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Bruins look like stars in L.A.

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Bruins look like stars in L.A.

LOS ANGELES, CA The Bruins didnt put their best foot forward in the San Jose loss that started their California trip, but they put together a very solid hockey game the next time around.

The Bruins started a little slowly against the Kings, but they finished with a rock-solid, gritty 4-2 victory over Los Angeles at the Staples Center that featured heavy hitting, opportunistic goal-scoring and a heavy dose of Tim Thomas highlight stops between the pipes.

That sounds an awful lot like the tired and true winning blueprint the Bruins used for the Stanley Cup last season, doesnt it?

It was a good thing the Bs rediscovered the winning formula as the Ottawa Senators also wound up victorious with a decisive victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Bruins started off the scoring on the penalty kill when Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron trapped Drew Doughty in his own end, and Marchand set things up with speed and tenacity before Bergeron snapped home the rebound chance for his 20th goal of the season. Doughty atoned for his error by finding Colin Fraser wide open cutting to the net to tie things up in the second period, but it all Bruins in the final period.

Bs skaters like Dennis Seidenberg and Milan Lucic stepped up the physicality to match a willing Los Angeles bunch, and Lucic was rewarded with a five-hole shot that somehow slipped through Jonathan Quicks pads. The Bs third followed with yet another goal as Chris Kelly who dropped the gloves in a rare fight during the third period redirected a Benoit Pouliot pass for the insurance strike.

The Kings close it to a one-goal game, but a Brad Marchand empty-netter closed out the scoring for the Bruins.

Miller, Krejci game-time decisions tonight; O'Gara called up

Miller, Krejci game-time decisions tonight; O'Gara called up

BRIGHTON, Mass – It wouldn’t be a Bruins game this season if there weren’t some health question marks entering a game night, so the B’s will once again have a few players up in the air for the lineup tonight against the Buffalo Sabres.

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David Krejci (back) and Kevan Miller (upper body) were both on the ice prior to morning skate and Krejci participated in the optional practice, along with Patrice Bergeron and a handful of others on Saturday morning at Warrior Ice Arena. Krejci and Miller were termed game-time decisions based on the way things went this morning and Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy could have more lineup juggling in front of him based on those players.

Krejci said he was taking things “day-by-day”, but didn’t think it was going to be a long-term injury even if he misses the game.

“We’ll kind of take it day-by-day and we’ll see. I feel better than two days ago, so I guess we’ll be taking it day-by-day,” said Krejci. “I got hit in the last game and that forced me to leave the game. It’s a brand new injury and it just happened the other day. So that’s what it is.

“I don’t think it’s an injury that would be long term. It’s just one of these things that happens [during the games]. I wouldn’t lie to you if it was something that was a week or two weeks. We’ll just see how I feel later tonight. Injuries happen to every team. Hopefully, this is it for us here early in the season, and down the stretch, we’ll be healthy pushing for the playoffs.”

First the definite situations for the Black and Gold: Bergeron will play for the second game in a row and Paul Postma will be in the lineup, with Adam McQuaid shelved for the next couple of months with a broken leg. Beyond that, the Bruins could swing Miller from the left side to the right side if he plays, Charlie McAvoy could be added to the penalty kill and David Backes could end up playing some center if Matt Beleskey draws back into the lineup.

“We’ll probably move people around. [David] Backes, [Tim] Schaller has played some center over the years and obviously [Patrice] Bergeron looks like he’s going to play,” said Cassidy. “I think we’ll be okay. We sat out a forward the [Thursday vs. the Canucks], so we’ll move people around.

“Kevan will be a game-time decision, so we had a discussion about that and we’ll look into that as well. [Krejci] got hit in the lower back the other night, tried to finish and it’s one of those ones where at puck drop we’ll know.”

Robbie O’Gara popped on the Bruins roster on their team website early on Saturday afternoon, so the Yale alum will get the call if Miller can’t answer the bell on Saturday night. Another piece of good news: Noel Acciari skated with the injured players ahead of the morning skate and appears to be progressing slowly from his broken finger.  

Anything, it seems, is possible for these banged-up B’s as another body drops with each passing game or practice. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings vs. the Sabres based on an optional morning skate:

Marchand-Bergeron-Bjork

DeBrusk-Krejci-Pastrnak

Schaller-Nash-Backes

Beleskey-Kuraly-Agostino

 
Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

O’Gara/Miller-Postma

 
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