The Bruins were heading into Long Island to finish off a five game away period. The Bruins were playing (for the most part) their own brand of defensive minded hockey. They were up against a very fast New York team that was trying to erase the abysmal home performance this season.
In the end, the Bruins played to the system they knew. The team’s versatility meant that no matter what members of a line were on the ice, those players could produce scoring chances for the Black and Gold. Once the Bruins changed the pace from a track meet, the flow of the game seemed to go their way. The Bruins put up a 4-1 win, in spite of another ugly performance by the power play units.
Four different Bruins scored tonight in this win, and they all had meaning. Adam McQuaid scored his first goal in forty six games. Brad Marchand brought his team leading total to ten, and he’s still the most accurate scorer in the NHL. Tyler Seguin racked up his 100th career NHL point with the assist for McQuaid. Patrice Bergeron earned his 100th career multi point game with the assist for Marchand. The Krejci line put up the third goal that started off with an incredible two zone pass from Zdeno Chara. Gregory Campbell scored the final goal, an empty netter to seal the deal for the Bruins.
Last night was a literal shooting gallery with seventy shots made on both goals. Tuukka Rask proved he is one of the best goalies in the game stopping all but one of the thirty seven shots made on net. (He now has a .930 save percentage and a 1.89GAA. His ten wins ties him atop the leader board for most wins by a goalie so far this season.) The amount of shots were caused by explosive offense, and the occasional mis-cue or error made by both squads. The Bruins are masters of facing adversity though, and earned themselves the win.
“We didn’t play our best but at the end of the night, we got the two points and that’s all that matters.” offered Brad Marchand after the game.