Recap: Bruins rise to 5-1 win over Avalanche

Two goals from David Pasternak and a total team effort propelled the Boston Bruins to a 5-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche this afternoon.

The attackers never left their feet, giving 35 of 45 shots on goal. Six Attackers Points Recorded – Including Triple Night by Taylor Hall. Finally, the power game broke out for the first time since February 8th.

Jeremy Swayman saved 28 saves, including big saves in the second period to keep it close as the avalanche began to find some life.

But most importantly – clashing defense to keep pucks in the attack zone and jumping into play was crucial to generating constant pressure. Four of the B goals were started by the defenders.

Players B dominated the shot clock and covered the attacking area from the first minutes of the match. They drove into the net and were stronger along the wall and end of the boards, using the play’s defensemen to keep the disc in the o-zone.

The only strong Bruins in the period didn’t seize the opportunity, but she fired six high-quality shots at the net, including some bumper points from Patrice Bergeron. This pressure will continue on the man’s subsequent merits.

High-risk shots continued throughout the period and a strong shift from Charlie Coyle’s streak to keep attacking time led to Pasternak’s tally for the score. 1-0 at the end of the first.

Bruins continued to move the disc better than Avs throughout the three regions to start the second period. Those breakouts kept the momentum in Bruins’ favor.

Defensemen continued to play an important role in the offensive B game by pressing the blue line and winning board battles. It started as a good read by Matt Grzelcyk the play that made it Patrice Bergeron 2-0 Toy.

But the avalanche squeezed into the middle tire, including a slot from Nathan McKinnon which resulted in few chances.

In their strong play, the Colorado added a quick goal for McKinnon to close the difference. 2-1 Toy.

But overall, Bruins’ defense kept most of the shots outside with only a few shots out of the hole.

The Bruins quickly regrouped and three minutes later, they netted two more goals from Pastrnak and Jake DeBrusk. 4-1 Bruins to finish the second period.

The third period was the same story as the previous forty minutes. The attackers continued to protect the puck off the Colorado defense and all five B players in the attacking zone created opportunities with powerful cycling.

To cap the win, the first Unit Power Play secured a four-goal lead as Cowell scored a backhand from the goal line. Final score: 5-1 Bruins.

Team B stuck to the big lead despite some period ending penalties. Colorado goalkeeper Darcy Quimper never pulled off in the final minutes because the match was already out of their control.

The Bruins will now head west for a six-game road trip. They will face the Seattle Kraken for the first time on Thursday 24th at 10 p.m. ET.

Here are the highlights by period!

The first period:

Bruins opened the scoring at 17:30 in the first period.

Charlie McAvoy sent a forward pass meant for Bergeron. The pass was skewed and Pasternak’s wand hit the net as he fired a quick shot from his wrist past Darcy Compare’s wand. 1-0 Bruins.

Second period:

The Bruins extended their lead at 8:01 of the second half.

Hall sent a pass through Samuel Gerrard’s legs to Bergeron who made his second effort over Comber’s gauntlet. 2-0 Bruins.

The avalanche broke through in the power game at 12:58 of the second period.

Mikko Rantanen hits a pass to MacKinnon at the top of the right circle for a one-timer top shelf over the Swayman blocker. 1-2 match.

The Bruins regained their two-goal lead at 14:35 of the second half on Pastrnak’s second goal of the night.

Hall fed a short pass to Pastrnak where from the top right circle he allowed one timer to fly over Kuemper’s wand. 3-1 Bruins.

The Bruins held their lead at 15:42 of the second period.

McAvoy kept the play alive at Curtis Lazar’s blue line to capture the puck and send it to DeBrusk in the hatch. DeBrusk put a shot close to Kuemper’s wrist that slipped through his five holes. 4-1 Bruins.

Third period:

The Bruins scored a powerful goal at 4:04 in the third period to seal their victory.

Quill’s puck caught the loose ball from Pasternak’s shot that bounced off the end boards. Coyle threw a backflip at Kuemper and veered off his back into the net. Final score: 5-1 Bruins.