It was a good weekend for the Boston Bruins. On Saturday, the Bruins took on the New York Islanders at the TD Garden with different results than the last two meetings. Much different results.
The Islanders have been an impediment to the Bruins for the last few years. Once Barry Trotz took the helm, his brand of defensive play has often stymied even the best Bruins scorers. Not so on Saturday. It’s like the B’s took all of their pent up issues and took it out on the Isles. And it was beautiful.
Six different players registered a goal all within 2 periods of play: Craig Smith, Taylor Hall, David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, Erik Haula, and Jake DeBrusk.
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— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 26, 2022
Though the score was 6-3, the game was never really that close. Linus Ullmark made some great saves to keep the Isles to 3.
Later Saturday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs who also shared 2nd place in the division with the Bruins, played the Montreal Canadiens and lost 4-2. As Satan81 and i like to joke, the Leafs need 5 goals to win. They would’ve needed to do that and failed.
After the Leafs’ loss, the Bruins were the sole resident of second place in the Atlantic.
Of course, that was short lived. Toronto managed to beat the Panthers on Sunday night and Tampa Bay annihilated the Isles allowing the Bolts to leapfrog the Bruins and Leafs for second. All three teams have played the same number of games and one point separates the Tampa Bay from both Toronto and Boston. Boston is in the Wild Card 1 position only because they lost the tiebreaker on regulation wins (RW); Toronto has 35, Boston 33. They both have the same regulation and overtime wins (ROW).
This makes Tuesday nights game at the Garden between the Leafs and Bruins all that more interesting. As if it wasn’t going to be in the first place.