Boston Bruins dominate in back-to-back games

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 18: Seth Jones
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 18: Seth Jones /

The Boston Bruins dominated the Columbus Blue Jackets in a statement win. Then played well once again versus the struggling Buffalo Sabres.

The Boston Bruins who had lost two in a row came out on top Monday night as they beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2. For one player it will be a game he never forgets. Then on Tuesday night, the Bruins did it all over again.

This game was one of Charlie McAvoy’s best as a pro so far. During a power play in the second period McAvoy scored his 5th goal of the season. It was set up perfectly. Fellow rookie Jake DeBrusk made the perfect cross-crease pass and McAvoy put it home.

Then early on in the 3rd period McAvoy got into his first fight of his pro career.

McAvoy was able to eat a few punches and then deliver a punishing blow to the taller Pierre Luc Dubois and ended up taking him to the ground. Then after serving his 5-minute major McAvoy completed the Gordie Howe Hat-trick by assisting on Danton Heinen’s 8th goal of the season.

McAvoy thinks that he did alright in his first bout.

"“It definitely wasn’t even on the list,” McAvoy said of the Gordie Howe. “I know that I try to play the game with a lot of passion, and that’s something [DuBois] was doing too. Stuff like that is going to happen. There’s been times along the line this year where something might have happened, but tonight it just did. It happened really quick, and I felt like I was able to protect myself pretty well.”"

Heinen also had a fantastic game. He had a goal and two assists on the night.

Also, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak both extended their points streak. Marchand scored the first goal of the game and now has 14 goals this season. Pastrnak was in a giving mood as he assisted on Patrice Bergeron’s 8th goal of the season.

Overall it was a great game for the young guys. Anders Bjork was even able to tally an assist after being a healthy scratch on Saturday.

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TORONTO, ON – NOVEMBER 10: Anton Khudobin /

Bruins beat up on the Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres are nowhere near a good team. They have a great player in Jack Eichel, but besides that are in some rough shape. The Bruins took advantage of the favorable matchup and beat the Sabres 3-0.

It was a hell of a game for Anton Khudobin. He stopped 36 shots including an impressive 17 shots in the first period. The shutout was Khudobin’s first of the season and was a return to form after a couple of bad games. The Bruins are going to need solid goaltending from Khudobin and starter Tuukka Rask if they want to make a deep run in the playoffs.

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The rookies continued to play well after an amazing game on Monday night. Jake DeBrusk kicked off the scoring for the Boston Bruins scoring his 8th goal of the season. It was a beautiful wrist shot and shows how much DeBrusk has grown this season.

Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy is happy with the play of DeBrusk and his linemates.

"“They are making things happen and they are trying to play a responsible game,” said Cassidy. “And good for Jake. That’s one thing he’s got. He’s got that wrister… He’s got that kind of half slingshot there that I think he’s able to beat goalies from a certain distance and he’s shown that.”"

His goal was all the Bruins needed as Tim Schaller and David Backes both scored on an empty net late in the third period.

The Boston Bruins have been playing really well as of late. They are currently 7th in the Eastern Conference and are two points behind the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets. The Bruins have an easy schedule coming up with match-ups against the Winnipeg Jets and Detroit Red Wings in the next two games.

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The Bruins should be successful in these games. The last thing that the Bruins need right now is to come out flat against one of these poor teams.

We will see when the Bruins face the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday at TD Garden.