Bruins Are On A Roll
This was another statement making game for the B’s. They have been in a must win scenario for about a month now, and have shown that they indeed want to make the playoffs. With last night win the black and gold sit in third place in the Atlantic, and are 5 points in front of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Also Ottawa is only 3 points ahead except they still have games in hand.
This game started a little different that the previous as the B’s came out looking a little flat. Alex Chiasson was able to find the loose puck in front of the net and chip it past Anton Khudobin. The goal came from the Bruins inability to first clear the zone, then clear the front of the net. This allowed Chiasson to keep chipping at the puck that eventually went in. Next came the red hot David Pastrnak down the right wing, he then there the puck on net and it found its way through Ex bruin Chad Johnson in this battle of the backups. Pasta’s goal kept his point streak alive and he is now on a 10 game point streak. That would end the scoring for the first and the B’s would head to the locker rooms tied.
The other hot Bruins Brad Marchand decided to show why he should be in the elite forward talk. Ryan Spooner had flipped the puck up to get it into the zone, and the Flames decided to just stand there and watch as Marchand made his way through the defense and chipped the loose puck past Johnson for the B’s to take the lead. The play reminded me of the scene from Might Ducks when they flip the puck sky high and the other team just watches as the ducks walk in and score. Next came one of the craziest goals I have seen in a while. Another ex Bruin Dougie Hamilton shot the puck on net from the red line an it somehow found its way into the back of the net. David Backes answered quickly with a goal of his own.
But lets rewind back to late in the first period where Backes was pursuing the puck and got his legs tangled with a flames player. Maybe he just tripped. Either way he fell awkwardly into the boards and hit his knee. He had to be helped off the ice. Now pack to is goal, he was part of a three on two with David Krejci and Frank Vatrano. Frank crashed the net which drew the defense to him and opened a passing lane for Krejci to hit Backes. Backes then made a sweet snipe to the far side top corner for the B’s to retake the lead.
The third period was all Bruins as both Matt Beleskey and Pasta scored. Beleskey’s goal was his first in 22 games. The goal came from a 2 on 0 rush with Ryan Spooner. Spooner help the puck as long as he could then made a backhand pass and Beleskey was able to finish. Then Pasta closed out the scoring to cap the game with an empty netter and his second of the game. This was Pastrnak’s 30th goal of the season. His first 30 goal season of his career. I said at the beginning of the season that if he can stay healthy which he did for the most part. I would expect Pastrnak to get 25 goals. If it was not for that stretch were pasta was out with an injury he would be up there with Crosby and Marchand for the Rocket Richard trophy.
Next up for the Bruins is Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers, who are actually good this year. The game is tonight in Edmonton, and can be seen on NESN at 9pm ET.