A tale as old as time. The Boston Bruins had a date with the Montreal Canadiens. It was a physical and chippy type of game and there was almost a goalie fight. In the end the Boston Bruins emerged victorious against their old time rival and extend their win streak. Montreal may have not had a ton to play for, but they were competitive as can be. Here are 3 Boston Bruins Takeaways from their game against Montreal.
Boston Bruins Takeaways Against Montreal
Lack Of Discipline
Tonight was a chippy game. Tempers were high and the whistles were blown constantly. Uncharacteristically, the Bruins went to the box plenty. The biggest was the fake misconduct by AJ Greer. Montreal would score both goals on the power play and got the better of the third ranked penalty kill unit of the Boston Bruins. Montreal did all the right things. They fired six shots on goal with five coming from the high danger area. In addition, both goals came from the area.
To make matters worse, Montreal sat in the box just as much. However, the Bruins went 0-5 on the power play and looked lost on its entries. They generated eight chances with only three shots on net. It’s an area that has been struggling and needs a reset. Overall, a typical Boston/Montreal game where emotions ran high.
Trio Of Bruins With Meaningful Goals
Tonight was a great game in terms of the goal scorers. It may not seem like much, but each goal has its own meaning to it. Tyler Bertuzzi got the monkey off his back and scored his first as a Bruin. He has been good and his play making ability has been noticeable. In addition, Jake DeBrusk continues his scoring streak of four games on a beautiful effort. And last but not least David Pastrnak set a new career high in goals with 49 and is one shy of 50.
In hindsight they are just goals, but individually it will sure motivate the players that got them.
This Is The Sway
Jeremy Swayman continues his hot level of play between the pipes. Despite the team getting massively outplayed at 5v5, Swayman was a difference maker in this game. He made a few brilliant saves to go with his solid numbers. Swayman finished the game with 1.5 goals saved above expected and a .933 save percentage. In addition, he finished with a .857 high danger save percentage.
The shine has been on Ullmark all season long, but Swayman has been playing some very good hockey as of late. He is 4-2 in the month of March with a 1.69 goals against average and .940 save percentage. Given the grind of a schedule, this is great stuff from him.
The Boston Bruins take the ice Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It is the first of a back to back set for the club