The Boston Bruins celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild Monday night at TD Garden. In victory, Boston extended their winning streak to nine games and picked up their fifth win in a row on home ice. The Bruins have now won nine out 10 games so far in the month of March. They have earned points in 14 of their last 15 games.
Heading into the game, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien made it a point to stress that his club had not yet begun to play it’s best hockey. He was right. Each and every night his team continues to improve and they look more and more dominant in doing so.
Iginla opened up the scoring, giving Boston the lead in the second period. Matt Bartkowski and Andrej Meszaros assisted Iginla on his 24th goal of the season. Iginla’s snapshot tally that beat Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper gives him five goals in his last five games.
Eriksson and Carl Soderberg continued to showcase their invaluable chemistry in hooking for a goal that doubled the Bruins lead later in the second period. Soderberg fed Eriksson who fired a wrist shot into the goal for his 8th score of the season.
Jason Pominville of the Wild added to his impressive goal total this season, cutting the Boston lead in half just prior to the end of the second frame. Pominville picked up his 26th score of the season, beating Tuukka Rask with a big slapper.
Reilly Smith added his 19th of the season in the third period, doubling the Bruins lead once again. Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara assisted Smith on his wrist shot goal. Up 3-1, it was all Boston would need with Rask manning the crease.
Rask was sensational. He made 34 saves on 35 shots. His personal winning streak is now at six games. He’s allowed one or no goals in each of the games.
Iginla closed out the scoring just prior to the final horn. He fired his 25th goal into the gaping four-by-six after Minnesota pulled their netminder in a last ditch effort to rally. Chara picked up his second assist of the game on the play.
Boston swept their three game homestand and will now head out on the road. The Bruins will kick-off a three game road trip Tuesday night in New Jersey.
The Bruins are now 46-17-5 and have 97 points.