That’s more like it!
After getting embarrassed at home by the LA Kings on Tuesday night, the Bruins bounced back with a 6-2 whooping of the Winnipeg Jets.
The Bruins improve their road record to 17-5-3 as they kick off their six-game road trip. They are tied with the Kings for third in the league in road wins. Now if only they can turn that home record around…
Tonight’s game featured a complete team effort, with five different goal scorers, and shut-down defense in the second half of the game. Perfect Patrice Bergeron had two goals and A FIGHT on the night, as he once again proves that he can do it all.
After having a brief exchange earlier in the game, Bergy dropped the gloves with former Bruin Blake Wheeler of all people, and the two exchanged blows in a heated bout.
Zac Rinaldo and Matt Beleskey were each in fights of their own as well, as the B’s showed a high compete factor that was missing last game.
Bergy’s first goal came just 1:38 into the game. Who else but Brad Marchand made a slick move to beat the defender and slide a pass over for an easy tap in.
His second goal came about eight minutes into the third period while playing limited minutes. Bergeron’s health was in question as he only skated in a few shifts in the final frame, but that was all he needed to pot his 21st goal of the season.
To the surprise of no Bruins fans, Marchand had yet another fantastic game, making plays in all areas of the ice on every shift. He continues to prove to the rest of the NHL how underrated he truly is. He tallied a goal and added two assists to remain RED HOT.
This beauty was Marchy’s 26th goal of the year, and his 11th (ELEVENTH) in 11 games. He is tied with St. Louis Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko for fifth in the league, while playing in five fewer games.
Brett Connolly also posted a three point night, picking up assists on Bergeron and Marchand’s goals. This was the first three point game of his career, and were his first points in six games.
Another guy who hasn’t been producing much as of late is Loui Eriksson, but he was able to bury his 17th goal of the season on a nice drive to the net along the goal line.
Loui has two goals in his past three games after being held scoreless in the previous nine. Heating up just in time for the trade deadline.
David Pastrnak put the Bruins up two early in the third period, as he is beginning to find his game after struggling to find his groove due to injuries.
Jimmy Hayes tacked on an empty net goal to seal the deal, his first goal in eight games. Take ’em when you can get ’em.
The game was not completely dominated by the Bruins, although the stats make it appear that way. The defense basically left Rask out to dry in the first 30 minutes of the game, but he stood tall. Winnipeg controlled long stretches of play, generating a ton of shots and drawing penalties. At the midway point of the game, the Jets held a 30-11 shot advantage. The final totals were 39-36 in favor of Boston.
The Bruins are back at in on Saturday afternoon when they head to Minnesota to take on the struggling Wild, who are 1-7-2 in their last ten.
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