The six-game road trip is off to a successful start, as the Bruins topped the struggling Minnesota Wild, 4-2, for their second straight win on the road.
This was not just another win; it had a little bit more significance for one man in particular. It was the 500th win of Claude Julien’s coaching career, and his 380th in Boston. He is seven wins behind Art Ross for first all-time in franchise history.
With this win, the Bruins leapfrogged the Detroit Red Wings for second in the Atlantic Division, and are just four points behind Florida for the top spot. The next stop on the road trip? Detroit.
As for Saturday’s game, the B’s put together another good effort, and took advantage of the confidence-lacking Wild, who look far from the contenders they were projected to be.
They opened up the scoring six minutes into the game with a shorthanded goal from, you guessed it, Brad freaking Marchand. Marchy lost the puck on a deke, but it landed right on the stick of a criss-crossing David Krejci. The Czech playmaker delivered a perfect pass to Marchand’s tape for an easy tap-in.
The Nose Face Killah now has 12 goals and three assists in his past 13 games. His season total has skyrocketed up to 27 on the year. Have mercy.
Krejci was in playing in Patrice Bergeron’s slot on the PK, who did not play in the game after being banged up in his fight with Blake Wheeler. He will travel to Detroit, and is listed as day to day, according to The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa.
After Thomas Vanek knotted the game at one midway through the second period, Krejci answered back with one of his own just 35 seconds later. He found himself on a two-on-one with David Pastrnak, and the two worked their magic to find the back of the net.
The play was reviewed to make sure the puck crossed the line before the net was dislodged, but was deemed a good goal. It was a strange goal, but they all look the same on the scoreboard. Krejci has been quietly producing at a point-per-game rate as of late, scoring two goals and seven assists for nine points over the last nine games.
Loui Eriksson extended the lead to 3-1 about seven minutes into the third period on a breakaway with a slick backhand five-hole goal.
Loui also hit a milestone in this game, with this being his 200th career goal!
Big Z sealed the deal with an empty netter, securing the team’s fourth win in its last five games.
It is a much different story for the Wild, who have lost eight straight games, and announced the firing of Head Coach Mike Yeo in the hours following the game.
After some horrid performances at home, the Bruins are back in the mix of things, and are looking much better in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline. Every time you feel like giving up on this team, they reel you right back in.
[Header photo via bostonglobe.com]