Another road game, another win, as the Boston Bruins continued their 6-game trip out west with W’s in the first two contests. Today’s matinee victim was the Minnesota Wild, losing to the Black n’ Gold by a score of 4-2. Shockingly Brad Marchand scored a goal. Who would have thought that’d ever happen? David Krejci, Loui Eriksson, and Zdeno Chara with the 150-foot plus empty netter, also scored.
It’s no surprise Thomas Vanek scored for Minnesota because he was playing against the Bruins, the one team he always scores against.
All right, let’s get to it. Here are BostonPucks.com 3 Thoughts from the game:
1) The Bruins Should Have To Play Every Game On The Road
I don’t know if it’s the nice hotel beds, the food, or being away from their
nagging wives but the Bruins are built for the road. With today’s win, which moved them into sole possession of 2nd place (66 points) in the Atlantic Division, the Bruins are now a ridiculous 18-5-3 on the road. That means they’ve taken points in 21 of 26 games away from the TD Garden. The only team that’s done better on the road is the Washington Capitals with a 20-5-2 road record but they beat everyone no matter where they play (they’re also 20-4-2 at home). Unreal stuff.
Whatever is going on, they need to keep it doing it. And if at all possible the Bruins should petition to the NHL to get all remaining home games rescheduled and just play them on the road. Play them where the Whalers used to play if you have to. You can argue that both Winnipeg and Minnesota are slipping badly and the Bruins got them on the schedule at the right time but that won’t fly. Boston has blown leads and wins to far weaker teams at home like Vancouver, Buffalo, and Toronto.
Keep ’em on the road.
2) David Krejci Is Brilliant
David Krejci had one of the smarter goals in recent memory with a quick reaction to a loose puck. With not much of an angle Krejci smartly threw the puck toward the short side and got a nice bounce off a sliding Wild player to put it in. He also had nice touch on the puck so as not to just fire it too hard through the gaping crease. Also, Krejci’s first period assist on Brad Marchand’s backdoor goal was a thing of beauty. It was so perfectly placed Marchand simply had to just tap it in the wide open net.
That’s now 2 goals and 7 assists (9 points) in the last 10 games for Krejci. He also posted an absurd 71% win rate in the faceoff circle and logged over 20 minutes of time. Over a third of his ice time was spent on special teams. He did it all today when it was really needed with Patrice Bergeron out of the lineup.
3) Claude Julien Got His 500th Win
Claude Julien got his 500th NHL win today. He is now just 6 wins away from tying Art Ross for the most wins in Boston Bruins history. Most likely Claude is going to become the Boston Bruins leader in coaching wins before the season is out.
If the Bruins do not make the playoffs could it be possible the Bruins fire the coach with the most wins in their franchise history? I do not think it is going to happen because the Bruins are going to make the playoffs and Claude has done a good job with this team this year considering their defensive personnel issues. But at some point Claude will be relieved of his duties as coach of the Boston Bruins and when that time comes he will have the most wins in franchise history to go along with a Stanley Cup.
- Loui Eriksson’s goal today was the 200th of his career.
- The Bruins penalty kill was 5-for-5 today. However their power play couldn’t get it done again. They were 0-for-5.
- Wild rookie defenseman Mike Reilly got his first career NHL goal with 36.7 seconds left in the game. Had to be a great moment for him and his family despite the loss.