Boston Bruins: Rick Nash, Tommy Wingels fuel stormy comeback

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 27: Rick Nash /

The Boston Bruins played their first game after learning that they would be without Patrice Bergeron for a few weeks. After a rough start, the Bruins made a great effort to come away with the win.

Oh boy was it a rough start to the game for the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. It seemed like Bruins fans were going to be in for a long night, but the Bruins bounced back and were able to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime.

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Charlie McAvoy added another great moment to a young career that is filled with them. McAvoy scored the game-winning goal in overtime just over a minute into the extra frame.

McAvoy was heading into the Hurricanes zone with an odd-man rush and Brad Marchand by his side, but McAvoy was never giving the puck up. He looked off Marchand and unleashed a sick wrist shot for his 7th goal of the season.

It seems no matter the situation McAvoy is always able to perform. McAvoy has 7 goals and 23 assists this season. His Calder Trophy candidacy took a hit when he missed some time due to heart surgery, but he still has an outside chance to win the award. I think he will be in the top 3 of voting, but Brock Boeser and Matt Barzel are having some pretty impressive seasons in their own rights.

McAvoy is going to be a big part of the Bruins playoff run. His experience last year should pay off and I expect him to be one of the top scorer’s in the postseason.

Rick Nash is making Bruins fans happy

After the Rick Nash trade was completed, it was generally viewed as a success but some people were worried about Nash’s effort and doubtedif he could still perform well on a top line. So far with the black and gold he has proved all the doubters wrong. Nash kicked off the night with a great play that showed he is going all out for the Bruins.

Man that was a great play. I didn’t know we got a forward and a goaltender from the New York Rangers.

Then after the Bruins went down a goal Nash scored the first goal of his Bruins career.  After some great backchecking from Jake DeBrusk, David Krejci sent a pass to Nash and he was all alone in front of the net. He was able to get it by Scott Darling and with that goal Nash now has 800 career points.

Nash seems to be fitting in perfectly with the Bruins so far. He and Krejci have already built some great chemistry and look like they are going to be a force to be reckoned with.

Wingels wins the night

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Wow I did not expect such a great night in Tommy Wingels debut. I expected him to be a low level forward who would be more focused on the penalty kill and being physical than putting points on the board.

Well I was wrong. Wingels had a fantastic night in his debut. It started in the first period with the Bruins down 3-1. Wingels entered the zone and while fighting off two defenders in front of the net maintained possession then passed the puck to Riley Nash who dangled his way to a beautiful backhanded goal.

The night wasn’t over for Wingels. Debrusk entered the zone by the boards and rifled a pass across the ice to Wingels who sniped one past Darling for his 8th goal of the season and his first as a Bruin.

Wingels looked great and it seems like him and the Boston Bruins will be just fine without Bergeron for a few weeks. As long as they don’t keep up the terrible habit of giving up early leads. Especially with Bergeron out it’s going to be really hard to get out of these big holes the Bruins have been prone to find themselves in.

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The Boston Bruins look to continue their winning ways when they play the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.