There was winning in Winnipeg, but it wasn’t by the team that has “Win” in their name. The Boston Bruins strolled into Canada Life Centre and shut the Jets down, prevailing by a 3-0 score.
After losing in Chicago for their second loss in a row and third in four games, it was a necessary victory for the Bruins in the back end of their road trip. The Bruins also became the fastest team to 51 wins in NHL history, so yes, they are still quite good.
With that, it’s takeaway time!
Fast start, fast results
After a slew of slow starts in this recent skid, the Bruins flipped the script and got off to a fast start in this one, which produced a goal from Trent Frederic just 50 seconds in off a slick feed from Tyler Bertuzzi. About 12 and a half minutes later, Pavel Zacha sniped one home to make it 2-0, with both of Boston’s goals on Connor Hellebuyck coming in the first period. Fast start, fast results.
The new guys keep producing
I’ve talked quite a lot about Dmitry Orlov since he arrived in a trade with the Washington Capitals. While he’s no longer lighting up the scoresheet every single night, he’s remained a productive player on the back end. He added an assist on Zacha’s goal, giving him his ninth assist in 10 games with the Bruins. It’s also his third assist in the past five games.
Another new addition enjoying success is Tyler Bertuzzi. Acquired in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings, Bertuzzi got the primary assist on Frederic’s early goal, giving him assists in back to back games and his third assist since joining the Bruins.
Jeremy Swayman supremacy
After Linus Ullmark and the whole Bruins squad struggled against the Blackhawks, it was Jeremy Swayman time against the Jets. He did not disappoint, making several stellar saves en route to a 36 save shutout. It was his second shutout in his past seven starts and third of the season.
If Ullmark begins to hit road bumps, the stellar play of Swayman will be all the more important for the Bruins down the stretch. I’m just disappointed he didn’t try to score on the empty net. Alas, we have to settle for Tomas Nosek’s seventh goal of the season to seal it instead.
The Bruins road trip concludes on Saturday with a showdown against the Minnesota Wild. Puck drop is scheduled for 2:00 PM Eastern Time as the Bruins go for their second win in a row.