Boston Bruins

By Ty Anderson,

The Boston Bruins made sure their plan to rest some of their most important pieces did not backfire, as the Black and Gold closed out their regular-season road slate with a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

After a nothing first period from both teams, Joakim Nordstrom put the Bruins on the board with his seventh goal of the season, scored off a nice feed from Noel Acciari at the 8:21 mark of the middle period.

That goal held for the remainder of the second and for almost the entire third period, too, before David Pastrnak broke through at the 17:15 mark of the third period with his 38th goal of the season.

But the night was not complete until 2015 first-round Zach Senyshyn made his debut count by way of an empty-net goal to make it a 3-0 final. Good for the first goal of Senyshyn’s NHL career, and came as the perfect cap to a first-look night that saw him fire four shots on goal in 12:41 of time on ice.

B’s netminder Jaroslav Halak stopped all 26 shots thrown his way en route to his fifth shutout of the season.

With the victory, the Bruins finished the year with an East-best 20-5-5 against Western Conference opponents.

The Bruins close out their regular season Saturday afternoon against the Lightning.

The game will mean absolutely nothing in the standings, but the Bruins are actually chasing a little bit of glory here in a way, as a win would give the Bruins 50 wins in back-to-back years for the first time since 1972-73 to 1973-74.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for He has also been a voting member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those¬†of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter¬†@_TyAnderson.