine to play against the Habs in their rematch from last weekend this time on Boston's home ice. Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the players that were on the ice for Tuesday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena: