For the first time in five tries, the Boston Bruins finally got their first home win of the 2015-2016 season on Tuesday night with a 6-0 victory over the young and surging Arizona Coyotes.
The Bruins clearly built off of the momentum they gained in Friday night's win against the New York Islanders in Brooklyn, as they came out firing. The B's took advantage of a tired Coyotes squad which was playing on back to back nights after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Monday.
At 17:22 Torey Krug fed a pass to Loui Eriksson, who chipped the puck up the boards to David Krejci who broke in on a two on one with Brett Connolly. Krejci faked a shot and sniped it top right on Arizona goaltender Mike Smith for the 1-0 Boston lead. The Bruins entered the first intermission up one.
The Bruins were right back to work quick in the second period, as at 6:51 Matt Beleskey broke in on a three on two with Jimmy Hayes and Ryan Spooner. Beleskey's back hand shot was saved by Smith but Hayes banged home the rebound five hole to give the Bruins a two goal edge.
At 17:29 Beleskey helped the Bruins strike again after he fed a pass to the point for Joe Morrow who ripped a shot over the glove of Mike Smith to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead at the second intermission.
The Coyotes picked up their play at the beginning of the third period and flurried around the Boston end of the ice. Arizona's best player so far this season, Max Domi, rang one off the cross bar on a slap shot from the slot just five minutes into the third period, but the lead remained at three.
At 10:22 Patrice Bergeron fed a pass to Brad Marchand who flew up the wing and gave it to Brett Connolly trailing into the zone. Connolly ripped a shot blocker side to give the Bruins a 4-0 lead.
Arizona's John Scott was given a two minute penalty for slashing Zdeno Chara at 11:12 of the third, while Steve Downie was given a game misconduct for making contact with an official in the ensuing scrum.
At 13:07 Boston capitalized on the ensuing power play when Colin Miller fed a pass to Brad Marchand in the high slot who fired a wrist shot lot top left, as the Bruins took a commanding 5-0 lead late in the third period.
At 19:22, David Krejci scored his second of the night when Loui Eriksson passed it to Jimmy Hayes who skated in on a two on two with Krejci. Both Arizona defensemen attended to Hayes, leaving Krejci wide open for a breakaway. Hayes fed it to Krejci who fired it past the glove of Mike Smith to give the Bruins a 6-0 advantage.
There were a lot of positives to take away from Tuesday's win. David Krejci continued his extremely hot start to the season, and now leads the league in scoring (7) with his two goals tonight.
The Bruins power play has also continued to thrive as it has all season, going one for four on Tuesday night.
As for Tuukka Rask, he is finally starting to look like the goaltender the Bruins signed to an eight year deal after the 2013 season. Rask (24 saves) got his first shut out of the season and looks to finally be out of the slump he was in during the first three games of the season.
Next up for the Bruins is a trip down to Washington D.C. on Thursday night to face the Capitals.
17:22 BOS - David Krejci (6) wrist shot, Assist: Loui Eriksson (6), Torey Krug (7)
6:51 BOS - Jimmy Hayes (3) wrist shot, Assist: Matt Beleskey (2), Ryan Spooner (4)
17:29 BOS- Joe Morrow (1) wrist shot, Assist: Matt Beleskey (3)
10:22 BOS - Brett Connolly (3) wrist shot, Assist: Brad Marchand (3), Patrice Bergeron (5)
13:07 BOS - PPG Brad Marchand (2) wrist shot, Assist: Colin Miller (2), Jimmy Hayes (4)
19:22 BOS - David Krejci (7) wrist shot, Assist: Jimmy Hayes (5), Loui Eriksson (7)