Bruins Inching Closer To A Playoff Birth
Boston Bruins defeated the Nashville Predators 4-1 last night in Nashville. After the win last night the B’s were in third place in the Atlantic. Only for a second as Toronto won and the Bruins are back in the second wild card spot. With only 6 games left in the season, will the B’s make the playoffs?
Patrice Bergeron and the Black and Gold came out of the gate flying. They looked like a team that wanted to win. Just 2 minutes in Patrice Bergeron was able to put in a rebound for the games first goal. David Krejci had a chance to extend the lead when he received a pass from David Pastrnak but was unable to convert. Then a few minutes later the two connected again and Krejci was able to get it past Pekka Rinne who will want that goal back. That would be it for first period scoring.
No goals were scored in the second. The one thing that did happen in the second was amazing. Pasta put one of the Pred’s defenders in the blender with this move.
This time Craig Smith and the Predators opened the scoring in the third. Noel Acciari answered with his first career NHL goal and it was at a timely fashion. He extended the lead back to two and ended the Pred’s surge from the earlier goal.
“It feels pretty good. Couldn’t have done it without a good D zone and Riley Nash with an unbelievable pass, so he left me with the easy part there.”
A congratulations are in order for Acciari who has worked hard all year and that goal was well deserved. I hope to see more of him in the future. Then David Backes put the nail in the coffin with an empty net goal late in the third.
Tuukka Rask came back from injury last net and played very well allowing only one goal on 25 shots. Here is Rask after the game on the team’s performance.
“We needed it,” Rask said. “Personally, I’ve lost four games, but I played a couple good games there and we just didn’t get the bounces. But we kind of got on the winning habit there on Long Island, and me stepping in there I just wanted to make sure that I gave us a chance to win, and the guys did the rest. It was a great team effort, I think, because we blocked  shots, which is huge.”
Boston host Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars tomorrow. The Bruins will look to extend their slight lead over the competition for the second wild card spot.