After the Boston Bruins got the ship righted against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, they were looking to keep the momentum rolling against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday afternoon. They did just that, winning by a score of 5-2 for their second win in a row.
Old friend Marcus Johansson scored the first goal of the game to give the Wild an early lead. After falling behind, the Bruins scored five of the next six goals to take control and pick up the win, their 52nd of the season.
With that, it’s takeaway time!
Marchand and Bergeron; A Legendary Duo
One of the constants of the Boston Bruins in the last decade, winning or not, has been Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron wreaking havoc as linemates. On Jake DeBrusk’s game tying goal in the first period, Marchand and Bergeron had the two assists. That marked the 407th time the two of them have combined on a goal, passing Ken Hodge and Phil Esposito for the team record. The captain had a goal and an assist in the game, while number 63 had a three assist game.
Once Jim Montgomery put the Czech line back together about a week ago against Detroit, they started to pick up the production on offense once again. We saw it again in Minnesota. First, David Pastrnak added a power play goal for his 47th goal of the season. By the way, he’s one goal away from tying his single season career high.
Just over five minutes later, Czech mate David Krejci scored his 14th goal of the season, assisted by his linemates Pastrnak and Pavel Zacha, making the lead 3-1 at the time. Since they’ve been reunited the results have shown on the scoreboard, and there’s a cool little nugget from Kevin Paul Dupont:
That’s cool eh?
Linus Ullmark Redemption
After a shaky start in Chicago in which he allowed five goals, Linus Ullmark brought his A-game to Minnesota as he continues his push for a Vezina trophy, and likely the Jennings trophy as well. He was everything the Bruins needed, recording a .935 save percentage with a 29 save effort. Oh, his record is now 34-5-1 this season. Pretty good if you ask me.
The Bruins are right back in action on Sunday, wrapping up their five game road trip with an afternoon showdown against the Buffalo Sabres. Jeremy Swayman is the expected starter, with puck drop set for 1:00 PM Eastern. The Bruins are going for their third win in a row while Buffalo looks to snap a two game losing streak.