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Bruins earn incredible 6-4 comeback win vs. Hurricanes

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Bruins earn incredible 6-4 comeback win vs. Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Bruins haven’t had a real stinker in a while, so they were absolutely due for one.

It finally looked like it was happening on a Tuesday night in Carolina in front of a half-filled PNC Arena as the Bruins basically stopped playing after the first period. But something funny happened in the third period as the Bruins came back from three goals down, scored three goals in a whirlwind 1:17

Matt Grzelcyk, David Pastrnak and Danton Heinen scored the three unanswered goals for the Bruins to tie it all up, and Pastrnak ripped the game-winner on the PP for a very unlikely 6-4 win for the Bruins at PNC Arena.

The Bruins high water mark for most of the game was the end of the first period as Tuukka Rask stuffed a Jeff Skinner attempt at the doorstep on a cross-ice pass, and then Brad Marchand proceeded to score his 30th goal of the season at the other end of the ice on a slick no-look pass from David Pastrnak.

Perhaps the Bruins thought it was going to be easy street after the opening 20 minutes, but they got outhustled and outworked for the remainder of the game by a Canes team playing on their second night of back-to-back games. Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen and Justin Williams all scored goals in the second period, and Brock McGinn added a shorthanded goal in the third period to really clinch it for Carolina.

Once again it was penalties and special teams that ended up hurting the Bruins as Aho scored with Pastrnak in the box for hooking, and the Teravainen game-winning score arrived on a Zdeno Chara delay of game penalty after lofting a puck over the glass. Williams added an insurance marker after Elias Lindholm beat Riley Nash on a defensive zone draw, and Williams outhustled Chara to a loose puck in the crease after it got behind Rask.

It looked bleak for the Black and Gold at that point in time and even bleaker when the Bruins allowed the shorthanded score in the third, but they once again showed the “will to win” in coming all the way back from three goals down.  

It was an especially sweet night for David Pastrnak, who earned his first hat trick in the history of his career.

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Talking Points from the Bruins 3-0 win over the Ducks

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Talking Points from the Bruins 3-0 win over the Ducks

Here are my talking points from an excellent shutout win by the Bruins in Anaheim:

GOLD STAR: Excellent game for Jaroslav Halak, who made 30 saves for the Bruins, including a big stop toward the end of the first period where Torey Krug had thrown a blind pass to Max Jones right in the slot area. Jones got off a point blank shot at the Boston net, but Halak stood tall to turn away the premium scoring chance. He was just as good in the second period as he was in the first, with 11 shots against him in each of those periods, and then the Bruins cruised in the third period for the shutout win over Anaheim. Halak hasn’t been great over the last six weeks or so, but he was very good toward the end of the period as the B’s struggled a little bit.

BLACK EYE: A tough night for Adam Henrique, who was a minus-2 in 14:55 of ice time and had just a couple of shots on net in a generally ineffective performance overall. He was also 3-for-10 in the face-off circle as the Ducks forward really didn’t play well in any facet of the game, and instead looked like a Ducks hockey club that’s starting to mail in games given how far they are outside of a playoff spot. He certainly wasn’t alone on the Anaheim roster, though, as they really didn’t muster much in the way of offense while getting shut down offensively by the Bruins.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins simply needed to get off to a good start against the Ducks to get ahead and really discourage a team that’s in a bit of disarray. That’s exactly what the Bruins did when Noel Acciari jumped in front of the net to tip home a Brandon Carlo one-timer blast from the point, and continued when they scored a goal in each of the next two periods while big offensive players like Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand were kept off the scores sheet. It’s always a big deal when the B’s can find a way to scratch out some secondary offense, and that’s exactly what they did against the mighty Ducks on Friday night.

HONORABLE MENTION: Give it to Noel Acciari, who finished with three shots on net and three registered hits in his 14:55 of ice time. Acciari played heavy and physical against a big, strong and heavy Anaheim group, and he also filled in with the offensive side of things as well. He slid in front of the net as Brandon Carlo was winding up and blasting from the point, and his tipped puck got the Bruins ahead for good early in the game. Acciari was also a plus-2 rating and part of a Bruins fourth line that kicked in a pair of goals in the road win when you consider Chris Wagner’s empty net score in the final periods as well.

BY THE NUMBERS: 15-for-18 – Patrice Bergeron didn’t really factor into the scoring so much in Friday’s win over the Ducks, but he was a dominant 15-for-18 in the face-off circle as he did his part for Boston to dominate puck possession.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “You prepare to win every game, but you want to play your best hockey as you go along. It’s just a matter of consistency coming around. We’re starting to see our health coming around, so you can play the same groups every night and they’re getting a feel for one another.” –Bruce Cassidy to NESN on a Bruins team that’s starting to play some pretty strong hockey. 

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Highlights from Bruins' 3-0 win over Ducks

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Highlights from Bruins' 3-0 win over Ducks

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 3, Ducks 0

IN BRIEF: In the first leg of a five-game West Coast road swing, the Bruins played fast and never got much of a threat from Anaheim, jumping out to a 1-0 first period league and never looking back. Goalie Jaroslav Halak was terrific in net, making some timely saves to pick up his third shutout of the season.

BOX SCORE 

FROM JOE HAGGERTY:

Good reward for the Bruins fourth line, with Noel Acciari tipping home a Brandon Carlo point blast. It’s just the second goal of the season for Acciari, who has worked diligently and done the right things without the results always being there. But he was finally rewarded on Friday night with the hard-working goal just as the “fourth line” has been rewarded with more and more ice time as they’ve continued to play good hockey.

Excellent game for Jaroslav Halak, who made 30 saves for the Bruins -- including a big stop toward the end of the first period, where Torey Krug had thrown a blind pass to Max Jones right in the slot area. Jones got off a point blank shot at the Boston net, but Halak stood tall to turn away the premium scoring chance. He was just as good in the second period as he was in the first, and then the Bruins cruised in the third period for the shutout win over Anaheim. Halak hasn’t been great over the last six weeks or so, but he was very good toward the end of the period as the B’s struggled a little bit.

David Krejci continues to excel while filling in for David Pastrnak on that top Bruins power play unit. He made a couple of plays from that spot in the first game without Pastrnak on Tuesday night, and he once again dangled through the Ducks penalty kill to set up Jake DeBrusk for a tap-in power play goal in the second period on Friday night. He scored on a one-timer in the first game to show that his shot can be effective from the face-off circle, but it’s his hands and playmaking that could set him apart there as they did in the insurance marker for the Black and Gold. 

BRUINS RECORD: 33-17-8 (74 points), 3rd in Atlantic Division

⬇️ HIGHLIGHTS ⬇️

HALAK CAN'T BE BEAT

CARLO FIRES, ACCIARI GETS A PIECE

DEBRUSK CRASHES THE NET

WAGNER'S EMPTY-NETTER SEALS IT

UP NEXT
SATURDAY: at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. (NESN)
MONDAY: at San Jose, 10 p.m. (NESN)
WEDNESDAY: at Vegas, 10 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)

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