The Boston Bruins had been in a slump over recent weeks but a dominating win over the Predators on Tuesday night got them back on the right track. A 6-2 win over the Preds and the Bruins looked like they did at the beginning of the year. They dominated the pace of play and controlled the puck a majority of the night. They debuted new line combinations and every line looked comfortable and meshed well.
The top line as always stayed the same and scored early when Pastrnak ripped one past Rinne to start the game. The top line looked phenomenal as always. In the second Danton Heinen and his new linemates Coyle and Ritchie worked hard to pressure the Preds in the offensive zone and force a turnover. After a few chances Heinen sniped one past Rinne to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. The Preds got the next couple chances and managed to score on a 5-3 powerplay to make the game close at 2-1.
The Bruins powerplay would respond with their next chance as DeBrusk was able to feed a great no look pass to Bergeron to take a 3-1 lead. DeBrusk has been getting stronger as the season has gone on and his play with Krejci and Bjork on his line was great. Bjork has quietly had a strong season and he performed well on that second line, likely we’ll see him back there tomorrow night.
In the third period even the fourth line managed to get on the board as Lindholm threw one on net that ricocheted off Wagner and in. The Preds pulled closer when Granlund was able to put one past Rask and make the score 4-2. That was as close as the Preds would get as Krejci fired home an empty netter and Coyle was able to score shortly after. The third line combined for a couple goals together and that was that lines best production of the season.
It’s hard to question the lineup after a night like last night and who knows maybe these line combos are the ones that finally stick. The Bruins can be a great team if their scoring depth shows up like it did last night and if they have Cup aspirations they need to continue to play hard in the gritty areas which allowed them to pick up their first win in a few games.
The Bruins are lucky in that their only real deficiency this season has been their lack of depth scoring. Their defense has been great over the year and no one could question their goaltending tandem of Rask and Halak. With only one issue to fix there’s a reason why the Bruins are still up at the top amongst Cup contenders. The Bruins are back in action tomorrow night against the Jets and they’ll look to continue to rack up wins. Maybe the Bruins having their mother’s in attendance last night sparked a turnaround and has gotten them out of a slump, nothing better than home cooking.
Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith4386)