Julien to B's: Keep fighting for roster spots

Julien to B's: Keep fighting for roster spots

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

WILMINGTON -- Tuesday marked the Bruins' first practice since the Marco Sturm trade was made official, pending a physical with the Los Angeles Kings.

In case you're wondering about the results of that physical, Bruins coach Claude Julien said everything has been "taken care of" with regards to fixing the team's tight salary cap situation. So Sturm and his 3.5 million contract are officially out of their hands, and the current group of Bruins can skate with that weight off their shoulders.

Still, Julien emphasized it's only December and just because the Bruins have seemingly resolved their salary cap issues, that doesn't mean this has to be the final roster.

"For a player, it certainly has to give them a little bit of relief, as far as saying, 'OK, all these question marks have been answered,' " said Julien after Tuesday's practice. "But at the same time, I think, the players have to realize, too, that just because we're there now, doesn't mean we're going to stay there, if we don't get the results we want.

"You're always fighting for a spot in the lineup. You're always fighting to keep your job, and you're always fighting to stay on the team. So I think that part should stay the same. But at the same time, what's been lingering over their heads, now, more or less, has been taken care of."

All Bruins were present at Tuesday's practice -- the team's first practice since Saturday night's overtime loss to the Flyers -- including defenseman Adam McQuaid, who took a vicious hit from behind from Philadelphia's Jody Shelley on Saturday night.

Shelley was suspended for two games, but skated on Tuesday. Julien said McQuaid was "still a little stiff" but not stiff enough to be out of the lineup on Wednesday night in Buffalo.

"The league obviously took it serious enough to suspend him, and you've got to respect that," said Julien.

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Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win

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Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win

Here are the talking points from the Boston Bruins' 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars where Patrice Bergeron scored two goals.

Patrice Bergeron scores 2, Bruins beat Stars, 6-3, to end winning trip

Patrice Bergeron scores 2, Bruins beat Stars, 6-3, to end winning trip

Patrice Bergeron had two goals and an assist as the Boston Bruins beat the Dallas Stars 6-3 Sunday, improving to 6-1 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy.

The Bruins completed a 3-1 road trip.

Stars captain Jamie Benn and Boston forward David Backes began fighting just 2 seconds into the game and drew major penalties. They have a history between - this was the first time they've faced each other this season, and it was the third straight year they've fought.

The Stars had tied the game in the second period after trailing 2-0. But Frank Vatrano and Bergeron scored on deflections 40 seconds apart in the second, and Bergeron added his 16th goal of the season in the third period.

Brad Marchand, David Krejci scored in the first period for the Bruins. Marchand had two assists and Torey Krug had three assists.

John Klingberg and Jiri Hudler had second-period goals for Dallas, and Tyler Seguin scored in the third.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had 33 saves.

Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves for Dallas. Three of Boston's goals came on deflections.

Vatrano deflected Kevan Miller's drive from the right point through traffic past Lehtonen to break a 2-2 tie in the second. Bergeron and Dallas defenseman Jordie Benn became tangled in front of Lehtonen on the Bruins' fourth goal.

Marchand scored from the left faceoff circle at 5:56 of the first period after taking a pass from behind the net from Bergeron.

Dallas made it 2-all on the first power play of the game. Hudler scored on a snap shot at 11:49 of the second.

Boston regained a two-goal lead less than 4 minutes later when Vatrano and Bergeron scored at 14:41 and 15:21.

NOTES: Dallas D Johnny Oduya returned after missing 15 games because of an ankle injury. . Miller and Dallas LW Curtis McKenzie also fought in the second period. . Marchand has 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in his past 12 games. . Krejci has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past seven games. . Krug has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in seven career games against the Stars. . Hudler has 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 14 career games vs. Boston. . The visiting team has won the last seven games between the teams, dating back to 2013-14.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Begin a three-game homestand on Tuesday against Arizona.

Stars: Play the fourth of five straight home games vs. Pittsburgh on Tuesday.