Lucic, Seguin, Kelly line keeps clicking

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Lucic, Seguin, Kelly line keeps clicking

BOSTON -- The best thing about Claude Juliens wacky line-changing high jinks was on display for the Bruins again on Saturday night as the silver lining in their latest defeat.

Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin once again each provided goals and flashed the kind of chemistry with all-purpose center Chris Kelly that deserves a longer look.

Unfortunately not enough of the other three lines had as much luck finishing off plays or tapping into their line mojo.

Instead the Bruins dropped the 4-2 decision to the Sharks on Saturday night with the other three lines going dark, but Lucic and Seguin nearly resuscitated the Bruins on their own with two goals in 29 seconds on the same shift in the third period.

Theyve been good. I said that the other night, too. Milan has played two of his best games here in the last two. When you give Tyler an opportunity, he makes things happen, said Julien. Hes playing very well for us also. Chris Kelly is probably the underrated guy on that line, but he has been tremendous with those two guys. Im happy with that line. Theyve given us exactly what we were hoping for.

Seguin continued to extend his team lead with nine points (3 goal and 6 assists) in eight games as Bostons only point-per-game player, and likes what he sees around him on that suddenly productive line.

With Lucic he makes it so much easier for you out there, hes such a big body and he goes in the corner and wins battles. For a guy like that size to have as much skill as he does its hard to find it out there. He does a great job, said Seguin. Kelly is probably one of the best positional forwards Ive ever played with. So our line seems to be clicking and hopefully it stays that way.

The two scores stole the momentum for the Bruins in a game that appeared to be shifting their way, but the Bs never executed that one final play that could have crushed San Joses spirit.

Lucic was on the board first with a goal in his second straight game, and Seguin followed by popping home a saucer pass through the crease from Lucic that tied the game up for the Bruins.

Unfortunately for all the players involved that was all the scoring Boston would muster in the loss, and Seguin was off the ice for the frantic final minute of play when he took a Benn Ferriero slash off the knee that went unnoticed by the refs.

So the ending wasnt ideal for the Bruins, but theres plenty of promise with 23-year-old Lucic and 19-year-old Seguin fostering their chemistry, and Kelly providing situational assistance and back-checking that allowed the experienced center to cover up some of the seven giveaways by the two wingers throughout the game.

Lucic actually said playing with Kelly and Seguin has helped him find his straight-ahead game because hes got to pick up his skating pace just to keep up with the instinctive Kelly and the speedy Seguin.

I feel better pursuing the puck and getting on pucks where the first five-six games I felt like I was a second late, a step late getting to pucks, said Lucic. Other teams were able to break out easy because I wasnt on top of them. Its no secret that Seguin has got some pretty good speed.

Its just trying to keep up with him has pushed me harder to get my feet moving, and its great that weve been able to create that chemistry for the three of us.

If the chemistry keeps producing results for Lucic, Seguin and Kelly, they might get the chance to create a lot more in the near future with the hope for better results in the win-loss column.

Backes: Bruins were ‘wounded’ after ugly Detroit loss

Backes: Bruins were ‘wounded’ after ugly Detroit loss

BRIGHTON, Mass – It certainly sounded like there were some things that made the Wednesday night loss in Detroit a little different for the Bruins.

The Bruins media corps conducted postgame interviews in the hallway rather than in the visiting dressing room after what must have been a combustible atmosphere immediately following the shootout defeat. 

There was also evidence of anger in the visitor’s dressing room at Joe Louis Arena, according to reports, with a door off its hinges when the media was able to get a look inside the dressing room area.

David Backes confirmed something was different about the loss after blowing a pair of three-goal leads, and failing to follow up their dreadful no-show vs. the Islanders with a winning performance against another bad team in Detroit. The B’s forward said the plane ride home from Detroit was solemn and quiet, and that it was clear the Bruins team was “wounded” after a crushing loss.

“Both [losses] can be great lessons if we learn from it, and neither was very enjoyable. That was probably the quietest I think our guys were all year on that plane ride home from Detroit,” said Backes. “To me, that’s a great sign that it hit us in the heart, and it hit us where it really mattered. We’re thinking about how we can turn the tide and thinking about we can be victorious the next time out.

“We had the lead, and in a lot of instances you’re expecting, as you should, to come out of there with two points. We’re at the time in the season where wins need to be garnered and taken home.

“There were a lot of aspects where we should have grabbed the game back. When you feel like you’ve had a lot of opportunities to take the game and you don’t do it, it’s not a good feeling. I was reflecting on that during a very quiet team plane ride back from Detroit, and it seemed pretty clear that the whole team was feeling wounded. I think it’s a good sign that guys were feeling that way, and that means they’re going to do everything in their power to not have that feeling again.”

The words are encouraging from a 32-year-old natural leader in Backes, who has seen good times and bad as captain of the St. Louis Blues in his 10-year NHL career. But the proof is ultimately on the ice where the Bruins have games against the Blackhawks and Penguins coming up and face some very stiff tests coming off a couple of losses against the worst teams in the East that exposed Black and Gold fragility at this point in the season. 


 

After knee injury, Beleskey set to return for Bruins vs. Blackhawks

After knee injury, Beleskey set to return for Bruins vs. Blackhawks

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins, looking for a spark after terrible, back-to-back losses to the New York Islanders and Detroit Red Wings, are hoping the return of Matt Beleskey from a knee injury can help provide the inspiration. 

The blue-collar left winger has missed the past 23 games with a torn MCL in his right knee suffered in early December against the Buffalo Sabres, but now he’s easing back into the lineup on the fourth line in Friday night’s showdown with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Beleskey was skating with Dominic Moore and Austin Czarnik on the fourth line at morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena and should be expected to throw a few hard hits and play with some intensity in his return.

“I’m ready to go and excited to get back out there,” said Beleskey, who has been skating with the team for roughly a week after giving the knee sufficient time to heal. “I’ve just got to keep it simple and do what I do well: Be hard on pucks, take the body and just try and find your groove. You don’t want to expect too much in your first game back, but you just want to be able to contribute.

“’I’ve been saving [the pent-up energy] for a while, so I’m ready to get back out there and hopefully provide a spark for us.”

The Beleskey return also provides the player with a bit of a reset button after a slow start to the season that saw him with two goals and five points along with a minus-6 rating in 24 games played for the Black and Gold prior to his injury. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairs against the Blackhawks based on morning skate today:

Marchand-Bergeron-Vatrano

Schaller-Krejci-Pastrnak

Spooner-Nash-Backes/Hayes

Beleskey/Blidh-Moore-Czarnik

 

Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

Morrow-Liles

 

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