What a pump show in Dallas today. The Bruins came out flying, scoring twice in the first seven minutes of the game, in route to a 6-3 W in the Big D. It was a nice finish to their four game roadie that ended with a 3-1 record and pulled the B’s to within 4 points of division leading Montreal. Boston also improved their matinee record this season to 7-2. It wouldn’t be a bad idea if they considered scheduling all of their games to start before the street lights come on.

Here are a few hits from today’s tilt:

  • David Backes decided to square off against Jamie Benn right off the opening face off. The fight gave me a little throwback feel to the old brawl filled NHL days. It wasn’t a great bout but I loved seeing the game start that way regardless.

  • David Pastrnak‘s work on the opening Brad Marchand goal was a thing of beauty. He used every tool in the box; hands, quickness, strength and balance, to free himself behind the net with the puck and set up the entire sequence. It’s crazy to think The Great 88 is just going to keep getting better.

  • John-Michael Liles was in the lineup over Colin Miller today. I hated this move. Maybe they’re showcasing him as a rental for some one else, maybe they just want to get him some minutes, I don’t know. The move just had a Claude feel to it that I had hoped to forget.
  • Boston dominated in the face off circle to the tune of a 59.1% success rate. 
  • 5 Bruins had 2 points or more. And Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, and Brad Marchand had three points a piece. There were plenty of apples to go around. It was just a couple months ago that the B’s relied on one line and lately it’s been routine to see everyone pulling the rope. 
  • B’s scored first for the 6th time in Cassidy’s 7 games as head coach. No, it’s not a “first goal wins” league but it does show Brucey boy has his troops ready to go. And it helps confirm for me that these same guys had tuned out Claude.
  • Matt Beleskey was back to being a healthy scratch again today. And the B’s pumped in 6 beauties while not missing a beat with his $3.8 million per year in street clothes. This is not a good situation for #39. 
  • Every Bruins goal was highlight reel quality. Just when you thought you were impressed the B’s would kick up the entertainment factor a notch. If a gun is to my head and I gotta pick a top goal I’m gonna go with Ryan Spooner‘s PP tally, and Bergy’s roof job second:

  • Why do people still fight Kevan Miller? I’m serious. What’s the point? There’s about an 80% chance he’ll break your face if you decide to drop the gloves when every bomb he throws is like a Mortal Combat fatality:

  • Dallas needs a goalie. And it’s not like Kari Lehtonen’s .786 save percentage (6 goals on 28 shots) today was surprising. Goaltending has always been the boat anchor this Stars team carries with it everywhere they go.

The Bruins return home to face the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night. There’s a 50/50 chance I’ll be at the game which means I’ll be spending way too much money. But I’ll do my best to get on the Jumbotron.

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