Bruins Top Blue Jackets
Coming off a tough loss at home to a talented Colorado Avalanche team, the Boston Bruins (3-1-0) skated on the road for the first time this season and defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets (2-2-0) on Saturday afternoon, by a score of 3-1.
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask stopped 26 of 27 shots and earned his third win of the season—as Chris Kelly, Loui Erikkson and Milan Lucic scored for the Bruins.
The black and gold stumbled out of the gate in their first away game, allowing Columbus D-man Jack Johnson to slap one past Rask for the first score of the game.
After that point, however, there were no more slip-ups for the B’s netminder.
The biggest statement of the game came off Erikkson’s stick, which proved to be the go-ahead score at 0:49 of the third period. The ex-Dallas Star whom Boston received via trade for Tyler Seguin, had been visibly struggling in this first three games as a Bruin.
Patrice Bergeron slid him a nice pass, and Loui one-timed it past reigning Vezina trophy winner, Sergei Bobrovsky. Erikkson looked like a different player on Saturday—skating, puck-handling, creating scoring chances, etc.—as a saucer pass intended for D-man Torey Krug almost resulted in a score in the first period. He led the team with six shots on goal.
On a slapshot assisted by Jarome Iginla and David Krejci, the B’s scoring was opened by Chris Kelly on what some would call a soft goal—a long-range dart that slipped through Bobrovsky’s five-hole.
Milan Lucic added an empty netter in the game’s final seconds to cement the Bruins’ third win of the season. The goal was assisted by defensemen Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk.
Boston will return home for official Columbus Day action—when they take on the Detroit Red Wings for the second time already in this young season—on Monday afternoon from the TD Garden. Stay tuned to the Voice for live coverage.