Bruins Notes: Team Goes 4-0-1 On Road Trip, Signs Lee Stempniak, Trades For Devils' Marcus Johansson At Deadline
After defeating the Ducks, Kings, and Sharks, the Bruins completed their five-game road trip with a 3-2 shootout win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, and 2-1 shootout loss against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
David Backes game up with the game-winner at Vegas:
An extremely successful road trip for the Bruins. Nine out of a possible ten points. And you can't even be upset with the loss to the Blues, because St. Louis had won 11 of 12 games coming into that one.
Coach Bruce Cassidy was happy with the way his team played during the trip:
Recently acquired Charlie Coyle made his Bruins debut on Saturday, logging 16:36 of ice-time with a minus-1 and no shots on goal.
In other team news, Boston signed free agent and former Bruin Lee Stempniak to a one-year, $650,000 contract yesterday.
Stempniak, 36, is a 13-year NHL veteran. He was a trade deadline acquisition for the Bruins during the 2015-16 season, tallying three goals and seven assists for 10 points in 19 games. Throughout this season, the right winger has been a presence at Bruins practices on a tryout basis, with the hopes of being signed to an NHL contract eventually.
Finally, right at today's 3 pm ET trade deadline, the Bruins traded for Marcus Johansson of the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and 2020 fourth-round pick.
Johansson, 28, has 12 goals and 15 assists in 48 games this season with a minus-15. It comes as no surprise to Bruins fans that Johansson has a history with Brad Marchand; Johansson missed the final 35 games (and five playoff games) of last season after suffering a concussion after receiving an elbow to the head from Marchand, who received a five-game suspension.
The good news is that it seems that the two forwards' unfortunate history with each other won't be a problem going forward:
Obviously, not the "splash" that Bruins fans were looking for at the deadline, but a decent acquisition nonetheless.
In other minor news, the Bruins assigned forwards Karson Kuhlman and Peter Cehlarik to AHL Providence today.
The Bruins' (36-17-9) next game is tomorrow night at home against the Sharks (37-18-8), who'll look for some revenge following their recent 6-5 shootout loss to Boston.