The snowy conditions on the outside provide an ideal setting for the Winter Classic rematch between Bruins and the Blackhawks at TD Garden on Tuesday night.
Chicago won the streak of 7 straight wins just in time for a Bruins team that lost striker David Pastrnak, thumb injury. Like the New Year, the Bruins had the best of their counterparts in the Six Original, although they did not wait for the third period to grab control.
Although they missed the foul on a Tuukka Rask foul, the Bs exploded and set the tone with three goals in the first period.
Brad Marchand provided a four-point effort, while David Krejci, Jake DeBrusk and Danton Heinen each exchanged three points to keep the Blackhawks at bay with a 6-3 victory.
"WWe had results tonight. The buy-in, I thought our fourth line was physical, played at their game, controlled the low puck. [Patrice Bergeron’s] line was the Bergy line. They have clashed today against [Jonathan] Toews, "said Bruce Cassidy at the conclusion of his 100th win behind the Boston bench. "We did a really good job with that, especially in the second period. The goalkeeper made fantastic saves, but we persevered and ended up being rewarded. "
Here's what we learned when the Bruins won three straight wins just in time for their five-game West Coast trip.
The Bruins gather without Pastrnak
The growth of Pastrnak into a complete player is one of the highlights of the season. The fifth year striker led the team in goals (31), leading the team in points (66) before Tuesday, and was one of two players (with Krejci) to dress in each game before injuring his thumb as a result of a team. event on Sunday.
The Bruins will certainly miss the skills and production of Pastrnak over the next two weeks (at least). They will have to show their depth. Tuesday's six-goal explosion – with statistics from five different players – was a step in the right direction.
"That obviously does not help when your best striker goes down, but we're pretty confident in our depth," Rask said.
– Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 13, 2019
Now, the Bruins are focusing on the next 11-day road trip, a glove of teams competing for the playoffs.
"We are going to need contributions from everyone with Pasta coming down a bit," Marchand said after scoring a goal and three assists.
The resurgence of Danton Heinen
Cassidy had no choice but to attend the benching of Heinen, a trustworthy player. But something happened to 23 years old that radically changed his game for the better. We call it the effect Patrice Bergeron.
As part of another attempt to improve the balance of its alignment, Cassidy placed Pastrnak in second place with Krejci and a left wing rotation, with DeBrusk and Peter Cehlarik. Heinen joined Bergeron and Marchand and looks like a completely different player.
"I think I'm just trying to think less now, without putting too much pressure on myself. It's obviously an honor to play with these guys and a great opportunity, "said Heinen, who has scored three goals and four assists in his last four games. "I think my mentality is not trying to look for them all the time, too much, or not trying to move away from playing on instinct."
Heinen was fantastic on Tuesday with a goal and two assists. He seems less shy and more confident in his decisions, as evidenced by his help in the fourth game of the season of Cehlarik to give a 5-3 lead to Boston.
Another unreal past of Heinen. Third point of the night. pic.twitter.com/VaTMrRx8BX
– Matt Castle (@ Matt_Castle22) February 13, 2019
"I think he understands that he has been given a great opportunity here, and that he goes to the dirty areas for this line, that he is rewarded and that he plays the part. You go enough, especially with these guys, the puck will end there, so much the better for him. I'm happy for him, "said Cassidy. "He's a good kid, he works hard, he's a professional, he's responsible in front of the puck, he's ready to block shots as needed, and that's part of the game that's more enjoyable."
DeBrusk breaks the drought
DeBrusk is already third in the Bruins with 14 goals. Then he completely stopped marking.
Well, he's finally back on the dashboard. The second-year striker gave the Bruins a 4-1 lead after scoring for Krejci's first goal for his first goal since Jan. 8.
– Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 13, 2019
"It's something long overdue and I needed to be honest with you. Obviously, I did not do my classical violin, but it was good to be on the board to help the team, "said DeBrusk.
"Personally, very frustrating. . . In fact, it touched me a bit, but at the same time, I realized that there were ups and downs in your seasons and that what does not kill you makes you stronger, and when you go there will come, it will be a lot of fun, and hope I have succeeded through that. "
DeBrusk, visibly optimistic, has taken a big step forward. The Bruins need similar efforts from their left winger in the second row in the absence of Pastrnak.
"He's a guy who is losing steam," said Cassidy. "He's still young, so I think it affects him mentally if you're not on the match sheet, so I think that, hopefully, that's one more sign, but we'll see . "