Holy hell that was fun. Mr. America himself, Charlie McAvoy, highlighted the night by notching a goal, an assist, and his first career NHL fight to collect the always rare Gordie Howe hat trick.
The Bruins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets to the tune of a 7-2 throttling. Most impressive was that all seven of the Bruins goals came from seven different players. Four of them came in a 6:20 span in the third period.
Here are a few more juicy bites from the beat down:
- This one was largely in the Bruins control for most of the game. The first 40-minutes felt as though Columbus had zero fight or push back for anything the B’s threw at them. As the third period rolled around the Blue Jackets got going, cut the lead to 3-1, and started to carry the play. But once the B’s made it 4-1 just four minutes after the Columbus goal the Jackets bussy immediately warmed up the team charter. The flood gates opened and it was over.
- With his 1 goal, 2 assist performance Danton Heinen now has 21 points on the season in just 27 games played with the big club. If he can stay on this pace he’ll have a 60-point season. Not bad for a kid who just needed a little seasoning in Providence. He is the real deal.
- With an assist David Pastrnak extended his points streak to 12 straight games.
- I already mentioned it above but Charlie McAvoy got into his first NHL scrap. Here is a clip of it below from the always awesome Marina Molnar:
- David Backes’ (1 goal (PP), 1 assist) feed on the Danton Heinen goal was picture perfect. He threaded the needle at the offensive blue line to hit him perfectly in full stride. Add in a Backes power play goal early in the game and the vet was money. He and Heinen have clicked very well on that third line.
- Jake DeBrusk, when his feet are going, shows what a threat he can be. He scorched the Blue Jackets defense on his assist to David Backes, he showed great vision setting up McAvoy for a power play tally, he buzzed untouched through the slot on his goal, he just never stopped going all night. He may have to deal with some growing pains this season, as any rookie would, but he always bounces back from them. Tonight was quite the showing for 74.
- It seems weird to talk Bruins scoring highlights without leading with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. They are the usual suspects in that department but with the scoring being so balanced in this one they didn’t have to shoulder the offensive burden we’re used to seeing. Both had a goal and an assist on eerily similar drop pass like slot setups for each other. The only way those two could be more in sync would be if they were pairs figure skaters.
- Tuukka Rask (16 saves) picked up a nice win, but aside from a dramatic third period post-to-post move, he was largely untested. The Blue Jackets went significant stretches without generating much and it seemed the B’s could have went with a tutor shooter in this one.
- Tim Schaller missed a penalty shot in the third period.
- On McAvoy’s power play goal the Bruins were running with a unit with four rookies (McAvoy, DeBrusk, Heinen, and Grzelcyk) and Bergeron. Just another quick glimpse of the shine from that bright Bruins future we all see on the horizon.
The Bruins are back at tonight against the miserable Buffalo Sabres (730PM). See you there.
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