The Boston Bruins may not have had the best goaltending performance on Thursday night, but it didn’t matter. They put up an 8 spot on the Pittsburgh Penguins and defeated them 8-4.
The Boston Bruins burned down the Garden on Thursday night. It seemed like Bruins fans would be in for a long night with the Pittsburgh Penguins scoring less than a minute into the game, but boy were we wrong. The Bruins offensive efforts powered the squad to an 8-4 victory and the B’s are now back in 2nd place of the Eastern Conference.
All Don Sweeney does is win
Everything seems to be coming up roses for Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney. Trade acquisitions Tommy Wingels and Rick Nash scored in their first game at the TD Garden on Tuesday. Recent acquisitions Nick Holden and Brian Gionta got their first taste of playing for the black and gold on Thursday night and once again they got on the scoreboard right away
Gionta had two assists on the night and Holden had an assist as well. Holden got the nod on the Bruins 2nd powerplay unit and showed some great passing ability. He rifled a pass through two defenders and David Krejci put it away for his 2nd goal of the game and 13th of the season.
Holden looked really good on the ice. He was making some plays in the offensive zone and seemed really comfortable with his new teammates. Gionta was also on the powerplay and seemed to look just fine for a 39-year-old who hasn’t played in the NHL in over a year.
It is still early, but it seems like the Bruins won the trade deadline.
Krejci goes off
A tip of the hat goes to David Krejci. Man did he have an awesome game. Anytime you are able to get a hattrick it is an impressive feat.
Krejci’s first goal was a product of him crashing the net. Rick Nash was able to find Krejci in front and the Bruins were able to tie the game. The second line has been phenomenal as of late. With Nash on the wing, the line has had 5 goals and 5 assists in the last 3 games. Nash even had a goal to give him 20 on the season. It seems that Krejci has a type of player he likes by his side.
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"“David had some of his best years here playing with [Milan Lucic] and [Nathan] Horton and [Jarome] Iginla, so he is used to having big, heavy guys who will get to the net,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. “No disrespect to Ryan Spooner, because we asked him to do something out of his comfort zone – I thought he did a good job. But we said this before; he wasn’t going to grow six inches here.“Jake is doing a good job with that. He has a lot of Nash’s attributes – not as big a man, obviously – but he does like to get to the net, and he has good foot speed. [Krejci’s] now got two wingers that have some similar traits that he seems to excel with…so it’s been a good marriage so far.”"
Krejci’s last goal of the game was him putting home a rebound and with that hats flooded the ice at the TD Garden. Krejci was obviously happy with his performance.
"“I like to make plays,” said Krejci, known for his elite passing abilities. “But I like to think I have a good shot, so might as well use it.”“A couple different looks,” said Krejci. “Sometimes you’re just wandering in the O-zone and you get loose, that’s what happened. Holden made a great play on my open-net goal…we moved the puck, took easy shots, crashed the net. You get rewarded sometimes.”"
The whole gang scores
Now let’s get to everyone else since there was so much scoring. David Pastrnak also had a great game on Thursday night. He had a goal and two assists on the night. His goal was was the result of a beautiful play. Zdeno Chara made a great pass and Pastrnak put it home for his 23rd goal of the season. Pastrnak hasn’t been playing his best recently so seeing him get on the scoreboard is a pleasant sight.
Torey Krug also got on the board. He launched a shot from the blueline and scored his 11th goal of the season.
All in all, it was a great night for the Bruins. The only issue was Tuukka Rask. He had a horrible game. It seemed like he couldn’t stop a beach ball from going in the net. The Bruins aren’t going to score 8 goals every night so hopefully Rask can shake this one off. The Boston Bruins is against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night as the Bruins will look to hopefully keep their scoring streak going against their rivals.