BOSTON — The Bruins will play host to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night at TD Garden as they continue their four-game homestand.
The Flames come in on a sesaon-high five-game losing streak, having lost 5-3 in Philadelphia on Monday night, and Boston will be looking to bounce back from a 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday.
The focus for the Bruins, though, is on their own team.
Tuesday marked a busy morning at TD Garden, with trade deadline acquisitions Lee Stempniak (from New Jersey) and John-Michael Liles (from Carolina) joining the team, as well as Providence callup Noel Acciari, who will likely make his NHL debut.
All three players participated in the Bruins’ optional pregame skate. About an hour and a half before the skate, Chris Kelly — out since suffering a broken femur on Nov. 3 — skated for the first time in his recovery process.
BOSTON — The NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone, with the Bruins making two acquisitions on Monday afternoon as they embark on their final 19 games of the regular season.
Boston acquired right winger Lee Stempniak from the New Jersey Devils and defenseman John-Michael Liles from the Carolina Hurricanes.
Stempniak was leading New Jersey with 41 points on the season, including 16 goals. Liles recorded 15 points (with six goals) for Carolina.
“Clearly we wanted to continue to add to this hockey club,” said General Manager Don Sweeney, during a press conference at TD Garden on Monday evening.
In the trades, the Bruins sent their 2016 fourth-round pick and 2017 second-round pick to New Jersey in exchange for Stempniak, and their 2017 third-round pick and 2017 fifth-round pick to Carolina in exchange for Liles.
“We looked at the number of transactions this past year and the acquisition of picks and prospects that we’ve accumulated and felt that we were in a position to protect or our two firsts and our second this year.”
BOSTON — The NHL’s trade deadline is set for Monday at 3:00 p.m. ET.
BostonBruins.com will follow the action as teams around the league try to improve their rosters and their organizational depth.
With General Manager Don Sweeney and the Bruins staff at TD Garden early on Monday morning, Executive Director of Player Personnel John Ferguson took a few minutes to talk about Boston’s approach to the day.
“We’re always looking to improve our club, and we’re looking currently and for the future,” said Ferguson. “We’ve got a club that’s in the playoffs and we’d like to help if we can, while not losing sight of the future.”
Sweeney said during his pre-trade deadline media availability on Sunday that much of the talks among teams thus far had revolved around draft picks.
“I think the overall depth of the hockey club is something we want to continue to identify and try and improve,” Sweeney said during Sunday’s press conference.
BOSTON — General Manager Don Sweeney held his pre-Trade Deadline media availability on Sunday night at 5:00 p.m. ET, prior to the Bruins’ matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden.
The NHL’s trade deadline is set for Monday, February 29, at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Activity was heating up around the league on Sunday, as general managers look to improve their clubs — both short-term for the playoff push, and long-term in regards to draft picks and prospects.
“I don’t know if anybody’s ever comfortable,” said Sweeney. “Maybe Washington, because they’re out front, but they’re even trying to tinker. I think everybody’s trying to improve their hockey club.”
“We’ve said that from day one — it’s never a disparaging comment regarding the players you currently have, it’s just an opportunity to continue to canvass right up until the deadline, to allow you to see if you can improve, and if that means we’re giving up draft picks to do that, then that’s what we’re going to continue to explore to do.”
RALEIGH, N.C. — As dueling “Let’s Go Bruins” and “Let’s Go Hurricanes” chants broke out early in the game at PNC Arena on Friday night, the Black & Gold were the first team to strike.
They would also be the last, as Brad Marchand capped off a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes with an empty-netter that saw his father getting a round of high fives from the others on the Bruins Fathers Trip.
Matt Beleskey added two goals, including the game-winner, as he continues to generate chemistry with linemates Ryan Spooner and Jimmy Hayes. His father, grandfather and grandmother were in attendance.
Patrice Bergeron scored the first goal of the night — in his 800th NHL game. His grandfather handed him the puck commemorating the milestone after the game.
“It was fun to have my grandpa here for the last few days and it’s a special moment,” said Bergeron. “He’s been a big role model for me growing up and I’m sure he’s as happy as I am to spend some time with him, so it’s been a lot of fun.”
Bergeron’s 23rd goal of the season put the Bruins up 1-0 with 9:34 left the first period.
Brett Connolly caused a turnover with a strong forecheck and Bergeron was there to chip the puck up and over Canes netminder Cam Ward.
RALEIGH — The Bruins face off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night at PNC Arena in North Carolina.
Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. ET (NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).
They will have a few special fans in attendance at the game, as most of the players’ fathers accompanied them on the road trip.
“It’s been great. It’s amazing to see a lot of the resemblance there between the fathers and the sons — and you see where the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree,” Head Coach Claude Julien smiled following the team’s pregame skate on Friday morning. “But it’s been good. We had a good meal [Thursday] night, got an opportunity to get to know them and to chat with them, so I think it was great.”
“Having said that, let’s cut the cord here and think about what we have to do tonight. There’s something probably more important for the moment here and it’s to get ready for the game.”
WILMINGTON, Mass. — On Thursday morning at Ristuccia Arena, there was a new but still familiar sight down by the glass as the Bruins hit the ice for a routine practice.
A line of parents watched the skate — just like old times.
The Bruins are hosting a Fathers Trip as the team jets off to Raleigh to play the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
"It's always great to give the parents an opportunity to see the good work they've done with their kids," said Head Coach Claude Julien.
"And some of the deficiencies that still need some work," the bench boss added with a smirk. "It's great. It makes for a fun situation and there's no doubt, the players get motivated for that, so hopefully that's the motivation we need tomorrow to win ourselves another big hockey game."
After practice, the fathers were set to fly with their sons and get in some quality bonding time on the road — with their sons, teammates, coaches and the rest of the staff.
DALLAS — For the second straight game, the Bruins found themselves down by two goals after the opening 20 minutes.
They did not let the frustration seep into their game.
Instead, they scored three goals in the closing seven minutes of the second period and six straight goals altogether as they finished their six-game road trip with a 7-3 win in Dallas.
They held the league’s highest scoring team to just nine shots on goal in the final 28 minutes.
Six scorers combined for the seven goals, with Brad Marchand scoring twice to reach his first 30-goal season and the power play finally breaking through for three goals. Loui Eriksson’s goal with 51.6 on the clock in the second period stood as the game-winner.
Matt Beleskey’s power play goal with 22.1 left in the game capped off the scoring. After battling in front of the net, he jammed the puck in as he was knocked down. On his back, he stretched out his arms in celebration.
DALLAS — The Bruins have reached the 11th and final day of their season-long road trip, with the last stop in Dallas on Saturday night against the Stars.
Game time is set for 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 p.m. local time — NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).
A win over Dallas would put them above .500 on the road trip, as they have posted a 3-2-0 record though the first five games. The victories came against Winnipeg (6-2), Minnesota (4-2) and Columbus (2-1), with the losses coming to Detroit (6-5) and Nashville (2-0).
“Bottom line is, we came on the road trip to have a winning road trip,” said Head Coach Claude Julien. “A win tonight would be huge. We’d much prefer to be 4-2, than 3-3, so nothing changes from our mindset as far as coming out tonight and winning. When you lose a game like you did last game, you want to bounce back and have a good effort, so that’s what we’re looking for from our hockey club.”
After a day off the ice on Friday, the Bruins held a full pregame skate on Saturday morning at the American Airlines Center. Ryan Spooner was not feeling well and did not skate.
DALLAS — The Bruins have arrived in the sixth and final city on their season-long road trip, where they will finish with a Saturday night game against the Dallas Stars.
With a 3-2-0 record on the road trip, their focus is on one outcome: finding a way to end the 11-day journey on a high note.
“We have a chance to go 4-2, and obviously, it looks a lot better than 3-3,” Torey Krug said Friday afternoon in Dallas. “So it’s all about winning hockey games right now. It’s kind of been up and down on this road trip a little bit, but you’ve just got to move on to the next one, and we have a big test for us coming up.”
The Bruins stayed off the ice on Friday in Dallas. Players went through their routines of weight-lifting, stretch, playing two-touch soccer and the like at the American Airlines Center.