Just what the doctor ordered!
Early on, Jake DeBrusk scored the craziest goal I think the season has had so far. 1-0 Bruins!
Like...the amount of variables to make this happen...just in general. Scoring at an NHL level is hard enough but this?
This is nuts. The Bruins made this kind of pressure kind of standard for the entire game, and this period especially. Culminating in another goal late, as Charlie Coyle connected with Marcus Johansson, who put it into the yawning cage for a 2-0 Bruins lead!
After all the setbacks he’s had in his short time as a Bruin, it’s nice to see him get rewarded for good work. Good on Charlie Coyle picking up an assist as well! Don Sweeney must’ve been fist pumping like Rene Rancourt used to.
And with that, the period ended, and we go on to another fresh period of Jacket beating!
Thus began the period of grand breakaways, where a different Bruins would get a breakout, completely undefended, and would try to score.
Most of them failed regrettably, but thanks to a 2-on-1 and a really fortunate bounce, Brad Marchand’s bid went past Bobrovsky as the Jackets did...uh...
...Well, they sure were around him. 3-0 Bruins!
And finally, a winner in the grand breakout series....Jake DeBrusk! Thanks to a buttery smooth pass from Karson Kuhlman. 4-0 Bruins!
Your prize is in the lobby. This would get Bobrovsky chased, and Korpisalo would play for the remainder of the period.
Period over, and the Bruins looked like everything was smooth sailing!
David Pastrnak decided he was tired of waiting for a goal. And so he got one bright and early out of the gate. 5-0 Bruins!
The assist on this goal would be Brad Marchand’s 100th point. Go read our post about it.
And then...the fun came to a temporary halt as Brad Marchand took an interference call and while they got real close to finishing off their kill, Oliver Bjorkstrand had a streak of his own to keep up, and the Jackets got on the board. 5-1
the league's longest active goal streak continues! (6 games) pic.twitter.com/nhMzRbXaY6— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) April 3, 2019
Wouldn’t get much better until well after Charlie McAvoy’s fun, definitely not-filled-with-controversy double minor on Josh Anderson, as Matt Duchene ended up scoring late in THAT power play as well to make it look like Columbus might’ve had a prayer of some kind. 5-2.
Thankfully, there was some upstart rookie named Karson who brought the fun times back with a goal from Korpisalo’s exposed side! 6-2!
Karson Kuhlman makes it half a dozen! pic.twitter.com/yX3LG9jWnk— Bruins (Guy Boston Sports) (@Bruins_GBos) April 3, 2019
Bring on Minnesota!
- Tuukka Rask was UNDEFEATED...at even strength. His .941 SV% was still pretty good, though. Desperately needed after a pretty less-than-ok week or so. He played really well! Calm and collected.
- Thank god the B’s had such a hard-to-assail lead by the 2nd, could you imagine how obnoxious that penalty on McAvoy would’ve been if this was close?
- The B’s basically ran the game through transition tonight if you take a cursory look at the fancystats, though of course if you score adjust, the B’s had in fact plenty of possession time. Some of which they even made count!
- Brad Marchand is excellent.
- Karson Kuhlman finally got rewarded for his intelligent positioning on the ice with a goal and an assist! Good on him, he played like it was a Game 7 scenario.
- Noel Acciari got essentially boarded and there was no call. Backes and Nordstrom tried to stick up for the guy, but were denied by the referees. Good try anyway, lads.
Alright, let’s FIRE UP THAT NARRATIVE ENGINE FOR MINNESOTA