The Boston Bruins are the hottest team in the NHL right now and proved it yet again against a struggling Sharks team on Tuesday night. The Bruins wrapped up a tough stretch where they played 3 games in 4 days. The Sharks came to town for Joe Thorton’s possible last game in the TD Garden.
The Bruins are an absolute wagon right now and that first line has yet to be stopped after a tough first couple of games. David Pastrnak has exploded to start the year offensively and leads the entire league in points and has been a monster on the powerplay from his one-time spot. The Sharks had the highest-ranked penalty kill in the league and the Bruins made it look like a joke. Pastrnak ended his 1 game goal drought as he rocketed one past Martin Jones and David Krejci got a warm welcome back as he got a goal from the same exact spot. The Bruins bombarded Matin Jones 19 shots on goal during 16 minutes of the powerplay. Meanwhile, the Sharks only had 17 shots on goal throughout the entire game. It had to have been exhausting for Jones but he did make some incredible saves before letting in Carlo’s change-up from the point.
The Bruins defense remains the best thing about this team even though the offense is killing it right now. The layers they have when the puck goes deep and not allowing any solid chances in between the faceoff dots. They clearly have got the message that the offense starts in the defensive zone and zone exits with possession. Rask really didn’t have to face a whole lot but he did end up giving one up to Brent Burns while the Sharks were on the powerplay. Still a good performance from Rask as he and Halak have been outstanding to start the year.
The Bruins also got scoring from the local guys Chris Wagner and Charlie Coyle as the bottom six wanted in on the scoring too. It was an emotional goal for Coyle as The Mighty Quinn was in the building and actually dropped the ceremonial puck to open the game. Quinn Waters is a three-year-old Weymouth native who has been battling brain cancer and he has been bedridden for 3 months and couldn’t go outside and be a normal kid. Quinn’s father Jarlath said that the Bruins meant everything to him and Quinn during their Cup run as “Quinn was at his worst then.” He goes on to say with tears in his eyes “The Bruins got us through some tough days, just me and him so this means a lot to us.” Before the game, Quinn told his new friend Charlie Coyle to score. Coyle did and he got a little emotional talking about it after the game.
There was a little bad blood in this game as the coward Evander Kane continued his antics with the Bruins. After the game was clearly out of reach for the Sharks they decided to get more physical with the Bruins as Kane cross-checked McAvoy up near the face and was jawing with Chara after the play. Moments later Kane had another high his to McAvoy and Chara came over and when it came to drop the gloves Kane skated away and kept his eyes down. He hid behind the refs and this is coming from a guy who called out Kevan Miller a few years back for chirping him with the refs holding him back. Now, the roles reversed he hid behind the refs as he didn’t want another beating from the captain Zdeno Chara. Brett Ritchie did answer the bell when the Sharks were making runs at the Bruins top players and dropped the gloves in his first fight in the black and gold. He won the fight easily as he pounded Barclay Goodrow, got his helmet off and threw some haymakers. The Bruins start the year 9-1-2 and are in the lead of the Atlantic Division with the Buffalo Sabers on their tail as the Lightning and Maple Leafs have struggled early on.