Bruins score season-high seven goals, head into Olympic break with win over Senators
|02.08.14 at 5:35 pm ET|
The Bruins head into the Olympic break on a high note after taking a 7-2 victory over the Senators Saturday at TD Garden.
Saturday’s game marked the first of the season in which the Bruins scored seven goals. Patrice Bergeron had a pair of goals in the victory, while Brad Marchand took over the team lead in goals with his 19th tally of the season.
The B’s jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a pair of goals from Bergeron and Chris Kelly‘s first goal since returning from his broken fibula. Bobby Ryan made it 3-1 in the second, but goals from Jarome Iginla, Milan Lucic and Marchand made it 6-1. Patrick Wiercioch cut the lead to four goals in the third period, but Carl Soderberg‘s ninth goal of the season made it 7-2.
The Bruins will return to practice on Feb. 20 and will play their next game Feb. 26 in Buffalo.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Though the B’s don’t have any 20-goal-scorers, Bergeron’s two goals gave the Bruins five players with at least 16 goals this season. The Bruins have been able to have some very good offenses over the years without needing a 30-goal-scorer, and it looks like this season is no different.
– Bergeron’s goals and Marchand’s tally gave that line goals in two straight games after the line had gone four straight games without a goal. The line has four goals over the last two games.
– Ryan’s goal wasn’t the best one to give up, but Johnson was solid in his first game since shutting out the Oilers last Saturday. His best stops came in the second period on Cory Conacher and in the third period when he stopped a rebound bid with a stick save.
– Erik Karlsson is really, really not good at defense. Bergeron walked right around him prior to his second goal, and later in the second Marchand spun off the former Norris Trophy winner during a penalty kill to feed Bergeron in the slot.
– Kevan Miller pounded Zack Smith in a first-period fight. Miller has proven himself to be a more-than-capable replacement for Adam McQuaid, and that beatdown was just another example.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– It was unclear why Paille left the game. He played in his usual spot on the fourth line through the first two periods. He missed time earlier in the season with a head injury.
– Kelly is kind of going nuts with penalties of late. His two minor penalties Saturday gave him 12 penalty minutes over his last four games. For a frame of reference, he had just one minor penalty over his 13 games before that.
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