The Bruins followed up a poor effort against the San Jose Sharks with a strong 60 minutes Thursday night. If it was not for Minnesota goalie Devin Dubnyk this game could have been a blow out. Loui Eriksson continues to prove haters wrong, scoring a hat trick (one on the power play) and Brad Marchand scored the other goal. Hopefully they can make it two in a row against the Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Here are Boston Pucks 3 thoughts.
1. Matt Beleskey is snake bitten.
I am starting to feel bad for Matt Beleskey. He is working his butt off, but he is not getting the results. He hit another post tonight, so that is makes it two games in a row with a post for him. He also had a nice chance in front of the net, but Dubnyk made a nice kick save. I was hoping he would be on the ice at the end of the game to have a chance for an empty net goal just to get him going. Beleskey finished with 3 shots on net and 1 assist. He is going to score soon and I am going to predict that he scores against the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
2. Vatrano injury hurts
Any Bruins fan that has been following the team this year knows they are not having issues scoring goals. The Bruins have some nice depth on the forward lines but with the injury to Vatrano is going to hurt the depth. Beleskey will most likely move up to the left wing on Krejci’s line, which will hurt the Spooner line. I actually liked moving Spooner over to the wing and having Kemppainen center that line. Up until Vatrano got hurt tonight he was having a great game. He is just doing the little things right and flying around the ice. Hopefully the injury is not serious and he will be back soon.
3. Bruins effort matches their talk
The Bruins keep saying how they believe in each other and that they can win and it’s on them, not the coach. Although I hate to see them shorthanded right out of the gate tonight, Brad Marchand took a pretty good hit behind the offensive net on his first shift. Jimmy Hayes wasted no time coming to his defense and getting involved in a scrum. Then later in the period, 4 seconds after the Marchand opening goal, Matt Beleskey drops the gloves for a brief fight. They’re sticking up for each other, despite giving a few ugly games away this season, and it’s nice to see. They really do look like a team that wants to compete and do things right for each other.
- Penalty kill was perfect tonight. The PK took a hit on Tuesday night against the Sharks, but over the past 5 games it has been much better.
- Another 2 assist game for David Krejci. Just over 21 minutes of ice time, 6 shots on net and a +1 rating. Might as well copy/paste that stat line because he’s doing it every night.