By Mike Miccoli, Boston Bruins Correspondent
In a mere six hours, the Bruins acquired future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr, edged out a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators where they managed to put 50 shots on net, and inched a point closer to catching the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Northeast Division.
So why does it feel like the Bruins lost tonight?
Midway through the second period, Patrice Bergeron collided with Colin Greening in an accidental hit that caused the Bruins center to miss the remainder of the game.
After the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien had little to offer as far as updates were concerned.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where Greening’s arm made contact with Bergeron. While the replay shows the possibility of contact to the head, it should be noted that Bergeron skated off shaking off his arm and clutching his jaw. But really, who knows?
The possibility of an injured Bergeron is a scary thought for this Bruins team. Bergeron has been the heart and soul of the roster, playing just under 20 minutes per game for Boston. If Bergeron does miss any time, it would be expected that either Rich Peverley steps up to center Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin, or Seguin switches positions with Jagr being inserted on the right-side. That’s still too early to even be decided.
Regardless, the Bruins found a way to win as Nathan Horton scored the game-winner, his twelfth of the year and his fourth goal in as many games, late in the third period.
“With Nathan it’s pretty obvious, you just have to watch him play,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “When he skates, and he’s in it, and he’s engaged he’s a real good player. And that’s what he’s been lately. He’s been really engaged, and positive, and focused instead of being frustrated and things are turning around for him.”
Seguin and David Krejci added the other two goals. Seguin had a team (and career) high 12 shots on goal in the game.
Mike Miccoli covers the Boston Bruins for The Hockey Writers and has been a credentialed member of the media for all Bruins’ home games for the past five years. As a former player, coach and official, Miccoli has been around the game of hockey since the age of three. Along with his work on THW, Miccoli has also been published in the New England Hockey Journal, Improper Bostonian magazine and on BostInno.