Four different Bruins scored as the B's won a 4-1 contest against the Coyotes at TD Garden Saturday night. Martin Erat scored the lone goal for Arizona.
Things got off to an inauspicious start when Mike Smith went to play a bouncing puck skirting just to the side of his crease. He couldn't get a handle on it, but Milan Lucic did. Lucic wrapped the puck around and banked it off Smith at 2:40 to give Boston an early 1-0 lead.
Boston would add to their lead at the 14:13 mark of the first, when Reilly Smith entered the zone on a 2 on 2. He found a trailing Brad Marchand who rifled a wrist shot past Mike Smith to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead that they would take into intermission.
The second period played out in roughly the same way as the first. Patrice Bergeron got his stick on a blocked shot, skated to the near-side faceoff circle, and banked the puck off of Keith Yandle's skate to give his team the 3-0 lead. The Bruins would add one more on the power play at 11:50, when Zdeno Chara took a slap shot from the top of the far-side faceoff circle to beat Smith. That would do it for Smith's night, as Louis Domingue played the duration of the game.
Arizona would manage to get one back, as Martin Erat deflected a Shane Doan wrist shot past Rask at 10:21 of the third period. It would be nowhere near enough, as has been the case all year, and the Coyotes simply could not climb any further back.
Our Three Stars of the Game
- 3rd Star - Reilly Smith - Smith had two assists on the night, both of which set up key goals: the Marchand goal in the first to give the Bruins a multi-goal lead, and the Chara goal that chased Smith.
- 2nd Star - Patrice Bergeron - Bergeron scored the third goal of the night and assisted on the second goal of the night.
- 1st Star - Zdeno Chara - A goal and an assist for the big man in 22:11 of ice time is a pretty good game.
- For the Boston perspective, check out Stanley Cup of Chowder.
- Every single Coyote played double digit minutes, led by Keith Yandle at 21:03.
- Five Bruins recorded multi-point games.
- Martin Erat, by virtue of being the first player to beat Tuukka Rask since he had a wasp named after him, won free pest control for life. Not making this up:
- Louis Domingue was a perfect 14 for 14 in relief of Smith
- The Bruins received five power plays and scored once, while the Coyotes received one power play and did not score.
- Antoine Vermette played in this game for Arizona and took the flight home, only to be traded in the air to Chicago. Talk about outhouse to penthouse.