The Bruins entered last night outside the playoff picture and cursed with injuries to key depth players and some of their best players. The Bruins hadn’t put together a complete game effort since really their 1st game of the season vs Nashville, last night was the closest they have been to that level of play.
Charlie McAvoy looked phenomenal last night logging over 24 minutes of ice time. McAvoy brought a physical presence the B’s haven’t had in a while on their back end with a team leading 5 hits, he also finished +2.
Frank Vatrano has not been good this year and you could argue that he hasn’t been given much of a chance which is fair but he also hasn’t shown anything that would prove he has deserved a chance. Last night Vatrano scored his 1st goal of the season and was by far the most noticeable he has been in any of his other games combined to this point in the season.
Jordan Schwarz in his 3rd game of the season was very underrated last night. He finished the night with 2 assists and a 54.5 faceoff win percentage in 14 minutes of ice time. With all these injuries the Bruins need guys like Schwarz to play above their skill level.
Tuukka Rask was big when they needed him last night with some great saves when they needed him including a penalty shot save. Rask finished with 24 saves on 27 shots.
Zdeno Chara continues to show he’s the best athlete in Boston during their age 40 season logging 25 minutes of ice time against the opposing teams best players while also adding 2 assists.
David Pastrnak was simply not very good last night, he made two very bad decisions that led to Minnesota Wild goals. The first was when he passed the puck from the side wall back to the front of the net area where Carlo and Rask were left out to dry. The second came on the power play late in the 3rd where he decided to step up at the blue line but the Wild forward went right around him which ended up leading to a breakaway goal. Pastrnak was also pulled of the power play unit last night. He is still only 21 so these mistakes aren’t uncommon and he will resolve them.