Last night’s blowout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins cements the Bruins spot in the playoffs with some help from fellow Czech Mates.
At the end of 40 minutes, the horn sounded and the Boston Bruins were up 8-3 against two-time Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh Penguins.
8-3. At the end of the second period. Let that sink in.
WILD NIGHT AT THE GARDEN
The air was electrifying last night at the Garden and the Bruins exploded, defeating the Penguins 8-4. Boston was ready to play and they played hard, leaving Pittsburgh floundering on the ice. With last night’s lopsided win, it may be time to admit that the recent trades are making an impact. Even though it’s early to say just how much each new acquisition will affect the team in the playoffs, there’s no denying that right now they’re doing their job. With the Bruins scoring five goals in the first period alone, there were two players in particular that made a lot of noise-fellow Czech mates, David Krejci and David Pastrnak.
There were many moments from last nights game, not excluded all the other goals from other lines, that made for a standout game. And for David Krejci, he saw his sixth career hat trick before ending the second period. Fellow Czech David Pastrnak saw a recent goal drought come to an end, scoring two goals as the first line continues to grind out and push towards the net.
As stated earlier, for any fan that had reservations about the trades can rest assure that Sweeney did well. And he didn’t have to up a whole lot to get a lot. In last night game, new players Rick Nash, Nick Holden, and Brian Gionta posted points and attributed assists in each of Krejci’s three goals. Rick Nash would even score again in the first, putting the Bruins up 3-1.
SOME QUICK STATS
Last night’s game saw 12 Bruins post at least one point and six with two. Tuukka Rask took the win, despite a rough start in net. And for any Penguins fan reading this, yes I know your bottom defense pairing is just starting to play together, and Matt Murray is out with a concussion.
But to put things in perspective, the Bruins have started this season with multiple injuries, and are missing one of their most important players in Patrice Bergeron. With number 37 out while healing from a fractured foot, Coach Bruce Cassidy once again tweaked his lines and the Bruins are doing what the they have done all this season- their guys are stepping up. Cassidy has sent a clear message to that no injury will keep this team from winning.
So far, no line has disappointed, especially in last night’s game.
The Bruins continue to rack up points and play a more physical game. Boston will be beading into the playoff and Krejci has a power forward player in Rick Nash. There is no denying that in the last few games, the former Ranger has made an impact on the Krejci line. For fans, last night’s game was one for the ages- a hat trick, two goals and one assist from the Czech players. You also had a goal and assists from the new guys, some hard thrown punches, and a bloodied-up McAvoy.
Buckle up Bruins fans, this is going to be a wild month.