The Bruins continued on their hot streak, beating Arizona tonight 4-1 at home. Coming into the game with 70 points and sitting on the edge of the third seed in the Atlantic Division, Boston took care of business at the Garden, comfortably handling a horrible Arizona Coyotes team.
On a night where fallen state trooper Officer Clardy was honored, the B’s took control of the momentum of the game right from the start. About three minutes in, Colin Miller netted a wrist shot that slid low across the ice through the legs of Arizona’s goalie Mike Smith. David Pastrnak set him up in the slot on a beautiful pass and Boston took a quick 1-0 lead.
Boston controlled the tempo throughout the first, and carried that into the second until some sloppy defense and a boneheaded maneuver by Rask created an opportunity for the Coyotes to tie the game. Arizona brought the puck into the zone, and Peter Holland found a loose puck at his feet heading towards the net. He held onto it, let Rask over-pursue, and wrapped it around into the net, tying it at 1.
Twenty seconds later, Colin Miller stepped up on a suicide pass on Arizona’s blue line and fucking leveled Alexander Burmistrov. Burmistrov never saw him, and Colin Miller made a great, legal check, but the refs tossed him because at the time, everyone thought Colin Miller just killed a guy. They wheeled Burmistrov off on a stretcher and brought him to a hospital, great hit.
Adding insult to injury, Riley Nash potted a shorthanded goal for his fourth of the season. Bergeron stole one in the offensive zone, found Nash wide the fuck open in the slot, and he snapped it past Arizona’s shitty goalie. Bruins up 2-1.
About two minutes left in the second, the Bergeron, Marchand, Backes Line produced a goal and put Boston up 3-1. Backes got credit for the goal, putting it past Smith from the top of the circle off a pass from Marchand. Then with ten seconds left in the period, Marchand took advantage of some sloppy work from the Coyotes, stole a loose puck, flew towards the net, and wrapped one around and in. He is an elite offensive talent, and he killed it tonight, collecting a goal and an assist. So the Bruins go up 4-1 and the game is over because literally, nothing happened in the third period.
Boston has won 7 of their last 8, and they look good. Rask stopped 22 of 23 shots. Winning games at home against awful teams is essential. They could have been sharper handling the puck at times, but if they keep scoring and playing with a high intensity, they will make the playoffs and give Bruins fans something to get excited about in March and April.
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