The B’s needed a win last night. There was no other option. Whether it was for their confidence, psyche, two points, or fill in your own blank as to why, they just needed it.
With twelve players notching points, five of them with multi-point games, the Bruins demoralized and destroyed the Arizona Coyotes by a 6-2 margin and got that win in front of a largely Boston crowd in the desert.
Here are some of my thoughts from that offense treat:
- The Arizona Coyotes (0-4-1) are bad. Real bad. They’re chock full of young promising talent that isn’t quite ripe and last night they looked rotten. It was eerily similar to their 5-2 loss to Vegas on Tuesday. There was no fight, no push back, little resistance. Thankfully the B’s took advantage of them like a brat would his naive parents and they got exactly what they wanted.
- Zdeno Chara was a beast. He tallied three points, all at crucial times in the game, and shut down the Yotes in his own end as well. He even hit a career and Bruins team milestone with his efforts. But keep saying the B’s should get rid of him Twitter idiots:
- Brad Marchand can flat out control a game when he gets going. He’s so deceptively strong on the puck when you consider his size, and he won’t let go of that biscuit. Marchy had the burners on all night, tallied two points, and scored an absolute beauty back hand shelf job that essentially buried the Coyotes and left me tingly all over:
- Jake DeBrusk had a real nice game as well. Confident, assertive, productive. He’s “learning the pro game” quite nicely. The humbling slow steady burn that began in Providence last year to where he is now is a great to see. He’s getting to the net, paying the price, and getting rewarded for it. His power play tip in goal was as silky as it gets.
- Give me JFK or Peter Cehlarik on the call-up soon because Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey stink. At least together they pull the worst, ie: nothing, out of each other. I’ve seen enough.
- In the third period Adam McQuaid went all desert rancher and attempted to fight a few Coyotes that were getting a bit too close to the livestock. Wisely, they backed down in an effort to avoid certain death.
- Anders Bjork got himself his first NHL goal. DeBrusk and McAvoy assisted:
- Anton Khudobin was legit even if he could have let in five goals and still won. He also had a few of his trademark goofy Timmy Thomas 2.0 moments. One involved him doing reverse snow angels in the crease for which there appeared to be little to no reason for. Regardless, let’s hope his efforts continue this way because “reliable backup goalie” was a big box that needed checking coming into the season.
- The Patrice Bergeron injury is starting to make me nervous. And not because we have to watch Riley Nash play way out of his element for the time being. But #37’s curiously slow battle through this (groin?) just screams “re-aggrivated” after he does get back into the lineup. I don’t trust this lingering thing one bit.
- Timmy Schaller continues to impress. Did you know he’s from Merrimack, NH? The guy works his way into more trash than Oscar “The Grouch” and that’s fine by me. Love his efforts around the net. Him and Danton Heinen (who led the Bruins with 5 shots on net) might as well have been pairs figure skating partners last night. They looked more in sync than a boy band on the cover of Teen Beat magazine.
- Rumor has it Vegas virgin goalie Malcolm Subban is taking the big step today against the B’s with Marc-Andre Fleury out due to injury. It might be just enough of a break the B’s need coming off of a less than 24 hour back-to-back games scenario.
- I expect to see Frank Vatrano back in the lineup today. Most likely slotted on 51’s ugly line. Fresh legs will be important as Vegas does possess similar Colorado Avalanche like speed.
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