After returning Saturday from the break after a long rest, the Boston Bruins hit the road. It is a memorable road trip as the siblings get to travel with the club. Here are the Bruins’ takeaways from the overtime victory against the Dallas Stars.
Boston Bruins Takeaways Against Dallas
Two of the best teams in the league and the top teams in their respective conferences went head-to-head on Tuesday night. The Bruins played the Stars for the second and final time. Boston took the first meeting on home ice. In the second meeting, the Bruins secured the victory in overtime thanks to David Pastrnak.
Boston Bruins Special Teams
This script reminds me a lot of last seasons, with how poorly executed the power play was in the second half of the season. That recipe has followed suit, whereas the Bruins have been ice cold with the man advantage. At one point, their bread and butter turned into stale bread. Entering play against the Stars, they were 0-17 on the power play and searching for answers.
The faired no better last night. During the contest, the Bruins were 0-for-3 with the man advantage. Dallas does have one of the best penalty-killing units in the league, but it does not help that Boston has not been able to score. In addition, Dallas was so good that they limited the Bruins to only two shots on goal and nothing from the high-danger area. Not a recipe for success if you are trying to generate offense on the man advantage. However, the Bruins did display how great their penalty kill was, going 4-for-4, including a big kill in the overtime frame.
The Stars’ Top Line
If there’s one line that crushed the Bruins this game, it was the Stars’ top line. Besides being one of the most dominant lines in the league, they were dominant in this game. Both goals for the Stars came from this line. The first goal came off a great breakout and was executed perfectly with their passing. As for the second goal, Jason Robertson led the way and snuck behind the defense.
The Stars’ top line was a huge takeaway this game, and rightfully so. Their top line had the best Corsi For (65.22%) and out-attempted the Bruins 15-8. They had the only positive impact on the game for their lineup and scored the goals for their team. The Bruins had a hard time handling them, and it showed.
Bruins’ Third-Period Dominance
The Bruins have been the best third-period team all season long. They have the best goal differential of +43 and continued to show why that is the case. The Bruins dominated possession (57.5 Corsi For), 77.67 xGF%, and got the game-tying goal. They dominated the high-danger area of the ice and played the same way they did in the first. Considering how poorly the team played in the second period, it was a massive boost.
The real MVP of this hockey game belongs to this man right here. Zacha was sensational in this hockey game. Not only did he get the game-tying goal, but he helped set up the game-winner in overtime. Zacha was also one of the most impactful players on the ice. He finished with a Corsi For of 68.42%, and with him, on the ice, the Bruins had 13 chances as opposed to six from the Stars. His impact was so good that his CF REL was third highest, with 18.42. In addition to his play, he has hit a career-high in points with 37 and has notched his second multi-point game of the month.
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