Final: Boston 6, New York 2
Recap: The B’s were rolling right off the bat as Benoit Pouliot’s first goal of the season put Boston up 1-0. Matt Moulson knotted things up on a nice deflection, but the B’s finished the opening frame up 3-2 after goals by Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin.
Following a scoreless second, Boston ran away with the game in the third. Boston got goals from each member of the first line in the final frame as Milan Lucic, Horton and David Krejci (empty-netter) each tallied to cement a 6-2 win.
Records: Boston 6-7-0, 12 points; New York 4-6-2, 10 points
Key Play of the Game: Lucic’s goal with 4:34 gone in the third all but cemented the victory. The first line showed they’re redeveloping some chemistry when No. 17 busted to the net and Horton made a perfect feed for an easy tip-in.
Connolly’s Commendations: Before we get to the Bruins, kudos to Al Montoya — pre-third period struggles — for playing strong and keeping New York in the game. Montoya made 20-plus stops before finally cracking.
Kudos to Nathan Horton (article coming soon!) for his best game of the season. Horton tallied twice and added an assist, all while showing a net-front presence that’s been sorely lacking for most of the season.
It might not have been perfect, but Tuukka Rask finally earned his first victory this season. He undoubtedly appreciates six goals of support, a rarity for the Finnish netminder.
Connolly’s Critiques: Sort of a stretch here, but Chris Kelly was just about the only player to not join in on the fun tonight. IN his 500th NHL game, Kelly had zero shots and was hardly noticeable.
Notes: Dan Paille left early in the third period when a shot from Steve Staios struck him in the face, an incident that caused the B’s winger to litter the ice with his own blood.
Final Thoughts: The Bruins have made it three in a row and continue to distance themselves from the squad that once lost seven of its first ten games.
Next: The Bruins will return to action on Thursday night when they welcome the Oilers to TD Garden.