What a wild night it was at the TD Garden on Tuesday. The Boston Bruins put on an absolute pump show by defeating the Ottawa Senators 7-3. Massachusetts own Jimmy Hayes recorded a hat trick, Matt Beleskey buried two goals, and “Mr. Bruin” Patrice Bergeron scored two as well. Tack on 20 minutes in fighting majors and 60 minutes in misconduct penalties and it was quite the spectacle.
Here are BostonPucks.com 3 Thoughts from the game:
1) Jimmy Hayes Hatty
Huge monkey off Jimmy Hayes back tonight with his hat trick. Although let’s be honest, he hasn’t completely shook his Jekyll and Hyde ways. Hayes has played 34 games this year and in 30 of them he’s totaled just 6 points. And in other 4 games? Well, he’s put up 12 points. Meaning when he’s hot, he’s hot. Tonight was no exception. Coming into the game Hayes was dropped to the 4th line with Max Talbot (who set up Hayes beautifully for his 2nd goal) and Zac Rinaldo. Claude Julien should keep him on that line next to grinders like Talbot and Rinaldo. Their style of play keeps Hayes from thinking he’s Captain Finesse and get him playing a hard and simple game. This is the type of secondary scoring the Bruins are going to need from guys like Hayes without David Krejci in the lineup.
2) I Don’t Expect To See Brad Marchand In The Winter Classic
Brad Marchand got himself in a little hot water when he went low with a hit on Ottawa defenseman Mark Borowiecki. And depending on the color of your jersey it was definitely a tough play to judge at first sight. Marchand claimed post game he was just turning up ice and caught Borowiecki in his path essentially. But knowing Marchand’s history and some of his previous antics it’s also hard to give him the benefit of the doubt as well.
In my opinion Marchand is going to get suspended. My reasoning is because right before he throws the hit Borowiecki gave Marchand a little shot. You see Marchand glance and quickly take his number, and then responds almost immediately. It was just enough to momentarily set him off and deliver the deliberate low bridge type of hit.
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety is reviewing the play and if they deem it necessary they’ll slap 63 with a suspension. That would put the fiery forward out of the lineup for the Winter Classic against Montreal on Friday. His career year pace (15 goals in 34 games) would be sorely missed. But you decide for yourself by watching below. Should he be suspended? (Hint: Yes)
3) The Bruins Power Play Was “NBA Jam On Fire”
Tonight Ottawa’s power play went 0-4 against the Bruins top-10 ranked penalty kill unit. Boston’s power play however went off. They put up an impressive 4 goals with the seven opportunities they had.
Luckily, Torey Krug felt healthy enough to be reinserted to the lineup after missing the Sunday night matchup against the Sens. Twenty-three seconds into Boston’s first power play of the night he quickly set up Bergeron for a goal with a nifty dish from the behind the Ottawa net. Later in the game Krug put a beautiful “shot-pass” on net that Bergeron redirected for another tally with the extra man.
Jimmy Hayes secured his hat trick with a power play goal and Matt Beleskey hammered one in on a rebound as well. I don’t know what is in the water in Boston but the Bruins boast a league best 35.1% success rate at home with the man advantage. It really is a beautiful thing.
- This felt a lot like the game in Ottawa the other night except this time the Bruins finished off scoring chances. There wasn’t the same lopsided stats shots and time on attack favoring Boston like the previous meeting but the B’s were definitely still the stronger team most of the game. There’s quite a hatred growing between these two organizations.
- Matt Beleskey’s two goals were fantastic. Although his effort has been second to none this year he hasn’t been the recipient of a lot of breaks in the goal scoring department so far. Tonight his goals where great shots that didn’t need a bounce or redirect to get in. He beat Craig Anderson clean both times. Once on the power player off the rebound, and another when he was camped in the high slot and ripped a gorgeous one-timer high stick side.
- Ryan Spooner, Loui Eriksson, and Max Talbot all picked up two assists in the game. With his two helpers Loui Eriksson notched his 20th of the season as well. Seth Griffith, who was called up from AHL Providence today, replaced Zdeno Chara on the power play after his mishandling of the puck and took advantage of his opportunity. Griffith picked up an assist on Bergeron’s second power play goal.
- Mark Borowiecki thought it’d be a good idea to play tough guy with Zdeno Chara in the second period and paid for it. Without hesitation Chara got a hold of Borowiecki and rag dolled him into the boards like he weighed 90 lbs. Chara didn’t even get to throw a punch before Borowiecki turtled. It wasn’t exactly the smartest thing I’ve seen one of Chara’s opponents do on the ice.
What’s the next Bruins game? Oh that’s right, it’s the Winter Classic. Boston takes on that team from Canada at 1pm on New Years Day. Can’t wait for that one.
In the meantime we want to wish our wonderful Boston Puck’s readers a safe and happy New Years Eve. You guys and girls are the best (sometimes).