The Boston Bruins finished up their jam packed week on Thursday, at home, against the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets are a high flying young team much like their opponent, the Boston Bruins. They have a stacked roster with names such as, Patrik Laine, Nikolaj Ehlers, Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, Tobias Enstrom, and Kyle Connor. The team is filthy good, and the Bruins were going to have their hands full.
This one was even from the drop of the puck early on. Neither team were able to beat the others goalie. The two goalies, Tuukka Rask and Connor Hellebuyck stood on their heads. The Bruins peppered Hellebuyck with 38 total shots, while the Jets fired 33 at Rask. Both equal to the challenge late into the game with the score 0-0.
At 8:16 of the third period the Bruins finally broke the deadlock. Torey Krug fired home a snap shot from the top of the offensive zone face-off circles. The Bruins has taken a 1-0 lead at long last.
It was Krug’s 6th of the season, and with the play of Rask it looked like all that was needed. Winnipeg had other plans.
A mere 57 seconds later the Bruins got caught in their own zone. The puck was turned over to the Jets right in front of Rask. Nikolaj Ehlers passed the puck to Patrik Laine, who ripped the puck into the yawning cage.
The two teams played to a draw at the end of regulation. 3 on 3 was a fucking treat to watch with these two teams. The amount of youth, speed, and skill on the ice was just absurd. Neither team were able to break through, as both goalies continued to stand tall.
On to a shootout they went! Bryan Little scored on the Jets first attempt, and Marchand was stopped by Hellebuyck. Rask then stopped Laine, and David Pastrnak went bar-down to tie the shootout at 1.
Rask would go on to stone Mark Sheifele, and Ehlers once each, while Bergeron was stoned by Hellebuyck. Never fear! Charlie McAvoy stepped up with a chance to win the game. Chaz ripped a wrister right over Hellebuyck’s glove hand ending the game.
The Bruins will be off until Saturday when they face the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden. The Bruins unexpectedly took 6 out of a possible 6 points in this 3 games in four nights stretch. They’re sitting pretty right now. In the NHL the top three teams in each division get an automatic playoff bid at the end of the year. The Bruins currently sit in 3rd in the Atlantic Division. The Leafs are in 2nd by only 2 pints, and have played 3 more games. They currently sit at 7 points ahead of Montreal who are one spot behind them in the standings. Montreal has played 1 more game than the B’s as well.
Either way, the Bruins put themselves into a good position. They control their own destiny, and I am looking forward to seeing where this goes. Outside of the 2011 cup run, this years Bruins are BY FAR my favorite team to watch. Things are looking up on Causeway Street.
(Game Highlights below)