Bruins Strike First, Force Game Seven

Boston takes the lead with a balanced attack and never looks back. Boston, MA- It took six starts, but the Boston Bruins finally scored the first goal of the game in their series against the Carolina Hurricanes, and they held on for a solid 5-2 win to force a do or die game seven match in… Continue reading Bruins Strike First, Force Game Seven

Bruins Top Carolina 5-2 to Win Two Straight

Boston evens series vs. Hurricanes 2-2 in Sunday matinee. Boston, MA – The Boston Bruins had four goal scorers for the second straight game as they outlasted the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 in front of 17,850 at TD Garden on Sunday afternoon. Brad Marchand’s two third period goals and Jeremy Swayman’s 24 saves on the day highlighted the Bruins’ effort to tie the series with the Hurricanes… Continue reading Bruins Top Carolina 5-2 to Win Two Straight

Bruins Double Up Hurricanes 4-2

Boston cuts series deficit to 2-1 in win over Carolina. Boston, MA – A raucous sellout TD Garden crowd was just what the slumping Boston Bruins needed to get back into their series against the Carolina Hurricanes. 17,850 black and gold-clad fans witnessed a return to form for the Bruins as they put together a solid… Continue reading Bruins Double Up Hurricanes 4-2

Bruins Edge Rangers 3-1

Healthy Line-Up Gets the Win in Saturday Matinee. Boston, MA – The return of David Pastrnak, Hampus Lindholm, and Linus Ullmark sparked the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the visiting New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Pastrnak’s goal and assist, coupled with Ullmark’s 30 save performance, helped the Bruins break the 100-point plateau for the season.  “A lot. This time… Continue reading Bruins Edge Rangers 3-1

Bruins Strike Early, Hold On for 2-1 Win

Two quick goals give Boston all they need versus the Penguins Boston, MA – The Boston Bruins ended a three-game skid with a solid 2-1, sixty-minute effort over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins punched their post-season ticket on the strength of two first-period goals that came just over two minutes into the… Continue reading Bruins Strike Early, Hold On for 2-1 Win

Haula’s PPG Gives Bruins the Win

Erik Haula scores twice to help Boston outlast Columbus.

Boston, MA – The Columbus Blue Jackets took advantage of a minute-and-a-half of shaky play by Boston Bruins netminder Jeremy Swayman, coupled with a forty save performance from their goalie Elvis Merzlikins, to hang around the TD Garden longer than they should have. In the third period, Erik Haula‘s second goal of the game and a pair of empty-net goals gave the Bruins the push they needed to close out the Blue Jackets. Boston earned two points in the Eastern Conference standings to keep pace with the Toronto Maple Leafs and gain a point on the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

On a night when the Bruins and Blue Jackets were honoring Boston forward Nick Foligno‘s 1,000th game, which came March 15, 2022, in Chicago against the Black Hawks, the pesky Columbus squad turned in a solid effort against their former captain. Fortunately for Foligno and Boston, it wasn’t enough to overcome the Bruins’ power-play, which took advantage of their lone opportunity late in the third.

“We got back to playing the way we were supposed to,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy of their third-period performance. “Patient, responsible hockey, attack when the situation dictates, play behind their D, and create turnovers on the forecheck.”

“I thought we were doing that in spurts in the first and second periods, that’s how we were creating a lot of offense tonight, by pressuring their D,” added Cassidy. “Their goalie was seeing the puck well, so we needed some second and third effort around the net to get it by him.”

Haula continued his scoring ways when he banged in a loose puck during a scrum in the Columbus crease. Hampus Lindholm carried around the Blue Jackets net where he dished to a charging Charlie McAvoy. Merzlikins made a leg save on McAvoy’s backhander while laying on his stomach, but Taylor Hall knocked the puck to the opposite post, where Haula tapped it in for his 11th.

The Blue Jackets tied the game with 28 seconds left in the opening period when Gustav Nyquist crashed the Bruins’ net and knocked in a loose puck after Swayman (22 saves) couldn’t hold onto an Andrew Peeke shot from the blue line. Nyquist’s goal was his 17th. 

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Gustav Nyquist celebrates his first-period goal with the Blue Jackets bench on April 2, 2022.

Columbus pulled ahead only forty-two seconds into the middle frame when Justin Danforth knocked in a rebound at the top of the crease. Swayman made the initial stop on Yegor Chinakhov‘s shot from the goal line, but Danforth was there to swat in the puck. Chinakhov and Sean Kuraly assisted on Danforth’s seventh.

Brad Marchand tied the game for Boston with his 31st late in the period when he finished off some nifty passing with line-mates Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk at the left post. The Bruins had solid pressure in the Blue Jackets zone thanks to McAvoy keeping the play alive at the blue line before Boston equalized at 18:13. 

McAvoy raced to keep the puck in at the boards in front of the Bruins bench before firing it back into the zone where Marchand picked it up behind the Blue Jackets’ goal. Marchand dished to Bergeron for the one-timer that Merzlikins turned away, but again, McAvoy skated in and harassed Patrick Laine into passing straight to DeBrusk. DeBrusk walked out and dished to Bergeron, who faked a shot before sliding a pass to Marchand at the far post for the tap into an empty net.

The Boston Bruins celebrate Brad Marchand’s 31st goal of the year during the first period of Boston’s 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden on April 2, 2022.

Peeke drew a Hooking penalty at 14:06 of the third period giving the Bruins their first man-advantage. Columbus almost got away scot-free, but Haula re-directed a Brandon Carlo slap-pass past Merzlikins for the go-ahead goal as the penalty was expiring at 16:06.

Haula’s second of the game, and fifth in the last four games, proved to be the difference. Haula has ten points in the previous six games.

“It’s awesome when you can help the team win, yeah I’m happy,” said Haula. “I’m having a lot of fun. I feel like the team’s playing really well and it’s obviously helping a lot. I’m just enjoying the ride, trying to do my best to prepare for every game and trying to bring it.”

“I don’t know if it gets to me, but I have moved a lot lately,” Haula said when asked if surviving the trade deadline has helped his recent production. “Maybe there’s a little thought in the back of the head, of the past, you work through that obviously, and it is nice when you know ‘this is our team’ but that’s ultimately out of my control.”

“Now it’s put the foot on the gas and try to do something special here,” added Haula.

The Bruins added a Jake DeBrusk (19) empty-net goal at 18:00 and a Charlie Coyle (15) empty-netter at 19:54 for the icing on the cake. 

Boston completes a five-game homestand where they went 4-1 and will face off against the Blue Jackets again on Monday night in Columbus, Ohio, to kick off a four-game road trip. 

 Erik Haula’s photo appears courtesy of Carolyn Mooney. Follow her on Instagram @caramooneyphoto

Bruins Rout Devils, Score Six in Second Period

12 Players Grab a Point, None Bigger Than Marc McLaughlin’s first. Boston, MA – After getting battered by the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 on Tuesday, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said changes were coming to the Bruins lineup. On Thursday, those changes paid dividends as Boston put the visiting New Jersey Devils through the wringer in an 8-1 laugher in front… Continue reading Bruins Rout Devils, Score Six in Second Period

Islanders Sink Bruins in 3rd Period

Elmont, NY. –The Boston Bruins‘ offensive struggles continued in a 4-1 loss at UBS Arena on Long Island, NY., Thursday night against the New York Islanders. The Bruins have lacked scoring depth off-and-on all season, but the latest stretch with Brad Marchand serving game number four of a six-game suspension and Patrice Bergeron out with injury the previous three games, the offense has… Continue reading Islanders Sink Bruins in 3rd Period

Rangers Eek Out Shootout Win

New York, NY – The New York Rangers and Boston Bruins needed nine shootout rounds to settle their 1-1 tie after 65 minutes of play. Rangers defenseman K’Andre Miller beat Jeremy Swayman to give New York the extra point in front of 15,403 at Madison Square Garden.  The Rangers were coming off of the All-Star break and the built-in Olympic break, a 14-day break, and… Continue reading Rangers Eek Out Shootout Win

Bruins Outlast Capitals 4-3

Boston, MA – The Washington Capitals made the Boston Bruins earn their 4-3 win the old-fashioned way in front of 17,850 at TD Garden on Thursday night. The Capitals knocked Anton Blidh and Brad Marchand from the game in the first and second periods, respectively. Still, defenseman Charlie McAvoy knocked the Caps down a notch in the Eastern Conference standings with his game-winning goal with forty-five… Continue reading Bruins Outlast Capitals 4-3