Just about a week ago, I wrote an article on the slacking of Jimmy Hayes. Well, to say the least, he proved me wrong tonight. We saw the Jimmy Hayes that fans were excited for. A 6’6″ player that fights in front of the net.
On the first goal of the night, Jimmy found a loose puck just inches in front of Craig Anderson and buried it 8:01 into the hockey game. And his celebration, shows that he is happy.
Ottawa came back just 4:30 later as Chris Neil had the puck drop right to him after numerous rebounds off Tuukka Rask. Boston continued to put the pressure on even after suffering a goal. Patrice Bergeron then found a hole past Anderson less than 4 minutes after Neil’s tally.
That goal would pretty much end the frame with Boston winning the shots 13-6.
It wouldn’t take long for some action in the second period as only 1 minute and 21 seconds into the period, Matt Beleskey scored his 6th of the season to put Boston up by two.
The Sens would attempt a comeback for the rest of the middle period, but the B’s had some big time help from their netminder, Tuukka Rask.
Ottawa’s hard work would finally pay off late in the frame, this time, it was Mika Zibanejad on the doorstep to near the a tie game.
Shots ended at 15-13 BOS.
As the puck dropped to begin the final 20 minutes of play, the Bruins and Senators knew that this would be a crucial period and it sure was. Boston didn’t wait long, actually, they waited exactly 2:38 and it was Patrice Bergeron once again off a deflection from a Torey Krug wrist shot.
But, Ottawa waited a short amount of time to get that goal right back. Mike Hoffman scored about 2 minutes after Bergeron’s marker.
Both teams trying their hardest to score another, and with less than 5 minutes to expire, Jimmy Hayes scored number two on the night off a beautiful cross-crease pass from Max Talbot.
Again, Boston struck, Matt Beleskey. Again.
After the Beleskey goal. An old-school Bruins spark was lit underneath them. Fights from Adam McQuaid, Zac Rinaldo, and Landon Ferraro caused many penalties.
In the wake of that madness, Boston escaped with a power-play. And on that power-play, with a mere one second left in the game, Jimmy Hayes battled in front of the crease, found the puck, and buried it for his very first NHL career hat trick.
- Patrice Bergeron – 2G
- Jimmy Hayes – 3G
- Matt Beleskey – 2G