Talking Points: Bergeron shines with four-point night
Patrice Bergeron was his dominant self that he wasn’t for so much of the season’s first half. He finished with a goal and a season-high four points with a plus-1 in 19:16 of ice time. Bergeron was aces on the power play with a pair of no-look passes to David Pastrnak for goals and finished with four shot attempts along with 14-of-23 from the face-off circle in flat getting it done at both ends of the ice. It might just be the right time of year for Bergeron to catch a hot streak after his three point effort on Saturday night against the Leafs, which gives him seven points in his last two games. That’s a harbinger for a strong final third of the season from Bergeron.
Martin Jones certainly didn’t enjoy his homecoming to the home he never actually had at TD Garden following his brief summer stint as a member of the Boston Bruins. Jones was pulled after allowing three goals on 12 shots in the first period, and failing to shut things down for the Sharks after Jumbo Joe Thornton gave them a response goal midway through the first period. Truth be told, the middle goal allowed to Patrice Bergeron was probably the only one that was truly of the soft variety, and it might have been simply getting his starter a bit of rest on a night when the Sharks didn’t seem to have much going for them. Jones certainly should be included in that group.
The Bruins scored the first goal just 52 seconds into the game to take control of things early, but then watched as the Sharks punched back with a goal of their own midway through the first period. There have been times in the recent past where the B’s might have buckled a bit after seeing their lead evaporate that quickly, but instead the Bruins pushed back and scored a couple more goals before the end of the opening period. That allowed them to keep pushing the pace, stay aggressive offensively and keep playing with a lead while forcing the Sharks to chase them for most of the night.
David Backes hasn’t been consistently good this season, and he’s been vocal about that over the last few days. So it was good to see the power forward join Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron on their line with gusto, and finish with a goal and three points along with a plus-1 rating in 19:28 of ice time. Backes scored the game’s first goal on a strike from the slot, and then tipped a Brandon Carlo shot through Martin Jones’ pads before Bergeron slammed the puck home. Those were two early high impact plays to go along with a team-high seven shots on net and three hits while playing a heavy offensive role for the Black and Gold.
BY THE NUMBERS
22:59 – With Zdeno Chara out for Thursday night’s game, Torey Krug stepped up and led the Bruins in ice time as their de facto No. 1 defenseman while Kevan Miller and Brandon Carlo also topped 20 minutes for the night.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“I feel great. It’s been a busy two or three days, so I’ll tell you this, I’m going to sleep well tonight. But tomorrow’s a new day, so we’ll get back to work, and see if we can build on this one. But I mean, yeah, who doesn’t enjoy a win?” – Bruce Cassidy after getting a 6-3 win over the Sharks, which was more than 13 years since his last NHL win as a head coach for the Washington Capitals in Dec, 2003.