Boston, Massachusetts - The Bruins continued to maintain their newfound stranglehold over the fourth place position in the Atlantic Division after their 4-0 blanking of the Montreal Canadiens by downing the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 3-1 at home on Thursday to improve to 19-12-4, good for forty-two points on the season thus far.
For their match with the Ducks, the Bruins decided to lean into Jaroslav Halak as their goalie and it paid dividends as Halak allowed just one goal in late garbage time for the game while saving twenty-four other shots from the Ducks. The lone goal for Anaheim came courtesy of Josh Mahura, which was his first one on the season.
In addition to Halak putting on a defensive show, David Pastrnak ended up being the star of the game for Boston as he was everywhere on the ice for the team where he legged out almost seventeen minutes on the ice, which was good for second among Boston’s forwards, behind Brad Marchand’s eighteen plus minute effort. It was what Pastrnak did with this time on ice, though, that counted most as he was responsible for Boston’s first goal of the game, which came on a power play about midway through the second period. The assists on Pastrnak’s first goal came from Torey Krug and David Backes. The goal was also worth Pastrnak’s twenty-second on the season!
Ten minutes later, Krug found himself on a power play when he netted his fourth goal of the season, as assisted by Pastrnak and Marchand. Pastrnak added to his excellent game by recording a second assist on the team’s third and final goal of the game, which was scored by David Krejci and was also aided by Marchand. Involved in every goal in the game for Boston, Pastrnak certainly made his presence known to Anaheim.
The game was a dominant effort for Boston and an excellent showing of what they’re capable of when they’re at full strength. While Jake DeBrusk is still ailing with a concussion, Boston is as close to fully healthy as they’ve been all season, which should certainly bode well for an upcoming showdown with the Nashville Predators, one of the most dominant teams in the entire NHL thus far.