Bruins finally win a home game
By Peter Santo
The Bruins had struggled all season in front of their home fans at TD Garden, and I don’t think Bruins fans expected to be all too happy Wednesday night with the Pittsburgh Penguins coming to town. However Bruins fans left delighted as their club put together one of their best performances of the season en route to a 5-1 victory.
The Bruins needed a bounce back performance after losing to the Columbus Blue Jackets Monday night, and the black and gold came out firing on all cylinders.
“It’s always big, especially after a tough loss last game, to come in and have a good start tonight,” said forward Brad Marchand. “[We had to] get that lead, and get the momentum from the crowd and kind of get our confidence under us. It was big, and definitely helped us through the game.”
David Pastrnak opened the scoring on a penalty shot in the first period, becoming the youngest Bruin ever to score on a penalty shot.
“All I tried to do was put the puck in the net,” Pastrnak said. “Then I had a little speed, and I had to stop because I didn’t think I would be able to make the shot from all the speed — so I stopped and shot it five-hole, and it went in.”
Pastrnak added a second goal early in the second period to give the Bruins a 2-0 advantage. But it was the Bruins’ third goal that was one for the highlight reel. Adam McQuaid blocked a shot without a helmet, Ryan Spooner took the puck down the wing with speed, and Jimmy Hayes finished the play with a beautiful one timer.
With the win the Bruins improved to 13-15-3 on home ice while maintaining a stellar 20-7-3 road record. They currently sit in third place in the Atlantic Division behind the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning and are holding down the five seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins will look to build on this victory as they continue to make a playoff push in the Eastern Conference.