Boston Bruins

Feb 21, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates with center Patrice Bergeron (37), defenseman Mike Reilly (6), and left wing Taylor Hall (71) after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

A Monday matinee at TD Garden was proof that the Bruins most definitely learned their lesson from their last 4-1 lead over the Avalanche, as the Bruins once again pounced on Colorado but refused to let up on the way to a 5-1 win.

Flying out of the gate with 21 first-period shots against the Avs’ Darcy Kuemper, the Bruins made sure the period didn’t go to waste. In a period of chances galore, the Bruins finally found paydirt when a Charlie McAvoy activation along the wall to the left of Kuemper got the Avs spinning, and immediately paved the way for a ping-pong, rapid-fire bounce from Patrice Bergeron and then to David Pastrnak for a putaway tally at the 17:30 mark of the opening 20.

The Bruins doubled their lead on a Bergeron second-chance look eight minutes into the second period, and even when Nathan MacKinnon tried to kickstart an Avalanche comeback with a power-play bullet, Pastrnak countered with a rocket of his own just 1:37 later to put the Black and Gold back up by a pair.

But the Bruins weren’t done, as they wrapped up their second-period scoring spree with a Jake DeBrusk squeaker over the Colorado goal line just 1:07 after Pastrnak’s second goal, while a Charlie Coyle power-play goal early in the third period of play put the B’s up by four and put the Avalanche to bed. The Bruins put ’em to sleep emphatically, too, with a pair of successful penalty kills to deny the Avs any hope of another comeback in the middle of the third period.

In net, Jeremy Swayman was excellent when he needed to be, and finished with 28 saves in the winning effort. Key saves were the name of the game in this one, really, as Swayman straight-up refused to give the Avs any life. The Boston defense in front of Swayman certainly did their job, too, as the Avalanche were credited with just two high-danger shots on goal in the loss.

Elsewhere in the Boston lineup, defenseman Urho Vaakanainen was a late scratch after he went to trainers and said that he “didn’t feel right.” Cassidy was unsure if that discomfort was related to some sort of an illness or the upper-body injury that came as a result of a cheap shot from Seattle’s Yanni Gourde and kept Vaakanainen out of action for almost three weeks.

Monday’s head-to-head was also the final game of Marchand’s six-game suspension for his spat with the Penguins’ Tristan Jarry, with the Bruins going 3-2-1 during Marchand’s league-enforced breather.

With a one-game stop in Boston behind them, the Bruins will embark on a six-game road swing beginning Thursday night in Seattle when the Bruins square off with the Kraken. This will be the B’s first trip to the new Climate Pledge Arena.

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