Boston Bruins

  • Boosted by four third-period tallies on Igor Shesterkin’s cage, the Bruins captured their seventh straight victory Thursday, and improved to 10-1-0 on the year with a 5-2 final over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

    And in what’s become a theme for first-year Bruins coach Jim Montgomery’s squad through its first month of play, it was yet another night of across-the-board contributions.

  • Up by one through 20 minutes of action after David Pastrnak’s almost impossible angle backhander through Shesterkin, the Bruins and Rangers found themselves back even halfway through the middle frame on a Jimmy Vesey marker that held as the only goal of the frame.

    It was a period that came with some nastiness, too, as the Bruins and Rangers actually had two fights going on at the same time — A.J. Greer danced with the Rangers’ Braden Schneider while Trent Frederic tangled with Barclay Goodrow — following a huge open-ice hit on Frederic from Schneider.

  • But despite the tied score through 40, the third belonged to the Black and Gold, and that’s putting it lightly.

    After Charlie Coyle and Adam Fox traded goals in the opening 3:44 of the third frame (Fox scored his goal just 48 seconds after Coyle scored his), the Bruins dominated the Rangers for a pair of quick strikes from Trent Frederic and Jake DeBrusk in just over four minutes, while Hampus Lindholm provided the victory-sealing dagger of an empty-net strike with 58 seconds left in regulation.

    All in all, it was a third-period demolition that saw the Bruins outscored the Rangers by a 4-1 mark, and outshoot them by a staggering 17-4 figure.

    It was the kind of night that Bruins netminder Linus Ullmark, who is going to be leaned on heavily with Jeremy Swayman unavailable for an undetermined amount of time, needed on the way to an 18-save victory.

  • With Derek Forbort unavailable, Mike Reilly jumped back into action for the Bruins for his first game action since Oct. 25. Reilly finished with a minus-1 rating and one hit in 16:51 of play, but did have a good break-up of a potential two-on-one chance for the Rangers late in the second period of play.

    In addition to Forbort and Swayman, the Bruins played this game without David Krejci and Craig Smith. It was Krejci’s third straight absence, while this marked Smith’s second straight absence due to an upper-body injury.

    The Bruins are hopeful that Krejci will return to action Saturday night in Toronto.