By: Erin Walsh
The Boston Bruins took on the Arizona Coyotes Thursday night at TD Garden and came out with the victory. Hard fought battle on both ends of the ice with the B's coming out on top of the "cellar dwelling" Coyotes 6-1. Keep reading for a break down of the game period by period as well as a game analysis.
The Bruins got off to a hot start against the Coyotes, scoring a goal just fifteen seconds into the game. A beautiful triangle set up in the offensive zone, Bergeron and Pastrnak fed Brad Marchand for his tenth of the season. The Coyotes let the B’s get plenty of scoring chances during the first period. David Pastrnak walked in on a breakaway which was stopped by Arizona goaltender, Scott Wedgewood.
The Coyotes seemed to pick up play midway through the first period. After exchanging chance for chance with the Bruins, the Coyotes managed to score. A costly turnover by Brandon Carlo turned into a big time goal for Yotes forward, Christian Dvorak.
Overall, it was a pretty good period for Boston. They outplayed Arizona for most of the period and had the majority of scoring chances. The game went into the second period tied at one a piece with the Bruins leading in shots 8-7.
The Bruins got off to a really slow start in the second period. All eyes were on the Arizona Coyotes as they dominated the Bruins through half the period. The B’s didn’t even record a shot on net until about eleven minutes in. Play on the Bruins end eventually began to pick up around the ten/eleven minute mark. The Bruins play picked up, and that’s when David Backes recorded his first goal of the season when he tipped the puck in on goal after a Riley Nash shot from the point. Play continued and not long after he scored his first goal of the season, David Backes stole the puck from Alex Goligoski and scored his second of the season, firing the puck past Wedgewood off a wicked wrister.
The Bruins started the third period on the powerplay. After about 40 seconds of play, Brad Marchand was hooked going to the net to put the Bruins on a 5-on-3 powerplay. The B’s set up the perfect play as David Krejci fired home his fourth goal of the season.
The Bruins continued to dominate the Arizona Coyotes in all aspects of the game. The B's headed to the power play after Luke Schenn was called for interference on David Pastrnak and unfortunately could not capitalize on the opportunity.
Although they didn't score on the power play, both Danton Heinen and Anders Bjork score to lift the B's to a 6-1 win over the Coyotes.
Brad Marchand(10) Assisted by Pastrnak(11) and Bergeron(11)
Christian Dvorak(4) Unassisted
David Backes(1) Assisted by Nash(8) and Grzelcyk(2)
David Backes(2) Unassisted
David Krejci(4) Assisted by Marchand(12) and Bergeron(12)
Danton Heinen(5) Assisted by Nash(9) and Miller(5)
Anders Bjork(4) Assisted by Krejci(8) and Chara(5)
Overall, the Bruins played a fantastic game. Yes, the Coyotes are struggling, but the Bruins came to play tonight at TD Garden. They showed grit, hustle, creativity, and so much more. David Backes has been playing great and was rewarded by scoring his first two goals of the season. Anders Bjork ended his goal drought by scoring late in the third to put the B's up 6-1.
Tuukka Rask was solid in net and the defense was on their game as well. I would say my three stars of the game would be David Backes, Brad Marchand, and David Krejci.
The B's play next on Saturday at TD Garden against the New York Islanders at 7 PM.