The Bruins started sloppy, and kinda played a good portion of the game sloppy, but ultimately prevailed in the most important category with a Brandon Carlo blast that the Governor of Rhode Island Noel Acciari got a stick on! 1-0 Bruins!
...Gonna be frank, it was probably not that
The Bruins then remained kinda sloppy, but otherwise remained pretty solid and the Bruins made it to intermission ahead.
Early in the 2nd, Rickard Rakell took a holding penalty against Patrice Bergeron.
What the Bruins power play did next was probably criminal.
What a play by David Krejci to deke and dangle past Kevin Boyle.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) February 16, 2019
DeBrusk buries the puck to make it a 2-0 game. pic.twitter.com/iAtpgBLelL
You didn’t have to do Kevin Boyle like that, man.
Yet more sloppiness, yet more Jaroslav Halak being dialed in, and the third period was the only thing between Boston and two points.
In most cases, many NHL teams would take advantage of the lacksadaisical effort the B’s were putting in...
...But of course, the Ducks aren’t like most teams, in spite of the few shots they did end up having, couldn’t get past Jaroslav Halak. And in the waning minutes of the game, the honorable mayor of Walpole stuck the dagger when the Ducks pulled Kevin Boyle:
And with that, it’s on to LA!
- Halak’s shutout tonight makes him 6th among non-Canadian goaltenders in career shutouts with 46. Of course, he’s got about 30-something more games to reach Dominik Hasek’s numbers, but there’s plenty of time for him to do so with Boston.
- Seriously...you didn’t have to do that to Kevin Boyle.
- Trent Frederic did a lot of standing up for guys...but not a whole lot of contribution on the goalscoring. The third line in general has gone through an unfortunate spell of being unable to contribute and it really hasn’t made for good hockey on their part. One could expect Karson Kuhlman to perhaps make his debut today as a result?
- Not quite sure that Carlo shot was tipped? But hey, it’s nice to see the fourth line have a game this strong. Chris Wagner getting the empty netter was icing on the cake.
See you guys tomorrow (and the next two games)!