Taking a page out of their opening night notebook, the Bruins walked out of their 2nd encounter with the Jackets victorious, again by 3 goals. Everything seemed to click for the B’s last night, and production came from multiple places. After a slow start, the Bruins found their way to the lead, and never looked back.
The first period started a bit slow, as Columbus came out ready to play. They struck first when a turnover by Zdeno Chara turned into a goal by Nick Foligno, just 2:29 into the game. It was that goal, though, that put the Bruins into overdrive, and they quickly turned the game around. 6 minutes later, Torey Krug’s one-time bomb from the point set off a span of 4 goals in 4:01 in the middle of the period. After a beautiful feed from Krejci, Krug loaded up and let it rip, and with traffic in front Sergei Bobrovski was left no chance to save it. Just over a minute later, another Bruin scored his first goal of the season. Matt Beleskey scored following a centering pass from rookie Austin Czarnik. Beleskey, who seemingly every other fan except for me wants out, has turned his game around since Jimmy Hayes was benched, and then moved to the fourth line. 2 and a half minutes later, Beleskey would return the favor, earning the secondary assist on Czarnik’s goal, putting Boston up 3-1. Not yet done with the scoring, though, Boston would pick up another goal in the 1st, after Tim Schaller’s shot (initially thought to hit the post) was ruled a goal. The call did not come from the officials on the ice, but by the NHL headquarters in Toronto, who slowed the footage down, and saw the puck actually hit the post on the inside of the net. The review put Boston up 4-1, their 2nd 3 goal lead in 3 games.
The rest of the game was like the average game. Boston only put up 1 more goal, this one coming off the stick of David Backes. Meanwhile, in the 3rd period, Columbus would “score” their final goal of the game. The Bruins failed to control the puck on a faceoff, and Rask was caught sleeping, as Colin Miller slipped the puck past him. It was an embarrassing asterisk on an otherwise impressive game. They were able to survive a late-game surge from Columbus and clinched a 5-2 victory, their second win against the Blue Jackets.
1. The Unlikely Scorers –
5 goals were scored last night, all from different players. What’s interesting about that, is only one of the goals came from somebody who already had multiple goals this season (Backes). Torey Krug and Matt Beleskey both tallied their long-awaited first of the year. Neither man has played poorly, they just haven’t been able to find the net. Austin Czarnik and Tim Schaller both netted their second goals of the year. Each man came into the night only having one goal to their name. It was nice, as a Bruins fan, to see production come from people not named David Pastrnak or Brad Marchand (as much as I love those guys).
2. Defense –
Columbus only took 18 shots last night. And it was really 17, except they had to count the own-goal as a shot for Columbus. The defense did an outstanding job of limiting the amount of chances the Blue Jackets had. Other than on the first goal, not many mistakes were made by the once porous Bruins’ defense.
3. Great Puck Movement –
Specifically by the Krejci line, the Bruins moved the puck with ease in the offensive zone. There were several instances during the game in which it appeared the Bruins were on the power play, despite all 5 skaters being on the ice for both teams. This puck movement was exactly how the first Bruins goal was scored. After a great stretch of about 30 seconds, Krejci and crew finally found Krug out high, and he buried a slap-shot to tie the game. We need to move the puck like that all the time.
1. Own Goal –
I know it was a fluke thing, and the first time it’s happened this year, but scoring on yourself is embarrassing. They’re lucky it wasn’t a close game.
2. Being Out-Hit –
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Columbus recorded more hits than Boston last night. Not by a small margin either. With guys like Matt Beleskey, Brad Marchand, David Backes, and Zdeno Chara, there is no reason for the Bruins not to get the better of the physical play. Intimidation is a key component in hockey games, and we’re just not getting it.
3. The Fans –
We won 5-2, but outside of right after the goals were scored, you’d think the game was 100-0 Columbus! What the hell do the fans want? We blow out teams at home, silence. We get destroyed at home, silence. We have closely-contested games where we barely escape with the win, silence. Are Bruins’ fans just zombies who are never satisfied, and therefore are wasting their money? Perhaps.
1. Brandon Carlo led the Bruins in ice time last night. The young defenseman has been one of the only consistent bright-spots on the back-end this year (along with Krug).
2. Tuukka Rask improved to 8-1-0 last night, his best start to a season in his career. He has been very impressive in all but 1 game this year, and he is giving the non-zombie fans something to cheer for.
3. The bottom 3 lines all scored a goal last night. Production has been limited to the first and fourth lines this year, so to see production across the board was a welcome sight.
3. David Krejci (C-BOS)
2. Austin Czarnik (RW-BOS)
1. Matt Beleskey (LW-BOS)
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