FINAL SCORE: Bruins 4, Coyotes 2
IN BRIEF: The 10-day layoff has done wonders for the Bruins, who have won their sixth straight since the All-Star break after rallying to beat Arizona at home. Boston lost Jeremy Lauzon to an ejection, then spotted the Yotes a 1-0 lead, before rallying to take the lead thanks to timely tip-ins in front of the net by Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk. The Bruins maintain the best record in the NHL with 80 points; the Metro division-leading Washington Capitals are next with 77.
BRUINS RECORD: 34–10-12 (80 points, 1st in Atlantic Division)
LAUZON GETS EJECTED FOR THIS HIT
OLD NEMESIS KESSEL PUTS YOTES UP 1-0
ONLY TWO MINUTES FOR THIS?
COYLE TIES IT AT 1-1
BERGY PUTS B’S AHEAD, 2-1
DEBRUSK TIPS IT HOME, 3-1
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BOSTON – The Bruins went into Thursday night calling their match-up with the reigning champ Penguins a measuring stick game, and they must have come out of it feeling pretty darn good about themselves.
That’s because the Bruins piled up eight goals on the Penguins without their best player in Patrice Bergeron, and exploded with three power play goals in an 8-4 win at TD Garden after a special teams’ slump for the better part of a month.
The Bruins enjoyed a whopping nine players with multi-point nights including a David Krejci hat trick for the first time in six years, and a two-goal, three point outburst from David Pastrnak after a quiet offensive period from him as of late.
It wasn’t all sunshine and roses as Tuukka Rask gave up three tough goals on seven shots in the first period, but the Bruins offense wasn’t going to let them fall behind the Penguins on this night. Instead they poured it on after an early goal from Olli Maatta, and David Krejci, David Pastrnak and Rick Nash all scored within the first six minutes of the game.
Phil Kessel came back and scored on a bad angle goal to seize some of the momentum back, but David Backes and Torey Krug responded with a couple more first period scores that insured the Bruins weren’t going to fall back behind.
The Penguins got another at the end of the first period on a nice individual play from Riley Sheahan, but the Bruins pulled away in the second period when Krejci and Pastrnak continued pouring on the offense. It was a strong night for a couple of the new guys as well with both Nick Holden and Brian Gionta getting on the score sheet in their Bruins debuts, and leading an all-around effort that send a message to a Penguins team that was hurting without injured goalie Matt Murray.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while shaking my head at the disparity in talent levels between Ilya Kovalchuk and anybody on Team USA...no offense to the guys we sent over there.
*Phil Kessel said he values winning Stanley Cups over scoring titles, but does he value them more than hot dogs from his favorite food stand in Toronto? That is the question.
*Here’s a fine tribute from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Steve Conroy about his late partner at the Boston Herald, columnist/hockey writer Steve Harris, who sadly passed away a couple of days ago while still manning the beat until the past week or so. It’s still such a shocking loss for everybody in the local hockey community, and this piece does a good job of capturing his spirit.
*So, controversial Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is going to now also be the CEO of the team as well? Yikes.
*Damien Cox takes a look at the Canadian NHL teams that look like they’re going to fall short of the playoffs and what they need to do to right their respective ships.
*The Nashville Predators explain how they are “all in” at the NHL trade deadline with another clear shot at a Cup run.
*For something completely different: A ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies from worst to best that suffers from recent-itis where a number of movies just released are probably given way, way too much deference even though they are good superhero flicks.