BOSTON – The Bruins have responded strongly after each of their losses under Bruce Cassidy to avoid any shred of a chance of a losing streak, and they did that exact thing again on Wednesday night.
The Bruins banished the Ottawa loss of a couple of days ago by scoring early and often while dominating the helpless Detroit Red Wings in a 6-1 spanking at TD Garden.
The B's have now won six of seven games on home ice under Cassidy, and scored six goals for the third time in 12 games since the coaching change.
Both David Krejci and Brad Marchand scored two goals apiece and helped the Black and Gold build a formidable four goal lead just 20 minutes into the game. Krejci started things off midway through the first period after undressing Danny DeKeyser on his way to the net. Brad Marchand scored almost exactly a minute later on a brilliant floating David Pastrnak pass that led No. 63 into the offensive zone.
Drew Stafford scored his first goal as a member of the Bruins later in the period, and it was that score that finally chased Detroit goalie Jared Coreau out of the game. Krejci finished the bevy of Boston goals in the first period after Pastrnak stripped Tomas Tatar below the goal line, and No. 46 pounced on a Dylan Larkin giveaway for the point blank score.
Marchand added a breakaway during 4-on-4 play in the second period for his career-high 70th point of the season, and that was offset by a meaningless score from Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall. Pastrnak finally added a spinning snipe of his own after an offensive zone face-off win, and then dropped his stick over the glass into the stands after he snapped it making contact with Nick Jensen on his follow-through.
The Bruins announced Sunday they have signed Harvard forward Ryan Donato to a two-year entry-level contract.
Donato will be eligible to play in tomorrow's game vs the Blue Jackets.
The 21-year-old led Harvard in scoring in 2017-18, recording 26 goals and 17 assists for 43 points in 29 games. Donato also represented Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where he tied for the most goals in the Olympics with five in as many games.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while the Bruins are finally back in Boston.
*Larry Brooks says that the NHL playoff system is broken as it continues to “pass off mediocrity as parity.” I don’t really agree that there’s a big problem, but it will be too bad that one of the Eastern Conference’s two best teams (Boston and Tampa Bay) will be done after the second round of the playoffs.
*A pretty cool gesture from the Montreal Canadiens as a group of them wore turtlenecks during warm-ups on Saturday night prior to playing Tomas Plekanec for the first timer as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
*Congrats to the Team USA Paralympics squad for capturing another Gold Medal for the Red, White and Blue. What a great story they are.
*Evander Kane opens up about Winnipeg, his past on social media and hockey culture as he seems to have found a place where he’s comfortable in San Jose.
*The Carolina Hurricanes are suspending their GM search until the group of available candidates can widen in the offseason. That was probably always for the best.
*The New York Islanders are getting a little weird with things here late in the season as they’re taking a look at John Tavares on the wing. Hmmm. Seems like an odd move.
*For something completely different: A great return for Bill Hader to Saturday Night Live where he revisited a number of his best characters.