After two periods of zero offense from his club tonight, Bruins head coach Claude Julien decided to use the oldest trick in the bench bosses’ handbook to coax some goals out of his club.
After a juggling of the personnel on all four lines, the Bruins buried three pucks behind Florida’s Tomas Vokoun en route to a 3-1 win at Sunrise.
The third period featured David Krejci centering Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder in a flashback to the 2008-09 season. Patrice Bergeron moved back to the middle of Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton, where the center was skating while Krejci was hurt.
Tyler Seguin moved back to center between Brad Marchand and Shawn Thornton, while Gregory Campbell centered rookie Jordan Caron and veteran Mark Recchi.
Here’s a quick glance at the box score:
•Recchi scored two of those three goals, which ran his career point total to 1,500 — the 13th player to reach that milestone. Appropriately, he scored the goal for point 1,500 right on the doorstep, where he’s made his living for more than 20 seasons.
•If Tim Thomas wasn’t the early favorite for the Vezina entering tonight’s action, he made another solid case for it with 31 saves, including 26 in the first two periods when the Bruins’ offense was slumbering. Were it not for Thomas, the Bruins would’ve left Florida with zero points in the standings rather than two.
•Brad Marchand’s second shorthanded goal of the season got the Bruins’ scoring going early in the third period and tied the game.