Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 6-3 win over the Blackhawks in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis…
Bruins offense wakes up without Pastrnak: So far, so good, right? Playing in their first game without David Pastrnak, the Bruins’ usually listless offense picked apart a Blackhawks club that entered Tuesday’s matchup with a seven-game win streak. It’s a small one-game sample, and the Blackhawks are still on the outside looking in at the playoff picture, but it’s hard to not be encouraged with what the Bruins showcased in the offensive zone. Whether it be Krejci cashing in with a goal in Pastrnak’s usual spot on the man advantage, both Jake DeBrusk and Peter Cehlarik lighting the lamp or Danton Heinen rolling on a top line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand — Boston more held its own without its top goal scorer in the lineup.
Now, Don Sweeney isn’t going to tap out of trade-deadline talks going forward, because this B’s team still needs another proven scorer or two to truly compete with the big guns in the Eastern Conference. But for the first time in what seems like months, Boston’s chances were finally rewarded, and Bruce Cassidy and his staff could finally breathe easy without having to deal with a one-goal final.
Bruins take care of business: It might have taken a pair of OT results, but the Bruins have to be happy with snagging six out of a possible six points on their three-game homestand. Despite coming up short in a few extra periods over the last couple of weeks, Boston is doing what it needs to do when it comes to steadily accruing points — while also posting wins over clubs that it should beat such as Chicago, Colorado and Los Angeles.
Boston still faces an uphill battle going forward with Pastrnak out of commission for at least two weeks, but this club has shown multiple times this season that it has plenty of fight — especially during this eight-game point streak. Boston might be on the road for the next two weeks, but a pair of matchups against the cellar-dwelling Kings and Ducks (51 points apiece) will give the B’s another window to pile on wins.