On a freezing cold night that also features a Celtics game and two NFL playoff games, the Bruins take on the surprisingly strong Carolina Hurricanes in a half full TD Garden. David Krejci takes a penalty 2 minutes into the game, but have no fear, Perfect Patrice makes it 1-0 on the penalty kill. What can’t this guy do?!
Marchand and Bergeron on the shorthand... they're pretty decent. 1-0 Bruinshttps://t.co/cLGJLx587s— StanleyCup ofChowder (@cupofchowdah) January 7, 2018
Not to be outdone, seemingly every Bruins player made plays in the offensive zone leading to a Riley (Offensive Superstar) Nash goal.
Riley Nash catches the breakout pass, and fires one high glove past Ward. With that, the analytics darlings turn to Darling in nethttps://t.co/4Rq5bhXrKq— StanleyCup ofChowder (@cupofchowdah) January 7, 2018
The Canes decide they want to start playing and Staal quickly makes it 2-1.
Teuvo helps turn 2-0 to 2-1, finding Staal's stick in front for the redirect past Khudobinhttps://t.co/5BCSfSAmGh— StanleyCup ofChowder (@cupofchowdah) January 7, 2018
Pastrnak wants to join in on the #hockeyfun and scores his 16th of the year on the power play and snaps a 10 game drought. Apples to Bergy and wonder kid Heinen.
Pastrnak with the candy cane free stick scores his first goal in the new year 3-1 Bruinshttps://t.co/hc0i1W8Lrq— StanleyCup ofChowder (@cupofchowdah) January 7, 2018
BUT WAIT, THERE’s MORE!!! Jake DeBrusk scores to make it 4-1. Assists to Spooner and Krejci.
The onslaught continues, with Spooner, Krejci, and DeBrusk all getting in on the play. Even McAvoy gets a front row seat for the goal!https://t.co/Rt9qluJRST— StanleyCup ofChowder (@cupofchowdah) January 7, 2018
Andddd just like that Bergeron scores his second of the night for his 700th career point to make it an astounding 5-1 in less than a period of hockey. Assist to Marchand.
Another one. 5 goals on 7 shots, carolina goaltending could be a bit better— StanleyCup ofChowder (@cupofchowdah) January 7, 2018
Bergeron's second of the periodhttps://t.co/SftiwXLdTm
David Pastrnak takes the 3rd Bruins penalty of the 1st period at 18:09 (High Sticking). The Bruins keep them to the perimeter as the first period winds down.
Points Tracker: Bergy (2g, 1a), Marchand (2a), Krejci, Pasta, Backes, DeBrusk, Miller, Heinen, Nash, Spooner (1p each)
The Canes have 8 second of PP time to start the period and do absolutely nothing of note with it. Early on they look like a team who, well just gave up 5 goals in 20 minutes... All Bruins to start, and right on queue Perfect Patrice (TM) does his thing and scores his third of the night. Crazy Bruins fans throw dozens of hats onto the ice, despite it being below zero outside. Marchand and Pastrnak earn an assist each, Bruins 6-1.
Patrice Bergeron might have more goals than the Canes goalies have saves. Hats fly on this one, 6-1 Bruinshttps://t.co/K34VabgpQT— StanleyCup ofChowder (@cupofchowdah) January 7, 2018
The hat trick wasn’t good enough for Bergy so he went ahead and scored his fourth of the night, the 18th time a Bruin has managed that feat. Guess who on the assists? Pasta and Marchand (again).
The Bruins decided to let the Canes of easy and the period ends at 7-1.
Points Tracker: 2nd Period Bergeron 4G, 1A, Marchand 4A, Pastrnak 1G (PP) 2A, Nash 1G, Backes 1A, Heinen 1A (PP), Krejci 1A, Spooner 1A, DeBrusk 1G, Miller 1A
Despite some quality chances, the Bruins did not score again. Nothing of note really happened. Somehow, the final shot total ended up being 30-28 Bruins despite a hilariously lopsided score. Bruins obliterate Carolina 7-1.
The Bruins play again tomorrow night vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins (21-19-3), who have struggled of late. Per the man himself, Tuukka Rask will start in net before the leagues mandated bye week from Monday through Friday.