Tim Schaller doesn’t show up on the score sheet very often at all, let alone with authority. He changed that in a major way on Wednesday night.
The winger scored one of the Bruins’ most eye-popping goals of the 2017-18 season in a dominating 6-1 victory for the Black & Gold over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. With the Bruins already up 3-1 in the second period, Schaller split two defenders with a long, sweeping deke and beat Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist with the ensuing shot.
The goal was just Schaller’s eighth in 52 games this season.
WATCH: Tim Schaller Scores Nifty Goal
The Bruins also got two goals from Patrice Bergeron, who is now up to 24 goals and 46 points in 47 games on the season. Zdeno Chara also contributed a goal and an assist, including the eventual game-winning goal late in the first period.
In all, 14 different Bruins registered at least a point in the excellent all-around effort.
Brad Marchand registered an assist in his return to the Bruins lineup from a five-game suspension. And the helper was particularly impressive, as the winger raced toward the net on a shorthanded scoring opportunity. But instead of shooting, he pivoted and showed good patience to find an open Bergeron for the one-timer.
Pray for the Buffalo Sabres. They get the Bruins, who are now 13-1-2 in their last 16 games, at TD Garden on Saturday with the Bs coming off two days of rest. Incredibly, the Bruins (33-11-8, 74 points) will enter Thursday knocking on the door for the best record in the National Hockey League. They sit just one point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning (36-14-3, 75 points) with a game in hand.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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