Boy, oh boy, what an absolute throttling the Bruins gave the Arizona Coyotes last night. A less than impressive first thirty minutes of the game eventually turned into two quick second period goals by David Backes and the Coyotes will was broken. By the end of the third period the flood gates were nowhere to be found, devastation lay everywhere, and the B’s had hung a six-pack on the board.
With the win the Bruins move into a tie for third place (a playoff spot) in the Atlantic Division with Montreal. They also have four games in hand on the Canadiens.
Here are some quick hits from the game:
- The line of David Backes (2 goals, 4 shots), Danton Heinen (1 goal, 3 shots), and Riley Nash (2 assists, 6 shots) carried this one. They were fantastic. A hard match up for the Coyotes on any shift, their puck movement and possession, especially on Backes’ tip in goal, was dominant. It’s nice to see Backes, after major surgery on his colon, back in the lineup healthy and in a spot that works and not shuffling around everywhere. And Heinen has proven he can score anywhere in the lineup. The B’s stole a gem in him in the 4th round back in 2014.
- Matt Grzelcyk should get a lot of credit for his pinch down deep to set up Backes’ first goal. He made a hard drive down the wall, ended up nearly in the corner to get possession of the puck, and then brought it back up for a feed to Riley Nash for the initial shot that set up the tip in. Fantastic play for an assist that changed the tide in this one.
- Although not as dominant but just as productive, the trio of Patrice Bergeron (2 assists, 1 shot), Brad Marchand (1 goal, 1 assist, 1 shot), and David Pastrnak (1 assist, 3 shots) had a nice night. Marchand scored just 15 seconds into the game off a nice feed from Pasta. And then Bergy and Marchand made some masterful magic on the 5-on-3 power play later in the game. It’s scary to think what kind of offense these three can produce together when it clicks.
- David Krejci looked like the wizard he is once again. He was involved in an unreal give-and-go with Anders Bjork that allowed Bjork to simply tap it in, Happy Gilmore style. He also buried a tight angle one-timer on his off wing on the previously mentioned power play after the Bruins played a little tic-tac-toe with the multi-man advantage. Krejci would finish the night with a dominant 68% in the faceoff circle and nearly 16 minutes of ice time. With Bjork and Jake DeBrusk manning the wings on his line the trio could turn into a deadly balance of speed, finish, and headaches for the opposition.
- Tuukka Rask essentially had the night off. He stopped 20 of 21 shots (.954 save percentage) in a game the Bruins could have won with a tutor shooter. But let’s give him his credit, in his last four appearances (3 straight starts he’s now won, and 1 in relief of a pulled Anton Khudobin) he’s only allowed 4 goals total. The #TuukkaSucks crowd has returned to their shanties.
The B’s are right back at it tomorrow at the Garden against the New York Islanders (7PM). Before this week began the Islanders were offensively on fire. They had scored 4 or more goals in 9 of their previous 10 games. Impressive stuff. We’ll see if the Bruins can slow them down in route to another W.
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