By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Jaroslav Halak Show made its way to Glendale on and straight-up powered the Bruins on Saturday night, as a 35-of-35 performance from the 34-year-old goaltender stonewalled the Coyotes for a 1-0 Bruins victory at Gila River Arena.
And just like they did in Dallas, the Bruins got their only offensive production of the night in the opening frame, as Brad Marchand scored the lone goal of the evening when he beat Darcy Kuemper at the 18:41 mark of the first period.
“Just tried to get it on net, and it found its way in,” Marchand said after the victory.
That bounce paved the way for what was yet another hard-luck loss for Kuemper, who stopped 27-of-29 in a 2-1 loss to the Ducks on Opening Night, as the Marchand goal was his lone blemish in what finished as a 25-of-26 night in the Arizona crease.
But he has only Halak to blame for that, as the Coyotes simply powered pucks on Halak, but failed to break through, with the Coyotes’ top-line duo of Phil Kessel and Clayton Keller left empty despite a team-high five shots on goal each.
Halak’s performance really helped the Bruins skate on what was yet another rocky night in the offensive zone, with Boston unable to score in the second and third period, and with their power play posting an 0-for-2 mark and surrendering two shorthanded shots on goal.
“We gotta continue to improve,” Marchand said. “We were a little bit better [than Thursday], but we still need to improve.”
David Krejci, who missed the B’s Opening Night victory due to a lower-body injury sustained his first (and only) game of the preseason, returned to the Boston lineup and logged 15:57 of time on ice. With Krejci back in action, Brett Ritchie and Par Lindholm remained in action, which left David Backes as Boston’s healthy scratch up front.
The Bruins will continue this four-game road trip Tuesday night against the Vegas Golden Knights.