Matt Beleskey potted two goals and Tuukka Rask made 39 saves to lift the Bruins over the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1, Friday night in Raleigh.
The Bruins have won two straight games, and three of their last four. Since being shut out by Nashville, they have scored 20 goals in four games. The boys are heating up at the perfect time, as teams are jockeying for playoff positioning in the final 20-or-so games of the season.
Beleskey has scored five goals in his last four games, and has a total of 13 on the year. His 32 points matches his career high that he set last season in Anaheim. He did it in five fewer games this time around.
Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring about 11 minutes into this one, making the Hurricanes pay for a defensive zone turnover.
This marks Bergy’s 23rd goal of the season, and his grandfather was thrilled about it.
The team brought plenty of guests along to Carolina, as the boys brought along their fathers/grandfathers/brothers, adding a little extra motivation to put together a win.
Beleskey extended the lead to 2-0 just 2:12 later with an absolute snipe from the side boards.
This is the exact effort we’ve seen from Beleskey night in and night out all season long. He constantly moves his feet, forechecks hard and generates shots. It is nice to see him rewarded with some goals as of late; hopefully he will begin to get the credit he deserves for his play.
Massachusetts-native and former BC Eagle Noah Hanifin scored early in the third to pull the ‘Canes within one, sparking some hope for the point-hungry team. This hope was short-lived, as the Bruins immediately responded and Beleskey scored 3:24 later.
Fantastic play by Ryan Spooner on this play to use his patience to find the streaking Beleskey. The third line of Beleskey-Spooner-Hayes is really clicking right now, and it has produced eight points in the last three games.
Brad Marchand sealed the deal when he scored his 32nd(!!!) goal of the season on the empty net. Beleskey was also on the ice, looking for hat trick, and the look on Marchy’s face after his goal said it all.
“[Marchand] felt bad, but I told him I’d rather see him score 40 anyways,” said Beleskey following the game.
If that’s not a good teammates, I don’t know who is. Every guy on this team loves playing for the next, and their play lately is proving just that.
The next game will be, in the words of Donald Trump, UUUUUUUGE. The Tampa Bay Lightning come to town to battle it out for two important points. The B’s and Bolts are currently tied at 74 points, with Tampa holding a game-in-hand, and are riding a five-game win streak.
Let’s see what this team is made of.
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