Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom made 48 saves to help host Minnesota beat the Bruins 2-0. Matt Cullen and Chad Rau scored both goals for the Wild as the Bruins lost their second straight game, falling to 1-2-0 on their six-game road trip. Tim Thomas made 27 saves for Boston.
Backstrom outduels Thomas -- You can’t fault the Bruins for lack of effort or shots as they unloaded 48 shots on Backstrom. But the Finnish netminder stopped them all, snapping a five-game winless streak. On the other end, Thomas wasn’t quite as good, allowing two goals on 29 shots, but he did his part with some huge saves to keep his team in the game.
Bruins in need of scoring -- The Bruins have been shut out six times this season, but what’s alarming is that four of those six shutouts have come in the last nine games, and during the 12 games that Nathan Horton (concussion) has missed. With Rich Peverley now out four to six weeks and Horton’s return uncertain, scoring likely is on the wish list for GM Peter Chiarelli as the Feb. 27 trade deadline nears.
Seguin in lineup after missing practice Saturday -- Is there something about Tyler Seguin and Winnipeg? In the Bruins' first visit there Dec. 6, Seguin was benched for a 2-1 loss to the Jets after missing a team breakfast. Seguin said his alarm clock didn’t go off, but the team alluded to his tardiness in the past and a growing pattern leading to the benching. As of game time, there was no explanation from either Seguin nor the team for his absence from practice Saturday, but he was in the lineup Sunday. Seguin finished with six shots in 20:20 on the ice.
Kelly plays minus some teeth -- Chris Kelly was in the lineup after losing some teeth during practice Saturday thanks to a spill into the boards. Kelly said that the teeth were “disintegrating” in his mouth as he tried to spit the remains onto the ice. He had some emergency dental work done Saturday and in typical hockey player fashion was right back it Sunday, getting 12:41 of ice time.
Thornton does his part -- Shawn Thornton did his part to jumpstart the Bruins and distract them from their scoring frustrations by dropping the gloves with Matt Kassian 2:15 into the final period. It was a spirited and lengthy bout, and afterward a banged up Thornton yelled to his bench, “Let’s go” in hopes of inspiring them.
Lineup stays same -- Despite his team’s inconsistency, which continued in Winnipeg Friday night with a 4-2 loss to the Jets, coach Claude Julien kept the lineup the same (except for Thomas). Here’s what it looked like: