Talking Points: Hayes breaks through in B's win over Lightning
Talking Points: Jimmy Hayes picks up rare point in Bruins' win over Lightning
Here are the talking points from the Bruins' 4-1 victory over the Lightning Sunday.
When a guy scores his first goal in 36 games and does a “throwing the monkey of his back” motion after scoring, he needs to be the gold star performer. So it is with Jimmy Hayes, who has been much better lately and seemed to have this breakthrough coming after floundering for the first part of the season. It was a nice goal on a redirection of a David Krejci pass, and it became his first NHL point of the season and his first point since Feb. 24 of last season. Hayes finished with a couple of shot attempts, a couple of hits and the goal, and perhaps now can relax and play a little bit better now that the 500-pound gorilla is off his back. Hayes has a long way to go to feel like his NHL gig is safe when Frank Vatrano comes back, but getting on the score sheet certainly never hurts.
A rough night for Tampa Bay defenseman Slater Koekkoek, who finished a minus-3 with one shot on net in 13:59 of ice time, and got victimized -- along with his defensive partner Braydon Coburn -- a couple of times by Boston’s fourth line. It wasn’t just Koekkoek and Coburn, though. Brian Boyle was invisible playing in his home city, and Ondrej Palat wasn’t really noticeable at all in 14:57 of ice time. Nikita Kucherov didn’t even finish with a shot on net, but did somehow end up in a hockey fight with Torey Krug in a losing effort for Tampa. Outside of Bolts goal-scorer Jonathan Drouin, who also had a game-high nine shots on net, there wasn’t a lot going on for Tampa Bay in a Sunday afternoon snoozer from their perspective.
It was all about the second period for the Bruins, who poured it on with three goals to distance themselves from Tampa after a scoreless first period. The Bruins dominated while outshooting the Bolts by a 15-9 margin in the second period, and got a pair of goals from the fourth line despite playing undermanned on defense and with a group of forwards that have struggled to score goals this season. The big play was Dominic Moore scoring a couple of minutes into the second period by swatting a bouncing puck past Ben Bishop, and then things started to come together for the Black and Gold like they haven’t so much this season.
Dominic Moore served his role well while scoring the first goal of the game, and somehow, someway has six goals this season for the Bruins as a fourth line center. The six goals scored places Moore second on the team tied with Brad Marchand, and has him ahead of many of the Bruins biggest “name” offensive producers that carry some pretty lofty offensive reputations. It’s a great story for Moore, who also threw in a couple of hits and 6-of-12 face-off wins in his 12:27 of ice time while once again putting together the kind of consistently good, responsible two-way effort the Bruins have come to expect from his this season.
BY THE NUMBERS
726: the number of games that Claude Julien has coached behind the Boston Bruins bench, which puts him in a tie with the legendary Milt Schmidt for second on Boston’s all-time list. Julien trails only Art Ross, who coached 772 career games with the Bruins during his longstanding coaching career in the era of Old Time Hockey.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"[David] Backes tried to grab it. It was more of a joke that it was an elephant. I think I lost about 100 pounds there. Haggs, did you catch that one? I threw it right up top for you. I was hoping you caught that one.” -- Jimmy Hayes, when asked about tossing the monkey off his back after notching his first point in 36 games.