I cannot confirm the rumor that Bruins forwards Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson won’t even cross the street unless their together.
Nonetheless, they don’t seem able to succeed on the ice without being together on a line and being cast as a third line. That much we know is true.
The Eriksson-Soderberg theory was proven right again Monday, as coach Claude Julien reunited Soderberg and Eriksson, along with Chris Kelly, late in the second period. They promptly scored the game-tying goal. A line with Eriksson, David Krejci and Milan Lucic had failed to do anything up to that point in the game.
On Tuesday Julien stuck with what works and had Eriksson, Soderberg and Kelly together on a line. The three other lines were in the same alignment from the end of the victory against the Sabres, with Seth Griffith (a healthy scratch) rotating in on the fourth line. Craig Cunningham filled the right spot next to Krejci.
All seven defensemen were on the ice as well. Defenseman Matt Bartkowski avoided supplemental discipline for his near decapitation of Buffalo forward Brian Gionta on Monday, according to published reports.
The Bruins play Nashville at the Garden on Tuesday.