Boston, MA– The Minnesota Wild have had one of the most average seasons an NHL team can have, with a 37-35-9 record, but they have actually been eliminated from the NHL post-season picture. The Boston Bruins took advantage of this depleted Wild team to further cement their status as one of the league's top dogs and one of two teams in the Eastern Conference to have over 100 points on the season.
Having long since clinched their playoff spot, the Bruins are just getting their reps in now as the team looked vastly impressive against the Wild. With Jaroslav Halak in goal, the Wild simply could not get any offense going as Halak stopped all 26 shots for a perfect save percentage as the Bruins blanked the Wild 3-0 in what will remain as the final road game of the season for the Bruins.
Boston's offense had no trouble, though, as they finally got the scoring going in the second period. Joakim Nordstrom provided Boston's first goal and his seventh of the season, as assisted by Noel Acciari and Matt Grzelcyk. Late in the third period, David Pastrnak scored his thirty-eighth goal of the season thanks to assists from Brandon Carlo and Jake DeBrusk. This was immediately followed up by Zach Senyshyn's first goal of the season, which was assisted by Marcus Johansson and Steven Kampfer.
What struck me most about Boston's victory over the Wild was how much of a team effort it's been lately. All players on the roster have been stepping up their game and the group really seems to be gelling now at full strength.
The Bruins are now 49-23-9 with 107 points on the season. Proven as one of the league's best, Boston will have a chance to attain a perfectly round fiftieth win tomorrow afternoon at home. However, it will not come easy, as they will be facing one of the best teams in hockey history, the runaway favorite Tampa Bay Lightning, a team they have grappled with all season.