The Bruins overwhelmed the Sabres last night to the tune of a 4-0 victory. After a shaky outing up and down the lineup against the Rangers Saturday night, the team bounced back nicely with a fairly complete effort. Krecji expelled some demons, notching his first goal of the year, Matt Beleskey was way more involved, factoring in on two goals, and Rask returned to stellar form with his second shutout of the season.
The first period felt like a typical B’s period. 3 or 4 solid shifts strung together followed by another 3 or 4 solid shifts of running around like chickens with their heads cut off. They escaped the first without allowing a goal, but couldn’t find the back of the net themselves either. 0-0 after one with Buffalo leading in shots 13-12.
The Bruins woke up in the second period, a welcome change from their terrible track record in the second frame. Brad Marchand scored first on the man advantage with Matt Beleskey helping a bouncing puck along by swatting at the goalie, pushing him (and the puck) back into the net. Minutes later David Krecji would get the monkey off his back with his first goal of the season off a one timer from Torey Krug on a 5 on 3. The B’s finished off the period with a 3rd goal, netted by Riley Nash with Matt Beleskey crashing to the front of the net yet again. 3-0 after 2. One note of caution, the powerplay is still extremely careless with the puck and they conceded yet another shorthanded breakaway. Luckily Tuukka was on last night, and stoned Brian Gionta who was in alone.
David Pastrnak finished the night with another PPG, and his 8th goal of the season. Tuukka closed the door for his second shutout of the year and the B’s dominated a game they really needed to win. They’ll head to Montreal tonight to take on the Habs.
Matt Beleskey- Looks like the deep breath Claude made him take with the old healthy scratch routine helped re-focus the winger. He was a bowling ball on the forecheck, and even though he didn’t get his first goal he was a factor last night.
David Krecji- I missed the David Krecji fist pump celebration. A lot of pressure off his shoulders now, so hopefully he’ll find his game and take it to Montreal tonight.
Tuukka Rask- The playoff hopes of the Boston Bruins live and die with Tuukka Rask. So far, his 1.74 goals against average and .941 save percentage are keeping the B’s alive as the team tries to gel, and find production outside of their top 3.
Ryan Spooner- He took a really lazy slashing penalty after his line had their best shift of the season. He had already impeded the skater with a decent open ice check, the slash of the stick sent him to the box and the B’s to yet another kill.
Dominic Moore- Nit picking, he didn’t have a bad night at all, I’m just starting to notice a trend: He’s choosing to take on defenders instead of getting the puck deep when he doesn’t have help, even on the penalty kill. That’s going to bite them at some point.
Torey Krug- Another post. I assumed last year’s scoring drought was due to his shoulder, but he might just have the “Jon Lester can’t throw to first” yips. Two wide open nets in two games, 0 goals to show for it.
Montreal tonight. Screw you Gallagher.