Recap: Beleskey Nets Two vs. Hurricanes – Bruins win!

For the first time since 2006, the Bruins decided to have a father-son road trip. Even the crunchiest curmudgeon who doesn’t care about off-ice stuff (that would be me) couldn’t deny that it was adorable. Luckily, all the parents and grandparents present were able to see a Bruins win (because it was a road game, obviously).

Carolina was on the back end of a back-to-back, with McClement, Nestrasil, and Justin Faulk sitting out due to various injuries. The Bruins scratched hot dog Max Talbot, everyone’s other favorite last overall pick Zach Trotman, and bruising-yet-occasionally-scoring Tyler Randell.

Alternate captain and perfect human being Patrice Bergeron was playing in his 800th game. I remember watching his first – I feel so ancient.

The start was pretty ho-hum, but His Excellency Saint Patrice Bergeron opened up the scoring at 10:26, after Cam Ward made a questionable pass from behind the net to Canes blueliner Jaccob Slavin, who tried flicking the puck up the boards but instead bounced it off of Brett Connolly, turning it over. Bergy pounced and chipped the puck over Ward, who had just dropped to his knees, for the goal.

Bergy politely teaches Cam Ward about bad passing:

So dreamy. Bergy and Mary Poppins have a lot in common.
practically perfect

Grand-père Bergeron is very proud of his little buddy:

Only two minutes later, formerly-maligned free agent signing Matt “Popeye” Beleskey scored a gorgeous goal on a fantastic individual effort. Skating up the left wing, he made a self-pass around Michal Jordan (not that Carolina Jordan), and beat Ward, glove side, far post. It was a beauty.

That’s five goals in four games for The Forward Nobody Wanted To Sign Who Actually Does Everything Right™. I could watch this guy play all day – he busts his ass out there. Hard work, every day.
meat punching
jogging
lifts

…but I digress. Jimmy “Causeway” Hayes, on his friend Popeye:

The second period was back and forth – some good chances both ways, but luckily the Flying Finnish King was good enough to overcome the Failing Flailing Defense. The Bruins got a lot of offensive zone time, but couldn’t make anything happen. Canes outshot them 10-6.

Early in the third, the Whalercanes cut the Bruins’ lead in half after David Pastrnak landed in the box, assessed with a minor for holding. Rookie stud defenseman (and BC Eagle alum, ugh) Noah Hanifin scored with a wide shot from the blueline that bounced back toward the post, hit Kevan Miller, and beat Rask. It was a fluky one for sure.

About three minutes later, Beleskey again upped the ante, with a one timer wrist shot coming from a smooth Ryan Spooner pass from the crease (Spooner forced a turnover behind the net).

There was some back and forth play, and Zac Rinaldo landed in the box for interference on Brett Pesce. The Hurricanes obviously got extended zone time, but Rask stood tall, making a couple consecutive great saves on former Bruin Kris Versteeg. With 2.5 minutes remaining, Carolina pulled Ward for the extra skater. Viktor “Yes, I’m Tuukka’s cousin, remember?” Rask used trickery to get up close to get a wrister off from the slot. He couldn’t pull the wool over Tuukka’s eyes, though, and the save was made.

Imposter!
impostor “cousin” Viktor Rask

With 14 seconds remaining, Brad Marchand jumped on a loose puck, and flung it into the empty net for the Bruins’ fourth goal. It was obvious he felt bad for depriving Beleskey of a hat trick, but then adorable fatherly happiness ensued, and we all forgot how cruel and heartless the Little Ball of Hate can be. Bruins win, 4-1. Woo!

baloo and mowgli dance
monster dance

Some thoughts, from some people:

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