On Tuesday evening the Boston Bruins traveled down to Raleigh, N.C. to take on the Carolina Hurricanes. What happened was absolutely magical, and this team just has IT.
Generally, I’m not too inclined to watch the Carolina Hurricanes. I got stuck watching this limp dick franchise for four years in College, so enough is enough. Any-who….the Bruins looked brutal for 50 of the 60 minutes played in this one, but managed to steal a 6-4 victory. How’d it all play out?
It was a sloppy sloppy game to start out, but the Bruins managed to score first. Brad Marchand netted his 30th goal of the season. The third season in a row he’s reached this clip. Brad Marchand has turned himself into an elite goal scorer in the NHL simply overnight. Seen as a nice complimentary piece before, he now carries the team on his back.
What an absolute saucy dish from Pastrnak on this opening goal, and just abysmal goaltending from Cam Ward. Gotta hug that post, man. Things would only get worse from the Bruins from this point to about the 10 minute mark of the third period.
Early in the second period, Sebastian Aho ripped a blocker side snap shot over Tuukka Rask to tie the game at 1.
Later, Teuvo Teravainen fired a one timer over the shoulder of Rask to make it 2-1 Hurricanes. This coming on a 5-3 power play. Almost unstoppable for Rask.
At the end of the second period Justin Williams made it 3-1 Hurricanes. To make matters even worse just 51 seconds into the third Brock McGinn made it 4-1 Hurricanes. Our jolly Beat Writer, Joe Haggerty decided it was time for the Bruins to throw in the towel.
To be fair to Jolly Saint Haggs, it certainly seemed like the game was over. The team had taken a shit ton of penalties, had coughed the puck up all night, and their number 1 tendy was playing like dog-shit again.
The Bruins were dead men walking. Some weren’t even walking, as at Jake DeBrusk, Zdeno Chara, and Tory Krug had all left the game at this point. It does not matter. Countless times you think the 2017-2018 Boston Bruins are going to fold like Claude Julien’s handkerchief, but Butchy simply does not allow it. Once the fourth goal went in, the Bruins really pressed the Canes all over the ice. They were starting to force more turnovers, and create scoring chances when finally at the 10:04 mark of the 3rd period Matt Grzelyck fired home a snapshot passed Cam Ward. 4-2 canes with half of the third period remaining.
Just a minute later, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand completed a beauty of a give-and-go along the right wing hash marks. Pastrnak ripped a snap-shot over the glove of Cam Ward. Ward looked like a dingleberry waving his glove at it, he had absolutely no shot. With close to 8 minutes left, the Bruins cut the lead to 4-3.
With all of the momentum it was only a matter of time before the Bruins tied the game. The Bruins wasted no time, as just 21 seconds after Pastrnak’s goal, David Krejci slid a cross ice dish for Danton Heinen to re-direct home. 4-4 with 8 minutes to go in the third period. The Hurricanes have every right to be furious this goal counted. Back in the Boston Defensive zone David Krejci caught the puck in mid-air, took a stride to avoid contact, and dropped the puck. This should have been ruled a hand pass, and the play whistled dead. Instead it was a tie game.
On the powerplay with 3 minutes left to go David Pastrnak added his second goal of the game, and the Bruins finally took the lead. He would also add an empty netter to ice the win, and hat-trick.
What an absolutely fantastic game. One of those nights that makes you feel like something special is happening with this team. They’re not playing with any pressure, even when they were down 3. Teams that have fun out there generally don’t have to dig as deep as some late in the third period. Minus three guys the Black and Gold still had better legs in the third. They were absolutely buzzing. Lets hope the injuries to Chara, DeBrusk, and Krug are all minor. Bruce Cassidy confirmed this morning that Krug will be a game-time decision tonight against Florida, but Chara and DeBrusk will be out tonight.