The Boston Bruins are known for their electric offense and mesmerizing powerplay but for the first 2, they were non-existent. Well, in Vegas they showed up and in a big way. The Bruins started off the first 5 minutes playing their game and taking the play to Vegas but then a bad penalty put them in a 1-0 hole and before the B’s could blink they were down 2-0 as Mark Stone and Riley Nash put the puck past a Bruins defense that was playing pretty loosely.
The Bruins battled back, and luckily the “Perfection line” finally got it going with a steal from Bergeron, Marchand with a nifty pass to Pastrnak who was able to tuck it past Fleury to get the B’s within 1. The B’s then hopped on the powerplay and once again the B’s first unit was able to score. Brad Marchand ripped a shot past Fleury and tied the game at 2.
Going into the second period the teams were even but it didn’t last long with the Perfection line on the ice. Pastrnak took the puck away in the defensive zone and ripped an indirect pass to send Marchand all the way up to the offensive zone, in stride and we know Marchand wasn’t going to miss on this golden opportunity. He sniped one past Fleury getting his second of the game and getting the Bruins the lead 3-2 early in the second period. Then with all the momentum on the side of the Bruins, they sent out the Kuraly line to suffocate the Knights and that’s what they did. Backes with a great forecheck takes the puck away and found an open Torey Krug at the point. Krug fired a shot and it got tipped by a Vegas defender and found a way into the net giving the Bruins four unanswered goals and giving them a 4-2 lead.
The Bruins did play some sloppy defense later in the period giving up multiple 2-1 and 1-1 but Tuukka stood tall in net and kept the 2 goal lead headed into the third.
The Bruins tried for the knockout punch and tried for the three-goal lead but couldn’t get it. They held the Knights to just 7 shots in the third but did end up allowing another goal but was able to hold on to the lead and get the W for the B’s and Rask.
Rask did appear to come up gimpy at the end of the game but it appears to be only minor and Halak was scheduled to start in Colorado on Thursday anyways.
Charlie Coyle was once again a monster on the ice and with the puck. He had 3 or 4 shifts wear nobody could get him off the puck and he created a bunch of chances for the third line with Karson Kuhlman and Danton Heinen. Kuhlman showed off his speed in this game with a breakaway that nobody saw coming but it was a great showing of talent from him in this game.
Torey Krug is unstoppable right now and his skating game is next to none. He is in his own universe with his offensive talent and skating game. He is the QB on the power play and he got rewarded for his hard work with a shot that got tipped but found a way in.
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