Never a doubt! Just kidding, I had my doubts. But man have the Bruins turned things around. Since the 3rd period of the Flyers game on 1/21, when they registered their first 5 on 5 goal, the Bruins offense has scored 18 goals in 11 periods of hockey. Maybe the boys just needed some home cooking and to sleep in their own bed.
No place like home
They swept their four game home series vs the Flyers and Penguins putting up either four, five or six goals in each game. Reminder – they are still without David Pastrnak. They head to Washington DC to take on Zdeno Chara and the Capitals on Saturday to start the four game road trip.
So what changed? I do think being at home with their families and the comfortability of their own locker room has something to do with out. Also, getting comfortable with the new roster and depature of key veterans, Chara and Torey Krug.
The real factor, however, has been the secondary scoring. The young guys have started heating up. Jack Studnicka scored his first career NHL goal, which also turned out to be the Bruins’ first even-strength goal of the season. Hometown boys Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner have been playing great, Wags with an awesome goal last night to get the Bruins on the board first. Newly acquired Craig Smith and Nick Ritchie have been hot with Smith registering four shots on goal last night, leading the Bruins team.
Exactly what the Bruins offense needed. Secondary scoring while the big dogs stay hot. Brad Marchand extended his point streak to four games and Patrice Bergeron had his second multi-goal game of the season last night. They seem to be hitting their offensive stride just in time for Pastrnak to return, as soon as this weekend! Meanwhile, the defense and goaltending have been stellar with Tuuka playing great and Halak saving 16 of 17 shots last night.
Last night the Bruins showed their support to local hockey player AJ Quetta who recently suffered a spinal cord injury while playing for his high school hockey team, Bishop Feehan. In addition to the 100K pledged by the Bruins for his recovery fight, the Bruins will donate all the proceeds of the 50/50 for next week’s home games to help the Quetta family with hospital bills. Brad Marchand also hung Quetta’s jersey on the home bench during warmups. So awesome. And again, my family and I have experienced this all first hand.
The Bruins are such a class organization top to bottom – front office, players, and staffers. Find AJ Quetta’s GoFundMe here. We wish AJ a speedy recovery and sending well wishes to the Quetta family.