Boston Bruins

Jan 2, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) receives congratulations from center Craig Smith (12) after scoring in the first period at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

A day after they started 2022 with some much-needed secondary scoring help, the Bruins made it two wins in as many days with a 5-1 victory over the Red Wings, and with some more help from the team’s depth forwards.

In an 0-1 hole after Tyler Bertuzzi popped a shot through Jeremy Swayman at the 11:28 mark of the first, the Bruins bounced back and the sides carried a 1-1 draw into the first intermission when Patrice Bergeron lit the lamp just 3:19 later.

And unlike Saturday’s game, which saw the Sabres dig the Bruins into a multi-goal deficit, the Bruins used the Bergeron game-tying marker to power ’em to a sum of five straight goals over Detroit.

Up 2-1 through 40 minutes of action after an Erik Haula snipe through the Red Wings’ Alex Nedeljkovic put the Black and Gold on top for the first time all afternoon, Boston’s third-period goal bonanza started with Charlie McAvoy, continued with Trent Frederic’s first of the year, and concluded with a Tomas Nosek burial.

The Nosek goal ended a stretch that saw the Bruins score three goals in 4:41.

Similar to Saturday, which featured a donut-snapping goal from Nick Foligno and Taylor Hall putting an end to a significant five-on-five spell, the tallies came with some weight off the shoulders of all involved.

Haula’s goal was his first in 15 games, Frederic’s marker was (as noted) his first of the season and his first in 35 games dating back to last year, and Nosek found the back of the net for the first time since Nov. 20 in Philly.

With the five-goal outburst, the Bruins have now scored nine goals in two games since coming out of the break, with nine different scorers along the way. That scoring depth is long overdue, and an even more encouraging note from that nine-from-nine stretch comes with the fact that only one of ’em has come from the team’s vaunted Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak trio.

“We’ve had a good couple of days,” B’s coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Right now we’re going to enjoy it.”

In net, Jeremy Swayman finished with a 23-of-24 line in net for his eighth win of the season.

The Bruins will return home for a Tuesday night head-to-head with the Devils.

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