Bruins: Columbus Blue Jackets

Rapid Reaction: Bruins 3, Blue Jackets 1

November, 30, 2013

BOSTON -- Milan Lucic notched his second two-goal game of the season as the Boston Bruins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Saturday night at TD Garden.

The goals were his 10th and 11th of the season. His other two-goal game came Oct. 23 at the Buffalo Sabres.

On Saturday, Patrice Bergeron scored the first goal for the Bruins, while goaltender Chad Johnson finished with 13 saves and improved his record to 4-1-0 in five starts. David Krejci registered assists on both of linemate Lucic's goals.

With the victory, the Bruins are 6-1-1 in their past eight games and 10-2-2 in their past 14. Overall, Boston is 18-7-2 for 38 points and sits atop the Eastern Conference.

The Bruins gained the early 1-0 lead when Bergeron notched his eighth goal of the season at 9 minutes, 2 seconds of the first period. His shot from the half-wall on the right side made its way through a screen by linemate Loui Eriksson and beat Columbus goalie Curtis McElhinney. After going a span of six games without a point, Bergeron now has two goals in as many games. He talked about getting the puck to bounce his way and that's exactly what has happened for him the past two games.

Boston then capitalized on its first man advantage of the game to seize a 2-0 lead. Boston defenseman Torey Krug took a slap shot just inside the middle of the blue line before Lucic redirected past McElhinney at 14:58 for a power-play goal. The tally was Lucic's 10th of the season, making him the first Bruins player to reach double digits in goals this season. He's on pace for a 30-goal season.

Lucic collected his second goal of the night at 2:15 of the third period to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead. His slap shot from inside the blue line found its way past McElhinney. It appeared that linemate Jarome Iginla might have knocked it in, but Lucic was credited with the tally.

Columbus cut its deficit and scored a power-play goal when Ryan Johansen took a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle and beat a screened Johnson at 6:16 of the third.

DROP 'EM: Lucic and the Blue Jackets' Dalton Prout dropped the gloves at 8:34 of the second period. Believe it or not, it was Lucic's first fighting major of the season, and he did not disappoint. Since the Bruins had control of the puck in the offensive zone, it was a smart move by Lucic to wait until Columbus gained control of the puck before he obliged Prout's invitation. It was a spirited bout and Lucic went to the box as the winner in this one. Late in the second, the Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno took exception to a hit by Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. Foligno attempted to get Seidenberg, who has only one fighting major in his career, to trade punches, but he wouldn't. Foligno lost his cool and received two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct and a 10-minute misconduct for his actions.

UP NEXT: The Bruins will have a few days off between games. Their next contest will be Thursday, when they travel to Montreal to face the Canadiens for the first time this season.

B's laud Horton with Columbus on tap

October, 12, 2013
BOSTON -- Even though Nathan Horton no longer plays for the Boston Bruins, his former teammates will never forget his contributions.

The Bruins will play Horton's new team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, Saturday afternoon at Nationwide Arena. Unfortunately, Horton will not play as he continues to rehab from offseason surgery on his shoulder, which he injured during a fight with Jarome Iginla on April 20.

Horton became a free agent at the end of last season. The Bruins wanted to re-sign him and thought the top-line forward would return to Boston. Instead, Horton signed with the Blue Jackets for seven years and $37 million.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and the players were shocked.

"Yeah, I think you're always a little bit surprised because this is a great spot to play hockey," Bruins forward Chris Kelly said. "I know the team wanted him back, management wanted him back, but for whatever reason he decided to go elsewhere and that's his decision. He has every right to make those decisions. As a former teammate, I've got nothing but great things to say about Nathan. He was awesome for us."

Horton became the inspiration for the Bruins during their 2011 Stanley Cup run. In Game 3 of the finals at TD Garden, he suffered a severe concussion after a late hit to the head by the Vancouver Canucks' Aaron Rome.

Horton lay on the ice motionless and was taken off on a stretcher. His season was over.

"We're not there without him. Him getting hurt, as scary as that was and as much as you never want to see a teammate on the ice, he's a friend and you take it personally and that's the way we approached it," Kelly said. "That series we were down two games in the finals and you see Nathan on the ice and it hurt on a personal level. That's when the rivalry between us and Vancouver truly started. He was a huge part of that final series for us even though he missed four games."

Horton showed courage again last spring when the Bruins returned to the Stanley Cup finals, this time against the Chicago Blackhawks. No one other than his teammates knew he played the entire postseason with a shoulder injury. During Game 1 of the finals, Horton aggravated the injury and needed to leave the game.

He was back in the lineup for Game 2 and did not miss a shift the rest of the series.

"Not many people knew what type of pain he played through," Kelly said. "He goes and fights one of the strongest guys in the league pound-for-pound. You should see [Iginla] in the weight room, I wanna leave. Nathan and him have a great fight. In the postseason that line was phenomenal and he was a huge reason why we got back to the finals. If that line doesn't play the way it does then our season is shortened a lot quicker than it was."