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Talking points from the Bruins' 3-0 win in Minnesota

Talking points from the Bruins' 3-0 win in Minnesota

Here are your talking points from the Bruins' 3-0 over the WIld Thursday night:

GOLD STAR: Noel Acciari didn’t have a goal in the 3-0 win, but he was one of the best players on the ice for either side. Acciari had six shots on net along with three hits and eight shot attempts overall. That’s a heck of a game for the hard-hitting fourth line while he’s also playing center tonight as well. Acciari also finished with the primary assist on the key goal for the Bruins when he won a 50/50 puck battle with Anthony Bitetto and poked a puck to the wide open slot area of the ice. That’s where Joakim Nordstrom stepped into the puck and snapped a shot into the vacant net for Boston’s first goal of the game, and the eventual game-winner in a shutout win for the Black and Gold.  

BLACK EYE: It looked like the Bruins pre-playoff nightmare was coming true at the start of the second period when Kevan Miller tumbled into the boards after a battle with Jordan Greenway, and then limped back to the B’s dressing room immediately afterward. That’s exactly what the B’s don’t want to see in the final two games of the regular season having already clinched the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Division and home ice in the first round of the playoffs. Instead Miller returned for the end of the period, skated a shift and looked like whatever lower body ailment he was feeling really wasn’t that serious. So it appears the Bruins dodged a bullet there, but they also appeared to shut him down for the entirety of the third period. So stay tuned on that one.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins and Minnesota Wild both played sloppy and a little bit loose in the first period, and subsequently neither team was able to muster up a goal. That changed in the second period as the Bruins outshot the Wild by an 18-9 margin to really seize control of the game, and scored a grinding, hustle goal from their fourth line to gain the upper hand in the game. It was a hard-working score for Joakim Nordstrom that put the Bruins up by the single goal midway through the period and it was enough to lead the B’s to victory over a forgettable 60 minutes of hockey in Game No. 81 of the season.

HONORABLE MENTION: It was a pretty good NHL debut for Zach Senyshyn with four shots on net and seven shot attempts in over 12 minutes of ice time as he was using his speed to get into areas where he could get shots off. Then he was able to cash in on an empty net goal to close out the Boston scoring in the third period. He certainly didn’t look out of place and instead seemed pretty comfortable playing at the NHL level. That in and of itself is a good sign, but this is just a one-game treat for the former first round pick. He’s going to need to go back to Providence and really work on his game if he hopes to get a longer call-up with Boston somewhere down the line. But you have to start somewhere and it hasn’t been bad for the 22-year-old.

BY THE NUMBERS: 12-for-19 – the excellent face-off performance for third line center Charlie Coyle in his first game back in Minnesota after being traded to the Bruins.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We’ve got some depth and that’s a good thing going into the playoffs. We found our game probably halfway through the first and stuck with it for the rest of the 50 minutes. That got us the result we wanted.” –David Backes to NESN on the B’s showing good depth in a win while players like Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara and David Krejci all rested in Game No. 81. 

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Highlights from the Bruins' 3-0 win over the Wild

Highlights from the Bruins' 3-0 win over the Wild

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 3, Wild 0

IN BRIEF: Thursday night was not the most exciting game for offense, as the Bruins took down the Wild in their final road game of the regular season.

BOX SCORE 

BRUINS RECORD: 49-23-9 (107 points), 2nd in Atlantic Division

FROM JOE HAGGERTY

It was a pretty good first couple of periods for Zach Senyshyn with three shots on net and six shot attempts in over 10 minutes of ice time as he was using his speed to get into areas where he could get shots off. He certainly didn’t look out of place and instead seemed pretty comfortable playing at the NHL level. That in and of itself is a good sign, but this is just a one-game treat for the former first round pick. He’s going to need to go back to Providence and really work on his game if he hopes to get a longer call-up with Boston somewhere down the line. But you have to start somewhere and it hasn’t been bad for the 22-year-old.

It looked like the Bruins pre-playoff nightmare was coming true at the start of the second period when Kevan Miller tumbled into the boards after a battle with Jordan Greenway, and then limped back to the B’s dressing room immediately afterward. That’s exactly what the B’s don’t want to see in the final two games of the regular season having already clinched the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Division and home ice in the first round of the playoffs. Instead Miller returned for the end of the period, skated a shift and looked like whatever lower body ailment he was feeling really wasn’t that serious. So it appears the Bruins dodged a bullet there.

The Bruins really stepped it up in the second period while outshooting the Wild by an 18-9 margin in the middle 20 minutes, and taking control of the game. It was still only a 1-0 lead for the Bruins despite taking it to Minnesota in that middle stanza, but it sets up for the Bruins to distance themselves a little further in the third. Joakim Nordstrom with the goal for the Bruins burying a shot into the open net after Noel Acciari poked the puck away from Anthony Bitetto after a battle in front of the Minny net. It was the seventh goal of the season for Nordstrom, and showed some pretty good chemistry between Acciari, David Backes and Nordstrom as an alternative fourth line. 

HIGHLIGHTS

NORDSTROM PUTS THE B'S UP 1-0

PASTRNAK EXTENDS THE LEAD

SENYSHYN'S FIRST CAREER GOAL PUTS IT AWAY FOR THE B'S

UP NEXT
SATURDAY: vs Lightning 1 p.m. (NESN)

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Former Bruin Ryan Donato nets two assists in Wild debut, throws shade at his old team

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Former Bruin Ryan Donato nets two assists in Wild debut, throws shade at his old team

In his first game with the Minnesota Wild since getting traded for Charlie Coyle and a fifth-rounder, a move the Bruins confirmed on Thursday, Ryan Donato notched two assists as the Wild beat the Rangers 4-1 at Madison Square Garden.

And he didn't miss the opportunity to throw some shade the way of his former team.

"They just said, ‘Go and play,’ and that’s when I think I’m at my best when (coaches) have the confidence in me and they let me play," Donato said, per The Athletic's Michael Russo. "It’s been awhile since the coaches have had a lot of confidence in me to play me in all situations."

🏒TOO IMPATIENT IN BOSTON?

Donato, the son of former Bruins star Ted Donato who grew up in suburban Boston, finished the night a plus-1, three shots on goal, nine shots attempted, two takeaways and four penalty minutes.

"He played well. The one thing I liked was his skill set, as far as intelligence offensively," Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters following the win. "He looked like he knew what he was doing with the puck, and felt confident doing what he did with the puck. It’s one game, but it’s a good step in the right direction for him."

Surely, this won't stoke the flames of those asking if the Bruins gave up too soon on the promising youngster . . .

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