From the Garden: Bruins Roll Over Coyotes Before Deadline
TD Garden – Can a win be a distraction?
In a game where fans were salivating over Arizona’s Antoine Vermette and Milton native Keith Yandle as potential suitors for Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins at Monday’s trade deadline, Boston proceeded to give us a glimpse of the past and a possible future by the way of a 4-1 thumping of the Coyotes.
“I think our game is going in the right direction,” said Milan Lucic, who got the offense started scoring his 13th goal of the season early in the first period.
Granted it was against the now 20-36-7 Coyotes, but still it was a solid back-to-back win for the Bruins.
Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand all recorded a goal and an assist in the win.
The youth movement in the Bruins dressing room has continued to provide a spark for the offense with David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner each contributing on the Lucic goal and creating chances in front of the net throughout the game.
“We need that youthful energy. It gets the guys excited. It gets the older guys going. It gets them more in the game and we feed off the energy,” said Brad Marchand.
Before the game, even head coach Claude Julien praised Spooner for his contributions in every game he’s been with the big club.
However, the trade deadline was still at the forefront for both the Bruins and the Coyotes with one team poised to be a buyer and the other a seller.
“I had a good talk with (Antoine Vermette) before the game. He was fairly emotional thinking that this might be his last game,” said Arizona head coach Dave Tippett.
Vermette’s name was linked to many trade rumors and teams, including the Bruins.
“When you are on a team you feel like family and you feel like home,” said Marchand taking about Vermette’s situation. “It’s always tough to be traded. I think the only time you’d want to be is if, you know, you end up winning the cup.“
“I don’t know what I’m thinking. Obviously it’s a strange position, it’s not a fun one,“ said Vermette.
Hours after the game, Vermette was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Klas Dahlbeck and a 2015 first round
Come Monday afternoon and into Tuesday, both of these teams could come out on the other end looking even more different.
“Regardless what happens we are going to remain confident within our team,” said Marchand. “If someone comes in great if they don’t then that’s great to. We’re going to work with what we have and do the best we can.”