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.
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.
NORDSTROM PUTS THE B'S UP 1-0
PASTRNAK EXTENDS THE LEAD
SENYSHYN'S FIRST CAREER GOAL PUTS IT AWAY FOR THE B'S
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