BOSTON – The Bruins seem to lose a new body to injury with each passing day, but it hasn’t stopped them from surviving and winning hockey games.
Missing three of their top offensive forwards from their lineup, the Bruins got goals from up and down the rest of the roster to take an impressive 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden. The Bruins have now taken points in seven of their last eight games, and continue to tread along with a severely undermanned lineup.
The Bruins actually gave up the first goal of the game, and didn’t look very good doing it. Tuukka Rask kicked out a Ryan Suter shot directly in front of the net, and Nino Niederreiter had all day to corral the rebound and flip it past Rask.
But after that it was all Bruins, all the time. Less than six minutes later Jake DeBrusk simply took the puck away from Jarred Spurgeon in front of the Minnesota net, and then banked a shot into the net off Suter camped out in front. Frank Vatrano followed a couple of minutes later with a long distance snapper that ended a 25-game goal-scoring drought dating back to last season, and the Bruins had a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Sean Kuraly added his second of the season in the second period after following shots from Tim Schaller and Danton Heinen, and David Pastrnak served up a perfect dish for Torey Krug to step into and fire past Devan Dubnyk. The Wild got one back in the third period from Mikael Granlund to make it a two-goal game, but Rask stoned Granlund on a subsequent penalty shot attempt that really could have made it interesting down the stretch.
Erik Staal scored on a shorthanded goal in the final five minutes to move the Wild within a single score, but that’s as close as they would get prior to Tim Schaller icing things with an empty net goal in the final minute.