The Big Bad Bruins are back! At least on the offensive end. The B’s scored 3 power play goals in their win Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes, 5-3. The Black and Gold blew a two goal third period lead after the Coyotes scored two goals in a 2:24 span. The Bruins fell behind 1-0, 2 minutes into the game after a Shane Doan goal, but then responded with 3 straight goals: Tyler Randell’s 2nd career goal, David Krejci’s power play goal, and a shorthanded goal by Brad Marchand. After Arizona tied the game up, Patrice Bergeron took matters into his own with two power play goals that finished off the pesky Coyotes. Here are some points of interest from Saturday night’s game:
Power Play working to perfection: With a 38.9 Power Play success rate that ranks as the best in the league, this unit has been on fire. 4 players on the B’s have at least 3 points on the extra man advantage. The puck movement has been exquisite and in the last few games, players like Loui Eriksson and Patrice Bergeron have been burying their opportunities. If the Bruins can continue this level of success, look out for this team
Krejci is a man possessed: David Krejci played only 47 games last year due to injury and the B’s offense looked horrendous in his absence. Now healthy, Krejci is playing like the star he was in the 2011 and 2013 playoffs. He is tied with Henrik Zetterberg and Vladamir Tarasenko for the NHL lead in points with 9. It helps that Number 46 has been absolutely lethal on the man advantage, totaling 5 points. Krejci had 3 points on Saturday against Arizona and looks like a well-oiled machine early in the season.
Rask returns to form….sort of: Tuukka Rask had been off to his worst start of his career after losing his first three games and surrendering 17 goals in the process. He got a much needed day off last week against Colorado with Gustavsson filling in and doing a pretty good job. Rask did give up three goals but none of them were really his fault, two of them were on rebounds and the other one was off of a bad turnover by Tommy Cross and then some traffic in front. He made two unbelievable saves on two different two on one rushes. When he gave up the tying goal in the third period he didn’t lose his cool and as a result the Bruins dug deep and took the lead and the game.
Kevan Miller: Not much to say about this other than he put Joe Vitale in the hospital after the two fought in the second period of Saturday’s game.
Next Game: Tonight at 8 P.M. vs. Flyers
The Bruins renew their rivalry with Philadelphia on NBCSN. The Flyers have been struggling on offense this season as evidenced by their 2-1 loss to Dallas last night but they did beat Chicago a week ago so there’s still some fire in that team, so you can bet they’ll be flying around the ice tonight (no pun intended) as they face off with a bitter rival. Matt Beleskey is dealing with an upper body injury so he will be out of the lineup tonight. Rask should get the start and look for this one to be physical from the start.