Thank whoever your hockey god is because the debacle in Ottawa on Monday was exorcised like a demon in Boston on Wednesday.
The Bruins came out, albeit a bit slow again, before they buried three goals in a 2:25 span in the first period to essentially end the game right there. It was one the Bruins had to have against the basement dwelling Detroit Red Wings.
Boston would tack on a field goal to make it a 6-1 final for the good guys.
Also, the Ottawa Senators won 5-2 in Dallas against the Stars to maintain their 4-point Atlantic Division spread over the B’s.
Here are some of our BostonPucks.com hits from the B’s/Wings game:
- David Krejci was the best player on the ice. Although only credited with three shots, he was a handful of early chances away from having a 4-goal night before the third period. He’s just so silky smooth and deadly with the puck it’s not even funny. It was also his first 3-point night of the season and it’s just part of the welcomed transformation of Krejci’s game since Claude packed his shit and left town.
- Brad Marchand wasn’t too far behind Krejci with his performance either. His 2-goal night now sits him 2nd in the NHL goal scoring race with 32 on the season. There are 15 games remaining on the schedule leaving room for Marchand to eclipse his career-high 37 goals he scored last year. With his name riding shotgun next to scoring leaders like Malkin, Crosby, Laine, and myself back in pee-wee hockey, Marchand has officially become a bonafide NHL star.
- Tuukka Rask benefits a ton from pump shows like the one against the Red Wings. It might as well be a day off. He faced 27 shots (yet Detroit only had 17 with less than ten minutes to go before a few B’s penalties), he wasn’t really tested by many of them, and gets to remain fresh. Tuukka may be a major cog in the B’s wheel but back during the end of 2016 he was the only prayer this team had. Now he’s getting some of his own prayers answered with the efforts in front of him.
- David Pastrnak is now just three away from his first 30-goal season. Pretty great stuff. He scored on a nice turn around snapper that broke his stick, inching him toward a major milestone. I can’t wait to see what his paychecks look like in October.
- Drew Stafford picked up his first goal (3rd point) as a Bruin. He’s one wrongly “overturned on review” goal from having four points in his first three Bruins games. To put that in perspective; the player he’s replaced, Jimmy Hayes, has five points in 50 games. That’s absolutely ridiculous.
The B’s welcome the hot burning garbage Philadelphia Flyers to the Garden on Saturday @ 1pm. I fully expect a 9-0 Bruins victory and will be nothing short openly disappointed with anything less.
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