Last night we saw yet another rookie make their debut for the Boston Bruins. Ryan Donato took the ice for the Bruins wearing a spoked B for the first time in his young career. He did not disappoint either.
Just a stellar night from the kid on a less than stellar evening for the Bruins. Donato slotted onto David Krejci’s wing with Danton Heinen, and registered 3 points. A goal and two assists. Donato was forced into that spot due to Rick Nash being a late scratch, due to an Upper Body Injury. Besides the 3 points Donato had a great debut. While he looked a bit lost at times, he was always hounding the puck, and firing shots on goal when he did have it. The mental and physical speed the NHL game is played at will come to him in time, but he will be prone to tough stretches. For now, just throw your body around and fire the puck on net. Donato is a natural goal scorer that will all come if he keeps it simple.
Otherwise, it was a shitty night for the Bruins. After taking a commanding 3-1 lead in the 2nd period, they fell apart.
Sonny Milano re-directed a slap-shot past Tuuka Rask to make it 3-2 late in the second period. Then noted Bruins killer, Thomas Vanek re-directed a shot top tit to tie the game at 3 in the third period.
The Jackets continued to press the Bruins in the 3rd period, and Artemi Panarin fired a snap-shot past Rask directly off a face-off.
Just abysmal. Lazy from all 5 guys on the ice. The Jackets should not be, 1. winning the draw that cleanly, and 2. firing off a shot that cleanly. Pathetic effort from Tuukka Rask who’s sucked for the better part of two months. Pay attention, and he stops it.
David Krejci tied the game at 4 just a few seconds later, after a nice backhand feed from Ryan Donato, and the game would head to Overtime. Brad Marchand appeared to have the game winning goal on his stick early in the extra frame:
Bruins Fans: Quit bitching. Brad Marchand is never EVER getting this call. Not to mention Brad Marchand is 50% of the reason Brad Marchand went twirling in the air here. Either way, Brad is the least policed player in the league. He’s earned that reputation, and will get ZERO breaks from the officials probably ever. Should that have been a penalty? Probably, but I think there is a hefty assist from Marchand and I am fine with a no call. The Jackets controlled the puck for the rest of OT, and finally Cam Atkinson snapped a Wrist Shot through the arms of Tuukka Rask.
He’s absolutely 100% gotta stop that. Be better, Tuukks. Overall a solid debut for Ryan Donato (weird seeing him in Milan Lucic’ #17) that was dampened by a sloppy finish. Having lost 3 of their last 5 the Bruins take on St. Louis on Wednesday. The Blues have surged back into playoff contention the past weeks, and are coming off 2 straight wins. Going to need a strong bounce back performance, lets go Bruins!