Jack Edwards: “Bruce (Cassidy), what impressed you most about this win?
Bruce Cassidy: “No passengers.”
Damn right, Bruce. Damn right. And also don’t forget the part about David Krejci returning and completely changing the complexion and pace of the offense too. That helped.
Regardless, what a great 2-1 win for the B’s over the Kings last night. From start to finish they showed up, executed, and got something from every player in the lineup. What’s more, they did it on the second night of back-to-back’s. A fantastic game to watch with an even better result.
Here are a couple sweet nugs from the game:
- Charlie McAvoy’s first period tally was filthy. He made a nice aggressive move down the wall off a faceoff win, cut to the slot, and opted for backhand shelf. It was Mac Attack’s first goal since opening night. Oh, he also logged a team high 27:53 of ice time on 33 shifts in this one. You can’t spell “stud” without Charliest McAvoyud.
- I know I called it before the game but David Krejci transformed the Bruins power play with his return. It was a display full of smart puck movement, controlled, efficient, precise execution. Even though Zdeno Chara’s (who tied for a team high 4 shots) second period game winning goal came seconds after the B’s power play expired, it all developed from Krejci’s unit spending a majority of the man advantage setting the tone. It is nice to have Krejci, the player most morons hate, back in the lineup.
- I liked the line of Peter Cehlarik, Danton Heinen, and Patrice Bergeron. Early in the first Bergy missed a prime opportunity when he quickly fired a shot center mass on Jonathan Quick the moment he realized Heinen was steaking in on the far wing wide open. Bergy looked to the sky and stick tapped Heinen post whistle to let him know that he had gagged on a golden back door opportunity. But overall that unit worked well. I’m always a fan of getting David Pastrnak away from Bergeron if they can afford to. It was also nice to see Heinen playing regular shifts with a top talent like Bergy because he belongs there.
- It was an extremely physical game from both benches. When I was at the B’s/Kings game in Boston a couple weeks ago the Kings were the hammer and the Bruins were the nail. Not in this one. The B’s threw bangers with the best of them and hung in there all night.
- I thought Noel Acciari had thrown what would be the biggest hit of the night in the first period when he caught Andy Andreoff sleeping. I was wrong. Christian Folin absolutely destroyed Danton Heinen later in the second period that led to a scrum, a David Pastrnak retaliatory penalty, and the Kings lone (power play) goal of the night from Drew Doughty. Sidenote: Andreoff pretty much spent the entire rest of the game complaining about Acciari’s hit on him from two hours prior. Talk about in his head.
- Damn. Anton Khudobin got it done. Again. Guy is looking great in there. He stopped 27 of 28 shots he faced to post a. 964 save percentage. Aside from a few sketchy 3rd period rebounds he could have controlled better, he was real sharp from the hop. I don’t think I’ve ever said this before but how do you not start him over Rask next game? Even if he craps his pants and comes back down to earth I think Dobby has earned the next start.
- Riley Nash made the definitive hustle play, strip poke check at the B’s blue line with 1:31 to play in the game that drew the Kings newly acquired Jussi Jokinen into a tripping penalty. It was a play that summed up the B’s effort all night. Hard working, smart, timely, resilient.
The B’s late night west coast tour continues tomorrow when they face Jumbo Joe and the Sharks in San Jose (10:30PM EST). The last time these two met a few weeks ago the B’s won 2-1 on the back of Heinen’s first two NHL goals and another Anton Khudobin gem.
See you tomorrow night.
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