The Boston Bruins just do not lose two games in a row. Not this year. Taking the home ice on Saturday afternoon against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Bruins took down the visitors with a 4-2 win. They are now 24-4-2 on the season.
Jim Montgomery wasn’t so pleased during the game, however. He turned to Patrice Bergeron to give the message between the second and third periods after Montgomery said his message between the first and second periods didn’t work.
"“Never mind the Hall of Fame player he is, he’s a Hall of Fame person and leader, so much so that after the first I was not happy with our team, and I was not very happy in between the periods when I addressed the team. Second period, no impact, so I said to Bergy with 40 seconds left in the second, I said, ‘It’s your dressing room.’ We came out and played our best period of the game, and that just speaks volumes of, it’s how much I trust him, and it’s how much the players listen to him.”"
David Pastrnak started the scoring for the Bruins, tallying his 20th goal of the season with a power play goal 7:17 into the first period. The Bruins went to the dressing room with that same 1-0 lead.
Boone Jenner provided the equalizer for the Blue Jackets, a power play goal to tie the game. David Krejci then did his best imitation of Pastrnak, scoring on a rocket of a one-timer on the power play to put the Bruins ahead 2-1, Krejci’s 9th goal of the season.
The Boston boys began to pull away in the third period. Taylor Hall struck first, adding his 13th goal of the season to put the Bruins ahead 3-1. Nineteen seconds after that, Tomas Nosek, of all people, found the back of the net, making the lead 4-1 on his third goal of the season. Patrik Laine scored for Columbus to cut into the deficit, but the B’s held on from there for a home win.
Boston had Alaska native Jeremy Swayman in the net for the matinee. He was on his game, making 31 saves on 33 shots. His record is now 6-3-1 on the season.
I would be remiss if I did not mention what almost happened late in the game. Columbus had the net empty, and Swayman gathered the puck to the side of the goal. He took his shot, flinging the puck toward the open goal, but the puck hit the side of the net. Alas, no goalie goal today.
The Bruins remain at home for their next game, a tilt with the Florida Panthers on Monday night. Linus Ullmark is expected to start against Sergei Bobrovsky.