Don’t look now but befallen Bruins’ forward Marc Savard may have developed psychic powers while recovering from Post-concussion syndrome at his home in Peterborough, Ontario. Okay, while that may not be entirely true, the 34-year old pivot surely had a good handle on what was going to take place on Monday night at TD Garden. Savard tweeted from his new-found twitter account, @MSavvy91 , “…watch my boy Horty #bignight” and “And my boy Looch also going to have #bignight” about 4 hours prior to game-time. Despite not even being in the same country as his two teammates, Savard certainly showed a connection to the B’s wingers as they both managed to put up big numbers against the Islanders on Monday.
Entering Monday’s contest against the New York Islanders, the B’s top line of Lucic, Horton & David Krejci had combined for only 10 goals and 10 assists through 12 games of play. All of that despite a 3-game goal streak from hulking left winger, Lucic. The B’s knew they would need increased production from their top line if they are to succeed this season.
Lucic followed up on his 2-goal performance from Saturday night in Toronto by adding a goal and an assist on Monday against New York. Not to be out-done, Horton, who spoke last week of not feeling like himself after suffering a concussion during game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals last June notched two goals and an assist in the Bruins’ 6-2 victory over the Islanders on Monday evening at TD Garden.
After getting on the board first, thanks to Benoit Pouliot’s first goal as a member of the Black & Gold, the B’s would never trail during Monday’s game against the Isles. Smashing home a rebound after a centering feed came into the crease courtesy of Jordan Caron, Pouliot made it 1-0 Boston at 1:32 of the first period. After scoring his first goal since February, perhaps Pouliot can use Monday as a building block to a strong season.
“He’s a guy that’s working hard, he’s trying to find his way on this hockey club, trying to adapt. His work ethic and compete level is there.” — Claude Julien
Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin would then tally one goal a piece only 0:29 seconds apart, mid-way through the first frame, putting Boston up 3-1. Despite a late period goal from Michael Grabner, after a nice feed from John Tavares, the B’s ended the first with a 3-2 advantage. In a second period that saw much of the same as the first, as we saw end-to-end action with neither team being able to capitalize on it’s scoring chances, both teams were held off the board in the 2nd frame.
Early in the third period, the floodgates would open, as Boston would add two more, only 0:49 seconds apart, to go up 5-2 over the Isles. The first came from Milan Lucic, after a beautiful give-and-go play with Nathan Horton that lead to an easy tip in for the 6’4″ Vancouver native. Less than a minute later, it was Horton who slipped a rebound past Montoya after a Joe Corvo slap-shot from the right point. The Bruins’ ability to score two goals in such a quick manner this season has been a huge factor in their success:
“Well that’s a big thing for us, is definitely that shift after a goal. It’s huge and I think Krech’s (David Krejci) line did it tonight back-to-back. That’s one of the biggest shifts in hockey. So right now we’re doing a good job at capitalizing on it.” –Tyler Seguin
David Krejci would add an empty-netter at the 17:12 mark to secure the 6-2 win for the B’s, capping off a 3-point night of his own (1G/2A).
In what was the scariest moment of the night, B’s winger Daniel Paille stopped a Steve Staios slapshot with his face at the 3:09 mark of the third period. Paille fell immediately into a heap, clutching his face as blood spilled out onto the ice surface. Paille was helped off the ice and down the corridor to the Bruins’ dressing room for treatment and examination. Head Coach Claude Julien said Paille would be examined by specialists after the game.
“Yeah, a little scary moment. Just looking at what happened there, the puck kind of jumped on (Steve) Staios there and it’s one of those times where it’s good he had a face shield on. It’s good to see him- you know, we saw him here before he went for an X-ray there and good to see him walking around and feeling fine after that.” – Milan Lucic
Goals– NYI (2) BOS (6)
Shots– NYI (26) BOS (37)
Power-Play– NYI (0-4) BOS (1-1)
Penalty-Kill– NYI (0-1) BOS (4-4)
Three Stars– ….. 3.) David Krejci ….. 2.) Tyler Seguin ….. 1.) Nathan Horton
Next up for the B’s is a visit from the red-hot Edmonton Oilers (8-3-2) on Thursday night, as they continue their 5-game home-stand. The Oilers, who visit Montreal on Tuesday before making the trip south to the Hub, have been lead by the “Kid Line” of Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The Oilers’ top line has produced a combined 12 goals and 20 assists through 13 games this season. It will be the second edition of “Taylor vs. Tyler” as the number 1 & number 2 selections from the 2010 NHL Draft will face-off against one another for the second time, and the first at TD Garden. For the Isles, next on the docket is a visit to the Pepsi Center in Colorado for a match-up with the Avalanche on Thursday.
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