Setting up momentum in advance of a prolonged highway vacation constantly provides a group something to look forward to. The Bruins had that in the variety of an eight-game level streak — and three wins in a row — heading into Friday’s tilt with the lowly Anaheim Ducks in Orange County.
Yet again, it wasn’t pretty, but Boston took care of business towards an Anaheim squad just times eradicated from canning coach Randy Carlyle subsequent arguably its worst three-month stretch in the latest memory.
Below is what we figured out from the Bruins’ 3- victory at Honda Middle.
Jaroslav Halak picks up in which he still left off
The Bruins didn’t convey their crisp participate in during certain spurts, particularly on the defensive stop. Which is in which Jaroslav Halak came in.
The journeyman picked up in which he still left off from his last start out towards the Avalanche — in which he authorized one goal on 36 photographs — and notched his fourth shutout of the period. Halak stood tall with timely saves on the penalty eliminate and his top quality rebound control and looked much more like the model we noticed at the start out of the period than his tough two-month stretch prior to Boston’s bye 7 days.
“He was superior for us,” head coach Bruce Cassidy advised NESN’s Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley relating to Halak. “When we broke down, he was there for us and superior for Jaro [Halak]. He is effective hard, he’s a superior goaltender and he’s a superior human being, so we want him to have results.”
The Ducks’ ongoing concerns have no stop in sight, seemingly. Friday marked the fourth shutout because Dec. 22. They’ve scored a mere nine occasions above the last nine online games and 7 because returning from their bye 7 days.
The Bruins had some concerns possessing the puck and permitting the Ducks forwards get behind them in the defensive stop at occasions. But they stayed structured and gave Halak time and place to observe the puck and end all 30 photographs he faced.
Brandon Carlo is growing into a bonafide shutdown defenseman
Cassidy has a luxury that extremely number of coaches have in today’s NHL: a pair of youthful right-shot studs on the back again stop that will anchor the group for many years to arrive. The nicely-rounded Charlie McAvoy has the prime right shot spot down completely. And Brandon Carlo is right behind the former Boston College standout in the pecking buy.
It took him nearly 200 online games — a prevalent threshold for expertise evaluation at the NHL degree — to arrive to fruition, but Carlo has located a comfort and ease degree in the specialist ranks. The 2015 next-round choose has absent from a uncooked and bodily specimen to a bonafide shutdown defender that can pair with any one from giants like Zdeno Chara to qualified puck movers these as Torey Krug.
Carlo’s self-confidence is at an all-time high and it exhibits each time he touches the ice. The Colorado Springs-born blue-liner has little situation with speaking with fellow teammates and backing them up when required. These was the scenario Friday. Carlo stood his floor on odd-male rushes and even got superior closing pace on a mini-breakaway attempt from Richard Rakell in the next period of time.
He’s even chipping in offensively from time to time and did so all over again when Noel Acciari tipped in Carlo’s slap shot from the level to give the Bruins the 1- guide in the opening stanza.
The Bruins missed Carlo during their playoff appearances the last two many years subsequent a late-period damage to their 22-calendar year-aged blue-liner. Having a wholesome Carlo this postseason can only enable them in prospective postseason matchups with the Maple Leafs and Lightning — if they make it previous the to start with round.
The ‘WAK’ line bookends the Bruins’ victory
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They may well not have the offensive attributes as some of their teammates like Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and David Krejci (to identify a number of), but never get in touch with Wagner, Acciari, and Sean Kuraly the fourth-line by any usually means.
The ‘WAK’ line contributes to the goal scoring division when required. Which is one of numerous attributes they exhibit in a base-six purpose. Their defensive I.Q. and high vitality shifts give opposing 3rd and fourth traces nightmares with each change.
They’ve played their purpose so nicely to the level in which Cassidy assigns them towards opposing prime traces on situation. Wagner, Kuraly, and Acciari drew that assignment all over again in Anaheim, going up towards the Ducks prime trio of Ryan Getzlaf, Richard Rakell, and 2011 Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry. Indeed, the ‘WAK’ line held the Getzlaf, Rakell, and Perry line in check out with their edgy one-on-battles and bodily prowess.
Oh, and they contributed offensively also with Acciari’s to start with-period of time tally and Wagner’s vacant-netter towards his former group to protected the two details.
The Bruins will consider targets any way they can uncover them as David Pastrnak nurses his thumb damage. It just so occurred that a pair of their tallies came from not likely resources in their next game with no their leading scorer.