By: Mike Grinnell
It took them 4 games to get there, but the Boston Bruins have finally won a game, at the expense of the Colorado Avalanche, Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Jimmy Hayes led the way for the Bruins with a goal and 4 assists, David Krejci, Ryan Spooner, Chris Kelly and Kevin Miller also added goals to push the Bruins past a talented Avalanche team 6-2.
Jonas Gustavsson took over in net for the struggling Tuukka Rask for the Bruins on Wednesday night, Gustavsson, who hasn’t started a game since March 8th, made the most of his opportunity, making 20 saves and most notably stopping Mikko Rantaen on a break away after a Colin Miller turnover.
The Bruins got on the board early, from a Kevin Miller blast from the point, getting help from a David Krejci screen. 2 minutes and 22 seconds later Jimmy Hayes did what Don Sweeney brought him hear to do, bang home the garbage in front of the net. Hayes scored on a shot from Zdeno Chara, who also had 2 assists on the night.
“It was a good one for me to get out of the way,” Hayes told reporters after Wednesday nights win. “It felt like it was forever to score a goal. The first one always seems like the toughest one. It’s nice to contribute. We talked about it amongst ourselves and we found a way to contribute. Tonight we were executing, played a simple game and we were communicating.”
The Bruins kept the foot on the pedal, something we haven’t seen from them this season, after the first period, getting goals from Ryan Spooner, Chris Kelly and Tyler Randell (First NHL Goal) in the second period, securing a 5-0 lead going into the third period.
Along with new face Jonas Gustavsson, there were also two Bruins we haven’t seen in the Black and Gold this season, who were on the Pepsi Center ice Wednesday night. Tyler Randell and Tommy Cross both made their NHL debuts. Randell, tipped in his first NHL goal, in his first NHL game, on an Adam McQuaid shot from the point.
“This is definitely what you dream of, from Day One when you’re 3 years old” Randell told reporters. “The chance finally came. I never expected this to happen in the first game, but I’m pretty excited.”
Cross wasn’t as lucky as Randell to get his first NHL goal in his first NHL game. But what Cross did do was put in 14 minutes and 25 seconds of solid defensive play. Cross looked reliable all night and it didn’t seem as though the pressure had got to him in his first NHL game.
Colorado got goals from Gabriel Landeskog, who scored on the Power Play after David Pastrnak was serving a double minor penalty for high sticking and from John Mitchell, who scored short side from the left face-off dot at 11:20 of the third period.
The Bruins face off against young, fast, Arizona Coyotes team on Saturday. The team will need to put together another 60 minute effort in order to get another victory. That will start with goaltender Tuukka Rask, who will most likely be in net for the B’s after sitting out Wednesday’s nights contest.
The Bruins need to build off this win and keep improving and figure out what kind of team they are going to be this season.
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