The Bruins added to their forward depth Wednesday by claiming Kaspars Daugavins on waivers from Ottawa.
The Senators had placed Daugavins on waivers on Tuesday, and the Bruins nabbed him prior to Wednesday’s noon deadline.
The 24-year-old Daugavins scored one goal and two assists in 19 games for the Senators, averaging 11:25 of ice time.
Daugavins scored his only goal of the season against his new club. On March 21, he snapped a long-distance shot past Anton Khudobin.
On March 11, Daugavins opened eyes with some shootout trickery. He flipped his stick over and pushed the puck forward with the toe of his blade. Daugavins then tried a spin-o-rama to score on Tuukka Rask. The goalie kicked out Daugavins’s attempt with his left pad.
The 6-foot, 213-pound Daugavins was Ottawa’s third-round pick in 2006. At the time, Peter Chiarelli was still serving as Ottawa’s assistant general manager.
Daugavins should push for third- or fourth-line minutes. He averaged 2:07 of shorthanded ice time, second-most among Ottawa forwards after Erik Condra.
Daugavins was a healthy scratch for five of Ottawa’s last six games. He practiced with the Senators on Wednesday before Boston’s waiver claim.
Daugavins will be a restricted free agent at season’s end.
Lucic back on top line
Milan Lucic started alongside Rich Peverley and Jordan Caron in Monday’s win over the Maple Leafs. The move was to spark Lucic, who hadn’t scored a goal in 15 games.
On Wednesday night against Montreal, Lucic was back with Krejci and Nathan Horton, hopeful that his goal against the Leafs indicated a return to his north-south game.
Lucic has top-line skill, but he entered the NHL as a fourth-liner. Lucic must play with a bottom-six attitude and hunger to be at his best alongside skilled linemates.
Occasionally, Lucic requires a shift into a third- or fourth-line role to serve as a reminder.
“Sometimes to switch things up lights a fire and gets a spark going,” said Lucic. “You try your best not to, and I think we do a pretty good job of not taking things for granted. But sometimes it just kind of happens. You almost have to take a step back in order to move forward. I think for myself, playing a good, hard, simple game is what’s made me successful in my career.”
Krejci’s line connected for the Bruins’ fourth goal of the second period. Krejci forced a turnover in the neutral zone, then broke away with Horton. The right wing buried his shot at 17:36 for his first goal in six games.
Boychuk takes ice
Johnny Boychuk participated in Wednesday’s morning skate. It was Boychuk’s first time skating with his teammates since last Friday during practice at Ottawa’s Carleton University.
That day, Aaron Johnson blasted Boychuk with a shot off the right leg. The injury kept Boychuk out of the lineup for two games.
Boychuk was paired with Zdeno Chara, his regular partner, for most of the morning skate.
Boychuk, however, was not cleared to play against the Canadiens, and was placed on injured reserve. Before the game, the Bruins recalled defenseman Torey Krug from Providence, his first recall of the season.
In 55 games for Providence, Krug has scored 10 goals and 24 assists. He appeared in two games for the varsity last season after signing out of Michigan State.
Krug assisted on Patrice Bergeron’s power-play goal in the second period, but was on the ice for Montreal’s first two goals.
Kelly yet to skate
Chris Kelly (broken left tibia) is going through off-ice workouts, but has yet to skate since suffering his injury March 11. Julien said Kelly’s timetable is uncertain until he resumes skating . . . The Bruins do not play again until Saturday in Philadelphia. This is their final two-day break between games for the rest of the season . . . Daniel Paille moved back to the fourth line after starting the game on the No. 2 unit with Bergeron and Tyler Seguin . . . With Krug in, Matt Bartkowski was the healthy scratch. Bartkowski was rumored to being moved as part of a package to land Jarome Iginla. Bartkowski’s stall was still in place after the game . . . Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves with Travis Moen at 11:38 of the first period. The fight took place just after Krejci and Andrei Markov exchanged jabs and jolts . . . Bergeron won 23 of 34 faceoffs. The Canadiens combined to win 26 draws.