The Bruins returned to the TD Garden to fave the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes have been struggling all year and it didn’t change as Boston beat them handily 4-1 in their first game back from their road trip.

First Period:

The first period started quickly for the Bruins as David Krejci caused a turnover. David Pastrnak picked up the puck in the Coyotes zone. Pastrnak found Colin Miller in the slot who shot one past Mike Smith at the 3:06 mark. Bruins lead 1-0. After the early goal, Boston began pressing more, finding multiple opportunities on Mike Smith in the offensive zone. Nothing was able to get past Smith, as Boston missed the cage and he made some nice stops.

At the 10:09 mark into the first, Jakob Chychrun was called for a hook on Dominic Moore. Boston headed to the power play. The Bruins weren’t able to create many chances on the power play as Arizona killed the penalty. Quickly after full strength Zdeno Chara had a chance on Smith who came up with the stop.

Arizona created a chance as Brendan Perlini had a great opportunity in front of Tuukka Rask, but Rask was able to make a great save. After another huge save by Rask, Brad Marchand and Anthony DeAngelo got into a fight after a hit on Pastrnak. Marchand and DeAngelo went to box for roughing at the 16:02 mark. 4 on 4 hockey for the next 2 minutes. Arizona headed to the 4 on 3 for 27 seconds after a hold by David Krejci on Alex Goligoski. The Coyotes were on the power play. Boston made the kill after a couple saves solid by Rask.

Arizona was able to create a few more chances late in the period as it came to an end.

After a solid first period by Boston, the Bruins lead 1-0. SOG tied 8-8.

Second Period:

Arizona headed to the power play quickly in the second period as Brad Marchand went off for a slash on Luke Schenn 1:43 into the period. The Coyotes capitalized on the power play, as Peter Holland found the back of the net on a wrap around shot. Tie game 1-1.

At the 3:49 mark, Colin Miller made a big hit on Alexander Burmistrov in open ice. Miller was assessed a 5 minute charging penalty and a game misconduct penalty. Miller was ejected. Jakob Chychrun tackled Miller to the ice for the hit. Chychrun was assessed a roughing penalty for his play on Miller.

A big question as to whether there was intent to injure or not on the Burmistrov hit. It looked like a good hit as Miller hit Burmistrov’s shoulder. Definitely didn’t look like an intent to injure, just a big hit with a rough outcome as Burmistrov was taken off on a stretcher.

Here is a look at the crushing hit by Colin Miller:

 

4 on 4 hockey for two minutes, which neither team was able to create much. Arizona got back to full strength and they went on the power play for 3 minutes. At the 7:07 mark, Patrice Bergeron was able to cause a turnover, he found Riley Nash in the slot who scored on Mike Smith. A shorthanded goal for the Bruins as they regain the lead 2-1.

Boston had a few opportunities in front of Smith who was up for the challenge, shutting those down.

Late in the second at the 18:05 mark, Brad Marchand received the puck behind the net passed it up top to David Backes who shot one past Smith. Bruins extended their lead 3-1.

After a turnover Brad Marchand found the puck at the blue line, wrapped around the cage on a 1 on 1 with Smith and put it past the goalie to extend the Bruins lead by 3 with 10 seconds left in the second. 4-1 Boston.

After 2, Boston leads 4-1. SOG in the second 8-6 in favor of Arizona.

Third Period:

Mike Smith was pulled after the first two periods. Louis Domnigue came in to replace him.

Less entertaining than the first two periods as both teams couldn’t get anything going early. Both goalies were able to step up and make impressive saves. The Bruins were able to create more chances early as they held the puck in the Arizona zone. Domingue was up to the challenge.

At the 11:26 mark, Christian Dvorak held Torey Krug. The Bruins headed to the power play. Boston wasn’t able to create much. Arizona made the penalty kill.

At the 14:21 mark Kevan Miller was called for interference on Christian Dvorak. Boston headed to the penalty kill. The Bruins made the kill as Miller came back onto the ice.

Arizona created a few opportunities. Tuukka Rask was able to come up with a couple big saves late in the period.

After 3, Bruins win 4-1. SOG in the third 11-6 in favor of Boston.

Three Stars

  1. Brad Marchand- 1 goal, 2 assists
  2. Patrice Bergeron- 2 assists
  3. Tuukka Rask- 22 saves

The Bruins continue their great play as they beat Arizona Tuesday night in Boston. Boston has now moved into a tie with Ottawa for second place in the Atlantic and 6th place in the East with 72 points. However Ottawa has 2 games in hand. Boston looks like a completely different team under Bruce Cassidy, extending their record to a great 7-1.

Boston looks for two more points as they take on the New York Rangers Thursday, March 2nd at 7 pm.