The Boston Bruins closed out a home-and-home series with the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night and to say the least, it was amazing. Boston scored 6 goals on goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, only allowing 2 the opposite way. In the two games vs Crosby and the Pens, Boston out scored Pittsburgh 9-2.
B’s youngster Frank Vatrano put up his very first NHL career hat-trick, all assisted by Ryan Spooner who finished the night with 4 assists.
The Pens would strike first as Conor Sheary scored his first career NHL goal 8:20 into the first period.
Frank Vatrano buried his 3rd of the season less than two minutes later to tie the game up again.
The shots for the first frame was 8-7 BOS, with some good scoring chances from both teams.
In period two, 63 seconds into period two, Patrice Bergeron scored a shorthanded goal off of a Kevan Miller minor penalty. The play began from Brad Marchand rushing up the ice to find Bergeron in the slot for an easy wrister.
Just like the first period, Pittsburgh tied the game quickly. This one from newly-acquired defenceman Trevor Daley at the blue line.
This was a tough pill to swallow, Boston took the lead twice in the game, but around 1 minute later, the Penguins score to tie. The Bruins took it well though. On the powerplay, Loui Eriksson netted number 12 of the season to get the eventual game-winner.
That closed out the second frame, with Boston up by one. Shots were tied this time, 11-11.
The last 20 minutes of a hockey game means the most, it is the final stretch to a win. With a little bit of luck on their side, Boston found the scoring touch with three unanswered goals.
The first one was by none other than Patrice Bergeron. Captain Zdeno Chara blasted a shot over the net, causing an odd bounce landing perfectly in front of Bergeron. Extending the lead.
The next two marked a hat trick with some firsts. It was the first career NHL hat trick for Frank Vatrano and it was the first time that a Bruins rookie scored a hat trick since Blake Wheeler in 2008.
Another game, another win for the Boston Bruins. In the past 14 games, Boston is 10-1-3.
POST GAME QUOTES:
“He showed his teammates he’s going to be there for them, so I didn’t mind that penalty to be honest with you” – Claude Julien on Ryan Spooner
“There are nights when you want to give your team a lot of credit & this is one of ’em. We knew [Pittsburgh] would play hard” – Claude Julien
“My linemates did a really good job of getting me the puck tonight & I just had to do the easy part — just put the puck in the net” – Frank Vatrano