By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Boston Bruins truly walked into Anaheim and extended their point streak to nine straight games while the Ducks just sit back and let it happen, to the tune of a 3-0 final at the Honda Center.
In town for what is the start of a five-game road swing, and with three games in four nights on tap, the Bruins opened the scoring up with a Noel Acciari tip through Ducks netminder Kevin Boyle just 5:31 into the first period.
The goal featured some excellent decision-making from the B’s fourth-line-in-name-only, capped by Sean Kuraly finding Brandon Carlo for a one-time blast tipped by Acciari. It was the better choice for Kuraly and the Bruins, too, as Kuraly would have instead attempted to shoot through multiple Duck skaters had he not seen Carlo all alone to his left.
Up 1-0 through 20 minutes of play, the Bruins needed just nine seconds of power-play time to push their lead out to two, as David Krejci deked Boyle out of his pants and fed Jake DeBrusk for the Black and Gold’s second goal of the night.
It would be more than enough, as the Ducks seemed more than resigned to take the rest of the night off, at least in terms of sustained offensive-zone pressure that legitimately concerned the Bruins.
Of course, Boston made their share of mistakes in this game (as they are wont to do in Anaheim, for some odd reason), but the Ducks never appeared to be in any sort of position to make them pay. In fact, their best look likely came in the opening frame when Max Jones broke through the Boston defense and had a breakaway chance on goal.
Max Jones gets breakaway but Halak denies him and stops the rebound.. pic.twitter.com/sA27srfd8M— Forever Mighty (@ForeverMightyFM) February 16, 2019
Corey Perry got a great look early in the second period behind a solid backhand dish from Rickard Rakell, but Jaroslav Halak stopped it with ease, and was more than capable on a Derek Grant shorthanded chance.
The 33-year-old Halak finished his night with stops on all 30 shots thrown his way, good for his fourth shutout of the year, and first string of consecutive victories since he won three in a row from Dec. 17 through Dec. 22.
Chris Wagner, drafted by the Ducks in 2010, put the finishing touches on the win with an empty-net goal. The goal was good for Wagner’s seventh of the year, tying a career-high set during last year’s 79-game season split between the Ducks and Isles.
The Bruins complete the rare Friday-Saturday back-to-back tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Bruins defeated the Kings by a 5-4 overtime final at TD Garden last Saturday.