With the eyes of the entire hockey world upon a teenage forward, the kid delivered once again, helping to propel his team to a shutout victory.
We are, of course, talking about Matt Poitras, who scored his third goal in two games to help the B’s to a 3-0 win over the Blackhawks in Chicago.
That other high draft pick didn’t really do much of anything.
To the highlights!
Connor Bedard’s first period goal was wiped off the board after the Bruins successfully challenged for offsides. As we’ve always said, the offside challenge process is good and perfect and smart.
After a scoreless first, Pavel Zacha got the B’s on the board with a nice tip of a Kevin Shattenkirk shot to make it 1-0 Bruins.
Pavel Zacha tips home Kevin Shattenkirk’s shot for his first goal of the season.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) October 25, 2023
Four minutes into the third, Matthew Poitras takes a loose puck from Corey Perry, beats him down the ice, and cashes in on a breakaway to make it 2-0 Bruins.
Three goals in two games for Matt Poitras: pic.twitter.com/XbizUkFu9D— Evan Marinofsky (@EvanMarinofsky) October 25, 2023
56 seconds later, a nice pass from James van Riemsdyk and some persistent play from Trent Frederic made it 3-0 Bruins.
The JVR-Coyle-Frederic line continues to impress.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) October 25, 2023
Frederic knocks home his second goal of the season.
A scary moment in the third, as Jakub Lauko caught a skate up near the eye.
That was it for offense, and the B’s are heading home with a 3-0 win and a 4-0 road trip.
- Jim Montgomery noted postgame that Jakub Lauko should be fine, welcome news given the amount of blood on the ice after the cut.
- Matthew Poitras is absolutely not going back to the OHL. Sorry, Guelph.
- The Blackhawks were very much in this game early, and had a few decent chances after going down 1-0. Jeremy Swayman was very good — while 23 saves doesn’t seem like much, he made several good ones when the game was still in the balance.
- The Frederic goal was exactly the kind you like to see from a line featuring Frederic and James van Riemsdyk: scrambly, gritty, net-front, etc. It was a great pass from JVR and Frederic did a great job of sticking with it, cashing in on his second whack at the puck.
- It might be a bit dramatic to say the Bruins’ power play is a weakness, but it needs some work. Tonight was another o-fer, with the B’s coming up empty in four opportunities.
After a successful road trip, the B’s will be back at home on Thursday night, hosting the Anaheim Ducks.